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Montclair Local: Mounties Notebook: Ridgewood preview, upcoming records and more

Motivation shouldn’t be hard to come by for the Montclair High School football team as they spend their weeknights at Montclair State University, gameplanning for their North 1, Group V semifinal against Ridgewood Saturday.

The Maroons, after all, have ended Montclair’s championship hopes in each of the past two years. The memories are still fresh for many of the current Mounties, many of whom played key roles as underclassmen in those games.

“Our focus is going to be focus,” said junior linebacker Willie Matthews, led the team with 15 tackles in last year’s semifinal. “Ridgewood sticks to their P’s and Q’s, and they keep really clean reads. We have to be on our game.”

Ridgewood’s style of play is the exact sort of style that can give the high-octane Mounties trouble, if executed well.

The formula to beat MHS is straightforward, and well-suited to head coach Chuck Johnson’s misdirection-based Wing-T offense: control the clock with long, time-consuming drives that end in touchdowns, limit the Mountie offense’s big plays, and win the turnover battle. No one in 2017 has been able to do both of those things, but no one here is taking that for granted.

 

For more breakdown of Saturday's Ridgewood game as well as news, notes and stats, click the link to head to the Montclair Local site or pick up Thursday's edition of the paper.

Mounties news roundup: Notebook, Earle awards and Livingston previews

Good Morning!

With the Mounties first playoff game (today vs Livingston at Woodman, kickoff 1PM), it's a good time to connect you with some great pieces about the team from this past week.

The Star-Ledger/NJ.com has a great breakdown on the North Jersey, Section 1 Group 5 bracket — though it's now slightly outdated with Passaic Tech already ousted by Bloomfield Friday night.
 

The Montclair Local has its recap of last week and this week's notebook online, the latter including Willie Matthews' tackle record, Marcus Crowell's commitment to William & Mary and proof that the academic success Montclair kids need can be had right here at the high school.

Tarrin Earle gets a nod both in NJ.com's 25 Players worth the price of admission piece (where are Matthews and Danny Webb though?) and as the winner of the Jersey Sports Zone Week 9 Game Ball.

Earle, Matthews and Collin Callahan all get a mention as members of the statewide statistical leaders as well.

And finally, the Mounties get a mention as one of the zero-loss teams around in NJ.com's A-to-Z look at the playoffs (they are, naturally, under Z for Zero losses).

Montclair Local: Mounties complete 8-0 regular season with 56-0win over Columbia - Rapid Reaction

 

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With the 2017 playoffs set to begin next weekend, the Montclair Mounties' chief concern was getting out of the game against Columbia with everyone healthy.

They were able to do just that Saturday afternoon, while also dismantling the Cougars 56-0.

On a day set aside to celebrate the senior Mounties, the team gave the fans a lot of other things to cheer about. Quarterback Tarrin Earle threw for five touchdowns in the first half, a personal record which also likely puts the Bucknell commit at the top of the list for passing touchdowns in a season by a Mountie.

Linebacker Willie Matthews set the record for career tackles with his first tackle of the game, and Danny Webb returned his first punt of the season, which the Army commit returned for a 60-yard touchdown.

The Mounties scored 49 points in the first half and were able to rest their starters while giving the second and third strings some work against a beleaguered Columbia team. Nate Bryan added the sole touchdown of the second half, a 12-yard touchdown run which again showed that he should be able to take the baton with no problem from the likes of Webb, Matthews and Josh Crawford after next season.

If there is one hiccup with the team’s efforts on Saturday, it’s the penalties. Montclair had four offensive penalties in the first half for n the neighborhood of 40 yards, and a pair of defensive penalties (unsportsmanlike conduct after an interception and running into the kicker) as well.

While they were able to tighten things up in the second half, it’s the one area that they have had to work on and perhaps the one thing which could stop a team which is loaded with talent on both sides of the ball.

Next week the Mounties will face Livingston at Woodman, kicking off at 1pm. That gives them a week to work on their discipline. While the Mounties blew the Lancers out 41-0 back on September 15, they know they cannot take anyone lightly.

Each game is it’s own season. With eight ‘seasons’ behind them, they know one slip up can erase a lot of hard work to date.

For a complete breakdown of the victory over Columbia with quotes from players and coaches, as well as a preview of the first round game against Livingston, check out Thursday’s edition of the Montclair Local.

Montclair Local: WEBB’S 348 YARDS, 4 TDS LEAD MOUNTIES OVER SETON HALL PREP, 63-44

by Andrew Garda

garda@montclairlocal.news

We weren’t sure what the Montclair High School football team would look like if they had to play a full four quarters before Saturday’s 63-44 win over Seton Hall Prep.

Now we do.

We know they look like a team that won’t quit. Like a team that overcomes problems like fumbles and penalties, and a team that, when push comes to shove, can step up and stop a drive.

With the Pirates driving down the field in the closing minutes of the game, and having struggled to slow the SHP offense down for much of the second half, the Mounties defense had two plays that made all the difference.

First, ahead 56-44 and with Pirates receiver Andrew Perez finding ways to make catches and surge for yards afterward, Finn Jensen and Marcus Crowell combined for a huge sack.

Forced to throw, Seton Hall quarterback Cameron Carti faded back and tossed a pass to his right.

Which is when the second huge defensive play the Mounties needed happened, as Tysean Williams intercepted the ball and took it the other way for a 70-yard pick-six, sealing the game.

“I had the deep third and I saw my man leave my zone,” Williams said after the game. “The [receiver] came right through and he was looking for the ball, didn’t see me. That was picture perfect, like we run it in practice. The fact that I took it all the way and scored this time — because I didn’t score the last time I had an interception — that was great.”

It wasn’t a smooth game for the Mounties defense, which allowed 547 yards along with the 44 points, but it was one where the unit showed it could step up when momentum had shifted in the other direction.

For the rest of the story, check out Montclair Local's website or pick up the Thursday print edition.

News 12 New Jersey ranks Mounties the 3rd best team in the state

News 12's Friday Night Football show has ranked the Montclair Mounties as the third best football team in the state (which, given how the Giants and Jets have played, could include them as well). They are the highest ranked public school on the list.

Check out their video here.

Meanwhile, NJ.com has the Mounties ranked as No. 5 in their latest Super Conference Football rankings. Again, they are the top public high school on the list with only Old Tappan in the top ten.

NJSFC RANKINGS
1. Bergen Catholic (6-2)
2. St. Peter’s Prep (6-2)
3. DePaul (6-2)
4. St. Joseph (Mont.) (5-3)
5. Montclair (7-0)
6. Pope John (5-3)
7. Old Tappan (8-0)
8. Paramus Catholic (3-5)
9. Passaic Tech (7-1)
10. Don Bosco Prep (2-6) 

You can see the whole list here.

Congrats to the Mounties - but the work isn't done.

Mounties Second Half Surge Buries West Orange 48-7

 

 

 

WEST ORANGE—It was a tale of two halves for the Montclair High School football team as the Mounties struggled in the first half and then walloped the West Orange Mountaineers in the second.

The result was a 48-7 win, a 6-0 record and the No.1 seed in the playoffs, including home field advantage.

Now the team turns its attention to Seton Hall Prep and proving it belongs among the best of the best in Northern Jersey.

For the game against the Mountaineers, the Mounties faced a lot of challenges in the first half. Plenty of flags were thrown, many not falling in MHS’ favor. West Orange couldn’t compete with the overall skill and athleticism of the Mounties, so they got chippy, took some shots in the pile post-plays and did a lot of talking.

