Hillside Comets football record since 1990, including years made playoffs and results vs. Delaware Valley and Cranford

HILLSIDE COMETS SINCE 1990:

 

1990: (5-4) head coach John Kaye’s first season

1991: (2-7)

1992: (7-1-1)

1993: (7-2)

Mountain Valley Conference-Mountain Division

co-champions with Immaculata

1994: (7-2)

1995: (4-5) head coach Derryk Sellers’ first season

1996: (5-4)

1997: (2-7) head coach Gary Westberry’s first season

1998: (6-4), qualified in North 2, Group 2

1999: (3-7), head coach Jim Hopke’s first season

 

2000: (9-2), qualified in North 2, Group 2

2001: (6-4)

2002: (2-8)

2003: (6-4), qualified in North 2, Group 2

2004: (4-6)

2005: (3-7)

2006: (3-7)

2007: (0-10)

2008: (8-3) head coach John Power’s first season,

qualified in North 2, Group 2

2009: (4-6)

 

2010: (3-7)

2011: (1-9)

2012: (1-9) head coach Kendall Ashford’s first season

2013: (4-6)

2014: (2-8)

2015: (4-6) head coach Halim McNeil’s only season

2016: (4-5) head coach Barris Grant’s first season

2017: (5-2 so far) qualified for first time in Central Jersey, Group 2

 

* Prior to this year, Hillside produced 10 winning seasons

(1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2008) since 1990.

 

NOTES: The 1991 season was Hillside’s first campaign that concluded above .500 since the 1986 team went 5-4. That 1986 squad was coached by Jerry Alexander, who became the head coach at Newark Central after he left Hillside. Alexander led Hillside to its two state championship games, the finals in North 2, Group 2 in 1983 and 1985. The 1985 squad capped a 10-1

season by winning at top-seeded Madison 13-12 in the N2, G2 state championship game. That is the only state title Hillside has won in the playoff era. The Comets lost only to Immaculata in 1985.

 

Derryk Sellers, 1983 Hillside graduate, was a two-way tackle who played for head coach Larry Coppolla.

 

Jim Hopke, 1986 Hillside graduate, was a tight end and outside linebacker who played for head coach Jerry Alexander.

 

 

HILLSIDE’S 9 PLAYOFF SEASONS,

the Comets are 5-7 in the playoffs, including 1-1

in championship games:

 

2017: First time qualified in Central Jersey, Group 2

and in a section other than North 2, Group 2

 

2008: Top seed in North 2, Group 2

First round at Union – Hillside 13, Orange 6

Semifinals at Union – Caldwell 28, Hillside 21

 

2003: 8th seed in North 2, Group 2

First round at Summit – Summit 27, Hillside 7

 

2000: 2nd seed in North 2, Group 2

First round at Hillside – Hillside 33, Montville 20

Semifinals at Hillside – Pequannock 29, Hillside 26

 

1998: 6th seed in North 2, Group 2

First round at Pequannock – Pequannock 34, Hillside 14

 

1985: 2nd seed in North 2, Group 2

Semifinals at Hillside – Hillside 25, Dover 20

Final at top-seeded Madison – Hillside 13, Madison 12

 

1983: Top seed in North 2, Group 2

Semifinals at Hillside – Hillside 14, Newark Central 12

Final at Hillside – 2nd-seeded Butler 16, Hillside 8

 

1982: Top seed in North 2, Group 2

Semifinals at Hillside – 4th-seeded Caldwell 44, Hillside 26

 

1978: 3rd seed in North 2, Group 2

Semifinals at Butler – top-seeded Butler 53, Hillside 7

 

 

 

HILLSIDE VS. DELAWARE VALLEY LAST 4 YEARS (1-3):

 

2017: Hillside 49, Delaware Valley 8 – at Hillside

 

2016: Delaware Valley 31, Hillside 6 – at DV

 

2015: Delaware Valley 41, Hillside 0 – at Hillside

 

2014: Delaware Valley 42, Hillside 12 – at DV

 

 

HILLSIDE VS. CRANFORD SINCE 2008 (2-7):

 

2017: Hillside (5-2) at Cranford (4-3), Oct. 27

 

2016: Cranford 49, Hillside 13 – at Hillside

 

2015: Cranford 51, Hillside 17 – at Cranford

 

2014: Cranford 40, Hillside 6 – at Hillside

 

2013: Did not play

 

2012: Did not play

PHOTO BY JR PARACHINI – The 2017 Hillside Comets qualified for the Central Jersey, Group 2 playoffs for the first time.

 

2011: Cranford 35, Hillside 6 – at Hillside

 

2010: Cranford 23, Hillside 20 – at Cranford

 

2009: Hillside 14, Cranford 7 – at Hillside

 

2008: Hillside 28, Cranford 0 – at Cranford

 

– JR PARACHINI

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