4/24/18 - Somerset, NJ
The Somerset Bears closed out the 2017 with a glitch in their history as they amassed only 3 wins. After suffering their first season of not participating in the playoffs while also recording the first season of not attaining at least 6 wins, they look towards a new direction. They have begun a total rebuilding process with coaches as well as players. They will be lead by their new head coach, Norman Mann who is a Minor League Football veteran while 2 times MLF Champion Coach, George Lowe will serve as the General Manger along side team own Ken DeGranzanio. The Bears look return to the roaring ways!
9/9/17 - Somerset, NJ
The Somerset Bears hosted the defending MLF champion New Jersey Hawkeyes to Torpey field. It was a long day from the start for the Bears, as the Hawkeyes opend the game with kickoff return for a TD. From there on the Bears never recovered falling the Hawkeyes 26-0 after just 3 quarters. on the last play in the 3rd quarter, the Bears were punting from their own endzone, when a rush of hawkeye players blocked the punt, but in doing so, kicker/rb shawn james got injured. there was a 45 minute delay until the ambulance arrived and putting james on a stretcher. after shawn was removed, both teams agreed to call the game after 3. with the loss the bears fall to 2-6 on the year with one game left to go, and that's against the trenton capitals on the road. kickoff is still being determined.
8/26/17 - Somerset, NJ
The Somerset Bears (1-5) faced off at home against the always tough Brooklyn Mariners. Bears started out strong, scoring in the first quarter and jumping out to an early 6-0 lead. In the second quarter, Brooklyn took advantage of some Bears miscues and led 18-6 at halftime. In the second half, the Bears clamped down on the Mariners and shut them down. Bears scored the only points in the third quarter and trailed 18-12 heading into the final stage. The Bears scored once again and tied the game at 18-18. The final two minutes of the game turned bizarre. The Bears deep in their own territory failed on a fake punt, giving the Mariners the ball at the Bears 30. On 4th down the Bears defense stepped up and sacked the Mariners QB, forcing a fumble and recovery by the Bears. But before the Bears could begin play the Mariners were assessed 4 dead ball personal fouls with one ejection, moving the ball from the Bears 16 to the Mariners 45 with just 42 seconds left to play and the score tied at 18-18. Bears moved the ball down to the Mariners 6, but a holding call brought the ball back to the 16. On 3rd down the Bears called their final timeout and decided to go for the win with a FG. Kicker/RB Shawn James nailed a 33 yarder as time expired, giving the Bears a hard fought 21-18 win. Improving the Bears record on the year to 2-5. The Bears and the entire MLF are off next week to observe Labor Day Weekend. The Bears return in two weeks at home to face off against the defending champs, the New Jersey Hawkeyes.
8/19/17 - Westamton, NJ
The Somerset Bears looking to ride last weeks performance at home and extend its winning streak to 2 fell short on the road to the Garden State Gladiators by a score of 32-0. The Bears only suited up 22 guys for the game. With the loss the Bears fall to 1-5 on the season. The Bears are home next week to take on the powerhouse Mariners who are coming off a 34-22 set back to the Predators. The Mariners are also 1-5 on the season, but that 1 win came in a forfeit win against the Silver City Wolves who have exited the MLF.
8/12/17 - Somerset, NJ
The Somerset Bears finally get into the W column last night at Torpey Field Complex. Beating the New Jersey Pirates by a score of 30-8. With the win, the Bears improve to 1-4 on the season. The Bears are on the road next week to take on the Garden State Gladiators, who are coming off a tough 17-0 loss to the Pirahnas.
8/13/16 - Somerset, NJ
The Somerset Bears game vs the Penn Panthers has been delayed in the 3rd quarter due to weather. The Bears are down 14-0 with the Panthers within the 5 yard line.
8/6/16 - Somerset, NJ
The Somerset Bears defeat the 5x Champion Bronx Colts in dominating fashion by the score of 22-8. The Bears defense was lead by DE #6 Frank Simmons who recorded 4 sacks along with several tackles for loss. LB #21 Jon Wilson also snagged an interception. The offense benefited from the strong defensive onslaught. #7 QB Manny Cabassa recorded 3 passing touchdowns to #88 TE Sterling Small, #25 WR Joey Calello, and #30 Marcel Chapman. 2pt conversion recorded by #29 RB Raheem Ridley and 2 XPs by #55 K Ryan Dowgin. Colts scored on a pick 6 thrown by QB #10 James Estrella with less then 2 minutes left in the 4th. The Bears improve their overall record to 4-0.
