Hall rocks and rolls its way into playoffs
SPRING VALLEY —The King of Rock and Roll is alive and well.
The Hall Red Devils left no doubt in making their first playoff appearance since 2008, rolling to a 52-12 win over rival Princeton Friday Night at Nesti Stadium. The Red Devils celebrated by striking up their legendary cry for the late coach Richard Nesti, aka the King of Rock and Roll.
“It’s something we worked for all year. We wanted to get better each week and I believed we’ve done that,” Hall coach Randy Tieman said. “(We) go on to next week and see what we do. It’s a great feeling. It’s what we’ve worked for and that’s where we wanted to be, sitting there to see who were playing and not sweating it out.”
“It feels great. To be able to be in the playoffs. Wherever we go I think we really have a good chance, whoever we play, whoever we draw,” Hall quarterback Taggart Venegas said. “We are capable of making the big plays, beating teams. We can stick with anybody. Home or away, wherever we go.”
Tieman said he hasn’t spent any time trying to scout potential opponents, because it’s too hard of a guessing game. Venegas will host a playoff pairings team party to await the news of their first-round opponent.
The Red Devils rolled to a 42-0 halftime lead, evoking the running clock for the entire second half. Jacob Byczynski rushed for two scores and Venegas threw for two, connecting with A.J. Gaeta (14 yards) and Collin Amone (36). Aimone also added a 4-yard score by rush.
“That’s something we preached all week long. Get that sixth win and take their heart right away and get on top of them right and we wanted it over by halftime and we pretty much had it there,” Tieman said.
Princeton (0-9) did all of its scoring in the second half with two TD runs by Jacob “Bubba” Smith. Reserve quarterback Zach Friel, who took over in the second quarter for sophomore starter Jake Reinhardt ( concussion symptoms), set up the first one with a nifty 31-yard romp.
“We didn’t play as physical as I would have liked us to. But our kids continue to play for four quarters. ... We got great program kids who are busting their tails in practice,” PHS coach Jesse Snyder said.
• Notes: The Princeton Kittens (4-5) used a ball control game (30 minutes, 34 seconds) to dominate the sophomore game 19-8. TDs came from Rossler, Eric Bibula and Luke Marselle.
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