Gridiron New Jersey/Vita Athletics Top 20

By Gridiron New Jersey Staff
Posted:  Thursday, November 2, 2017   7:00 pm


Please note: this will be the second-to-last edition of the rankings. We will not update the Top 20 during the playoffs. The final edition of the Top 20 will be unveiled after the sectional finals.



NON-PUBLIC TOP 5

1. Bergen Catholic (7-2, last week #1)
Quarterback Johnny Langan threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to receiver Anthony D'Addetta with 48 seconds on the clock to beat Don Bosco Prep, 29-26. They go on the road this weekend to take on Seton Hall Prep in their final game before the postseason.

2. St. Peter’s Prep (6-2, last week #2)
Anthony Summey rushed for 73 yards and two touchdowns as St. Peter’s Prep defeated Lincoln, 44-20. The Marauders take on Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey on Friday.

3. St. Joseph (Mont.) (5-3, last week #3)
Nick Patti threw two touchdowns in the Green Knights' 24-10 victory over Paramus Catholic. They host 4th ranked DePaul Saturday in a potential Non-Public, Group 3 finals preview.

4. DePaul (6-2, last week #4)
Vin DePalma ran for two scores in the Spartans' dominating 35-0 win over #5 Pope John. They head to Montvale to try and topple 3rd ranked St Joseph (Mont.) on Saturday.

5. Pope John (5-3, last week #5)
Niko Hroncich was sacked four times in the first half as the Lions were overwhelmed by #4 DePaul. They will be off this week before trying to regroup in the Non-Public, Group 3 playoffs.

Others getting consideration (in alphabetical order): Don Bosco Prep, Holy Spirit, Paramus Catholic, St. John Vianney, St. Joseph (Hamm.)


PUBLIC TOP 15

1. Millville (7-0, last week #1)
Clayton Scott rushed for three touchdowns and caught a two-point conversion as the Bolts pounded Cumberland, 42-6. They wrap up their pre-playoff slate at home against Atlantic City on Friday.

2. Timber Creek (7-0, last week #2)
Devin Leary became New Jersey’s all-time passing leader (8,773 yards) as the Chargers rolled past Williamstown, 35-10. They play at Cherry Hill East on Saturday afternoon.

3. Manalapan (8-0, last week #3)
Wide receiver Symir Blacknall totaled 114 receiving yards and caught a touchdown as the Braves throttled 10th ranked Piscataway, 28-0. They travel to meet Freehold Township on Friday night before the opening round of the state playoffs begins.

4. Montclair (7-0, last week #4)
Daniel Webb went for 342 rushing yards and four touchdowns to spearhead an impressive 63-44  victory over Seton Hall Prep. They host Columbia on Saturday in their last game before the North 1, Group 5 playoffs, where they've already secured the top seed.

5. Vineland (7-0, last week #5)
Quarterback Isaih Pacheco ran for 169 yards and three touchdowns as the Fighting Clan beat Mainland, 58-0. They get set for the playoffs with a big matchup on Friday against St. Augustine Prep.

6. Old Tappan (8-0, last week #6)
Cornerback Sal DeBenedetto had a 37-yard pick six, ran back a 63-yard punt return, and took a kickoff 82 yards to the house as they steamrolled Indian Hills, 53-7. The Golden Knights face a very solid Ramapo team on the road before kicking off North 1, Group 4 playoff action.

7. Lenape (6-1, last week #8)
Running back Jojo Kellum’s 217 total offensive yards and two touchdowns pushed the Indians to a 21-14 victory over Cherokee. They take on Notre Dame at home on Friday night.

8. Phillipsburg (7-0, last week #13)
Abdul Salahuddin rushed for 85 yards in relief of the injured Joe Green, and P'Burg beat previously undefeated North Hunterdon, 20-7. The Stateliners get a final shot at additional power points in Somerville on Friday against Immaculata.

9. Rancocas Valley (7-1, last week #7)
The Red Devils blew a 17-point lead and fell to 14th ranked Camden, 30-24. They’ll use a bye week to prepare for a loaded field in the South, Group 5 tourney.

10. Piscataway (5-2, last week #10)
The Chiefs rushed for just 116 yards in their 28-0 loss to #3 Manalapan. They play at Edison in one final tune-up for the North 2, Group 5 tourney.

11. South Brunswick (6-1, last week #11)
Quarterback Felix Quinones rushed for 80 yards and ran for three scores in leading South Brunswick to a 35-14 win over Brick Memorial. They host Monroe on Friday night.

12. Westfield (7-0, last week #12)
The Blue Devils’ win over Immaculata prior to last week’s bye extended its state-best win streak to 32 games. They play host to winless Scotch Plains-Fanwood on Saturday.

13. Howell (7-1, last week #14)
QB Eddie Morales had three total TDs (2 rush, 1 pass) in Howell’s 42-20 victory over New Brunswick. They host Marlboro on Friday before kicking off the South, Group 5 playoffs.

14. Camden (6-1), last week unranked)
Najyere Edwards carried the ball 16 times for 165 yards and a touchdown to lead Camden to victory over 9th-ranked Rancocas Valley, 30-24. They play their final game before the South, Group 2 tournament at Winslow Township on Friday.

15. Delsea (5-3, last week unranked)
Aidan Borguet’s 205 rushing yards and five touchdowns led Delsea past Woodrow Wilson, 43-12. They’ll look to make it five straight wins at Clearview on Friday.

Others getting consideration (in alphabetical order): Brick Memorial, Cherokee, Old Bridge, Ramapo, River Dell, Wayne Hills, Westwood