BLOOMFIELD -- The Bloomfield Bengals football team dropped their seventh straight game Friday night with a 48-0 loss to their long-time rival the Montclair Mounties. 

The team has struggled to get a win on the board this year as a result of graduating 25 seniors from the 2018 season. 

A top contender in the Super Essex Conference, this marks the fourth year in a row that the (3-4) Mounties have defeated the Bengals in their annual matchup. 

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"We knew going in that it was going to be a tough one,” Bloomfield Head Coach Mike Carter said in an interview with TAPinto Bloomfield. “Their overall game speed made things difficult for our guys and they made some big plays, which set us back."

While the Bengals have had several low scoring contests this season, Friday night’s game was their first shutout of the year. Other tough nights for Bloomfield in 2019 have included their preceding 27-6 loss to the Livingston Lancers, a 34-6 upset to the Columbia Cougars (Maplewood, NJ) and a 34-7 loss to the North Bergen Bruins in the home opener on September 13. 

"The whole schedule has been competitive across the board,” Carter said. “You have to be ready for every game. We're still working very hard.”  

With just two games left in the season, Carter says his team is working on improving their basics. 

"We've been spending a lot of time on the fundamentals, like blocking and tackling,” the coach told TAPinto Bloomfield. “We're making progress, but not as fast as we'd like."

The Bengals will travel to West Orange next Friday to take on the (4-3) Mountaineers. The kickoff will be at 7 p.m.