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Montclair quarterback Elijah Robinson (8) uses left arm to keep away Ridgewood's Bryce Joyner (6) in this past Saturday night's big 33-0 Mounties' victory over the previously undefeated Maroons at MetLife Stadium in the North 1, Group 5 playoff championship game. (Photos by Glenn Kross- www.glennkrossphotography.com)
Montclair's Will Kline (12) hauls in 25-yard touchdown pass from Elijah Robinson during second quarter of Mounties' 33-0 win over Ridgewood at MetLife Stadium.
The Montclair football fans get into the action of cheering on their Mountie gridders
Montclair's very dominant O-Line opened up some gaping holes for running back Shaquan Oliver (45), who finished with a career-best 187 yards on his 16 carries including a 4-yard TD. Among those in the trenches supplying the blocks here are tight end Austin Stevens (41), guard Kris Diaz (55) and tackle James Geathers (58).
Montclair's Chanse Riley (22) plays near perfect coverage on Ridgewood pass play
Montclair's lockdown DE Darius Slade (42) puts crushing hit on Ridgewood QB Jamal Locke during North 1, Group 5 playoff championship game dominated by Mountie 'D'
Montclair players leap up toward the stands where their adoring fans are there to congratulate the Blue and White-clad Mounties on their N1G5 championship victory.
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Diaz and Mangrum are two other key juniors who will return in 2014 to spearhead the Mounties' 0-Line in front of Robinson and Oliver.
Defensively, while holding Ridgewood to a season-low 133 yards (the Maroons came in averaging 330.8 yards per contest), the Mounties’ unit of resistance was spearheaded by Slade, Stevens and the outstanding linebacking crew of Rae Oliver, DeAndre Smith, Ibn Wallace and Kevin Robinson plus stellar D-lineman Shaq Jones.
“I thought our defense played great and everyone out there contributed to limiting a team that had been rolling against everyone else this season,” said Fiore. “Coach Chuck Johnson was very complimentary about how our team played and he’s someone I’ve always looked up ever since I was a young coach.
“Although I thought Union City (Montclair’s semifinal opponent) was more talented, Ridgewood was a very good football team, but our kids came out so determined on Saturday night and just played a whale of a game, that’s for sure!”
Montclair took a 20-0 halftime lead as Robinson hauled in a 43-yard pass from McDonald to open the scoring in the first quarter and then Oliver, from 4 yards out, and Kline, on the 25-yard TD toss from Robinson, gave the Mounties a 3-touchdown lead at the intermission.
Robinson, with TD runs of 17 and 2 yards, accounted for the second half scoring while the Mountie defense did the rest.
Montclair’s ‘D’ posted its fourth shutout and made it nine games in which the unit had allowed seven points or less.
All the way, the seniors set the tone.
“We weren’t a deep team, but we have a lot of talented kids, and we stayed injury free all season,” said Fiore. “Montclair’s football foundation is built on a tremendous senior class and we certainly had an outstanding one this fall.”
MOUNTIE MUSINGS- Fiore said that Slade, who has already visited West Virginia, Michigan State, Nebraska and Penn State, will probably narrow his fifth visit down to either Georgia or Miami…the University of Albany is hot on the trail of McDonald, who is a splendid special teams player along with being a fine receiver…Wallace and Rosario are among the other seniors expected to generate some solid college interest over the next several weeks…Fiore actually interviewed with Johnson for a Ridgewood assistant’s job 25 years ago, but decided instead to join Mark Arambru’s staff at Paramus. Fiore, at the time, was a teacher in the Wyckoff school district and also an assistant lacrosse coach at Ramapo High School in nearby Franklin Lakes. Following two more jobs as an assistant coach (at Freehold Township and Jersey City State), Fiore went on to be a head coach at Spotswood, Marlboro, Neptune and then Montclair...Elijah Robinson finished his outstanding junior season rushing for 1,526 yards (8.6 per carry) and 22 TDs, while completing 88 of 159 passes for 1,464 yards (55%) and 21 TDs with only 4 Ints. He accounted for 45 touchdowns overall....linebacker Rae Oliver led the team with 106 tackles to go along with two interceptions...Kline made 55 of 59 PATs, booted seven field goals and had an astounding 45 touchbacks while finishing as one of New Jersey's best placekickers.
Montclair's WR Wyatt Bigley (9) goes up and over Ridgewood's DB Matt Donovan (15)
Montclair's Shaquan Oliver (45) followed up his previous career-high of 120 yards vs. Union City in semifinals with his 187-yard rushing effort vs. Ridgewood in N1G5 final.
Montclair DE Austin Stevens (41) returns an interception vs. Ridgewood in N1G5 final
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