by Andrew Garda
The Montclair Mounties remained undefeated Saturday afternoon, increasing their record to 5-0 with a 56-21 win over the Morristown Colonials.
While the day was not without its hiccups, the MHS offense looked as good as we have seen it this year, and maybe the best we’ve seen it since this senior class took the reins.
Tarrin Earle had another tremendous day under center, going 16 of 21 for 239 yards and three passing touchdowns, while adding 71 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground. He hit Charles Murphy with an exceptional throw down the sideline for a score, while throwing a frozen rope of a pass to Tysean Williams for another touchdown. His pass to DJ Williams on a short slant for the third touchdown was also impressive.
The ground game also dominated, and this time Danny Webb never sniffed the field. While the dynamic senior back took a day off, juniors Josh Crawford and Willie Matthews kept the chains moving and then some.
Crawford had a great day, carrying the ball 15 times for 147 yards and a touchdown. While in the previous few games, Crawford had looked hesitant at times, the light seemed to go on for the young back, and he ran aggressively and confidently. Crawford also showed a bit of his speed and quickness as well on several runs.
Meanwhile, Matthews played thunder to Crawford’s lightning, hammering the Morristown defensive front, and gaining 113 yards and a touchdown himself.
Matthews, who also accrued another 15 tackles plus three sacks, also scored on defense with a 95-yard touchdown on a fumble recovery.
That brings Matthews defensive total to 53 total tackles, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery for a touchdown and 6.5 sacks.
Morristown was clearly the Mounties toughest challenge yet, and the Colonials’ option offense used misdirection very effectively to break off chunk plays and put the most points on the board against MHS this year.
While that might be alarming to some, the reality is that the Mounties did a good job adjusting in the second half and along with Matthews’ scoop and score, killed several Morristown drives, including getting the ball back by a turnover on downs.
The Mounties now try to heal up and prepare for a Friday night game against West Orange Friday night.
For a complete breakdown of the Mounties win, including quotes from coaches and players as well as a deeper look at the onfield play, check out Thursday’s print edition of the Montclair Local as well as this website.