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extra point upped the score to 426. “That one showed out. Everybody on the field heard it,” stated Tranchina. “It was a great block.”
The Blue Devil defensive line put on a great show on the Raiders’ next series of downs. Jason Merritt slammed Jones to the turf on the kickoff return, Marcus Thornton hammered Jones for a big loss, then Tom Langton batted down a Franzone pass attempt.
Raider Scott Paterson prevented a Blue Devil offensive when he intercepted a Giacone pass at the Raider 48 and returned it to the Devil 45. Minutes later, the Raider defense forced the Blue Devils to punt from their own four. The ball was downed at the Devil 32. From there, Franzone passed left to McCarthy who snagged the ball and zoomed into the end zone. Franzone’s extra point attempt was good and the score narrowed to 4213.
Later in the third quarter, Jones slashed left and bolted 64 yards into
the end zone. Franzone’s kick was good and the scoring closed at 4220.
The Blue Devil offensive and defensive lines did a superb job in controlling the line of scrimmage. The offensive line consisting of center Albino, guards Matt Krug and Will Hannis and tackles Greg Jackson and Langton, opened up huge holes.
“They have done very well so far. They are very smart, they are seniors, they can read the plays and make the necessary adjustments,” claimed Tranchina. “On offense, we trap block and use pulling guards on sweeps. Our guards must be very athletic.”
Tranchina reflected on Turner’s outstanding performance. “Turner was the player of the week for the game, not just on offense but on defense. He made great tackles. He’s got great hands and always gets the ball up the field. He runs like he’s sixfootthree and 240 pounds.”
Sc PlnsFanwood 0 6 14 0 20 Westfield (30) 14 21 7 0 42 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13
MultiTalented Devils Blaze Past Injured Raiders, 4220
Devils Beat Columbia; Edged by Morristown
The hosting Westfield High School girls field hockey team defeated Columbia High School, 20, on September 28, then dropped a tough, 10, game to a skillful Morristown squad on October 1. The split put the Blue Devils at 511.
Senior Kelsey Ill scored the first goal against Columbia off an assist from senior Allison Cook early into the game, then Ill assisted Cook on her goal just before the half. Ill received the pass directly in the middle of the field and zipped it into the net from about 12 yards away.
Westfield succeeded with its policy of constant offensive pressure as the Columbia goalie got plenty of exercise. Only on a few occasions did
Blue Devil goalie Jen Woodbury have to get into a crouch position. The loss lowered Columbia’s record to 321.
Lindsay Cresitello took a pass from Sandra Keats within the first three
Devils Battle to a Tie With Cougar Girls
By SARA BURNETT
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times
Rival Cranford High School arrived in Westfield with hopes of pulling out a victory over the Blue Devil girls field hockey team on October 3. After a close and competitive 60 minutes, the Blue Devils and the Cougars tied 00.
The Blue Devils dominated the game offensively, keeping the Cougars constantly on the defensive. Cougar goalie Kelly Murphy was bombarded with shotaftershot but repelled all 16 of them. Junior goalie Jennifer Woodbury made five saves for the Blue Devils.
Blue Devils Allison Cook, Kelsey Ill, Valerie Wicks and Jessica Wycoff led the attack on the Cougar’s pen, but were not able to capitalize on their scoring opportunities due to the strong Cranford defense.
Westfield High School field hockey Head Coach Maggie McFadden commented, “I thought it was a well played game. It could have gone either way. I thought our offense had some nice shots on goal that the Cranford goalie saved.”
The highlight of the game came about eight minutes into the second half when
Woodbury miraculously saved a penalty stroke shot. Without Woodbury’s timely save, it was possible that the Cougars would have emerged victorious from the game. McFadden commented, “Jen Woodbury made some great saves. The penalty stroke was a bigtime save.”
The clawing Cougar offense met their match in the Blue Devil defense. Midfielders Elizabeth McKeon, Paige Corbett and Stephanie Flynn stepped up to play the ball while defenders Lauren Mattes, Amanda Pirozzi, and Sara Burnett protected the Blue Devil goal.
TriCaptain Allison Rosenthal said, “I think we tried our best and now we know their strengths and weaknesses, so we will be prepared to beat them the next time we see them.”
The deadlock shifted the Blue Devils’ record to 512 and the Cougars’ record to 611.
Cranford 0 0 0 Westfield 0 0 0
Devil ‘Pac’ Girls Dust Rahway and Cranford
By DAVID B. CORBIN
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times
The Blue Devil girls won all seven top spots against Rahway on September 24, then grabbed six of the seven top spots on September 29 to easily silence the Cougars on the 3.1 mile course at Warinanco Park in Elizabeth. In both instances, Maura McMahon and Alexis Anzelone blazed the way.
