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    Seniors Propel Cowboys Into Another Successful Season

    The Pascack Hills football team faced a 1-2 record after their first three games this season and they knew it wasn’t going to get in their way of making it into the playoffs for the third year in a row.

    They didn’t let it happen.

    Led by their seniors, the Cowboy’s won 6 out of their last 7 games to make it to the Group 2 playoffs for the third year in a row.

    This has never been done in Pascack Hills’ history.

    Each of the seniors played their part this season that helped the football team make the playoffs for the third straight year.

    Although undersized, tight end Richie Johnson became a reliable player on special teams and an excellent blocker with his technique.

    Fullback Tom McCullough ran for over 1,000 yards on the year in his first varsity season. Much of McCullough’s success came with the help of the offensive line.

    Left tackle Rob Geerlof is the only senior that had started in each playoff game in the last three years, as well as one of two seniors being recruited to play college football.

    The right tackle on the offensive line is Evan Bloom. He started on both sides of the ball and was one evadible team leader.

    “We were a special team. Everyone thought that we were going to have a down year, and in the beginning, it looked like they were right. But, we rebounded from a slow start and really played well down the stretch,” said Bloom.

    Linebackers Kevin McWilliams and Ryan Cottrell started on both sides of the ball as well.

    McWilliams played center and Cottrell played tight end on offense. In addition, both McWilliams and Cottrell made their presence on the field when needed.

    Cottrell is the other senior being recruited and will make his decision sometime in the spring.

    Wide receiver Eric Krauss was a dependable target for quarterback Jordan Abend. Krauss scored his first touchdown, which went for 25 yards on senior night vs. Bogota.

    Chris Marini was an excellent halfback and made great cuts that enabled him to reach the end zone several times this year.

    Marini was also excellent in the secondary at safety and had many pass-breakups throughout the year.

    Lastly, Aaron Chang refused to let a knee injury get in the way of his senior season. Chang made big plays at defensive end whenever the Cowboys needed a play.

    The Pascack Hills Cowboys won 5 out of their last 7 games and it would not have been possible without the senior leadership that helped them reach the postseason for the third year in a row.

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