After wanting on the eyebrow-raising, didn’t-see-that-coming, are-you-kidding-me outcomes from Week 2 of the New Jersey highschool soccer season, there was just one factor to say:
Ranked groups across the state fell like autumn leaves over the weekend and, as you’ll anticipate, it left an enormous bruises throughout NJ.com Prime 20. You will discover the brand new Prime 20 under. The rankings are compiled by the NJ.com soccer employees.
Seven members of final week’s Prime 20 misplaced over the weekend. Two of these seven losers at the moment are former members of the statewide rankings.
Probably the most noteworthy upset was the 21-20 stunner pulled off by River Dell, which ended Ramapo’s 27-game successful streak. Ramapo fell from No. 4 to No. 10. Final week’s No. 8, DePaul; No. 9 St. Augustine, No. 10 Union, No. 11 Don Bosco Prep and No. 12 Woodrow Wilson and No. 16 Purple Financial institution Catholic had been all defeated over the weekend.
Woodrow Wilson, a 35-0 loser to Cherokee, and Purple Financial institution Catholic, which misplaced to Middletown South, 32-25, each exited the Prime 20.
The rash of upsets resulted in vital shuffling this week and opened the door for 2 new groups to enter the Prime 20. Which groups? Maintain scrolling to search out out.
20-Wayne Hills (2-0)
Final week: Not ranked
Recap: Noah Abida’s 13-yard keeper and one closing defensive stand was sufficient to propel Hills to a 20-15 rivalry win over Wayne Valley
What we’re pondering: Hills allowed Wayne Valley to remain within the recreation with a pair particular groups miscues as each Valley scoring drives began on the opposing 9-yard line. Hills was in a position to persevere, nonetheless, because the protection stepped up when it wanted to most with Noah Abida main the game-winning drive and capping it off with a 13-yard choice keeper halfway by means of the fourth quarter. With out these miscues, Hills probably wins this recreation in a extra snug place.
Oct. 2: W, Ridgewood (10-9)
Oct. 10: W, Wayne Valley (20-15)
Oct. 16: vs. Outdated Tappan, 7
Oct. 23: at Northern Highlands, 6:15
Oct. 30: at Hackensack, 7
Nov. 6: vs. Ramapo, 7
19-St. Augustine (0-1)
Final week: No. 9
Recap: Enjoying their first recreation after coming back from a COVID shutdown, the Hermits suffered a 22-21 setback towards Millville – the deciding factors approaching a 2-point conversion by the Thunderbolts. Junior working again Kayne Udoh led the St. Augustine floor recreation with 189 yards and a landing on 27 carries. Franklin Simms and Trey McLeer accounted for the groups different two scores.
What we’re pondering: One loss definitely doesn’t make a season and St. Augustine has proven the power to bounce again from adversity prior to now. In an abbreviated season, although, there’s not numerous room for error and errors can turn into magnified. A number of premature choices price the Hermits of their opener however head coach Pete Lancetta has been across the recreation far too lengthy to dwell on the negatives. Search for this group to be extra impressed this week towards Lancetta’s former group when Hammonton pays a go to to Richland.
Oct. 9: L, at Millville, 22-21
Oct. 16: Hammonton
Oct. 23: at Mainland
Oct. 30: at Williamstown
Nov. 6: Holy Spirit
Final week: NR
Recap: The defending Central Jersey Group 5 champion, Cherokee turned fairly just a few heads with its 35-0 victory over then-No. 12 Woodrow Wilson on Friday evening. Senior quarterback Billy Osborn was a particularly environment friendly 7-of-9 passing for 159 yards and two touchdowns, whereas additionally speeding for 56 yards and a rating on seven carries Sophomore Brandon Boria rushed for 138 yards and two TDs, his second 100-yard efficiency in as many video games. Cherokee held a 21-0 lead after the opening quarter. It was the primary time Woodrow Wilson had been shut out for the reason that first recreation of the 2015 season.
What we’re pondering: The Chiefs have been excellent of their first two video games, outscoring opponents 77-6 and opening the season 2-0 for the primary time since 2013. They’ve been trending upward, getting sturdy play alongside the traces and capitalizing on alternatives to place factors on the scoreboard. Cherokee additionally has some additional motivation as head coach Brian Glatz stays hospitalized whereas present process chemotherapy remedies for lymphoma. One other victory would give this group some severe momentum heading into the second half of the common season towards its three district rivals.
