We saw some incredible action in Week 4! The weather conditions were extremely difficult to play through. There is nothing like 40MPH wind gusts with a ton of horizontal rain. For all of us in the media, we can certainly elaborate on getting soaked for three days in a row! However, the games were all worth it.
This week we have had a major shakeup within the Top 10. The first five spots have completely changed. While the weather made the competition tough to assess, we have to give credit where it is due! It was very impressive to see the teams that were able to fight through the conditions and show adversity. This gives the fans an idea as to who could possibly be standing after the last week!
Now finally for what you all have been waiting for, the new NJSR Top 10 going into Week 5!
You cannot help but appreciate the Eagles effort throughout the storm. This team simply did not slow down. They were one of the few teams that were still able to pass the ball effectively over the weekend. Middletown South cruised to a 42-0 victory over an improved Freehold Twp team.
Matt Mosquera put on a show for the fans that came out in the weather. Mosquera threw 3 touchdown passes, with two of them going to star Wide Receiver Samson Dube. James McCarthy continued to pile up the yards on the ground. Maxx Ishmo and Tom Marron were all over the field on defense.
The Eagles have outscored all opponents by a 174-35 and are off to a 4-0 start. The team has shown absolutely no sign of slowing down! Middletown South is clearly looking like the team to beat in Class A North. It will be interesting to see the Eagles face Manalapan and Brick Memorial on their schedule. Next Game: 10/9 vs Howell 7PM
2 – St John Vianney 4-0 Last Week: No 4
The Lancers advanced to the highest point that they have seen in the Power Rankings. St John Vianney has moved up two spots and are looking to prove that they should be No 1. The team continues to improve each and every week.
St John Vianney are coming off a tremendous 13-6 win over Rumson Fair Haven in Class A Central. The Lancers were able to rally from a 6-0 deficit to score 13 straight points. This was very impressive considering the weather conditions definitely favored the ground game of the Bulldogs.
Once again, it was Anthony Brown that showed why he is one of the best players in the State. Brown put the team on his back, and was able to make the big plays to give SJV the final advantage. The Senior Quarterback sealed the deal with a 75 yard touchdown strike. This was all SJV needed to walk away with sole possession of first place in the division. Next Game: 10/9 At Manchester 7PM
The Caseys were able to hold off a challenge from division rival Wall. After a slow start, Red Bank Catholic was able to lean on their offensive line to boost the Running Back. Dylan Murphy had a huge night, scoring three touchdowns for the Caseys. Both Murphy and Mike Wilen have been huge out of the backfield.
There is still a lot of football to be played at Red Bank Catholic. When you have a Quarterback like Eddie Hahn, anything is possible for the team. Look for Hahn to have a huge second half of the season. The Caseys will have some big games coming up with Red Bank Regional, Manalapan, and Jackson Memorial. Next Game: 10/10 at Colts Neck 12PM
The Dragons came up with their biggest victory of the season, knocking off Jackson Memorial in a 2-0 thriller. Defensively, the Dragons were as dominant as you could get, holding the Jaguars to only 70 yards of total offense. Brick had marked this game on the schedule from the very beginning. They were able to go out and execute on a very tough night.
Defensive End Dan Finelli is playing as well as ever. He has been a nightmare for any Quarterback coming off the edge. Cory Wilson and Deano Helstowski have been standout against the run. Matt Schleifer has been outstanding in the secondary.
The Dragons now have sole possession of first place in Class A South. They are also a serious contender to win Central Jersey Group IV! Next Game: 10/9 at Wall 7PM
After a tough loss on Friday night, Jackson Memorial will look to make a statement. There may be nothing more difficult than losing a game 2-0. The Jackson Memorial defense did play well enough to win the game. Sometimes, the difference can be one play, and that’s what happened on a very rainy night.
Quarterback Dan Barker and company will head to Toms River North in a great Class A South matchup. The Mariners have been looking very strong and will present a challenge. The Jaguars defense will look to get pressure on TRN Quarterback Mike Husni. This will definitely be one to watch! Next Game: 10/9 at Toms River North 7PM
6 – Rumson Fair Haven 2-1 Last Week: No 5
After a disappointing loss to St John Vianney, expect the Bulldogs to make comeback. Rumson Fair Haven has too much experience in several positions to be down for long. Bryan Batchler and his staff will rally the team together. This Rumson team remains one of the best in the Shore!
Quarterback Michael O’Connor is a true competitor who can hurt you with his arms or legs. Matt Vecchiarelli has been consistent in the backfield. Defensively, Max Pfrang and Mike Ruane are two of the best linebackers in the Shore. Look for the Bulldogs to bounce back this week! Next Game: 10/9 vs Long Branch 7PM
Make that three straight wins for the Brick Memorial Mustangs! The team rolled to a 44-6 slashing over Toms River East in Class A South. Right now, it is looking very tough to stop this Mustangs offense! Quarterback Tim Santiago is easily on pace to pass 1,000 rushing yards by the end of the season. Running Back TJ Thorpe has also added a lot to the rushing attack.
This season has been very similar to the last. After suffering a tough opening day loss, the Mustangs have come back in a major way. This team could very well roll through their schedule until they face Jackson Memorial. It will be interesting to see how far the Mustangs can go! Next Game:10/9 vs Old Bridge 7PM
For the second week in a row, the Mariners will hold down the No 8 spot. Quarterback Mike Husni really has this offense playing very well. Husni has been a force for the first half of the season. Wide Receivers Darian Carrignton and Bryce Watts have been dependable targets.
The Mariners defense has gotten steady play from Pete LaQuaglia. LaQuaglia has really shut down a lot of plays. Matt Tomaschek has been consistent in the secondary.
This week the Mariners will welcome Jackson Memorial to Gernerd Field. Toms River North can really work their way up the rankings with a win! Next Game: 10/9 vs Jackson Memorial 7PM
The Buccaneers have moved up one spot from No 10. Quarterback Jack Navitsky is enjoying a very good season. He has been a real leader in the huddle. Wide Receivers Matt Reardon and Sadiq Palmer have made a lot of plays down the field.
Defensively, teams must always be aware of Chris Outterbridge. He has really shown off his instincts, and can blow up a play in the second. The Buccaneers did not give up a lot of yards in a 28-7 win over Neptune. Red Bank Regional will now face another undefeated team in Raritan. Next Game: 10/9 at Raritan 7PM
10 – Raritan 3-0 Last Week: Unranked
The Rockets have been a real surprise at the Shore! Every week, people keep wondering whether this Raritan team is for real. Well, they just keep shutting down the competition. This team could have a real shot to make some noise in the playoffs.
Derek Ernst has been a huge contributor on both sides of the ball. Ernst has really been doing some damage each and every week. The Rockets will face their biggest challenge yet. They will host the surprising Red Bank Regional Buccaneers. Can Raritan continue to hold down this spot? This is very possible! Next Game: 10/9 at Red Bank Regional 7PM
Dropped Out: Manalapan 3-1
On The Bubble: Shore Regional 4-0, Middletown North 3-1, Ocean Twp 3-1, Lakewood 4-0, Pt Pleasant Boro 4-0
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