The result was the early departure of Danny Webb, who left early in the game with an ankle injury.

“He had a great week of practice, went to the bottom of the pile, and [West Orange] knew it’s a sprained ankle and they yanked it,” said head coach John Fiore after the game. “They were doing it and he wasn’t protected by the officials. That happens quite often. How many games have you seen where he’s getting the business at the bottom of the pile and nobody protects him? And when we go in to protect him we get 15 yards.”

Webb was on his feet on the sideline later in the game, so it seems the Mounties were taking precautionary measures, something you can do when you have Willie Matthews and Josh Crawford to pivot to in the backfield.

 

The Mounties’ woes continued when quarterback Tarrin Earle threw a screen pass to D.J. Williams on the second play of the Mounties’ third drive. Williams couldn’t hang onto the ball, and dropped it. The officials didn’t whistle the ball dead, however, and Mountaineer defender Prince Jackson scooped the ball up and took it for a 26-yard touchdown.

While a look at the film shows the ball was clearly incomplete, that didn’t help the Mounties at the time.

Between the penalties, Webb’s injury and the fumble-return, it appeared West Orange had gotten into the Mounties’ head, which led to a lot of early mistakes.

That said, Montclair still led 15-7 at the half. After two quarters of play, MHS had run 42 plays to West Orange’s 16 and gained 293 yards to the Mountaineers’ 104.

The half ended with Tarrin Earle a crisp 16 of 20 for 171 yards and a touchdown to Collin Callahan, with Willie Matthews scoring on a short run.

Mountie Football Notebook: Webb Commits to Army, Seton Hall Prep preview

All that offense seemed to indicate the dam would burst for the Mounties at some point if they could just regain their focus and play their game.

And boy did they, in the second half.

 

For the full story, click here to go to the Montclair Local Website.

Montclair Local: MOUNTIES SECOND HALF SURGE ROUTS WEST ORANGE, 48-7—RAPID REACTION

 

WEST ORANGE—It was a tale of two halves for the Montclair High School football team as the Mounties struggled in the first half and then walloped the West Orange Mountaineers in the second.

The result was a 48-7 win, a 6-0 record and the No.1 seed in the playoffs, including home field advantage.

Now the team turns its attention to Seton Hall Prep and proving they belong among the best of the best in Northern Jersey.

For the game against the Mountaineers, the Mounties faced a lot of challenges in the first half. There were plenty of flags thrown, many not falling in MHS favor. West Orange couldn’t compete with the overall skill and athleticism of the Mounties, so they got chippy, took some shots in the pile post-plays and did a lot of talking.

That seemed to get into the Mounties heads, and led to a lot of early mistakes.

That said, Montclair still led 15-7 at the half. After two quarters of play, MHS had run 42 plays to West Orange’s 16 and gained 293 yards to the Mountaineers’ 104.

The half ended with Tarrin Earle a crisp 16 of 20 for 171 yards and a touchdown to Collin Callahan, with Willie Matthews scoring on a short run. Danny Webb left the game early in the first quarter when he re-injured his ankle in a dog-pile, but all indications are he was fine and it was a precautionary move.

All that offense seemed to indicate the dam would burst for the Mounties at some point if they could just regain their focus and play their game.

And boy did they in the second half.

The Mounties dominated from the moment the third quarter began, as they executed a perfect onside kick which they recovered. Then Earle hooked up with Charles Murphy for a touchdown on the very next play, the first of three times they would connect for touchdowns in the second half.

In less than thirty seconds, the momentum had shifted and the Mounties never relinquished it.

It was a moment during which we may have seen this team reveal itself fully for the first time. They kept their composure, fought hard and played their game, not the Mountaineers’ style of game.

They spent the first half playing into West Orange’s hands. They spent the second half playing the game on their own terms.

The difference was obvious and undeniable.

For a full breakdown of the victory over West Orange, including quotes and play by play detail, check out next Thursday’s edition of the Montclair local.

MONTCLAIR LOCAL: MOUNTIES OFFENSE LOOKS SHARP DURING 56-21 WIN—RAPID REACTION

 

The Montclair Mounties remained undefeated Saturday afternoon, increasing their record to 5-0 with a 56-21 win over the Morristown Colonials.

While the day was not without its hiccups, the MHS offense looked as good as we have seen it this year, and maybe the best we’ve seen it since this senior class took the reins.

Tarrin Earle had another tremendous day under center, going 16 of 21 for 239 yards and three passing touchdowns, while adding 71 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground. He hit Charles Murphy with an exceptional throw down the sideline for a score, while throwing a frozen rope of a pass to Tysean Williams for another touchdown. His pass to DJ Williams on a short slant for the third touchdown was also impressive.

The ground game also dominated, and this time Danny Webb never sniffed the field. While the dynamic senior back took a day off, juniors Josh Crawford and Willie Matthews kept the chains moving and then some.

For the rest of the recap, click on here to go to the Montclair Local website.

MONTCLAIR FOOTBALL: MOUNTIES ROLL OVER EAST ORANGE, 44-16

by Andrew Garda

garda@montclairlocal.news

EAST ORANGE—No Danny Webb?

That’s no problem for the Montclair High School Mounties as they took another early lead, this time against the overmatched East Orange Jaguars, and won 44-16.

“Without Danny Webb, we still put up 44 points and we’ve got a lot of weapons,” Mounties head coach John Fiore said after the game. “Tarrin [Earle] played great. Willie [Matthews] and Josh [Crawford] ran really well.”

It’s not completely accurate that the Mounties lacked the services of Webb, as he stepped in a few times in the first quarter, but for the most part he was rested by head coach John Fiore, leaving the heavy lifting in the backfield to Josh Crawford and Willie Matthews.

They were more than up to the task, particularly when passing.

The Mounties saw yet another solid outing by Earle, as the senior quarterback once again picked apart an opposing secondary and showed off some of his mobility out of the pocket to extend a play.

“I was mostly known as a pocket passer,” Earle said. “Nobody really gave me credit for my athletic ability. This year I’m a little bit bigger, I’m a little bit stronger and can show people I can make some athletic plays when I need to for my team.”

The crowd would have to wait a little bit, though, as the early MHS drives stalled.

“We started out slow,” Earle said. “We didn’t want to punt the first two drives, but we really picked it up after that. Gary [Robinson’s] defensive touchdown really sprung us.”

Yes, for once it was the defense who struck first for Montclair.

For the rest of the article, click here and head to the Montclair Local website.

Tarrin Earle up for "Heart of a Giant award"

While the Mounties prepare for their game with the East Orange Jaguars, Tarrin Earle is preparing for a separate battle. Earle has been selected as a Week 5 Nominee for USA Football’s Heart of a Giant award, presented by the Hospital for Special Surgery and the New York Giants. 


The Mounties faithful can help him win this one by voting at http://www.usafootball.com/HOAGvote starting Thursday at 5 p.m. and continuing until Oct. 29 at 11:59 p.m. You can vote once every 24 hours, per device (so one vote on your phone, computer, tablet each every 24 hours).

If Earle advances, he’ll be required to make a video stating why he is the best candidate for the award.

The Heart of a Giant Award winner will receive an additional $3,500 in donated equipment for his or her high school football team. The athlete and his head coach will be invited to attend the New York Giants home game vs. Philadelphia on Sunday, December 17, 2017, where they will be recognized on-field during the game and presented with a $5,000 check towards new football equipment for his/her high school and a Heart of a Giant trophy.

 

Let's help put Tarrin over the top! Start voting Thursday at 5PM. Vote early, vote often!!!

