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Darrell Fusco has done an amazing job (54-4) in directing the Herd of Mountain Lakes since taking over the reins from the legendary coach Doug Wilkins in 2010. (Photo by Todd Mundt)

Kevin Kostibos (right) has done exemplary job since taking over as head coach at Summit in 2012 as Hilltoppers have barely skipped a beat in 65-4 run since 2009. (Photo by Glenn Kross)

The Thundering Herd of Mountain Lakes hits Doug Wilkins Field. (Photo by Todd Mundt)

2015 Scrimmage Combatants Impress
With Top North Jersey Marks Since 2009

By JR Parachini

What two high school football teams have the best records in North Jersey the last six seasons?

That would be the Summit Hilltoppers and the Herd of Mountain Lakes.

No, Summit did not capture a state championship last year, but the Hilltoppers still turned in a fine season, finishing 9-2 after reaching the North 2, Group 3 semifinals for the third consecutive season.

Since the start of the 2009 season, Summit has a 65-4 record that includes three state championships and four state championship game appearances.

Guided by third-year head coach Kevin Kostibos, the Hilltoppers have their first scrimmage scheduled for Aug. 25, which will be at home at 10:30 a.m. at Tatlock Field and include multiple teams.

Summit will also host Columbia in its next scrimmage, scheduled for Aug. 28 at 10:30 a.m.

Summit’s game-scrimmage this pre-season will once again be at Mountain Lakes on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 4:30 p.m.

Since the start of the 2009 season, Mountain Lakes is a glittering 66-4 and has also won three state titles in that span. The Herd have been in five state title contests in the past six seasons and like Summit has posted three undefeated years in that span, including the last two.


Kevin Kostibos 2014: (9-2)

Kevin Kostibos 2013: (12-0) - North 2, Group 3 champs

John Liberato 2012: (12-0) - North 2, Group 3 champs 

John Liberato 2011: (11-1) - North 2, Group 2 finalists

John Liberato 2010: (9-1)

John Liberato 2009: (12-0) - North 2, Group 2 champs



Darrell Fusco 2014: (12-0) - North 2, Group 2 champs

Darrell Fusco 2013: (12-0) - North 2, Group 2 champs

Darrell Fusco 2012: (11-1) - North 2, Group 2 finalists

Darrell Fusco 2011: (8-2) - 8-2

Darrell Fusco 2010: (11-1) - North 1, Group 1 finalists

Doug Wilkins 2009: (12-0) - North 1, Group 1 champs

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John Liberato, who is now an assistant coach at Kean University, guided Summit to playoff championships in both 2009 and 2012. (photo by Greg Corbo -

Doug Wilkins guided Mountain Lakes to 12-0 record and North 1, Group 1 playoff title in his final season at the helm of the Herd gridiron fortunes in 2009. (Photo by Todd Mundt)



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