Bergen Catholic tops final High School Football America New Jersey Top 10

Bergen Catholic’s first state championship since 2004 lands the Crusaders on-top of the final High School Football America New Jersey Top 10.  BC beat former No. 2 St. Peter’s Prep Friday night for the state’s Non-Public Group 4 title.

Non-Public Group 3 champ DePaul jumps two spots to No. 2 after beating St. Joseph Regional (Montvale) 7-3 in the title game.  St. Peter’s Prep finishes No. 3, while St. Joe’s finishes No. 4.

All four of the top teams are also part of the High School Football America Top 100 national rankings.

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Two teams enter the rankings for the first time this year.  Central Group 5 champ South Brunswick breaks-in at No. 8 after knocking-off former No. 8 Manalapan 18-14 in the championship game.

South Jersey Group 5 champ Lenape finishes 2017 ranked No. 9 after beating Rancocas Valley 10-7 for the title.  The win reversed an early October regular match-up between the two that saw Rancocas Valley win 10-7.

High School Football America New Jersey Top 10

No. 1 Bergen Catholic 10-2, LW: #1

No. 2 St. Peter’s Prep 9-3, LW: #2

No. 3 DePaul Catholic 8-3, LW: #4

No. 4 St. Joseph Regional (Montvale) 8-4, LW: #3

No. 5 Pope John XXIII 6-4, LW: #6

No. 6 Paramus Catholic 5-6, LW: #5

No. 7 St. Joseph (Hammonton) 12-0, LW: #7

No. 8 South Brunswick 11-1, LW: NR

No. 9 Lenape 11-1, LW: NR

No. 10 Rancocas Valley 10-2, LW: #10

Dropped-out: No. 8 Manalapan, No. 9 Phillipsburg

Editor’s Note: The High School Football America national, regional and state rankings are developed using our proprietary algorithm.

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