ORANGE, NJ - The flames on the Labor Day cookout grills have faded and the school bells have rung to signal the first day of school. For a certain group of students, their coaches, parents and the Orange community, that means that the 2014 football season for the City of Orange Township Department of Recreation Youth Football Program is ready to begin. Team rosters have been finalized and preseason practice is complete. The first home game kickoff is scheduled for September 21, 2014.
The Orange Recreation football program fields four teams for scholar athletes of various age levels. The varsity level team is called the Tornados; the students playing are between the ages 12 and 14 years old. The Head Coach is Jameel Drummond and his assistants are Deshon Parks, Randy Hawkins, Kendell Abrams and Spencer Drice. The Tornados are your defending Twin Valley Conference and National Prep and Youth Football Association Mid -Atlantic States Champions.
The Junior Varsity team is the Cyclones. The team consists of students lighter in weight class in the same 12 to 14 age range. The coaching staff is headed by June Pierre with assistants Akie May, Rodney Lingham, Dwayne Clements.
The Pee Wee level team is the Hurricanes. The consists of students ages 9 to 11 years of age, The coaching staff is headed by Head Andre "Dre" Goodman, and Coach Chuck Jackson.
For our youngsters between the ages 7 and 8 there is the Storm team lead by Coach Rodney Lingham, and Deshon Parks,
Finally, the Recreation Department also sponsors a Travel Cheerleading squad coached by Shirley Demaris.
The teams compete in the Twin Valley Conference against Montclair, West Orange, Paterson, Jersey City, East Orange and Bellville, and play most of their games on Sunday mornings. Parents and volunteers pitch in to support the teams and are in regular attendance at the games.
Orange Recreation 2014 Football Schedule*
Week 1 Sunday September 14th, 2014
ORANGE @ BELLEVILLE
Week 2 Sunday September 21st , 2014
CLIFTON @ BELL STADIUM
Week 3 Saturday September 27st, 2014
ORANGE @ EAST ORANGE.
Week 4 Sunday October 5th , 2014
MONTCLAIR @ BELL STADIUM
Week 5 Sunday October 12th, 2014
Week 6 Sunday October 19th , 2014
ORANGE @ PATERSON
Week 7 Sunday October 26th , 2014
ORANGE @ CLIFTON
Week 8 Sunday November 2st , 2014
WEST ORANGE @ BELL STADIUM
Week 9 Sunday November 9st , 2014
JERSEY CITY @ BELL STADIUM
*APPROXIMATE TIME GAMES WILL BE PLAYED
JPW= Junior Pee Wee Storms 10:30A
PW = Pee Wee Hurricanes 12:00N
JV = Junior Varsity Cyclones 1:30P
Var =Varsity Tornadoes 3:00P
If a team makes the playoffs, Twin Valley Football Commissioner would advise of the site and venue.