NUTLEY, NJ – A Friday night rivalry game turned into a scoring spree for the Bloomfield Bengals football team after it became difficult for the Nutley Raiders to score after the first quarter.
This resulted in a 49-21 win for the Bengals, their second consecutive win of the season. Their first one came last Friday, as they defeated the Columbia Cougars 41-13 in their home opener.
In contrast, their rival has now recorded two consecutive losses to start the season. Their first one was just by five points as West Essex snuck past their defense with a kickoff return in the game’s last four seconds.
“Nutley is going to be one of the better coached teams you’ll see all year,” Bengals Head Coach Mike Carter said in a post-game interview. “They were a tough competitive team and I was happy with our outcome.”
After Nutley secured a 13-12 lead in the first quarter, Bloomfield’s offense worked on putting points on the board for the rest of the quarter. However, neither team managed to score any points in the second quarter.
Carter explained that the main reasons for his team’s success Friday night were their collaborative effort and physical gameplay.
“It was a total team effort,” the coach told TAPinto Bloomfield. “All week, we talked about being as physical as possible and that’s what we did.”
Senior running back Jeremy Witherspoon rushed for 151 yards en route to four touchdowns in addition to scoring another six points on a 71-yard kickoff return.
Junior wide receiver William Robinson received for 128 yards to record two touchdowns for Bloomfield.
Junior quarterback Kyle Tice passed for 137 yards on 6-of-10 completions.
“We really came together as a team tonight,” Witherspoon said. “We all knew our assignments, stuck to our plan and that’s how we got everything done.”
Nutley was able to fit in a touchdown and two point conversion in the third quarter, but it was their last successful scoring attempt.
In an attempt to continue their winning streak, Bloomfield will host the (2-0) North Bergen Bruins on Friday, September 22 at 7:00 PM. The following day, Nutley will visit the (0-1) Pascack Valley Indians at 1:00 PM.