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Week 6 South 2 Playoff analysis: Delaware Valley in range of a top seed; will Bernards or New Providence get a home game?

There are three teams ahead of undefeated Delaware Valley in the race for one of the top two seeds in the South Jersey Group 2 supersection, and the question is: Will they be able to catch two of them?

Winning out is their best bet, as they’ve already gotten through the easier part of their schedule, at least based on Strength Index. With an OSI of 49.8, they will get a big boost from two of their next three pponents, providing they beat them. Hillside is a 76.46 and St. Thomas Aquinas has a 77.35 SI. Even 3-2 Roselle, their middle opponent, has a 52.59 SI, all of which will bring up their rank.

And that’s good, because Point Pleasant Boro, which is in first, has an OSI of 51.95, while Camden has a 51.8 OSI. Del Val is right in range. But there are even more teams between they could jump, who are behind them in the standings but stronger in OSI rank, like Haddonfield (9th overall, 51.16 OSI) and Bernards (5th, 49.97). Passing four teams would drop 2.4 off Del Val’s UPR, giving them a 2.4, putting them in second – if no one else moves.

But, of course, they can. And the Shore Conference, in scrapping its plan for the in-season playoffs they touted in the off-season, has given its teams good games. Everyone Point Boro will play is in the low 70s, so they can pick up their OSI and UPR, too. Camden has Pleasantville (45.82), undefeated Cedar Creek (90.16) and Woodrow Wilson (81.53). Cedar Creek won’t be a gimme, though, to boost their average; the Pirates are 7-0 with four shutouts, and have not allowed anyone more than eight points in a game this year.

Bernards sits in 5th, and the question for the Montaineers is can they finish top eight and get a first-round home game? What about 4th, to get home field advantage at least guaranteed for the first two rounds of the sectionals? Well, their OSI won’t be helped by the remainder of the schedule. With an OSI of 49.97, even winning out might drop their OSI, with Voorhees (46.56), South River (48.25) and Middlesex (47.95) all potentially bringing their average down slightly.

The Mountaineers have an Strength Index value of 75.76, so they would do well to avoid beating any of those teams by more than 30 points. Keeping it in the high teens and low 20s would drive the other teams’ SI’s up, increasing Bernards’ OSI, or at least maybe keeping it steady. (The only week that won’t work is the final week of the season, when SI vales are locked in after Week 8 to avoid that kind of thing. But hey, isn’t that also good sportsmanship, and the whole reason the NJSIAA scrapped the Born Power Index in the first place?)

For New Providence (7th overall in the UPR standings) and Hillside (10th), their question is: Can they at least get into that top eight to get a home game?

The Pioneers can only win the games on their schedule, but they do them no favors with Roselle Park, and Governor Livingston a combined 1-14, bringing very little to the table in terms of power points or Strength Index. They might be at the mercy of what teams can pass them in the final three weeks, or benefit from teams ahead of them falling.

The same can be said for the Comets. What’s amazing about this section so far is that the top six teams include four with either two or three losses. The next ten includes one undefeated team (Nottingham) and six one-loss teams (New Providence, Hillside, Overbrook, Sterling, Monmouth, and Middle Township. It might be a crap shoot for Hillside if any one of these teams falters, assuming the Comets can keep winning.

Things will come into much more focus as we get closer to the cutoff.

And lest we forget about Bound Brook, the Crusaaders are 14th with a UPR of 14 (which means they’re 14th in both OSI and power points). Their power point average is 9.83 and their OSI is 39.95. They may very well need to win out to stay in the playoff chase. It all starts with a big one tonight against Brearley (3-2, 16 power points, 59.01 SI). Then there’s another one next week against Manville (4-3, 19 power points, 47 SI). Then Roselle is their cutoff weekend opponent, 3-2, worth 16 power points, and with a 52.59 SI. (Remember, power point values can increase between now and then as teams win more games.

Summers makes the most of his opportunities on both sides of the ball to nab Week 5 Bellamy & Son Player of the Week honors

He didn’t have a dozen catches and a dozen tackles, or even a dozen of one or the other.

