Top 20 - Week 1

Gridiron New Jersey/Vita Athletics Top 20

By Gridiron New Jersey Staff
Posted:  Tuesday, September 12, 2017   9:55 am


1. St. Joseph (Mont.) (1-1)
After a week zero win over Deerfield Beach (FL), the Green Knights stumbled against St. John’s College (DC), the #17 team in the USA Today Super 25. They go on the road to take on Delbarton in their first in-state game of the year Saturday.

2. Bergen Catholic (1-1)
Crusaders quarterback Johnny Langan went 11-for-24 for 163 yards, one TD and two picks in BC’s 27-21 loss to Archbishop Wood (PA). They’ll be in Santa Ana, California Saturday to take on Mater Dei, the #1 team in the USA Today Super 25.

3. St. Peter’s Prep (1-1)
Marauders quarterback Maasai Maynor threw for 308 yards and three touchdowns, but St. Peter’s Prep fell , 28-21, to St. Joseph’s Prep (PA), who is ranked the #13 in the USA Today Super 25.  They're off this week, but return to action on Sept. 23 against Seton Hall Prep.

4. DePaul (1-1)
Spartans quarterback Ta'Quan Roberson scored three total touchdowns (2 pass, 1 rush) as DePaul beat Paramus Catholic, 35-14. They’ll be off for a week before hosting Don Bosco Prep on Sept. 22.

5. Paramus Catholic (1-1)
After a 20-point win over Archbishop Wood (PA) to start the season, the Paladins lost by 21 to DePaul, 35-14. They look to get back on track Friday against Seton Hall Prep.

Others getting consideration (in alphabetical order): Don Bosco Prep, Mater Dei Prep, Pope John, Red Bank Catholic, St. John Vianney, St. Joseph (Hamm.)


1. Millville (1-0)
Running back Clayton Scott ran the ball 22 times for 172 yards and three touchdowns to power Millville past Egg Harbor, 47-7. The Thunderbolts play their first home game of the year Friday night when Kingsway comes to town.

2. Timber Creek (2-0)
Despite being outgained 427-420, Timber Creek beat Delsea, 39-36, thanks in large part to quarterback Devin Leary’s 254 yards and touchdown pass. The Chargers will be home Friday night for a showdown with #10 Cherokee.

3. Manalapan (1-0)
Braves running back Naim Mayfield ran for 260 yards and five touchdowns and averaged 26.0 yards per carry as Manalapan pounded Marlboro, 44-0. They go on the road Friday night to take on Southern.

4. Montclair (1-0)
Mounties running back Daniel Webb reached pay dirt three times in his team’s 49-7 victory over Passaic County Tech. Next up for Montclair is a Friday night showdown with Livingston.

5. Lenape (1-0)
Indians quarterback Matt Lajoie rushed for two touchdowns and threw another to lead Lenape to a 28-6 win over Trenton They play the second game of a back-to-back homestand Friday night against Egg Harbor.

6. Vineland (1-0)
Vineland’s veteran offensive line paved the way for a 221-yard rushing day for the Fighting Clan, who turned back Bridgeton, 27-8. They begin a three-game road trip Saturday at Cherry Hill East.

7. Piscataway (1-0)
Chiefs quarterback Joseph Hatcher tied a program record with five touchdown passes in Piscataway’s 64-7 victory over New Brunswick. They’ll look to make it a 2-0 start at East Brunswick Friday.

8. Old Tappan (1-0)
Golden Knights defensive back Aidan Bilali snagged two picks in Old Tappan’s dominant 35-0 win over Paramus. They head to Hillsdale Saturday to do battle with Pascack Valley.

9. South Brunswick (1-0)
Vikings wide receiver Justin Shorter tallied 165 all-purpose yards to push his team past Old Bridge, 35-6. They play host to New Brunswick Friday night.

10. Cherokee (1-0)
Chiefs quarterback Jack Walters rushed for five touchdowns and threw for 222 yards in a 42-41 overtime victory over Shawnee. Cherokee goes on the road Friday to take on #2 Timber Creek.

11. Rancocas Valley (1-0)
Red Devils running back Iverson Clement ran for three touchdowns and returned a punt to the house as Rancocas Valley beat Hopewell Valley, 47-17. They take on Hammonton at home Friday night.

12. Shawnee (0-1)
Renegades quarterback Colin Wetterau went 16-of-26 for 320 yards and three touchdowns in Shawnee’s loss to Cherokee. They will try to bounce back in the second game of their season-opening road trip in Allentown Friday.

13. Bridgewater-Raritan (1-0)
Panthers running back David Usewick ran for 111 yards and a score in Bridgewater-Raritan’s 28-14 win over Hunterdon Central. They welcome Hillsborough to town Friday night.

14. Howell (1-0)
Rebels quarterback Edwin Morales accounted for 333 total offensive yards and four touchdowns (2 pass, 2 rush) as Howell took down Colts Neck, 34-6. They host Freehold Boro on Friday.

15. Ridge (1-0)
Red Devils fullback R.J .Milligan rushed for 205 yards and three touchdowns as Ridge defeated Montgomery, 34-14. They’ll host a Westfield team on Friday night that boasts the state’s longest active winning streak, which stands at 26 games.

Others getting consideration (in alphabetical order): Delsea, Irvington,
Phillipsburg, River Dell, Westfield, Westwood