Becton scored three touchdowns in the first five minutes of play to power themselves to a 41-12 win over Waldwick in the NJIC championship game. Becton’s chances at going unscored upon for the season came to an end in the third quarter when Waldwick scored a touchdown.
First Quarter: After a Waldwick punt, Becton was on the board on their first play when Joe Crifasi found Marcus Duran for a 63-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead. On Waldwick’s next punt Cencir Bacote returned it 68 yards for a touchdown. Bacote returned the next punt to the 18 and Becton scored on their next play from scrimmage when Crifasi scored on the keeper, making it 21-0, five minutes into the game. Waldwick went on a six-minute drive, but turned the ball over on downs.
Second Quarter: Waldwick recovered a Becton lateral at midfield with 7:50 left and held the ball until there were 38 seconds left in the half. They converted a fourth-and-three at the 11 for a first-and-goal, but their fourth down pass fell incomplete.
Third Quarter: Duran intercepted at midfield for Becton and returned the ball to the 10. Two plays later, Crifasi scored from eight yards out. Waldwick drove the ball and scored on a 3-yard run by Shawn Markman, culminating a seven-minute drive. Becton scored again when Crifasi found Tyler O’Connor for a 56-yard score. Becton recovered a squib kick on the 31. Crifasi found Bacote for 23 yards to the 7 and Crifasi scored on the keeper on the fourth quarter’s first play.
Fourth Quarter: After that previous touchdown, the game went to a running clock. I left at that point and heard the PA announce a Waldwick touchdown, but the game was over at that point.
Conclusion: Becton finished a great season, going 6-0 and only allowing twelve points. The driver of the offense was Crifasi, who deserves more credit around Bergen County. Two of their top players include WR/DE Ryan Reid and WR/CB Cencir Bacote. They are well coached, staying in position in disciplined fashion and getting to the ball. Waldwick may have been on long drives, but the Becton defense would not allow big plays – three Waldwick drives totaled 20 minutes, but they only came out with six points. One could not have asked more from Becton this year.