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NJ rushing leader Murray takes home CJSR Offensive Player of the Year Award

It doesn’t hurt that Cranford’s Colin Murray had a “bunch of large humans” blocking for him, but that doesn’t take away from his talent, strength and speed.

All of those things combined to earn Murray 2021 Central Jersey Sports Radio Offensive Player of the Year Honors.

Murray finished the season with 2,459 yards on the season, 334 of which came in the North 2 Group 3 Championship game against Sparta, which gave the Cougars their first state championship since 2015, and third in eleven years.

His 33 TDs this season ranked No. 2 in the state.

Not bad for a guy who hadn’t contributed at the varsity level until this year, thanks to a bunch of talented skill guys playing ahead of him.

Click below to listen to Mike Pavlichko of Central Jersey Sports Radio talk with Colin Murray about his – and Cranford’s – outstanding 2021 campaign:

Honorable mention candidates included Charlie Barth of New Providence and Marquis Perry of North Brunswick.

Barth was a runner-up in this category last year as well, eventually earning Two-Way Player of the Year honors. He had 2,025 rushing yards this season on 215 carries – second only to Murray in the Big Central – and finished his career with a whopping 586 runs for 5,303 yards, and 75 total touchdowns, only two of which came on defense.

Perry combined for 1,500-plus yards this season and 20 total touchdowns. He had 914 receiving yards on 53 catches, and for his career, rewrote the record books. Perry set a North Brunswick record for career receptions with 91, breaking a 21-year-old mark in the process. He also finishes his career No. 1 with 1,450 receiving yards, and ends fourth in all-time scoring with 186 career points.

Central Jersey Sports Radio announces “Specialty Awards” for 2021

Last year, we decided our inaugural awards show had too few awards to recognize all the truly great student-athletes in the Big Central Conference, on or off the field. So besides Players and Coach of the Year, we decided to give out “Specialty Awards.”

And we’re back with more for 2021, so get ready for some fantastic stories!

Offensive Line of the Year: Cranford

They literally paved the way for Cranford’s third state championship in eleven seasons. The five guys up front kept quarterback Shane VanDam on his feet, and cleared a path for Colin Murray, who had a career-best 334 yards in the North 2 Group 3 championship game against Sparta.

Cranford offensive lineman Kevin Shriner holds up the NJSIAA trophy as he and his teammates celebrate a state championship. (Photo: Mike Pavlichko)

Geoff Gretta, Kevin Shriner, Kyle Fay, Ryan Heesters, and Matt Fries – who signed his National Letter of Intent this week to attend the University of Illinois – were all instrumental in Cranford’s success. Four of the five – with the exception being center Kyle Fay – are at least 6-2 and 280 pounds.

“It helps we have a bunch of large humans,” head coach Erik Rosenmeier told us earlier this season.

It also helps they can all flat out play.

Listen below to hear Mike Pavlichko talk with all five Cranford offensive linemen:

The “Nobody Scores” Award:

It took eight games for someone to score on St. Thomas Aquinas, and nobody threw a touchdown pass against them all year.

Those were the kind of dominant defensive numbers the Trojans put up on 2021, not an easy task considering they led most of their games pretty big this year, and a bunch of 16- and 17-year-olds could easily have lost their focus.

They didn’t, only allowing nine points the entire regular season, all of them coming in their finale against Delaware Valley, on a mud-soaked field in North Edison.

Villanova-bound senior Jon Wyatt has been an integral part of the Trojans’ success on both sides of the ball. (Mike Pavlichko)

Senior Jon Wyatt, who’s going to Villanova, was a lock-down corner. Barely anyone threw toward him – and if they did, they couldn’t complete a single pass. If they did manage to get a ball caught, it was in the hands of Wyatt.

Click below to hear Wyatt talk about how it all worked out for St. Thomas Aquinas:

“Rising Star” Award

Last season, sophomore quarterbacks were making an impact, whether it be Franklie Garbolino, Matt Yasko, or a host of others around the league.

In 2021, sophomore Zaimer Wright of Sayreville is one who had a big impact for his team, leaving a bright future for the Bombers.

