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Montclair's Danny Webb had 9 carries for 135 yards and 4 TDs in Wednesday night's 49-13 victory over Bloomfield in teams' final Thanksgiving week game as Mounties improved to 11-0 on season and Bloomfield finishes at 6-5. (Photo by Greg Corbo)
Montclair's senior wide receiver D.J. Williams, who had a 52-yardTD reception in the game, receives the Investor's Cup Mounties' game MVP award from Alicia Robinson of Investor's Bank as coach John Fiore (left) enjoys the nice post-game moment after his squad's rather resounding 49-13 victory over Bloomfield. (Sideline Chatter photo)
Montclair's swarming defnse puts clamps on Bloomfield's Jeremy Whitherspoon as the Mounties made it tough on Bengals offense all evening. (Photos by Greg Corbo)
The Montclair cheerleaders show their enthusiasm on a chilly night at Foley Field
The entire Montclair team surrounds the Investor's Cup trophy after defeating its Thanksgiving rival Bloomfield, 49-13, Wednesday night. (Sideline Chatter photo)
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The key play on the quick-hit scoring drive as a 42-yard Tarrin Earle (8-of-10 for 181 yards, 1 TD, all in the first half) to Charles Murphy pass that took the ball down to the Bengals 5 yard line before Webb punched it in two plays later.
After a Bengals three-and out, Montclair struck once again, moving 85 yards in seven plays and finishing with a Webb 9-yard scamper to make it 14-0 with 6:46 still left in the first quarter.
Following a big fourth down tackle by Montclair cornerback Tysean Williams to halt a Bengals drive at the Mounties 35, the visitors struck quickly once again on runs of 15 yards by Webb and 22 by Earle followed by a 28-yard TD burst by Webb to make it 21-0 with just under four minutes still left in the opening stanza.
Bloomfield then mounted one of its best drives of the night, an 80-yard advance in 13 plays bridging the end of the first and start of the second quarter and capped by a 9-yard Kyle Tice to Dylan Coury TD aerial to make it 21-6 just 57 seconds into the second.
Montclair then struck with two more TDs within a three minute span, first on a Webb 44-yard TD scamper and then followed by a 70-yard TD interception return by safety Walter King to make it 35-6 with 7:14 still showing in the first half.
The Mounties first team offense completed its night with 2:27 left in the half when Earle connected with wide out D.J. Williams (3 receptions for 74 yards) on a 52-yard TD pass.
In the second half, with a running clock due to the 35-point Mounties lead, sophomore back Nate Byron (5 carries for 91 yards) scored on an 11-yard run to cap a drive with 7:05 left in the third quarter and Bloomfield completed the night’s scoring on running back Jeremy Whiterspoon’s 11 yard TD run with 7:46 left in the fourth quarter.
GAME NOTES- Montclair’s senior wide out D.J. Williams was named Montclair’s Investor’s Cup MVP, while Bloomfield’s Whiterspoon (34 carries for a game-high 177 yards) received his team’s Investor’s Cup top player of the game…Webb finished the contest with nine carries for 135 yards, all coming in the first half...Bloomfield’s 19 seniors were all introduced before the game on the field and met by family members, while the cheerleaders were all mentioned for their contributions to the season via the public address announcer during the second half….Montclair-Bloomfield goes back to 1922, in a 97-game overall series that sees the Mounties leading, 71-26-1, including 13 victories in the last 14 holiday meetings, but the Thanksgiving aspect of the rivalry (81 games with 55 from 1922-76 and 27 more from 1992-2017) had a hiatus from 1977-91 after the Bengals departed the old Big 10 and entered the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League…The Mounties, who played Nutley on Thanksgiving from 1977-81 and Passaic on the holiday from 1982-91, entered the NNJIL themselves in the fall of 1982. The MHS-Bloomfield rivalry was resumed as a regular-season game from 1982-87season, but the two did not meet at all again in either 1988 or ’89, before resuming yet again, this time as a season opener in both 1990 and ’91, before the MHS-Bloomfield Turkey Day clash was rekindled in 1992, which was also Len Rivers’ second and last season as the Mounties’ head coach before Ed Lebida took over in ’93....Herbin, who went on to play at Temple after graduating MHS in 2012, had a Mountie single-season record 43 TDs. He only scored three his sophomore year when he was used spariingly by the previous coaching staff...MHS junior linebacker Willie Matthews, who recently received an offer from Rutgers, led the Mounties defense with 12 tackles. Michael Herring and Jaire Gray were next in the tackle department with 8 and 7, respectively.
MONTCLAIR (11-0) 21 21 7 0 -49
BLOOMFIELD (6-5) 0 6 0 7 -13
M- Danny Webb 1 run (Harry Wiley kick)
M- Webb 9 run (Wiley kick)
M- Webb 28 run (Wiley kick)
B- Dylan Coury 9 pass from Kyle Tice (kick blocked )
M- Webb 44 run (Wiley kick)
M- Walter King 70 interception return (Wiley kick)
M- D.J. Williams 52 pass from Tarrin Earle (Wiley kick)
M- Nate Bryon 11 run (Jacob Manthy kick)
B- Jeremy Whitherspoon 11 run (Marcus Wolf kick)
Montclair-Bloomfield In Regular Season since 1990 (was season opener in both 1990 and '91 and during Thanksgiving Week since '92 ) & Playoffs Since 2001 (The teams did not meet in either 1988 or ’89)
1990 Montclair 22-9 WOODMAN
*rivalry returned to Thanksgiving in 1992
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Montclair's Danny Webb (1) wsas absolute handful for Bloomfield in pre-Thanksgiving clash on Wednesday night at Foley Field where Mounties roared to 49-13 victory. (Photo by Greg Corbo)
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