Pascack Valley beat Paramus 32-8 to win a 2013 NJSIAA State Championship at MetLife Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
“If that ain’t team of the year, it’s a travesty,” said Pascack Valley head coach Craig Nielsen. “Every other team that’s here is supposed to be here. We graduated 30 seniors and these kids won. That is the team of the year.”
Valley came out quick and pressured Paramus on every snap resulting in a blocked punt and a fumble recovery on a bad snap by the Spartans’ center.
The Indians cashed and made the Spartans pay by putting up 14 quick points, a touchdown after each turnover, in the first quarter.
Two touchdowns after the half—the first on a 42-yard run by Steve Farrell and the second on a 27-yard run by Ricky Tiburcio—put the Indians up by a comfortable 26-0 margin.
“Last year we came up short and at that moment us seniors said, ‘we’re never going to let that happen again,’” said senior Jake Morra. “We felt that if we play Valley football, tough, physical, punch-you-in-the-mouth football, they can’t play with us. We proved everyone wrong, it’s awesome.”
The win at MetLife gave the Indians their second state title in school history, their first since 1990.