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November 12, 2012

NJ Varsity Top 25: Groups 1 and 2

Some changes were made this week. One was moving Glassboro up six spots to number 10 because I examined things and thought I had them too low - no disrespect to the teams that were passed by. I also decided I had Woodbury and Cedar Creek a little low and moved them up a little. There is also a three way tie at 25 because Hoboken, Shabazz, and Weequahic were very close.

Just remember, if you don't like where you're ranked, it's only a poll and there are far more important things in life than where you're ranked.

1 - St. Joe's, Hammonton (8-0). Last week: (1). The Wildcats beat Mainland, 28-0, and have outscored opponents, 240-93, playing a tough, big school schedule. They have posted three shutouts against large school competition, won three consecutive state titles and have a 26 game winning streak. This week: Bye week in Non-Public Group 1.

2 - Madison (8-0). Last week: (2). The Dodgers beat Newton, 53-0, and have outscored opponents 371-68. They have won two consecutive sectional titles and have won 33 straight. This week: 6-3 Hanover Park, Saturday afternoon.

3 - West Deptford (8-0). Last week: (3). The Eagles beat Haddonfield, 25-12, and have outscored opponents 363-110. They have won five sectional titles since 2002 and appeared in eight finals in that time. This week: 4-4 Sterling at home, Friday night.

4 - Pompton Lakes (9-0). Last week: (5). The Cardinals beat Hasbrouck Heights, 37-8, and have outscored opponents, 399-30. They won a sectional last year and have won three of the four finals they have appeared in since 1997. This week: 5-3 Verona at home, Saturday afternoon.

5 - Penns Grove (8-0). Last week: (6). The Red Devils posted their sixth shutout this year against Highland, winning 52-0, and have outscored the opposition, 408-26. This week: 4-4 Audubon at home, Saturday afternoon.

6 - Bernards (8-0). Last week: (7). The Mountaineers beat Governor Livingston, 42-21, and have outscored opponents, 346-94. This week: #16 Lenape Valley at home, Friday night.

7 - Immaculata (8-1). Last week: (8). The Spartans beat Phillipsburg, 31-12. They have outscored opponents, 239-113, playing a large school schedule. This week: 1-7 Gloucester Catholic at home, Friday night.

8 - Caldwell (7-1). Last week: (9). The Chiefs beat Irvington, 31-13. They have outscored opponents 287-96 and have won three sectionals since 1997. They appeared in four finals plus four more semi-finals. This week: 7-2 Lincoln at home, Saturday afternoon.

9 - Cedar Grove (8-1). Last week: (10). The Panthers beat Weequahic, 36-33. They outscored opponents, 300-153. They have won five sectionals since 2000, appearing in six. This week: 5-4 Belvidere at home, Friday night.

10 - Glassboro (7-1). Last week: (16). The Bulldogs beat Gloucester Catholic, 51-6, outscoring the opposition, 321-102. They have won the last two sectional titles and four of the last five, plus three more finals appearances since 2000. This week: 4-4 Pennsville at home, Friday night.

11 - Shore Regional (7-1). Last week: (11). The Blue Devils beat Keyport, 49-14, and have outscored opponents, 282-77. They won a sectional title in 2010. This week: 4-4-1 Keansburg at home, Friday night.

12 - Carteret (8-0). Last week: (12). The Ramblers beat JFK (Iselin), 41-13, and have outscored opponents, 306-97, winning a sectional in 2007. This week: 5-3 Johnson at home, Friday night.

13 - Rumson-Fair Haven (7-1). Last week: (4). The Bulldogs lost to Manasquan, 14-9, allowing 70 points this year and scoring 185. They have been to three sectional appearances since 2007, including the last two years, winning one. This week: #25-tie Weequahic at home, Friday night.

14 - Mountain Lakes (9-0). Last week: (13). The Herd beat Wallkill Valley, 43-21, and they have outscored opponents, 340-123. They have won three sectionals since 2002, appearing in five finals. This week: 6-3 Rutherford, at home, Saturday afternoon.
15 - Point Pleasant Beach (8-0). Last week: (14). The Gulls had a bye week and have outscored opponents 360-91. This week: 6-3 South River at home, Friday night.
16 - Lenape Valley (8-1). Last week: (15). The Patriots beat Hanover Park, 35-7. They outscored opponents, 281-124. This week: at #6 Bernards, Friday night.

17 - Delran (8-0). Last week: (17). The Bears beat Ewing, 45-25, and have outscored opponents, 214-100. This week: 4-4 Bordentown at home, Friday night.

18 - Woodbury (7-1). Last week: (24). The Thundering Herd beat Haddon Township, 38-0, outscoring opponents 263-97. They have had three finals appearances since 1998, winning two, including 2009. This week: 6-3 Wildwood at home, Saturday afternoon.

19 - St. Mary's (9-0). Last week: (19). The Gaels beat Manchester, 40-7, and have scored 389 points this year, allowing 108. They won a sectional in 2006. This week: 1-7 Mater Dei at home, Saturday afternoon.

20 - Florence (7-1). Last week: (20). The Flashes beat Burlington City, 51-10, outscoring opponents, 231-60. They were in the finals last year and have won four sectionals from 2003-2006. This week: 6-3 Keyport at home, Saturday afternoon.

21 - Cedar Creek (8-0). Last week: (25). The Pirates beat Lower Cape May, 55-6, and outscored the opposition, 328-58. This week: 5-3 Cinnaminson at home, Saturday afternoon.

22 - Butler (8-1). Last week: (22). The Bulldogs beat Pequannock, 23-14, and have outscored their opponents, 275-104. This week: #23 Hasbrouck Heights at home, Friday night.

23 - Hasbrouck Heights (7-2). Last week: (21). The Aviators lost to Palisades Park, 21-15. Opponents have been outscored 267-142. They have won two sectional titles since 1994 and appeared in four finals. This week: at #22 Butler, Friday night.

24 - Saddle Brook (8-1). Last week: (23). The Falcons beat New Milford, 13-7, outscoring opponents, 299-121. This week: 6-3 Cresskill at home, Saturday afternoon.

25 (tie) - Hoboken (7-2). Last week: Unranked. The Red wings lost to Group 5 Union City, 14-12 and are five points away from being undefeated. The scored 287 points and allowed 84. This week: 4-5 Dayton at home, Friday night.

25 (tie) - Shabazz (6-2). Last week: Unranked. The Bulldogs beat Glen Ridge, 26-19, and are five points away from being undefeated. They scored 246 points for the year and allowed 133. This week: at 6-2 Delaware Valley, Friday night.

25 (tie) - Weequahic (6-2). Last week: Unranked. The Indians lost a heartbreaker to Cedar Grove, 36-33, and are four points away from being undefeated. They scored 272 points for the year and allowed 101. This week: at #13 Rumson-Fair Haven, Friday night.

Honorable Mention: Paulsboro (6-2), Delaware Valley (6-2), St. Anthony (7-2), North Warren (6-2), New Milford (7-2), Weehawken (7-2), Haddon Heights (6-2), Roselle Park (6-2), Elmwood Park (8-1), Gloucester City (7-1), Lincoln (7-2), New Providence (6-2), Asbury Park (5-2-1), Holy Spirit (5-3), Haddonfield (5-3)

Dropping out of Top 25: New Providence (18)

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