Sayreville sophomore Zaimer Wright helped his team knock off No. 1 North Brunswick on September 17, 2021. (Source: Twitter)

Wright was a Bellamy & Son Paving Player of the Week earlier this year, and finished the season with 1,401 yards rushing, 25 touchdowns, and five two-point conversions, scoring 160 total points. He also starts at safety, contributing on defense, and returns punts and kickoffs, as well as runs down on the kick coverage team.

He’s been under the weather recently, so we didn’t get a chance to speak to him, but we think we’ll have plenty of opportunities the next couple of years. Feel better, Zaimer!

Mr. Versatility

There’s no doubt this award goes to Alex Benitez, a senior from Montgomery. He has played runningback, moved back to quarterback, then back to runningback while also playing outside linebacker on defense.

Montgomery senior QB Alex Benitez gets ready to throw a pass in preseason camp on Friday, August 27, 2021 at Cougar Stadium.

A four-year starter, Benitez didn’t miss a single game, and only fumbled four times in his career – three of them coming in his freshman year!

He also punts, kicks off, kicks PATs, long snaps and return kickoffs. He’d probably drive the team bus if it wasn’t an insurance issue.

Coach Zoran Milich calls him “the best all-around player in New Jersey.”

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko talk with jack-of-all-trades Alex Benitez:

“Mentorship Award”:

With a strong influence in his own family, Jehu Andrews realizes that not every boy in Carteret is as lucky as he is.

So that’s why, in addition to being a leader on his own Carteret Rambler football team, and being a great asset to first-year head coach Kevin Freeman, he’s involved with youth football.

Jehu Andrews of Carteret (source: Twitter)

Sure, he helped pave the way up front on offense and defense to a three-win season after not playing at all in 202 because Carteret cancelled fall sports due to COVID

But he laid some of that knowledge on the 14-and-under Bulldogs in town, becoming a father figure to, perhaps, a bunch of future Jehu Andrews.

Click below to hear Andrews talk with Mike Pavlichko talk about his season, community involvement, and influences:

Perseverance Award

Sure, a lot of football players face obstacles in their seasons. Maybe it’s a nagging injury, a tough defeat, or just some bad luck.

How many have a fire destroy everything they own, save only their football jersey, and show up to play that night?

Matthew Ihemsie of Hillside (Source: Twitter)

Matthew Ihemsie of Hillside does, and to be honest, there are no words that can do it justice, except for his. So give a listen:

“Mr. Dynamic” (Most Electrifying Player):

He can run, he can throw, but his ability to inspire his teammates to great heights, quickly shift the momentum of a game, make Josh Oluremi of Colonia the obvoious choice for most electrifying player in the Big Central Conference.

Mr. Dynamic, Oluremi rushed for 1,594 yards and 20 touchdowns this season, while throwing for 954 and 6 touchdown passes. He also had 32 tackles and a pair of picks from his cornerback spot on defense.

Josh Oluremi of Colonia (Source: Twitter)

He almost single-handedly got Colonia past Edison on September 10th, rushing for four and throwing another touchdown in the game, a 38-7 victory over the Eagles.

For his career, he finishes with 2,000+ rushing yards, and nearly 1,800 passing yards, responsible for a total of 36 overall touchdowns.

Click below to hear Josh Oluremi talk about his season, career, and style of play:

Red-Hot Recruit of the Year:

Picking these awards aren’t always easy. Which means sometimes it is. In this case, it was a no-brainer.

Davison Igbinsoun of Union holds 30-plus Division I scholarship offers, and is still deciding where he’ll attend college, getting a lot of attention in the past week from Rutgers’ Greg Schiano – who arrived in a chopper for the second time this season – and Ole Miss’ Lane Kiffin, who took him for a ride in a Porsche.

He originally committed to Rutgers, but withdrew that commitment after his recruiting ranting picked up a fourth star, though the Scarlet Knights remain in contention for him.

Union’s Davison Igbinosun (Source: Twitter)

One of the most dominant players in the area in recent memory, his numbers weren’t off the charts in 2021, but that’s because he’s an incredibly unselfish player, and the Farmers had a lot of athletes to go around.

This year, he had 18 total touchdowns, 76 carries for 903 yards and 12 touchdown, 20 catches for 405 yards and four touchdowns. On defense, he recorded 74 tackles, 4 picks, and two tackles for a loss.

He’ll be special wherever he goes.

