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Updated Thu, Oct 3, 2013 4:30 PM

MSG Varsity brings you the latest football coverage from around the tri-state area in The Football Files! Watch video, browse photos, read articles here.

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St. Joseph legendary coach Karcich steps down

St. Joseph Regional's Tony Karcich, an iconic high school football coach for nearly four decades in Bergen County, announced on Monday afternoon he will not return to the sidelines in 2014.

2013 All-New Jersey football teams

MSG Varsity celebrates the top football players in the Garden State.

Championship Central: New Jersey football

MSG Varsity provides scores, recaps, columns and photos for every state championship game this weekend. We've got you covered!

Guarino, top-seeded Phillipsburg blank Mendham

The top-seeded Stateliners cruised to a 39-0 win over sixth-seeded Mendham in the North 2 Group 4 title game on Sunday afternoon in Piscataway.

Cabinda, Hunterdon Central wear down Manalapan

Penn-State bound Jason Cabinda rushed for 182 yards and two TDs and registered a pair of sacks to aid Hunterdon Central in a 21-0 shutout, the first suffered by Manalapan since 2009

Ridge blows by Union in North 2 Group 5

Ridge, No. 11 in the MSGVarsity NJ Power Rankings, rolled to a 48-13 win over second-seeded Union for the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 5 championship Sunday afternoon at Rutgers University in Piscataway.

DePaul proves its worth with hardware

Punishing tailback Stephen Speidel recorded a pair of rushing touchdowns, while Hasise Dubois and Kareem Walker added scores as DePaul cruised by three-time defending champion Holy Spirit, 35-16, in the Non-Public Group 2 final at High Point Solutions Stadium on the campus of Rutgers University on Sunday afternoon.

Brick claims Central Group 4 for first title since '94

Powered by one prolonged and profitable drive synonymous with its storied past, Brick rallied late for a 26-15 victory over Colts Neck

Behind Cuccinello, Mountain Lakes earns title

Christian Cuccinello carried 28 times for a career-high 243 yards and three touchdowns to steer the undefeated Herd to a 26-6 victory over Caldwell for the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 2 championship at Alumni Field in Union, where Mountain Lakes suffered a 13-0 loss to Madison in the 2012 final.

St. Joe's shuts down Pope John, completes 3-peat

Moments after the Green Knights pummeled Pope John, 62-14, at MetLife Stadium on Saturday afternoon, Tony Karcich wouldn’t commit to returning in 2014 and said he’ll make his decision “in the coming weeks.”

Photos: Pope John vs. St. Joseph Regional

3 Peat for St Joes Non Public Group 3 Champs 62-14 over PJ

Point Pleasant Beach claims first sectional title

Behind a punishing ground game, keyed by Joe Wegrzyniak, and suffocating defense, the Garnett Gulls avenged a setback eight days early to outlast Shore Regional, 12-7

Sparta stifles River Dell for North 1 Group 3 crown

On a cold, brisk morning in East Rutherford, Sparta shut out River Dell, 40-0, to win the North 1 Group 3 state championship. Both defenses were at the top of their games throughout the first quarter, and it took a late scoring drive by the Spartans to change the momentum of the game.

Photos: River Dell vs. Sparta

Sparta Spartans North 1 G 3 Champs

Paramus Catholic wins second straight crown

Najee Clayton and Tyrone Washington each scored touchdowns as Paramus Catholic held off St. Peter's Prep, 13-6, in the Non-Public Group 4 final at MetLife Stadium.

Fitz: Peppers leaves behind unparalleled legacy

Paramus Catholic's Jabrill Peppers ended his sterling high school career on Friday night as a winner. His legacy is one we'll never forget.

Pompton Lakes captures North 1 Group 1 title

Twin brothers Adam and Drew Rayford connected on a pair of TD passes and a stiff Cardinals defense closed down running game of previously-unbeaten Hasbrouck Heights to secure third straight sectional crown

New Jersey football championship previews

MSG Varsity's panel of experts provide in-depth previews of this weekend's sectional championships.

Tri-State football Top 25: Week 13

How will Don Bosco's win over St. Joe's affect this week's poll? What about New Canaan's loss to Darien? How did the LI champions fare? Find out inside!

Tri-State Small Schools football Top 15 (12/3)

Mike Quick adds a new team to the Top 15 this week. Find out which squad makes the weekly poll!

New Jersey small school football power rankings (12/3)

MSG Varsity ranks the top Group 1 and 2 football teams in the Garden State leading up to championship weekend.

New Jersey football power rankings (12/3)

MSG Varsity ranks the top football teams in the Garden State for the week leading up to every sectional championship game.

Quick Hits - New Jersey (12/2/13)

MSG Varsity's high school experts Mike Quick and Jimmy Cavallo look back at the best of the best from the weekend in high school football in New Jersey, with highlights to get you caught up and analysis to get the debates going.

