Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Wayne Hills Travels Road to Glory

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Wayne Hills Travels Road to Glory

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GRAHAM, N.C. -- At Graham High School football games, there is homemade ice cream for sale, and a large barbecue pit serving all kinds of Southern delicacies.

Wayne Hills gave the Red Devils a taste of New Jersey high school football.

Playing their first out-of-state opponent, the Patriots displayed a potent offensive attack Saturday night, routing the Red Devils, 53- 13, in their season opener. Wayne Hills junior tailback Luca Grave ran for 172 yards and two touchdowns and starting quarterback Brendan Devera threw three touchdown passes.

"We have some pieces, now what we do with them from here, that will be the key," said Wayne Hills coach Wayne Demikoff. "Hopefully, we keep getting better from here. I think we'll be dangerous if we stay healthy and we keep getting better."

The Patriots raced out to a 16-0 lead before the Red Devils had their second first down.

Graham (0-3) played without starting quarterback Jamie Newman for the second straight game. Newman, who has committed to Wake Forest, reportedly has an ankle injury. He dressed but did not play.

Devera was playing with a soft cast on his left forearm, but showed no problems running or throwing. He had plenty of help from an offensive line that dominated the Red Devils up front.

Wayne Hills brought a large group of fans -- at kickoff there seemed to be almost as many Patriot fans as Red Devil fans. Standing on the sidelines were former Patriots coach Chris Olsen and Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen.

"We had the old gang back together," said Demikoff. "It was great to see him. Unbelievable."

The Patriots found the Red Devils on a football message board and made the most of their trip. Wayne Hills toured the campuses of North Carolina and Duke, and had a pregame walkthough at nearby Elon University.

The Patriots said the long bus ride Thursday night was not too pleasant -- hard to sleep, but after that it was a mix of work and play.

"You hang out with these kids four hours at practice, but you don't get 10-hour bus rides with kids and sleeping in hotel rooms, it was fun," said Patriots senior wide receiver Vinny LoVerde. …

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