Montclair Local: Mounties beat Union City 22-7 - Rapid Reaction

For the complete story and video, click here to the Montclair Local website. 

Bloomfield—While this year’s ‘under the lights’ home game was actually played in Bloomfield at Foley Field, the Montclair High School football team made itself right at home in the Bengals’ house as they beat the Union City Soaring Eagles 22-7.

This game was one many of the Mounties had circled as a true test of their mettle. The last two seasons have seen UC steal wins from the Mounties and derail good seasons. Would this be a repeat?

As senior quarterback Tarrin Earle hit junior receiver/running back Josh Crawford for a touchdown on the first drive of the game, the answer was obviously a resounding ‘no.’

The Mounties knew they had to two two things to beat UC. First, they had to shut down the run game and force Union City to throw, something they do not do well. MHS was able to do that during both of the Eagles’ first two drives, nearly picking off passes during on the second UC drive.

The second thing was that MHS had to score early and often.

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For the complete story and video, click here to the Montclair Local website. 

Montclair Local: Complete breakdown of latest MHS win & Mounties Notebook

FOOTBALL:MOUNTIES SCORE EARLY, OFTEN IN 41-0 ROUT OF LIVINGSTON 

 

LIVINGSTON—The first two weeks of the season could not have gone better for the Montclair High School football team. The Mounties rolled again Friday night, dismantling Livingston 41-0 for their second win in a row.

As was the case last week against Passaic Tech, the Mounties piled on the points in the first quarter, getting a 28-0 lead before the first 12 minutes of the game were up. They then added another touchdown less than 10 seconds into the second quarter.

“You know, getting up two games in a row like we have, you really don’t get to see what you’re made of,” MHS head coach John Fiore said after the win. “That kind of happened to us last year. Then we got a test against Union City and we didn’t pass it. Hopefully this group’s different, and we pass it when we get to that game. Now we have a little time to get healed up again [with the upcoming bye week], to help secure that.”

It all started on the very first offensive possession, a seven-play, 65-yard drive capped off by a 4-yard Danny Webb touchdown run.

The first play set the Mounties back with a false start penalty, but senior quarterback Tarrin Earle gained the yards back with a 6-yard quarterback keeper right after that. Then Webb took a handoff and when he saw there was nowhere to run inside, he slipped around the outside edge on the left side of the line, finally being forced out of bounds at the Livingston 35-yard line.

Check out the complete article here.

Mounties Notebook—Shawn Collins, Finn Jensen and breaking down a big touchdown play

Moments after Shawn Collins had picked off Livingston quarterback Jack Ernst near the end of the first quarter of Montclair High School’s 41-0, coach Dan Roberts turned and said “Collins is going to be the next D1 prospect.”

While the statistics aren’t exactly eye-popping right now — Collins has just two tackles to go with his pick — watching him throughout the game and on film gives you an appreciation for the potential the defensive lineman has.

Head coach John Fiore loves to see young players step up, as it only helps the Mounties on a weekly basis. He agrees with Roberts’ assessment.

“Shawn’s gonna be a D-1 player,” Fiore said after the game. “It’s good to see him blossom, and he’s a sophomore who gives us depth.”

That depth, as any coach will tell you, can be the difference between a great season and a disappointing one. When you have it, you can replace a winded or injured player. When you don’t, you’re trying to patch holes with whatever and whoever you can grab.

Senior Jaire Gray agrees the depth that a player like Collins brings is critical and very welcome.

“We have a lot of young kids coming up,” the Mounties strong safety said. “It’s nice to see that they can play on the same level as some of the older kids. It’s good for us because, down the line when we go, somebody will be able to step up.”

For seniors like Gray and linebacker/offensive guard Finn Jensen, a guy like Collins makes him excited for the future as well.

“It’s great to see young kids getting in because it means when we all leave next year, we’re leaving he program to some good players,” Jensen said.

And for guys like Collins, the best appears to be yet to come.

Read about Finn Jensen's position switch and a breakdown of Tarrin Earle and Charles Murphy hooking up on a touchdown here.

Montclair Local: MOUNTIES MAKE IT TWO IN A ROW, TROUNCING LIVINGSTON 41-0 – RAPID REACTION

The first two weeks of the season could not have gone better for the Montclair High School football team. The Mounties rolled again Friday night, dismantling the Livingston Lancers 41-0 for their second win in a row.

As was the case last week against Passaic Tech, the Mounties piled on the points in the first quarter, getting a 28-0 lead before the first twelve minutes of the game were up. They then added another touchdown less than ten seconds into the second quarter.

For the rest of the story and video recap, visit the Montclair Local website.

Montclair Local: Webb, Callahan, defense star in 49-7 thrashing of Passaic Tech

by Andrew Garda

garda@montclairlocal.news

The Montclair High School football team could not have asked for a better home opener than what they got Saturday afternoon. The weather was mild, the wind was nice and the Mounties were firing on all cylinders.

MHS scored early and often against Passaic County Tech, ending the day with a 49-7 trouncing of the visiting Bulldogs.

Last season the Bulldogs turned the first half into a wrestling match before the more athletic Mounties ran away to a 42-15 win, but this year they were in trouble early on and never recovered.

“I’m not going to say we expected it but we worked for this,” senior running back Danny Webb said after the game. “It does feel good but right now, we’re not worried about anything but Livingston.”

After the game, the Mounties were focused on their next matchup, but during the game the business was all about PCTI.

Business was good, especially during the first quarter, when Montclair scored 28 of its 49 points.

Follow this link to see the rest of the article  at the Montclair Local website.

Montclair Local: Mounties dismantle PCTI in 49-7 victory

by Andrew Garda

 

The Montclair High School football team could not have asked for a better home opener than what they got Saturday afternoon. The weather was mild, the wind was nice and the Mounties were firing on all cylinders.

MHS scored early and often against Passaic County Technical Institute, ending the day with a 49-7 trouncing of the visiting Bulldogs.

Last season the Bulldogs turned the first half  into a wrestling match before the more athletic Mounties ran away to a 42-15 win, but this year they were in trouble early on and never recovered.

Senior running back Danny Webb kicked things off with a nice 50-yard touchdown run on the third play of the Mounties’ first possession. Webb, who would end the day with three scores and 103 yards on ten carries, showed both his characteristic burst out of the backfield and elusiveness at the second level on the run.

For the rest of the article, and a video recap, check out the Montclair Local website.

Molunties Season Preview (Montclair Local)

The Montclair Local has its season preview issue out on newstands this week, and you can read it online too. 

It has articles on the Mounties' season, spotlights on quarterback Tarrin Earle and running back Danny Webb, and interviews with the coaching staff as well. 

You can check it out at MontclairLocal.news before today's game!

 

Montclair football represented on McCarthy Report (NorthJersey.com)

by Steve Tober

The veteran combination of quarterback Tarrin Earle (Bucknell commit) and speedy running back Danny Webb are likely to help propel Montclair to a strong campaign, while the pass-catch tandem of QB Brandon Robinson and North Carolina State-bound wide out Jasiah Provillon should ignite Irvington to a big season.

MHS opens the 2017 season 1 p.m. on Sept. 9, hosting Passaic Tech at Woodman Field with Earle, Webb and the rest of the Mounties looking to get off to a fast start. 