In fact, South Brunswick’s Khiri (pronounced like Kyrie, as in Irving) Summers only had five catches and five tackles in a 40-25 win over Monroe last Friday night.

But he made the most of what he got.

On offense, three of those catches went for touchdowns.

On defense, in addition to those five tackles, he had two interceptions, as part of what head coach John Viotto called the best performance his Vikings have turned in to date this season.

All that earned Summers Bellamy & Son Paving Big Central Player of the Week honors for Week Six.

Summers will receive a custom football to mark the accomplishment, and one Player of the Week will be awarded a $500 scholarship.

Click below to listen to Khiri Summers talk with Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko about his performance against Monroe:

Honor Roll:

New Providence’s Charlie Barth was back playing defense again after sitting out that side of the ball in a 40-8 home win over Bound Brook heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio two Fridays ago.

And the senior RB/LB didn’t disappoint, with an outstanding two-way performance in a 42-14 win over Brearley: 16 carries for 176 yards and three touchdowns, while recording 12 tackles, a TFL and a QB pressure. Those numbers are what put him at the top of the Big Central leaderboard in tackles last fall, and made him one of the most active defenders in the league.

Few players record four touchdowns in a game; that’s reserved for the elite. But senior Logan Blake turned the trick for Delaware Valley Friday night, recording all four of the Terrier’s touchdowns in a solid 28-14 home win over Bernards. He had 11 catches in the game for 172 yards, with hauls of 13, 4, 26 and 16 yards.

North Plainfield’s Taeshaun Mallard a sophomore wide receiver had a nice four catches for 32 yards and two scores, but it was a trick play that boosted the prominence of his offensive game. It was a pass completion for a 39-yard touchdown to Jordan Bird in the fourth quarter. That have the Canucks enough cushion to hold on for a 28-19 win over Voorhees to move their record to 2-3 on the season and move them up one spot in the latest North 3 UPR rankings; the Canucks are two spots out of the top 16 at the midway point of the season.

And what would an honor roll be without Hillsborough’s Thomas Amankwaa. The senior – who won the award in Week 2 – is running the ball now in addition to catching it. He went for 103 yard and three touchdowns on five rushes while also catching three passes for 68 yards in a 42-14 win at No. 5 Ridge last Friday night.

Week 5 Hot Takes: First looks at Pioneers and Raiders, Aquinas impresses, Friday night playoff impacts coming soon

When you call a game every Friday night, it’s going to make it hard to see game action in person of every team in the Big Central. Make that downright impossible.

How else can you cover 60 teams? Why, you’d have to be Marcus Borden to do that!

But this week, we got our first looks of games that count involving New Providence and Hillsborough, and they certainly impressed.

In fact, both will be successful this year for much of the same reason: they’re more than just one player, and their coaches are getting creative. (What, you thought it was because both coaches are juniors, whose fathers were legendary high school coacahes in their own right? Hmmmm…. maybe that could have something to do with it.)

New Providence with and without Barth…

Let’s start with the Pioneers, where head coach Chet Parlavecchio Jr. got his team to rebound from a tough loss to Willingboro on short prep with a 40-8 win over Bound Brook.

In 2020, New Prov rode Charlie Barth, their big-time junior back, on offense, and also saw him contribute heavily on defense. He was the Central Jersey Sports Radio Two-Way Player of the Year, racking up 1,502 yards and 25 TDs (for a touchdown every 7.4 carries) while also leading the Big Central with 115 tackles, good for Top Ten in the state.

READ MORE: Pioneers spread it around in 40-8 win over Bound Brook

Against Bound Brook, Barth had two scores, sure. But sophomore runningback Ben Gullo had a touchdown run, QB Dean Licari had a TD run, and sophomore fullback Jack Verbaro had a touchdown catch in a goal-line situation from the five that on any given night would just scream having Barth pound it down the middle through a solid offensive line.

Oh, and he didn’t play a lick of defense in the game, according to Parlavecchio.

Keep him fresh, coach.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I think this is going to be a special year for New Providence.

