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Chiefs stay atop the Top Ten, despite loss

Top-ranked Piscataway lost to out-of-area state power Manalapan Friday night, and still retained the title of Number One team in Central Jersey.  Following are the Week 8 rankings, with teams followed by record and previous rank:  Piscataway (5-2, 1);  St. Joseph-Metuchen (8-0, 2);  South Brunswick (6-2, 3);  Somerville (7-1, 4);  South River (8-0, 5);  Bound…

Power Points Analysis after Week 8

Week 8 of Central Jersey High School Football is in the books, and that means next week is Cutoff Weekend - when the final power points are calculated and playoff seedings are determined.  Many teams already have played 8 games - the maximum that can count to the playoffs - but some still have to…

A look at Power Points in Non-Public Sections

Only two area teams are looking like they're in the playoffs in the Non-Public ranks. Non-Public - Group 4 This is the section stacked with national powerhouses like Bergen Catholic and Paramus Catholic.  St. Joseph-Metuchen sits in 6th with 127 points, and is a lock to finish in the bottom 4.  They'll most likely stay…

Power Points look for North 2 sections heading into Week 8

North Jersey, Section 2 - Group 5 Even though Westfield is on a New Jersey-best 32-game winning streak, the Blue Devils aren't guaranteed the top-seed in an ultra-competitve section.  The top 3 teams at this moment are Westfield (132 pts), Bridgewater-Raritan (103) and Piscataway (96).  But the Chiefs have 2 games left to count before…

Piscataway remains atop Week 7 Top Ten, but the rest shuffle

While the Piscataway Chiefs hold on to the top spot again in the WCTC Central Jersey High School Football Top Ten, the rest of the rankings saw a lot of shuffling, after South Brunswick handed Sayreville its third loss of the season, and Immaculata and Hillsborough also lost.  Following are the Week 7 rankings with…

Playoff Injustice: Here We Go Again??

Last year, I wrote about the injustice of the NJSIAA's playoff-seeding procedure, which gave incentive points - lots of them - to teams that faced North Jersey parochial school powers like Don Bosco and Paramus Catholic. This year, the concept remained, but the formula changed. And the results may be the same again, with deserving…

A Look at Week 6 Power Point Standings

Believe it or not, we're just two weeks away from Cutoff Weekend for the state playoffs.  Feels like the season just started! Nonetheless, here are some initial thoughts on the unofficial power point rankings (our calculations) after Week 6 of play. Central Jersey - Group 5 I'm guessing no one will catch the top team…