Hillside Comets seek to wreak havoc behind RBs named ‘Thunder and Thunder’

Hillside Comets seek to wreak havoc behind RBs named ‘Thunder and Thunder’

HILLSIDE, NJ — The Comets have not one, but two senior running backs who both rushed for over 1,000 yards last year. Muwaffaq Parkman, 6-foot-0, 175 pounds, gained 1,187 yards. He has given a verbal commitment to continue his football career at Syracuse University. Kyon Simonson, 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, gained 1,162 yards. He is headed […]

Week 1 football in Union County gets a quick preview

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Three Union County football teams opened their seasons last weekend, a weekend labeled only as New Jersey could label — Week Zero — while the other 14 will commence their 2022 seasons this weekend, known as Week 1. New Providence High School and Scotch Plains–Fanwood High School opened at home triumphantly, […]

Union County teams are eager for upcoming football season to begin

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The first day of official high school football practice in New Jersey, with shoulder pads, is now less than two weeks away: Wednesday, Aug. 10. That means teams can scrimmage one week later, with most of the 17 Union County football-playing schools slated to compete in their first scrimmages on Wednesday, […]

Cranford Cougars baseball team takes top seed for UCT

CRANFORD, NJ — It’s now been five years since Cranford High School advanced to the baseball Union County Tournament championship game. It’s been seven years since the Cougars have captured the crown. Last year’s squad, the top seed and quite capable, was stymied by Westfield High School senior right-hander Chris Ho, 2-1, in the first […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hillside outlasts resurging Delaware Valley to win 21-19

HILLSIDE, NJ — All-purpose athlete Darson Jeanty made three individual plays that were critical to the host Comets eventually coming out on top on Saturday, Oct. 16. Standout defensive lineman Zamir Hawk was in on three consecutive stops to halt visiting Delaware Valley on a second-quarter goal-line stand that kept his team ahead right before […]

Hillside rolls to a decisive victory against Voorhees, winning 40-7

Hillside rolls to a decisive victory against Voorhees, winning 40-7

HILLSIDE, NJ — Muwaffaq Parkman didn’t wake up on Saturday, Sept. 25, thinking he was going to reach the end zone once, twice, three times or even four. What high school football player thinks that way? Some things just have a way of working out. “I’m fortunate to have an offensive line that works really […]

Despite early lead, Hillside falls to Bernards, 14-7

Despite early lead, Hillside falls to Bernards, 14-7

PISCATAWAY, NJ — An unusual first half on Sunday, Sept. 5, at Rutgers Stadium saw Hillside with only 10 plays on its resume to 36 for a Bernards team that drove down the field but could not reach the end zone. Strangely up by a touchdown at the half — Hillside had the ball only […]

Hillside Comets: ‘meat and potatoes’ of squad is offensive line

HILLSIDE, NJ — You want to try to get to quarterback Caleb Salters? Good luck. In front of you will be an offensive line that averages 283 pounds. There’s only one returning starter, but that doesn’t mean anything. They’re coming after you. “The meat and potatoes of our team is the offensive line,” head coach […]

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