Three area high school football teams made it three shares of a league title.
Saddle Brook took advantage of a Hasbrouck Heights loss to have both teams claim a share of the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference Meadowlands Division championship. Elmwood Park won on Friday night to share the NJIC Colonial Division championship with Hawthorne. It was the school’s first league championship since 1985.
Saddle Brook (7-1) made it a share of the Meadowlands title with a 34-12 victory at home over Bogota.
Elmwood Park (7-1) had an easy time with Manchester, 62-8, on the Crusaders’ homecoming night on Friday.
The rest of the Community News area teams took it on the chin, especially Lodi (4-4), a squad that was looking to sneak into the state playoffs. The Rams dropped a 33-12 decision at New Milford. In addition, Garfield (1-7) lost 42-13 to Rutherford, Wallington (1-7) dropped a contest to St. Mary, 57-6, and both Wood-Ridge (1-7) and Fair Lawn were shut out. The Blue Devils lost 28-0 to Park Ridge while the Cutters (1-7) were defeated by Lakeland, 43-0.
In the closest game of the weekend, Hasbrouck Heights found themselves on the door step of the game-winning touchdown when controversy struck.
On a third down and goal, Palisades Park was called for unsportsmanlike conduct. With the seconds clicking down under a minute, there was a lot of confusion whether the penalty resulted in an automatic first down or not.
The Palisades Park defense stopped the Aviators on the next down and the officials determined that the play was fourth down which in turn turned the ball over to the Tigers.
While Hasbrouck Heights head coach Nick Delcalzo was not happy with the call, he was trying to look forward to the state playoffs.