PASSAIC, NJ-- With his team trailing by 20 points, early in the fourth quarter, and already off to an 0-2 start, Bloomfield High football coach Mike Carter remained calm. And with it, the Bengals found some much-needed momentum and rallied back to stun Passaic, 28-26, on Oct. 22, in Passaic.
Bloomfield will take a 1-2 record into a home game, on Oct. 24, against NorthernValley/Demarest, in a 1 p.m.start. The Bengals were originally scheduled to play at Barringer, on Oct. 24, but that contest has been canceled.
Carter was very proud of his team in battling back against a good Passaic squad.
"Passaic was tough, we hadn't played them in a few years. They hit hard and have a tremendous running back," said Carter. "We had two tough games to start the season (against Montclair and West Orange) and we needed something to get us going. I'm proud of the way our kids continued to work hard and create chances to come back. We were down (26-6) midway through the fourth quarter."
Passaic's Antrell Monroe had a tremendous game, rushing for 178 yards on 17 carries and scored twice to give the Indians a large advantage.
But Bloomfield came back, as quarterback Charles Abplanalp threw a 79-yard scoring pass to Xavier Antigua, followed by a 10-yard scoring run by Abplanalp, then a second scoring strike from Abplanalp to Antigua for the game-winning score. Daniel Dunn had scored Bloomfield's first touchdown, in the first quarter and finished with 63 yards rushing.
Abplanalp had an excellent game, throwing for two touchdown passes and 137 yards and also rushing for 37 yards and a score.
Antigua had 125 yards receiving and a good defense was led by Nasaiah Jackson, Jarek Terrell, Antigua, Daniel Nichol and Adam Vega.