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 […]

Dayton boys’ soccer falls in Group 1 semifinals; Repeat N2, G1 state champion Bulldogs still turned in solid 18-4-1 campaign

OAKLAND – The first half went to Dayton, with the Bulldogs producing three quality shots that had to be turned away by Pompton Lakes senior goalkeeper Jason Dubrovich. Unfortunately for the North 2 champs they couldn’t put one in. The second half not only went to a swarming, more confident Pompton Lakes unit, but the […]

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 […]

Repeat North 2, Group 1 state champion Dayton boys’ soccer team seeks to advance past Group 1 semis this time; Bulldogs to face North 1 state champ Pompton Lakes

Match will be played Nov. 14 at Indian Hills in Oakland

The next goal for the repeat North 2, Group 1 state champion Dayton boys’ soccer team is to win its Group 1 semifinal this time to reach the Group 1 state championship match for the first time since 2009. Last year the Bulldogs – after winning at Glen Ridge 2-1 in double overtime to win […]

Dayton boys’ soccer 1 win away from repeating as North 2, Group 1 state champs; Bulldogs are at Secaucus in Nov. 10 final

The Dayton boys’ soccer team is back where it wants to be – playing for another sectional state championship. Defending champion Dayton advanced to the North 2, Group 1 state championship match by winning at top-seeded New Providence 2-1 in a Nov. 7 semifinal match contested at Lieder Field. It was a goal by sophomore […]

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 […]

MONDAY EVENING QUARTERBACK: Cranford not ready to settle for consolation game; Ambrosio proves to be quite a kicker

9 Union County teams in playoffs with 1 week to go; 2 are on outside at seed 9 looking in

Cranford is not ready to settle for a consolation game. Last week the Cougars were on the outside looking in, ninth in the power point standings in North 2, Group 3. This week – after a convincing 34-21 home win over Hillside and a big 21-13 victory by Mountain Lakes over Newark West Side – […]

Union County Tournament information here; boys’ and girls soccer and girls’ volleyball finals are Oct. 28

UNION COUNTY TOURNAMENTS BOYS’ SOCCER: FINAL Saturday, Oct. 28 at Johnson’s Nolan Field 2-Elizabeth vs. 1-Westfield, 7 p.m. SEMIFINALS Saturday, Oct. 21 at Johnson’s Nolan Field Elizabeth 2, Cranford 1 Westfield 3, Summit 1 GIRLS’ SOCCER: FINAL Saturday, Oct. 28 at Johnson’s Nolan Field 2-Scotch Plains vs. 1-Westfield, 5 p.m. SEMIFINALS Sunday, Oct. 22 at […]

MONDAY EVENING QUARTERBACK: Hillside qualifies for CJ, G2 playoffs for first time and now seeks to clinch a first-round home game; Comets have not played a home playoff game since 2000

The last time Hillside was in the playoffs the Comets were coming off a one-point mud-filled regular season setback to arch rival Roselle. That was the 2008 season, with the Comets – despite the 14-13 loss to Roselle – earning the second seed in North 2, Group 2. Hillside ended up playing both of its […]

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