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West Essex's Dante Sellari goes up for interception in first half of Friday night's game vs. Caldwell at Travis Field in much-anticipated showdown between two neighboring rivals. In second photo the Chiefs' veteran offensive sparkplug Harry Boland (2) wards off defender and in the third photo sophomore placekicker Sean Murtagh (5) provides what proved to be winning points with clutch field goal. In fourth photo Boland dives into end zone for his team's first score in the contest. Meetings on the gridiron have not occurred all that much in the past couple of decades despite close proximity of rival players from two solid teams.(Photos by Jeff Stiefbold-jstiefbold.smugmug.com)

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With just under six minutes left, it was Marinello getting the Chiefs into the red zone with runs of 17 and 24 yards. The drive stalled, but soph K Sean Murtagh drilled a 30-yard field goal to make it 16-6 with 3:42 left, forcing West Essex to score twice.

The Knights would make it close, scoring on a 4-yard run by Struss with 1:02 left, but the Chiefs recovered the onside kick and were able to celebrate a hard-fought win against their local rivals.

NOTES- Caldwell ran 31 times for 163 yards...Kurzum was 16-22 for 148 yards and 4 INT... Bolland had 7 catches for 53 yards and 1 TD while Lattimer caught 6 for 48...E’s Massotto was 9-14 for 151 yards and 1 TD...Sellari had 4 catches for 90 yards and 1 TD...Caldwell travels to Hanover Park next Friday at 7 while West Essex will entertain Nutley in 6:30 p.m. kickoff back at Travis Field. The Knights have decided to go with the half-hour earlier starts this fall instead of the more familiar 7 o'clock starts of most schools on Friday nights.

Caldwell  (4-0)        6          0          7         3          16
West Essex (2-2)    0          6          0         7          13
C – Harry Bolland 13 run (pass failed)
WE – Dante Sellari 70 pass from Jack Massotto (kick failed)
C – Joey Marinello 4 run (Sean Murtagh kick)
C – Murtagh 30 FG
WE – Luke Struss 4 run (Michael Bartley kick)

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Caldwell's Harry Boland (2), West Essex's Jack Massotto (8) and Chiefs' Joey Mariniello (33) helped provide some of the prime offense in a game that was more defensive minded than anything else as visitors earned their 19th straight win with a narrow 16-13 victory.

 

 

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