Tag: Top Ten

Gap narrows at the top, but Somerville remains cream of Big Central Media Poll crop in Week 6

When it took over first place in Week 3 from North Brunswick following a Raiders loss to Sayreville, the Somerville Pioneers had four of the six first place votes, and 55 points.

Though they remain atop the media rankings in Week 6, they’ve had three votes the last few times out, but are down to 45 points in the survey, ten points off their high water mark.

And only five points separates Somerville from the fourth place team, Woodbridge, which got the other three first-place picks. Places five through eight are a big drop down, then it goes down to nine and ten, with five BCC teams also receiving votes.

Sayreville debuts at No. 10.

Following is the Week 6 Big Central Media Poll:

Somerville holds, Sayreville debuts in Week 6 Central Jersey Sports Radio Big Central Top Ten

Idle Somerville – waylaid by a COVID-related cancellation for the second straight year against Phillipsburg – remains in the top spot of the Central Jersey Sports Radio Big Central Conference rankings for Week 6.

In fact, the top six places saw no change, which has been a fairly typical occurrence this season; the top half has generally remained steady, while the bottom few teams tend to change week to week.

The Week 6 rankings found seventh-ranked Bridgewater-Raritan dropping out after its third loss of the season, this week a 49-21 decision at No. 3 Union.

Tenth-ranked Colonia also bowed out, dropping its second game this season, a 27-14 loss at No. 7 Cranford.

Making its debut in the rankings this week was Sayreville, after a 34-6 win over Piscataway. The Bombers are 3-2 and own a road win at ranked North Brunswick last month.

Below are the Week 6 rankings:

It’s still The ‘Ville atop Big Central Media Poll; Bridgewater-Raritan makes its debut after big road win

For the second week in a row, Somerville and Woodbridge split the first-place votes in the Week 5 Big Central Media Poll – three apiece – but the Pioneers held on to the top spot in the survey.

Woodbridge came in fourth, down a spot from last week, as Hillsborough climbed one position on the strength of a road win against then-No. 5 Ridge, which fell to seventh.

Bridgewater-Raritan entered the poll for the first time this year, despite a 3-2 mark, but on the strength of a 17-7 road win at then-No. 7 Phillipsburg, which dropped out of the poll, having fallen to 2-3.

Colonia and Phillipsburg also received votes.

Below is the Week 6 poll:

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:

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 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:

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:

North Brunswick takes over top spot in CJSR Week 1 Top Ten

Locked in a 21-all tie Friday night against their old Thanksgiving Day rivals, North Brunswick used a balanced attack to score four touchdowns in about five minutes of game action and 35 unanswered points to pick up a season-opening 56-21 win over South Brunswick.

That win, coupled with Somerville’s loss to Northern Highlands – albeit a very good Highlander team, the defending North 1 Group 4 champ from 2019 – flipped the top two spots in the Central Jersey Sports Radio Week One Top Ten.

Somerville finished atop CJSR’s first-ever final rankings in 2019, after beating Woodbridge in the first round of postseason games. The Barrons had been a unanimous No. 1 most of the year. And the Pioneers led the preseason CJSR rankings this year.

But after Week One, North Brunswick has taken the top spot, gaining both first-place votes.

Hillside was the only team to drop out of the rankings, doing so after a 14-7 loss to unranked Bernards – their first loss to the Mountaineers since 2016 – which jumped into the Comets’ spot in the Top Ten. Bernards was the only Big Central team to beat a ranked opponent in Week One

Here’s the Week One Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten:

Somerville leads the pack, a unanimous pick in preseason Top Ten

The Somerville Pioneers closed out the COVID-shortened 2020 football season as Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Team of the Year, a unanimous Number One pick in the final rankings.

They start 2021 right where they left off.

Despite the loss of CJSR Offensive Player of the Year Cookie Desiderio and Defensive Player of the Year A.J. Pena, the ‘Ville is expected to have enough talent and explosiveness on offense to still be a championship contender this fall, led by runningback Jaimen Bryant and quarterback Mike Miller.

READ MORE: Miller, Bryant ready to lead Somerville air attack

Nipping at their heels at No. 2 is North Brunswick, led by Frankie Garbolino at QB and a host of other returning offensive players.

Below is the Central Jersey Sports Radio Preseason Top Ten:

Note: There will be no new rankings after the Week Zero games, since only a fraction of league teams participated. New rankings will be out following Week One and all subsequent weeks, except during the state playoffs.

Somerville also was a unanimous No. 1 in the Big Central Media Poll, getting all six first-place votes. The Media Poll includes votes from Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino, MyCentralJersey football analyst Marcus Borden, longtime Courier News sportswriter Harry Frezza, Big Central Gridiron’s Greg Machos, and the King James Radio Network’s Korbid Thompson.

Below is the preseason Big Central Media Poll:

Rutgers Prep steamrolls everyone, runs wire-to-wire with No. 1 ranking to be named CJSR Girls’ Basketball Team of the Year

Here are the two numbers you need to know: 31 and 45.

Want us to use them in a sentence? OK.

The Rutgers Prep girls’ basketball team allowed a paltry 31 points per game this year, while beating teams by an average of 45 points.

And we did not just pull those numbers out of a hat.

En route to a perfect 13-0 season, and the Skyland Conference Tournament’s top pod title, Rutgers Prep blitzed all comers this season, and finishes 2021 where it began: as the Number One team in the Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten, earning them the honor of our 2021 Girls’ Basketball Team of the Year.

No one even came close.

How good was Rutgers Prep?

Let’s put it this way. No disrespect to any other team, but if you actually ranked the teams in terms of how good they were, Rutgers Prep would be No. 1, and the next team behind them might be at No. 3.

The Argonauts are also ranked No. 21 in the nation – not the state, the nation – by ESPN, behind No. 13 St. John Vianney, but a spot ahead of Trenton Catholic, which is scheduled to close after this academic year, and to whom Rutgers Prep lost last year in the Non-Public South B finals.

LISTEN: An audio retrospective on Rutgers Prep girls’ dominance in 2021, with Mary Klinger, Christina Dalce, Belle Pellecchia

Monroe – the winner of the Greater Middlesex Conference’s top bracket, the Somogyi Family Pod – checked in at No. 2, avenging its only loss of the season in the Somogyi Pod title game, using a second half rally to beat St. Thomas Aquinas in their second meeting of the year.

Below are the final girls’ basketball rankings for 2021, including postseason achievements: