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Montclair Recreation/Pop Warner Bulldogs Close Out Successful Season with a Bang

Credits: Township of Montclair

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Recreation/Pop Warner Bulldogs completed one of their most successful seasons, with four of the Bulldogs’ six teams finishing in first place in their respected divisions. The locals went 3-3 in action against the Jackie Robinson Bears (Newark) Sunday in the final week of the 2014 regular season.

The Blue & White Flag football teams (ages 5-7) split games with Jackie Robinson, with the Bulldogs White team (4-3) losing a tough 14-0 defeat to the Bears. The team showed progress each week and are gearing up for next season in NJPW. Standouts for the team were Aaron Smith and Zion Gordon.

The Bulldogs Blue team (6-0-1) remained hot, defeating the Bears 28-0 behind a strong ground game, with three touchdown runs from QB Kendall Jones and another on a pass reception from Wide Receiver Malachi Goodman. Standouts for the Blue team were Joe Feli and Reed Oliver.

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Both teams will close out 2014 Saturday, October 25, at the North Jersey Pop Warner Flag-a-thon, an all-day event that celebrates the season for all North Jersey flag teams with medals for the players and inflatable rides for the kids.

The Mitey Mites (2-4-2) ages 7-9 were defeated 18-12 by the Bears. The Bulldogs had been battling with teams all season and came up short in a bid to win the game against the Bears. On a 4th and 3 situation, the Bulldogs were stuffed by the Bears in their final possession of the game. Standouts for Montclair were RB/Lb. Jaen Lavan, QB Malachi Lewis, Will Hoffman, Charles Drane and Isaiah Holm. The Mighty Mites will close out their season, this Saturday, October 25, at the NJPW Pumpkin Bowl, another all-day event where teams will do battle in a match-up contest; rides and food will fulfill the day for the kids after the game.

The Jr Pee Wees (8-0) defeated Jackie Robinson 14-0, to capture the regular season title. The defense continued its season-long shutout streak to 8 games on the season, holding the Bears to 0 first downs throughout the game. Defensive standouts included Kyle Readus, Isaiah Gordon, Ahmad Hutchins and Harry Bylin. Additionally, Defensive Back Ashton Sanchez ended the game with his second interception in as many weeks.

The Bulldog offense was stymied in the first half due to three fumbles. However, they managed a late score in the half on a 30-yard pass play from QB Nick Dunneman to WR Ashton Sanchez that gave them great field position on the 5-yard line. QB/RB Michael Robinson barreled into the end zone on the following play for the score. Kicker Solomon Brennan’s extra point gave the locals an 8-0 lead. In the second half, the Jr Bulldogs put the game out of reach with a 40-yard touchdown pass from Dunneman to RB Jaheim Rowe. Other standouts were offensive linemen Henry Painter, Zachary Miller, Jordan Williams, Melvin Wrice and Darius Whiting.

The Montclair Pee Wees, ages 10-12, finished 7-1, making a first place finish on the regular season with a dominant performance and a 22-0 win over the Bears. After a slow start from the usually fast-paced Pee Wees, the Bulldogs finally got things going from the Bears’ 10-yard line when QB Arsheen Jiles connected with slot receiver Max Jennings on a 10-yard hook-up for the score, a 1-yard run from fullback Pat Caughey for the extra point gave the locals a 7-0 lead at halftime.

In the second half, the Bulldogs opened up their offense when Jiles connected with speedy wide out Elijah Brown from 22 yards out for another score. RB Ian Brown plunged into the end zone for the extra point to move to 14-0. Another score from Jennings from 25 yards out closed the deal -- 21-0. Other standouts for the Bulldogs on defense were LBs Ian Brown, Amare Gist and Defensive lineman Dhani Clifford.

The Midgets ages 12-14 (6-2) were defeated by the Bears 20-13, in a game of mishaps for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs who, despite the loss, captured the division crown in North Jersey, but could not overcome 3 turnovers that cost them the game. Standouts for the Bulldogs were RB Jordan White (2 touchdowns) and LB Amare Witter.

Playoffs for the Jr Pee Wees, Pee Wees and Midgets will begin this weekend, October 25 and 26 (schedule TBA) for a bid for the NJPW title Saturday, November 1, and the chance to move on to the regionals to win a trip to Orlando, FL for the Pop Warner National Championships.

The Bulldog Cheerleaders will also have their day this weekend at the NJPW Cheer competition at Elizabeth High School, Sunday October 26. Should the lady Bulldogs duplicate their championship run from a year ago, they will move on to the regional competition in Trenton, NJ and Albany, NY for the regional tournament as well as a trip to Disney World in Orlando FL.

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