The Middlesex County All-Star cheerleaders, led by Amanda Leon of Perth Amboy High School, engaged in some playful trash talk through a music video parodying Taylor Swift’s “22” as a way of promoting MyCentralJersey.com Snapple Bowl XXII.
The charity all-star football game, which will be contested 7 p.m. Thursday at Kean University’s Alumni Stadium, has raised more than $485,000 for Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside and the Edison-based Lakeview School, a program of the New Jersey Institute for Disabilities.
The Union County cheerleading squad, not to be outdone, countered with a music video of its own, parodying Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood,” on which Cranford’s Maria Ruiz sang the vocals.
The idea of the cheerleading squads to have dueling videos was the brainchild of Snapple Bowl founder and game director Marcus Borden, who is always devising innovative ways to promote the event.
Every single penny raised from the game between recently graduated high school seniors from Middlesex and Union counties is donated to the beneficiaries.
Middlesex County has won eight of the last nine meetings against its Union County rivals and leads the all-time series 13-8.
Joe DaRold, who has volunteered as the Snapple Bowl’s official videographer for the past seven years, compiled the music videos. He posted both on Vimeo and YouTube.
Leon, who was recently nominated for a Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Award for Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role for her portrayal of Daniella in Perth Amboy High School’s production of In The Heights, recorded the parody of Swift’s “22.”
Leon also sang the parody, which playfully predicts a victory for Middlesex County, during the all-star squad’s recent visit to the Lakeview School.
The lyrics, in part, predict a rough night for Union County …
It’s gonna be a perfect night to beat Union County and win for Lakeview (uh uh, uh uh).
It’s gonna be a perfect night, for the orange, blue and white to put points on the board (uh uh, uh uh).
Yeah, we’re pass happy and rush heavy all at the same time.
Invincible and magical, oh, yeah!
Tonight’s the night when sports writers make their deadlines. It’s time.
Uh oh! Union, what ya’ gonna do?
When we’re beating up on you.
See you at Kean Thursday night for Snapple Bowl XXII.
Part of the Union County cheerleading squad’s response in their song parody suggests the Middlesex County cheerleaders intensified the rivalry between the all-star teams …
Well baby, now we got bad blood, because you had to provoke us.
You know we used to get along, but then you had to sing that song. Hey!
Now we got problems. Out on the field we can solve them.
You dug a really deep hole. And now you’re losing the Snapple Bowl. Hey!