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:
Paramus Catholic and St. Peter’s Prep showed
just how competitive the North Jersey Super Football Conference’s
United Red Division is going to be in 2016. It was a back-and-forth
affair between the Paladins and Marauders, with PC quarterback Andrew
Brito showing just what type of versatile threat he can be in a 28-21
When the weekend concludes, we will
officially be halfway through the 2016 season. The playoff picture will
start taking shape, and we’ll know just who has the inside track to a
high seed in the postseason. Several of this weekend’s games will have a
big impact on the playoffs.
If anyone was doubting Toms River North's
firepower going into the weekend, there is no way they can be
anymore. The Mariners lit up the scoreboard against a very good Brick
Township team, riding running back Parker Day to a huge Shore Conference
A-South 62-34 victory.
Week 3 looks to be a week where the cream
will begin rising to the top. It’s an opportunity for teams to separate
themselves and pick up some much-needed power points. Here are some
picks for some of the more interesting games of the week.
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.