SUMMIT, NJ - If the Summit High School Varsity Football Team is going to defend their state sectional title, they are going to have to travel on the road to glory to get there, as the Maroon and White has been given the number five seed in the NJSSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Group 3 Tournament.
The Hilltoppers, 6-2 on the season, will open the playoffs November 9 at fourth-seeded West Side High School in Newark. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m.
The top eight seeds in Section 1, Group 3 are:
1 - Ramapo
2 - Rahway
3 - Pascack Valley
4 - West Side
5 - Summit
6 - Demarest
7 - Garfield
8 - Bergenfield
Should Summit emerge victorious against the Roughriders of West Side High, they will likely face top-seeded Ramapo, which will be a heavy favorite in their game versus Bergenfield.
West Side finished the regular season 8-1, holding the opposition scoreless in five of those eight wins. Like the Hilltoppers, however, the Roughriders enter the playoffs on a losing note, having dropped their regular-season finale to West Essex 23-20 on November 1. Summit was defeated 35-20 at home by Cranford on November 2 in its final game of the regular season.
The game will be played at Untermann Field, located at 289 Hobson Street in Newark.