Next Game: vs Penn Panthers 8/13 7:00PM (HOME)
2/24/16 - Somerset, NJ
The Somerset Bears would like to congratulate our 2015 Major League Football All Stars. The Bears will be well represented by the following 10 players who have been recognized for their outstanding play during the 2015 season. The MLF All Star games is scheduled to be played on May 15, 2016 at Joe Facina Field in New Rochelle, NY with a 1:00 pm kickoff.
|QB #7 Immanuel Cabassa||DE #6 Frank Simmons||WR #15 Julian Frazier||LB #6 Rob Damon||OT #70 Rob Menonna|
|S #26 Ryan Petties||S #20 Jeff Daniels||DE #2 Curtis Cooper||DT #96 Rich Torres||RB #24 Robert Cheese|
12/5/15 - Raritan, NJ
The Somerset Bears close the book on 2015 with their Bears Espy Awards Presentation. The night was filled with awards, laughs, and great food. Players, coaches, and family members attended the event held at our sponsor, Mangia Buono Caterers in Raritan, NJ.
|Special Teams Ace||K/P #19 Pete Amodeo|
|Most Improved Bear||CB #8 Justin Diggs|
|Most Versatile Bear||ATH #5 Robert Damon|
|Offensive Lineman of the Year||RT #70 Rob Mennona|
|Def. Interior Lineman of the Year||DT #96 Rich Torres|
|Offensive Rookie of the Year||WR #15 Julian Frazier|
|Defensive Rookie of the Year||ATH #5 Robert Damon|
|Offensive MVP||QB #7 Immanuel Cabassa|
|Defensive MVP||LB #6 Frank Simmons|
11/9/15 - Bridgewater, NJ
The Somerset Bears close the 2015 in the MLF Semi-Final with a 14-7 loss to the rival New Jersey Wolves. The Bears end the 2015 year with an 11-3 overall record.
BEARS 7 - WOLVES 14
11/9/15 - Bridgewater, NJ
The Somerset Bears enter the Semi-Finals of the MLF playoff bracket ranked 12th in the East and 17th overall in the Nation after notching an 11th win of the season versus the Lehigh Valley Steelers. The Bears must now set their sights on a familiar foe, the New Jersey Wolves. The two teams are separated by just 11 miles and share a brotherhood amongst each other. The mutual respect will garner a great event for the fans and represent true adult minor league football.
11/7/15 - Bridgewater, NJ
The Somerset Bears defeated the Lehigh Valley Steelers in a MLF playoff thriller to improve their overall record to 11-2 and solidify their spot in the MLF Final Four. This contest was a true defensive battle that involved several unlikely Bear offensive miscues. The sole touchdown was record by RB #24 Robert Cheese. The field that sealed the game was by K #19 Pete Amodeo. The Bears escape with narrow win at home in front of a continuously great fanbase who cheered every second. The defense stood strong as they have all season by holding a great Steeler offense to 3 points. ATH #5 Robert Damon lead defense with 10+ tackles and an huge interception return that changed the course of the game.
Offensive MVP: RB #24 Robert Cheese
Defensive MVP: ATH #5 Rob Damon
BEARS 10 - STEELERS 3
10/26/15 - Bridgewater, NJ
The Somerset Bears close the MLF regular season with an 8-2 record and an overall record of 10-2 which has them ranked #13 in the East and #20 in the Nation as per American Football News Power Ratings (10/25/15). In the 12 games of 2015 the Bears deployed a well balanced offensive attack that averaged 21.42 points per game while the defense stifled opponents to a 5.25 point per game average. The Bears look to take this success into the play-offs and compete for the 2015 MLF Championship.
