As we head into the final weekend of the regular season, please note that Strength Index and OSI calculations have been posted. As per the 2019 NJSIAA Football Regulations, Strength Index will NOT re-calculate after this week's games have been played.
Every offseason, it seems, the road which leads to the high school football playoffs is under repair. The idea behind so many changes is to make sure that the teams that are most deserving of a playoff berth are rewarded with one. This season's new wrinkle is Opponent's Strength Index, or OSI. I will do my best to explain that here, but for an official breakdown of how everything is calculated, be sure to read the NJSIAA's 2019 Football Regulations.
The Wildcats dominated thanks largely to RBs Jada Byers and Ahmad Ross. Byers and Ross each accounted for three touchdowns.
Senior RB Abellany Mendez did a little bit of everything in Rutherford’s 62-14 victory over Kittatiny, rushing for 93 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries, catching five passes for 81 yards and a score and throwing for a three yard touchdown and two-point conversion.
A year after suffering a crushing loss to the Pioneers in the finals, the Bulldogs earned some payback. RB Alex Maldjian couldn't be stopped, as he rushed for 281 yards and four touchdowns in the 42-35 victory.
The defending champion Renegades, who were just 2-6 when the playoffs began, scored a huge upset over the Thunderbolts, 28-26.
QB Sammy Nieves was the top playmaker for South Plainfield, rushing for touchdowns of 41 and 66 yards. Overall, he rushed for 125 yards on just six carries, as the Tigers took down the section's defending champs.