Raiders sweep Big Central rankings with No. 1 pick by league media

In the final Big Central Media Poll of the season, the Hillsborough Raiders – not the least bit unexpectedly – finished the season atop the rankings, after going undefeated, winning a Somerset County record 13 games, taking the Central Jersey Group 5 crown, and winning the South 5 regional championship.

All six media members – including two from Central Jersey Sports Radio – picked Hillsborough, after splitting their vote among various teams much of the year, including the Raiders, Somerville and Union for the last three weeks of the season.

The Farmers – whose season was cut short by COVID in the second round of the playoffs – finished second, with a mark of 9-2. They were division 5A champions and widely considered a favorite to win North 2 Group 5.

Cranford – which won a sectional title for the third time in eleven years when it cruised past Sparta in the North 2 Group 3 final – came in third, finishing 11-1.

Somerville, the Division 3 champion which finished 8-3, was voted fourth, while Ridge (7-3) came in fifth and Sayrevile – 8-3 and Division 5D champions – came in sixth.

The top six places in the media poll mirrored the Central Jersey Sports Radio rankings.

In seventh was North Brunswick (8-4), followed by Woodbridge (7-3) and St. Thomas Aquinas (9-1), while Phillipsburg finished tenth.

Six teams also received votes.

See the full poll below:

Hillsborough finishes No. 1 in Central Jersey Sports Radio rankings, named Team of the Year

The Hillsborough Raiders’ first-ever perfect season – with a 13-0 mark, the Division 5B title, Central Jersey Group 5 title, and South Group 5 regional championship – has earned them the honor of being Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Team of the Year for 2021.

Hillsborough’s stellar season left them all alone atop the final CJSR rankings, moving up from the Number Two position they held from Week 5 through Week 8. (There were no rankings during the playoffs.)

The Raiders were followed by Union, the Division 5A champion whose season was unfortunately cut short when Superintendent Sr. Scott Taylor withdrew the team from the second round of the NJSIAA playoffs after a handful of players tested positive for COVID-19. The Farmers – who finished 9-2 with a forfeit loss in the playoffs and a regular season-opening loss to Millville, which won the South 4 regional title – were the top seed in North 2, Group 5, and widely considered a favorite for a state title, and to reach the North 5 regional championship game.

Cranford, which dominated Sparta in the North 2, Group 3, title game to win the crown, finished third in the final rankings. At 11-1 on the year, their lone loss came in the North Group 3 regional championship game to West Essex. They were the Division 4 champions.

Somerville (8-3) checked in at No. 4, with the Division 3 title to its credit. The Pioneers only had one regular season loss – to Northern Highlands in game two – and a forfeit loss to Phillipsburg due to a COVID issue. They were knocked out of the playoffs in the sectional semifinals by Cedar Creek, which finished 13-0 to win a state title. Their two on-field losses were to teams with a combined 25-1 record.

Ridge (7-3) checked in at No. 5, the second-place team in Division 5B behind Hillsborough. The Red Devils had a tough regular season loss to Phillipsburg, and an impressive playoff win over Woodbridge, 38-0, before falling at Ramapo in the sectional semifinals.

Sayreville (8-3) finished sixth. The Division 5D champions were perfect in their division, and went on an 8-0 tear after dropping their first two games at home to Bridgewater-Raritan and Woodbridge. The first of those wins was a 35-22 slugfest against North Brunswick, which went to the sectional finals.

Phillipsburg (7-5) finished 7th, followed by North Brunswick (8-4) in 8th and Woodbridge (7-3) in 9th.

Bernards – the Division 2A champions – finished tenth. The Mountaineers were sectional semfinalists, losing at home to Haddonfield, which hung on to beat Point Pleasant Boro for the South 2 regional championship at Rutgers Saturday, when Point missed what would have been a game-tying PAT with just a few seconds remaining on the clock.

Also receiving votes were St. Thomas Aquinas (9-0) – the Division 2B champions – and division runner-up Delaware Valley, which finished 7-3. Aquinas had one of Middlesex County’s best-ever defensive seasons, winning its first seven games on the field (one of their first eight wins was a forfeit) by shutout. They beat DelVal in a highly-anticipated Week 9 game 12-9 in a mudbath in North Edison.

