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Hasbrouck Heights' Frank Quatrone (11), who had 288 yards rushing and scored three touchdown runs in Sunday's 30-12 North 1, Group 1 playoff championship win against New Milford, here wards off a Knights defender during the action at MetLife Stadium. (Photos by Gene Nann-nannphoto)

Aviators' Frank Quatrone (11) had TD runs of 18, 39 and 50 yards in win

Hasbrouck Heights' elusive John Iurato (2, left) eludes New Milford's Ryhs Farley (9) as the Aviators were potent on ground in N1G1 playoff title tilt.

New Milford's Rhys Farley (9), who had superb game with five receptions in Sunday's N1G1 final, lunges forward after making one catch vs. Aviators.

New Milford's explosive Christian Correa (21) is headed to end zone in fourth quarter as he pulls Knights to within 14-12 vs. Hasbrouck Heights.

Hasbrouck Heights' John Iurato (2), who had big third-quarter touchdown run, here lunges forward as he is tripped up by the New Milford defense.

Coach Nick DelCalzo (in front with black sweatshirt and ball cap) joins his Aviators in surrounding the NJSIAA banner and championship trophy.

Hasbrouck Heights Wins Title
With Strong Second Half Burst
By Bob Anthony
For sidelinechatter.com

EAST RUTHERFORD- It took the Hasbrouck Heights offense a full half to get going, but once it did, New Milford found out what the rest of North 1 Group 1 has known all season.

The Aviators can score, and score quickly.

In a rematch of the 2007 N1G1 final, Heights overcame a 6-0 halftime deficit and rolled to a 30-12 victory Sunday morning at MetLife Stadium for its 13th overall state title and 5th in the playoff era.

“Honestly, we ran the same plays and it just came down to who wanted it more and who was tougher” said senior RB/LB John Iurato about the second-half scoring.

Senior QB Frank Quatrone ran 25 times for 288 yards and 3 TDs and the defense was able to overcome a 25-carry, 212-yard outing by New Milford senior RB Christian Correa.

Although both teams were able to cross midfield, neither side was able to break through until late in the first half.

Following a Heights punt, the Knights took over at their own 16 with 3:25 left. After an incompletion, Correa took a handoff, found a hole off left tackle and broke into the clear. He cut back at his own 45 and left three Aviator defenders tumbling in his wake en route to an 84-yard touchdown and a 6-0 halftime lead.

The Aviators took the second half kickoff and need just nine plays to even the score. Runs by Quatrone and senior RB John Iurato moved the ball methodically down the field into New Milford territory. On 2nd-and-9 from the 18, Quatrone took the snap and found a big hole off left tackle for his first touchdown of the afternoon which tied the score 6-6 after the point after was missed.

New Milford was unable to get anything going offensively, getting just one first down on its first two possessions of the half, and the Aviators took the lead just before the end of the third quarter.

Starting at their own 22, Quatrone took charge, finding a hole off the left side and racing 62 yards before being caught from behind at the New Milford 16. Two plays later, Iurato scampered 9 yards off left tackle to give the Aviators their first lead of the day. Quatrone then found senior WR Philip Clites open for the 2-point conversion and it was 14-6 Heights with 16 seconds left in the quarter.

Following the kickoff, New Milford put together its best drive of the day. Beginning at their 18, the Knights converted a pair of third downs and a fourth down, moving to the Heights 24. On the 12 th play of the drive, Correa took the handoff, found a hole on the right side, broke a tackle and took it to the house to cut the deficit to 14-12 with 7:33 left. However, on the 2-point attempt, the snap got away and the conversion was no good.

New Milford needed a stop on the next series to have any hope of coming back, but the Aviators smelled a championship and were not to be denied. Using the two-pronged attack of Iurato and Quatrone, Heights was able to take time off the clock and move the ball to the NM 39. From there, Quatrone found an opening on the left side and cruised to the endzone to make it 20-12 with 3:30 left. He then hit senior WR Phillip Viola for the 2-point conversion to effectively put it away at 22-12.

"He takes a load off the running backs” said Iurato about his quarterback, Quatrone. “You never if he's gonna run, we're gonna run or he's gonna throw it.

Although a perennial playoff contender, this was the first championship for Hasbrouck Heights since 2007 and just the third for longtime coach Nick Delcalzo, who just finished his 32nd season.

“It's been a trifecta. We won our league, we won the conference championship and we had a good time” said Delcalzo. “We're gonna enjoy this because we beat a pretty good football team today, and our kids worked really hard. Being undefeated is no good unless you're undefeated after the last game.

New Milford was looking for its first title since winning back-to-back championships against the Aviators in 1985-86.

Notes: Quatrone was 5-9 for 42 yards and 1 INT. Iurato added 70 yards on 10 carries and 1 TD. New Milford QB Ryan Picinic was 12-19 for 107 yards and 1 INT. Rhys Farley had 5 catches for 60 yards. Heights WR Jasiah Purdie left the game in the first half and did not return.

New Milford (8-3) 0 6 0 6 12

Hasbrouck Heights (11-0) 0 0 14 16 30

NM – Christian Correa 84 run (kick failed)

HH – Frank Quatrone 18 run (kick failed)

HH – John Iurato 9 run (Philip Clites pass from Quatrone)

NM – Correa 24 run (play failed)

HH – Quatrone 39 run (Phillip Viola pass from Quatrone)

HH – Quatrone 50 run (Dylan Auriemma pass from James Klenk)

Hasbrouck Heights' Frank Quatrone (11) rushed for 288 yards in final

Hasbrouck Heights' talented wide receiver Jasiah Purdie (3), seen here running after a catch in Sunday's N1G1 final, left the game in first half and did not return; however, the Aviators offense was still humming in the end.

New Milford's dynamic back Chrstian Correa (21) begins to break away on fourth quarter run as he leads the Knights to within two points of Aviators.

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