NJ football power rankings (11/27/12)
|1||St. Joseph Regional||8-2||4||
The Knights reclaim the top spot after ending Don Bosco Prep's 61-game, in-state winning streak last Thursday with a 20-10 upset. Multi-talented Mark Fossati powered the victory with a TD run, two field goals and superb defense. Next: Saturday vs. Red Bank Catholic in Non-Public, Group 3 semifinals.
The Minutemen average almost 42 points per game behind versatile QB P.J. Walker, backs Jahad Thomas and Kason Campbell and the reliable blocking of Akeem Polk, Victor Rivera and Cory Williams. Next: Friday vs. Franklin in North Jersey, Section 2, Group 5 semifinals.
|3||Don Bosco Prep||8-2||1||
The Ironmen look to recover from its first New Jersey loss since 2005 with steady play from QB Frank Nutile, RB Elijah Ibotokun-Hanks and the defense as they pursue a seventh consecutive title. Next: Friday vs. Bergen Catholic in Non-Public, Group 4 semifinals.
|4||St. Peter's Prep||9-1||5||
The Marauders see action for the first time since Jonathan Hilliman's four-TD spree in a 48-7 win over Seton Hall Prep Nov. 16 in the first round. Shane Huber and Jordan Fox have been spearheading an outstanding defense. Next: Saturday at Paramus Catholic in Non-Public, Group 4 semifinals.
The passing combination of Jon Germano to J.J. Kulcsar sizzled in the Crusader's Thanksgiving Day win over Paramus Catholic, 35-21. Kyle Queiro led a balanced defensive effort. Next: Friday at Don Bosco Prep in Non-Public, Group 4 semifinals.
Jabrill Peppers rushed for 224 yards and three touchdowns, but it was not enough to outdo Bergen Catholic's passing game last Thursday. The defense will attempt to tighten up behind LB Khilyni Kennedy. Next: Saturday vs. St. Peter's Prep in Non-Public, Group 4 semifinals.
|7||Red Bank Catholic||10-0||7||
Larry Redaelli carried for 119 yards and two TDs and Ryan Schoer, Josh Klecko and Chris Whitlock anchored a punishing defense in the Caseys' 28-12 Thanksgiving Day win over Rumson. Next: Saturday at St. Joseph (Mont.) in Non-Public, Group 3 semifinals.
CJay Sears caught a TD pass and came up with a critical defensive play in the final minute and Michael Million paced the ground effort in the Mounties' 14-7 win over Bloomfield on Thanksgiving. Next: Saturday vs. Ridgewood in North Jersey, Section 1, Group 5 semifinals.
Jamie White has rushed for 374 yards and scored seven TDs in the last three games and QB Michael Bicknese continues to baffle defenses with his widespread use of receivers. Next: Saturday vs. Camden Catholic in Non-Public, Group 3 semifinals.
Mike Isabella connected with Saeed Blacknall five times for 151 yards and three TDs and Vinnie D'Angelo and Chris Cruz each recorded a defensive TD as the Braves tuned up with a 51-0 win over Marlboro last Wednesday. Next: Friday vs. Hunterdon Central in Central Jersey, Group 5 semifinals.
A balanced ground attack led by Deion Miller, Myles Hartsfield and Zeke Perkinson and the stout two-way line play of Bryan McMahon, Thomas Spiecker and Brian McDonough continue to propel the Bombers. Next: Friday vs. Colonia in Central Jersey, Group 4 semifinals.
Running backs Jake Felton and Chris Garcia helped QB Kyle Schneider maintain a balanced offense while Kevin Illian, Jake Mora and Mike Manente sparkled on defense to direct a 42-0 first-round win over Vernon. Next: Friday vs. Wayne Hills in North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4 semifinals.
Versatile RB/LB Donald Panciello paces the Gaels' ground attack with 1,144 yards and 19 TDs and anchors a sturdy defense that includes Dillon Artigliere and Joe Garofalo. Next: Friday vs. Paramus in North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4 semifinals.
The Chiefs hope to move one step closer toward a third straight sectional title behind the blocking of Amir Nave and Justin Jaryno and the veteran leadership of senior QB Nadir Barnwell. Next: Saturday vs. Bridgewater-Raritan in North Jersey, Section 2, Group 5 semifinals.
Rutgers-bound RB Justin Goodwin has scored 12 TDs in the last three games to lead his explosive offense. Equally important this week will be his defensive play along with Matt McDonald, Nick Haboj and Devin Koep. Next: Saturday vs. Bernards in North Jersey, Section 2, Group 2 semifinals.