High School Football Scoreboard
September 18, 2010 by staff
The next day, that number had taken a completely different meaning for Bloomfield.
It was on Saturday when they learned that senior Michael Mason, a former teammate had died that day in East Hanover. The popular 17-year-old was ranked No. 30 when he played in the program as a freshman and sophomore years.
Last night, every player Bloomfield also wore those digits, but as a badge of honor helmet to the girl.
Two of his closest friends in the brigade, senior quarterback Cavan Penberthy and senior tight end Joe Finkler, Mason did more honor to heading a continuing offense that sent Bloomfield to a 28-7 victory over Belleville in Belleville.
Penberthy completed seven of 10 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown, 5 yards in the fourth quarter Finkler, and Finkler caught four passes for 117 yards. Senior Doug Collins led the ground attack with 18 carries for 76 yards and two touchdowns.
“ It was very hard because he (Penberthy) and I grew up with the child. Just wanted to play in honor of him,”said Finkler. He also came up with three tackles and a sack as a linebacker and Penberthy was eight tackles from safety instead to lead a defense that limited to 137 yards total Belleville.
But to play as brittle as Bloomfield did, had to fight through the raw emotions all week at school and practice. The stele was Wednesday and the funeral Thursday morning.
“ It made us stronger as a team and we are just going to build on that,”said Penberthy. We think “ all the great memories we had with Mike, we can not believe it. He does not want us. He would want us to come together as a family more than ever.”
Belleville paid their respects at the wake and Bloomfield coach Mike Carter surprised a large group.
“ Coach (Chris) Strumolo, hats off to him,”Carter said. “ He showed in force with a lot of guys Belleville for the wake. Talk about a classy act there.”
Perhaps working early in the adrenaline charged, Bloomfield took the opening kick and marched 69 yards in five plays for the lead. Penberthy Finkler connected to the big game unit, a 47-yard pass to the 2-yard line, and Collins made his way on the next play. James Hull kicked the first of four PAT for a 7-0 lead.
Belleville responded two possessions later with a six-play, 38 yard drive that was created by a flubbed punt snap by Bloomfield. Brandon Richardson Joey Fiala connecting on a pass of 18 yards and hit Carlos Ruales PAT to tie the game with 3:08 left in the first.
Bloomfield wasted no time restoring the lead on a 69-yard scoring run for the second year John Varner in the fourth play of an advance of 79 yards with 1:14 to go in the quarter.
“ Definitely, it made more sense to this game,”Penberthy said. “ It was almost a necessity for all. ” We wanted to do this for Mike.”
Collins scored on a three yards in the third quarter to help open a 21-7 advantage. Finkler set that up with a 51-yard completion to 4.
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