Category: Football Top Ten

Pioneers remain No. 1, but Hillsborough edges closer after Top 5 win against Ridge

There’s no change at the very top of the Central Jersey High School Football Top Ten, but there is right below, as Hillsborough edges up from second to third.

The Raiders gained after a 42-14 win at previously-No. 5 Ridge, in a game where the Raiders where in control virtually wire-to-wire. No. 2 Union – which beat Westfield Friday night 14-3 in the Big Central Game of the Week driven by Autoland on Central Jersey Sports Radio – dropped to third.

Ridge remained in the Top Ten, but Phillipsburg did not, after the Stateliners suffered their third loss of the season, this one 17-7 at home to previously-unranked Bridgewater-Raritan, which enters the poll at No. 7, tied with Cranford.

Also dropping out after a one-week appearance was St. Thomas Aquinas, which was idle after South River had to cancel their Saturday game with the Trojans. Colonia, however, jumped in, tied for tenth with unbeaten Delaware Valley. The Patriots beat Linden on the road, 23-14, a Tigers’ team that had just beaten ranked Westfield the previous week. Colonia plays at No. 7 Cranford Friday night.

Below are the Week 5 rankings:

Week 5 statewide Strength Index Numbers: Somerville leads BCC but drops in overall rankings

Once again, Somerville is the highest rated team in the Big Central, according to the Week 5 Strength Index numbers published by Gridiron New Jersey, the NJSIAA’s official playoff qualification calculator.

But the Pioneers dropped one more spot, from 15th to 16th in the statewide rankings.

While Gridiron does not release the full list, Central Jersey Sports Radio will continue to compile the numbers each week.

There’s also a new team atop the rankings, as Bergen Catholic (98.73) leapfrogged St. Peter’s Prep (91.61), which lost to Don Bosco this weekend, while the Crusaders blanked Pope John 41-0. BC will play the Marauders at Caven Point on October 30th. Rounding out the top five are Red Bank Catholic (94.46), Cedar Creek (94.14) – the highest rated public school – and St. Joseph-Hammonton (92.85).

Shawnee (92.54) is sixth, followed by Holy Spirit (92.52), DePaul (92.22), Donovan Catholic (92.13) and St. Joseph-Montvale (91.69).

Somerville is the sixth highest rated public school in the state. Cedar Creek and Shawnee are followed by Ramapo (12th statewide, 90.04), Rumson-Fair Haven (13th, 89.97), NOrthern Highlands (15th, 88.71) and the Pioneers (87.41).

Somerville lost to Northern Highlands earlier this year.

Click below to download a PDF of all the teams in New Jersey ranked by Strength Index values.

Here are the rankings for all 60 teams in the Big Central Conference:

Week 4 statewide Strength Index Numbers: Somerville leads BCC; Who were the biggest gainers?

Somerville remains the highest rated team in the Big Central, according to the Week 4 Strength Index numbers published by Gridiron New Jersey, the NJSIAA’s official playoff qualification calculator.

While Gridiron does not release the full list, Central Jersey Sports Radio will continue to compile the numbers each week.

The top team overall in the state was St. Peter’s Prep, with an SI of 97.75. The Marauders are followed by Bergen Catholic (96.76), Cedar Creek (94.35), Red Bank Catholic (91.95) and DePaul (92.52) to round out the top five.

Holy Spirit is 6th at 92.31, followed by St. Augustine (92.06), Seton Hall Prep (91.95), Rumson-Fair Haven (90.36) and Donovan Catholic (89.78)

Idle Somerville (87.54) dropped from 11th to 15th as teams behind them last week passed them in Week 4.

Click below to download a PDF of all the teams in New Jersey ranked by Strength Index values. Big Central teams are highlighted in yellow. Independent area teams are in blue.

Here are the rankings for all 60 teams in the Big Central Conference:

Below are the top ten gainers in Strength Index for Week 4:

Somerville splits top spot voting, but remains No. 1 in Big Central Media Poll for Week Four

Despite Somerville losing a first-place vote to Woodbridge, and the schools evenly splitting the six votes for the top spot at three apiece, the Pioneers remain No. 1 in the Week Four Big Central Media Poll compiled by Central Jersey Sports Radio.

