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PHOTOS: Summit Routs Palisades Park for North 2, Group 3 State Title

Hilltoppers shut out the Tigers, 30-0; finish season undefeated

After a close first half, the Summit Hilltoppers came out firing on all cylinders in the second half to shut down Palisades Park in the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 Championship Game at MetLife Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

For the Hilltoppers, it is their seventh state playoff title.

"In the locker room at halftime, some of the seniors stood up and talked to the team," said A.J. Iarussi. "Coach told us to play Hilltopper football and once we got rolling, there was nothing they could do to stop us."

The win capped off an undefeated season for Summit.

"This is the greatest feeling in the world," said senior quarterback Mike Badgley.

Badgley attributed the close first half to "pregame jitters because of MetLife Stadium."

Head Coach John Liberato said the team was on a mission all year. They played their two best games in December to bring home the championship.

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final Palisades Park (9-3) 0 0 0 0 0 Summit (12-0) 7 0 14 9 30
CAMERON December 09, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Yes. CONGRADULATIONS. Summit Hilltoppers. Football Team
Virginia Liberato December 10, 2012 at 04:45 PM
What an amazing experience...for this great group of boys to play at Met Life Stadium...so proud of them...GO HILLTOPPERS!!! MISSION COMPLETE!
Patrick Natale December 11, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Mission Complete. Hilltoppers back where they belong...ON TOP!!! It's a great day to be a Hilltopper!

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