Oct. 2: W, Rancocas Valley, 42-6
Oct. 9: W, Woodrow Wilson, 35-0
Oct. 16: at Jap
Oct. 23: at Shawnee
Oct. 30: Seneca
Nov. 6: BYE
Nov. 26: at Lenape
17-Donovan Catholic (2-0)
Final week: No. 20
Recap: Lengthy Department switch Jayon Farrar caught seven passes for 145 yards and a TD and the Griffins rumbled to a 47-7 win over Toms River East (0-2). Operating again Jhadir Loftland had is second-straight massive recreation with 130 yards and three TDs.
What we’re pondering: Two issues. First, will Toms River South stroll or a take a bus to Hooper Avenue neighbor Donovan Catholic on Friday evening? Second, who’ve believed the sport would have been a gathering of unbeatens? Toms River South is 2-0 after a 42-6 win over Lakewood final week.
Oct. 2: W, Brick Memorial, 42-6
Oct. 9: W, Toms River East, 47-7
Oct. 16: vs. Toms River South,
Oct. 23: at Brick Township, 7
Oct. 30: vs. Southern, 6:30
Nov. 6: at Toms River North, 7
No. 16 Holy Spirit (2-0)
Final week: No. 19
Recap: Patrick Smith ran for a school-record 362 speeding yards and added 4 touchdowns as Holy Spirit rolled over Cedar Creek, 41-0. The Spartans ran for over 400 yards and 6 touchdowns in a dominating efficiency, and the protection shut down a Cedar Creek offense with one in every of South Jersey’s most explosive receivers, Jojo Bermudez.
What we’re pondering: Holy Spirit threw for 3 touchdowns in its opening recreation win towards St, Joseph (Hamm.). It ran for six in its second victory towards Cedar Creek. And its protection led by defensive finish Ja”Shon Teller and linebackers A’Johnnie Rmebert and Michael Francisco is permitting simply three factors per recreation.. The Spartans might be favored the following few weeks main right into a showdown towards St. Augustine on Nov. 6.
Oct. 2: at St. Joseph (Hamm.) (W, 18-6)
Oct 10: at Cedar Creek (W, 41-0)
Oct. 16: Vineland, 6
Oct. 23: Pleasantville, 6
Nov. 6: at St. Augustine, 6
Nov. 26: Atlantic Metropolis, TBA
No. 15 Phillipsburg (2-0)
Final week: No. 18
Recap: Senior Jalil Terrel confirmed off his expertise as a receiver and DB by catching a 10-yard landing go from Matt Garatty to begin the scoring Friday evening, and in addition returning an interception 97 yards for a rating in that 28-6 win over Montgomery. Garatty additionally threw a 20-yard TD go to tight finish Tim Pherson, and fellow senior Matt Quetel rushed for 108 yards and a rating for the Stateliners.
What’s we’re pondering: After being restricted to 53 speeding yards on 15 carries final week towards Hunterdon Central, senior Matt Quetel (1,302 yards final yr) regarded extra like his previous self firing by means of the holes along with his 7.2-yards-per-carry outing towards Montgomery. That’s a sign that Quetel is feeling good, but additionally that the inexperienced linemen round veterans Matt Barna and Jordan Kiley are starting to search out their rhythm. When P’Burg is nice, its linebacker corps is rarely a gaggle opposing working backs are ever keen to satisfy. Junior Stephen Gural (11 tackles) and senior Declan Marron (9) each created issues for Montgomery.
Oct. 2: W, at Hunterdon Central, 39-14
Oct. 9: at Montgomery, W,
Oct. 17: Hillsborough, 6
Oct. 23: at Watchung Hills, 7
Oct. 30: vs. North Hunterdon, 7
Nov. 6: Bridgewater-Raritan, 7
Nov. 26: Easton (Pa.) at Lafayette Faculty, 10:30
Final week: No. 15
Recap: The Barrons had their Week 1 recreation towards Linden canceled, however regarded as if their timing was not affected in any respect by the layoff, defeating Colonia, 34-0. Senior working again Ali Lee, the college’s all-time speeding chief, was as much as his previous methods with 172 yards and three speeding touchdowns and in addition a scoring reception from senior Anthony Santino. Santino hit on 11 of 14 passes for 152 yards and in addition linked with senior Justin Magera on a TD go.
What we’re pondering: Woodbridge had an opportunity to maneuver a spot or two forward of Union after the Farmers (then No. 10) had been upset by Bridgewater-Raritan, 36-28, Friday evening. However in two full quarters of starters vs. starters of their Sept. 24 scrimmage, Union outscored the Barrons, 13-3, and gave the impression to be barely stronger on the level of assault. Two quarters within the preseason hardly qualifies as a foolproof analytics software, however it’s nonetheless a helpful gauge so early within the season. Woodbridge’s capacity to manage the clock and subdue Colonia’s offense had been each encouraging indicators for coach Joe LaSala out of a primary recreation. Linebackers Jayson Bradley and Jared Starks and finish Jordan Harris led that effort.
