HAWTHORNE — The first-week loss continues to linger and that is good for Hawthorne High School head football coach John Passero and his Bears.

Since that overtime loss to Palisades Park/Leonia, 32-26, Hawthorne has just bulldozed through its opponents, outscoring them, 114-28, in the three victories.

The latest victim was Lodi, 40-8, under the lights in Hawthorne last Friday.

“We knew that we had to do what we have been doing all season,” said Hawthorne quarterback Tommy Walls. “We ran the ball well and our line did another awesome job. Dwayne (Miele) did a great job again.”

Walls added a pair of touchdown passes and 100 yards in the air to the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference Colonial (NJIC) division victory.

The stalwart Bears defense only gave up a touchdown in the fourth quarter that ended the shutout bid. Part of the success was stopping the Rams top offensive weapons.

“We knew that we had to stop No. 1, Fernando Almonte,” said Walls. “He is such a great athlete.”

Miele continued to roll along, this time with 155 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. Miele scored the second of his three touchdowns, a 12-yard run just before the half to pretty much put away the Rams, 33-0. He also started the game off right with a 76-yard jaunt for a touchdown in the first quarter.

Miele said that the key for the team has been being focused on the task ahead.

“We don’t think about anything else except beating the other team,” said Miele. “We brought it to them and we played our hearts out.”

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