BLOOMFIELD, NJ – While the Bloomfield High School Varsity Football team is down to one game remaining this season, the Bengals’ Boys and Girls Varsity Soccer teams are preparing for State Tournament action. Here’s a recap of recent action and a preview of upcoming games:
FOOTBALL: After last Friday’s miraculous 22-21 overtime win for Bloomfield over the West Orange Mountaineers at Foley Field, it wasn’t to be this weekend as the Bengals fell to the East Orange Jaguars 57-21 Friday night in East Orange.
Bloomfield held their own against the high-powered Jaguars, trailing 20-14 after the first quarter. But East Orange reeled off 37 unanswered points in the second and third quarters to run away with the win.
With the loss, Coach Mike Carter’s Bloomfield squad is 3-6 overall and 2-3 in the Super Essex Conference, Liberty Blue Division. Bloomfield’s final game of the season is to be announced, most likely a Thursday night consolation game.
East Orange, winners of 4 straight, are 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the division – good for first place. East Orange has a home non-conference game against Basking Ridge on Saturday, November 3.
One of the bright spots this season for Bloomfield is senior quarterback Kyle Tice, who is 117 for 201, with 1,810 passing yards and 18 touchdowns through 9 games.
“This season was a really fun one, we are a great bunch of guys and we’re having lot of fun,” said Tice.
He’ll be playing ball next year at The College of New Jersey, where he plans to be a criminal justice major. But Tice still has one game to go under center for the Bengals.
“These last 4 years playing at BHS were some of the best years and I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” added Tice.
BOYS SOCCER: After starting the season at 1-3, Bloomfield finished the regular season strong to improve their record to 9-7.
In their final regular season contests, the Bengals defeated Hoboken 5-2 on Wednesday, October 24 at Foley Field, and beat Nutley 4-2 on Saturday, October 20 at Park Oval.
In the Essex County Tournament, Bloomfield blanked the West Side Roughriders 3-0 on Monday, October 15 in a preliminary round game at Foley Field, then lost a heartbreaker 1-0 in a first round game against Montclair Kimberly Cougars on Wednesday, October 17 in Montclair.
Next up, the Bengal Boys take on Union City this Monday, October 29, 4 pm in a NJSIAA State Tournament game in Union City. Head Coach Michael Aiello would like nothing more than for the 18 graduating seniors on the roster to make some noise in the states.
GIRLS SOCCER: After some inconsistent play in the first half of the season, Bloomfield racked up 5 wins in a row down the stretch to close the regular season at 9-11.
In their final regular season contests last week, the Bengals shutout Union City 3-0 at home on Friday, October 19, but lost to Pascack Hills 1-0 on Thursday, October 25.
Essex County Tournament action saw Bloomfield pound the Orange High School Tornados 7-1 in a preliminary round game on Monday, October 15 at Foley Field. They lost to Nutley Maroon Raiders 1-0 in a first round game on Thursday, October 18 at Owens Park.
Bloomfield battles the West Orange Mountaineers this Tuesday, October 30, 5 pm in a NJSIAA State Tournament game in West Orange. They did not play each other in the regular season.
“We’ve had a strong season thus far - playing in Essex County is never easy and I was impressed with how we performed this year,” said Coach Aiello. “As the season progressed, our play continued to improve and we are a confident group heading into the state tournament. We’ve beat some very good teams and played very close games against some of the best teams in the state.”