Haddonfield scored two touchdowns in the final 1:25 of the first half to break a 0-0 deadlock and beat Hillside, 17-7, to win the South Jersey Group 2 bowl game.
First Quarter: Not a lot of eventful plays; Hillside had three possessions and Haddonfield had two. Haddonfield had the edge on possessions, making it to the Hillside 24 before turning it over on downs and making it to midfield before an interception by Hillside’s Boris Nicolas-Paul.
Second Quarter: Haddonfield began the second quarter when a Hillside punt was placed on the 3. Two passes from Jay Foley to twin brother John netted 23 yards , but whatever momentum they had was cut short when Aboubakar Diaby sacked Jay Foley. The next drive was when Haddonfield made things count, going down the field in consistent chunks of yardage, both running and passing. On first-and-goal, Gabe Klaus ran six yards through the middle for a touchdown with 1:02 left in the half. The Bulldawg defense forced a quick three-and-out and Hillside’s punt to Davis Smith was returned 53 yards for a touchdown with five seconds left.
Third Quarter: Haddonfield came out with the ball and Jay Foley completed passes to Johnny Foley for 43 yards and another to Smith, but Jaylean Neals intercepted to give Hillside the ball on their own 10. The Comets moved the ball, but could not sustain the drive and Haddonfield added to the lead when Henry Grozier kicked a 35-yard field goal with twelve seconds left in the quarter.
Fourth Quarter: Hillside scored early in the quarter when Gavin Melendez found Shadon Willis for a 39-yard score and had the ball again on the 40 when Alex Kadar fumbled. While they couldn’t score on that drive, they were in position to score on the next one, starting with a 38-yard run by Brian Ugwu and a 29-yard pass to Nicolas Paul gave them first-and-goal, but penalties and a sack by Jim Kane ended their last chance.
Summary: Haddonfield was the better team today and did more with their opportunities They are a well balanced team. offensively, and play very good team defense, doing a very good job of getting to the edge and stopping the Hillside offense. Hillside is a very good team, but I thought Haddofield moved the ball more consistently. They did make some eye opening plays at times and they look to be a program on the rise.