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Mahwah Football Coach Reaches Milestones As Team Enters Finals

Mahwah High School Varsity Football Coach Jeff Remo with Quarterback James Ciliento, left, and Runningback Mike Peltekian. Photo Credit: Jim Clarke
Mahwah Varsity Football Coach Jeff Remo. Photo Credit: Jim Clarke

MAHWAH, N.J. — Mahwah looks to continue its season-long celebration Friday evening as it hosts Pascack Hills in the opening round of the NJSIAA North 1, Group 2 championship.

The second-seeded Thunderbirds (8-1) are on pace to break the school record of 367 points set in 1978. Mahwah — which enters the game with 358 points — defeated the seventh-seeded Cowboys (6-3) on Oct. 23, 49-0.

“Every year you know it’s a matter of staying healthy,” said Mahwah head coach Jeff Remo. “We’ve had a couple of bumps in the road but the kids have made an honest effort working hard in the weight room and focusing in practice.”

The lone blemish on Mahwah’s record is a 28-17 loss at River Dell on Oct. 30 that cost the Thunderbirds the Big North Patriot Division title.

Remo, who’s in his 19th year with the team, is laser-focused on the three-game playoff series.

With unwavering determination the coach is hoping to end of his 19th season with a celebration on the field at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.

“I haven’t thought about if we lose,” Remo said. “A lot of [the players] have been through this before. They worked very hard last winter and weight-trained all summer and — one game at a time — we’ll be in MetLife Stadium.”

The Thunderbirds would host the winner of Friday’s game between third-seeded Pequannock and sixth-seeded Westwood on Nov. 20 in the North 1, Group 2 semis. Other opening-round matchups include top-seeded Glen Rock versus No. 8 Kittatinny and fifth-seeded Sussex Tech versus No. 4 Hawthorne. The finals are slated for Dec. 4.

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