Phillipsburg was the No. 1 team in the preseason Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten, and held that spot definitively through its first three games.
But a loss in Game Four, 14-13 to No. 8 Hillsborough Sunday at Rutgers in the Rumble on the Raritan, left the door open for a new No. 1 team.
But who would be that team?
We got our answer just a few hours later, when No. 2 North Brunswick picked off a two-point try pass to seal a 21-20 win over No. 8 and upset-minded Sayreville.
North Brunswick has achieved the No. 1 ranking in each of the last three seasons of the CJSR rankings. The Raiders were No. 1 last year after Week One, and were first in the Week One and Week Two rankings in 2021.
Ridge moved up three placed to second after a big win at No. 9 Hunterdon Central, while the Stateliners fell to third. Hillsborough – which had been No. 8 before the upset win, climbed four spots to fourth, but didn’t overtake P’burg.
Three teams tied for ninth this week, with no teams dropping out, Union making its debut, and all eleven teams that got votes ended up in the rankings thanks to the three-way tie for ninth.
Below are the full Week 5 Central Jersey Sports Radio rankings: