CHATHAM, NJ - For the first time, 6th and 8th grade teams from the Chatham Recreation Football program will be headed to the New Jersey Suburban Youth Football League’s Superbowl. Also a first, the Superbowl will be played in Chatham on Sunday Dec. 4 at Cougar Field. Both teams will face a strong Richmond Borough team for the title.
The 8th grade team came into the conference playoffs seeded fourth and went on the beat the number one seed Cranford 19-0 and then Springfield 34-0 to make it to the Superbowl. Springfield, in its four previous games had scored 120 points but the 8th grade Cougars held the team to just 42 yards and no points. Head Coach Bob Kautzmann received a jug of cold Gatorade down his back in celebration of the win. Coaches Dan Moskowitz, Brad Bedell, John Agnew, Brian Ness, Brian Sullivan, Mark Kellstrom, John O'Neill, and Steve Bredahl escaped the chilly congrats.
The 6th grade team had a very strong year heading into the conference finals with a 7-1 season record, six shut outs and only gave up 14 points. “The boys have been working really hard since august. Total team effort and players have developed skills and understanding of the game beyond their years,” said Head Coach Tom Aloia. “Great accomplishment for the players, the overall program and the Chathams.” Helping with the win were coaches Steve Schelling, Sean Cort, Sean Hickey, John Conlin, Francis Cuttita, Craig Miele, and Jeff Sacco.
Eyeing up some future prospects, Chatham High School Football Coach Don Morgenroth said, “ This great news to hear that Chatham Football is advancing further into the playoffs. Congratulations to the players and the coaches. Way to Go Junior Cougars!”