Top 25 statewide after week 6
After a fun 6 week of high school football season, a few teams made big leaps in the USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey Top 25 rankings.
Each week, voters across the network rank the state’s top 25 teams. Statewide rankings will be released every Tuesday morning.
Here is the ranking of the 25 best after week 6:
25. Clifton (5-1)
Last match: In an unbeaten showdown, the Mustangs lost at home to the No. 6 Northern Highlands, 29-6. The offense didn’t score, the only touchdown coming on a 46-yard intercept return by senior DB Donovan Swasey in the first quarter.
Next game: Thursday at Eastside (4-2)
24. Ocean City (6-0)
Last match: The Red Raiders were given a week off after a 24-7 victory over Egg Harbor Township on October 1. Quarterback Riley Gunnels threw for 667 yards with seven touchdowns and the OC defense limited their opponents to 13 combined points in six games.
Next game: Saturday at Pemberton (0-4)
23. Saint-Joseph Academy (5-2)
Last match: The Wildcats surpassed 50 points for the second straight week thanks to a 51-7 victory over Notre Dame on Friday. Cohl Mercado has found the end zone three times and Kevin Mayfield has scored twice for St. Joseph’s Academy, who have won three in a row.
Next game: Friday at Kingsway (3-2)
22. Delsea (6-0)
Last match: The Crusaders earned their sixth straight victory with a 35-7 victory over Cherry Hill West on Friday. Justin Stewart rushed for a team-high 171 yards on 12 carries as Delsea pounded 363 rushing yards.
Next game: Friday in Moorestown (3-3)
21. Eastern Orange (6-0)
Last match: The Jaguars did not play this week as their game against Newark East Side was canceled due to a forfeit. Credited with a victory, East Orange have won seven in a row and allowed 21 points in total in the last four times they have entered the field.
Next game: Saturday to Pope John (1-5)
20. Winslow (5-1)
Last match: The Eagles have taken a week off in preparation for a series of tough games against Cedar Creek and Holy Spirit over the next two weeks, which will decide the West Jersey Football League Memorial Division title.
Next game: Friday vs. Cedar Creek (7-0)
19. Delbarton (3-3)
Last match: The Green Wave was held in check after making 15 games for a touchdown, eventually losing 34-10 to Don Bosco at home. Delbarton was limited to 58 total rushing yards, while Robert Russo threw 123 yards on 12 of 20 passes.
Next game: Saturday vs. Seton Hall Prep (5-1)
18. Newton (6-0)
Last match: The Braves weathered their most uneven game of the season, scoring 24 points in the fourth quarter to pass Hackettstown, 31-13, on the road. Brayden Nolan scored two rushing touchdowns and had another in the air to bolster Newton’s offense, while adding a salvage fumble on defense.
Next game: Friday at High Point (2-3)
17. Holy Spirit (3-2)
Last match: The Spartans got an unexpected, but welcome, week off when St. Augustine had to postpone last week’s game due to COVID-19 concerns. The Spartans are struggling to face Woodrow Wilson and Winslow on the road before hosting St. Augustine in the rescheduled game on October 29.
Next game: Saturday at Woodrow Wilson (3-2)
16. Millville (4-1)
Last match: The Thunderbolts rebounded from their first loss of the season in a dominant fashion with a 50-0 victory over Hammonton. LeQuint Allen, a Syracuse commit, rushed eight times for 221 yards and two touchdowns while Nate Robbins pitched for three scores.
Next game: Friday at Williamstown (3-3)
15. Somerville (4-1)
Last match: The Pioneers’ scheduled game with Phillipsburg was called off Thursday, the second year in a row their scheduled game with the Stateliners was called off.
Next game: Saturday in St. Joseph (Metuchen) (2-3)
14. Cedar Creek (7-0)
Last match: The Pirates extended their unbeaten streak to seven with a 25-7 victory over Oakcrest. Cedar Creek allowed a touchdown for the third straight game, but still limited opponents to just 21 points in seven games.
