Phillipsburg looking for best of both worlds in ’22: State title, and win over Easton

One of the biggest stumbling blocks over the years – though it never seemed really all that complicated in retrospect – to determining public group champions in football was what to do about Thanksgiving. And say what you might, no game is bigger than Phillipsburg-Easton, even though it only has one Jersey team playing in […]

Young, but talented Union has unfinished business, looks to keep things going against Big Central’s big boys

Davison Igbinosun, Jaden Stewart, Ashan Harris. All key contributors to the 2021 Union football team. With their significant stats gone from the roster in 2022 – like Stewart’s nearly 1,300 passing yards, Igbinosun’s combined 1,300-plus rushing and receiving yards, and Harris’s 88 tackles, with nine for a loss – a bunch of talented players who […]

Tynes looks to defend North Brunswick’s Defensive POY honor

Having a dominant defensive player can be a game-changer. Having two is extra special. That’s what North Brunswick had last year. The bad news for North Brunswick fans is that Amari Macklin has taken his state top ten tackle totals (140) along with his 12 1/2 sacks and other gaudy defensive numbers to Lock Haven […]

Sayreville looking for more of the Wright stuff

Despite a team decidedly on the young side, the 2021 Bombers had their best season since the magical 2018 campaign, whose penultimate game saw them beat North Brunswick for the Central Jersey Group 5 title on their home field, and culminated with a miraculous win at Met Life Stadium over South 5 champ Williamstown in […]

Sunday Conversation: New Elizabeth coach Fiore on playoff system, joining the Big Central, and the future of high school football

John Fiore – who was instrumental in the overhaul of the NJSIAA football playoff system – has a lot of opinions, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It may end up displeasing some people, but he’s OK with that, and there’snothing wrong with that either. In 2018, the NJSIAA moved forward with the “United Power […]

Big Central football divisions named

On the verge of its third season of play, its second full season, the Big Central Conference has announced names for the 12 divisions that make up the league. Formerly called “5D” or “2A” and largely named that way because of the group size of the teams that comprised them, the numbers wouldn’t really have […]


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