NJ football: Sectional final sites and times

Sectional finals set for weekend of Dec. 6 through Dec. 8

Single group champion proposal voted down

A proposal to change the wording of a rule in the NJSIAA constitution prohibiting a playoff structure that crowns single-group public school champions was rejected by a vote of 183-95 at the association's annual meeting at the Pines Manor in Edison. The vote took place just four days before the start of the football sectional championship weekend.

Redaelli leads RBC to Investors Bowl Title

Red Bank Catholic had a lot to prove in its final home game and bounced back from a loss to St. Joes last week by knocking off undefeated Rumson, 45-0. The Caseys looked like a different team, and they finished the year at 10-1, thanks to running back Larry Redaelli.

New Jersey football roundup: Thanksgiving

MSG Varsity provides recaps for all the top Thanksgiving football games in New Jersey.

Trio steers Weequahic past Shabazz in Soul Bowl

Weequahic trio were significant contributors on both sides of the ball to power Indians to 27-0 win

Turkey Day takedown: Bosco shocks St. Joe's

Don Bosco Prep shocked St. Joseph Regional, ranked No. 1 in the MSG Varsity Tri-State Top 25, and escaped with a 28-21 victory on Thursday.

Shaw, Tomkins, Spann drive Matawan past Vianney

Overcoming a sore throat and blocking obstacles, Aliem Shaw provided ample contributions on both sides while Nick Tomkins's pressure on the defensive line and Devon Spann's consistent run game fueled the Huskies to a 24-2 victory

New Jersey football power rankings (11/26)

MSG Varsity ranks the top football teams in the Garden State for the week of Nov. 26.

New Jersey small schools football power rankings (11/26)

MSG Varsity ranks the top Group 1 and 2 football teams in the Garden State for the week of Nov. 26.

PC escapes Bosco, headed back to final

Dejon Harrison scored with 2:35 left to erase a 6-point deficit, and Paramus Catholic dodged Don Bosco Prep, 21-20, to clinch a spot in the Non-Public Group 4 title game.

Behind Brown, Pope John gets by Delbarton

The Lions, seeded second and ranked No. 10 in the MSG Varsity NJ Power Rankings, conducted 39 plays in the second half, and Noah Brown carried on 26 of them, gaining 146 yards and scoring two touchdowns to rally his club to a 14-13 win over third-seeded and No. 8 Delbarton in the NJSIAA Non-Public, Group 3 semifinals on a crisp, clear Saturday afternoon in Sparta.

Aukamp, smothering defense power St. Joe's past RBC

The senior quarterback ran for two scores while the defending champion Knights unleashed a quick, suffocating defense in a 28-7 victory to advanced to Non-Public Group 3 final

New Jersey football semifinals scoreboard

MSG Varsity offers scores from each semifinals matchup throughout the Garden State.

Parsippany Hills upsets West Essex in semifinals

Brandon Katzenberger hit fellow senior Tommy Bluj on a 13-yard scoring pass on third-and-goal late in the third quarter and the Vikings defense took care of all other details to propel fourth-seeded Parsippany Hills to a 20-17 upset over top-seeded and unbeaten West Essex in the semifinals of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group3 playoffs Friday night in North Caldwell.

Alpher's late FG lifts Paramus over Old Tappan

Matt Alpher booted a 24-yard field goal with 34 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to wrap up a thrilling, 17-16 victory over Old Tappan on Friday night.

Photos: Sayreville at Manalapan

Central Jersey G5 Semi

Manalapan rides staunch defense, offensive balance

Getting maximum performance by a vast collections of eager contributors, Manalapan advanced to the Central Jersey, Group 5 sectional final for second straight season

Primetime Preview (11/21/13)

"Put a face on it!!" Mike Quick makes his picks and offers his thoughts on the biggest matchups in high school football this weekend.

New Jersey football semifinal previews

MSG Varsity's panel of reporters preview the upcoming football playoffs, which kick off in the Garden State this weekend. Check back later for more.

New Jersey football power rankings (11/19)

MSG Varsity ranks the top football teams in the Garden State entering semifinals weekend.

Tri-State football Top 25: Week 11

A new team enters this week's rankings of the top 25 high school football teams in the tri-state. Find out which team it is inside!

New Jersey football playoffs scoreboard: First round

MSG Varsity provides scores for the first round of the NJSIAA playoffs.

Redaelli heads powerful running game to lift RBC

Running behind an offensive line with few peers, Larr Redaelli rushed for 166 yards and two TDs

River Dell ousts Jefferson in first round

Fifth-seeded River Dell rallied to a 35-17 win over fourth-seeded Jefferson in the first round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Group 3 playoffs Friday night in Jefferson.

