The Chiefs of Hopatcong High School had one final game to prove their record does not show the true talent of the 2015 team, and oh man did they prove it.

The Chiefs finished the season 4-6 and missed the playoffs for the second straight season. Injuries were a major factor to the team’s trouble this season with key players missing games. But the Chiefs never gave up during the long season and won their final game as a family with a convincing 39-0 rout of Wallington High School.

The Chiefs were given a consolation game against the Wallington Panthers (2-8) to end the season as did many other teams in the state that didn’t make the state playoffs; the team took advantage of the situation.

To start the game Wallington attempted an onside kick that the Chiefs recovered, putting thems at their own 49 yard line. The second play into the game, junior running back Jake Wilkerson ran down the sideline for the first score of the game, and a two-point conversion by senior tight end Kyle Dixon put the Chiefs up 8-0 just over a minute into the game.

The Chiefs’ defense ended the season as they started, by posting they’re second shutout of the season. The Chiefs’ defense is known to be one of the most talented and physical defenses in the area which they proved last Thursday Night. Senior linebacker Brandon Marrazzo who had 4 tackles, a sack, and a fumble recovery helped the Chief D get the shutout. The defense seemed to have held Wallington’s offense at or behind the line of scrimmage most of the game. The defense came up with 12 Tackles for A Loss, and 5 sacks.

The Chiefs’ offense exploded for a total of 527 yards which was a season high. All four running backs, seniors Jake Dorman, Brayan Rodriquez, and Bobby Juliano along with the Junior Jake Wilkerson found the end zone in the final game of the season. Junior quarterback Bart Yarosz also rushed for a touchdown. 

Although this game was mainly to get the seniors one final game that they were lucky enough to have played on their home field, two players met milestone marks during the game. Jake Wilkerson reached 1,000+ total rushing yards, and Jake Dorman got 100+ tackles for the second straight season; Dorman also recorded the most tackles in school history.

The Chiefs dealt with what they were given and made the most of the troubled season. The team made sure to finish strong for the 12 seniors that were playing in their final game as a team.

HHS Chiefs are already working to get ready for next season and look to get back in the state playoffs along with retaining the Liberty Division Championship for the second time.

Thank you to all who supported the 2015 Chiefs Football Team.



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