HILLSDALE, N.J. -- Powerful Pascack Valley High School looks for its fourth straight season with double digit wins when it plays its opening football game at home on Saturday, Sept. 5, against Hackensack School. Kick off is at 1 p.m.
Pascack Valley is 31-5 in the last three seasons under veteran coach Craig Nielsen. The Indians have made 14 state playoff appearances, including seven sectional final appearances, and three sectional titles (1990, 2013, and 2014).
They are led this year by quarterback Colin Dedrick, a 6-foot, 4-inch senior who threw for 1,806 yards and 16 touchdowns last year. A key graduation loss is running back Jorge Cortes, who rushed for 1,674 yards and 16 touchdowns. Junior Andrew Flores (243 yards, one TD) is the top returning rusher.
Hackensack finished 9-2 last year under coach Benjie Wimberly. The Comets are led by running back Justin Marin, who rushed for 1,016 yards and seven touchdowns last year. He had six games with 100 or more yards. He rushed for 166 yards in a 21-7 win over Fair Lawn.
Hackensack has improved steadily under Wimberly, who begins his fourth year with the program. After finishing 5-5 in 2012, the Comets have gone 6-4 and 9-2 in the past two years. The Comets have also won multiple state sectional championships.
Both teams play in the Big North Conference, a super conference of 40 public and private high schools in Northern New Jersey. Pascack Valley competes in the Independence Division. Hackensack plays in the Freedom Division.
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