In fact, Woodbridge still holds in third in the poll, with the voters who didn’t pick the Barrons number one ranking Union higher overall.

The top nine teams remained in the same positions as a week ago, except for Birdgewater-Raritan, which had been tied for ninth. The Panthers (2-2) dropped out following a 31-21 home loss Saturday to No. 4 Hillsborough.

Delaware Valley and Linden debut in the rankings this week, tied for the tenth and final spot.

Below are the Week Four rankings:

The ‘Ville holds on to top spot in Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten, with few other changes

The top nine teams – including Number One Somerville – didn’t budge an inch in the Week Four Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten.

The Pioneers were idle.

The only teams to lose in Week Four were Bridgewater-Raritan and Westfield, the two teams tied for tenth. The Panthers lost 31-21 at home Saturday afternoon to No. 3 Hillsborough, while the Blue Devils were knocked off by unranked Linden 20-14.

Both dropped out of the CJSR rankings.

All six teams who at one point checked in at No. 10 have been bounced from the poll. Only two lasted more than one week: New Providence (from Preseason to Week One) and Bernards (from Week One to Week Two).

Westfield and Monroe were replaced this week by a pair of 4-0 teams who will face each other in their regular season finales: St. Thomas Aquinas and Delaware Valley, both of which are making their debut in the Top Ten.

Below is the Week four poll:

Somerville caps sweep of rankings with top spot in Week 3 Big Central Media Poll

Somerville is the No. 1 team in the Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten, and the highest ranked Big Central team in the New Jersey Strength Index ratings.

And while it wasn’t unanimous, the Pioneers also have taken top billing in the Week 3 Big Central Media Poll.

Somerville earned the spot partly by virtue of being 3-1, with dominating performances in all three of its wins, but also because previously top-ranked North Brunswick was upset Friday by unranked Sayreville.

The ‘Ville got four of the six first-place votes, while Woodbridge finished third, despite getting the other two votes. In between was Union, which was idle this past week.

Below is the Week 3 Big Central Media Poll:

Somerville regains top spot in CJSR Week 3 Top Ten

After getting knocked from their perch following a season-opening loss to state-ranked Northern Highlands, the Somerville Pioneers have returned to their perch at the top of the Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten.

Part of the move was due to the fact that North Brunswick – No. 1 for two straight weeks – was dethroned by unranked Sayreville, falling at home 35-22 to drop to 2-1, falling from the ranks of the undefeated.

Somerville – despite the Highlanders’ loss, is now 3-1, 2-0 in Big Central play, after a 45-7 win at Rahway Friday night.

In their three wins thus far, over Olney Charter (PA), Carteret and the Indians, the Pioneers have outscored them a combined 117-7.

North Brunswick fell into a tie for fifth with the loss, while Monroe (3-0) and Westfield (2-0) made their debuts in the poll.

Below are the Week 3 rankings:

Somerville is top Big Central team in Week Three Strength Index rankings

While OSI – Opponent Strength Index – is 60 percent of New Jersey’s UPR formula to determine playoff qualification, that index gets its data from each team’s Strength Index, how strong a team is considered to be. The SI has nothing to do with wins or losses, but how each team performs based on its own rating relative to its opponent’s rating, and the final score.

Somerville is the highest ranked team in the Big Central, according to the official Week Three Strength index values, updated by Gridiron New Jersey, the website that calculates such values for the NJSIAA. This means the Pioneers are considered – by the formula – the top team in the Big Central Conference.

While Gridiron does not publish the numbers directly, Central Jersey Sports Radio compiled the values for all 339 schools playing football in New Jersey in 2021, and will continue to do so all season long.

The top team overall in the state was St. Peter’s Prep, with an SI of 98.49. The Marauders are followed by Bergen Catholic (96.33), Cedar Creek (94.51), Seton Hall Prep (92.34) and DePaul (91.77).

