MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- The Columbia Cougars varsity football team fell to 1-1 on the year after their 35-6 loss to Irvington Saturday at Underhill Field.

The game was never even close. The Blue Knights outmatched the Cougars in every aspect of the game. Irvington was able to run the ball at will, and their defense prevented Columbia from getting into any kind of rhythm. They nearly held the Cougars scoreless, with the Cougars scoring one touchdown as the game clock expired.

Head coach Dave Curtin said he felt the team could’ve played more physically. “We have to stand up and not get pushed around,” he said.

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The Cougars also had a key player injured. Starting quarterback Jimmy Martinez went down with an apparent neck injury late in the third quarter and never returned to the game. Curtin said the full extent of the injury is not known and that he will be evaluated by a doctor to determine his status going forward.

Martinez walked off on his own power and was seen pacing the sidelines with an ice pack on his neck. He is integral to the Cougars' offensive attack and also serves as the team’s punter. If he is forced to miss any time, his absence will definitely hurt the Cougars.

Columbia hopes to have its quarterback healthy and will look to rebound from the loss next week when they go on the road to face the Livingston Lancers Friday at 7 p.m.

The reporter is a student participating in hyperlocal journalism partnership between TheAlternativePress.com and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.