WAYNE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — It’s a crosstown rivalry times two.
All four high schools in Wayne — Wayne Valley, Wayne Hills, Passaic Tech and DePaul Catholic — are playing this weekend in state or sectional football playoffs.
“A lot of families move over here just to get their kids into the football program,” Mike Naoum, of Wayne, told CBS2’s Alice Gainer.
“It’s great,” said another man. “Everyone’s talking about it.”
Probably the most buzzed-about game? Rivals Wayne Valley versus Wayne Hills on Sunday in the state sectional final at MetLife Stadium.
“You got a lot of great programs up here, so it’s exciting,” said Wayne Hills coach Wayne Demikoff.
“Our kids are very familiar with each other as well,” said Wayne Valley coach Roger Kotlarz. “A lot of them played together in the youth program on the same team. So some of them went to middle school together. It’s a unique situation.”
Said Wayne Valley senior captain Joe Scancarella: “It’s always been a great football town. I grew up with some kids that went to DePaul. So I’ve been playing with them forever, so I’ve always known that Wayne has some great talent.”
Friends before — will they be friends after?
“No,” Wayne Hills senior captian Brendan Deveri said, in jest. “Some bonds are broken, but it’s just great football.”
Retired Wayne Hills coach Chris Olsen, father of Greg Olsen, a former Wayne Hills player who now suits up for the Carolina Panthers, says the program has steadily improved.
“I came here in ’87. They were struggling a little bit, and it took us a while to get it going, but once we got it going, it was rolling,” Chris Olsen said. “We had the 55-game win streak. We won eight state championships.”
Earlier in the season, Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley played each other, and Hills won by one point.
DePaul plays St. Joseph’s on Saturday. Passaic Tech faces Ridgewood on Sunday.