The Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders recently honored the Montclair High School Football Team for winning the 2017 NJSIAA North 1, Group 5 State Championship during a special presentation at the Hall of Records in Newark, New Jersey. The Mounties defeated Union City by the impressive score of 35-14 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, to win the title.
Montclair native and Board President, Brendan W. Gill, Freeholder-at-Large Patricia Sebold and District 4 Freeholder Leonard M. Luciano presented the team with commendations for completing its record-breaking season. During the presentation, Head Coach John Fiore accepted the award on behalf of the team, thanking the Board for its encouragement. The team finished its season with a 12-0 record, earning its fourth sectional title win in six years. The team has appeared in 20 championship games in the last 36 seasons.
In addition to Head Coach John Fiore, the team was led by the following coaches – Defensive Coordinator Jamie Bittner; Offensive Coordinator Patrick Leonardis; Special Teams Coordinator and Co-Defensive Coordinator Pete Ramiccio; Defensive Line and Tight End Coach Daniel Roberts; Offensive Line and Defensive Line Coach Vinny Pelli; Offensive Line and Defensive Line Coach Eugene Kline; Running Back and Linebacker Coach Henry Wilson; Quality Control Robert Ferraro; Quarterback Coach Michael Maffucci; Running Back and Linebacker Coach Anthony Maffucci and Running Back Defensive Back Coach Aubrey Lewis, III.