Hillsborough looks – and is – the part…

Then there’s Hillsborough. This is the team that has come in with all the hype of the 1-2 combo of quarterback Jay Mazuera and wide receiver Thomas Amankwaa, friends since the age of eight, since they were both – yes – linemen with the Junior Raiders in town. (Mazuera says his dad was the coach and didn’t want to favor either of them.)

READ MORE: Hillsborough has its sights set high with 1-2 combo of Mazuera and Amankwaa

But the varsity Raiders are so much more than that combo.

Sure, Amankwaa – who just committed to Rutgers less than a week ago – got his touchdowns, but the two he had were on the ground, a product of head coach Kevin Carty Jr. doing all he can to get the talented, speedy, and elusive Amankwaa more touches.

Tommy on the jet sweep? Yes please.

But then they also have bruiser Tyler Michinard at runningback. And what did he do Saturday afternoon in a 31-21 win over Bridgewater-Raritan?

Michinard flipped the other half of the script and had a receiving touchdown, and a nifty one at that.

READ MORE: No. 3 Hillsborough gets it to all the right people in 31-21 road win over rival Bridgewater-Raritan

I’ve always had fun watching Carty’s teams, and more often than not he’s had some really good ones, but even he admits this is one of the better ones, and I tend to agree with him.

They’re going to be special, too.

But they’ll be up for a big challenge against Ridge this Friday night, trying to prepare for the Red Devils on a quick turnaround, since their game against B-R was on a Saturday, and they should have started prepping Friday since the game was originally scheduled for Thursday. But alas, Mother Nature.

Trojans looking good

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’ve always enjoyed extremes in sports, good or bad. Teams scoring a lot of points. Going long stretches without. Winning streaks.

In this case, St. Thomas Aquinas was one of just two teams in the entire state heading into Saturday’s action to be 4-0, without allowing a single point. (The other is Cedar Creek.)

The resume shows a 6-0 season opening win against Woodstown at home, followed by a 43-0 win at Roselle, a 59-0 win at Spotswood, and a 46-0 home win this Friday night over Johnson.

That’s a 49.3 point per game scoring average in Big Central play.

And yet, Woodstown may have been the best win of the bunch, as they’re 3-1. Roselle is 2-1, Spotswood is winless and Johnson only has one win on the season. So you can take this however you take it.

But schedule out the window, I’ve always believed it’s not easy to shut a team out. Even a bad one. All it takes is one play to go wrong and there’s a touchdown.

A shutout – 48 minutes in high school football – requires intense focus, especially when you’re scoring 43, 59 and 46 points. It’s easy for a 16 or 17 year old to take his foot off the gas pedal.

The fact that Brian Meeney’s squad has not done that, in four games, makes it super impressive.

READ MORE: St. Thomas Aquinas finding historic success, wins fourth straight by shutout

They’re on a historic run, too: 4-0 to start a season for the first time since 1989, and it’s their best record through the first four games since going 3-0-1 in the first four of 1992.

Are they top ten material? It’s certainly debatable. There might be 15 or more teams worthy of the Top Ten in their own right in this 60-team league.

But what they’re doing is something special. A good test comes Saturday at South River’s Bill Denny Stadium, and their biggest test will be in their regular season finale when they host 4-0 Del Val.

UPR coming soon(er)…

While Gridiron New Jersey released its first UPR playoff standings of the year last Sunday (they’re the official calculator for the NJSIAA) Central Jersey Sports Radio will soon be doing its own unofficial calculations.

We know you live for this stuff.

It’s still early; teams with only three games can make big jumps (or falls) with a win or loss in one week. So, we’ll start updating soon on Friday nights/Saturday mornings. Keep an eye out for it on cjsportsradio.com.

Instant Replay: New Providence 40, Bound Brook 8

Click below to listen “on demand” to the “Big Central Game of the Week” driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland on Friday, September 24, 2021.

New Providence improved to 2-1 with a 40-8 home win over Bound Brook (2-2) at Ledier Field in New Providence.

Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino have the call.

1st Half

2nd Half

Pioneers spread it around in 40-8 defeat of Bound Brook

Bound Brook had the reputation of a spread offense, but New Providence spread the wealth in a 40-8 home defeat of the Crusaders Friday night.

Four different players scored for the Pioneers in the “Big Central Game of the Week” driven by Autoland, as heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

Charlie Barth had two scores for New Providence, while Ben Gullo and Dean Licari each had TDs on the ground, and Licari threw another to Jack Verbaro on second and goal.

Barth was the Autoland “Big Central Player of the Game,” amassing 163 yards on just 12 carries, with touchdown runs of seven and 29 yards. He had nearly half his team’s total rushing yards, as New Providence accumulated 328 yards on the ground.

The Pioneers scored on each of their first five possessions of the game, and held Bound Brook scoreless until Patrick LePoidevin’s one-yard TD run with 4:40 left in the third quarter, cutting it to 32-8, though the Pioneers answered right back.

The win moves New Providence to 2-1 ahead of next week’s big rivalry game against Brearley, which also won Friday night to improve to 4-0.

Click below to hear postgame reaction down on the field from Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Dom Savino:

Runningback Charlie Barth

Head Coach Chet Parlavecchio, Jr.

New Providence a deceptive 1-1 heading in to clash with Bound Brook

Faced with an early-week cancellation by Belvidere, it looked like New Providence would only have one game under its belt heading into Friday night’s home game against Bound Brook.

The County Seaters had a number of injuries and didn’t want to risk losing anyone else putting in extra time against the Pioneers, who were coming off an 8-1 campaign in 2020 with a bruiser at runningback.

The eventually picked up a solid Willingboro team from South Jersey, and lost 26-7 at home in what head coach Chet Parlavecchio, Jr., called a “slugfest” early on, where the Chimeras just eventually pulled away.

But it’s back to Big Central play now, as New Providence (1-1) takes on Bound Brook (2-1) in the Friday night Big Central Game of the Week driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland.

Kickoff is 7:00, and Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino will call all the action beginning with pregame at 6:45 on Central Jersey Sports Radio. Click here to listen live.

New Providence has dominated the all-time series, which has featured a matchup most seasons since it began in 1983, with a few pauses. The Pioneers lead 29-3, though the Crusaders won the last meeting, in Bound Brook in 2019, by a score of 24-6.

Bound Brook is seeking its first road win in the series since its only other road win in the series: 12-7 in 1992.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko preview the game with New Providence head coach Chet Parlavecchio Jr.:

Crusaders will need to improve line play to get back to winning ways against New Providence

It’s a returning cast of characters for Bound Brook, when the Crusaders face New Providence Friday night in the first of two Big Central Games of the Week driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland.

Senior Patrick LePoidevin has thrown for 646 yards and nine touchdowns without tossing a single pick.

And he’s got a lot of skill guys to throw or hand the ball off to.

There’s Jayden Brimmage and Sharrod Tedder on the receiving end. Brimmage has nine receptions for a massive 255 yards (28.3 per catch) and six scores, while Tedder has 32 for 271 and a touchdown.

And while Tedder is second in receiving yards, he leads the ground game with 271 yards on 32 rushes, with a touchdown.

But head coach Dave LePoidevin – the quarterback’s father – says line play has to improve for the team to have continued success in 2021, and that starts Friday night against New Providence, and bruising runningback Charlie Barth, who ran for over 1,700 yards and 25 touchdowns last year, while leading the Big Central in tackles with 115 tackles, good enough to finish top ten in the state.

Friday night’s game at New Providence kicks off at 7:00. Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino have the call with pregame starting at 6:45. You can listen to the game for free by clicking here.

Click below to hear Dom Savino talk with Bound Brook head coach Dave LePoidevin about the Crusaders’ early season, and Friday’s matchup with the Pioneers:

This Week in the Big Central – Episode 5: The Double Week

Two Big Central Games of the Week highlight Episode 5 of “This Week in the Big Central,” driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland.

We take a closer look at Sayreville’s upset of top-ranked and undefeated North Brunswick, and look at the hot start by Cranford.

Dom Savino catches up with former Edison standout Noah Stansbury, now at New Hampshire, then joins Mike for a look at the Top 10 slate, and we preview the rest of the weekend action.

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: