TASTY TIDBITS Sorry for the omissions; grid setbacks throughout
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In recent weeks, two outstanding football players with Hoboken roots were inadvertently left out of the football preview features.

First, when writing about the Hoboken Red Wings, the feature failed to mention senior quarterback/defensive back Ray Maldonado, who is the heart and soul of the Red Wings' attack.

"He's gotten a lot better since last year," Hoboken head coach Lou Taglieri said. "He's stepped up and taken more of a leadership role and has become a better thrower."...

Then, when writing about the Ferris coaching staff, former Red Wing greats Tyrell Dortch, Keeon Walker and head coach Wilbur Valdez were mentioned, but former Red Wing and University of Florida standout Carlos Perez, the former Philadelphia Eagle, was somehow omitted.

And the wonderful young man known as "CP" is certainly not someone this corner ever wants to forget...

Apologies to both Maldonado and Perez for what was a simple oversight...

The first week of the high school football season turned out to be a total disaster for Hudson County's teams.

When was the last time that St. Peter's Prep, Hoboken and North Bergen all lost in the same week? Has it ever happened?

But that's what happened last week, when the Marauders, one of the state's top teams, lost to St. Joseph of Montvale, then Hoboken lost to a team from Connecticut and North Bergen fell to Montclair.

Throw in the fact that both Union City and Hudson Catholic lost and it really was the Lost Weekend, with no help from Ray Milland and Bette Davis....

The soccer season has also begun and it appears as if North Bergen has to be considered one of the favorites in the early going. Veteran coach John Belluardo welcomes back a veteran team and they've won their first three games of the young season...

In closing, condolences go out to the wonderful Cummings family of Jersey City, who lost their patriarch and rock in Bill "Sonny" Cummings, who died recently. "Sonny" Cummings was an avid sports fan who loved to follow the high school sports scene and was a caring man as a Jersey City police officer and long-time Little League coach. He was so very proud of his sons and daughters, especially his youngest son, Rev. Brian, who presided over his funeral services at St. Aedan's Church recently and did a tremendous job.

The church was filled more than it has been in recent years and the Jersey City police gave Sonny Cummings a fitting farewell. It won't be the same going to St. Peter's Prep games without seeing his smiling face and glad handshake awaiting everyone there. Rest in peace... -- Jim Hague
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