Both the Mounties (North 1, Group 5) and Blue Knights (North 2, Group 4), who are perhaps Essex County’s best bets to win a playoff crown this season, are talent-laden and the aforementioned quartet are part and parcel of a strong Montclair and Irvington influence on The McCarthy Report Essex Top 10 seniors as compiled by David McCarthy. He has continued where his late dad, Dennis, had left off after more than 50 years of providing astute scouting reports on New Jersey high school football players while assessing their college potential.

The McCarthy Report, subscribed to by a number of major colleges, is a source for big-time recruiters and the essence of its statewide Elite 11, and Top 10 players from Essex County are listed below.

You can read the complete list at NorthJersey.com

BLUE OUT SHIRTS ON SALE NOW!

The Mounties' Home Opener on Saturday, September 9, will be our official Blue Out Game! You can get you T-shirts now at All Lacrosse on Valley Road (your official home for all your Mounties gear) and more locations will be added soon.

The shirts will also be on sale at the Sayreville Scrimmage on August 31 and during Freshman Orientation on August 29 and 30 in the High School Auditorium.

With the shirt you also get free entry to every regular season home game and discounts to various local businesses!
Shirts are just $15, or free with a Gridiron Club Blue Level Membership.

Paramus Catholic scrimmage has been cancelled

We will practice in the morning

August Schedule

 

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Preseason Practice Schedule remainder of August
Week 3

Monday - 8-11:30am

Tuesday and Wednesday 8-11:30am Practice

1-2pm Weight room

Thursday - 8:00-12:00 Weight room and film

Card Blitz starting at 12:00am

Freshmen scrimmage 10am at Home

Friday 8-11:30am Practice 

Week 4
Monday - Wednesday 8-11:30am
Thursday 8/31 Sayerville Scrimmage

Friday 9/1 Film and Lift 8am-12pm

Saturday 8-11am

Week 5

Saturday 9/2 - 8am (practice 9-11:30)
Monday (Labor Day) 9/4 - 8:00-10:30
Tuesday 9/5 - 3:15pm (on the field)
Wednesday 9/6 -3:15pm (on the field)
Thursday 9/7 - 3:15pm (on the field)

M ceremony for seniors 7:00pm at Angelos Pizza in Bloomfield
Friday 9/8 - 3:15pm (on the field),

6pm Team M ceremony Dinner


 

Mounties have fun at the AlphaBounce Challenge

On Saturday, March 18, members of the Mounties Varsity football and softball teams took part in the AlphaBounce Challenge, sponsored by Adidas.

The event consisted of a 2.5 mile run between two of Adidas' stores, as well as various challenges along the way such as burpees, pushups and agility drills.

The Mounties also got to meet Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Marcus Peters. 

DJ Williams said it was very cool to meet Peters, who he said gave some good advice, including staying focused and determined. Tarrin Earle also said he enjoyed the experience, even though it was a bit cold.

Team 1, which was Daniel Webb, Tarrin Earle, Willie Matthews, Colin Callahan and DJ Williams took 1st place. All participants got a ton of Adidas gear and winners got gift cards as well.

 

Pass play of the week

Run Play of The Day

Blast from the Past

Mounties beat Bloomfield (again) and reclaim Investors Cup - Media recap

Montclair Mounties Rally to Defeat Bloomfield 30-23 And Reclaim Investors Cup at Thanksgiving Game

BY   - Baristanet

After calling timeout with 7:55 remaining in Montclair High School’s annual Thanksgiving Day football game against Bloomfield, defensive coordinator Jamie Bittner had a message for his beleaguered defenders, who were on their heels against a strong Bengal run game.

“I told our guys that we’re going to make an adjustment, move some people around to help us out,” Bittner said. “But I told them that ultimately, I don’t have any magic formula. It was all about them. They needed to be more physical, they needed to make a play.”

The very next snap after Bittner’s message, the Mountie defense did just that, as senior linebacker John Lewis stripped Bloomfield running back Zavion Stevens and sophomore Willie Matthews recovered.

You can read the rest of the piece here.

Montclair's Webb has 3rd straight 200-yard game in Thanksgiving win over Bloomfield

By Evan Slavit | For NJ Advance Media ​​​​​​​

MONTCLAIR -- Bloomfield led by 10 points entering the fourth quarter, and it was looking for its first back-to-back wins in the Thanksgiving rivalry game against Montclair in recent memory.

Daniel Webb put that dream to bed.

The junior running back rushed for over 100 yards in the final frame alone to lead Montclair to a 17-point fourth quarter in a 30-23 win over Bloomfield on Thursday morning in front of 600.

Montclair leads the all-time series, 64-25-1.

You can read the rest here.

Come send out Seniors off at the Turkey Bowl!

Today marks the final game of the 2016 Varsity season, as the Mounties take on Bloomfield in the Annual Turkey Bowl.

Our senior football players and parents will be acknowledged before the game so come out and thank them for a great season of football!

Montclair Mounties fall to Ridgewood - Media Roundup

Ridgewood scores 24 unanswered fourth quarter points to defeat Montclair, 31-20, in N1, G5 semis

By Matt Bove | For NJ Advance Media 

RIDGEWOOD -- Top-seeded Ridgewood, No. 15 in the NJ.com Top 20, saw its undefeated season flash before its eyes down by 13 points in the fourth quarter, but rallied with 24 unanswered points to come back and beat fifth-seeded Montclair, 31-20, in the NJSIAA/Sports Institute.com North Jersey, Section 1, Group 5 semifinals at Ridgewood.

Ridgewood will take on third-seeded Passaic Tech in the sectional final on the weekend of Dec. 2-4. Passaic Tech beat Ridgewood in last year's final, 27-0.

"It's all in the details," said senior Drew Granski. "We had too many penalties last year and shot ourselves in the foot. We have to maintain focus. It's a game that means so much to the team, coaches and community."

It was a 20-7 fourth quarter deficit for Ridgewood before a 54-yard reception on a wheel route by Granski from quarterback Jack Barclay made it a 20-14 game. 

You can read the rest here.

Ridgewood Football Beats Montclair, Advances To State Group Final

By Daniel Hubbard

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — Ridgewood scored 24 straight points in the fourth quarter to defeat Montclair Friday night in the North 1, Group 5 semi-final game.

The win keeps the Maroons' perfect season alive at 11-0 and advances them to the state group final.

Zach Feagles, the son of New York Giants punter and Super Bowl champion Jeff Feagles, scored a touchdown from five yards out late in the fourth quarter to help seal the win for the Maroons.

Three Minnesota properties owned by the late, great purple one hit the market last week, and a fourth is expected soon.

Ridgewood was 9-3 last year.

Online Live Stream of tonight's Montclair-Ridgewood game!

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That's OK (well, we'll miss you, but it happens) - we have you covered.

Just click on this link to News 12 Varsity and you can stream the whole game.

Click the link and join us as we cheer the Mounties to victory!

Montclair Mounties best Bloomfield in Playoff Round 1 - Media Roundup

Football: Bloomfield Falls to Montclair in Playoff Opener, 40-14

By JIM HAGUE

BLOOMFIELD, NJ  – When the Montclair football team lost two straight games a few weeks ago, some people thought it might be a cause for concern.

 

However, one of those who did not worry was head coach John Fiore.

“We never looked at it that it was a problem,” Fiore said after the Mounties lost consecutive games to West Orange and Seton Hall Prep, dropping the Mounties from the rankings of the elite teams in New Jersey. “We knew that we had to just get on a winning streak and it started with Columbia.”

You can read the rest of the piece here...

