Opening Weekend Recap

Opening weekend of New Jersey high school football was obviously going to revolve around the North Jersey parochials and their out-of-state showdowns. But what was most notable was the dominance shown by several of them.




Previews & Predictions

The Lions have an ambitious first few weeks on their schedule, and a win over a non-NJAC parochial like DePaul would provide a lot of momentum heading into their second game against Paramus Catholic. It will be a test for Pope John to keep junior linebacker Quayshon Alexander (nine sacks in 2013) off of its star junior quarterback, Sonny Abramson.




2013 Season in Review: From A to Z

A is for Shawnee running back Anthony DiOrio. In leading the Renegades to a South, Group 4 championship, DiOrio was a true workhorse. DiOrio carried the ball 222 times for 1,321 yards and 16 touchdowns, and was a big part of why Shawnee earned its first sectional crown since 2008.




Championship Weekend Recap

It seems like every year we do our finals recap, and every year the theme is the same. It’s always a verbal highlight reel of the weekend’s best performances. It isn’t a lack of creativity on our part. It’s the fact that at the end of the day, that is what its all about, right? Celebrating these exceptional athletes on the biggest stage.




Finals Preview: Group 5

Running back Jamauri Bogan was the catalyst behind Union’s rise from a 1-2 start to a sectional finalist, and enters the title game with 1,514 yards and 18 TDs on the ground. Don’t sleep on his backfield mate Jabree Robertson, either -- the senior has 663 yards and 11 rushing scores of his own. Guard/linebacker Connor Stieglitz is as important a two-way player as you’ll find in this game. His 89 tackles lead the Red Devils, and he’s a cog in the Ridge run game.




Finals Preview: Group 4

The Chargers have possibly the most dangerous passing game in New Jersey thanks not only to quarterback Dan Williams, but the star wide receiver duo of Adonis Jennings and Cameron Chambers. Even when their offense isn’t clicking, they’ve shown they can win defensive slugfests -- having beaten Moorestown and Paul VI by scores of 7-6 and 8-7, respectively. Shawnee knows how to keep games close, but are just 2-2 in games decided by under seven points. Running back Anthony DiOrio is the engine that makes the Renegade offense go, and has 1,188 yards and 16 touchdowns this year.




Finals Preview: Group 3

Needless to say, the first year under head coach Kevin Kostibos has been a rousing success for the Hilltoppers, who have now won 23 straight and are looking for their third title in five years. Parsippany Hills meanwhile, looked like they might struggle come postseason time after mid-season losses to Delbarton and West Morris -- two of the tougher opponents on their NJAC schedule -- but they stormed back to win their last four, including a 20-17 upset over a West Essex squad that had been near-perfect all year. Hills has never won a sectional title.




Finals Preview: Group 2

Caldwell has a formidable defense, particularly in its linebacking corps, but it’ll be hard-pressed to slow down a Herd running back that has over 3,400 yards on the ground this year. Mountain Lakes won the last postseason meeting between the perennial postseason contenders, 26-20. The Chiefs are out for revenge and have won nine straight games. Caldwell has its own dangerous back in Ray Iodice, who has 1,228 yards and 18 touchdowns.




Finals Preview: Group 1

The Heights offensive line -- consisting of Justin Porzl, Chris Verdi, Dimitri Forde, Mauro Altamura and Ryan Palladino -- has been the engine behind an offense that boasts a dangerous run game and top-flight quarterback in Darren Iurato. Iurato scored three times (2 pass TD, 1 rush) in the Aviators’ 28-21 win over the Cardinals in early November. Pompton is looking to become the first team to win three straight North 1, Group 1 crowns since Glen Rock won five in a row between 1998 and 2002.