Below are the final CJSR rankings.

This Week in the Big Central – Episode 15: The Cartys

There’s just one more team left!

On Episode 15 of “This Week in the Big Central,” driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland – our final regular weekly show – Mike Pavlichko takes a quick look back at Cranford’s loss in the North 3 regional championship, then has a full-on preview of Hillsborough’s South 5 regional title game against Kingsway out of the West Jersey Football League.

First, we hear from senior wide receiver and defensive back Tommy Amankwaa – the Rutgers commit – and senior quarterback Jay Mazuera.

Then, a very special segment on head coach Kevin Carty, Jr., and his father, Kevin Senior, who’s on his staff, working with the wide receivers. They talk about their time together as player and coach at Somerville, winning their championship in 1994 over Manasquan, and what it’s like with a life of football, including the younger Carty’s siblings, Ryan and Sean, who also are in coaching.

Then, it’s on to Saturday’s matchup at SHI Stadium at Rutgers, as we hear from Kingsway head coach Mark Hendricks and Carty Junior.

Finally, Mike gives his breakdown of the game.

Instant Replay: West Morris 53, Cranford 14 (North Group 3 regional championship)

Click below to listen to the “Big Central Game of the Week” driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland from Friday, November 26, 2021, the North Group 3 regional championship.

Cranford suffered its first loss of the season, falling to West Morris Central 53-14. The Cougars finish the season 11-1; West Morris ends at 10-3.

Mike Pavlichko and former Carteret head coach Matt Yascko call the action from Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.

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2nd Half

Cranford knocked off by West Morris in North 3 final, but Cougars will never forget their state title

There was disappointment to be sure.

Maybe a little shock, too, since Cranford had just given up 17 more points than they had in any single game this season, all eleven prior having been victories.

But even though the scoreboard at MetLife Stadium said West Morris Central 53, Cranford 14, the Cougars – coaches and players were still proud of their team.

As they should be.

Cranford lost in the North Group 3 regional championship game Friday at the Meadowlands, in the Big Central Game of the Week driven by Autoland on Central Jersey Sports Radio, but even immediately after the game, the Cougars were talking about their state championship, and how they wouldn’t have wanted to go out with anyone but “their guys.”

The Wolfpack – against a huge Cranford offensive line their head coach Kevin Hennelly said he had not seen the likes of at a Group 3 school in 30 years of coaching – dominated up front, on both sides of the ball.

Cranford got their yardage, but West Morris was better, outgaining their foes from Union County 265-148.

And the three turnovers by Cranford – two fumbles and a pick – didn’t help either, finishing the game minus-three, a week after they were plus-6 against Sparta in winning the North 2 Group 3 title.

Cranford finishes the season 11-1, while West Morris ends at 10-3.

Click below for postgame reaction from Cranford QB Shane VanDam and Head Coach Erik Rosenmeier:

North 3 Regional Championship: A complete preview as Cranford battles West Morris at the Meadowlands

It’s Black Friday, and while everyone else is at the malls, the opening weekend of regional championship play in New Jersey high school football gets underway today at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands.

Central Jersey Sports Radio is your place for all the action this Friday afternoon. The North Group 3 Regional Championship game is the Big Central Game of the Week, driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland. That features North 2 Group 3 winner Cranford taking on North 1 Group 3 winner West Morris Central.

You can catch all the action beginning at approximately 3:45, with kickoff slated for 4 pm from East Rutherford, NJ.

Read on for everything you need to know about the game:

North 2, Group 3 Championship

Teams: Cranford (11-0, North 2 champion) vs. West Morris Central (9-3, North 1 champion)
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
When: Friday, 4 pm
Coverage: Live play-by-play on Central Jersey Sports Radio (click here to listen) with pregame at 3:45
Weather: 42 degrees at kickoff, 0% chance of rain, winds out of the WNW at 16 mph

Coaches:

Cranford: Erik Rosenmeier, 17th season (118-56). His teams have had 12 straight winning seasons.

West Morris: Kevin Hennelly, 25th season (175-91). He took over after five years as an assistant under Pete “Pic” Piccirillo, who retired after 35 seasons as head coach following the 1996 season.  Picarillo went 218-99-6, winning three state titles. 

