Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Patriots Outrun by Kinnelon

Alex Diaz breaks through Kinnelon’s defense.

North Warren’s roller coast of a season continued with a 28-7 loss to Kinnelon Sept. 22. Now at 2-2, the Patriots have felt the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat on alternating Friday nights.

Unlike the previous week’s nail-biter win over Parsippany, when the Pats overcame a 13-0 halftime deficit to win on the extra point in the closing seconds, North Warren went scoreless in the second half against Kinnelon.

The wind seemed knocked from the Patriots’ sails with an end zone interception by Kinnelon after North Warren had driven downfield in the first quarter.

“Yeah, that interception really did it. We never really got our footing back after that,” head coach Gene Fluri said.

Later in the second quarter North Warren did regroup long enough for a quarterback keeper when Jared Van Valkenburg rushed five yards for a touchdown. Van Valkenburg had 15 yards passing on the night.

North Warren rushed for 77 yards against Kinnelon’s 103.

“Kudos to them,” Fluri said. “They’re a tough team.”

Looking beyond the Kinnelon game, Fluri said, “The past is in the past. We’re getting ready for Boonton.”

North Warren will visit Boonton Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.

Joe Phalon
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

Joe was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to be a part of the Ridge View Echo. During a decades-long career in publishing and journalism, he has covered government on many levels from local school boards to the United States Supreme Court.

Along the way, Joe has worked at American Lawyer Magazine, The National Law Journal and The Record among other publications, and as the Press Officer of Columbia Law School. His work has been recognized with several first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.

Being part of the Ridge View Echo brings Joe back to his roots and the kind of news coverage he loves: Telling the stories of people and local communities as well as keeping an eye on how their money is spent by their government officials.

Joe lives in Blairstown with his wife Rose, the founder of Quilting for a Cause, and their two wiener dogs. He is an artist in his spare time.