Top 25 Groups 1 and 2
Overall, most of the teams did well. Three teams lost, with two dropping out of the Top 25. As mentioned last week, any team that is 3-0 will get at least an Honorable Mention and that I have done just that. Just remember, this is only a poll. I was reluctant to do this initially, but I am having fun doing it. If you're unhappy where you're ranked, it's only a poll.
1 - St. Joe's, Hammonton (3-0). Last week: (1). They have beaten three quality opponents, including two Group 5 schools. Their latest win came against Millville, 35-14, a game that included two goal line stands for the Wildcats. Millville was previously undefeated, ranked #23 in our Groups 3, 4, and 5 poll, and a Group 4 finalist last year in South Jersey. This week: at 2-1 Egg Harbor.
2 - Madison (3-0). Last week: (2). The Dodgers knocked Hanover Park from the undefeated ranks, 48-25. This week: at 2-1 Hackettstown.
3 - West Deptford (3-0). Last week: (3). The Eagles are another team that beat an undefeated team in Haddon Heights. This week: at 2-1 Sterling.
4 - Rumson-Fair Haven (3-0). Last week: (4). The Bulldogs handed Holmdel their first loss, 27-6. This week: at 0-2 Red Bank.
5 - Pompton Lakes (3-0). Last week: (6). The Cardinals had their way with a struggling Harrison program, 48-0, leading 35-0 at halftime. The defense has only allowed 8 points this year. This week: 1-2 Lyndhurst.
6 - New Providence (3-0). Last week: (7). The Pioneers pounded Dayton, 43-0 for their second shutout. They have Pingry before a big one with #9 Bernards next week. This week: 0-3 Pingry.
7 - Penns Grove (2-0). Last week: (8). The Red Devils laid a 60-0 beating on Gloucester Catholic, leading 44-0 at halftime, before calling the dogs off in the third quarter. This week: at 0-2 Salem.
8 - Florence (3-0). Last week: (9). The Flashes cruised to a 42-8 win over 0-3 Palmyra. This week: at 1-2 Robbinsville.
9 - Bernards (3-0). Last week: (11). The Mountaineers hammered Manville, 61-0, after leading 48-0 at the half. They have scored 151 points in their three games. This week: at 2-1 Belvidere.
10 - Pennsville (2-0). Last week: (10). The Eagles had a 47-28 win over surprising Wildwood. This week: at 2-1 Highland Regional.
11 - Caldwell (1-1). Last week: (5). The Chiefs lost a tough, 17-14 decision to next door neighbor West Essex. This week: at 0-3 Belleville.
12 - Cedar Grove (2-1). Last week: (12). The Panthers rebounded from their loss to Caldwell with 38-14 win over Montclair-Kimberley. This week: Newark East Side.
13 - Lenape Valley (3-0). Last week: (13). The Patriots win over Sussex Tech may not have been impressive on the surface, but everybody on the team played and the two Sussex Tech scores came against the reserves. This week: 2-1 Kittatinny.
14 - Saddle Brook (3-0). Last week: (14). The Falcons put up a 55-14 win over Waldwick. This week: Palisades Park.
15 - Delaware Valley (3-0). Last week: (15). The Terriers beat previously unbeaten Voorhees, 40-0. This week: 2-1 Cranford.
16 - Carteret (3-0). Last week: (16). The Ramblers beat South Plainfield, 27-0. This week: 0-3 New Brunswick.
17 - Shore Regional (2-1). Last week: (17). After opening with two tough opponents, the Blue Devils had a 45-0 win over Metuchen. This week: 3-0 South River.
18 - Immaculata (2-1). Last week: (20). The Spartans scored an impressive win over Group 5 Franklin, after losing to Ridge the week before. This week: at 1-2 Watchung Hills.
19 - Mountain Lakes (2-0). Last week: (18). The Herd beat winless Pequannock, 35-7. This week: at 0-3 Morris Catholic.
20 - Asbury Park (1-1). Last week: (21). The Blue Bishops had a bye after losing to shore Regional. This week: bye
21 - Glassboro (0-1). Last week: (22). The Bulldogs beat a previously undefeated Woodstown squad, 14-7. This week: at 3-0 Gloucester City.
22 - Lincoln (3-0). Last week: (24). The Lions wiped out Snyder, 46-0. This week: 2-1 Marist.
23 - Verona (2-0). Last week: Unranked. The Hillbillies have quality wins over Shabazz and Hoboken in dramatic fashion, knocking both out of the Top 25. This week: 3-0 Newark Central.
24 - Point Pleasant Beach (3-0). Last week: Unranked. The Gulls beat Spotswood, 44-6, and have outscored opponents, 133-22. This week: at 0-3 Mater Dei.
25 - Holy Spirit (0-2). Last week: (22). The Spartans had a bye after two tough losses by a combined nine points. This week: 1-2 Mainland.
Honorable Mention: Paulsboro, Haddonfield, Shabazz, Sterling, Hoboken, Butler, Hasbrouck Heights, Bound Brook, Maple Shade, South River, Gloucester City, St. Mary's, St. Anthony, New Milford, Elmwood Park, Newark Central, Delran, Buena, Cedar Creek.
Dropping out of Top 25: Shabazz (19), Sterling (23)