Turnovers Cost Wayne Hills in State Semifinals

Coach Olsen 'not disappointed' in team's effort in his final game on the sidelines.

Wayne Hills knew they had a challenge going up against undefeated Pascack Valley for the North Jersey Section 1, Group 4 semi-final. But costly turnovers and a potent defense kept Wayne Hills just one step behind throughout the game.

There was no doubt that Wayne Hills was going to leave it all on the field.  Down 7-3 and pressing for a score at the end of the half when time ran out, it looked like Hills would have the momentum in the second half. 

A nip and tuck battle, a Wayne Hills drive in the third period stalled at midfield.  When Erik Moskal punted the ball, a roughing the center call on Pascack Valley gave Hills back the ball, 15 yards and a first down. 

On the next play, quarterback Kevin Olsen struggled to find a receiver and rolled right trying to the advance the ball. As Olsen went to the sideline, Pascack defenders slammed the quarterback to the ground and received a another 15 yard penalty.

A costly Hills fumble turned the ball over to Pascack Valley who advanced the ball 55 yards on the play. Two plays later, Pascack Valley scored a touchdown.

Olsen came to life after a Pascack Valley fumble and turnover. He found Kyle Huntzinger and Erik Moskel, but he also gave up an interception. As the clock wore on in the half, Wayne Hills mounted a strong drive with a mix of runs and passes culminating with a 3 yard run by Cristian Rodriquez and a two point conversion.  

Pascack Valley would in turn march down the field and score making it 20-11 after a blocked extra point.

Wayne Hills would make one more drive, but Olsen was unable to mount the charge. On fourth down, with 1:22 to go in the game, Wayne Hills' Erik Martinez  would try for a field goal but it would come up short.  Pascack Valley had only to run out the clock. 

It was Hills' second loss to Pascack this season. The Patiots lost 35-21 in October, but Olsen did not play in that game due to a foot injury. 

It was the final game for Olsen. The All-American and University of Miami recruit was named one of the top 11 quarterbacks in the country earlier this year.

It was also the final game for Olsen's father Chris, a legendary coach who led eight teams to state sectional championships in nearly three decades of coaching at Hills.

"It is going to be hard to walk away, but I realized this week that next week would be the latest we'd be around. I am going to miss the kids, it was a great group to work with," the older Olsen said. "All 28 years at Wayne Hills, it has been a pleasure to be around them, a pleasure to be around their parents. I am certainly going to miss them."

Marc December 01, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Farewell Chris. Thank you for the awesome years of Wayne Hills Patriot football. You are legendary. Kevin, see you on Monday night footbball in a few years!
Carla huntzinger December 02, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Kelly. Classy as usual. My husband and I would be happy to discuss this matter face to face with you. Look us up and give us a call. My son and his team mates played a great game and should be proud I know we are! Best of luck to coach Olsen and his family and all the seniors in the future


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