Week 7 Friday night Playoff Analysis: Group 4

Through the end of the season, Central Jersey Sports Radio will be updating unofficial playoff standings following Friday night’s games. Full analysis after the weekend will come during the week as the official standings are released by Gridiron New Jersey.

Here’s a look at unofficial standings after games of Friday, October 13th in Group 4. Results are calculated using scores on Gridiron New Jersey as of 9:30 am on October 14th:

Ridge hods in fourth as the highest-standing Big Central Conference team, and while their UPR stays at 4.2, they are a) no longer tied with Mount Olive, which despite a win, dropped behind them and to a 4.8 UPR, and b) now closer to third place, as the new team in that spot – Northern highlands – has a 3.8 UPR. So, Ridge is now within striking distance with an improvement of just one spot in either rank, power points or OSI.

Assuming a win today by Ridge at Westfield, the Red Devils would move to third, not counting any other fringe games or residuals that could occur. And they would be just 0.4 UPR points from a top two finish and a No. 1 seed. A loss and a Ramapo win could drop them as low as six. Huge game today in Union County for the Red Devils.

As expected, Montgomery’s win over Scotch Plains-Fanwood dropped them a bit, falling from fifth to sixth, the only difference being a three-seed in a different section with the overall top seed.

In the middle of the pack, Linden’s win over Cranford keeps the Tigers in ninth, while Sayreville’s win over Piscataway pushes them up one spot to No. 11, but Woodbridge drops from tenth to 13 after a victory over winless North Hunterdon.

Rahway’s loss to a highly-regarded Carteret team didn’t hurt them in the standings, keeping them in 15th, but Colonia’s loss to Summit – also highly-regarded – gave them a boost from 18 to 16, while Orange – which had been 16th entering the weekend – dropped with a forfeit win over lowly-regarded Dickinson, which had to cancel the game due to a lack of players and safety concerns, according to a message on the Orange athletics website.

South 4 is presented here with no analysis, with no Big Central teams placed in this supersection.

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