 

Montclair (40) at Bloomfield (14), NJSIAA Tournament, First Round, North Jersey, Section 1, Group 5 - Football

Tarrin Earle and Daniel Webb scored three touchdowns apiece to lead fifth-seeded Montclair to a 40-14 victory over fourth-seeded Bloomfield in the first round of the North Jersey, Section 1, Group 5 playoffs in Bloomfield.

Montclair advanced to next week's playoffs to play at top-seeded and No. 15-ranked Ridgewood, which opened with a 57-14 victory over eighth-ranked West Orange.

Webb had scoring runs of 60, 1, and 12 yards. Earle had scoring runs of 11 and 13 yards and added an 8-yard TD reception from Colin Callahan in the second quarter for Montclair.

You can read the rest of the piece here....

 

Join the Mounties as they take on Ridgewood, in round two on their journey to try and recapture the Championship!!!

IMPORTANT PRACTICE CHANGE

 

Please note that the practice schedule for today has been changed.  

Please pick up the players at the field house at 7:15 p.m.

A note to parents

Mountie Football Parents,

 

Thank you to everyone that participated in the preparation activities for the Mounties win over the Bloomfield Bengals last Friday.  

 

This is an important play-off game!!!!!  Please come out and support the Montclair Mounties as they take on the Ridgewood Maroons on Friday, November 18 at 7:00PM!!  

 

The game will take place at Ridgewood HS,  627 East Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, New Jersey.

 

Important Reminders

 

A.     Salvation Army Food Pantry Donations:

MHS Touchdown Football Drive!

Starting November 1st - 18th 

Please support our food drive by donating non-perishable items. Boxes will are located in the main building, annex and field house.

 

B.      Blue-Out Shirts:  Don’t forget to take advantage of the 15% discount on meals if you bring your blue-out shirt to the office restaurant.  The discount is good for dine-in or take-out orders (excluding alcohol).  This discount offer will expire at the end of the season!!

            

D.       Football Equipment: Coach Fiore is asking any athletes with practice pants or girdle pads at home to return those items to the field house ASAP! 

 

Go Mounties!!!!!!!!

Practice Schedule for upcoming week

Congratulations to our guys for a big win against Columbia on Friday.

As we get ready for the first playoff game, the practice schedule this week is at follows:

UPDATE: WEDNESDAY PRACTICE IS AT Verona High School

Monday and Wednesday 

Bus leaves for Verone HS at 3:15 - full pads

Monday - Offensive day - Offense in White - Scout in Blue

Wednesday - Split 

Tuesday and Thursday 

8:00am at the field house - No excuses

Friday Game

Arrive at field house at 1:30

Offensive players bring scouting reports back Monday

Montclair Varsity edged by Seton Hall Prep - Media Roundup

Football: Montclair High edged by late Seton Hall TD

BY KEVIN MEACHAM OF THE MONTCLAIR TIMES

The Montclair High School football team doesn't give up many explosive plays on defense, certainly not relative to its high-powered offense. But the Mounties have struggled at times this season when it comes to the crucial little moments in a tight football game – allowing a third-down conversion here, committing an untimely penalty there – with costly results.

Read the rest at the Montclair Times, here.

Montclair (24) at Seton Hall Prep (31) - Football

From the Star-Ledger

Aidan Gilan went 11-for-14 for 136 yards with two touchdowns and one interception to lead Seton Hall Prep to a 31-24 victory over Montclair in West Orange.

Seton Hall Prep freshman quarterback Matt Colantuono scored on a quarterback sneak from one yard out with 2:54 left in the fourth quarter to break a 24-24 tie. Earlier in the quarter, Daniel Webb scored his second touchdown of the game for Seton Hall Prep on a 43-yard run to tie the score at 24-24. Seton Hall Prep had taken a 24-17 lead on the last play of the third quarter when sophomore quarterback Gilman hit Paul Theobald on a 72-yard scoring pass.

You can read the rest here.

Montclair Varsity stomps Morristown, 47-6 - Media Round up

Sorry for the delay with this week's media links - it's been a busy week.

Last Saturday, the Montclair Mounties headed to Morristown and spoiled the Colonial's Homecoming celebration behind five Danny Webb touchdowns and a 47-6 score.

Here is what the media had to say about it and you can find the statistics at MaxPreps.

Webb propels Montclair past Morristown
- Jon Lesnik, Daily Record

MORRISTOWN -  At halftime of Saturday's high school football game between Montclair and Morristown, Olympic triple jumper Christina Epps was honored and given a key to the town.

As for the Colonials, the 2016 season has been an elusive search for the keys to success. Morristown was routed 47-6 by Montclair on Saturday.

“Montclair is a great program, and they are where we want to be and where we are trying to get back to,” Colonials coach John Power said. “We are definitely a work in progress, and all we can do is go back to work on Monday and try to get back to where this program was.”

You can read the rest here.

Morristown Football Falls to Montclair; 47 - 6 During Homecoming Game

By WILL HARRIGAN

MORRISTOWN, NJ – The Morristown football team won’t want to hear Daniel Webb’s name called over the PA address for a while.

Webb, a highly-regarded junior running back for Montclair, scored five touchdowns in three different ways to single-handedly wreck Morristown’s homecoming, as the Mounties rolled to a 47-6 victory over the Colonials on Saturday afternoon.

The loss drops to Morristown to 1-5 on the season, and formally eliminated the Colonials from postseason contention for a fifth straight season.

You can read the rest here.

Montclair rolls past Morristown behind Webb's 5 TDs

BY KEVIN MEACHAM OF THE MONTCLAIR TIMES

MORRISTOWN — Daniel Webb was jogging off the field and towards the sideline after scoring yet another touchdown, this time on a punt return.

As he approached the bench, one of his teammates yelled at him in a jokingly exasperated manner.

Montclair High assistant coach Bob Ferrara signals touchdown for Mountie junior Daniel Webb (1), who is 30 yards away from finishing off his 45-yard punt return touchdown in Montclair's 47-6 win over Morristown Saturday.

PHOTO BY WIL YOUNG Senior receiver Robert Nicholas (5) makes a leaping grab in the end zone for a second quarter MHS touchdown.

"C'mon, man! I only play offense! I want to play!"

The Montclair High School football team will need to be a bit more well-rounded when it faces two of its toughest regular-season opponents back-to-back the next two weekends.

Montclair High assistant coach Bob Ferrara signals touchdown for Mountie junior Daniel Webb (1), who is 30 yards away from finishing off his 45-yard punt return touchdown in Montclair's 47-6 win over Morristown Saturday.

PHOTO BY WIL YOUNG Junior cornerback DJ Williams (9) bats away a pass during Saturday's win at Morristown.

But for Saturday's game at overmatched Morristown, the Mounties could sit back and enjoy the show put on by their spectacular junior standout.

You can read the rest here.

Montclair beats East Orange: 55-10 - Media round up

Last Saturday, the Mounties rebounded from their loss to Union City with a 55-10 dismantling of the East Orange Jaguars. 

Here is some of the reaction from around the internet.

Montclair HS Football Overpowers East Orange, 55-10

EAST ORANGE, NJ - The Campus High Panthers Football team was soundly defeated on Saturday by the Montclair Mounties.

Junior running back Daniel Webb took the game’s opening kickoff down the field to the tune of a 90-yard touchdown, helping the Mounties get the upper hand in what became a 55-10 win over East Orange at Woodman Field.

“It couldn’t have started any better for us,” Montclair head coach John Fiore said about Webb’s touchdown run. “Someone had the right mind to kick the ball to Daniel and he was off.”

Read the rest of Jim Hague's story at Tapinto.net

Led by Webb, Montclair explodes on offense to take down East Orange

MONTCLAIR- All it took was 13 seconds on Saturday for Montclair to jump out ahead ofEast Orange.

