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    Relive 2010 NJ football season

    by Brian Fitzsimmons on
    Sun, Aug 7, 2011 11:47 PM

    Updated Wed, Aug 31, 2011 5:55 PM
    Relive 2010 NJ football season

    With the 2011 edition of high school football in New Jersey inching closer day by day, take some time to refresh your memory and reflect on the season that was...

    The 2010 New Jersey champions:

    Non-Public Group 4: No. 1 Don Bosco

    Non-Public Group 3: No. 2 Holy Spirit

    North 1 Group 1: No. 2 Wallington

    North 1 Group 2: No. 3 Lakeland

    North 1 Group 3: No. 1 Wayne Hills

    North 1 Group 4: No. 2 Randolph

    North 2 Group 1: No. 1 New Providence

    North 2 Group 2: No. 2 Madison

    North 2 Group 3: No. 4 Morristown

    North 2 Group 4: No. 2 Piscataway

    Central Group 1: No. 1 Shore Regional

    Central Group 2: No. 3 Rumson

    Central Group 3: No. 3 Freehold Boro

    Central Group 4: No. 1 Sayreville

    SEASON'S TOP 10 PLAYERS

    1. QB Devin Fuller, Old Tappan: After much debate, Fuller gets the nod here. The junior Division I prospect recorded 1,844 yards and 20 touchdowns though the air, and also amassed a whopping 2,306 rushing yards and 32 scores on the ground.

    2. QB John Robertson, Paramus: Without the Villanova-bound senior, the Spartans wouldn't have made a playoff run. Robertson registered 1,955 passing yards, 2,023 rushing yards, and 49 all-purpose touchdowns.

    3. RB Josh Firkser, Manalapan: This was a no-brainer. Firkser led the state in carries (244) and touchdowns (31), while placing second with 2,267 rushing yards.

    4. RB Paul Canevari, Don Bosco: "The Bull" certainly lived up to his nickname in 2010. Canevari, who was a defensive back last season, scored 32 touchdowns and was the main figure on a team that won its fifth straight Non-Public Group 4 championship.

    5. QB Tanner McEvoy, Bergen Catholic: In his first season under center, the Division I prospect shined. The 6-foot-5 McEvoy broke Matt LoVecchio's school record with 32 passing touchdowns, while adding 2,264 yards through the air.

    6. RB Savon Huggins, St. Peter's Prep: The state's Gatorade Player of the Year accumulated 1,377 yards and 27 touchdowns for the Marauders, who fell in the sectional semifinal to eventual champion Don Bosco. Now, Huggins will suit up for Rutgers.

    7. RB Brian Dowling, Wayne Hills: Did you see the North 1 Group 3 title game? If so, you'd know Dowling shines on the biggest of stages; he rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns before shoveling the game-winning lateral to Troy Zaffino. The UMass-commit walks away as one of the Patriots' all-time best runners.

    8. QB Gary Nova, Don Bosco: The Rutgers-bound Nova is a flat-out winner. He finished his career with a 24-0 record as a starter, and threw for 18 touchdowns with only two interceptions this year.

    9. QB Ryan Davies, Howell: Though just a junior, Davies made quite a statement in the Shore Conference and in the state. Midway through the year, he was even flirting with breaking the state's all-time passing touchdown record as well as the national mark for completion percentage (75 percent, held by former No. 1 overall NFL draft-pick Tim Couch).

    10. RB Kevin Monangai, Seton Hall Prep: The Pirates were quietly one of the most dominant teams in the state. Why? Simply because Monangai was outstanding week in and week out. He rushed for 2,266 yards - third-best in New Jersey - and 32 scores.

    SEASON'S TOP 10 PERFORMANCES

    WEEK ONE: Ryan Davies, Howell: The Rebels’ field general threw for 454 yards and seven touchdowns in a 48-17 victory over Toms River North.

    WEEK TWO: RB Matt McLain, Pinelands: McLain delivered his second straight 300-yard rushing game to start the season, running for 337 yards and five touchdowns on 26 carries.

    WEEK THREE: RB Ross Scheuerman, Allentown: In his team’s wild 74-44 victory over Trenton, Scheuerman scored seven touchdowns and surpassing his head coach’s record of six. Head coach Jay Graber set the mark at Notre Dame, back on November 11, 2002. Scheuerman rushed for 213 yards and five touchdowns, and returned a pair of kicks (98 yards and 91 yards, respectively) to finish the night with 402 all-purpose yards. It was the fifth time in 11 games that Scheuerman broke the 200 rushing-yards barrier.

    WEEK FOUR: RB Xavier Foster, South River: Foster exploded for 315 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 26 carries to lead the Rams (4-0, 4-0) past Cardinal McCarrick (1-3, 0-2) in a Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division game

    WEEK FIVE: RB Kevin Monangai, Seton Hall Prep: Monangai rushed for 331 yards and five touchdowns en route to a 51-27 victory for the undefeated Pirates over West Orange.

    WEEK SIX: QB Quatay Niesmith, Highland Park: Niesmith threw for 246 yards and four touchdowns to lift Highland Park to a 38-24 drubbing of Dunellen.

    WEEK SEVEN: QB Steve Wilken, Lakeland: Wilken catalyzed an aerial attack that dominated all game, throwing for 315 yards and all seven Lancer touchdowns in a 47-27 triumph over Ramsey.

    WEEK EIGHT: RB Brian Dowling, Wayne Hills: Dowling rushed for 324 yards and three touchdowns on 46 carries to propel Wayne Hills to a 36-14 victory over Ramapo in a live, high-definition broadcast on MSG Varsity on Friday. Dowling, who also returned an interception for a 32-yard score, eclipsed the 3,000-yard mark for his career and also notched his 65th touchdown - one short of the school record.