Oct. 2: Linden (canceled)
Oct. 9: at Colonia, W, 34-0
Oct. 16: Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 7
Oct. 23: at Cranford, 7
Oct. 30: Iselin Kennedy, 7
Nov. 7: at St. Joseph (Met.), 1
Final week: No. 10
Recap: Union was shocked by 1-1 Bridgewater-Raritan, 36-28, Friday evening for simply its second loss during the last 15 video games. The Farmers led, 21-19, on the half and had been productive offensively all through the sport, however they harm themselves with three turnovers within the fourth quarter. Diante Wilson carried 17 occasions for 221 yards, and fellow senior Desmond Igbinosun, a Rutgers commit, rushed for 93 yards and two touchdowns for Union.
What we’re pondering: Union confronted a well-prepared and tenacious opponent in Bridgewater-Raritan, but additionally was victimized by three turnovers within the fourth quarter, together with one on the Bridgewater-Raritan 5-yard line within the closing minute. In fact, turnovers are a part of the sport and do usually mirror on a group’s poise and cohesiveness, however one fewer there and the sport could have been tied on the finish of regulation. The Farmers rolled up 464 yards on offense, so functionality shouldn’t be a query. Union did lose regular two-way lineman Terell Cannon to a shoulder damage within the first half, however head coach Lou Grasso, Jr., refused to make use of that as an excuse.
Oct. 3: W, Jap (39-15)
Oct. 9: at Bridgewater-Raritan, L, 36-28
Oct. 16: TBD
Oct. 24: at St. Joseph (Met.), 1
Oct. 30: Ridge, 7
Nov. 6: at Watchung Hills
Final week: No. 8
Recap: A second-half comeback try fell brief as DePaul struggled within the pink zone in a 24-14 defeat towards Delbarton
What we’re pondering: Nothing went proper for DePaul within the first half towards Delbarton because it fell behind 21-0. DePaul was in a position to get some momentum going however dug itself a gap too deep to climb out of. The possibilities had been there for the Spartans to finish the comeback however struggled mightily within the pink zone, turning the ball over on downs 5 occasions throughout the opposing 10-yard line.
Oct. 2: W, Pope Jon (31-0)
Oct. 10: L, Delbarton (14-24)
Oct. 17: at Seton Corridor Prep, 1
Oct. 23: vs. Bergen Catholic, 7
Oct. 30: at St. Peter’s Prep, 7
Nov. 6: vs. St. Joseph (Mont.), 7
Nov. 25: vs. Paramus Catholic, 6
11-Don Bosco Prep (1-1)
Final week: No. 11
Recap: Don Bosco’s offense couldn’t maintain drives and by no means bought out of first gear in a 21-7 loss to St. Peter’s Prep on Saturday in Jersey Metropolis. Sophomore Ronnie Heath had Don Bosco’s solely landing.
What we’re pondering: The Ironmen had been aggressive however regarded flat and definitely lacked big-play capacity towards St. Peter’s Prep. They’ll look to bounce again towards an excellent Delbarton group that continues to maneuver up the rankings. Don Bosco is 3-1 towards Delbarton all-time, with its solely loss coming within the playoffs in 2001.
Oct. 2: W, Paramus Catholic (34-13)
Oct. 10: L, St. Peter’s Prep (21-7)
Oct. 16: vs. Delbarton, 7
Oct. 23: vs. St. Joseph (Mont.), 7
Oct. 31: at Bergen Catholic, 1
Nov. 6: at Passaic Tech, 6
Final week: No. 4
Recap: River Dell efficiently transformed on a 2-point strive with lower than 2 minutes remaining to beat Ramapo, 22-21, and finish the Raiders’ 27-game successful streak
What we’re pondering: Ramapo’s first loss since 2017 got here down to 1 closing play and it was River Dell, the identical group that beat them final, that bought the higher hand. The protection allowed 15 fourth-quarter factors however that is nonetheless a Ramapo group that belongs within the dialog among the many state’s greatest public colleges.