That’s because junior star Daniel Webb caught the game’s opening kickoff at the Montclair 10 yard line, and then flew down the field 90 yards for a touchdown. It was one of five TDs for Webb in the Mounties convincing 55-10 victory over the Jaguars.

Following his opening score, Webb went on to have a big day rushing the football for Montclair. He rushed 10 times for 177 yards and four touchdowns.

After Josh Crawford scored on a 25-yard run to put Montclair up 14-0, Webb ran for a 20-yard touchdown to make things 21-0 with 6:01 remaining in the first quarter.

Read the rest of Braulio Perez's story at NJ.com.

Perez also had some Takeaways from Montclair's bounce-back win over East Orange with a nice slideshow which you can see at NJ.com.

 

Matt Stypulkoski, also of NJ Advance Media and NJ.com gave the Mounties a mention in his piece North Jersey Super Football Conference: 6 notes and storylines from Week 5.

MONTCLAIR MAKES STATEMENT?

After losing 7-0 to Union City two weeks ago, Montclair was knocked out of the Top 20. This clearly didn't set well with head coach John Fiore, who said he wanted to show on Saturday that his team is one of the top publics in the state.

Against East Orange, Montclair was dominant, coming out on top 55-10. The Mounties were led by junior running back Daniel Webb, who ruled or four touchdowns and added a 90-yard kickoff return for a score. "

You can see what else Stypulkoski wrote about the conference at NJ.com.

We'll post more as we find more articles so check back soon!

Montclair Times: Montclair High falls short at Union City

After outscoring its opponents 98-15 over the first two weeks, the Montclair High School football team returned to action last Friday and saw its offense completely shut down by Union City, losing the rooftop battle 7-0.

However, despite the tough loss, the Mounties have several positives to draw from and fully expect to be back to form in next week’s matchup against a 3-1 East Orange team.

Read Nick Verhagen's whole article in the Montclair Times or here online.

2016 Beefsteak Dinner Tricky Tray

The MHS Gridiron Club Inc. is holding its Annual Beefsteak Dinner Tricky Tray event to raise money to support our student athletes. The Beefsteak Dinner will be held on Friday, October 21, 2016 at The Knights of Columbus. This event is a vital part of our fund-raising efforts for the 2016 season.

With your help, our Champions will have the tools that they need to succeed on the field!

We would greatly appreciate a donation from each family. Please consider creating a unique themed gift basket. You may also choose to donate tickets to a show, sporting event, gift certificates, baskets and basket wrapping supplies….or simply enclose a check and we will make a basket in your family’s name. You can also chip in with another Mountie family to help defray costs. We are extremely grateful for any item or service that your family is generous enough to offer. Any theme is welcomed.

If you have any questions please call or email Gridiron members Jemma Abrahams 917 915-0275 email jemma.abrahams@mac.com or Jill Perry – Doggett 908 943-7148 email soniperry@yahoo.com or mhsgridironclubinc@gmail.com.  Please also let us know the theme of your basket ahead of time. Basket drop off and pick up instructions will be announced at a later date.

 

 

Star-Ledger on 7-0 Mountie Loss to Union City

You can check out the article here.

Next game is at home this Saturday at 1pm. Come by and cheer for the boys!

Montclair High routs Livingston, 56-0 via Montclair Times

As if its performance against Passaic County Tech wasn’t enough, last weekend’s 56-0 rout of Livingston further proved that the Montclair High School football team is one of this year’s teams to beat.

To say that the Mounties made easy work of the Lancers would be putting it lightly. Right from the start, the Mounties came out swinging and were ready to continue the momentum from two weeks ago.

 

Read the rest online here.

Montclair Mounties beat Livingston in lopsided 56-0 win

 

It started off with an early 53-yard touchdown run by Robert Nicholas and the Mounties never looked back as they dominated the Livingston Lancers during a 56-0 win.

Nicholas would score again later on, after Donnell Walker, Tarrin Earle, Daniel Webb and DJ Williams added to the tally. Then Charles Murphy scored on two long runs as the Mounties backups got involved.

While the offense kept their foot on the accelerator, the defense clamped down on the Lancers, chasing quarterback Nick Cotugno all over the field and picking him off once—the play again by Nicholls, who will likely haunt the dreams of the Lancers for a few weeks.

Along with the shutout, the Mounties defense—starters and bench depth— limited Cotugno to 143 yards passing and the Lancer running backs to 71 yards rushing. 

The Mounties have a bye week before facing the Union City Eagles at The Eagle's Nest in Union City on September 30.

Star-Ledger/NJ.com

The Star-Ledger has a brief write-up on Saturday's win over Livingston.

YOU CAN READ IT, AND THE BOX SCORE, AT NJ.COM

Tap Into Montclair: Mounties Shut Out Livingston, 56-0

Jim Hague of Tap Into Montclair reported on Saturday's lopsided win.

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair High School head football coach John Fiore knew that his Mounties were just a little more talented than Saturday’s opponent, Livingston.

But did Fiore expect a lopsided 56-0 whitewash victory?

“Am I shocked that we did that?” Fiore said. “Not really. We’ve done that about five or six times since I’ve been the head coach (in seven years). But am I surprised? Yes.”

YOU CAN READ THE REST AT TAPINTO.NET

 

Show your Mountie Pride with the Official Blue-Out T-Shirt

The Montclair Mounties kick off their home schedule this weekend against Livingston and it's the official BLUE OUT GAME so it's time to get your season T-Shirts!

Not only do you get to show your Mountie Pride, but the shirts also give you -

  • FREE admission to all regular season home games and VIP Entrance (no waiting)
  • Wear your Blue-Out T- Shirt to The Office Bar & Grill and receive a 15% discount on any purchase (excludes alcohol).

This offer is good for anytime until the last MHS Football Game!!

Official 2016 Blue-Out T-Shirt Montclair purchase location sponsors:

-Studio 042, Bloomfield Ave.

-All Lacrosse on Valley Rd.

Sizes: Small to XXL 

XXXL is Sold Out!!!

Shirt Cost: $12 ($15 for XXXL)

Note: Quantities are limited

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR AWESOME OFFICIAL SPONSORS OF THE BLUE OUT GAME

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Brookdale ShopRite (Bloomfield)

MHS Gridiron Club

Mounties thump PCTI in wet 42-15 win

 

Josh Crawford scores the first of two touchdowns during Montclair's 42-15 win over Passaic Tech - image via George McNish| For NJ Advance Media

The Montclair Mounties kicked the season off with a big win over powerhouse PCTI Friday night, spoiling their home opener with a 42-15 pounding in the rain.

Things started off quickly, with Passaic Tech scoring on a 67-yard Rhazeer Jones run. The Mounties responded when Tarrin Earle connected with Ivan McDaniel on a 32-yard touchdown and then sophomore Josh Crawford on a pretty 17-yard touchdown which had Crawford reaching over the defender to make the catch.

Passaic Tech scored on a deep 69-yard pass to take the lead going into the half, 15-14.

That changed in the second half, as the Mounties took over.

Montclair scored on a 32-yard DJ Williams catch and a 12-yard scramble by Earle. 

Then, Crawford continues his coming out party, this time scoring on the ground on a 19-yard run. Overall, Crawford played a great game, definitely making a case that if you want to stop the Mounties, you have to do more than contain Daniel Webb.

Of course, PCTI couldn't do that either, as Webb torched them with 218 yards and a 31-yard touchdown on 26 carries. The junior back also had 120 return yards in the game.

