High-SchoolNew-Jersey: Khalif Herbin

Wayne Hills, Immaculata fall in final NJ regular season football rankings

November, 7, 2011
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For two of the last three weeks, Wayne Hills had survived near upset bids with late rallies. But after falling behind in Friday's contest against St. Joseph (Mont.), there was no such comeback. Behind Spencer Aukamp's four touchdowns, the Green Knights handed Wayne Hills their first loss of the season.

Immaculata also fell for the first time this year. The Spartans' attack took a major hit when quarterback Antonio Najale went down with a shoulder injury in a 37-6 loss to Westfield. Whether the junior will be ready for the upcoming playoffs remains in question.

These outcomes brought some movement in the rankings, as Wayne Hills fell several spots and Immaculata dropped out of the top 10 altogether. Taking its place is Red Bank Catholic, which has put up 45-plus points in three of its last four wins.

Nationally, Don Bosco Prep once again earned all five of the first-place votes in the POWERADE FAB 50 after beating Clifton 56-8 behind Jabrill Peppers' three scores.

With the regular season wrapped up, that'll do it for our rankings until we post our final state rankings following the always wild state playoffs. In the meantime, stay tuned for postseason updates each Monday.

Here are how the final regular season rankings shake out (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey) 8-0 (1)
Completed another undefeated regular season with a 56-8 win against Clifton. Jabrill Peppers' three scores helped the Ironmen secure their 43rd straight victory. Now they will look to win their sixth straight state title.

2. Bergen Catholic (Oradell) 6-2 (3)
After enduring a brutal regular-season schedule, the Crusaders got some time to rest before entering the playoffs.

3. Montclair 8-0 (4)
Khalif Herbin was at it again, racking up 229 rushing yards and four scores in the first half of the Mounties' 38-0 win against Livingston.

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Montclair rises up, Holy Spirit drops out of Week 7 NJ football rankings

October, 24, 2011
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Results as of Sunday, Oct. 23

For three years, Montclair had come up short against rival East Orange, but with Khalif Herbin lighting up the scoreboard during an undefeated start, the Mounties figured this year could be different.

Boy, were they right. Behind Herbin's 207 rushing yards and three touchdowns, the Mounties easily beat East Orange, 35-7, this past Saturday. The big win moved the Mounties up to No. 4 while pushing the Jaguars to the opposite edge of the rankings at No. 10.

Holy Spirit also stumbled, falling to an emerging Hammonton squad, 37-14, for its second loss of the season. The defeat furthers a tough season for the Spartans, who forfeited their first game due to an ineligible player, lost 34-7 to rival St. Joseph (Mont.) and have now fallen out of the top 10.

Taking their spot is Delbarton, which has beaten its opponents by an average of nearly four touchdowns after shutting out West Morris Mendham, 35-0.

Nationally -- you guessed it — Don Bosco Prep remained at No. 1, earning all five first-place votes in the POWERADE FAB 50.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings are in parentheses):

1. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey) 6-0 (1)
Ironmen didn't mess a beat after their bye week, easily beating Passaic Tech by the score of 63-15. Next up: Paramus Catholic.

2. Wayne Hills 7-0 (2)
After a close win last week, the Patriots earned their fourth shutout of the season in a 49-0 victory against Bergen Tech. Next up: Ramapo.

3. Bergen Catholic (Oradell) 5-2 (3)
Quarterback Jonathan Germano totaled four touchdowns in a 54-0 win against Paterson Eastside. Next up: 5-2 St. Peter's Prep.

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Leading up to this Saturday's matchup, East Orange (6-0) and Montclair (5-0) have racked up a handful of impressive stats.

There's the 819 rushing yards and 18 scores on just 59 carries by Montclair's Khalif Herbin. There's the 5.8 points per game allowed by East Orange's stingy defense this season. And there's the undefeated records that both highly ranked teams boast. But in a contest like this, it's probably best to throw out the numbers.

Whether Herbin can break loose against the East Orange defense is the big storyline here. Last year, the Jaguars limited the back to 156 total yards in a 28-14 win. But this isn't the same Mounties squad. Herbin is much improved, as is a defense that's coming off a 49-0 shutout of Belleville.

East Orange boasts its own explosive backfield in Najee Williams, Rammel Tisdale and Shamier Moon, who each topped 100 yards in last week's 56-21 victory against Bloomfield. Whether they can get going again will also be key to the outcome.

These teams are so evenly matched that it could come down to something as simple as homefield advantage, which Montclair holds this year.
UPSET ALERT: Montclair 38, East Orange 35

Brandon Parker covers New Jersey for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley renew rivalry in Week 3 NJ football

September, 23, 2011
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About this time last year, Passaic County rivals Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley each brought 2-0 records into their annual clash with Wayne Hills as the favorite. But the Patriots got a scare, falling behind 10-7 early before clawing back for a 21-6 victory. Some weeks later, the two met again and the Patriots again took care of business, winning 48-0 en route to the North 1, Group 3 sectional championship.

All of that is certainly not lost on either team as they face off in similar circumstances tonight. Wayne Valley is seeking revenge while No. 4 Wayne Hills is looking to continue its dominance. The Indians will lean on the home crowd as well as tailbacks Alesandro Trani and Anthony Lanberg, but their defense will be key. Patriots wideout Andrew Monahan scored three times one quarter last week and leads an offense that's outscored opponents 72-7 in two games.
My pick: Wayne Hills 31, Wayne Valley 17

No. 8 Montclair (2-0) at Seton Hall Prep (1-1)
The Pirates' task against Montclair is simple: Stop Khalif Herbin. If only that were easier done than said. The dual-threat back has already scored eleven touchdowns and topped 500 yards rushing during the Mounties' quick start. Plus, on defense All-State lineman Julian Pinnix-Odrick will be pursuing Pirates QB Sean Maguire. No small task, but if anything the Pirates can try to match the Mounties on the scoreboard.
My pick: Montclair 35, Seton Hall Prep 24

Linden (0-1) at Elizabeth (2-0)
The Tigers have had a week to regroup after falling to a strong Hunterdon Central squad in the opener. Running back Ruhann Peele makes Linden a threat to score on almost every play, but Elizabeth will have some say in that. After losing by 29 points to the Tigers last season, Elizabeth looks like a formidable opponent, led by quarterback P.J. Walker (660 passing yards, seven TDs). Plus, the Minutemen are fresh off a win against the very squad that beat Linden, which is why I think this year's contest will have a happier ending for Elizabeth.
My pick: Elizabeth 24, Linden 17

Timber Creek (2-0) at Moorestown (2-0)
In two wins this season, Moorestown has displayed a balanced attack. Quarterback Andrew Lisa has looked solid (450 yards, four scores, no picks), tailback Delaney Wallace has reached the end zone four times and five players have caught at least two passes this year. But that all will be tested against a Timber Creek defense that features highly touted LB Quanzell Lambert as well as lineman Greg Webb. This one should go down to the wire, but I think Timber Creek's defense makes the difference.
My pick: Timber Creek 17, Moorestown 14

Brandon Parker covers New Jersey for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

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