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Montgomery wins third straight to set up critical matchup against Cranford on Cutoff Weekend

After starting the season 0-4, and facing winless Franklin, Montgomery head coach Zoran Milich thought he would make some changes to the lineup.

He put in transfer quarterback Michael Schmelzer – who had to sit out 30 days after coming back from from Notre Dame – and moved Alex Benitez – who began his Cougar career as a runningback before moving to QB – back to runningback.

Worked like a charm.

Montgomery snapped the skid and now is 3-4 after a 45-27 home win over JFK.

Next week, they’ll wrap up the regular season on Cutoff Weekend with a home game against No. 4 Cranford, which stayed unbeaten (7-0) with a 42-13 win at Linden Friday night.

Click below to hear Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko talk with Montgomery head coach Zoran Milich about the Cougars’ turnaround:

AUDIO: JFK pulls off monumental upset, knocking off top-seed Monroe in GMC Tourney’s opening round

The JFK baseball team lost its first eight games of the season.

Clearly, that’s not the same team that knocked off the top seed in the GMC Tournament Saturday afternoon.

But the 16th-seeded Mustangs did indeed beat the Falcons Saturday, 5-4, on an RBI infield hit by Joshua O. Torres. (The Mustangs have two players named Josh Torres on the team.)

For Kennedy, it was reminiscient of a win earlier this week against in-town rival Woodbridge, where Torres also drove in the winning run, Ryan Samaroo, from second base with two outs.

Monroe jumped out to a 3-0 lead but JFK went ahead in the third with four runs. Three came on a bases clearing double by Samaroo, the O’Torres drove him in.

Monroe got the run back in the fourth, and the teams would battle into the seventh, when with two out, Torres played the hero again.

Click below to hear postgame reaction from JFK on the win:

JFK head coach Tim Ballard
JFK senior IF/C Michael Hein

The win pits Kennedy (7-10) against 9th-seed North Brunswick (14-7-1) in Tuesday’s 4pm quarterfinals at North Brunswick Community Park. The Raiders got past 8th-seed Metuchen Saturday 3-2, avenging a 4-1 loss to the Bulldogs Wednesday afternoon. That game will be broadcast on the King James Radio Network by Korbid Thompson.


Central Jersey Sports Radio will cover two other quarterfinal games, including the 4pm game between 4th-seed Middlesex and 5th-seed South Brunswick. CJSR will also broadcast 6th-seed Edison taking on 3rd-seed South Plainfield in a 7 pm quarterfinal.

Edison boys’ on two-week COVID shutdown, but had planned to opt-out of GMC “pods” anyway

The Edison boys’ basketball team has halted all team activities and is on a COVID-related pause through the end of the month, according to school officials.

Those officials would not comment further to protect the privacy of their student-athletes.

Edison also won’t be participating in the Greater Middlesex Conference postseason, but Athletic Director David Sandaal says they wouldn’t have anyway.

Sandaal says Edison wanted a guarantee it would play JP Stevens in the postseason, which – in the GMC this year, due to COVID – is made up of four-team pods, with each team guaranteed to play two games. He says GMC officials couldn’t make that guarantee, and Edison instead decided not to participate.

Sandaal says Edison will return from its COVID break on March 1 with a game against Woodbridge, then play cross-town rival Stevens on March 3.

Meanwhile, JFK is not on a pause at the time of this writing, said Athletic Director Warren Rotella, who was reached by phone Tuesday afternoon.

22 Big Central football players named to NJFCA Super 100 Team

by Mike Pavlichko

The Big Central Conference – in its first year of existence – was responsible for nearly a quarter of the players selected to New Jersey Football Coaches Association’s Super 100 Team, which is chosen annually in December.

The selections for 2020 were announced on Twitter Monday night.

Nominations are made by coaches who are members of the NJFCA, and comittees of coaches make the final selections based on NJSIAA playoff sections. For this season, with no playoffs, the NJFCS simply divided the state into quadrants based on geographical Northing numbers.

Only seniors can be named to the Super 100 Team, and those getting full scholarships to play football collegiately are automatically selected, according to NJFCA Commissioner John Jacob.

Cookie Desiderio and A.J. Pena of Somerville – Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Big Central Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively – were among the 12 players selected in the Central section.

CJSR’s Mr. Versatility Ali Lee Jr. of Woodbridge also was selected, along with teammate Jordan Harris.

Rounding out the Central section were Austin Scott (South Plainfield), Majid Howard-Baker (South Brunswick), Omar Shehabeldin (North Brunswick), Dylan McFadden (Montgomery), Kyle DeGraw (Monroe, Keyshawn Dixon (JFK), Longevity Award winner Sean Levonaitis (Hillsborough) and Zach Zebro (East Brunswick).

There were ten players selected in the North 2 section, headlined by Rutgers-bound Desmond Igbinosun of Union, along with his teammate Diante Wilson.

Others included Shawn Martin (Scotch Plains-Fanwood), Andrew Taddeo (Ridge), Matt Quetel (Phillipsburg), Chad Martini and James Coslet (Watchung Hills), Omakus Langley II (Hillside) and Bruce Myers (Bridgewater-Raritan).

Each year, the Super 100 Team is honored with a dinner in the Spring, but whether that will happen in person or virtually – due to COVID-19 protocols – has not yet been determined.