On the defensive side of the ball, while the Mounties were a bit shaky in the first half, they clamped down in the second, blanking the Bulldogs and shutting them down both on the ground and in the air.

While it's a long season and the Mounties can't dwell on this victory too long, this win is a fantastic way to begin the 2016 schedule.

Official Sponsors of Blue Out Game-Please Support Our Sponsors!!!!

AUTOLAND

Office Bar & Grill (Montclair Location)

Brookdale ShopRite (Bloomfield)

MHS Gridiron Club

Week 1 - Montclair at Passaic Tech - 7pm

A long, tough offseason has ended and the journey to a fourth state title in seven years begins tonight as the Mounties visit Passaci Tech.

Tech features a tough defense, which returns most of its members from last season's sectional title team. They also feature a solid offensive line, including Carter Warren, a highly sought after Senior who will definitely play at the next level.

Of course, the Mounties aren't coming without their own talent. 

Tarrin Earle will lead an offense featuring running back Daniel Webb, who totaled 1,335 yards and 13 touchdowns on 192 carries last season.

Coach Fiore and the coaching staff will have their work cut out for them this week against a tough opponent but the Mounties have been working all summer and are up to the task.

Come out and cheer the team on as we kick off what will be a great 2016 season! And don't forget to purchase your Blue Out Shirts! Supplies are limited and going fast!

Directions to PCTI.
 

Official Sponsors of Blue Out Game-Please Support Our Sponsors!!!!

AUTOLAND

Office Bar & Grill (Montclair Location)

Brookdale ShopRite (Bloomfield)

MHS Gridiron Club

 

Buy your "2016 Blue-Out Shirt" NOW!

Join us as we begin our journey to recapture a State Championship this year! 

Wear the Blue-Out shirt at first game on Friday, Sept. 9th  at Passaic County Tech at 7pm & and the Official Blue-Out game will be against Livingston on Sept. 17th at 1pm, at Woodman Field.

Limited quantity shirts go on sale Aug. 27th

Official 2016 Blue-Out T-Shirt Montclair purchase location sponsors:

-Studio 042, Bloomfield Ave.-

-All Lacrosse on Valley Rd-

Sizes: Small to XXXL

Shirt Cost: $12 ($15 for XXXL)

 

Note: Quantities are limited

Only 8 XXXL left in Stock!!!

 

2016 Blue-Out Shirt Benefits

  • FREE admission to all regular season home games and VIP Entrance (no waiting)
  • Wear your Blue-Out T- Shirt to The Office Bar & Grill and receive a 15% discount on any purchase (excludes alcohol).

This offer is good for anytime between August 27th and last MHS Football Game!!

 

Official Sponsors of Blue Out Game-Please Support Our Sponsors!!!!

AUTOLAND

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Brookdale ShopRite (Bloomfield)

MHS Gridiron Club

 

Schedule for August 29 to September 3

Daily for Monday, August 29—Wednesday August 31
3pm to 6pm at Woodman

Meet at Field House by 3pm, ready to practice

Thursday, September 1—Scrimmage @ Sayreville 
At 7pm - bus departure announcement and schedule forthcoming

Friday, September 2 & Saturday September 3—Single Practice, 9am

Meet at Field House by 9am, ready to practice

 

Update for Friday and Saturday of this week

  • Please see the attached updated calendar.  There is no scrimmage tomorrow but practice will be at 8 am.  
  • The next scrimmage will be Saturday August 27th, at Linden.  The bus leaves at 7:45 a.m. from the Field House.
  • For the discount card sales: the 3rd checkpoint is this Saturday.  Please make the extra effort to sell all your cards as this is a major fundraiser for this year.
  • August 30th at noon at MHS there will be a mandatory concussion test for all players.  The practice will follow from 3 - 6 p.m.

Training Camp Week 3

This week's practice schedule is as follows (all times and dates subject to change and adjustment by coaching staff):

Daily for Monday, August 22—Thursday August 25
8am to Noon

Meet at Field House by 8am, ready to practice

Friday, August 26—Scrimmage
Time and opponent to be determined

Saturday, August 27—Single Practice, 9am

Meet at Field House by 9am, ready to practice

 

Week 2 Training Camp Schedule Adjustments

This week's practice schedule has some adjustments, so please double check the schedule you have with the information below.

Tuesday: Single Practice
Team meets at 7am in the High School Cafeteria
Practice over by 2pm

Wednesday: Scrimmage 

Home against St. Peters/RBC Elizabeth at 10am

Thursday: Single

Team meets at 8am at the Field House - Practice over by noon

Friday: Single

Team meets at 8am at the Field House - Practice over by noon

Saturday: Scrimmage 

Home at 10am vs Wayne Hills

 

Week 2 Training Camp Schedule

One week in the books, and this week we'll see some action against someone other than ourselves.

Here is the schedule for the first official week of training camp. (All times and days are subject to change by the coaching staff)

Monday, 8/15 - Double Practice, meet at HS Cafeteria at 6:45 - attendance at 7am. Practice from 7am to 4pm

Tuesday, 8/16 - Single Practice - meet at HS Cafeteria at 6:45 - attendance at 7am.  Practice from 8 until noon.

Wednesday, 8/17 - SCRIMMAGE - 10am

Home - St. Peters, RBC, Elizabeth 

Thursday, 8/18 - Single Practice - meet at HS Cafeteria at 6:45 - attendance at 7am.  Practice from 8 until noon.

Friday, 8/19 - Single Practice - meet at HS Cafeteria at 6:45 - attendance at 7am.  Practice from 8 until noon.

Saturday, 8/13 - SCRIMMAGE - 10am

Home vs Wayne Hills

Week 1 Training Camp

The season is here and it's time to get to work. 

Here is the schedule for the first official week of training camp. (All times and days are subject to change by the coaching staff)

Monday, 8/8 - Single Practice - Offense Focus, meet at HS Cafeteria at 6:45 - attendance at 7am.  Practice from 8 until noon.

Tuesday, 8/9 - Single Practice - Defense Focus, meet at HS Cafeteria at 6:45 - attendance at 7am.  Practice from 8 until noon.

Wednesday, 8/10 - Double Practice, meet at HS Cafeteria at 6:45 - attendance at 7am. Practice from 7am to 4pm

Thursday, 8/11 - Double Practice, meet at HS Cafeteria at 6:45 - attendance at 7am. Practice from 7am to 4pm

Friday, 8/12 - Double Practice, meet at HS Cafeteria at 6:45 - attendance at 7am. Practice from 7am to 4pm

Saturday, 8/13 - Practice 8am to noon

Practice for Thursday and Friday Canceled, Senior/Leadership Council

Practice today is cancelled, so you need to go to the weight room and get your lift in. The weight room  is open until 5:00pm. 

For all Seniors and Leadership Council you are required to attend the function this evening at the Union Baptist Church located at 14 Midland Avenue at 7:00pm. All other players are welcome to attend as well. Make sure you dress to impress and represent our program with class!

Friday's practice is also canceled, though the weight room will be open.

Tomorrow we will post the details of the first week of full camp. 

4 Mounties Named in Top 100 Football Players in North Jersey List

As happens every August, newspapers and websites begin to try and predict what will happen in the 2016 High School Football season. 

On Tuesday, MSG Varsity posted their list of the Top 100 Football Players in North Jersey and four Mounties ended up on the list.

Quarterback Terrian Earle, running back/defensive back Daniel Webb, offensive lineman Owen Drexel and wide receiver/defensive back DJ Williams.

