Avenue, Old Tappan, NJ 07675
Sunday, December 4, 2016
NJSIAA North 1, Group 3 final
FOOTBALL:River Dell gets a stop in overtime and a long-awaited state title
|Old Tappan's Sal DeBenedetto.
EAST RUTHERFORD -- In a game that began to look like one where the last team to touch the ball wins, River Dell edged Old Tappan in overtime, 26-20, to earn the North 1, Group 3 football state title, their first championship since 2007. “You know we have been in the semis or the finals every year for the last 10 years,” said Hawks coach DJ Nimphius. “And I think sometimes we don’t get the credit for being the kind of program we are because we don’t have the impressive looking kids. But man they work. I am so proud to coach them.” “We have been here the last three years,” added junior quarterback Dave Estevez, “and we came up with the loss. Two of them weren’t good games but in 2015 it was a really good game. We knew that this game would be tough and we came out. Before this I lost seven times - seven times in the championship, this was my eighth time - and I finally won.” The Golden Hawks got the ball first in the extra session and Estevez, as he had all game, made his presence felt immediately by ripping off a 15-yard run. After an incomplete pass Estevez gained seven more yards and then handed the ball to senior teammate Alec Lanza, who scored on a 3-yard run. MORE...
NVOT HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS COVERAGE
|Old Tappan freshman Jenny Fernandez.
GIRLS SOCCER:Highlands gets caught before pulling away from Old Tappan
BOYS SOCCER: Livanis leaves it late as Old Tappan knocks out Tenafly
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL:River Dell pitches a near perfect game against top-seed Old Tappan
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL:Old Tappan survives another scare, this time from Tenafly
BOYS SOCCER:Ramapo gets two in the second half to knock out Old Tappan
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL:Top-seeded Old Tappan avoids Glen Rock's upset bid
BOYS SOCCER:Old Tappan rights the ship in quarterfinal win over Cliffside
GIRLS TENNIS:Old Tappan breaks the quarterfinal jinx against Wayne Hills
BOYS SOCCER:Bergen Catholic still unbeaten after a trip to Old Tappan
FOOTBALL:Ridgewood's defense does the trick against Old Tappan
GIRLS SOCCER:Hurm's late volley lifts Highlands past Old Tappan
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL:NV/OT's present looking a lot like its past after win over Ramapo