In Clifton, history means a lot. Even through the program’s mostly disastrous period from the late 1980s to early 2000s, the Mustang faithful often held on to the days when their team was a powerhouse as source of pride -- and a reason for hope that better days were ahead.
The Clifton backfield of senior QB Armani Brinson, senior RB David Martinez and junior RB Christian Boneparte combined for 325 yards on the ground as the Mustangs wore down Northern Highlands at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Somerville football was, quite frankly, in shambles before Jeff Vanderbeek arrived in 2015. A co-head coach in 2015, the former New Jersey Devils owner assumed sole control of the Pioneers the next season and was tasked with turning around a program that had gone 4-36 over the previous four years.
The Pioneers endured a painful 1-9 campaign last season, but looked like a much-improved team in their season opener, downing defending Central, Group 1 champion Middlesex, 27-19.
As hard as it is to believe, football is just days away in New Jersey. And with so many changes changes on the horizon, the 2018 season will be nothing like we've ever seen before.