Congratulations to all four players - we're proud of you.

Go Montclair!

Happy Birthday, Coach!

Today our head coach turns <age withheld due to legal action>. 

Thanks for all you do, Coach Fiore, for the team, the school and the community!

Mounties Training Camp - Week 1

Hopefully you got your vacation out of the way and enjoyed your summer, because it's time to get to work. 

This week kicks off the Mountie Football Season, and we need everybody ready to work!

The Weight Room will be open every day from 11am-5pm. Make sure you check in and start getting yourself into shape if you haven't been going throughout the summer. 

Time to work off that ice cream and those summer burgers.

Practice this week will start at 5pm and go until approximately 8pm.

As always, the coaches can have it go long or end it a bit early - be prepared to adjust your schedules and make sure anyone giving you a ride or expecting you at a certain time is reachable.

This is where it starts, the hard work, the sweat and the effort. The payoff is a championship a few months from now. 

Let's get to it!

Go Blue!

Practice Schedule for the Week of July 25-July 29

We've got a little over a month before school, but for the Mounties, the Summer has just one more week in it.

That's because we're just one week away from training camp and the kick off of the Mounties 2016 season.

This is the last week of voluntary work. After that, it's time to grip it and rip it.

Weight Room is open Monday through Thursday from 11-5. Workouts will be available so come in any time during that span and get going.

Practice will continue to be Monday through Thursday, from 5pm to approximately 8pm. We've ended earlier more than once so if you need to arrange a ride or catch a bus, make sure you know the schedule is a bit open and be prepared to adjust accordingly.

Finally, the Mountie store is open for just one more week. 
If you haven't bought your Mountie gear for the 2016 MHS season, head over to the Adidas sponsored store now

You can order easily online - cleats, hoodies, shorts, gloves, shirts and more!

Act now - the store is only open until July 31!

Players - Get Your Gear at the Mountie Store!

If you haven't bought your Mountie gear for the 2016 MHS season, head over to the Adidas sponsored store now

You can order easily online - cleats, hoodies, shorts, gloves, shirts and more!

Act now - the store is only open until July 31!

Mountie Practice Schedule: July 18-July21

This week the weight room will be open from 11am to 5pm for general workout and team lift activities. Practices will be from 5pm until approximately 8pm.

Friday is an off day this week.

Just two more weeks before training camp and then football season is finally here!

NO PRACTICE THIS WEEK - WEIGHT ROOM OPEN

We hope you had a fun and safe Fourth of July, and we want to thank those of you who came out to the Montclair Parade for making time for it.

This week is a mandatory black-out period, which means there are no practices scheduled. The weight room is open from 11am-5pm all week.

While we love to see you in the gym, we encourage you to rest, relax and take some time to enjoy the time off.

We get back to the grind next Monday.

Mountie Practice Schedule: June 27-30

Schoool's out, but that just means it's time to get to work for the Montclair Mounties Football team. Championships take hard work, and it's time to punch the clock.

This week's practice schedule looks like this:

Weight Room Open: 11am- 5PM, Monday through Thursday

Practice: 5pm-8PM, Monday through Thursday

Show up, get a workout in and then hit the practice field. Remember: sweat in the summer, championship in the fall!

 

Coach John Fiori inducted into Essex County Hall of Fame

Varsity Head Coach John Fiori has led his teams to five straight Section 1, Group 5 Championships, winning three in a row between 2012 and 2014.

Monday night, Fiori received another honor when he was inducted into the Essex County High School Hall of Fame.

We all know coach, and what he does for the kids. Not only has he (and the staff) pushed them to great heights on the field, but also helped them reach their potential off it.  

His commitment to excellence in the classroom has helped his players move on to great things once they are done with school. He has also helped over 75 players use their football skills to help them continue their education at the collegiate level.

The Mountie Family is proud of Coach Fiori and congratulate him for this great honor. 
 

2016 Football Schedule

Wednesday August 17th 10:00am Home Quad scrimmage

Saturday August 20th 10:00am Home scrimmage vs Wayne Hills

Thursday August 25th 10:00am Home game scrimmage @ Watchung Hills

Thursday September 1st 7:00pm away game scrimmage @ Sayerville

Friday September 9th 7:00pm @ PCTI

Saturday September 17th 1:00pm vs Livingston (white/blackout)

Friday September 30th 7:00pm @ Union City

Saturday October 8th 1:00pm vs East Orange - Breast Cancer game

Saturday October 15th 1:00pm @ Morristown

Saturday October 22nd 1:00pm vs West Orange - Homecoming

Saturday October 29th 1:00pm @ Seton Hall Prep

Friday November 4th 7:00pm @ Columbia

Saturday November 12th 1:00pm vs NJSIAA Quarters

Saturday November 19th 1:00pm vs NJSIAA Semis

Thursday November 24th 10:00am vs Bloomfield (Senior day)

Saturday December 3rd ? State Finals

 

 

 

Mounties Football: Important Dates

School might be wrapping up but for the Montclair Mounties football program, things are just getting started to prepare for the  2016 season.

If you or a family member are planning on playing this coming fall, here are some important dates to be aware of.

Sports Physicals (valid for 365 days - if you had one this time last year, you likely need another before camp starts)

  • PARENT OR GUARDIAN MUST BE PRESENT IN ORDER TO HAVE A PHYSICAL
  • June 6th, June 13th and June 27th
  • From 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm in the LGI of the Main Building.

Impact Test (Valid for two years)

  • Football - 3pm June 20th

You can find all required medical forms here. They must be handed in no later than July 11. If they are not you may not be able to take part in August camp as it can take up to three weeks to process the paperwork.

Forms can be submitted at the time of your physical or on June 9th, June 16th, June 30th and July 11th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the LGI of the Main Building.

Other details per the Mountclair High School Athletics website:

  • History Form, Supplemental Needs (even if it is not applicable), Physical Examination and Clearance Form need to be submitted. (This applies to all 9th)
  • For 9th graders you will need to submit the signed History Form and signed Athletes with Special Needs (even if it is not applicable). Physical Examination and Clearance Form must be submitted from your last valid physical.  Bring the physical form to your Doctor to complete, if the physical was dated after August 10, 2015.  If any student’s physical is dated more than 90 days from the first day of practice, she/he must submit the Health History Questionnaire. 
  • All 10th, 11th and 12th graders; if we have a valid physical in the Nurse’s Office from last year dated after August 10, 2015, the only form you need to hand in is the Health History Questionnaire. 

We'll post more information here as you need it regarding activities, training and other team dates.

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Sophomore Daniel Webb gets offer from Illinois

After a season where he ran for 1,335 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns while adding another 125 yards on seven receptions, it's no surprise that sophomore running back Daniel Webb is getting interest from FBS schools.

The University of Illinois got there first, though, as NJ.com has reported that the Fighting Illini became the first FBS school to offer a scholarship to the explosive Webb. According to NJ.com's Todderick Hunt, Webb has chiefly been recruited by tight ends/special teams coach Bob Ligashesky.

Webb's elusiveness in space, speed and ability to change direction on a dime make him an ideal candidate to return kicks at the collegiate level (he had a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown last season) and his explosiveness could give a team a dangerous weapon coming out of the backfield as a third-down back.

Webb has literal track speed as well, showcased as he runs the 4 X 100-meter relay, the 100-meter dash and 200 for Montclair High Schools Track and Field team.

The Mounties congratulate Daniel on the first of what we expect to be many great achievements going forward.

Go Blue!

 

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