Piscataway ended the season in the WCTC Central Jersey High School Football Top Ten right where it began in the preseason.
The Chiefs – who ran the table in 2018 to go 13-0, including a seventh sectional title for head coach Dan Higgins in 16 seasons, and picked up
a first-ever bowl trophy – are the Number One team in the final rankings, making them the WCTC Team of the Year.
Piscataway won the GMC Red Division with a 5-0 mark; cruised past Bridgewater, Ridge and Union City en route to the North jersey, Section 2-Group 5 title; and beat Ridgewood for the North Group 5 Bowl title, becoming the first area team to win 13 games in a season.
The WCTC/Dr. John Bateman Trophy will be presented to Piscataway at a later date.
Meanwhile, North Brunswick second-year skipper Mike Cipot was named the 2018 Coach of the Year. He guided North Brunswick to a 10-2 record, after engineering a remarkable turnaround in his first season.
The Raiders had gone 8-42 from 2012-2016, winning no more than two games in any of those seasons. But Cipot got the team to go 6-4 last year, and the team picked up right where it left off in 2018 with a 9-7 season-opening win in Week Zero against St. Joe’s of Metuchen that got the attention of the GMC.
They finished 10-2 in 2018, with both losses coming to Sayreville – once in the regular season, and the second time in the Central Jersey Group 5 title game.
Following are the final 2018 rankings, with teams followed by records and previous rank:
- Piscataway (13-0, 1)
- Sayreville (11-1, 5)
- Somerville (11-1, 2)
- North Brunswick (10-2, 3)
- Ridge (8-2, 6)
- St. Joseph-Metuchen (7-3, 4)
- Edison (8-3, 9)
- Bernards (7-3, 8)
- Middlesex (7-4, NR)
- South Plainfield (6-5, NR)
Dropped out: #7 South Brunswick (5-5), #10 Bound Brook (6-3)