WEST ORANGE, NJ -- As their transition season nears its end, the Bloomfield Bengals football team experienced another tough loss Friday night, falling 39-0 to the West Orange Mountaineers.
The shutout puts the Bengals at 0-8, while West Orange improved to 5-3.
“We’re slowly but surely getting better,” Bloomfield Head Coach Mike Carter said in an interview with TAPinto Bloomfield. “They’re a tough team. Obviously we would have liked a better outcome, but as I just said to the kids, ‘we’re hanging in there.’”
West Orange running back Mahki Green rushed for 95 yards and was responsible for some of the night’s biggest plays. His teammate Shakhi Carson accumulated 90 rushing yards en route to two touchdowns.
Bloomfield’s improving offense gave it their best shot Friday night, but two interceptions and 12 tackles a piece from West Orange linebackers Adonis May and Chris Parsons prevented the boys from scoring a single TD.
While his team has not yet managed to get a win on the board this year, Carter says several of the players hope to play at the collegiate level and he believes they will.
“They can look themselves in the mirror and say, ‘I gave it everything I got,’” the coach said. “That’s what we have to do right now, but it’s okay. We’ll keep pushing.”
With a team full of young players who mainly relied on their senior starters in a 4-6 season last year, Carter has to constantly remind the kids to stay positive, often relating their experiences this season to real life situations.
“It’s not just about football. We talk about how if you lose a job, what are you going to do?” he told TAPinto Bloomfield. “You have to keep fighting and you have to keep playing.”
In their final contest of the 2019 season, the Bengals will host the (6-1) East Orange Jaguars this Friday. The kickoff will be at 7:00 PM at Foley Field.