MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- The Montclair Mounties took a 6-0 lead on Saturday in the first quarter and never looked back, defeating Columbia High School 46-0.
The fifth-ranked team in the state took control of the game easily and never let it go. The two teams met on Saturday, but the major snowstorm that struck the area forced officials to cancel the game with 1:19 left in the first quarter. The game resumed on Tuesday.
Montclair scored on a strong drive lead by quarterback, Nate Crutchfield, which was capped off by a two-yard touchdown run by Khalif Herbin.
Herbin, who already has rushed for over 1,000 yards this season, scored twice more. He ran in another touchdown and also caught his first receiving touchdown of the season. The two rushing touchdowns bring him to 23 on the season.
The other points came on three rushing touchdowns, two from Stephaun Marshall and one from Brandon Williams. The offense was not the only team to score; defensive back Rashawn Barrett returned a fumble for a touchdown.
The Cougars (1-6) were simply overrun by the power of the Mounties (7-0).The Cougars were unable to move the ball on offense or stop the Mounties on defense.
The Mounties are almost guaranteed to advance to the State Tournament after building a comfortable lead for the top spot in North Jersey’s Section 4 Group 1. If they win against Livingston on Saturday, Montclair will clinch the first seed in the tournament.
The Cougars, who have had a tough season, will not see postseason play. They play Shabazz this Friday and finish their season on Thanksgiving against Livingston.