For the last several weeks, Ridge has been the No. 1 team in the Big Central Media Poll, but the Red Devils had done it without a first place vote.
This week, they got one, in the final rankings before the start of the playoffs. North Brunswick and St. Thomas Aquinas split the other four first place votes.
Hillsborough fell from sixth to fourth after a Friday night home loss to Westfield, and Summit dropped out after a Saturday afternoon loss at St. Joseph-Metuchen. Watchung Hills took the vacant spot and joined the rankings at No. 10.
Below are the complete Week 9 rankings in the Big Central Media Poll: