The Montclair Mounties and Passaic County Tech Bulldogs will face off in the championship round of the 2023 NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1 Group 5 Football Championships on Friday, November 10th, at 7pm ET in Wayne, New Jersey.
What it is: New Jersey High School Football
Matchup: Montclair Mounties vs. Passaic County Tech Bulldogs
Time: Friday Nov 10, 2023, 7pm ET
Game Type: Playoffs
Bracket: 2023 NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1 Group 5 Football Championships
Round: Championship Round
Locations: Passaic County Tech – Wayne, NJ
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The Mounties come into the game with an 8-3 record, while the Bulldogs are undefeated at 11-0. Montclair is ranked 4th in the division and 56th in the state, while Passaic County Tech is ranked 2nd in the division and 21st in the state.
The Mounties have a balanced offense, averaging 26.6 points per game. They are led by senior quarterback Ryan Wright, who has thrown for over 1,800 yards and 20 touchdowns this season. Wright is also a threat on the ground, rushing for over 300 yards and 5 touchdowns. Montclair also has a solid running game, led by senior running back Matt Cassidy.
The Bulldogs have a high-powered offense, averaging 29.1 points per game. They are led by senior quarterback Micah Ford, who has thrown for over 2,500 yards and 25 touchdowns this season. Ford is also a threat on the ground, rushing for over 500 yards and 10 touchdowns. Passaic County Tech also has a solid running game, led by senior running back Landyn Collins.
Both defenses are playing at a high level, with Montclair allowing just 18.7 points per game and Passaic County Tech allowing just 16.3 points per game.
This is sure to be a close game between two evenly matched teams. Montclair will need to find a way to slow down the Bulldogs’ passing game and force turnovers. Passaic County Tech will need to protect the football and capitalize on their scoring opportunities.
This will be the first matchup between the two teams this season.
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Both teams are evenly matched, but I am giving the edge to Passaic County Tech due to their undefeated record and their more explosive offense. I predict that the Bulldogs will win a close game, 35-31.