10/17/15 - Bridgewater, NJ
The Somerset Bears closed the regular season finale with a 34-0 shut out of the rival New Jersey Longhorns to clinch the #2 seed in the National Conference. The Bears improve their overall record to 10-2. With a slow start and several squandered opportunities, the Bears scored once in the first half on a touchdown pass from QB #7 Immanuel Cabassa to TE #12 Amare Terrell. The day was owned by veteran running back #24 Robert Cheese who amassed over 200 rushing yards which jump started the 2nd half onslaught. The 2nd half scores came on a touchdown run from RB #24 Robert Cheese, a strip fumble return by DE #6 Frank Simmons, a rushing score by QB #7 Immanuel Cabassa, and another rushing score by RB #25 Joey Calello.
Offensive MVP: RB #7 Robert Cheese
Defensive MVP: DE #6 Frank Simmons
BEARS 34 - LONGHORNS 0
10/15/15 - Bridgewater, NJ
As the 2015 regular season nears an end, one familiar foe remains in the door way of the Somerset Bears (9-2) before entry to the MLF Playoffs. Since the inception of the Bridgewater Bears in 2010, the rivalry with the mighty New Jersey Longhorns (3-6) has sustained. Saturday will carry on this tradition between two on New Jersey's most formidable adversaries and there will truly be a clash of the titans! The Horns lead the over series 4 to 3 even though the Bears have out scored them 118 to 97. The Bears enter the contest with a dominating physical defense and and well balance offensive attack. The Longhorns with combat this with youth and athleticism. Come out and support New Jersey minor league football in the Pre-Holloween Somerset Blackout Game!
10/10/15 - Newark, NJ
The Somerset Bears played a sloppy game but still came away with a 21-0 defeat of the New Jersey Black Devils. QB #7 Immanuel Cabassa connected on touchdown passes to WR #84 Aaron Miller and WR #85 Derrick Smith. The other score came on a run by WR #3 Darell Linton.
The Bears now improve their overall record to 9-2.
Offensive MVP: QB #7 Immanuel Cabassa
BEARS 21 - BLACK DEVILS 0
9/26/15 - Bridgewater, NJ
The Somerset Bears deployed an offensive onslaught versus the Lehigh Valley Steelers for the league to witness on the live MFL Game of the Week broadcast. The offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage the entire game which was the #1 contributor of this win. Bears improve their overall record to 8-2.
QB #7 Immanuel Cabassa and WR #15 Julian Frazier continued to prove that they among top QB/WR duos in the league. Cabassa recorded 3 touchdown passes to Frazier (39yd, 30yd, 10yd) and another to WR #11 Vincent Roman (12yd). The running game broke down the Steelers defense with strong runs by RB #24 Robert Cheese, RB #4 Lance Thomas, RB #34 Azim Blakey, and RB #25 Joey Calello. Both Cheese (32yd) and Calello (4yd) recorded touchdowns on the day. The 7th and final touchdown came on a 26 yard strike from QB #10 James Estrella to WR #84 Aaron Miller.
The Bears defense played to form and dominated the game. The 3 Steelers scores resulted from a short field off of a Bears kickoff return fumble (Field Goal), a dynamic kick off returned for touchdown by the Steelers, and finally a deep passing touchdown completed at the end of the game when the Bears substituted several reserve players. The defense was led by Rob Damon (9 tackles, 1 Int., Block Punt), DE #6 Frank Simmons (2 Sacks) and #2 Curtis Cooper (2 Sacks) who both recored multiple sacks and QB hurries. DT #44 Christian Thomas and DE #52 Jose Utria notched a sack also. LB #5 Rob Damon and FS #26 Ryan Petties both recorded interceptions for the Bears.
|#7 Immanuel Cabassa||9 for 20, 141 yds, 4 tds|
|#10 James Estrella||1 for 2, 26 yds, 1 td|
|#24 Robert Cheese||10 carries, 84 yds, 1 td|
|#34 Azim Blakey||7 carries, 45 yds|
|#25 Joey Calello||4 carries, 15 yds, 1 td|
|#3 Darell Linton||1 carry, 14 yds|
|#4 Lance Thomas||9 carries, 14 yds|
|#15 Julian Frazier||4 rec, 92 yds, 3 tds|
|#11 Vincent Roman||3 rec, 42 yds, 1 td|
|#84 Aaron Miller||1 rec, 26 yds, 1 td|
|#3 Darell Linton||1 rec, 9 yds|
|#25 Joey Calello||1 rec, -2 yds|
Offensive MVP: QB #7 Immanuel Cabassa & WR #15 Julian Frazier
Defensive MVP: LB #5 Rob Damon, DE #6 Frank Simmons, & DE #2 Curtis Cooper
Bears 49 - Steelers 16
9/19/15 - South Plainfield, NJ
After 3 weeks in a row of facing MFL Champions, the Somerset Bears come away 3-0 totaling a score of 40 to 6. This week closed with a 23-0 shut out of the Central Jersey Vikings. The offense continued to mesh behind the leadership of QB #7 Immanuel Cabassa who recorded a rushing touchdown along with long passing touchdown to WR #15 Julian Frazier. Massive rushing yards were accumulated by RB #4 Lance Thomas, RB #24 Robert Cheese, #25 Joey Calello, and #34 Azim Blakey.
The defense continued to roar by recording 4 interceptions (LB #21 Jon Wilson, CB #9 Anthony Miller, SS #20 Jeff Daniel, & CB #8 Justin Diggs) including a fourth quarter pick six by CB #8 Justin Diggs. The Bears improve their overall record to 7-2.
Offensive MVP: QB #7 Immanuel Cabassa & WR #15 Julian Frazier
Defensive MVP: CB #8 Justin Diggs
Bears 23 - Vikings 0
9/13/15 - Corporal Thomas Field - Staten Island, NY
The Somerset Bears improve their overall record to 6-2 with a win over the defending champion, New York Predators. In a defensive battle the game was decided by special teams. The Bears recorded 4 turnovers, 3 interceptions (LB #21 Jon Wilson, LB #13 Leon Foster, CB #8 Justin Diggs) and 1 fumble recovery (FS #20 Jeff Daniels).
Both scores came on each teams opening possessions. The sole Bears touchdown was a deep pass from QB #7 Immanuel Cabassa to WR #15 Julian Frazier.
With 10 seconds left in the game, the Predators were in range of a game winning field. The drama filled game came to an end with the field goal attempt being block by the Somerset Bears.
Offensive MVP: QB #7 Immanuel Cabassa & WR #15 Julian Frazier
Game MVP: Special Teams
Bears 7 - Predators 6
8/29/15 - Sielder Field - Plainfield, NJ
The Somerset Bears clinch their 50th win (50-15) in their short history with a 10-0 shut out of the New Jersey Wolves. The Bears ran a stable of running backs who knifed through the Wolves defense and controlled the majority of the contest. The sole offensive touchdown was a pass from QB #7 Immanuel Cabassa to WR #11 Vincent Roman. The ground game amassed huge yardage through the tough running of #24 Robert Cheese, #4 Lance Thomas, #25 Joey Calello, and #34 Azim Blakey. The defense continued to stand tall by creating several stops that changed the sway of the game. CB #9 Anthony Miller and LB #56 Cecil Marshall recorded interceptions. A huge game changing 4th and short was demolished by DT #96 Rich Torres to swing the gate shut in the 3rd Quarter. LB #21 Jon Wilson forced and recovered a fumble while LB #5 Robert Damon and LB #6 Frank Simmons created havoc in the Wolves backfield.
Offensive MVP: RB #24 Robert Cheese & RB #4 Lance Thomas
Defensive MVP: LB #6 Frank Simmons & LB #21 Jon Wilson
Bears 10 - Wolves 0
8/22/15 - Nap Torpey Sports Complex - Bridgewater, NJ
The Somerset Bears rebounded from the previous week with an offensive barrage and defensive shut out versus the Jersey Black Devils. All 30 points were scored in the first half as the Bears coasted through the rest of the game while giving their depth an opportunity. Rushing touchdowns were scored by QB #7 Immanuel Cabassa and RB #34 Azim Blakey. The receiving touchdowns were scored by RB #25 Joey Calello and TE #17 Khiry Salaam. The defense recorded a safety as well. The leading rusher on the day was #24 Robert Cheese.
The defense was lead by LB #6 Frank Simmons who tallied several sacks and tackles for loss that stifled the Black Devil offense.
Game Offensive MVP: RB #24 Robert Cheese - Defensive MVP: LB #6 Frank Simmons
Bears 30 - Black Devils 0
8/15/15 - Whitehall, PA
The Somerset Bears stumble to defeat through poor special teams. Entering the 3rd with a 6-0 (Rushing Touchdown by RB #24 Robert Cheese) lead that included a blocked extra point and field goal, the Bears squandered the lead right away by allowing a kickoff for touchdown. This was followed by an onside kick recovered by the Steelers which lead to an additional score. Later a snap over the Bears punter gave the Steelers prime field position which opened the flood gates for another score. Final Bears score came from a fumble return by S #26 Ryan Petties and 2pt conversion by RB #24 Robert Cheese.
Bears 14 - Steelers 27
8/8/15 Nap Torpey Sports Complex - Somerset, NJ
With perfect weather, the Bears played a complete game versus the undefeated New Jersey Spartans. This may of been one of the hardest hitting games delivered to the fans as the Bears mauled the weary Spartan offensive players and put a complete end to their two game false juggernaut offense.
The Bears air strike offense was led by QB #7 Immanuel Cabassa who tossed 3 touchdowns. One went to WR #11 Vincent Roman and the other two to WR #15 Julian Frazier. The closing points were added by kicker #19 Pete Amodeo.
Bears 23 - Spartans 5Game MVP: QB Immanuel Cabassa (3 Passing Touchdowns)
8/1/15 Nap Torpey Complex - Bridgewater, NJ
On a humid yet breezy evening in front of a large Somerset crowd at Nap Torpey, there was no let down. The MLF Game of the Week turned into an instant classic and defensive battle between two New Jersey Beast. The contest was hard hitting and full of big plays with only one touchdown which resulted from a huge punt return to the 1 yard line by the Wolves. Both teams stood strong and will meet again.
WOLVES 9 - BEARS 0
Game MVP: ATH Rob Damon (2 Blocked Punts and Fumble Recovery, Played RB, DE, LB, & Corner)
7/26/15 - Bridgewater, New Jersey
With the 2015 MLF season already underway, a few new clubs look to make an impression and several veteran teams prepare to chase the Golden Ball. The Bears open versus the always formidable 2 time champion, New Jersey Wolves on 8/1 at Nap Torpey Sports Complex. The only other contest between the two occurred last year resulting in a defensive battle that the Wolves left chest high with a 6 - 0 defeat of the Bears. The only touchdown was scored by Wolves QB Immanuel Cabassa who is now leading the Bears Offense. Both clubs have undergone several changes in the offseason and will look start the season off with a big win.
The Somerset Bears closed the 2015 pre-season with a 23 - 0 home victory over the undermanned Philly Steelers of the Independent Football League. The Steelers surrendered with 8 minutes left in the 4th Quarter. The Bears' offense underperformed with several drops and unfinished drives that ended on 4th down. The Bears defense stood tall again and recorded another shutout that included 3 forced turnovers. (2 FF with recovery & Blocked Punt for TD)
The offense controlled the game clock and managed several long drives but only found the end zone twice. RB Azim Blakey on a 5 yard run and QB Immanuel Cabassa (12/26 185 yds 1 TD) to WR Derrick Smith for a 48 yard strike (Failed Point After). The third score came from a blocked punt ran in for touchdown by ATH Robert Damon. The final score came from a 27 yard Field Goal by K Simon Hill.
ATH Darell Linton continues to be an offensive spark with another big week.
BEARS 23 - PHILLY STEELERS 0
Game MVP: ATH Darell Linton (7 Receptions for 78 yards - 2 rushes for 46 yards)
7/9/15 - Bridgewater, New Jersey
On the last night of practice before the final preseason game, the Bears roared during a rain storm and pressed through the downpour.
The practice was opened with the announcement of the 2015 Captains which included some old faces as well as two new ones. The following players were named captains:
SS #26 Ryan Petties
LB #21 Jon Wilson
QB #7 Immanuel Cabassa
ATH #25 Joe Calello
These men have been selected to guide the Bear Nation throughout the 2015 campaign. We congratulate them on this achievement.
