We are finally approaching Week 7 in the Shore Conference! It’s hard to believe that we only have about a month and a half left of the season. While it’s been a fantastic year, there is still a lot of football to be played. Teams will continue to separate themselves as we are near the end of the race.
Many teams around the state are close to qualifying for a playoff berth. Week 8 is right around the corner. The ninth game does not count, so everyone must make their best effort. This playoff system has its advantages and disadvantages. I shared some thoughts on the process over the Summer.
We did see some movement within the top 10. For the first time this year, we had a team move up 5 spots from the previous week. There is also another team who has worked their way back into the top 10. A former No 1 team dropped out as well. It’s always interesting to see how much things can change throughout the long season. Teams will always get better during the stretch run!
Here are the top 10 teams headed into Week 7.
The Eagles have clearly made their mark within Class A North. Middletown South rolled to a 42-7 victory over Manalapan. I think it’s safe to say that the Braves have been dethroned as division champions. Manalapan had won 5 straight division titles.
Matt Mosquera is having a pheonemenal season with 11 touchdown passes. Cole Rogers and James McCarthy are running over the competition. Rogers had three scoring runs of 50, 33, and 3 yards in the win over Manalapan. Defensively, the Eagles are giving up only 7 points per game. Maxx Imsho and Dylan Rogers are just simply making plays.
This week, the Eagles will go on the road to face a very good Brick Memorial team. The Mustangs have won five straight and are only one game behind Brick Twp in Class A South. Can the Eagles keep their streak alive? It will certainly be a great one on Friday! Next Game: 10/23 at Brick Memorial 7PM
2 – St John Vianney 6-0 Last Week: No 2
The Lancers are just piling up the yards each and every week. SJV has the No 2 offense in the Shore Conference. They are showing no signs of letting up anytime soon. They put up 56 points against a strong Raritan defense.
Anthony Brown exploded for 297 passing yards, and 5 touchdown passes. How many times do we get to see a high school Quarterback throw for 5 scores in a game? Brown is a special player and this team will go as far as he can take them.
Is there a defense in the Shore who can slow down this receiving core? Wide Receiver Michael Stapert put on a clinic this past Friday night, catching 6 passes for 161 yards and three scores. Marcque Ellington and Khalil Haskins are also as tough as they come. The Lancers are very close to wrapping up their second straight Class A Central title! Next Game: Fri 10/23 at Donovan Catholic 7PM.
The Dragons are slowly working their way up the rankings. A standout defense has allowed the Dragons to dominate the competition in Class A South. Brick went on the road and defeated Lacey 37-14. Head Coach Len Zdanowicz has this team playing at a very high level.
Ja’Sir Taylor keeps proving why he is one of the best athletes in the Shore Conferene. Taylor brings the whole package between his speed and athleticism. Dan and Jack Finelli have anchored this defensive line. The group has been a nightmare for any opposing Quarterback to deal with.
Can Brick eventually get to the top of the rankings? Time will tell over the next month. The Dragons will likely have to beat Toms River North to win a second straight Class A South title. Brick is also close to earning home field advantage throughout the playoffs!
The Bucs have become the first team to move up 5 spots in the NJSR Power Rankings! The momentum cannot be any higher with this team after earning one of the biggest victories in school history. The Bucs knocked off Red Bank Catholic for the first time since 2004.
Quarterback Jack Navitsky and Wide Receiver Sadiq Palmer were a big part of the win. Navitsky ripped off a 57 yard touchdown run in the 4th Quarter to give RBR the lead. Palmer picked up a key first down that allowed the Bucs to run out the clock. RBR was able to overcome two big turnovers in the game.
RBR has now clinched at least a tie for the Class B North title. Long Branch is the only divisional game left on the schedule. This is the first division title for the Bucs since 1977. Fans within The Buc Deck are extremely excited! Next Game: Bye
The Bulldogs are getting better every week. They continue to hold second place in Class A Central. RFH is only one game behind SJV in the race. RFH is also a serious contender in Central Jersey Group III.
Rumson Fair Haven dominated Manasquan 49-6. The team was able to force turnovers on the first three Manasquan possessions. Mike Ruane and Mike Murdock both returned interceptions for touchdowns. Both players have really been flying to the ball.
Michael O’Connor can also really put on a show offensively. He threw touchdowns to Elijah McCallister and Matt Vecchiarelli in the game. McCallister is a huge weapon at six foot six. Everyone always talks about the Bulldogs defense, but the offense is nothing to sleep on as well! Next Game: Sat 10/24 at Lakewood 1PM
The Mustangs have been all business since opening day. Coach Walt Currie’s team just continues to come out on top. They have now picked up five straight wins and are not looking to give up this streak anytime soon.
Quarterback Tim Santiago has rushed for 984 yards. Santiago had 2 touchdowns in a very convincing 28-7 win over Jackson Memorial. TJ Thorpe has also been a great weapon out of the backfield. Thorpe had a 40 yard score in the win. The Mustangs are very scary on the ground!
Brick Memorial will face a huge challenge on Friday night. No 1 Middletown South will come down to Brick Memorial. This is definitely one that you do not want to miss! Can the Mustangs pull off the upset? Next Game: Fri 10/23 vs Midd South 7PM
The Mariners have now won their fourth straight, rolling over Toms River East by a score of 45-12. Toms River North has looked unstoppable since losing their only game of the season to Brick Memorial. The team trails Brick Twp by just one game in Class A South.
Mike Husni has been making plays all over the field. The Junior Quarterback makes great decisions, and knows how to beat teams with his arm and legs. Asante Moorer has been a powerful runner through the tackles. Bryce Watts and Darian Carrington have been clutch in the passing game.
Can the Mariners make a bid for the division title? They will have to stay focused and not look past a young Southern team on Friday night. The Mariners will then head to Brick Twp on Oct 30. Next Game: Fri 10/23 vs Southern 7PM
The Caseys fell all the way to the No 8 spot in the Power Rankings. RBC suffered their first division loss in over 5 years on Friday night. The team must go back to the drawing board and get ready for a hungry Ocean team.
Head Coach Jim Portela has always run an outstanding program. Eddie Hahn is one of the best passers’ in the State. The Caseys offensive line is top notch. Expect RBC to get back on track. The Non Public Group II playoffs are right around the corner. Next Game: Bye
Pt Boro is now 6-0 and off to their best start since 2007. The Panthers cruised to a 28-0 win over Barnegat in Class B South. Coach Sean Henry’s team is tied with Lakewood for first place in the division. The Panther Pit has a lot to be happy about this season.
Noah and Nathan Husak have led the charge for the Panthers. The team has rallied around their leadership to prove that they are a serious contender. Can the Panthers get to 7-0? A very good Raritan team comes to town this week. Next Game Fri 10/23 vs Raritan 7PM
The Big Red has advanced back into the Power Rankings. Ocean is currently holding on to third place in Class B North. The team can move up the ladder with a win over Red Bank Catholic.
Quarterback Kenny Pickett and Running Back Tyler Thompson have led this offense in a big way. The team was able to fight through adversity after a tough loss to RBR earlier in the season. Ocean is right in the middle of the playoff hunt. Next Game: Bye
Dropped Out: Jackson Memorial
On The Bubble: Lakewood 6-0, Shore 5-0, Middletown North 4-2, Raritan 3-2.
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