Post 466 – Bull Session Week Six

It is fashionable to criticize a team for scoring 70 points, as Butler did last weekend, but one has to look at the box score before jumping to conclusions. Butler won by a score of 71-26 – a margin of 45 points. I always look at the first half score and one will see the score was 36-26, Butler. The Bulldogs scored 28 in the third quarter and 7 in the final stanza. Upon that, Butler is not guilty of running up the score: they were up by 10 at the half and exploded in the third quarter …..If he played for the Catholics: Two players who play for public schools who would easily be good players had they chosen to attend catholic school are Jamier Wright-Collins of Kennedy, Kyle Teel of Mahwah, and Piotr Partyla of Lyndhurst. They are fast, quick, and good football players. …..National Anthem: The New Milford Choral Ensemble did a very good job singing the National Anthem before New Milford’s game with Lyndhurst last Friday. They sang it well and with a god, quick pace, unlike others who like to drag it out…..Don Bosco beat up played St. Joe’s (Montvale) in their 35-14 win and have established themselves as a contender in the Non-Public Group 4 playoffs…..Howell is currently 0-7, but look at the scores and they are in many of their games: the margins of defeat are 2 points undefeated Toms River East, 7 to No.-15 ranked Manalapan,14 to one-loss Southern, 13, 6, 25, and 5 points…..Old Bridge beat Sayreville, 25-23, with Andrew Vera kicking a 25-yard field goal on the game’s last play…..St. Joe’s (Hammonton) avenged last year’s loss to West Deptford, 14-13. No, West Deptford did not miss an extra point; they kicked two field goals…..Ramapo beat arch-rival Wayne Hills, 35-28, in overtime. Ramapo quarterback Charles DePrima left the game with an injury and was replaced by Chris Valvano. It should be noted that the two were in a competition until late in training camp…..After losing their opener to Donovan Catholic, 35-0, Linden has been hanging in there with some tough losses. Last week, they lost 15-13 to No.-5 North Brunswick and 17-6 to No.-8 Union. They also lost 23-21 to 4-3 Watchung Hills and 28-14 to a 4-2 Westfield team …..Watchung Hills’ last loss was to 6-1 Montgomery, 21-14….. Middlesex stayed undefeated with a 10-7 win over Johnson…..Meanwhile, Montville fell from the unbeaten ranks by losing to Mount Olive, 21-20…..Pascack Valley had a big 20-19 win over River Dell, who has games by one and two points…..Other close ones were Passaic Tech beating West Orange, 23-20; East Brunswick’s 17-14 win over New Brunswick; Kinnelon’s 24-21 win over Pequannock; Columbia’s 10-7 win over Bayonne; Scotch Plains-Fanwood with a 21-20 win over JFK; Ridgefield Park’s 13-7 overtime win over Cliffside Park; and Seton Hall Prep with a 16-14 win over Delbarton…..With the playoffs approaching, the South Jersey sections apparently have a South section and a Central section with teams being in each others sections. It may be wiser to call it South Sections 1 and 2 or South/Central Sections 1 and 2…..The best band in North Jersey, if not the entire state is the Clifton Mustang Marching Band. There are good bands around, but they play these dull, plodding tunes. Clifton, on the other hand, is highly energized. Their halftime show included Guns ’n Roses’ Welcome To The Jungle and Steve Miller’s Jungle Love…..That’s all for this week. I have been busy with my “real” job and have been unable to contribute the last two weeks and I hope to be back with some more bull next Wednesday!

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