Pope John XXIII Regional High School football in Sparta opened its season with a 16-6 win over Immaculate Conception High School of Montclair. The non-league home game opened with two first-half field goals by sophomore Tylik Hill, first for 29 yards, and the second for 42 yards. They were followed by a 12-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Christopher Dietrich to Wesley Johnston, with a Jack Morgese extra point. The Lions sealed the victory in the second half with one more Hill field goal. Pope John next faces Seton Hall Prep at SHI Stadium at Rutgers University in Piscataway Sept. 3. Photos by Joe Phalon
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