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October 3, 2012

NJ Varsity High School Top 25: Groups 1 and 2

Most of the teams won this week, with only two losing. This week will have some good matchups that can potentially shake things up. Just remember, this is only a poll. If you're unhappy where you're ranked, it's only a poll.

1 - St. Joe's, Hammonton (4-0). Last week: (1). The Wildcats latest win was a hard hitting, 24-11 decision over Group 5 Egg Harbor. Moving up a division has been a help against tougher competition and they have been playing four quarters this year instead of blowouts. Their schedule will make them only better come playoff time. This week: 0-4 Oakcrest.

2 - Madison (3-0). Last week: (2). The Dodgers had a bye week. This week: at 3-1 Hackettstown.

3 - West Deptford (4-0). Last week: (3). The Eagles beat a strong Sterling team, 35-20. This week: Bye week.

4 - Rumson-Fair Haven (4-0). Last week: (4). The Bulldogs beat Red Bank, 9-3. This week: Bye week.

5 - Pompton Lakes (3-0). Last week: (5). The Cardinals beat Lyndhurst, 35-0. The defense has only allowed 8 points in four games. This week: 2-2 Glen Rock.

6 - New Providence (3-0). Last week: (6). The Pioneers roughed up winless Pingry, 49-3. This week: at 4-0 Bernards.

7 - Penns Grove (3-0). Last week: (7). The Red Devils beat Salem, 50-8. This week: 2-1 Woodstown.

8 - Bernards (4-0). Last week: (9). The Mountaineers survived a tough Belvidere squad, 33-28. This week: 4-0 New Providence.

9 - Florence (3-0). Last week: (8). The Flashes had a tougher than expected time against Robbinsville. This week: Bye week.

10 - Caldwell (2-1). Last week: (5). The Chiefs rebounded from a loss to West Essex with a thrashing of Belleville, 49-7. This week: 2-2 Newark West Side.

11 - Cedar Grove (3-1). Last week: (12). The Panthers had no trouble with Newark East Side, a Group 4 team, 35-6. This week: at 1-3 Glen Ridge.

12 - Shore Regional (3-1). Last week: (17). The Blue Devils keep rolling after opening, overtime loss to #4 Rumson-Fair Haven by hammering previously undefeated South River. This week: at 3-1 Holmdel.

13 - Lenape Valley (4-0). Last week: (13). The Patriots had a resounding, 53-19 victory over Kittatinny. This week: 0-4 Parsippany.

14 - Carteret (4-0). Last week: (16). The Ramblers had their way with New Brunswick, 39-9, and have outscored opponents, 164-40. This week: Bye week.

15 - Delaware Valley (3-0). Last week: (15). The Terriers had a bye week. This week: 3-1 Cranford.

16 - Saddle Brook (4-0). Last week: (14). The Falcons had a tougher than expected, 21-14 win over Palisades Park in overtime. This week: 1-3 North Arlington.

17 - Immaculata (3-1). Last week: (18). The Spartans beat Watchung Hills, 21-6. This week: at 1-3 Linden.

18 - Mountain Lakes (4-0). Last week: (19). The Herd beat Morris Catholic, 42-12. This week: 3-1 North Warren.

19 - Asbury Park (2-1). Last week: (20). The Blue Bishops beat Group 3 Point Pleasant Boro, 24-14. This week: at 4-0 Point Pleasant Beach.

20 - Glassboro (3-1). Last week: (21). The Bulldogs beat a previously undefeated Gloucester City team, 45-23. This week: at 1-2 Schalick.

21 - Lincoln (3-0). Last week: (22). The Lions beat Marist, 34-8. This week: 3-1 Hoboken.

22 - Point Pleasant Beach (4-0). Last week: (24). The Gulls beat Mater Dei, 42-12. This week: 2-1 Asbury Park.

23 - Holy Spirit (1-2). Last week: (22). The Spartans earned their first win over Mainland, 21-6, after losses to two very tough opponents. This week: at 3-1 Absegami.

24 - Haddonfield (3-1). Last week: Unranked. The Bulldawgs have rebounded nicely after losing their opener. This week: Bye week.

25 - Newark Central (4-0). Last week: The Blue Devils beat previously unbeaten Verona, 14-7. This week: at 2-1 Weequahic.

Honorable Mention: Shabazz, Hoboken, Butler, Hasbrouck Heights, St. Mary's, St. Anthony, New Milford, Delran, Cedar Creek, Woodbury, Wildwood.

Dropping out of Top 25: Pennsville (10), Verona (23).

Games to watch:

#6 New Providence at #8 Bernards, Friday night
#19 Asbury Park at #22 Point Pleasant Beach, Saturday afternoon
#15 Delaware Valley at 3-1 Cranford, Friday night
3-1 North Warren at #18 Mountain Lakes, Saturday afternoon
3-1 Hoboken at #21 Lincoln, Saturday night
3-1 Absegami at #23 Holy Spirit, Friday night
#25 Newark Central at 2-1 Weequahic, Friday night
#12 Shore Regional at 3-1 Holmdel, Friday night
#2 Madison at 3-1 Hackettstown, Friday night


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