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Montclair's Danny Webb (1) breaks free on one of his long runs while rushing for 139 yards and four touchdowns, all in the first half, as the Mounties exploded past Bloomfield, 49-13, Wednesday night at Foley Field. He has an Essex County record 79 TDs. (Photo by Greg Corbo)
Webb Sets New Essex County TD Mark
As Montclair Roars Past Bloomfield 49-13
By Steve Tober
BLOOMFIELD- Danny Webb has kept in contact throughout this season with former Montclair High all-stater Khalif Herbin while discussing the fact that the current Mountie ace back was getting quite close to breaking the former star’s Essex County career touchdown record of 77.
The 2017 Montclair star back scored four first half touchdowns, surpassing Herbin's school and county standard while increasing his own new Essex record total to 79 as the undefeated Mounties (11-0) roared to a resounding 49-13 victory over the Bengals (6-5) this past Wedneday night in the final Thanksgiving week game between the two teams.
“I wouldn’t want to break anyone else’s record because we talk about it all the time, and Khalif would say, ‘Yeah, you’re going to break it., but when you break it, just stay humble about it,’ and that’s what I’m trying to do,” said Webb, who has 26 TDs on the season even while missing most of three games due to an ankle sprain. “Tonight was a good performance by our team. We didn’t want to overlook this game and we came out strong, but it’s now time to get back to the lab, stay focused and do what we do.
“We’re still going to treat it like twelve 1-0 seasons that we’re trying to achieve this fall.”
The Montclair-Bloomfield regular season contest will be played earlier next season, perhaps in late October or early November, but the Thanksgiving game, which was part of the rivalry from 1922-76 and again since 1991 will now cease.
“It's a great pleasure to watch our kids go out this way in the last Thanksgiving game,” said Montclair head coach John Fiore. “This group is just a resilient group that knows what they have to focus on to play a game like this. You can see the respect both the players and coaches have for one another, but we're better off having that game for the regular season, for power points for seeding and letting us concentrate on the task at hand.
“I’m proud of our guys. We just won our eleventh 1-0 season, now we have to get our 12th.”
Top-seeded Montclair will meet third-seeded Union City (8-3) at 5 p.m., next Friday, Dec. 1, at MetLife Stadium in the North 1, Group 5 playoff final. The Mounties will be seeking their fourth title since 2012 but first since ’14 after being eliminated in the semifinals in each of the past two years.
In Wednesday night's regular season finale it was all business and crisp precision from the start as the Mounties scored on all six of their first half possessions, beginning with a 5-play, 65-yard drive that took just 1:28 and culminated with Webb’s first TD, a 1-yard run.
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