McMahon breezed to first with Anzelone and Lindsay Totams against the Indians with identical times of 21: 50, then McMahon grabbed first against the Cougars with a time of 20: 33 and Anzelone placed second at 20: 43.
Rounding out the clean sweep against the Indians, Tara Bhandari took fourth at 22: 03, Claire Tafelski took fifth at 22: 17 and Tanya Tran and Kyle Legones scooped up the sixth and seventh spots with identical
times of 22: 44. Sara Carpenter placed eighth in both races with times of 22: 59 against the Indians and 22: 36 against the Cougars. Tran placed ninth against the Cougars with a time of 22: 42 and Aubrey McGovern placed ninth against the Indians at 23: 58.
Head Coach Tom Hornish commented on the status of his team at this point in the season, “As you may have noticed, we have dropped from the tenth ranking and are now ranked minutes of the game and whooshed it
into the net to score the only goal of the game to give a very tough Morristown team a 10 victory over the Blue Devils on October 1. Blue Devil goalie Jen Woodbury made some remarkable saves to keep the game close while the Blue Devil offense put on the attack.
The Blue Devil offense appeared to have a slight edge in possession, but despite taking several shots, were unable to hit pay dirt. The Blue Devils nearly tied the game within the final minute but the Morristown goalie managed to reject the ball.
Morristown goalie Reina Singh had eight saves and Woodbury had four. Morristown improved to 71.
Columbia 0 0 0 Westfield 2 0 2
Morristown 1 0 1 Westfield 0 0 0
Raider Girls Tie Princeton Day, 11
The Scotch PlainsFanwood High School girls soccer team tied Princeton Day, 11, in Princeton on October 1. Kerry Golcher of Princeton Day scored the first goal of the game early in the second half, then Raider freshman Jill Koscielecki tied the score 11 on an assist from sophomore Rene Zidonik.
“It was a good game. We went to overtime. It ended at 7: 00,” stated Raider Head Coach Frank Butz.
“Christine (Bowers) made several great saves to preserve the tie. On a few occasions, they (other team) got a twoonnone breakaway and Christine made some unbelievable saves. She waited, waited, waited, and boom she caught the shots from about 10 feet. It was just beautiful. We had some great opportunities too, but we didn’t score. The girls played hard.”
The Raider record shifted to 143 while Princeton Day shifted to 232.
Sc PlnsFanwood 0 1 0 0 1 Princeton Day 0 1 0 0 1
Raider Girls Blank Holy Family, 20
The Scotch PlainsFanwood High School girls soccer team beat Holy Family in Bayonne, 20, on September 29. Freshman Hana Pardon scored both goals on assists from freshman midfielder Jill Koscielecki.
The Raiders improved to 142.
Sc PlainsFanwood 1 1 2 Holy Family 0 0 0
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thirteenth. Adrian Blauvelt, our numberfour runner, is out for the rest of the season due to a, believe it or not, chipped hip. Rachel Ackerman has been out for the past two weeks. As of this morning (October 1), according to the xrays, she has a stress fracture.”
Hornish continued, “Now we are into the stuff which makes it interesting. Our girls will just have to step it up. We are still holding onto third place in Group 3.”
Westfield increased its record to 40 while Rahway fell to 03 and Cranford evened at 22.
Westfield 18, Cranford 45
1. Maura McMahon (W) 20: 33 2. Alexis Anzelone (W) 20: 43 3. Cathy Verhoeven (C) 21: 09 4. Kyle Legones (W) 22: 06 5. Lindsay Totams (W) 22: 15 6. Claire Tafelski (W) 22: 24 7. Tara Bhandari (W) 22: 33
David B. Corbin for The Leader and The Times IN POSITION… Blue Devil Paige Corbett, No. 22, gets between the ball and a Columbia High School opponent.
David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times SETTING UP A PLAY… Blue Devil Jessica Wychoff, center, passes to Val Wicks, No. 14, as Stephanie Flynn, No. 10, observes the action during the game with Columbia. The Blue Devils won, 20, in Westfield.
David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times THE DEVIL ‘PAC’… Members of the Westfield High School girls cross country team finish their practice runs. Presently, the Blue Devil girls are 40 and are ranked 13th in the state.
David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times FIRST PLAY, FIRST TOUCHDOWN… Todd Dowling zips 25 yards for the first touchdown of the game on the Blue Devils’ first play from scrimmage. Westfield defeated the Raiders, 4220.
David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times STOPPING THE RUN… An unidentified Blue Devil and Tom Lee, No. 1, team up to stop Raider Nathan Jones in the first quarter at Gary Kehler Stadium in Westfield.
David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times HUSTLING FOR THE BALL… Blue Devil Liz McKeon, No. 56, gets to the ball first in a field hockey game against Morristown.