By Andy Loigu
Like Old Man River, the Hackettstown Tigers’ football team keeps rolling along. They won their third straight rout on Friday evening, 49-6 over North Warren, to go 3-0 one third into the regular season.
Also, in local sports action, Warren Hills won a thrilling football struggle against Summit and the Warren Hills field hockey team improved to 7-2 with a win over Hackettstown, with the Tigers suffering their first loss.
Hackettstown’s Fifth-year coach Carl Robinson’s deceptive triple-option offense flummoxed the Tigers’ third straight gridiron foe with ball fakery and crisp play execution. Four different players made big plays.
TJ Sciaretta rushed for 99 yards on two carries, both for touchdowns. Quarterback Anthony Caputo gained 109 yards on four carries, one of them for a touchdown. He also threw a touchdown pass to Christian Maciak. Matt Castro ran for 81 yards, including a touchdown, on three carries. Nick Gagliardi rushed three times for 63 yards, including a touchdown.
Meanwhile, Warren Hills (2-1) went down to the wire to defeat visiting Summit 20-17. Hayden Van Solkema caught an eight-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cooper Gabrich to finish a scoring drive with 29 seconds left.
Nicholas Ortiz scored on a 50-yard kickoff return. Sean Morris gained 149 yards on 24 carries. Zach Hamilton totaled 113 yards on 17 rushes.
Field Hockey News
Warren Hills (7-2) ranked sixth in New Jersey by The Star Ledger, dealt local rival Hackettstown its first loss in seven outings on Saturday, with a 3-0 shutout.
Rebecca Sigman scored twice. Mikayla Dugan contributed a goal and an assist. Ashley Moskal assisted on a score and goalkeeper Maggie Titus made seven saves for the Blue Streaks.
Former Blue Streak Lindsey Schott, who played collegiately at Division I Lehigh of the Patriot League, recently rode a bike for the Pfizer team (she works as an associate engineer at Pfizer) in the City to Shore Bike MS event. This fundraiser has brought in over $4 million to help win the fight against MS. The course ran from Cherry Hill in suburban Philadelphia to Ocean City in Cape May County in the two-day event held on Sept. 23 and 24.
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