HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J. - The Hasbrouck Heights football team will look to make it an undefeated season within the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference Meadowlands division season on Friday night.
The Aviators take on Palisades Park/Leonia at 7 p.m. at Depken Field in Hasbrouck Heights.
A victory over the Tigers would give Heights a perfect 6-0 in the Meadowlands division and an 8-0 record at the state playoff cutoff that is this weekend.
In addition winning an outright NJIC Meadowlands title, the Aviators will most likely receive either the first or second seed in the Group 1 North 1 state sectional tournament. Heights will most likely play its first state playoff game at home at Depken Field on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. Before the state playoff game, the Aviators will host Pompton Lakes on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.
The Heights defense will need to stop Tigers running back Eric Johnson and quarterback Adeyemi DaSilva. Johnson ran for a pair of touchdowns and DaSilva threw for a pair of touchdowns in their 34-6 win last week over North Arlington. The Aviators will counter with the running tandem of Anthony Seidel and A.J. Traina.
Heading into the game with Palisades Park, Heights defeated Waldwick/Midland Park, 29-7, on Oct. 19 on the road.
Hasbrouck Heights showed that they have a balanced attack and a lot of parts got into the act as the Aviators defense also shut down the Warriors Wing-T offense that did not get on the board until late.
Hasbrouck Heights running back Traina ran for 20-yard touchdown pass and caught a four-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Darren Iurato to lead the Aviators offense.
Hasbrouck Heights top back Seidel opened the scoring with a four-yard run in the first quarter. The Aviators led 22-0 at halftime and Hasbrouck Heights tight end James Fitzsimmons was used in the backfield and barreled through for a one-yard run to finish off Waldwick.