For months, Delbarton administration
protested even having to participate in a game against St. Joseph
(Mont.). But the Green Wave players showed exactly why those protests
were silly all along. Stout defense and just flat-out effort resulted in
a competitive game that, despite ending in a 28-14 loss, showed that
Delbarton is a more than reasonable piece of the new NJSFC.
Week 2 looks to have it all, with some NJSFC
United rivals clashing, a showdown between South Jersey public
powerhouses and two Cinderella stories looking at 2-0 starts.
Week 1 saw the ending of several lengthy
winning streaks, the most notable of which was Verona’s 23-game tear,
which was the longest active streak in New Jersey. But that's over now,
after Hoboken dismantled the Hillbillies, 28-8.
Week Zero was great, but now the rest of New
Jersey gets to get in on the action. Along with title defenses and some
juicy matchups, one of the highlights will be the coaching debuts in
There was a lot of interstate action seizing
headlines, but Bernards and Shabazz put on a show in Newark that may
have been the most exciting of the weekend.
Week Zero, as it’s come to be known, is
shaping up to be a showcase for some of New Jersey’s parochial
powerhouses, who are representing the Garden State against foes from
Florida, Pennsylvania, California, Georgia and Maryland. Sprinkled in
are some quality intra-state contests.
A is for St. John Vianney quarterback
Anthony Brown. One of New Jersey’s most exciting players, Brown led the
Lancers to a memorable season that included a Shore Conference Class
A-Central title. Brown threw for 2,355 yards and 34 touchdowns with and
ran for over 600 yards and nine scores. He will play next seaso at
Running back Malik Bakker was a workhorse in Bosco’s 21-10 Non-Public, Group 4 championship win over St. Joseph (Mont.), grinding out 99 tough yards. But it would be remiss not to mention the Ironmen front line, which paved the way for the Bosco offense all year long behind bruisers like center Mike Maietti and offensive tackle Steve Cepalia.
For the first time in its history, Shore
locked up an undefeated season with a 56-28 victory over Palmyra in the
Central, Group 1 title game. The Blue Devils did a lot right, but its
physicality was clearly what won the day, as Shore outrushed the
Madison and its terrific running back corps
kicked off finals weekend with a bang, as, behind P.J. Mulcahy’s 87
yards and two touchdowns, it rumbled to a 27-6 victory over Rutherford
in the North 2, Group 2 championship game.
Toms River North’s defense has played well
as of late, but will need to turn it up a notch to handle the Braves’
stacked backfield. Williamstown’s trio of quarterback Rich Stanzione and
running backs Tyrick Glenn and Joe Early has led the Braves to 9
victories, including playoff wins over Washington Township and Cherokee.
Much of Williamstown’s success has come due to its dominant front five,
as well, led by the Chamberlain brothers, Nick and Jake.
The top-seeded Panthers, despite all their
success, haven’t won a sectional title since 2002, and come out of the
NJIC looking to upend a Mahwah team that has been harboring championship
aspirations all year. To do so, they’ll need quarterback Matt Schlett
to have a performance that matches the one he produced in last round’s
victory over Hawthorne.