    WEEK NINE: RB Rontik Sadler, Dunellen: Sadler ran for 176 yards and four touchdowns on 11 carries, and also returned an interception 35 yards for a score to lead Dunellen into the playoffs with a non-conference victory over Mater Dei Prep.

    QUARTERFINALS: QB Dan Kowal, DePaul: Kowal completed 22-of-28 passes for 317 yards and four TDs and scored on a 1-yard plunge in a win over Immaculata.

    SEMIFINALS: QB John Robertson, Paramus: Robertson threw for 368 yards, ran for 262 and racked up eight total scores in a historical loss to Old Tappan. The Villanova-bound senior broke the state records for most touchdowns, most points (44), touchdowns responsible for (eight) and points responsible for (50).

    CHAMPIONSHIP: RB Paul Canevari, Don Bosco: Canevari rushed for over 200 yards and five touchdowns to help Don Bosco Prep wrap up another perfect season, defeating Bergen Catholic, 37-27, at the New Meadowlands.

    SEASON'S TOP 5 GAMES

    1. Old Tappan 63, Paramus 56 (11/19): The Golden Knights and Spartans broke the records for most points by a losing team (56), most touchdowns combined for both teams (18), most touchdowns by a losing team (nine), most two-point conversions attempted by both teams (15), most lead changes in a game (10) and most leads changes in the second half (nine).

    2. Wayne Hills 24, Old Tappan 21 (North 1 Group 3 championship; 12/4): The high school football season in New Jersey ended with the Miracle at the New Meadowlands. After surrendering the go-ahead score with 23 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Wayne Hills pulled off an incredible comeback as Brian Dowling received the ensuing kickoff and shoveled a lateral pass to Troy Zaffino, who took it 75 yards to the end zone and punctuated a thrilling 24-21 victory in the North 1 Group 3 championship.

    3. St. Joseph Regional 21, St. Peter’s Prep 17 (9/18): At the time, St. Peter's Prep was nationally ranked. Such is why this win was extremely important for St. Joseph Regional, which rallied from a 17-point deficit and got the winning score in the waning minutes of the fourth as Chris Andrews tossed a nice scoring strike to tight end Patrick O'Connor.

    4. Passaic Valley 36, West Milford 35 (2OT) (10/2): A wild double-overtime shootout ended with Passaic Valley defeating West Milford, 36-35, on Saturday afternoon. There were star performances to be found on both sidelines, but the brightest one was Anthony Martinez, who became the overtime hero for the Hornets. Martinez scored his third touchdown of the day in the second overtime and, in a gutsy call by coach Al Cappello, completed the 2-point conversion pass to Nick Andriani to bring the game to a thrilling conclusion.

    5. Mountain Lakes 17, Butler 14 (10/29): This one lived up to its hype. It had everything – the storyline of last year’s state championship finalists meeting again, the touchdown with a minute left to complete the comeback, and exciting plays from start to finish. And it ended with Dylan Muti's clutch touchdown.

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    WEEKEND COLUMNS - Revisit every weekend's top stories!

    WEEK 1 - WEEK 2 - WEEK 3 - WEEK 4 - WEEK 5 - WEEK 6 - WEEK 7 - WEEK 8 - WEEK 9 - QUARTERFINALS - SEMFINALS I - SEMIFINALS II - SEMIFINALS III - CHAMPIONSHIP I - CHAMPIONSHIP II - CHAMPIONSHIP III

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    NOTEBOOKS - Review every week's hot topics, top performances and best games!

    WEEK 1 - WEEK 2 - WEEK 3 - WEEK 4 - WEEK 5 - WEEK 6 - WEEK 7 - WEEK 8 - WEEK 9 - QUARTERFINALS- SEMIFINALS - CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

    NEW JERSEY FOOTBALL - FINAL 2010 RANKINGS

    1. Don Bosco Prep 12-0

    2. Bergen Catholic 10-2

    3. Piscataway 12-0

    4. Sayreville 11-1

    5. Wayne Hills 11-1

    6. Old Tappan 11-1

    7. St. Joe's (Montvale) 8-4

    8. St. Peter's Prep 9-2

    9. Seton Hall Prep 10-1

    10. Randolph 11-1

    11. Madison 12-0

    12. Matawan 11-1

    13. Lacey Township 12-0

    14. Freehold Boro 10-2

    15. Hunterdon Central 10-2

    16. Pope John 10-1

    17. Morristown 8-4

    18. Immaculata 8-2

    19. Ramapo 7-3

    20. Paramus 7-4

    Here's a look at the top teams from Groups 3 & 4:

    1. Don Bosco Prep 12-0

    2. Bergen Catholic 10-2

    3. Piscataway 12-0

    4. Sayreville 11-1

    5. Wayne Hills 11-1

    6. Old Tappan 11-1

    7. St. Joe's (Montvale) 8-4

    8. St. Peter's Prep 9-2

    9. Seton Hall Prep 10-1

    10. Randolph 11-1

    Here's a look at the top teams from Groups 1 & 2:

    1. Madison 12-0

    2. Lakeland 11-1

    3. Rumson 9-3

    4. Matawan 11-1

    5. Wallington 11-1

    6. Mountain Lakes 10-1

    7. New Providence 11-1

    8. Ramsey 9-3

    9. River Dell 9-2

    10. Hawthorne 9-2

    Contact Brian Fitzsimmons at bfitzsim@cablevision.com. Follow him on Twitter: @FitzWriter

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