In final preparation, the Bears were able to work on few wrinkles for the upcoming game while also taking the time to continuously evaluate second and third string players. Kickoff is Saturday 3:30pm at Nap Torpey Sports Complex. Come support your Somerset Bears as they prepare to enter another Major League Football season!
The Somerset Bears opened the 2015 pre-season with a 23-0 home victory over the Sussex Stags of the Empire Football League. The Bears introduced a well balanced offense led by quarterback, Immanuel Cabassa who threw for two touchdowns and ran for another. Cabassa connected on a 46 yard touchdown pass to WR Aaron Miller, an 8 yard scoring pass to WR Darell Linton, and also a 2 yard touchdown plunge. The running stable of Joey Calello, Robert Cheese, and Rob Damon amassed over 200 yards rushing behind a driven offensive line.
The defense picked up where they left off by shutting down the Stags offense and notched 3 turnovers. SS Ryan Petties and FS Jeff Daniels both recorded interceptions and the third turnover was a force fumble created by LB Ricky Pena that was recovered by LB Deshawn Lewis. OLB Frank Simmons recorded 6 sacks on the day.
Offensive MVP: QB Immanuel Cabassa (3 TDs) - Defensive MVP: LB Frank Simmons (6 Sacks)
BEARS 23 - SUSSEX STAGS 0
The Stags were a competitive team that displayed great sportsmanship throughout the entire contest. The Bears Organization wishes them a successful and healthy season!
The Somerset Bears Organization enters year six and boasts an overall record of 45 wins and 13 defeats. This achievement ranks among the top of minor league football for winning percentages within the first 5 years of existence; however, there are no championships to speak of within this winning tradition. It continues to elude the Bears.
The Organization has taken on a new look over the last two years with a dominating defense and new overall sense of structure which has also earned them the honor of being voted as the 2013 Organization of the Year. 2013 was also the winningest season in Bears History as they recorded 11 wins and 2 losses which both came to the rival, New Jersey Longhorns. This was followed up with a 2014 campaign that fell short versus the Brooklyn Mariners on the 1 yard line in the 4th Quarter with 0.3 seconds left in the 2nd round of the MLF Playoffs which was an all to familiar place for the Somerset Bears. Mariners 14 - Bears 10
Each year there has been a collection of new talent and a rise of expectations that have fallen short of the MLF Golden Ball. In 2015, the Somerset Bears look to bounce back from a 2014 8-4 record that included 4 losses by a total 16 points. Head Coach, Lou Morra will look to Defensive Coordinator, Nick Peroune to bring attributes of his disciplined schemed defense to the offensive side of the ball by pulling double duty as the Offensive Coordinator as well.
Follow the Bears on this new journey and hear them roar!
Let games begin and see the hear the Bears Roar!
2014 Somerset Bears
2/17/14 The Bear Family Continues to Grow!
Bears sign Leon Foster of Union College (KY) for the 2014 season. He brings leadership and experience to an already stout defense. Welcome to Bear Country Leon!
2/16/14 Congrats to RB Darius Edwards #11
After beginning his collegiate career as an East Carolina Pirate, Darius Edwards took some time off from school. He joined the Bears for the 2o13 season where he was a true force in the back field. Just after one season he found his way back to college and will be a student athlete again as a Winston Salem State University Ram this fall. Best of luck to Darius Edwards!
2/10/14 Ed Jones promoted to Asst Head Coach & Wayne Dabney joins staff as Offensive Coordinator.
After a year with the surging Bears, Ed Jones is promoted to Asst. Head Coach. With this, Wayne Dabney is added to the staff and brings years of semi pro-football experience to the coaching staff. His experience includes two head coaching positions as well as two stops as an offensive coordinator. We welcome Wayne to the Somerset Bears!
2/4/14 Bearfoot Dancers Roar at NFL Superbowl
Our Bearfoot Dancers added a Superbowl performance to their already accomplished resume as a non-profit dance team that performs for charity and community events throughout New Jersey. As the Seahawks dismantled the Broncos, the show didn't stop at halftime. It was just the beginning as the Bearfoot Dancers performed alongside Bruno Mars during the Pepsi Halftime Show for Super Bowl XLVIII.