Finals History:

Cranford: The Cougars won their third state championship last Friday night, making them 3-1 all-time in four finals appearances, all coming under current head coach Erik Rosenmeier.

  • 2011: #3 seed, beat #4 Parsippany Hills 27-0 at Kean University
  • 2014: #1 seed, lost to #3 Parsippany Hills 20-13 at Met Life Stadium
  • 2015: #1 seed, beat #6 Chatham 50-23 at Kean University
  • 2021: #1 seed, beat #3 Sparta 45-21 at home
Students and fans storm Memorial Field after Cranford wins its third state title, defeating Sparta 45-21 in the North 2, Group 3 championship game.

West Morris: The Wolfpack have made 13 title game appearances, winning eight of them, five coming under current head coach Kevin Hennelly. All were in North 2, Group 3 except this year’s title, which was in the North 1 section.

  • 1982: beat Randolph 10-6
  • 1985: lost to Linden 19-7
  • 1987: lost to Randolph 14-13
  • 1990: lost to Scotch Plains 25-12
  • 1991: beat Nutley 14-0
  • 1995: beat Nutley 21-0
  • 1997: lost to Morristown 6-0
  • 2000: lost to Warren Hills 21-13
  • 2001: beat West Morris-Mendham 15-14
  • 2004: beat West Morris-Mendham 10-7
  • 2009: beat Passaic Valley 28-19
  • 2012: beat Warren Hills 35-7
  • 2021: beat West Essex 21-0

How they got here:

The Cougars earned the top overall seed in the North 3 supersection, entering the playoffs with an 8-0 record. Along the way, they knocked off then-No. 4 Woodbridge on the road in a battle of undefeated Big Central Division 4 teams, 38-28, as heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio. In the playoffs, they beat 8th-seed Demarest in the opening round 56-26, and 4th-seed Pascack Valley in the semifinals 42-7. Senior runningback Colin Murray had career highs of 235 yards and 5 touchdowns in the win over Demarest.

Friday’s game is sponsored locally by Pastosa Ravioli in Cranford.

That was, at least until the sectional final against Sparta, where Murray – aided by the Cougars’ huge offensive line, anchored by Illinois commit Matt Fries, rolled off a new career high: 334 yards on a career-heaviest work load of 40 carries, en route to a 45-21 win over Sparta for the North 2, Group 3 championship. The win was gave Cranford its first crown since 2015.

As for West Morris Central, they were the overall 2-seed in the supersection, garnering them the other top seed, in North 1, Group 3. In the opening round they beat 8th-seed Summit out of the Big Central in a shootout, 56-31. But in the next two games, they hunkered down on defense, shutting out 4th-seed Old Tappan in the sectional semis, 21-0, then beating second seed West Essex by the same score at home last Friday night for the sectional title.

Cranford and West Morris, despite being in the North 2, Group 3 section together for many years, have never played each other in football.

Players to watch:

For Cranford, it’s the tandem of Shane VanDam, the senior quarterback, and Colin Murray, the senior runningback. Murray – after his outstanding performance against Sparta in the sectional final – is now the leading rusher in the Big Central Conference with 2,052 yards. But if it’s not his night (it rarely isn’t) and the Wolfpack defense is taking him out of the game in any way, Van Dam has the arm to make throws to bring his team a win.

Will Gallagher may be his favorite target, but it was on defense where Gallagher – a starting shortstop on the baseball team who has signed his National Letter of Intent to play at rider – made his biggest impact last week. He had three of the team’s five interceptions on Sparta quarterback Austen Frattura, part of a stellar overall defensive performance. Watch Lucca Limiera, too; he had a pick and also tipped a pass that ended up in Gallagher’s hands last week.

On the West Morris side, the big back with a ton of yards is junior Stefano Montella, all six-feet, 200 pounds of him. He’s got the most yards on the ground in a season for West Morris since Michael Burton’s school record 1,769 set in his senior season of 2009. (You remember Burton, the former three-year Rutgers starting fullback who’s now with the Kansas City Chiefs, who’s perhaps the most decorated West Morris football player, at least in recent history.)

