Vigorita, Battinelli share player of week award in Highlander's first win

| 01 Oct 2012 | 11:19

— It was a terrific homecoming for the Highlanders last Friday night when the football team had its first win in a stunning 16-15 victory over 2011 state finalists Weequahic High School.
"The victory would not have happened without the stellar play of senior captain Andrew Vigorita and junior Anthony Battinelli," said Coach Donald Dougherty.
Andrew made his first start at quarterback and showed his leadership skills from the first play. He commanded the offense with ease and poise, said Dougherty. Andrew, who also plays wide receiver and cornerback on defense, rushed five times for 13 yards, completed 6 of 9 passes for 67 yards, and threw for one touchdown pass. Andrew’s touchdown pass capped off a long third quarter drive for the Highlanders.
"Andrew’s never quit attitude, heart, pride, and leadership skills showed throughout the game," said Dougherty.
Anthony Battinelli is sharing player of the week honors with Andrew. Anthony had key runs at clutch times for the Highlanders. He also showed his toughness throughout the game by gaining extra yards on tough runs.
"He, along with the offensive line, created large running lanes for the running backs throughout the game," said Dougherty.
Anthony, who plays full back and linebacker, finished with a season high eight carries for 56 yards. He also made plays on defense, making three tackles.
"Anthony’s physical and mental toughness were key in this week's win," said a very happy coach.
The Highlanders head out on the road this Saturday against Northern Highlands High School. Game time is 2:30 p.m.