By Mike Holcombe
Special to The Mercury
HIGHTSTOWN, N.J. — With the opening of their Mid-Atlantic Prep League schedule Friday, both the Hill and Peddie football teams were presented with a clean slate and a new start to their seasons.
When the game was over, it was Hill that had its loss column chalked up as Peddie rolled to a surprisingly easy 35-7 win.
Both teams had been roughed up in their non-conference games, coming into Friday’s matchup with identical 0-3 records. While Peddie head coach Frank deLaurentis felt he saw some promise in the early losses, Hill coach Grey Simpson could only lament that his team could not recover from its early misfortunes.
“We’ve been decimated with injuries,” Simpson said after the loss. “We needed some of the other seniors to step up and that didn’t happen. We lost not just our best players but also our emotional leaders so it was like a double whammy.
“We talked a lot about us being 0-0 (in the MAPL) and having a clean slate and we came out flat. It was disappointing.”