They are like Cranford in that they have a roughly 2:1 rush to pass ratio. Offensively, though, they can also spread it around. Senior Noah Turner has a team-leading 393 receiving yards, while left halfback Ryan Brady leads with 23 catches and 7 TD grabs. Not to mention Vinnie Desiderio, the cousin of former Somerville Standout Cookie Desiderio, who has a good mix of six receptions and six rushes on the season, as a hybrid halfback/split end.

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Defensively, watch out for Montella, too. He leads the team with 135 tackles, 53 solo and 19 tackles for loss, all team bests. Colin Leonhardt, a junior defensive tackle who also starts on the offensive line, is fourth on the team in tackles, and can penetrate the offensive line, scoring 10 TFLs (second-best on the team) and registering a team-high 8 sacks.

What to watch for:

Cranford is well-renowned for its big offensive line this season, which has paved the way nicely for Murray, and also kept quarterback Shane Van Dam upright, giving him plenty of time to throw to his favorite target, Will Gallagher, who’s also a star shortstop for the Cougars’ baseball team. The numbers on that line are impressive: an average of 6-foot-4 and 267 across the board, with all but the center at least 280 pounds a pop. Matt Fries is the leader of the bunch, headed to Illinois after his scholastic career, but this unit works as a group.

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What’s intriguing is that for a Group 3 school, only one of the five starts on defense. For West Morris, they all do, including quarterback Trevor Hillier. He’s at defensive end, believe it not, but Hennely says “that’s just how we roll.” West Morris has been doing that all year, and successfully, but it will be critical for them to not tire against a dominating, physical offensive line that will be able to catch its breath when the Cranford defense is out there.

The wind also could be a factor. The forecast calls for WNW winds around 16 miles per hours. But if you know anything about the Meadowlands, it doesn’t matter where they’re from. They can swirl in the wide open expanse that is MetLife Stadium, and it certainly could affect the passing game, with gusts of over 25 miles an hour possible. Could this turn into a battle of Murray vs. Montella? Maybe. But with Cranford’s line: advantage Cougars.

Then watch the Cranford secondary. It had five interceptions last week against Sparta QB Austen Frattura, who had only thrown two picks all year to go against 16 touchdowns. He’ll be seeing Will Gallagher in his sleep until next season, as he had three of the interceptions, one of which was tipped right into his hands by a teammate, Lucca Limiera. Can Cranford come up with a similar performance against a QB in Hillier who hasn’t been as accurate? We’ll find out soon enough.

Central Jersey Sports Radio’s 2021 coverage of Cranford:

This Week in the Big Central – Episode 14: The Lucky Threes

We’re off to the Meadowlands!

On Episode 14 of “This Week in the Big Central,” driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland, Mike Pavlichko has a look back at Hillsborough and Cranford’s state title wins, with postgame reaction from players and coaches.

Then it’s on to preview the North Jersey Group 3 Regional Championship, as Cranford gets set to take on West Morris at Met Life Stadium Friday afternoon.

First, Mike talks with West Morris head coach Kevin Hennelly.

Then, it’s on to Cranford as we catch up with Illinois-bound Cranford offensive lineman Matt Fries, who talks about the tight bond on the O-line, as well as following in his brother Will’s footsteps. Then, we hear from head coach Erik Rosenmeier on the matchup with West Morris.

Finally, Mike breaks down the matchup on both sides of the ball.

Their state title already won, Cranford puts unbeaten record on the line when they meet West Morris at MetLife

It’s a bit of an awkward game, and it has been for the three years of its existence, and it won’t be next year when New Jersey high school football finally plays to group champions.

But Friday’s North Group 3 Regional Championship Game between North 2 champ Cranford (11-0) and North 1 winner West Morris Central (8-3) will have a little extra juice for the Cougars, as they look to protect their perfect record, and achieve their second such performance in seven seasons.

Their 2015 state title team also went 12-0, and so far – but maybe not for much longer – is the only perfect season in the school’s long history of playing football, which dates back to 1903.

Friday’s final game of the season for Cranford is the Big Central Game of the Week driven by Autoland, and will air on Central Jersey Sports Radio with pregame at approximately 3:45 pm, and kickoff at 4:00 from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. Mike Pavlichko and guest color commentator Matt Yascko will call all the action; click here to listen.

Click below to hear Cranford head coach Erik Rosenmeir reflect on the Cougars’ state title win over Sparta, and break down Friday’s game against West Morris with Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko: