BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Bayonne High School is off to its best start on the gridiron in eight years. The Bees improved to 4-0 on Sept. 27, when it defeated Bloomfield, 47-20, at Foley Field in Bloomfield.
It was the second straight win for Bayonne over Bloomfield. The schools have split six games, dating back to 2014.
Led by head coach Jason Acerra, the Bees have posted wins over Memorial (West New York) by forfeit, then won close games against Essex County-based teams Livingston (28-21) and Montclair (25-24), before stopping Bloomfield.
Versus Bloomfield, Bayonne was led by senior quarterback Danny McAuliffe, who completed 11-of-16 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns and Cedric Bazile, who dominated the running game with 259 yards on the ground and four touchdowns. Bayonne led, 34-14 at the half.
McAuliffe is a top student in the classroom at Bayonne High and has Ivy League potential, according to coaches and teachers.. Bazile, a junior, is the younger brother of C.J. Bazile, a true freshman defensive end at the University of Buffalo.
Jerome Edwards, a sophomore wide receiver, caught two passes for 58 yards and a touchdown for the Bees while wide receivers Christian Ashe and Jesse Cancel also had touchdown receptions.
The Bees boast a strong offensive line while the defense has been paced by Maki Floyd, a 5'11", 240 pound defensive tackle.
Bloomfield, which fell to 0-4 with the loss to Bayonne, was led by quarterback Charles Abplanalp, who threw for 141 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 77 yards. Christian Parisi also ran the ball well for the Bengals, with 70 yards on three carries and a touchdown. Parisi also caught three passes for 48 yards and Xavier Antigua and Darrell Dunn caught two passes each.
Bayonne's next game will be a big test, when it hosts Union City, on Oct. 4, in the first of four straight home games. Hudson Catholic, Columbia and Passaic follow U.C. into Bayonne. The regular season finale will be on Nov. 1, at North Bergen.
Bayonne finished 7-3 last season but didn't qualify for the state sectional playoffs. The team did qualify in 2014, 2016 and 2017. The last playoff win for the Bees came in 2011, which was also the last time Bayonne started 4-0 before this season. In '11, Bayonne won a first-round playoff game, against Westfield, 13-7, before losing to Elizabeth in the North 2, Group 4 semifinals.
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