Watchung Hills climbs with Seubert, Martini, but still seeks peak

Watchung Hills QB Chad Martini was among the 22 Big Central Conference football players named to the NJFCA Super 100 Team in the league’s first season.

by Mike Pavlichko

They acknowledge the turnaround, but say they’re not done yet.

Soon-to-be-graduating Chad Martini had a stellar career at Watchung Hills by any measure. The pure stats for the Cornell-bound quarterback are eye-popping:

In a seven-game COVID-shortened season, Martini threw for 1,430 yards on 120-of-185 passing, a whopping 65 percent completion rate, with 10 touchdowns and just three interceptions, en route to a 5-2 record.

To put that in perspective, he threw for 1,544 yards and nine touchdowns, in a ten-game season last year that saw the Warriors go 5-5.

But there is always more to a story, and this case is no exception.

There was a wild, come-from-behind win over Phillipsburg this year, the first-ever over the Stateliners in Watchung Hills’ history.

And then there’s the little thing about Watchung Hills’ slow, but steady turnaround under head coach Rich Seubert, a Super Bowl champ with the New York Giants. After going 6-14 his first two seasons, the Warriors were 0-10 in 2018, but got back to .500 last year on the strength of a solid first-half of the season, and this year went 5-2 with that signature win they were looking for.

Martini and Seubert spoke to Central Jersey Sports Radio about their season, turnaround, and the turning point for that turnaround. Click below to hear their comments:

Senior QB Chad Martini

Head Coach Rich Seubert

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