The college football bowl season is reaching its peak. But Montclair was home to its own signature game last month when the Cobras youth football program played host to the Passaic County Cougars in the first Turkey Bowl, which is expected to become an annual event.

The Cobras defeated the Cougars, 26-0.

The intent behind hosting the bowl was to create a fun atmosphere to celebrate the kids and families that support our organization,” said Wil Young, president of the Montclair Cobras Junior Football and Cheerleading Program, a nonprofit organization. “It was a great event. It was well received by the parents and our Cobra faithful.”

The Cobras organization, which has been around for 53 years, provides “an outlet for boys and girls (ages 7-13) who desire to compete at the highest level of competition in both full-contact football and cheerleading in North Jersey,” its mission statement says.

The teams, categorized by age, compete in the Garden State American Youth Football Conference, which is an unlimited weight junior football league. In addition to nurturing football and cheerleading skills, the Cobras emphasize teamwork, discipline and education.

“We decided to have our Turkey Bowl at the year’s end with the youngest Cobras,” Young said. “Our opponent, the Passaic County Cougars, offered up the challenge and the bowl was born.”

Young made a point of thanking the coaches and mentors who have worked with the youngsters. “We could not have had a better, more dedicated bunch,” he said. “We are all volunteers who understand the importance of community service.”