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Veteran senior two-way lineman Chris Mangrum (50, left) excelled up front to help lead Montclair in the trenches as Mounties dominated at the point of attack in convincing 28-7 win over seventh-ranked Union City on Saturday afternoon at Woodman Field. (Photo by Doug Allen)
Montclair's Line Dominates Union City
En Route To A Convincing 28-7 Victory
By Steve Tober
MONTCLAIR- Chris Mangrum may not carry the hype of a handful of other linemen in the state this fall, but the big (6-foot-2, 285) and powerful right guard and D-Lineman for Montclair possesses one other valuable trait in addition to being rock solid.
He has a short memory.
Eight days removed for a forgettable 29-14 season-opening loss at Pascack Valley, Montclair (1-1) erased most memories of that disastrous evening by putting on an emphatic display of power, timely execution and downright dominance in registering a convincing 28-7 victory over seventh-ranked Union City before a joyous Mountie crowd at Woodman Field.
And, the assault began up front, where Mangrum and his line-mates ruled as the Mounties ate up almost the entire second half with three time-consuming, ground-oriented drives, two of which resulted in touchdowns, to post a huge morale-restoring triumph and reassert themselves once again as the team to beat in the North 1, Group 5 playoff field later this season.
“We looked at it like we were 0-0 coming in, and that game last week just didn’t exist anymore,” said Mangrum. “That loss was humbling, don’t get me wrong, but we also know it was one game and we just had to get back to basics and do what we have to do in order to win football games, and that means it starts with us up front on the O-Line and D-Line.
“We knew that Union City has some big boys who get a lot of publicity and all, but we know that we’re pretty good on the line as well and we proved that today.”
Mangrum, fellow guard Kris Diaz, tackles Devin Alonzo and Jack Giordano and center Moises Rodriguez paved the way for all-state quarterback Elijah Robinson, who rushed 22 times for 168 yards and two touchdowns and completed 5-of-10 passes for 148 yards and another score as the Mounties amassed 303 rushing yards on the day.
“I told our line all week in practice, stay low and establish the run, and we did just that,” said Robinson, who hooked up with his namesake, wide receiver Elijah J. Robinson on a 80-yard TD pass in the second quarter when Montclair took a 14-0 lead with 6:39 left in the half. “Our line did a great job today and this game capped what was a real good week of practice as we all just refocused on our next game.”