Cranford Cougars win title, go for their place in football history

CRANFORD, NJ — For the third time in program history, the Cranford Cougars football team reached 11-0 status, and, for the first time, they captured the North 2, Group 3, state title. Cranford did so last Friday night, dominating Sparta 45-21 in the 2021 North 2, Group 3 state championship game played at Memorial Field […]

Cranford football defeats Sparta 45-21 in state championship game

Cranford football defeats Sparta 45-21 in state championship game

CRANFORD, NJ — Early on during the North 3, Group 2, final on Friday, Nov. 19, Cranford was trailing Sparta and, at that point, realized this was not going to be the cakewalk its previous two playoff games were this season. The Cougars didn’t panic. There was no need. Why? They had senior Colin Murray […]

Cranford dominates Pascack Valley in 42-7 playoff victory

Cranford dominates Pascack Valley in 42-7 playoff victory

CRANFORD, NJ — Although Cranford won its first playoff game by 30 points, head coach Erik Rosenmeier challenged his defensive line to perform better against the run. So when it came time for Pascack Valley runners to try to penetrate Cranford’s first line of defense, they found no room at all to move forward. In […]

Despite Union football’s stellar season, COVID-19 forces a semifinal forfeit

Despite Union football’s stellar season, COVID-19 forces a semifinal forfeit

UNION, NJ — When Union football players tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday, Nov. 10, Union Superintendent of Schools Scott Taylor, after consulting with the county health department, decided to cancel Union’s sectional semifinal playoff game against Paterson Eastside. Though some of the same Union players tested negative for COVID-19 on Thursday, Nov. 11, […]

Summit plays tough but can’t stop West Morris from winning 56-31

Summit plays tough but can’t stop West Morris from winning 56-31

LONG VALLEY, NJ — Summit came out ready to go against West Morris, scoring a touchdown on the third play of the game on Friday, Nov. 5, at West Morris High School. Senior quarterback Charlie Schaffer hit senior wide receiver Conor St.Amant, who was wide open at the West Morris 30, with St.Amant sprinting to […]

Hillside shuts out Overbrook 34-0 in first-round game

Hillside shuts out Overbrook 34-0 in first-round game

HILLSIDE, NJ — After thumping Overbrook at home, Hillside is now one win away from playing for a state championship once again. The Comets, which won state titles in 2017, 2018 and 2019, scored once in the first quarter and twice more in the second and third to easily dispatch fifth-seeded Overbrook 34-0 in the […]

Brearley takes Dayton apart and wins 40-6

Brearley takes Dayton apart and wins 40-6

KENILWORTH, NJ — “Come ready, come hungry.” Those were the post-game words echoed by David Brearley High School’s lead skill position football players, who did just that, as they decimated neighborhood rival Jonathan Dayton High School 40-6 on Thursday, Oct. 28, in a Big Central Conference crossover clash at home on Ward Field. After taking […]

Union and Cranford football teams expected to earn top seeds in sections

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Union and Cranford, the two best football teams in Union County, as expected garnered top seeds in their sections. Rahway, at the last minute, snuck in, while Scotch Plains–Fanwood fell out. In all, 10 of Union County’s 17 football-playing schools qualified for the state playoffs, which commence around the state on […]

Dayton wins at Roselle Park 18-13

Dayton wins at Roselle Park 18-13

ROSELLE PARK, NJ — Prior to the opening kickoff, Jonathan Dayton High School senior Logan Solomine made a bold prediction to one of his teammates. “I told Justin Carrier that if I receive the kickoff, I’m going to take it to the house,” Solomine said. Solomine fielded Roselle Park senior Mateo Perez’s kick at his […]

Brearley prepares for big game at home

KENILWORTH, NJ — The Brearley Bears have done quite well, going into the final weekend of the regular season before the playoffs commence. Kenilworth’s David Brearley High School appears headed to the playoffs out of North, Group 1, in large part due to winning against bigger schools situated in South, Group 2, with victories over […]

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