Delsea, the three-time defending South,
Group 3 champs, is making a season out of close, exciting victories. The
undefeated Crusaders won their fourth consecutive game to start the
season, and for the fourth straight time, did so by seven or fewer
points. The 35-34 victory over Paul VI once again came in exciting
fashion when running back Tahjze Summial broke a 24-yard score with 1:24
in regulation. It was another big day for quarterback Quinn Collins, as
well, who rushed for three touchdowns.
The dominant storyline in Week 4, obviously,
is the decision of Warren Hills to continue its healing on the football
field. The tragic death of quarterback Evan Murray (found to be caused
by a lacerated spleen) has brought together the Hills community, and it
is certain the Blue Streaks will put their best effort forth on the
field Saturday night despite enduring a week no high school students
should ever have to.
Of all the impressive results in week three, Don Bosco Prep’s gritty 10-3 victory over Archbishop Rummel (La.), ranked #24 in the USA Today Super 25, may actually be the most impressive of them all. It wasn’t a typical high-scoring effort by the Ironmen, but it showed just how well-rounded Bosco actually is.
There may be no one who knows New Jersey football like St. Joseph (Mont.) athletic director and former head football coach Tony Karcich. As the former leader of the Green Knights and, at one time, rival Bergen Catholic, he has a perspective on Garden State gridiron affairs that few others have.
With a quarter of
the pre-playoff season in the books, it is almost safe to start looking
at postseason standings. GridironNewJersey.com will be posting power
points in the coming weeks, but before that, we've got another week of
outstanding matchups to follow. Let's get to some picks and previews for
Who would've thought that after three weeks, traditional successful North Jersey public programs Montclair and North Bergen would be a combined 0-5? It's been a tough go for the Mounties, who haven't had trouble scoring, as shown this week against Union City. Unfortunately for them, Soaring Eagles running back Raven Josiah went off for 194 yards and four touchdowns en route to an eight-point victory. Meanwhile, the Bruins were upset by Columbia, 24-22, just a week after they were thrashed by Bloomfield.
Although the state's non-publics are still playing nationally-relevant matchups, the publics have a few primetime matchups this week, as well. Ramapo and Old Tappan are two North Jersey publics that have the Vita Athletics - Gridiron New Jersey Top 20 on their minds, while Cherokee and Timber Creek are fighting to keep pace in the race for best public squad in the state. After this week, we'll be a quarter of the way to the playoffs for just about everyone in New Jersey, so it's safe to say the season is already heating up!
After two weeks, it is pretty hard to argue
that anyone other than the Bergen Catholic Crusaders are worthy of the
title of top team in the state of New Jersey. After blowing out American
Heritage (Fla.) in last week’s season opener, the Crusaders once again
how dominant they can be Saturday afternoon, as four different players
scored touchdowns in a 47-14 victory over St. Peter’s Prep.
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It’s the “real” opening week, and the
obvious story is #1 vs. #2. The top two squads in the Vita
Athletics/Gridiron New Jersey Top 20, Bergen Catholic and St. Peter’s
Prep are ready to do battle. They’ve had plenty of big playoff
confrontations, but to have this kind of in-state matchup this early in
the fall is pretty special.
Junior quarterback Jonathan Lewis picked up
where Brandon Wimbush left off this weekend in leading St. Peter’s Prep
past Avalon (MD), 28-14. He didn’t light up the stat sheet, necessarily,
but he did what he needed to do to get the Marauders a victory. He
rushed for two touchdowns, and also completed some key passes to senior
receiver K.J. Gray (3 rec, 75 yds.). Senior running back Sa'id Boykin,
though, was the workhorse, scoring two touchdowns in the second half and
rushing for 80 yards.
For much of the first half of Saturday
afternoon’s matchup between Don Bosco Prep and St. Joseph (Mont.), it
appeared the story would be the Ironmen’s burly and athletic lines.
Bosco’s men in the trenches were doing work early, keeping junior
quarterback Tommy DeVito off the ground and providing enough daylight
for running back Malik Bakker to get past the line of scrimmage.
Week Zero has plenty of outstanding matchups
that are sure to get 2015 off to an eventful start. Out-of-state
matchups aside, St. Joseph (Mont.) and Don Bosco Prep will meet in
perhaps the biggest intra-Jersey showdown of the weekend. Meanwhile,
Seton Hall Prep and Union City will do battle in a matchup that tests
the Soaring Eagles’ ability to down an above-average parochial foe, and
gives the Pirates a top-flight opponent in its first game in the
post-John Finnegan era.