Next game: Friday at Winslow (5-1)
13. Don Bosco (3-3)
Last match: The Ironmen turned the tables, beating-No. 7 Delbarton, 31-10, a week after a 28-14 win over the No. 2 preparation at St. Peter’s. Junior QB Nicholas Minicucci threw for 190 yards and a touchdown against Delbarton and junior RB Ronnie Heath ran for 182 yards and a score.
Next game: Friday vs. DePaul (5-1)
12. Woodbridge (6-0)
Last match: Middlesex County’s top team got a week off after beating JF Kennedy (Iselin), 41-7, last week.
Next game: Friday against Cranford (5-0)
11. Preparation of Saint-Pierre (5-2)
Last match: The Marauders suffered their second straight loss, 21-14, Saturday in Saint-Joseph. Junior Jayden Bonsu returned an opening 28-yard interception for a touchdown for a 7-0 lead, and the offensive’s only score came on a 7-yard run by senior RB Paul Lefkowitz.
Next game: October 23 to Pope John (1-5)
10. Hillsborough (6-0)
Last match: The Raiders continued to take down their opponents, this time with a 28-7 victory over Westfield as Rutgers committed Thomas Amankwaa rushing for touchdowns from 62 and 93 yards.
Next game: Friday vs Old Bridge (5-1)
9. Saint-Joseph (Montvale) (4-2)
Last match: The Green Knights hit then-No. 3 St. Peter’s Prep, 21-14, Saturday behind a ball control and time-consuming attack. Junior QB Luke Henrich sandwiched a pair of touchdown passes around a 28-yard run by junior RB Yasin Willis.
Next game: Saturday in Catholic Bergen (6-0)
8. Ramapo (6-0)
Last match: The Green Raiders’ 50-20 home win on Friday over Wayne Valley marked their fifth straight game with 40 points. They amassed over 500 yards, with junior QB Jack Grusser throwing for 258 yards and two touchdowns and running for three scores.
Next game: Friday at Wayne Hills (2-4)
7. Catholic Red Bank (6-0)
Last match: Sabino Portella and Rajahn Cooper each ran for two touchdowns and Alex Brown threw a TD pass to Naijh Rahman as the Caseys beat Ocean, 34-0, to win the Shore Conference Constitution Division championship.
Next game: Friday at Rumson-Fair Haven (5-0)
6. Rumson-Fair Haven (5-0)
Last match: Geoff Schroeder ran for 148 yards with seven- and three-yard touchdowns in the second quarter and 43 yards in the final minute as the Bulldogs won the U.S. Shore Conference Championship with a 21-6 victory. on Colts Neck.
Next game: Friday vs. Red Bank Catholic (6-0)
5. Northern Highlands (6-0)
Last match: The Highlanders’ defense didn’t give up in Friday’s 29-6 road win over undefeated then no. 20 Clifton. Senior DL Charlie Johnson made a tackle in the end zone for safety and senior DB Ben Scrivanich returned an interception for a touchdown.
Next game: Friday vs. Old Tappan (2-4)
4. Saint Augustine (5-1)
Last match: The highly anticipated match with Holy Spirit has been postponed and moved to October 29 after the Hermits experienced a COVID-19 situation last week. The postponement was judged as a precaution and the hope is that the Hermits will not have to move any more matches.
Next game: Friday at Vineland (1-5)
3. Preparation of Seton’s room (5-1)
Last match: The Pirates were inactive last week. So far, they’ve averaged over 36 points per game this season and have allowed seven points or less in their five wins.
Next game: Saturday in Delbarton (3-3)
2. DePaul (5-1)
Last match: Host Spartans recorded his second shutout with Saturday’s 21-0 victory over No. 25 Irvington. Senior Chris Chasia’s interception helped preserve the shutout and the defense has allowed just one touchdown in their last five games.
Next game: Friday at Don Bosco (3-3)
1. Catholic Bergen (6-0)
Last match: The Crusaders’ 63-0 victory at Paramus Catholic on Friday marked their third straight shutout, following victories over Don Bosco and Pope John. They kept the Paladins at negative footage while forging their first three-game shutout streak since 1994.
Next game: Saturday vs St-Joseph (4-2)
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Cranford, Irvington, Long Branch, Middletown South, Union, West Essex