Tag: St. Joseph

Woodbridge takes sole possession of top spot in CJ Sports Radio Top Ten

Though they’ve only played one game, the Woodbridge Barrons sit alone atop the Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten.

Woodbridge shared the No. 1 position in the preseason and a week ago with Union, but took over on their own after the Farmers were knocked off by unranked Bridgewater-Raritan, which jumped into the poll at No. 5. The Barrons were dominant in a 34-0 win at in-town rival Colonia.

It was a tumultuous week in the Big Central Football Conference, as none of the ten teams in the Week 1 rankings retained the same spot in Week 2.

North Brunswick also entered the rankings after a win over No. 8 New Brunswick, 28-7.

Below are the Week 2 rankings.

This post has been updated to reflect Cranford and South Brunswick also receiving votes.

Union, Woodbridge share No. 1 again in Week One Top 10

Just as in the preseason Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten, Union and Woodbridge share the top spot.

Both teams were affected by COVID cancellations in Week One, but only the Farmers were able to play. Westfield’s program shutdown happened far enough in advance that Union was able to find an opponent; they traveled to Eastern down in South Jersey and won 39-15.

Linden, however, cancelled on Union in the middle of the week, too late for the Barrons to find a replacement game. Woodbridge will open at Colonia Friday night.

Below is the Week One Top Ten:

WATCH: Falcons feel confident flying with the Big Central’s big boys

As St. Joseph of Metuchen begins its tenth season of varsity football in 2020 – albeit a COVID-shortened one – there’s a good feeling in the air around Brenner Family Field.

The Falcons return a lot of the key pieces from a team that finished second in the Blue Division of the GMC’s swan song to Woodbridge, which finished the regular season undefeated.

And head coach Rich Hilliard’s team is confident, despite the fact they’ve been put in a division that includes all Group 5 schools: Westfield, Elizabeth, Ridge, Bridgewater-Raritan and Union. They’ll wrap up the season with a crossover at home against the aforementioned Barrons.

Senior defensive end and right tackle Gianni Principato says “I feel like we should go undefeated. As long as we come together, execute all our plays on offense and defense, we should be able to win every game.”

Hear more about what Principato, Hilliard, and seniors Donny Stralkus, Tommy Romond and Jordan Kinsler all have to say about the Falcons 2020 season by watching the video below.

GALLERY: St. Joe’s-Metuchen set to debut brand-new stadium at Brenner Family Field

The Falcons football program will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year, but it will be the first season St Joseph of Metuchen will play in a stadium of its very own.

Brenner Family Field now has full-size bleachers that can fit thousands, as opposed to a few scattered metal stands that only sat a few rows of fans each. There’s also a press box with a main section in the middle for officials, the PA announcer, writers and broadcasters, with separate rooms on the either side for assistant coaches. Videographers can shoot game film from either side of the box, which has two entrances and a dedicated stairwell so that those who need access don’t need to go through the bleachers.

The new seats will give parents, students and other fans a true birds-eye view of Brenner Family Field for the very first time.

“It’s a long time waiting,” says fourth-year head coach Rich Hilliard. “They finally got it done this year, and we can’t wait to use it.”

After a couple of years of JV play, the St. Joe’s varsity took the field for the first time in 2011, but still played four years before it got a nice artificial turf field, christening it on October 10th, 2015 with a shutout win over Perth Amboy.

“Our next phase is the visitors’ stands and the lights. The kids are very excited about the whole opportunity.”

On the field – no matter the surface – St. Joe’s has had tremendous success. The Falcons have won four divisional championships: three in the GMC White Division and one in the GMC Blue. All-time, they have a record of 58-30 (a .659 winning percentage).

But not having a stadium and press box didn’t make it easy.

“We used to bring a lift in for our coaches to go up in,” says Hilliard. “We’d have to get another lift for the traveling team.”

The St. Joseph student Internet radio station couldn’t go up in a lift; they would broadcast from a campus building around the 20-yard line, and more than 150 feet from the nearest sideline.

The first game at the new stadium is scheduled for Saturday, October 3rd at 1 pm when St. Joseph-Metuchen hosts Elizabeth as part of a six-game regular season schedule reduced by the NJSIAA in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Central Jersey Sports Radio will broadcast that game as part of its inaugural season of high school football play-by-play. Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino will have the call.