2/3/14 In Conclusion of 2014 (Somerset, NJ)
The Somerset Bears Football team was recognized by Major League Football as the 2013 Organization of the year. This is tremendous honor for our club who strives to enhance our professionalism each day. We will continue to take larger strides in 2014.
11/10/13 The Journey Begins! (Somerset, NJ)
The 2013 Somerset Bears f00tball team of the newly formed MLF introduced a new vision long before the season began. This vision started in January and was outlined with simplicity. Structure, Organization, Diligence, & Integrity! Through the snow and rain these new Bears changed the team culture while learning to be more accountable. Though this is still an ongoing process, the Bears have taken advantage of the path towards the beginning. 9-1 through the regular season, however, the TRUE Journey now begins with the Playoffs.
As of today, the Bears have been recognized and ranked by several Minor League football entities.
As of 10/27/13
2013 Eastern Red Power Rankings - Summer/Fall #18
American Football News Today AAA National Rankings Summer/Fall #24
Minor League Football News AAA Fall Rankings #16
8/18/13 Game 2 vs M.V. Centennial Kings (Somerset, NJ)
In front another large crowd at home, the Bears improve their overall record to 3-0 with a 2-0 league record. The Bears jumped out to a large lead from the beginning and never turned back. The offense added points to a devastating defensive output. Many back-up Bears were given the chance to gain experience throughout the game.
Final Score: Bears 36 - Kings 0
Game 3 & 4 will be on the road vs New Jersey Longhorns & Westchester Steelers. The Bears will return home on Saturday 9/14 versus the Brooklyn Bengals at 7:00 pm.
8/10/13 Game 1 vs Delaware Bucaneers (Somerset, NJ)
In front of a nearly full to capacity home side stand, the Bears opened strong with a 7-6 win over the 4 time IFL champion Delaware Bucaneers. The sole touchdown was recorded by Robert Cheese which proved to be enough behind a resilient defense.
Final Score: Bears 7 - Bucaneers 6
Game 2 will be next Sunday 8/18 at 2:00 pm.
8/8/13 (Somerset, NJ)
Bears release 2013 uniforms and announce captains.
7/28/13 (Somerset, NJ)
The new look Bears opened Pre-Season versus the defending IFL Champion Philadelpia Steelers. The game was a broadcast live on SomersetBears.tv by Broadcast Venue. In a well played game the Bears boasted a hard nose running attack that left Steeler defenders damaged and looking for answers. The Steelers fought hard and struck first by exploiting a blown coverage. After that lapse, the Bears defense locked in and controlled the rest of the game. The offense was lead by the strong leg of Pete Amodeo and a stable of 4 running backs. The defense consistently forced negative plays and forced two turnovers. (SS) Ryan Petties & (CB) Sean Reeves both record interceptions. Offensive touchdowns scored on a run by RB Robert Cheese and reception by WR Anthony Graham.
Final Score: Bears 20 - Steelers 14
6/30/13 (Somerset, NJ)
The new look Bears had their first taste of action this season in a controlled scrimmage versus the the local New Jersey Bravehearts of the RAFL. The Bears and Bravehearts continue their yearly brotherhood by working together to better each other. The scrimmage was full of excitement on both sides of the ball during off and on rain showers. Both teams entertained the crowd in attendance and were able to work on several phases of their offense and defense.
The Bears would like to thank the Bravehearts for the continued brotherhood in addition to the chance to scrimmage a top notch team.
5/23/13 (Somerset, NJ)
The Bears organization will like to congratulate Lucio Morra on being announced as the newly appointed Head Coach of the Somerset Bears Football Team. Coach Morra has been a part of the organization since the inaugural season and has played a large role in the Bears owning a total record of 26-7. Congratulations Lucio Morra!
5/21/13 (Somerset, NJ)
The Bears add two new staff members with Coach Edmund Jones and Intern James McNamara. Both gentlemen join the Bears with much experience that will assist the team in a variety of ways during the upcoming 2013 season.
Coach Jones is an alumni of The College of New Jersey/Trenton State and is the former Head Coach of Football and Track at New Brunswick High School (1977-1982). He brings a wealth of knowledge to a growing Somerset Bears coaching staff.
