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Montclair's Boston College commit Elijah Robinson returns to direct Mounties offense once again after earning first-team all-state honors while leading the squad to a second straight 12-0 season and second consecutive North 1, Group 5 playoff crown. (Sideline Chatter photo)

Montclair’s Robinson Excited By Prospects
As Mounties Will Reload Heading Into 2014
By Steve Tober

MONTCLAIR- On a comfortable, late July evening the best returning player on the 2-time defending North 1, Group 5 playoff champions from Montclair High smiled as he tossed a football on the sidelines and watched the freshmen go through their paces on the field with coaches Garland Thornton and Doug Moore.

For Elijah Robinson, the returning first-team all-state quarterback for MHS, the landscape remains the same at Woodman Field in that a three-peat in his career – that is a third straight playoff title – is still the ‘be-all’ and ‘end-all’ of what the 2014 Mountie varsity edition is setting out to accomplish with a unit that will undergo the biggest reloading job for head man John Fiore and his staff since the program began its string of four straight playoff finals at the start of his reign as coach in 2010.

“A triple crown in terms of three playoff championships in the seniors’ careers, is the way we look at what our mission is this season, so nothing has really changed,” said Robinson, the Boston College commit. “It’s not that much different even though you’ll see more new faces out there on the field.

“These guys have good chemistry and friendship so we just have to get it together on the field, but there is always talent coming up in Montclair.

“Replacing last year’s seniors will be hard, but we’ll find people to get the job done.”

Gone are standout defensive ends Darius Slade (Ohio State) and Austin Stevens (Boston College) along with strong safety Ibn Wallace (Hampton), 4-year center Greg DeFranco (Johnson & Wales-student only), dangerous wide outs Kenny Rosario (Montclair State) and Donovan McDonald (prep school) and strong-legged placekicker Will Kline (Duke).

Among the very capable veteran rising seniors returning are two-way linemen Chris Mangrum and Krys Diaz, powerful running back Shaquan Oliver, who appears ready for a big campaign, experienced linebacker Kevin Robinson and cornerback Chanse Riley.

Then, there are some of the other players expected to step in and contribute in big ways this fall, including junior tight end-defensive end Jason Campbell (who is the younger brother of former Mountie standout and current Towson University sophomore O-lineman Amos Campbell), junior wide receiver Elijah Robinson (no relation to the senior QB by the same name) and promising interior linemen such as junior Devin Alonzo and senior Jack Giordano.

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