A Message From The Coach...
Happy New Year!
2016 ended exactly where Westwood Regional High School football seasons are expected to end, at Met Life Stadium, playing for a championship, our goal from the first time we begin lifting in January.
The bitter defeat to Mahwah was a team loss that does not define us, it fuels us -- coaches and players -- to do better, to learn from mistakes, and to move on as competitors both on and off the field. Win or lose, football continually teaches life lessons that make those who play it a unique breed and there is nowhere else that rings more true than right here in Cardinal Country.
Our departing seniors will be greatly missed by my staff, their teammates, our community, and me. Four year letter winners and two-time State Champs they began as scout players essential to our State title in 2013, contributed greatly to our second title as Sophs in 2014, provided the foundation of our playoff run in 2015, and, most importantly, this year they led one of the best nine game runs this tremendous Westwood program has ever seen. The class of 2017 leaves here as champions on the field, in the classroom, and in service to our wonderful community. Their futures, like their time here, will be successful. Further, like their outstanding families, this group leaves a legacy of commitment, effort and enthusiasm for those who follow to live up to. I love each of you and can't wait to welcome you all back as alums at practices, team events, and on our game day sidelines.
To those rising Cardinals already training to reach the high expectations our program sets for itself, my message is simple - work hard and be ready to make plays from Day One!
Finally, thanks to our fans and Crazies who help make Friday Night Lights at Westwood Regional the tremendous home field advantage it has become for our team and the showcase for the awesome community support that surrounds our program. Since opening, we are 31- 6 at home on the turf and having coached in every game ever played here I once again am witness, first-hand, to what I knew when I played against Westwood as an opposing high school player – this community loves its sons and daughters and its football!
Thanks and Go Cards!