In a game they led throughout, Paramus
Catholic was able to hold off Don Bosco Prep, 35-29, to punch its ticket
to the Non-Public, Group 4 final. Quarterback Andrew Brito just about
did it all, rushing for 165 yards on 21 attempts, while also going
7-of-16 for 149 yards and a touchdown.
With every huge victory Somerville accrues,
it becomes more remarkable that the Pioneers were 2-8 a year ago. It’ll
be interesting to see how Somerville’ absurdly high-scoring offense
matches up with a stingy Bulldogs squad that has allowed just 42 points
With the current playoff setup, the first round of the postseason often brings with it a ton of blowouts. This weekend was no different, but there were still a host of nail biters, as well.
The Raiders are 4-0 during the regular season against teams in this bracket, including top-seeded Shore (in week 9). It’s already been a banner year for a Mustangs squad that, prior to this fall, hadn’t won more than two games in a single season since 2009.
The NJSIAA’s power points calculations are wrong. The NJSIAA knows its power points calculations are wrong. The NJSIAA isn’t changing its power points calculations. Let those three sentences sink in for a moment.
With one more week before the playoffs,
there are still some opportunities for power points, but some games are
merely for pride and momentum. And, of course, the NJIC will crown its
first ever league champion.
The very first NJIC semifinals took place over the weekend, and both matchups produced entirely different games. In one contest, Pompton Lakes held off a Rutherford attempt at tying the game, with safety Nick McDonald picking off a pass in the end zone to preserve a 14-6 Cardinals victory.
Despite the pure absurdity of it all, it appears the NJSIAA is sticking with the new wrinkle it added to the power points formula this season.
Toms River North wanted to prove exactly how
good it was against fellow public school powerhouse Middletown South,
and boy did the Mariners do just that. North’s defense was stout against
the Eagles, leading the way to a 41-21 victory and putting a stamp on
its claim to being the best public school squad in the state.
The playoffs aren’t here just yet, but the
season is beginning to take on a playoff-type feel. Every power point
means a whole lot more this time of year, and a lot are on the line this
week. Here are some picks for some of NJ’s best matchups.
Without question, St. Peter’s Prep and Bergen Catholic had one of the more exciting games in the state this past weekend, with the Marauders emerging victorious, 48-42. But to do so, St. Peter’s had to withstand a furious rally by BC -- not to mention four fourth-quarter touchdown passes from Crusaders QB Johnny Langan.
After losing its first three games, Don
Bosco Prep is back to .500, with its latest and biggest win coming over
St. Joseph (Mont.), 31-14. Quarterback Tommy DeVito threw two touchdowns
and 295 yards, while the Ironmen defense had Joe’s QB Nick Patti on the
move all night. The victory means that Don Bosco Prep is now 3-0 in
in-state contests, and 3-0 in NJSFC United play.
Don Bosco and St. Joseph (Mont.) may be the
most high-profile encounter of the week, but there is plenty more on the
week five slate. Let’s not waste any time and get to some picks.
After a few technical difficulties, we're happy to report that Gridiron New Jersey's power points standings are now online. However, the NJSIAA's new head-scratching addition to the formula has not entirely been accounted for. For those unfamiliar with what's new with the power points formula, here it is: