BAYONNE, NJ – Coming into last night’s game, the Bloomfield Bengals knew they would have their hands full with the high-powered Bayonne Bees. They were not mistaken, as Bayonne had their way with Bloomfield late in the game thanks to sloppy Bengals play resulting in a 38-6 loss.
The Bengals were on a roll after last Friday’s game saw senior quarterback Kyle Tice throw for three touchdowns as they trampled the Columbia Cougars 42-21 in Maplewood. But last night in Bayonne, the offense was shut down by the Bees who had pitched shutouts in two of their first three games this season.
Bayonne drew first blood after they snatched a Kyle Tice deflected pass out of the air and ran it in for a touchdown and subsequent two-point conversion to lead 8-0 in the first quarter.
Bloomfield held their own as the score remained 8-0 until Bayonne scored on the final play of the third quarter to double the lead 16-0. Bloomfield fumbled the ensuing kickoff to start the fourth quarter and Bayonne scored on the first play of the drive to lead 22-0.
Bloomfield’s only scoring play was when Tice connected with senior wide receiver Brandon Holt with 10:58 left in the fourth quarter to cut the Bayonne lead to 22-6.
Special teams hurt Bloomfield again as Bayonne ran the kickoff back for another touchdown to lead 30-6, then tacked on another score to close out the Bloomfield second half meltdown 38-6.
Bayonne had averaged 47 points in their first three games including a 54-0 thrashing against Memorial High School August 30, and a 58-0 pummeling of Dickenson last Friday.
So, Bloomfield did a good job holding the Bees to only 8 points through nearly three quarters of play until things unraveled late. It was the 30-points Bloomfield surrendered in the final 12-plus minutes that did them in.
With the loss, Bloomfield drops to 2-2 overall and remains 1-0 in the conference. Bloomfield won their season opener when they beat Nutley 33-20 on August 30 at Foley Field, but lost 39-12 in North Bergen on September. They were both non-conference games. They won their only conference game last week 42-21 at Columbia.
Bloomfield looks to bounce back next Friday, September 28, as the Bengals host Orange High School in a non-conference game 7:00 pm at Foley Field.
With the victory, Bayonne improves to 3-1 overall. Their only loss was to Livingston 33-28 on September 7. Bayonne travels to Union City on Saturday, September 29 at 7:00 pm.