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Mike Carter begins his 26th season at Bloomfield as the coach with the longest current tenure of any present gridiron mentor in Essex County and his Bengals appear to be strong plus a team to keep eye on in the NJSFC. (Photo by Glenn Kross-glennkrossphotography.com)

Bloomfield Excited To Get Season Going
With Chemistry-Laden & Talented Squad
By Steve Tober
for sidelinechatter.com

BLOOMFIELD- If there was any school in Essex County other than North 1, Group 1 playoff champion Verona that finished the 2015 football season on a definite high note it had to be Bloomfield, which despite its acceptable, but certainly unspectacular 5-5 record, ended with gusto last fall by knocking off archrival and eternal nemesis Montclair, 41-27, on Thanksgiving Eve at Foley Field.

For Mike Carter, who is entering his 26 th season at the helm of Bengal gridiron fortunes – which is the longest tenure of any current coach in Essex County – remaining on an even keel, win or lose, is perhaps his greatest attribute, but what was obvious as one season came to an end and another is now just a short distance away, is that the program is at a good place right now, with good numbers and a chemistry-laden and talented cast of characters to perform well on the field in 2016.

“The way we finished last year with a big win over Montclair was a terrific way to carry over positive energy into the off season,” said Bloomfield senior leader Carlos Afful, a 3-year starting outside linebacker and valuable running back. “We have really good seniors on this team and we’re ready to go.

“You could say we even have a chip on our shoulders in the sense we really want to show everyone how good a football team we can be, and we feel we’re ready to shock the world!”

Looking to shock the world of large school public school football in the new North Jersey Super Football Conference will mean getting off to a solid start once again and then continuing that trend over the long haul as members of the Liberty Blue Division of the NJSFC along with Montclair, West Orange, Livingston, East Orange, Morristown and Columbia.

The Bengals open the new season at Columbia, 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9, at the Underhill Sports Complex in Maplewood. The home opener is also a good one, as local rival Nutley visits Foley Field, Friday night, Sept. 16, in an independent NJSFC contest.

Last fall, the Bengals began the season at 4-0, but then lost three in a row before bouncing back with a big road win at West Essex prior to losing to Hackensack in the first round of the North 1, Group 5 playoffs and then beating Montclair on Thanksgiving Eve.

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