Paterson Eastside NJ football emerges as an annual contender

The ‘golden age’ of Eastside football appears to be upon the town of Paterson.

The Ghosts had three straight winning streaks for the first time since the early 1960s. Last fall, they went to their second all-time section final and tied the single-season program record for the wins, with an 8-4 record.

And, as he has highlighted throughout his four-year tenure, Coach James Magazine has also seen an improvement in classroom performance.

“We graduated a total of 11 seniors – eight went to college,” said the 1995 Eastside alum.

Passaic Tech hosts Eastside in a high school football game in Wayne, NJ on Friday, October 08, 2021. Eastside coach James Magazine chats with the team.

This included several of the top stars of the 2021 squad, led by twins Ahsin and Jahsin Jacobs (now at American International). Still, many capable players remain.

“I don’t think it will be a rebuilding year,” Magazine said. “We played a lot of kids last year. Many of them may have played in a way [either offense or defense]so they have that college gaming experience.

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