Top 25 statewide after week 3
After an exciting week 3 of high school football season, three new teams entered the New Jersey USA TODAY NETWORK Top 25 rankings.
Each week, voters across the network rank the state’s top 25 teams. Statewide rankings will be released every Tuesday morning.
Here is the ranking of the 25 best after week 3:
25. Crest (2-0)
Last match: The Red Devils excelled on both sides of the ball as Mike Olivo and Lucas Hudkins handled most of the offense and the defense threw a shutout in a 24-0 win over Bridgewater-Raritan.
Next game: Friday vs. Hunterdon Central (0-3)
24. Clifton (3-0)
Last match: The Mustangs beat Old Tappan, 34-22, with senior QB Kyle Vellis rushing for 102 yards and a touchdown and pitch for 93 yards and one score, and senior RB Jacob Maldonado rushing for 116 yards and two scores.
Next game: Friday in Passaic (1-2)
23. Morris Knoll (3-0)
Last match: The Golden Eagles used three touchdowns in the second quarter to claim a 38-7 victory over Morristown at home. They scored 30 or more points in each of their first three wins at the start of the season.
Next game: Saturday at Morris Hills (1-2)
22. Hillsborough (3-0)
Last match: The Raiders kept rolling, taking a 34-13 win over Franklin and are now averaging 33 points per game, dropping just 16 per game.
Next game: Thursday at Bridgewater-Raritan (2-1)
21. Colts neck (2-0)
Last match: Senior quarterback Tommy Fallon ran for 211 yards and three touchdowns and also threw a touchdown pass to John Runfolo as the Cougars beat Matawan, 33-0.
Next game: Saturday vs. Donovan Catholic (2-1)
20. Orange West (2-1)
Last match: A Livingston shutout gave the Mountaineers their second straight victory after an opening loss to St. Peter’s Prep. Excluding the two losses to the Marauders in each of the past two seasons, West Orange have won 11 of their last 12 games.
Next game: Friday against East Orange Campus (3-0)
19. Catholic Donovan (2-1)
Last match: Dante Vernieri returned an interception for a touchdown – his third INT return for a TD this season – and Kyree Drake had a receiving TD and a 90-yard TD as the Griffins beat Toms River North, 34-13.
Next match: Saturday at Colts Neck (2-0).
18. Newton (3-0)
Last match: The Braves earned another convincing victory, 35-7 over Sussex Tech. Thaylor Sibblies ran for 151 yards and scored three times, while Jack Young threw for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Newton racked up five sacks in the win.
Next game: Friday vs. Jefferson (1-2)
17. Winslow (3-1)
Last match: The Eagles had a season-high 44 points en route to their third straight victory – a 44-7 triumph over Timber Creek. Quarterback Hamas Duren had 228 yards and four touchdowns, bringing his season tally to 13 in four weeks.
Next game: Friday at Camden (2-2)
16. Saint-Joseph (Montvale) (1-2)
Last match: The Green Knights are coming off a week off and so have two weeks of training to work on an attack that suffered its first shutout in decades, 17-0 to DePaul in Week 2.
Next game: Saturday to Pope John (1-3)
15. Ramapo (3-0)
Last match: Junior quarterback Jack Grusser threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter and the defense didn’t allow a score until the fourth quarter of Friday’s 41-6 home win over Kennedy.
Next game: Friday at Lakeland (3-0)
14. Don Bosco (1-2)
Last match: The Ironmen are coming off a week off before a big game against rival Bergen Catholic, whom they beat last year by a point after scoring a touchdown at the end of time.
Next game: Friday against Catholic Bergen (3-0)
13. Woodbridge (4-0)
Last match: Matt Stanton threw for 187 yards (9 of 13) with three touchdowns as the Barrons won 33-0 over Montgomery in the Big Central Football Conference Division 4 game.
Next game: Friday vs. North Hunterdon (1-2)
12. Somerville (3-1)
Last match: The Pioneers led their Big Central Football Conference winning streak to 12 games with a 45-7 win over Rahway. Ethan MacNair ran for 108 yards on 12 carries with one touchdown and scored four 2-point conversions.
Next game: October 1 vs. South Plainfield (1-3)
11. Catholic Red Bank (3-0)
Last match: Senior quarterback Alex Brown threw touchdown passes to Naijh Rahman and Alex Bauman and ran for 36 yards as the Caseys beat Raritan, 49-7.
Next game: Saturday in Manasquan (2-1)
10. Rumson-Fair Haven (2-0)
Last match: The Bulldogs, who shut out Wall and Donovan Catholic by a 49-0 total in the first two games, did not play in the third week.
Next game: Friday vs. Lacey (2-0)
9. Saint Augustine (3-1)
Last match: The Hermits went on to claim three straight victories after a 24-7 victory over St. Joseph’s Academy. After registering its first shutout of the season the week before against Williamstown, the St. Augustine defense limited the Wildcats to 104 total offensive yards.
Next game: Friday in Millville (3-0)
8. Millville (3-0)
Last match: The Thunderbolts saw their game against Highland postponed when the Tartans had to shut down their program for two weeks due to the COVID-10 situation.
Next game: Friday against Saint-Augustin (3-1)
7. Preparation of Seton’s room (3-1)
Last match: It took a double overtime loss to No. 2 St. Peter’s Prep, on a two-point conversion, to give the Pirates their first loss in 336 days. Seton Hall Prep lived up to the challenge and could have won in first overtime without a blocked field goal attempt.
Next game: Saturday vs Bayonne (2-1)
6. Northern Highlands (3-0)
Last match: Sophomore Daniel Moor scored 32 yards in the fourth quarter to take the Highlanders to a 33-30 home win over the then number one. 25 West Morris. Senior quarterback Enzo Arjona threw four touchdown passes, including two to senior Jack Murray.
Next game: Friday at Eastside (3-0)
5. Delbarton (2-1)
Last match: The Green Wave stayed the course, but fell short in a 28-19 loss to the Catholic No.1 Bergen on the road. Robert Russo threw for 234 yards and two touchdowns, and Chuck Nnaeto had a pair of sacks.
Next game: Saturday against Catholic Paramus (0-4)
4. DePaul (3-0)
Last match: Sophomore Jadin Johnson returned two punters in the first half for touchdowns, junior Anthony Almeida scored three goals and the Spartans did not allow a touchdown for the second straight game in a 35-3 win over Pope John.
Next game: Friday at St. Peter’s Prep (4-0)
3. Holy Spirit (2-1)
Last match: The Spartans enjoyed a week off after winning back-to-back victories over St. Joseph’s Academy and Camden. Holy Spirit has won 12 straight games against the South Jersey competition, with games against St. Augustine and Winslow looming in October.
Next game: Friday in Pleasantville (0-4)
2. Preparation of Saint-Pierre (4-0)
Last match: Host Marauders survived, 22-21, thanks to a two-point rigged conversion in second overtime against Seton Hall Prep. Senior RB Sam Slade took a snap and pitched second-year machine Hassan Moore, who pitched junior QB Robert Long.
Next game: Friday vs. DePaul (3-0)
1. Catholic Bergen (3-0)
Last match: Senior running back Ryan Butler carried 29 times for 186 yards and four touchdowns, and senior DB Jaeden Gould had two of the Crusaders’ three interceptions, in Saturday’s 28-19 home win over number one. 3 Delbarton.
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Cranford, Delsea, Irvington, Nord-Brunswick, Ocean City, Shawnee, West Morris