Rumson-Fair Haven is 6th at 91.14, followed by St. Augustine (89.86), Ramapo (88.47), Holy Spirit (87.89) and Red Bank Catholic (87.69) to round out the Top Ten.

Somerville is right behind at 87.54.

OSI works so that a winning team gets the full value of its opponent calculated into its average. If it beats a team with an SI of 80 and a team with an SI of 60, it’s OSI is 70 (the average of 60 and 80).

Losing teams get half the value of its opponent. A loss to an 80 team is worth 40, for example. A tie garners three-quarters of the SI value (an 80 would be worth a 60).

Click below to download a PDF of all the teams in New Jersey ranked by Strength Index values. Big Central teams are highlighted in yellow. Independent area teams are in blue.

Here are the rankings for all 60 teams in the Big Central Conference:

RANKTEAMSI
1Somerville87.54
2Woodbridge79.73
3Ridge79.53
4Cranford78.36
5Phillipsburg77.53
6Union76.27
7Hillsborough75.65
8Monroe72.99
9Bernards72.75
10Delaware Valley71.98
11Hillside71.87
12North Brunswick69.57
13Warren Hills69.37
14Old Bridge68.84
15St. Thomas Aquinas68.72
16Colonia67.47
17East Brunswick66.90
18Sayreville66.88
19Westfield66.45
20Brearley66.07
21Summit65.83
22Watchung Hills65.12
23Bridgewater-Raritan64.66
24Linden63.98
25New Providence62.49
26North Hunterdon62.30
27Edison62.20
28St. Joseph-Metuchen61.05
29Montgomery60.49
30Rahway59.71
31Piscataway59.69
32New Brunswick58.37
33South Brunswick57.44
34Elizabeth55.13
35North Plainfield54.89
36Manville53.66
37Bound Brook53.20
38Scotch Plains-Fanwood53.19
39Plainfield51.60
40South River50.76
41Franklin50.41
42South Hunterdon50.41
43Hunterdon Central50.22
44Voorhees48.40
45Middlesex47.87
46South Plainfield47.66
47Belvidere47.44
48Governor Livingston46.89
49Roselle Park46.09
50Perth Amboy45.89
51Carteret44.85
52Dayton44.72
53Roselle43.88
54JFK43.35
55Johnson42.00
56Spotswood28.52
57JP Stevens25.60
58Metuchen25.47
59Dunellen22.92
60Highland Park13.46

North Brunswick claims top spot in Big Central Media Poll, edging out Union in Week Two

A week ago, North Brunswick had three first place votes in the Big Central Week One Media Poll, while Union had just one.

But the voters that didn’t pick Union first had the Farmers higher than those who didn’t have the Raiders in the top spot, so Union took Number One.

In Week Two, the first place votes went the same way – with Somerville and Woodbridge each getting a nod – but a win over ranked Old Bridge on the road boosted the Raiders in the minds of voters, and this week, they earned the top spot with 52 points, two more than Union.

There was little other change in the poll. Hillsborough jumped over Phillipsburg following a 21-14 overtime home win over the Stateliners, while Edison and Watchung Hills both dropped out. Three teams – Bernards, Cranford and Linden – tied for tenth, with five other teams getting votes.

Below is the Week Two Big Central Media Poll:

North Brunswick win over No. 4 Old Bridge keeps Raiders at No. 1 in CJSR Week Two Top Ten

Going on the road is never easy. Going to Vince Lombardi Field in Old Bridge is even tougher, where the Knights’ student section is loud. Coming out of there with a victory is even tougher.

But that’s what No. 1 North Brunswick did on Friday, pulling out a 34-27 victory at then No. 4 Old Bridge. And so, the Raiders remain No. 1 this week in the Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten, picking up both first place votes.

Woodbridge and Summit made their season debuts in the rankings, while Edison and New Providence dropped out, though the Pioneers were more of a mathematical casualty, having still received a vote in the poll.

The Media Poll will be out later Monday afternoon.

Below are the Week Two CJSR Rankings: