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2021 Season Information

Welcome to the 2021 Junior Panther Football Season!  We’re very excited about this year’s program, starting with a significant increase in registration numbers across the Junior Football Teams and Cheer, which are the best we’ve seen in recent years.  Following are important updates from the League including upcoming events and timelines.



We’re pleased to announce that the Flag football program is back for the 2021 season!  Due to the amount of interest in the Flag Program, we organized 6 teams with a 7 week season.  The Flag Football season kicks-off on Wednesday September 15, 2021 and concludes with a Super Bowl on Saturday October 30, 2021.   We also incorporated an All-Star game for all second graders, which takes place on Saturday October 27, 2021.  The Flag Football schedule is now available on the website at:





As we prepare for opening day on September 11th, the League will be hosting a pep rally at Panther Park on Thursday September 9, 2021 at 7:15 pm.  We’re inviting the Flag, Junior Football and Cheer Programs to this event to “gear-up” for the season opener versus Verona.  We’ll have music, pizza for the kids, and we’ll take the opportunity to acknowledge kids, coaches and others who make the program come together.  This is going to be a great event and a lot of fun.  We hope to see everyone there starting at 7:15pm at Panther Park!



We’re thankful to host our long time rival and friends from the Verona Football Cheer Program for joining us on this special day.   The A Team kicks off first at 3:30pm followed by the B Team and then C. 


In addition to opening day, September 11th is a special day in many aspects.  This year marks the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the United States.  Prior to the game, we’ll pay tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11th, the first responders, and one of Cedar Grove’s own, Bill Fearon.  Volunteers from the Cedar Grove and Verona Fire Departments will be on hand to honor first responders.  Also, please take a few minutes and visit the Bill Fearon monument located at the entrance of Panther Park.


Furthermore, the Cedar Grove Football League will announce that in honor of the Storms family and Nicholas Storms, the Football Teams will wear the “Nicky Strong” sticker on the back of every helmet for the duration of the season.   Thank you Nicky for demonstrating your strength, resiliency and commitment all of which are values demonstrated by the Football Players and Cheer!  Thanks Nicky and this season is dedicated to you!!!


Special thanks to Pete Dorman, who is an integral part of the Cedar Grove Football and Cheer Program.  Pete does a lot of work behind the scenes and the League wanted to recognize Pete for his hard work and dedication.  It is greatly appreciated!


The League also would like to recognize Marissa Landofi from the Cedar Grove Recreation Department.  Marissa is a great partner and important part to the success of program.  Thank you Marissa for your assistance and partnership!


In terms of donations, the League wanted to thank Arctic Falls for their continued support and contribution to the League.  Arctic Falls donated the water available at the Panther Den for the September 11th game.


Last but not least, thank you to our family, friends and fans.  We ask that you arrive at Panther Park at 2:45pm for the pre-game acknowledgements, further announcements, the National Anthem and player introductions.


IMPORTANT:  Please note that Football and Cheer pictures will take place at Panther Park on Saturday September 11, 2021 beginning at 8:30 am.  Forms will be provided to head coaches to hand out at practice.  It’s going to be a busy day so please adhere to the following times so we can do this in an orderly way:

  • FLAG CHEER 8:30-9:15
  • A - CHEER 9:15-9:45 am
  • B - CHEER 9:45-10:15 am
  • C - CHEER 10:15-10:45 am
  • A - FOOTBALL 10:45-11:15 am
  • B - FOOTBALL 11:15-11:45 am
  • C - FOOTBALL 11:45-12:15 pm
  • FLAG FOOTBALL 12:15-1:00 pm



Also new for the 2021 season is the “Panther Den”.   Snacks and refreshments will be available at the Panther Den which is located in the upper section of Panther Park.  To accommodate our fans, a “pop-up” snack stand will be set up closer to the bleachers, also with snack and refreshments.  Special thanks to Toni Immersi for coordinating this.   



In addition to the hard work and coordination that’s been done to this point, we’ll need volunteers to assist with the Panther Den on September 11th.   Donations also welcomed and appreciated.  Below is a link to Sign-Up Genius for those interested in volunteering and for making a donation.  In the event you have any questions regarding volunteering or making a donation, please contact Toni Immersi at  




It’s important to note that the Cedar Grove Football and Cheer Programs follow the guidelines issued by the Montclair Health Department for youth sports.  In the event kids are quarantined from school, they must follow the 14 day quarantine period and will not be able to participate in recreation sports.  For complete transparency on COVID-19 and youth sports, attached are guidelines issued by the Board of Education and New Department of Health.   You can also visit the Cedar Grove Return to School web-site below for weekly COVID updates.




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by posted 09/03/2021
2021 Junior Football and Cheer Schedule

by posted 09/01/2021
2021 FLAG Footbal & Cheer Schedule

by posted 09/01/2021
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