Mountain Lakes NJSIAA Group 1 Football Champions
Mountain Lakes celebrates their Group 1 championship. (Photo by Catalina Saracen - JSN)

Mountain Lakes defeats Glassboro to win the NJSIAA Group 1 State Championship

The Mountain Lakes High School Football team defeated Glassboro, 24-6, in the NJSIAA Group 1 State Championship at SHI Stadium on Sunday morning.

A severe lack of offensive movement along with sub-par special teams was costly for a very young Glassboro team.

The plays:

ML Senior Aidan Malnati scored from one-yard out with 6:56 left in the first quarter.

After a 7-0 defensive first half, ML Senior Matt Shertzer extended the lead 10-0 with 5:46 left in the third quarter.

Senior Marco Dzamba’s big day was highlighted with his fumble recovery in the endzone with 10:21 left in the fourth quarter.

Senior J. Hernando (Dzamba 2PT) scored from 12 yards out to put Mountain Lakes up 24-0 with 3:18 left in the fourth quarter.

Glassboro Senior Damere Lassiter scored on a 37-yard lateral pass from Freshman Kristopher Foster on the game’s final play to avoid the shutout.

“Tortreports” Player of the Game Marco Dzamba had a blocked punt, two forced fumbles (bringing back one for a score), and tacked on a fourth quarter interception as the Lakers defeated Glassboro, 24-6, in the NJSIAA Group 1 State Championship.

Mountain Lakes finished the season with a 11-2 record, while Glassboro dropped to 9-4 on the campaign.

For more scenes from the 2023 NJSIAA Football Group 1 Championship, check out more of Catalina Saracen's photos from the game.