Non-Public - Group 4
#8 St. Augustine Prep at #1 Bergen Catholic (Sat 1 pm)
#7 Don Bosco Prep at #2 St. Peter’s Prep (Sat 12 pm)
#6 Paramus Catholic at #3 St. Joseph-Metuchen (Sat 1 pm)
#5 Delbarton at #4 Seton Hall Prep (Sat 1 pm)
St. Joe's of Metuchen would much rather have faced Delbarton in the opening round of the playoffs, but to be honest, every team in this section from the North Jersey Super Football Conference is a behemoth, regardless of their. Take the Falcons' opponent at Brenner Family Field this Saturday: Paramus Catholic. The Paladins are one of the top schools in the state and country, despite their misleading 4-5 record.
To be honest, the NJSFC teams in the United Red and United White divisions should be in their own playoff section. Call it Non-Public Group 5. They're always the ones that end up in the finals anyway. Teams like St. Augustine, Notre Dame and St. Joe's - no disrespect to them - don't belong playing teams like Don Bosco Prep and Bergen Catholic.
What are St. Joe's chances against Paramus Catholic? Who knows. If the Falcons can keep it close at home and stay competitive, anything could happen.
Non-Public - Group 2
#8 St. Mary-Rutherford at #1 St. Joe's-Hammonton (Sat 1 pm)
#7 Gloucester Catholic at #2 Holy Spirit (Fri 7 pm)
#6 Holy Cross at #3 Mater Dei (Sat 1 pm)
#5 Immaculata at #4 Hudson Catholic (Fri 7 pm)
This will be a tough one for the Spartans. They're very well-tested with some of the teams they play in the Mid State 37. Three of their four losses have come to teams with a combined one loss: undefeated Phillipsburg and Westfield, plus North Hunterdon. Hudson Catholic is 4-5, and coming into the game with three straight losses, scoring a total of 18 points, including a shutout at the hands of Delbarton. But they play a very tough schedule as well, including DePaul, and out-of-state opponents like Boston College High out of Massachusetts, and Middltown out of Connecticut on cutoff weekend. The Spartans are going to have to put up points to win this one. In Hudson Catholic's four wins, they've scored 30, 44, 45 and 46 points. But they could also rely on their defense; the Hawks have scored no more than 14 points in any of their five losses, including that shutout to Delbarton.