Oct. 2: W, Pascack Valley (41-6)
Oct. 9: L, River Dell (21-22)
Oct. 16: at Demarest, 6
Oct. 24: at Bergenfield, 1
Oct. 31: vs. Paramus, 1
Nov. 6: at Wayne Hills, 7
Final week: No. 17
Recap: Cole Freeman and David Hyperlink linked for 2 touchdowns and the protection held sturdy within the pink zone for a 24-14 win over then-No. 8 DePaul
What we’re pondering: Delbarton proved final yr’s 3OT thriller over DePaul was no fluke in a dominant defensive effort on this yr’s win over the Spartans. The Inexperienced Wave stopped 5 drives inside their very own 10-yard line towards a high-octane offense and did sufficient offensively within the first half to resist a second-half comeback try.
Oct. 3: W, Seton Corridor Prep (24-7)
Oct. 10: W, DePaul (24-14)
Oct. 16: at Don Bosco Prep, 7
Oct. 24: vs. Pope John, 2
Oct. 31: vs. Hudson Catholic, 1
Nov. 7: at Morristown, 2
8-Northern Highlands (2-0)
Final week: No. 14
Recap: Kyle Main threw a landing and rushed for a landing filling in for Enzo Arjona at quarterback to paved the way in 38-10 win over Ridgewood on Friday in Allendale.
What we’re pondering: It was one other spectacular exhibiting for Northern Highlands, which made an enormous soar on this week’s rankings. As we mentioned final week, Northern Highlands will preserve shifting up the ballot if it stays unbeaten in one of many state’s hardest divisions. The schedule could also be difficult, however don’t guess towards a Highlander group that has greater than dealt with its first two opponents.
Oct. 2: W, Hackensack (28-19)
Oct. 9: W, Ridgewood (38-10)
Oct. 16: at Wayne Valley, 6:30
Oct. 23: vs. Wayne Hills, 6:15
Oct. 30: at Outdated Tappan, 6
Nov. 6: vs. River Dell, 6:15
7-Rumson-Honest Haven (2-0)
Final Week: No. 13
Recap: Senior and Princeton-bound working again John Volker ran for 166 yards on solely 9 carries and led the Bulldogs previous Lengthy Department (1-1), 28-0. Volker scored on a 53-yard run within the recreation’s first minute.
What we’re pondering: In all probability the identical factor Rumson-Honest Haven is: Which Purple Financial institution Catholic group is exhibiting up Friday evening in downtown Purple Financial institution? The one which outmuscled Mater Dei in Week 1 or the one which couldn’t cease Middletown South in final week’s 32-25 loss?
Oct. 2: W, Middletown North, 41-9
Oct. 9: W, Lengthy Department, 28-0
Oct. 16: at Purple Financial institution Catholic, 7
Oct. 23: Middletown South, 7
Oct. 31: at Mater Dei, 1
Nov. 6 : vs. Ocean, 7
Final week: No. 7
Recap: The Braves’ protection continues to point out it is likely one of the state’s greatest. After shutting out Timber Creek within the opening recreation of the season, Williamstown held an upset-minded Kingsway group to a pair of area objectives and for the second straight recreation allowed lower than 100 yards of offense. Dougie Brown hit Keon Sabb for a 72-yard rating and Turner Inge’s 6-yard run broke a 6-all halftime impasse.
What we’re pondering: Williamstown definitely wish to get its offense going a bit of greater than it has in its first two video games but when it doesn’t hand over touchdowns – which has been the case to this point this season – it’s going to be powerful to beat. The Group 5 Braves changed its recreation towards Clearview this week with a matchup towards Group 1 Willingboro. Each groups are defending bowl recreation champions.
Oct. 2 at Timber Creek (W, 21-0)
Oct 9: at Kingsway (W,13-6)
Oct. 16 Willingboro, 7
Oct. 23: Highland, 7
Oct. 30: St. Augustine, 7
Nov. 6: at Millville, 6
Final week: No. 6
Recap: Quarterback Logan Peters threw a TD, ran for a TD and picked off a go in Wall’s 44-0 victory over Neptune (0-2), which performed with out its beginning quarterback, Nino Bua. The 44-point margin of victory was the biggest by the Crimson Knights since its 44-0 win over Lakewood within the 2018 season-opener. Operating again Casey Larkin ran for 3 scores for the Crimson Knights.
What we’re pondering: Wall ought to get one thing of a check this week when it performs at 2-0 Jackson Memorial Friday evening. Jackson Memorial’s protection held Manasquan to minus two whole yards final week. The Jaguars have but to permit some extent in 2020 whereas Wall’s offense is on top of things having scored 99 factors in two video games.
