Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Male Athlete of the Week: Saadiq Pitts of Clifton

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Male Athlete of the Week: Saadiq Pitts of Clifton

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Saadiq Pitts left a trail of defenders in his wake across Vincent Ascolese Field in North Bergen on Friday night. The Clifton senior rushed for 341 yards to eclipse the single-game mark that had stood for 35 years.

The morning after the Mustangs' 34-22 victory, he tried to sidestep the attention as if it were one of those would-be tacklers.

The Record Male Athlete of the Week's teammates cheered for him when coach Ralph Cinque revealed that Pitts had broken the mark, but Pitts would have rather just started breaking down game film.

"I just don't really talk about what I do on the football field. I don't like to sound cocky," said Pitts, who ran for four touchdowns. "I didn't know I had that many yards. I was just running. My coach told me. They congratulated me. I just laughed at it."

Pitts shares the credit with his offensive linemen: tackles Jacob Abill and Carlos Alvarado, guards Marlon Browne and Adam Miranda, and center Devin Garcia. After Pitts' season-opening, six-touchdown performance, he took to Twitter to thank them. …

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