At the end of the night, the score mattered, but was irrelevant at the same time.
Fifth-ranked Montgomery easily dispatched of visiting Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 35-0 Friday night in Skillman.
But it wasn’t the 35 that mattered, or the zero for that matter. It was a one followed by two zeroes, as in 100, the number of career victories earned by Cougars head coach Zoran Milich.
To be precise, his program has 103 wins, but Milich will have none of that. He missed three games in the last couple of years due to injury or illness, and he didn’t want credit for those three wins.
So, win No. 100 came Friday night, October 13, 2023, More than two decades after he started a Montgomery program with some players who didn’t even know how to pull their pants on.
The kids on the current team? They know how to do way more than that.
Friday night, Brady Post ran for three touchdowns, and the Michael Schmelzer, Jr.-Matt Davino connection struck again, too, while Schmelzer himself also ran one in for a touchdown.
The win – for the immediate moment, not including any other Friday results – keeps the Cougars (8-0) in fifth in the North Group 4 playoff section, with fourth-place Ridge not in action until Saturday afternoon at Westfield.
The Raiders fell to 1-7 on the year.