Oct. 2 W, Level Nice Boro, 55-14
Oct. 9 W, Neptune, 44-0
Oct. 16 at Jackson Memorial, 7
Oct. 23 at Manalapan, 7
Oct. 30 vs. Manasquan, 7
Nov. 6. vs. Middletown South, 7
4-St. Joseph (Mont.) (1-1)
Final week: No. 5
Recap: Audric Estime rushed for 286 yards and 4 touchdowns to steer the Inexperienced Knights to a 49-21 win on Saturday in Montvale. It was a formidable all-around efficiency for the St. Joseph, which bought upset by Seton Corridor a season in the past.
What we’re pondering: The Inexperienced Knights rushed for 413 yards as a group whereas Seton Corridor Prep had simply 35 yards on the bottom. In numerous methods, that’s the proper recreation for the Inexperienced Knights, which depend on their power-running recreation and stifling protection. Up subsequent might be St. Joseph’s greatest check but – a shot at No. 1 St. Peter’s Prep. Final season, St. Joseph was the one group to beat the Jersey Metropolis squad.
Oct. 3: L, Bergen Catholic (24-21)
Oct. 10: W, Seton Corridor Prep, (49-21)
Oct. 17: at St. Peter’s Prep, 1
Oct. 23: at Don Bosco Prep, 7
Oct. 31: vs. Paramus Catholic, 1
Nov. 6: at DePaul, 7
Final week: No. 3
Recap: The Indians lastly hit the sector after two weeks on the sideline following constructive COVID-19 assessments in this system. Regardless of having simply six practices, Lenape got here out on Friday and took care of enterprise. Travis Davis picked off a go and returned it for a rating within the first two minutes of the sport, one in every of 5 turnovers by the Indians protection and particular groups, and Xavier Coleman scored thrice in a 38-7 victory
What we’re pondering: Lenape was a bit sluggish early as Davis’ pick-six was the one factors halfway by means of the second quarter. Jap gave Lenape a brief area with a muffed punt and the play was the impetus for the Indians to drag away. Having a lot day off definitely affected Lenape early, but it surely confirmed off its expertise and pulled away for a decisive victory indicative of its stature because the state’s No. 3 group.
Oct 9: Jap (W, 38-7)
Oct. 16: at Seneca, 7
Oct. 23: at Rancocas Valley, 7
Oct. 30: at Shawnee, 6
Nov. 5: Cherokee, 7
Nov. 25: at St. Augustine, 6
2-Bergen Catholic (2-0)
Final week: No. 2
Recap: Bergen Catholic flexed its offensive muscle tissue, scoring 32 first-half factors en path to a 42-7 victory over Pope John
What we’re pondering: The Crusader practice didn’t decelerate this week as RB Ryan Butler is making a severe case as New Jersey’s high rusher. Every week after dashing St. Joseph (Mont.), Butler totaled 160 speeding yards and two scores whereas the Steven Angeli-Santino Correa connection was on level with 5 receptions and 77 yards. Add in two sacks apiece for Tywone Malone and Dom Brogna and Bergen Catholic regarded just like the group worthy of consideration for the state’s No. 1 rating.
Oct. 3: W, St. Joseph (Mont.) (24-21)
Oct. 10: W, Pope John (42-7)
Oct. 17: vs. Paramus Catholic, 1
Oct. 23: at DePaul, 7
Oct. 31: vs. Don Bosco Prep, 1
Nov. 7: vs. St. Peter’s Prep, 1
1-St. Peter’s Prep (2-0)
Final week: No. 1
Recap: The protection was relentless, holding Don Bosco Prep to simply 161 yards of offense, in a 21-7 win on Saturday in Jersey Metropolis. Christian Lebrun and Jordan Campbell every got here down with an interception to spotlight a protection that completed with 5 sacks and held Don Bosco to adverse yardage on 13 performs. Offensively, Tahj Bullock threw two touchdowns and rushed for one more.
What we’re pondering: It wasn’t the prettiest win, however the protection rose to the event. Offensively, the Marauaders had been hampered by penalties and miscues. After a formidable efficiency for the line of defense, the entrance 4 will get one other powerful check Saturday towards a St. Joseph (Mont.) group with an incredible offensive line and working recreation.
Oct 2: W, West Orange (62-21)
Oct. 10: W. Don Bosco Prep (21-7)
Oct. 17: vs. St. Joseph (Mont.), 1
Oct. 24: at Paramus Catholic, 1:30
Oct. 30: vs. DePaul, 7
Nov. 7: at Bergen Catholic, 1
Into account (10 groups to keep watch over)
Burlington Township (1-0)
Mater Dei (0-1)
Seton Corridor Prep (0-1)
Wayne Hills (1-0)
West Orange (0-1)
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