No. 30 St. Joseph Regional beats No. 17 Bergen Catholic for New Jersey Non-Public Group 4 state title

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Each and every year, the non-public schools in northern New Jersey spend an entire regular season beating up on each other and then comes the postseason, which seems a lot like the movie Groundhog Day where those same powers have to do it all over again.

Saturday night at MetLife Stadium, St. Joseph Regional (Montvale) gained revenge for a hard-fought 24-20 regular season loss to Bergen Catholic with a 13-0 shutout to claim New Jersey’s Non-Public Group 4 championship. BC entered the game ranked No. 17 in the High School Football America 100 national rankings, while St. Joe’s was No. 30. The two were also 1-2 in our New Jersey Top 25 high school football rankings.

In a rain-soaked game, SJR handed Bergen Catholic its first shutout loss in 29 years. The only touchdown came in the first-quarter when Audiric Estime scored on a three-yard run. After that it was all Angelo Guglielmello, who became New Jersey’s career leader in kicking points.

After booting the extra point to give St. Joe’s a 7-0 lead, Guglielmello booted two field goals to close-out the scoring. The kid known as “The Shoe” finishes his career with 253 points.

The state title is the 19th overall for the Green Knight, but only their second Group 4 championship.

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