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Cedar Grove hopes to be pointing toward an initial win in 2014 when Panthers travel to Bonnel Field on Sept. 27 to meet Caldwell. (Photos by Bill

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Sadloch and company, of course, have had to retool to a large extent, especially with the skill positions, with the graduation of veteran star quarterback Joe Slattery (Bentley) and top receivers David Njoku (Miami) and Paul Rufo (Binghamton for baseball). That trio helped to lead the “Grovers” to a 28-7 record the last three years, including back-to-back 10-2 marks in 2011 and 2012, and a North 2, Group 1 playoff title in 2011.

The difficult schedule in 2014 doesn’t get any easier with a local rivalry game against Caldwell next weekend followed by a road game at an improved Newark Central on Oct. 3. Looking down the line, there are formidable SEC challenges late in the regular season against both Shabazz (on the road Nov. 1) and vs. archrival Verona on Nov. 7.

However, if progress continues to be made, who knows how many games the "Grovers" might win this fall?

"You're never happy about a loss, but I see some solid progress being made," Sadloch said after the loss to Hoboken. "From two weeks ago to now is 100 % better!"

A Few Of The Better SEC Games To Watch Sept. 26-27:

Friday Night:

Newark Central at West Essex

Saturday Afternoon:

Cedar Grove at Caldwell

Glen Ridge at Verona

Livingston at Shabazz

Nutley at West Orange

 Cedar Grove's strong fan base is hoping for more improvement coming off Friday night's solid defensive effort in tough 12-7 setback to two-time defending N2G1 champ Hoboken.


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