FRIDAY Cutoff Weekend Playoff Analysis: Group 1

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We’ll have more analysis throughout the day Saturday as scores roll in. And don’t forget to join us for our “Playoff Projection Show” on Saturday at 6:00 pm as Mike Pavlichko brings you all the playoff projections, with analysis and commentary by Marcus Borden, live in studio!

Here’s an updated look at the Group 1 supersections based on Friday night results as reported to Gridiron New Jersey.


We project no Big Central Conference teams in this supersection, after Brearley‘s loss at Dunellen Thursday night knocked them to No. 22, while Roselle Park was already out of it.


A big win for Middlesex Friday night – 9-7 over New Providence – bumps the Blue Jays from 7th to third place, but they won’t go any higher. Still, that gets the Blue Jays a guaranteed home game through the sectional semifinals, if they advance to it.

South Hunterdon – which won at New Hope-Solebury (PA) Friday, so it doesn’t count as a game against a non-NJSIAA member school – drops from 4th to 5th, thanks in part to the win by Middlesex.

And we think Dunellen is in, with a 15.8 UPR, 1.8 ahead of Pennsville, which lost Friday night. No one behind the Destroyers – and within reach of the playoffs – has any games to be played this weekend, so no one can catch them, and we give them their first playoff berth since 2014.

As for who everyone will play, it’s still very much up in the air with a lot of Saturday games on the schedule.

Key Saturday Games to Watch:

  • #1 Woodstown at #7 Penns Grove
  • #9 Woodbury vs. #14 Salem
  • #10 Keyport vs. New Egypt
  • #11 Riverside vs. Wildwood
  • #13 Audubon at Paulsboro
  • #15 Burlington City at Maple Shade

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