What Happened: Hasbrouck Heights moved up a spot on a bye week to fourth. Then, when the rankings were released again at 4 pm, they had moved up another spot to third. Wood-Ridge, with its 16-14 loss to Wallington drops to 19th. Cresskill with its win over Emerson, further cemented its spot atop the rankings.
If the season ended today: Wood-Ridge would miss the top 16 and not qualify for the NJSIAA Playoffs for the second straight year. Hasbrouck Heights would host Bound Brook (5-1) in the opening round.
**Your mileage subject to change:" Earlier in the season there was an error in the formula for team’s that did not play not having their opponent strength index and power points adjusted for the games they had already played. This week the rankings were released twice, once at 10am, a second at 4 pm, with adjustments made for a missing result for Pompton Lakes.
The revision moved the Cardinals down a few spots, and there were a few other changes in Group. On Monday, the NJSIAA announced that they are going to be having “several” people reviews the calculations after the cutoff.
Underranked? New Providence can make the argument they get no love from the rankings, being ranked 18th despite having a 5-1 record, and behind five teams with four or fewer wins. Last year, they finished the regular season undefeated and were ranked 7th in North 2, and were rewarded with a trip to Hasbrouck Heights. Granted they got smoked (42-0), but no one beat the Aviators a year ago.
Overranked? Shabazz is currently 2-4. Sure they play a tough schedule, and just gave Cedar Grove (2nd) a game in a 42-38 shootout. Considering they have a defensive powerhouse for years, 38 points was usually good enough for a win. But at 2-4 you should not be ranked 10th, and comfortably in the playoffs. They are in position to actually start at home if they win their final two games against Newark Collegiate (2-4) and Hudson Catholic (1-6.) First year coach Tyrone Turner’s team is benefiting from starting the season with a high rating based off last year’s trip to the final.
Sliding: Wallkill Valley, which was was as high as second at one point, is now 13th after losing four straight games. Shabazz was first and is now 10th.
Rising: The biggest move up the standing belongs to Hoboken, despite a pedestrian 3-3 record, . A season opening loss to Lincoln (3-4, Group 2, South), a 10-point loss at Shabazz and a 6-point loss to unbeaten Group 2 power Verona are impressive efforts. Wins over Marist (46-0) is a no brainer and Glen Ridge is 1-5 were not impressive. But their win of Cedar Grove at home (44-38) is their signature win that gives the team pedigree.
Deja Vu: In 2018 three of the four teams playing in the North 1 and North 2 finals were from the NJIC. After six weeks, six of the top 10 ranks teams play in the NJIC.
Around the NJIC: Four NJIC teams are ranked in the top 16 in North Group 2: Lyndhurst (3), Waldwick (4), Glen Rock (12) and Hawthorne (15). Garfield is 11th in Group 3.
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