MONDAY EVENING QUARTERBACK: Union County football has had a state champion every year now since 2009

Since 2009, Union County has produced at least one state champion, a streak of nine straight seasons. Since 2011 we’ve seen Cranford win its first state championship in the playoff era – the Cougars won again in 2015 – and then we’ve seen three programs win for the first time in a very long time. […]

Union County football state championship playoff era history here; Years listed when each team last captured a state crown

Now that Hillside has won its first state championship since 1985, here is the list of when was the last year each team in Union County won a football state championship: Plainfield, with a record of 0-4 in finals, Governor Livingston (0-2) and Dayton (0-1) are the only three schools in Union County that have […]

Roselle Park holds on to defeat Roselle 7-6 in 100th Thanksgiving Day football clash; Brutus scores for Panthers, McRae for Rams

  ROSELLE PARK – Roselle Park held on to defeat Roselle 7-6 in the 100th Thanksgiving Day football game played between the neighborhood rivals Thursday morning at Herm Shaw Field. Roselle Park now leads the series, which began in 1915, 51-41-8. Roselle Park defeated Roselle for the first time since 2014 and as a result […]

Honorary Captains for Thanksgiving football game include John Wagner of Roselle Park and Lou Grasso, Sr. of Roselle

The Honorary Captains for the 100th Roselle Park-Roselle football game – scheduled for Thanksgiving morning at Roselle Park’s Herm Shaw Field – are John Wagner of Roselle Park and Lou Grasso, Sr. of Roselle. Wagner, a 1969 Roselle Park graduate, was the head coach at Roselle Park from 1981-2005 after serving as an assistant coach […]

Hillside at Johnson FB playoff game moved to Saturday, Nov. 18 because of production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” taking place at Johnson Nov. 16 and 17

The two best football teams from the Valley Division of the Mid-State 38 Conference – first-time champion Johnson (5-0) and second-place Hillside (4-1) – will now clash Saturday (Nov. 18) night at 7 at Nolan Field in Clark in their Central Jersey, Group 2 playoff semifinal. The reason why is because Johnson’s production of the play […]

MONDAY EVENING QUARTERBACK: 2 Union County teams guaranteed of reaching state championship games

A banner 5-1 first-round playoff day last Saturday has produced two Union County vs. Union County semifinal matchups this weekend. That means Union County will have at least two teams playing in championship games the first weekend in December. Six of Union County’s 10 playoff qualifiers advanced to this weekend’s semifinal action, which is a […]

Roselle Park football wins first road playoff game in 25 years; Hillside captures first road playoff triumph since 1985

Westfield, Elizabeth and Rahway also victorious as 5 Union County teams advance to sectional semifinal contests

Roselle Park played to its ball-control strength early on to build a two-touchdown lead and then after Glen Ridge came back to tie the game the Panthers made a big play in the third quarter that led to a go-ahead touchdown which put Roselle Park in front for good. Visiting Roselle Park then added to […]

Johnson football advances to Central Jersey, Group 2 semifinals for 2nd time in 3 years; Linden, Cranford, Roselle fall on first night of playoffs

Remember when “official” practice commenced back in August, with players having to put on helmets and pads during near 100 degree temperatures. Well Friday night, as the playoffs commenced, it was time to search for extra clothing. Temperatures in the 30s and as low as the 20s in some places made for a very frosty […]

Legendary New Providence football coach Frank Bottone passes at age 86; Winningest gridiron coach in Union County

He guided Pioneers to 8 state championships

Legendary New Providence football coach Frank Bottone has passed at the age of 86. He will truly be missed by not only his family and the New Providence community, but by a New Jersey football community that came to know him over the past 50 years. Bottone went out a winner, the last game he coached […]

MONDAY AFTERNOON QUARTERBACK: 7 of 9 Union County matchups have playoff history; 10 from Union County qualify

5 first-round games set for Friday night, Nov. 10 and 4 more for Saturday afternoon, Nov. 11

Of the nine games involving the 10 teams from Union County that qualified for the playoffs, seven of them are playoff rematches. The only two that have no history are first round Central Jersey, Group 2 encounters. They include third-seeded Johnson hosting sixth-seeded Holmdel tomorrow night and seventh-seeded Hillside at second-seeded South River Saturday. Those […]

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