Week 6 Recap

For the first time since 2007, Lenape is celebrating a victory over Cherokee. The Indians picked up an important 24-16 victory, thanks largely to running back Ben Hunt’s two fourth quarter interceptions. The second of Hunt’s picks went from 64 yards out and went all the way to the house, allowing the Indians to stay undefeated on the year. Lenape’s defense was on its game against the Chiefs, as well, allowing just one first down in the entire second half.

Week 6 Previews & Predictions

Joe’s quarterback Jack Walsh is completing 65% of his passes and has thrown eight touchdown passes. The Green Knights offensive line will need to keep Walsh upright, though—a task that will be tougher with players like defensive end Sal Mauro coming after him.

Week 5 Recap

After back-to-back losses to CAL parochials, Millville needed a spark. And a spark they got thanks to running back Ryquell Armstead, who broke a school rushing record at the expense of Absegami. The Thunderbolts rode 27 carries by Armstead—which he turned into a Millville-best 337 yards—to a 48-13 victory, just three games after former back Rob Ennis set the previous mark at 315. Of course, Ennis’ departure from the team following an off-the-field incident several weeks ago was a low point for the Thunderbolts, but Armstead’s performance pumped life back into the season, and kept his team within three power points of the eighth playoff spot in South, Group 5

Week 5 Previews & Predictions

It’s another big week, with perhaps the biggest game of the year so far: #1 Don Bosco Prep vs. #2 Paramus Catholic. In addition, there is another ranked parochial vs. ranked parochial showdown involving #5 DePaul and #7 Bergen Catholic. There are so many other big-time rivalry games, particularly in the WJFL and the Mid-State 38, as well. Things are heating up, and the playoffs will be here before you know it. Let’s look at some picks for the week:

Week 4 Recap

The monkey is officially off of Cranford’s back. The Cougars, despite all their success, had not been able to overcome powerful Summit over the past several years—until Friday night. Finally, they can boast a win over the rival Hilltoppers, thanks to their 33-14 win this past weekend. Wide receiver Luke Christiano led the way with 254 yards of total offense, including 189 in receptions. He also scored two touchdowns through the air. The win puts Cranford in the driver’s seat in the Mid-State 38 Raritan Division, where both the Cougars and Voorhees are 3-0 in the division. They’ll meet Friday in Cranford.

Week 4 Previews & Predictions

The Paladins are loaded with talent, but the key for the BC defense may be getting to quarterback Willy Hansen, who was still highly effective playing through a knee injury a week ago. Bergen can erase the very last remnants of last season’s 2-7 campaign if they can upend the team that beat them in the 2012 Non-Public, Group 4 final.

Week 2 Predictions

It’s only Week 2, but there are already a full slate of prime matchups on tap in New Jersey high school football. Sure, there are some big out-of-state contests, but you don’t have to go to Arkansas, Maryland or New York to see great football this weekend.

Week 1 Recap

It’s a big statement to make, but given the context, Saturday afternoon may have been one of Don Bosco Prep’s most dominant performances ever. As such a powerhouse, the Ironmen have had their fair share of huge wins, but the way they handled St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) on Saturday was nothing short of remarkable. Ironmen running back Malik Bakker rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries, while the Bosco defense had 4 1/2 sacks on the way to an imposing 24-7 victory. Aquinas was widely regarded as the top team in the entire nation, but Bosco was too much for the Raiders nearly all afternoon.