Hard to believe — but yes, it’s true. Montclair Mounties will host their first ever NIGHT GAME this Thursday, October 2nd.
Fresh off their first win, defeating No. 7 Union City with a final score of 28-7 in their first home game of the season, the Mounties are now 1-1, going into this history-making game against Nutley.
Why will fans get to see Mounties take the field at night for the first time? It’s thanks in part to the Jewish holidays, that caused a rescheduling of the Montclair-Nutley game originally slated for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 4, at 1 p.m. which would have conflicted with Yom Kippur, reports the Montclair Times.
The game with Nutley has also been dubbed “SunSmart Bowl,” raising skin cancer awareness in conjunction with Montclair’s Live SunSmart Foundation and Nutley’s Mike Geltrude Foundation.
The Live SunSmart Foundation (formerly the Ray Festa Melanoma Foundation) of Montclair and the Nutley-based Mike Geltrude Foundation annually host the SunSmart Bowl to raise skin cancer awareness. Mike Geltrude, of the Nutley High School Class of 1959, and Ray Festa, of the Montclair High School Class of 1957, were on opposite sides of the ball as opposing quarterbacks on Oct. 13, 1956. After they each died of melanoma, their families started the foundations in their memory.
This Thursday, both teams will wear orange ribbons on their helmets, orange shoe laces and cheerleaders will wear orange ribbons to raise skin cancer awareness.
You’ll want to wear a White-Out T-shirt (you can pick up yours at All Lacrosse on Valley Road). For $12, the “Official White-Out T-Shirts” get you free admission to all regular season home games.
Thursday night’s game starts at 7 p.m. at Woodman Field. Go Mounties!!