Looking Back on Week 1

The Clifton backfield of senior QB Armani Brinson, senior RB David Martinez and junior RB Christian Boneparte combined for 325 yards on the ground as the Mustangs wore down Northern Highlands at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Somerville, Whitaker Rolling

Somerville football was, quite frankly, in shambles before Jeff Vanderbeek arrived in 2015. A co-head coach in 2015, the former New Jersey Devils owner assumed sole control of the Pioneers the next season and was tasked with turning around a program that had gone 4-36 over the previous four years.

Looking Back on Week Zero

The Pioneers endured a painful 1-9 campaign last season, but looked like a much-improved team in their season opener, downing defending Central, Group 1 champion Middlesex, 27-19.

Lots of Changes for 2018

As hard as it is to believe, football is just days away in New Jersey.  And with so many changes changes on the horizon, the 2018 season will be nothing like we've ever seen before.

BC, Montclair On Top of Final 2017 Rankings

The Mounties have been a powerhouse for years, but this team was as complete as any Montclair team in recent memory. Quarterback Tarrin Earle passed for 2,568 yards and 29 touchdowns on 148-of-211 passing, while running back Danny Webb rushed for 1,371 yards and 24 scores on 122 attempts.

Sectional Finals Recap

Like every year, finals weekend saw the emergence of brand new stars and the latest act of some established ones. There were a host of players who stepped up on the biggest stage in New Jersey high school sports.

Finals Predictions: Groups 3, 4, 5

The Raiders defeated River Dell, 23-20, on Oct. 20, by limiting the damage from River Dell’s dynamic QB David Estevez. River Dell is the defending sectional champion, and did beat Ramapo in the semifinals last year, but fell to the Raiders in the finals two years ago. Ramapo has its own multidimensional signal-caller in A.J. Wingfield, who has gone 103-of-163 for 1,481 yards and 12 touchdowns through the air while rushing for 948 yards and 18 scores on the ground.

Finals Predictions: Groups 1 & 2

Middlesex is looking to make history by winning its first title since 1984. It kept its momentum going with a 40-24 Thanksgiving Eve win over Dunellen, with QB John Kressbach and RB Anthony Mason combining for 259 yards on the ground. Point Beach won this section just 3 seasons ago, and has won four-of-its-last-five after beginning the year 2-3. Middlesex won the first meeting between these teams, 28-12, thanks to RB Tom Rau’s 23 carry, for 216-yard, three-touchdown outing.

Thanksgiving Predictions

The oldest series in New Jersey may be the best holiday matchup of the year, as both teams expected to be in the South, Group 5 final. Vineland linebacker Nihym Anderson will be trailing Thunderbolts star running back Clayton Scott all morning.

Semifinal Previews & Predictions

No public school in New Jersey has been to more sectional finals than Paulsboro, and the defending champs are one win away from making it there for the 26th time. Fourth-seeded Salem (7-2) will need to find a way to contain Red Raiders running back Dehron Holloway, who exploded for 234 yards and four TDs against Pennsville in the first round.

1st Round Preview: Groups 4, 5

The Maroons defeated the Mustangs, 28-7, on Sept. 22, despite being outgained on the ground, 216-131. Clifton running back David Martinez rushed for 107 yards in that meeting, and has only gotten better, totaling 1,064 yards and 13 touchdowns this season.

First Round Preview: Groups 1, 2, 3

The Aviators want to get the taste of a heartbreaking NJIC title game loss to Rutherford out of their mouths with a first round victory as their sectional championship defense begins. The Panthers offense is led by QB Sammy Ventola, who has passed for 1,663 and 18 touchdowns.