It was a big weekend for New Jersey schools, as Don Bosco Prep and Bergen Catholic traveled Florida with hopes of increasing the Garden State's national profile. And although only the No. 1 Ironmen pulled out a 22-16 win against Manatee (BC fell 12-7 to Plant), both schools represented well in the two defensive struggles.
South Brunswick shot to the No. 10 spot after beating their second straight ranked opponent, this time defending sectional champ Piscataway, 28-7. Meanwhile, Montclair continued its strong start behind speed demon Khalif Herben's five touchdowns in a 48-24 win against West Orange.
On the national front, Don Bosco strengthened its hold on the top spot and Holy Spirit maintained its No. 45 ranking in the POWERADE FAB 50.
Here's how the state rankings shake out after Week 2:
1. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey) 2-0 (1)
Ironmen showed their resilience in 22-16 comeback victory against nationally ranked Manatee (Fla.) on the road. The nation's top squad will put its 37-game win streak on the line against 1-0 Ridgewood this Friday.
2. Holy Spirit (Absecon) 2-0* (2)
Despite having to forfeit last week's win due to an ineligible player, the Spartans didn't miss a beat, riding Donta Pollock's 235 rushing yards and three scores to a 42-14 win. A road contest against Bridgeton is on slate this week. (*does not include forfeits)
3. Bergen Catholic (Oradell) 1-1 (3)
The Crusaders lost a tough one to Plant (Fla.) by the count of 12-7, but between their solid effort against a power program and Piscataway's loss, BC stands pat in the rankings. Next up: Teaneck.