NORTH CALDWELL, NJ -- Chris Bell scored four touchdowns to lead the West Essex football team to a 35-29 victory over Montville in the opening round of the Section 2, Group 3 playoffs Friday night.
The Knights (8-2) did most of their scoring after trailing, 9-7, at halftime. Nick Ciaglia's 3-yard run on a quarterback keeper for a touchdown in the third period gave West Essex a 13-9 lead.
Montville (7-3) came right back with a 91-yard kickoff return by Colin Regan to regain a 15-13 lead. But Bell, who had scored on a 7-yard run in the first quarter, broke an 82-yard TD run and Ciaglia ran in the two-point conversion to give the Knights a 21-15 edge. Bell's 3-yard TD run extended the West Essex lead to 28-15.
After another TD by Regan on a reception brought Montville within 28-22, Bell ripped off a 49-yard TD run to extend the Knights' lead to 35-22 in the fourth quarter.