Knights Tumble in State Finals


Tony Hirose

Jhari Rogers, Sports Editor

The New Milford Knights have had an outstanding football campaign in 2016-2017. The Knights finish the campaign in an 8-3 advance to the state finals, but ultimately fell short. The Knights’ schedule consisted of HawthorneQueen Of PeacePompton LakesHarrison, LyndhurstGlen RockWaldwick/Midland ParkElmwood park , Belvidere , Becton and Hasbrouck Heights.

The Knights are losing many star pieces to this powerhouse offensive in star running back Christian Correa and Brett Kornberg. The Offensive line will also be losing Eddie Ryander, Dave Willock, John Yoon and Elijah Pastrana. The defensive will be losing Rialey Matthews,Yoel Figuereo, Kyle NaimsterGreg Macnish, Jhari Rogers and New Milford’s ball hawking safety in Justin Hugerich.

 Although the Knights are graduating a big senior class, many key factors for the Knights are returning to do something special.   The Knights have a very talented team coming back in Ryan Picnic, Matt McElroy,Nick Klein, Rhys Farley, Jackson Brown, Tyler Dzadik ,Elijah Adams,  Alex Molina, and Anthony Rivera.

 Jhari Rogers (’17)  says, “…playing with this group of teammates was an amazing experience no one will ever understand. From stepping foot on Hawthorne’s football field to ending the season at Metlife Stadium was incredible. We fought through adversity and turned a negative into a positive throughout the season. Many believed after the losses to rival Pompton Lakes and last minute upset by Harrison, the Knights has no hope in the state playoffs. It was hard in practice. We hated showing our faces around New Milford, it was a little embarrassing losing to Harrison, but all I can say is that they have a strong leader in Mike O’Donnell.” 


 The Knights went on a five game winning streak after losing to Harrison. The Knights beat all the odds beating Glen Rock and Waldwick/Midland Park. The Knights clinched a playoff berth beating  those two group two teams taking their power points. The Knights also knocked off 7-1 Belvidere to rolling over 7-2 Becton. The Knights followed Correa the whole way there, rushing over 200 yards a game pulling the Knights into the state finals. Despite the Knights falling short in the finals 30-12, they had a very strong season. Correa still rushed for 200 yards.

We played in Metlife stadium and we’ve been saying that since our freshman year. Not too many people can keep their promise they made four years ago. Although we didn’t fulfill the ultimate goal in getting a state title we made it to Metlife.  I just want to thank all my teammates, fans and coaches for everything. Coaches Wilde and Farley taught me how to deal with adversity in my life and how to properly react. Although I won’t be wearing that forest green number five next fall, I wish everyone luck in the following season. One last thank you to everyone, and I’m forever a Knight.  Knights Nation!