James McNamara is a recent graduate of Rutgers University who will take the role of Team Journalist as well as other task to be announced at a later date. James is currently a freelance sports writer for The Times of Trenton and has also held a position with MTV Networks.
The Bears are proud to welcome Coach Jones and James McNamara.
4/28/13 (Somerset, NJ)
In addition to completing OTA Session 15, the Somerset Bears were featured in the Courier Newspaper this Sunday with an article written by intern, Nathaniel Mathison. The article was an introduction to the season which included statements from players and coaches accompanied by an in-game photo. The Courier Newspaper will be following the Bears along their journey this season. We are thankful and welcome this newly formed partnership.
4/20/13 (Somerset, NJ)
The Somerset Bears attended the Official Grand Opening of our partner "Somerset Fitness & Wellness". At this celebration, many local businesses/groups were able to advertise themselves to the community. In addition, the Mayor of Franklin Township & Former NY Giants running back, Tiki Barber were present.
The Bears have also formed a new partnership with the "Somerset Community Action Program". The SCAP provides educational development and comprehensive childcare programs promoting the best interest of the child while incorporating the needs and aspirations of the family and community. (Click the image below to visit their website.)
4/14/13 (Somerset, NJ)
The Somerset Bears continue to build a new culture as they complete OTA Session 13. The focus remains "Accountability", "Discipline", & "Organization".
4/14/13 (Somerset, NJ)
Major Leage Football (MLF) team realignment shifts the Somerset Bears from the National Conference South Division to the American Conference North Division.
The American North Division is comprised of the following teams: Somerset Bears, Westchester Steelers, Westchester Warriors, New York Raiders, New Haven Venom (CT), and the MV Centennial Kings.
3/23/13 (Somerset, NJ)
Bears continue partnership with Somerset Wellness & Fitness with photo shoot and workout session for the Grand Opening at 900 Easton Ave in Somerset, NJ.
If you're looking for a top notch modern training facility, check out Somerset Fitness & Wellness!
Bears OTA Session 11 tomorrow at Noon at BRHS Hill Top Field!
3/16/13 (Bridgewater, NJ)
Team sponsor, Houlihan's of Bridgewater hosted the formal introduction of the 2013 Bears Interns. We welcome 3 new additions to the family.
- Nathaniel Mathison: Journalist & Sideline Reporter
- Danielle Johnson: General Manager & Game Day Quality Control
- Alexandra LeFrante: Media Relations & Game Day Productions
3/10/13 (Bridgewater, NJ)
Session 9 completed and will go down as the best practice to date. 1 step at a time and the pace has been set. There is no turning back! One way, "The Bear Way!"
3/3/13 (Bridgewater, NJ)
Bears complete session 8 and welcome a few new additions. As changes occur and a new culture is built, the Bears stress accountability and responsibility to each other. There is no easy route, however, a stand has been taken and a line has been drawn in the sand!
3/1/13 (Bridgewater, NJ)
Bears take it to the air ways with QB Mike Merritt appearing as a guest on the Online Radio Show Debut of "Cover 2 Squad". The Live Broadcast aired Friday 3/1/13 from 9-11pm. Bears add another media outlet and look forward to this growing partnership. Listen to taping on their site.
Click the "Cover 2 Squad" image on the right to visit their site. Add them as a friend on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.
2/28/13 (Bridgewater, NJ)
No Place Like Home. Bears migrate to Nap Torpey (The Bear Cave) for OTA Session 7 & 8. Bears will return to the Commons Way field for Session 9.
2/24/13 (Bridgewater, NJ)
OTA Session 7 a success. Bears work towards becoming a better team.
The Bears would like to thank Somerset Wellness & Fitness for their time and professional assistance.
We look forward to building this partnership.
2/17/13 (Bridgewater, NJ)
Bear sightings increase weekly with each OTA session. OTA Session 6 was another successful event! Keep working hard BEARS!
IMPORTANT: Start bringing Uniform Fee!
For OTA Session 7:
Offensive Players: Top Layer Shirt Must be White
Defensive Players: Top layer Shirt Must be Black
*If position is TBD, bring both*
1/25/13 (Newark, NJ)
Bears work with MSG in filming and photo shoot for up coming Football Series.