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2013  TEANECK Jr HIGHWAYMEN BACK IN TOWN WITH A NEW ATTITUDE    
If you've watched any Pee Wee player run down the field
during a football game you can believe that there are a lot of
support people standing behind him and his team in order for
them to even be able to take the field. There are, of course,
coaches and assistant coaches. Yet it doesn't’t end there.
Football programs require a lot of work and a good bit of it
takes place all week long. There is a ton of paperwork to stay
on top of and an almost nonstop flow of things to schedule.

It really doesn't’t take too much looking to see that Pee wee
organizations need all sorts of help ensuring that the
youngsters who participate have a safe and enjoyable
experience when participating in any program. Unfortunately,
when that support is not present, there can be no football
program.

This was exactly the position which Teaneck’s Jr Football
program found itself in last season, a development which
caused the cancellation of the entire season at all levels. After
decades of sending top notch athletes the likes of
Lance Ball,
Tamba Hali
and countless others up the ladder to the town’s High School,
there was a deafening silence on the town's pee wee playing
field last season.  Sunday afternoons just weren't the same.
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Jr Highwaymen Defend Their House   
Like most youth football leagues, the Teaneck Junior football league is playing hard to rack up wins in the 2013 season.
Of course, especially at this level, it’s not all about paying attention to the scoreboard. Coaches are especially keen to
develop a spirit of teamwork and persistence in their young wards. Youngsters learn the valuable lesson of persisting
towards a goal in spite of opposition. Just the same, for the kids, they just want to win.

On this near perfect fall day the Jr Highwaymen hosted teams from West Orange Rams as well as Orange Bengals New
Jersey. One of the things which never escapes our attention is the skill that some of these budding athletes display at
such a tender age. Even now, it’s not too hard to see the solid gridiron warriors which some of these young men will grow
into. It’s not hard to see that football is a strong tradition for both Jersey towns as mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, and
even a few grandparents filled the bleachers for both teams. For Teaneck it was Homecoming and men’s day so that
even more local spectators were drawn to the day’s games.

The levels which played were the Jr Midgets and the Pee Wees. The West Orange teams looked sharp and solid
fundamental football against the Teaneck team. The Teaneck team initially battled West Orange to a draw but that
stalemate was ultimately broken as West Orange gradually took the upper hand and didn’t look back.

In the second match up The Pee Wees took on Orange Bengals. One of the things which stood out is the tenacity of the
youngsters on both teams as they made every effort to come away victorious. Once again, even here, there were
individual stand out athletes on both squads who should go on to dominate in the sport.

Both game images have been posted below !
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Needless to say many town folk were shocked since few outside of league expected such an outcome.

Back In Town.

At the recent VTO combine at Teaneck High School we Caught up with current TJFL president Cedric James who let us know that as of the 2013 fall season, the
league would be back!  Not only are the Jr. Highwaymen open and ready for business but they've made a few changes. Mr. James let us know that they’ll be making
the switch to the pop warner league where it’s felt that the budding athletes will get the kind of better matched competition which will allow the kids to reach their full
potential. Interestingly enough they’ll also be adding flag football which should be a great tool for acquainting the youngsters with the basics of the game without any
contact.  Mr. James also let us know that talent retention is one of the things which is very important to the TJFL since more than once they’ve “lost” talented athletes
to other schools at the high school level. In keeping with this, one of the desires of the league is to strengthen the bonds between the Jr program and the High school
so that teen athletes will want to follow the tradition of being high school Highwaymen!

More Than Just Talk

Anyone who takes more than a cursory look at the Jr Highwaymen will see that there’s plenty of action behind the scenes to back up the talk of change. The
Highwaymen have revamped
their website and have also invested in a new team look. When these kiddies take the field in the fall they’ll be donning new uniforms
from head to toe! Of course real change also takes place on the field and there’s no shortage of support there.

To ensure that the players are ready for the season, each Saturday morning Coach Harold Clark holds a voluntary clinic at Benjamin Franklin Junior High School.
There were plenty of coaches on hand one recent Saturday morning to trot the tenderfoot Highwaymen through their paces. There were ample water breaks as the
players  got familiar with the pre-practice routine.  The funny thing about Teaneck is that  they rarely seem to be short on talented athletes with potential. From what
we see, it seems they'll have some solid athletes in this crop of players as well. Even at this level, there were more than a few youngsters who showed ability during
the clinic.


Yet, realistically, it remains to be seen if the one year absence will create a hiccup in the town’s feeder system further down the road in the future.  We're certainly
hoping for the best !



But for the time being, Teaneck is back in the game and things can only get better from here.!

The Saturday clinic shots have been posted.


Also, there will be a  football combine held at the high school for all athletes ages 7 -13  on
July 20, 2013 You DO NOT have to be a Teaneck resident in order to attend the combine. See their site for details.
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