In the final game of the 2015 Millburn football season, the Millers fell 34-14 to the Madison Dodgers in the 83rd consecutive running of the Thanksgiving game between these two towns.
For Zack Weinstein and his fellow seniors, this was not the way in which they wanted to end their football careers, but their last game at Dr. Keith A. Neigel Field was still played nonetheless in front of a packed house. The running back was held scoreless, quite a rare occasion for the focal point of coach Pat Leonardis’s offense, but his scoring output was picked up by a Nick Minter catch and a Wesley Moshier run. Additionally, senior John Serruto hauled in a terrific diving catch from quarterback Peter Serruto to set up the Millers in excellent field position (Which is available to see on our Facebook page).
On the other side of the ball, Madison was able to control the tempo on offense, largely due to the multifaceted rushing attack of Dom Luppino, Joe Mobley, Zach Shupe, and P.J. Mulcahy. Add senior quarterback Nick Coviello managing the game into the mix, and the Millburn defense had a difficult job to do right from the get-go. In a shining moment for the Millers, though, the special teams unit was able to block the final extra point of the game.
While this may not have been the ideal ending to what was an up-and-down season for coach Pat Leonardis’s team, it was a touching moment to see the coach speaking to his seniors, who were the first freshman class Leonardis ever received at Millburn High.