Waldwick wins first home playoff game in 25 years

Waldwick hadn’t hosted a home playoff game since 1988, but the third-seeded Warriors looked the part of a true championship contender in their 48-0 drubbing of sixth-seeded Glen Rock in the opening round of the NJSIAA North 1, Group 2 playoffs.

New Jersey football semifinal previews

MSG Varsity's panel of reporters preview the upcoming football playoffs, which kick off in the Garden State this weekend. Check back later for more.

New Jersey small school football power rankings (11/12)

MSG Varsity ranks the top Group 1 and 2 football teams in the Garden State after 10 weeks.

New Jersey football power rankings (11/12)

MSG Varsity ranks the top football teams in the Garden State entering the 2013 NJSIAA state playoffs, which begin this weekend.

New Jersey football roundup: Week 10

MSG Varsity breaks down the top games throughout the Garden State in Week 10.

New Jersey football playoffs scoreboard: First round

MSG Varsity provides scores for the first round of the NJSIAA playoffs.

'Brill-iant: Peppers guides PC past Bergen Catholic

Jabrill Peppers scored three touchdowns on offense and added a pick-six on defense as Paramus Catholic, No. 3 in the MSG Varsity Tri-State Top 25, cruised past rival Bergen Catholic, 44-6, on Saturday afternoon.

Photos: PC at Bergen Catholic football

Regular Season in the books, PC 44 BC 6

Diverse offense powers unbeaten Ocean past Freehold

Tyler Thompson turned in his usual strong performance but unbeaten Ocean tapped into a vast - and somewhat unsung - stable of skill players to post 35-19 victory and secure Shore Conference, B North title

Kinney: Delbarton taking care of business

Delbarton took care of business against Pope John on Saturday afternoon, setting the tone for the upcoming playoffs.

Delbarton D shuts down rival Pope John

On the final day of regular season play in the Northwest Jersey football league, Delbarton was able to knock off the undefeated Pope John Lions 21-16.

Zohn's late TD guides Rumson past Manasquan

The senior fullback snapped a tie with a one-yard scoring plunge with under a minute remaining for unbeaten Bulldogs.

Kinney: Abramson will test Delbarton defense

Sonny Abramson, only a sophomore, is a wiser and stronger quarterback, and has been displaying those attributes regularly for 8-0 Pope John, ranked No. 8 in the MSG Varsity Tri-State Top 25.

Locke, Ridgewood run past Passaic Tech

Senior quarterback Jamal Locke ran for three touchdowns and tossed two others, while Tim Bonanno rushed for 116 yards as Ridgewood cruised by Passaic Tech, 41-18, on Friday night in Wayne.

Gopre's three scores lift Weequahic over Cedar Grove

Weequahic's defense had a long string of shutout quarters snapped by talented Cedar Grove, but the offense allayed its disappointment by conducting a lethal ground attack that churned out 399 yards and directed the undefeated Indians to a 55-20 win over Cedar Grove Friday night.

Kinney: North Jersey Section 2 playoff picture

MSG Varsity's Mike Kinney breaks down the North Jersey Section 2 playoff picture entering Week 10.

Kinney: Non-Public playoff picture

MSG Varsity's Mike Kinney breaks down the Non-Public playoff picture entering Week 10.

Kinney: North Jersey Section 1 playoff picture

MSG Varsity's Mike Kinney breaks down the North Jersey Section 1 playoff picture entering Week 10.

Tri-State football Top 25: Week 9

Three new teams enter the fray as postseason football gets underway across the Tri-State!

Tri-state football Small Schools Top 15 (11/5)

Check out the newest Tri-State football Small Schools Top 15 and see where your school ranks!

Kinney: Non-Public playoff picture

MSG Varsity's Mike Kinney breaks down the Non-Public playoff picture entering Week 10.

One for the ages: Bosco edges BC in 3 overtimes

Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks rushed for a 4-yard touchdown, lifting Don Bosco Prep to a thrilling, 23-17 triple-overtime win over Bergen Catholic.

Photos: Bergen Catholic vs Don Bosco Prep

Don Bosco 23 Bergen Catholic 17 (3OT)

Relentless defense lifts Montclair over West Orange

Junior quarterback Elijah Robinson wound up rushing for 112 yards and two touchdowns and passing for 133 yards and two scores, but it was his squad's fast and unrelenting defense that set the tone of the game in the first half and directed the Mounties, No. 7 in the MSG Varsity Tri-State Top 25, to a 40-13 win over West Orange.

Appiah propels Lodi past New Milford

Paced by sophomore quarterback Manny Appiah, who played brilliantly in the second half, undefeated Lodi rallied with two fourth-quarter touchdowns to post a 28-17 win over New Milford in a cross-divisional North Jersey Interscholastic Conference game in Lodi.

New Jersey football scoreboard: Week 9

MSG Varsity provides scores, recaps, stats, videos and photos from around the Garden State in Week 9.

Alston, No. 1 St. Joseph blow by No. 2 DePaul

St. Joseph Regional, No. 1 in the MSG Varsity Tri-State power rankings, continued its undefeated season after cruising past DePaul on Friday night.

Pascack Valley shuts down Ramapo

Pascack Valley made a statement against the top team in the Big North Independent Division.

Shore Conference football picks: Week 9

Middletown South at Red Bank Catholic, Jackson at Southern, Toms River South at Brick Memorial, Long Branch at Matawan, Msgr. Donovan at Central, Brick at Lacey, Barnegat at Lakewood and Keyport at Point Pleasant Beach highlight schedule

Kinney: GMC Red Division is wide open

It's hard enough to picture the Greater Middlesex Conference-Red Division without either Sayreville, South Brunswick or Piscataway at the top of the standings this late into the season.

New Jersey football notebook: Week 8

MSG Varsity's Mike Kinney breaks down the top football storylines after eight weeks of play.

New Jersey small school football power rankings (10/29)

MSG Varsity ranks the top Group 1 and 2 football teams in the Garden State for the week of Oct. 29.

New Jersey football power rankings (10/29)

After dismantling Paramus Catholic, St. Joseph Regional retained its top ranking in the all-new Garden State football poll.

Quick Hits - New Jersey (10/28/13)

MSG Varsity's high school experts Mike Quick and Jimmy Cavallo look back at the best of the best from the weekend in high school football in New Jersey, with highlights to get you caught up and analysis to get the debates going.

Shore Conference Blitz: Week 8

Glover, Bradley key vintage Jackson run game; runaway Volker-wagon; Cheung return specialist; MacAlary's seamless transition at Manasquan; Raritan springs upset; Creamer getting his kicks; Dove and Yates offer premium coverage; Thomson two-way standout for Keyport

Green Monster: Top-ranked St. Joe's shuts down PC

Sherman Alston ran for 78 yards and a touchdown and St. Joseph's defense shined in a 27-14 victory over No. 4 Paramus Catholic on Saturday.

Photos: Paramus Catholic at St. Joseph Regional

SJR is still undefeated, 27-14 over Paramus Catholic

Robinson, RBC earn thrilling shootout win

Keeper's sprawling save, coupled with converted kicks from Thoresen, Correll, Walters and Caballero lift Caseys into Shore Conference Tournament semifinal round

New Jersey football scoreboard: Week 8

MSG Varsity provides scores, recaps, stats, videos and photos from around the Garden State in Week 8.

New Jersey football roundup: Week 8

MSG Varsity breaks down the top games this past weekend.

First CHSFL varsity power points released

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The CHSFL released its first power points standings for the 2013 season.

Power rankings: Long Island football (10/22)

MSG Varsity presents the latest Long Island football power rankings for October 22, 2013.

New Jersey football power rankings (10/22)

Thanks to a huge upset win this past weekend, coach Greg Toal and Don Bosco Prep finds themselves back in the New Jersey football poll's top three.

New Jersey small school football power rankings (10/22)

MSG Varsity ranks the top Group 1 and 2 schools from around the Garden State for the week of Oct. 22.

Kinney: St. Joe's Aukamp continues to shine

Spencer Aukamp won the starting quarterback job at St. Joseph Regional three years ago. Today, he's one of the most prolific players in the state.

WATCH: 'Quick Hits' on boys lacrosse

Mike Quick, Jimmy Cavallo and guests break down the latest in high school boys lacrosse with shows focused on Long Island, New Jersey, the Hudson Valley and Connecticut.

Lerner: The Shore Conference Blitz

Lakewood O-line coming of age, Matawan's reliable Mike Creamer, Red Bank rolls dice in double OT win, resilience of Keyport, Duddy, Volker and Barnegat achieve milestones, 99-yarders trending, Brick's Anthony Starego on the mark, Toms River East on rise, plus new Top 10 and top scoring offenses and defenses

New Jersey football roundup: Week 7

Bergen Catholic snaps four-game losing skid, Montclair wins 17th straight, Old Bridge upsets Monroe

No. 1 St. Joe's thumps No. 3 St. Peter's

Golden Knights roll to 56-28 victory over Marauders

Don Bosco stuns Paramus Catholic

Ironmen capitalize on miscues for 20-13 victory.

Kinney: North 2 Group 3 full of undefeated teams

Fifty undefeated teams remain in New Jersey, but not all of them reside in North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3. It probably just seems that way.

Tri-State football Top 25 - Week 6

Two teams fell last week, paving the way for two new squads to enter this week's poll. Find out who they are inside!

Tri-State football Small School 15 (10/15)

Three new teams enter this week's Small Schools poll. Find out who's in and who's out.

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