With the playoffs underway, it shouldn't be a shocker to learn that this has been a helter-skelter week in the power rankings. That and more in this week's report.
The power rankings welcomes a newcomer to the scene as Hillside earned the 20th spot after its strong showing last week. It had all the answers against Manasquan, winning 36 - 10. Hillside did have the odds in its favor, but the team did even better than the MaxPreps state rankings indicated.
Can't Touch This
Bergen Catholic got a 35 - 17 win over Don Bosco Prep last week, and a key reason for the win was senior Rahmir Johnson. Johnson earned two touchdowns and 155 yards rushing the ball. That performance made Johnson one of the best players in the power rankings last week.
Movin on Up
Phillipsburg was the better team in every quarter against Irvington last week and consequently the better team overall. Phillipsburg picked up a decisive 'W' against Irvington, finishing up at 42 - 7. One major factor in the win was the play of senior Jack Stagaard, who threw for 189 yards and two touchdowns. The team's efforts were enough to boost its power ranking by ten, which was the most sizeable gain made by any team in the rankings.
No Stoppin 'Em
The match between Somerville and Rumson-Fair Haven last week put some strain on the scoreboard; in fact, with a total of 77 final points, it was the highest scoring contest in the power rankings for the week. Rumson-Fair Haven snuck past Somerville with a 42 - 35 victory. Rumson-Fair Haven saw its record improve to 9-2 and its power rank jump six places as a result.
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