Irvington HS football team defeats Wayne Hills to capture NJSFC-Freedom White Division title

The Blue Knights celebrate after beating Wayne Hills for the NJSFC-Freedom Division title.

IRVINGTON, NJ – (updated Sunday Nov. 5, 9:24 a.m.) – A year ago, the Irvington High School varsity football team lost at Wayne Hills in a game that decided the inaugural North Jersey Super Football Conference-Freedom White Division title.

This time, the Blue Knights returned the favor.

In the same scenario as last year – with the exception of the site of the game – head coach “Smoke” Pierre’s team rallied to beat Wayne Hills, 30-20, to capture the NJSFC-Freedom White Division championship on Friday night, Nov. 3, at the IHS Sports Complex.

The Blue Knights won their fifth straight game and improved to 7-2 overall and 5-2 in the division in the final regular season game. Wayne Hills fell to 6-3 overall and 3-1 in the division. Wayne Hills did not play division opponent Belleville this year.

After Wayne Hills took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, Irvington answered on quarterback Brandon Robinson’s  25-yard TD pass senior receiver Jasiah Provillon to cut it to 7-6. Wayne Hills kicked a field goal for a 10-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Robinson threw a 66-yard TD pass to sophomore running back Zakee Swann to put the Blue Knights up 12-10 with 10:16 left in the second quarter.

With 3:12 remaining in the second quarter, Wayne Hills took a 13-12 lead on a field goal after the Blue Knights stopped a threat inside the 10-yard line  

The Blue Knights dominated the rest of the way. Freshman running back Zahir Abdus Salaam scored on a 3-yard  run to give the Blue Knights the lead for good, 18-12, with 6:12 remaining in the half.

Robinson scored on a 10-yard TD run with 16 seconds left in the half to make it 24-13.

Robinson hit Swann on a 91-yard TD pass to extend it to 30-13 with 7:46 left in the third quarter. Wayne Hills scored on a long TD pass with 4:04 remaining in the third quarter, but the Blue Knights held on for the win.

Last year, the Blue Knights lost at Wayne Hills, 48-27, in the regular season finale for their first loss. Irvington lost to Randolph, 13-12, in the following week in the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1, Group 4 state playoffs to finish 8-2 in coach Pierre’s first year at the held.

Irvington will now get ready for the postseason, but will compete in the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2, Group 4 state playoffs that begin Nov. 10-11.

The Blue Knights, seeded fourth, will host No. 5 seed Linden in the first round. The winner will face the winner between No. 8 seed Millburn and No. 1 seed Phillipsburg in the semifinals.

NOTE: Irvington free safety Jason Antwi recently gave a verbal commitment to Monmouth University.


8-Millburn (2-6) at 1-Phillipsburg (8-0)

5-Linden (5-3) at 4-Irvington (7-2)

6-Sayreville (5-4) at 3-Colonia (7-2)

7-Orange (4-5) at 2-North Hunterdon (8-1)

Irvington (7-2)

Sept. 8, Won, Lincoln, of Jersey City, 38-0

Sept. 15, Won, at West Orange, 28-7

Sept. 22, Loss, at Smyrna, Del., 30-18

Sept. 30, Loss, at Nutley, 34-12

Oct. 6, Won, Millburn, 46-12

Oct. 13, Won, at Wayne Valley, 30-27

Oct. 21, Won, Belleville, 84-0

Oct. 28, Won, at Passaic Valley, 26-21

Nov. 3, Won, Wayne Hills, 30-20