FRIDAY Cutoff Weekend Playoff Analysis: Group 2

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Here’s an updated look at the Group 2 supersections based on Friday night results as reported to Gridiron New Jersey.


This one’s real simple for the only Big Central Conference team in North 2: Bernards holds the fourth spot with a win, and falls to seventh with a loss. The Mountaineers are 8-0, and would be favored over Governor Livingston, even on the road. Regardless, their opponent will be up in the air until after Saturday action is complete.

Key Saturday Games to Watch:

  • #4 Bernards at Governor Livingston
  • #13 Pompton Lakes vs. #16 Glen Rock


The top four all stayed the same here, with only Willingboro among them (at No. 3) yet to play this weekend. New Providence got lost 9-7 at Middlesex Friday night, and dropped from 5th to 8th place, but we think they stay there, as the closest team behind them yet to play is 11th place Haddon Heights (Saturday vs. West Deptford) at 2.6 UPR points behind. That’s a lot to make up when no one else around you plays.

Johnson fell from 9th to an 11th place tie with Haddon Heights with a win over a lowly-rated South River team, and they’re also waiting to see what Haddon does Saturday.

Delaware Valley beat North Plainfield Friday night, but dropped from 12 to 15, 0.4 UPR points ahead of Spotswood, which fell to 16. The Chargers (7-1) play JP Stevens (0-8) Saturday at home. The good news here is 14th place Delran lost Friday night and dropped to 17, and the only team that has a crack at the playoffs outside the top 16 with a game still to play is Lower Cape May (6-1) hosting Gateway (1-6)


We think Del Val is in and locked as the 15-seed, and we think Spotswood has a win-and-get-in game Saturday against the Hawks, which are a Group 5, but have lost 38 straight games, the second-longest active losing streak in the state.

A win or loss by Lower Cape May against lowly-regarded Gateway is going to push them from 18th to 21st place, so we call them out. A win by Spotswood in either event keeps them at 16, while a loss drops them to 20, and Delran (2-7) would jump in at the last playoff spot. The Chargers control their own fate.

Key Saturday Games to Watch:

  • #3 Willlingboro at Burlington Township
  • #6 Cinnaminson at Pemberton
  • #11 Haddon Heights vs. West Deptford
  • #16 Spotswood vs JP Stevens

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