HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - A look at the North 2, Group 1, where Hasbrouck Heights was seeded first, and Park Ridge is the number two seed. The two New Jersey Interscholastic Conference teams are joined by a third, New Milford in the North 2, Group 1 bracket. Hasbrouck Heights is the defending North 2 champion.
North 2 Group 1
8) Bound Brook @ 1) Hasbrouck Heights
Hasbrouck Heights Record 7-1, NJIC Meadowlands
Last Playoff Appearance: 2018 - North Group 1 State Champion defeated New Providence, Weequahic, Shabazz (Sectional Championship) , Butler (Bowl Championship)
Against Teams In Playoffs: (L ) Cresskill 35-14, Butler (W) 25-21, Emerson (W) 21-0
NOTES: North 1, Group 1 Champion 2016, 2017, North 2 Group 1 Champ 2018, Bowl Champ 2018. Hasbrouck Heights is 39-2 since 2016. Second consecutive year the number 2 overall seed in Group 1. Last year, before the new seeding rules, was moved from natural section North 1 to North 2 when Pompton Lakes won the last week of the season.
Bound Brook: Record 6-3 League: Mid-State 38, Union Division
Last Playoff Appearance: 2016, North 2, Group 1, 2nd Seed. Defeated Newark Collegiate 36, 16, lost to Shabazz 67-16
Against Teams in Playoffs: New Providence (W) 27-6, Brearley (L) 27-6, Hillside (L) 53-0 (Group 2)
NOTES: One of the three teams from the Mid-State 38 Union Division to make the 16-team field in North Group 1, (New Providence and Brearley). Lost season opener to Voorhees, a Group 3 school, that finished 2-7.
5) Hoboken vs 4) New Milford
Hoboken: Record 5-3, League New Jersey Super Conference National White
Last Playoff Appearance: 2018, 6th seed, Lost to Weequahic, 14-6
Against Teams In Playoffs: 2-3 Lincoln (L) (South 2) 16-15, Shabazz (L) 32-22,, Cedar Grove (W) 44-38, Verona (W) (North Group 2) 26-20, Weequahic (W) 46-20
NOTES: Five teams in Division made playoffs, (Verona, Cedar Grove, Weequahic, Shabazz). High scoring team known for speed, scored over 40 points in all five of its wins.
New Milford: Record 6-2 League NJIC Liberty
Last Playoff Appearance 2018 Lost to Wallkill Valley 34-7
Against Team in Playoffs: Pompton Lakes (W) 19-7, Hawthorne (L)(Group II) 27-0, Lyndhurst (L) (Group II) 13-6
NOTES: 2016 and 2017 seasons came to an end against Hasbrouck Heights, with a 30-12 loss in the Meadowlands in Group 1 Final in 2016, 10-7 in New Milford in 2017 in the controversial “kick six” game that helped usher in instant replay to NJ High School football.
6) Brearley at 3) Weequahic
Brearley Record 8-1 League Mid-State 38 Union Division
Last Playoff Appearance; 2016; Lost at Hoboken 32-14
Against Teams In Playoffs; Cedar Grove (L) 31-7, Bound Brook (W) 22-19, New Providence (W) 35-13
NOTES: Brearley has won 8 in a row.
Weequahic: Record 4-4 League North Jersey Super Football Conference National White
Last Playoff Appearance: 2018 Beat Hoboken 14-6, Lost to Hasbrouck Heights 26-6
Against Teams in Playoffs: Morris Catholic (W) 20-15 (Non Public Group 2), Boonton (L) 25-22, Verona (L) 32-6 (Group 2I), Hoboken (L) 46-20, Cedar Grove (W) 36-34
NOTES: The Indians play a loaded schedule, but their #3 seeding has raised eyebrows due to the fact that they needed to bear Cedar Grove to finish at .500. Lost to Group 4 Orange, 14-6. Tornados finished 5-3, but did not make Group 4 playoffs.
(7) Wallkill Valley at (2) Park Ridge
Wallkill Valley Record: 4-5 League: North Jersey Football Super Conference National Red
Last Playoff Appearance: 2018 Beat New Milford 34-7, Lost to Park Ridge 20-0
Against Teams in Playoff: Kinnelon (W) 38-36 (Group 2), Parsippany (L), 17-0 (Group 2I), Sussex Tech (L) 48-0 (Group 2), High Point (L) 40-21 (Group 2), Newton (L) 27-19 (Group 2), Lenape Valley (L) 35-13 (Group 2)
NOTES: The Rangers have played more Group II than Group I schools this season. Needed a 27-7 win over 2-7 Hopatcong to break a five game losing streak, after opening season 3-0.
Park Ridge: Record (7-1), North Jersey Interscholastic Conference Patriot Division
Last Playoff Appearance: 2018 Beat Cresskill 49-34, Boonton 48-26, Lost to Butler 35-28
Against Teams in Playoff: Emerson (W) 21-7, Cresskill 29-29 (W), Lyndhurst (L) 34 (Group II).
NOTES: The Owls lost to Lyndhurst in the NJIC Championship game last Friday. The last two teams to lose in the NJIC Bowl Championship Final (Hasbrouck Heights (2017) and Rutherford (2018)) won a state championship that season. Park Ridge lost to Butler in North 1, Group 1 Final a year ago.
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