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Verducci powers Parsippany Hills with historic performance

by Sean Reilly on
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 9:53 PM — @SeanReillyHS

Updated Sat, Oct 1, 2016 10:59 PM
Verducci powers Parsippany Hills with historic performance
Photo by Sean Reilly

Nick Verducci is going to sleep well for a while. 

The Parsippany Hills quarterback was haunted by a disappointing loss in his prior start. 

"I couldn't sleep during the week," he said. "I was having nightmares."

The junior responded with the best individual offensive performance in school history when the Vikings beat Barringer, 49-28, on Saturday in Parsippany. 

The 5-11, 185-pounder ran 27 times for a school-record 383 yards and five touchdowns, completed 6 of 7 passes for 59 yards and two more scores, and even intercepted a pass on defense. 

Not only that, when Barringer attempted an onsides kick after its final TD, it was Verducci who made the recovery for his team.

His prolific touchdown totals also came despite the fact that Parsippany Hills trailed 8-0 after the first quarter. 

Most notably, his career day occurred precisely when his team needed it, in a North Jersey Super Football Conference divisional game that occurred eight days after the Vikings (2-2) were blown out at home, 40-14, by Roxbury. Parsippany Hills is now 2-0 in the Patriot White Division.

Parsippany Hills coach Dave Albano could sense his team's psyche was threatened after opening the season with a double-overtime loss to West Morris, a win over Chatham and the Roxbury loss leading into Saturday's game against the Bears (2-2). 

"I thought they may have hit a bit of a wall," he said. "That was a hard stretch to start the season, but we had a great week of practice and Nick was incredible."

Barringer ended the first quarter with the lead following the first of four touchdown passes by Zamar Wise, who finished 10 of 21 for 267 yards.

Parsippany Hills scored four times in the second quarter, beginning with a 9-yard TD completion from Verducci to Kevin Minardi in the left side of the end zone on the first play of the period. 

Verducci added a 4-yard TD strike to Minardi on a similar play for a 14-8 lead at the 7:40 mark, and then scored himself on a 61-yard run straight through the middle with 2:55 remaining. 

The Vikings got the ball back on downs at the Bears' 33 with 39 seconds left. Verducci, a cousin of legendary ex-Barringer coach Frank Verducci, scored on an 8-yard surge and Cormac Bradley added the fourth of his seven extra points for a 28-14 advantage with 11 seconds remaining before the break.

Verducci ended the half with 247 yards on 18 carries.

"It was a team effort," Verducci, a third-year starter, said. "Last week was a hard week. We didn't do too well, but we bounced back, and that's all that coach asked us to do." 

Barringer scored on the opening possession of the third quarter, with Zamar Wise hitting Najuwan Garretson for a 19-yard TD to get the Newark team within 28-14 with 9:03 showing.

Verducci immediately went back to work, with his 10-yard gain on first down commencing a six-play, 72-yard drive that ended with his 20-yard TD keeper with 7:14 left in the quarter. 

Barringer responded two plays later, with Zamar Wise locating Steven Wise again for a 35-yard TD. Zamar Wise added a conversion carry to get the Bears with 35-22 midway through the period.

Verducci added two scores in the fourth quarter, on an 8-yard run with 10:53 to go, and on a 45-yard sprint on a third-and-seven with 2:41 left. 

Barringer then closed out the scoring when Wise teamed with Samir Dievivste for a 94-yard TD pass play.

Verducci was quick to praise his offensive line, which includes Justin Gurth, Vincent Bianchi, Al Huss, Billy Taylor and Crin Uricoli. 

"I've had nothing like this game before," Verducci said. "We prepared really well for this, and it was great to come out with a win. I'll definitely sleep better." 

Barringer (2-2)--8--0--14--6---28

Parsippany Hills (2-2)--0--28--7--14---49

B- Steven Wise 24 pass from Zamar Wise (Jocquai Burton run)

P- Kevin Minardi 9 pass from Nick Verducci (Cormac Bradley kick)

P- Minardi 4 pass from Verducci (Bradley kick) 

P- Verducci 61 run (Bradley kick)

P- Verducci 8 run (Bradley kick)

B- Najuwan Garretson 19 pass from Z. Wise (pass failed) 

P- Verducci 20 run (Bradley kick)

B- S. Wise 35 pass from Z. Wise (Z. Wise run) 

P- Verducci 8 run (Bradley kick)

P- Verducci 45 run (Bradley kick) 

B- Samir Dievivste 94 pass from Z. Wise (run failed)


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