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October 31, 2012

NJ Varsity Top 25: Groups 1 and 2

One change in the Top 25 this week, as Cedar Creek replaces Delaware Valley. Overall, there is stability, as 1-15 remains the same and there are a few changes in order at 16-25.

1 - St. Joe's, Hammonton (7-0). Last week: (1). The Wildcats beat St. Augustine, 42-14 and have outscored opponents, 212-93, playing a tough, big school schedule. They have won three consecutive state titles and have a 25 game winning streak. This week: at 2-5 Mainland.

2 - Madison (7-0). Last week: (2). The Dodgers beat Kittatinny, 61-7, and have outscored opponents 318-68. They have won two consecutive sectional titles and have won 32 straight. This week: 2-6 Newton at home.

3 - West Deptford (7-0). Last week: (3). The Eagles beat Collingswood, 64-6, and have outscored opponents 338-98. They have won five sectional titles since 2002 and appeared in eight finals in that time. This week: at 5-2 Haddonfield.

4 - Rumson-Fair Haven (7-0). Last week: (4). The Bulldogs beat Monmouth, 31-14, allowing 56 points this year and scoring 176. They have been to three sectional appearances since 2007, including the last two years, winning one. This week: at 3-4 Manasquan.

5 - Pompton Lakes (8-0). Last week: (5). The Cardinals beat Ridgefield, 55-0, and have outscored opponents, 362-22. They won a sectional last year and have won three of the four finals they have appeared in since 1997. This week: at 7-1 Hasbrouck Heights.

6 - Penns Grove (7-0). Last week: (6). The Red Devils posted their fifth shutout this year against Deptford, winning 68-0, and have outscored the opposition, 356-26. This week: at 4-4 Highland Regional.

7 - Bernards (7-0). Last week: (7). The Mountaineers had a bye week and have outscored opponents, 304-73. This week: at 1-6 Governor Livingston.

8 - Immaculata (7-1). Last week: (8). The Spartans beat Montgomery, 31-9. They have outscored opponents, 208-101, and play a large school schedule. This week: at 3-4 Phillipsburg.

9 - Caldwell (6-1). Last week: (9). The Chiefs beat Millburn, 54-34. They have outscored opponents 256-83 and have won three sectionals since 1997. They appeared in four finals plus four more semi-finals. This week: 5-2 Irvington at home.

10 - Cedar Grove (7-1). Last week: (10). The Panthers beat Newark Central, 37-0. They outscored opponents, 264-120. They have won five sectionals since 2000, appearing in six. This week: at 6-1 Weequahic.

11 - Shore Regional (6-1). Last week: (11). The Blue Devils beat Keansburg, 35-18 and have outscored opponents, 233-63. They won a sectional title in 2010. This week: at 6-2 Keyport.
12 - Carteret (7-0). Last week: (12). The Ramblers beat Colonia, 27-19, and have outscored opponents, 265-84, winning a sectional in 2007. This week: at 2-6 JFK (Iselin).

13 - Mountain Lakes (8-0). Last week: (13). The Herd beat Wallkill Valley, 41-6 and they have outscored opponents, 297-102. They have won three sectionals since 2002, appearing in five finals. This week: 3-5 Whippany Park at home.

14 - Point Pleasant Beach (8-0). Last week: (14). The Gulls beat Keyport, 42-14 and have outscored opponents 360-91. This week: Bye week.

15 - Lenape Valley (7-1). Last week: (15). The Patriots beat Dover, 28-21. They outscored opponents, 246-117. This week: at 6-2 Hanover Park.

16 - Glassboro (6-1). Last week: (16). The Bulldogs beat Pennsville, 60-14, outscoring the opposition, 270-96. They have won the last two sectional titles and four of the last five, three more finals appearances since 2000. This week: at 1-6 Gloucester Catholic.

17 - Delran (7-0). Last week: (17). The Bears beat Maple Shade, 35-14, and have outscored opponents, 169-75. This week: 1-7 Ewing at home.

18 - New Providence (6-1). Last week: (19). The Pioneers had a bye week and have outscored opponents, 271-86. They won the sectional two years ago. This week: 5-2 Roselle Park at home.

19 - St. Mary's (8-0). Last week: (21). The Gaels beat Wallington, 59-6 and have scored 349 points this year, allowing 101. They won a sectional in 2006. This week: at 0-8 Manchester.

20 - Florence (6-1). Last week: (22). The Flashes beat Bordentown, 26-15, outscoring opponents, 180-50. They were in the finals last year and have won four sectionals since 2003. This week: 3-4 Burlington City at home.

21 - Hasbrouck Heights (7-1). Last week: (18). The Aviators lost to Palisades Park, 21-15. Opponents have been outscored 259-105. They have won two sectional titles since 1994 and appeared in four finals. This week: 8-0 Pompton Lakes at home.

22 - Butler (7-1). Last week: (23). The Bulldogs beat Hopatcong, 27-10 and have outscored their opponents, 252-90. This week: at 2-6 Pequannock.

23 - Saddle Brook (7-1). Last week: (24). The Falcons beat Bogota, 34-12, outscoring opponents, 286-114. This week: 7-1 New Milford at home.

24 - Woodbury (6-1). Last week: (25). The Thundering Herd beat Audubon, 42-0, outscoring opponents 225-97. They won a sectional in 2009 and have had three finals appearances since 1998, winning two. This week: 4-3 Haddon Township at home.

25 - Cedar Creek (7-0). Last week: Unranked. The Pirates beat Group 5 Vineland, 42-12, and outscored the opposition, 273-52. This week: 1-6 Lower Cape May at home.

Honorable Mention: Cedar Creek (7-0), Weequahic (6-1), New Milford (7-1), Hoboken (7-1), St. Anthony (6-2), Elmwood Park (7-1), Johnson (5-2), Gloucester City (6-1), Keyport (6-2), Lincoln (6-2), Paulsboro (5-2), Haddonfield (5-2), Asbury Park (5-2), Shabazz (5-2), Holy Spirit (3-3)

Dropping out of Top 25: Delaware Valley (20)

Games to watch:

#5 Pompton Lakes at #21 Hasbrouck Heights, Friday night
#3 West Deptford at 5-2 Haddonfield, Friday night
#10 Cedar Grove at 6-1 Weequahic, Saturday afternoon
#11 Shore at 6-2 Keyport, Saturday afternoon
7-1 New Milford at #23 Saddle Brook, Saturday afternoon
6-2 Hanover Park at #15 Lenape Valley, Friday night
5-2 Irvington at #9 Caldwell, Saturday afternoon
5-2 Roselle Park at #18 New Providence, Saturday afternoon


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