On the comeback trail: Highlights from Morristown High’s football victory at West Orange

Making the tackle. Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Making the tackle. Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
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By Grace Prachthauser

Making a comeback after a seven-year slump, Morristown High School football notched its second straight victory of the season with an 18-9 triumph at West Orange on Friday night.

Nathan Estiverne and  teammate, Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Nathan Estiverne and teammate, Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser

“Momentum-wise, we had all the boys fighting tonight, from the guys on the sidelines, to the guys in the trenches,” senior Nathan Estiverne said after the game.

“It felt great to pull one of those tough games out. Not only for us, but the coaches too. I feel like we could ride this momentum wave the rest of the season,” the running back said.

After a scoreless first half, the Colonials came out fired up.

“During halftime we were all talking about how we are going to win our personal battle on the field and we did that, and won the game,” said senior Jake Buchner.

Senior Drew Chilson scored the first touchdown, and junior Ryan Devaney added the extra point. 

Slideshow photos by Grace Prachthauser:

Jhamil King rushes the ball. Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Making the tackle. Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Rosse Conway lets fly. Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Colin Falk runs the ball, Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Nathan Estiverne and teammate, Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
SELFIE: Andrew Chilson and teammate, Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Amir Howard. Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
John Power smiles at Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Jake Buchner. Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Cheerleaders in action. Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Thomas Hussey rolls out, Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Busting loose. Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Thomas Hussey throws a block, Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Offensive lineman El-Amin Bashir, Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Running back Matt McNally, Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Coach John Power, Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
El-Amin Bashir and Kristian Dimogerodakis, Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Chris Holick, Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Coach John Power addresses his Colonials; Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Matt McNally, Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Coach John Power en route to second victory of 2017: Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
William Culmone and Thomas Hussey, Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Relaxing, Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Coach John Power talks to team. Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Jack Woodworth, Jason Jones and Ajhand Jordan. Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Rosse Conway and Kristian Dimogerodakis, Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Taking the field. Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Andrew Chilson. Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Matt McNally. Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Kenshin Dobbs.Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Matt McNally, left. Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
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Devaney booted a field goal soon after. Buchner added a TD, followed by a two-point conversion pass from Devaney to Matt McNally.

“This is a great team win and the offensive line does not get enough credit,” said McNally. “They were a huge part of the game. Our defense was lock-down. Lights out. I think we just proved that Morristown is back on the map and not to be taken lightly.”

The Colonials (2-3) will try to keep the momentum going on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, on the road against the unbeaten Montclair High School Mounties.

Matt McNally runs for daylight. Final score: Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Matt McNally runs for daylight. Final score: Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
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