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***12th seeded Rahway was able to withstand a spirited comeback by Summit to notch a first round upset victory in the Union County Tournament action on Saturday!

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***As 40th Essex County Softball Tournament is underway there is little doubt that a projected final would be the No. 1 seeded Mount vs. No. 2 West Essex. Check out much more in "Feature Articles"

***The Caldwell longtime brother coaching tandem reached special milestone victory Friday with the Lady Chiefs softball team coming through. See more in "The Buzz"

Montclair coach John Fiore who is a member of the game committee, enjoys getting together with two retired Giants quarterbacks, Scott Brunner (left) and Phil Simms (right) during the recent Phil Simms New Jersey North-South All-Star Football Classic Media Day which was held recently at Piscataway High School. (Sideline Chatter photo)

Simms Gets Excited About His Fourth Year
With North-South All-Star Football Classic
By Steve Tober

PISCATAWAY- When Game Director Ken Trimmer was able to bring aboard former Giants quarterback and the NFL on CBS’ Phil Simms for the 2014 New Jersey North-South All-Star Football Classic he knew he had a special key individual who help the game not only sustain itself but blossom in the future.

Four years later, Simms is as excited as ever to be fully involved in the 39 th edition of the statewide summer all-star gridiron contest which will be played on Monday night, June 26, at Kean University’s Alumni Field.

Now part of the Sunday studio on-air personalities for CBS’ NFL pre- and post-game coverage, Simms remains ultra-connected to the pro game, but the high school version remains close to his heart as well.

“New Jersey high school football is very high quality and when Ken asked me to become part of this great all-star game I was all in,” said the Super Bowl winning QB who was at the recent North-South All-Star Classic’s annual Media Day at Piscataway High School. “I expect that this year to be more fun than ever and I plan on being there for all of the four days that the players are at Kean preparing for the game.

“We’re also going to have to talk about trying to open up the game a little more and I would be for making some really unique rules to help see more points scored in this year’s game. There are so many darn good athletes out there, but the short period of time to prepare definitely helps the defense.

“I have a couple of thoughts on how we might help the offenses and we’ll adjust on the fly as we get closer to the game. Who knows, maybe even the night of the game I may decide that now we should have five downs!”

Simms made the latter statement with wide smile on his face, but he is for trying to do anything within reason to help open up the offenses in this year’s Phil Simms New Jersey North-South All-Star Football Classic as the game has come to be known as.

“If anyone can infuse some fresh energy into this game it’s Phil Simms because not only does he know a heck of a lot about football, he’s also got a very creative mind about the game,” said Scott Brunner, another former Giants QB who is the honorary coach for the South. “Having him fully behind this game combined with Ken Trimmer’s immense energy are big reasons why it remains one of the top all-star games anywhere.”

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