Hillside produces program’s first 12-0 finish after capturing South, Group 2 Regional Championship; Comets come back in 2nd half to top Cedar Creek 25-3

Biggins throws TD pass to Bell, while Louis scores twice and Moore once in Dec. 8 clash at Rutgers

So now that Hillside followed up a third straight state championship with a first regional title, what is the next challenge for the suddenly unstoppable Comets? “We’re now chasing Lou Rettino,” said fourth-year head coach Barris Grant on Monday, referring to the former legendary Union mentor guiding the only program in Union County to four […]

One of Union’s most historic football wins took place Saturday, Dec. 7, 1991; Farmers ended Randolph’s then state-record 58-0-1 unbeaten streak

Came back in second half to win North 2, Group 4 championship game at Cooke Memorial Field 24-14

There was a time when public school football was still on an even par with non-public schools. State championship games – after a period from 1976-1981 for some – were moved back to the high school fields and there was an electricity about them, not a single vacant seat to be found. Just about the […]

Hillside football attempting to become first Union County team to win a Regional Championship; South Jersey, Group 2 state champion Comets (11-0) clash with Cedar Creek Dec. 8 at Rutgers

Winning a state championship is the ultimate in football. However, losing a game in the same season after capturing one can leave an empty feeling. That’s what the Hillside Comets experienced 12 months ago. They do not intend to have that same feeling come Sunday. Hillside (11-0) will clash with Cedar Creek (10-2) Sunday at […]

Terry Hanratty steps down as Roselle Park head football coach; Cites spending time with family as central issue

Citing the reason to be available to spend more time with his children and their sports, today, Wednesday, Dec. 4, Terry Hanratty officially stepped down as Roselle Park’s head football coach. “It’s completely a family issue,” said Hanratty, 47, who was the head coach at Roselle Park since 2012, leading the Panthers to a 39-36 […]

Roselle football wins at home on Thanksgiving to close its season with a 5-game winning streak; New Providence, Rahway and Westfield also triumph

Rams top Roselle Park 50-36 in first holiday game played at Arminio's new turf field

One team in Union County that can’t wait for the 2020 football season is the Roselle Rams. Roselle went 5-6 the very best way you can do it – by winning its final five games. Roselle hosted Roselle Park on Thanksgiving for the first time since 2015 and on Thursday morning the Rams came away […]

Hillside football, 11-0 again after capturing a 3rd straight state championship, eyes first undefeated finish; South Jersey, Group 2 champ Comets next play Dec. 8

Opponent will be either Cedar Creek or Camden in the South, Group 2 Regional Championship Game to be contested at Rutgers

In New Jersey now if you are good and fortunate enough to win a state championship, which means winning three sectional playoff games in three weeks, you then run the risk of failure afterwards. Last year Hillside was among New Jersey’s state championship football teams that concluded their campaigns with a season-ending loss. Hillside’s first […]

Union football gets the job done and is North 2, Group 5 state champions; First Farmers crown in 26 years sparked by standout Wilson effort

Leads all rushers with 210 yards on 14 carries and scores 2 TDs

UNION – Just four plays into the game Union junior running back Diante Wilson set the tone for what was about to come. He burst through the middle of the line and then raced, untouched, into the end zone for the game’s first points. With the Farmers ahead by six in the third quarter he […]

Union football’s last 3 attempts at winning a state championship game did not end well for the storied Union County program; Tonight the Farmers get a chance to re-write history

COMMENTARY There’s no way to sugarcoat it. The last three times Union football played in a state championship game it turned out to be a disaster for the Farmers, on and off the field. Tonight Union is seeking to capture its first state championship since 1993. Hard to believe, in many ways, that it’s been […]

Union football (11-0) seeking first title since 1993; Hillside (10-0) out to capture a 3rd straight

State championships on the line Nov. 22 at Union's Cooke Memorial Field and at West Deptford's still grass-playing surface

Two programs clashing for the first time. Two programs with a rich history of winning it all on more than one occasion. Two programs that were eliminated in the semifinal round of their sectional playoffs a year ago, each finishing 8-3. Two programs that have not won in a long time, the road team in […]

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