New York High School: Don Bosco

Bosco wins Bergen County title

May, 30, 2012

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The Don Bosco baseball team won its second straight Bergen County baseball title as it defeated Paramus, 9-0, Monday afternoon. It's the fifth title in seven years for Bosco.

The Ironmen, ranked No. 39 nationally in the Powerade FAB 50 poll, received a strong pitching effort from starter Tommy Burns as they improved to 23-3 on the year. Andrew Herrara hit a homer to ignite Bosco as they dominated Paramus.

Bosco now advances to the North Non-Public A tournament, where it will meet Pope John on Tuesday.

Toal on Peppers: It's AAU basketball

February, 15, 2012
Don Bosco running back/cornerback Jabrill Peppers transferred last week to Paramus Catholic, a move that Don Bosco head coach Greg Toal sees as a page out the playbook from another sport.

"AAU basketball, that is what this has become," Toal said last week about Peppers transferring. "Figure it out. You have street agents. Like (St. Anthony (N.J.) basketball coach) Bobby Hurley said, you have so many street agents and that problem is becoming a high school problem. That's what it becomes. It's becoming just like AAU basketball."

Toal is referencing the documented culture of AAU basketball, where street agents are known to act as advisors for recruits, helping them choose their future schools and sometimes holding more clout than the players' actual high school coach. Players will also go to certain schools or play for certain AAU basketball teams to be linked up with specific individuals.

A New York Times article from March of 2011 talked to college and high school coaches who mentioned the changing culture of high school football recruiting, talking about street agents and the AAU basketball culture's effect on that aspect of their sport.

Peppers, who helped Bosco win the mythical national title this past season, was selected as a third-team ESPNHS All-American and an ESPNHS Underclass All-American. Peppers rushed for 912 yards and 20 touchdowns this season while also hauling in three touchdowns, according to stats available on

He is one the premier talents in the country and figured to be one of Bosco's key players moving forward as it tried to defend its national title. The Ironmen never lost a game while Peppers was on the roster and currently have a 46-game win streak.

Don Bosco athletic director Bryan McAleer said that Peppers officially withdrew from the Ramsey school on Feb. 9. He said that Bosco is making sure that there was no illegal recruiting when it came to Peppers' decision to transfer.

"We're going to due our due diligence to make sure that everything is done correctly and make sure moving forward that people do things the right way," McAleer said. "We want to make sure that this was handled the right way."

Paramus Catholic would not comment about Bosco looking into any potential illegal recruiting.

"Because they're looking into it and because we don't want to draw any specific attention to one individual in the school, we really don't have any comment on the matter," Paramus Catholic Athletic Director Scott Langan said.

Peppers, who did not return multiple calls seeking comment, told The Record (N.J.) that his move had nothing to do with athletics and comfort level played a big role in his decision to leave Don Bosco. He told the paper that he felt uncomfortable at Don Bosco and his mother backed up those statements to the paper.

"A lot has been going on, now that the news has been out there, people had been acting strangely toward me, a lot of comments made," Peppers told the paper. "The longer I prolonged the decision, the worse it would get."

He also said to The Record: "I just kept thinking I have to get out of here soon. It was bad. I didn't want to eat. I didn't want to do anything."

The sophomore started classes at Paramus Catholic on Feb. 9, according to school president James Vail. According to Big North rules, Peppers would have to sit out for 30 days next season as a transfer student, but Vail said that Peppers' mother told him that she is looking to move her residence so she can be closer to her employment, which could potentially waive the missed games.

Peppers is the second high-profile prospect that helped Bosco win its national title leave the school. Colorado-bound defensive back Yuri Wright was kicked out of the school for explicit twitter messages shortly before National Signing Day.

Bosco & Bergen can upgrade schedule

February, 9, 2012
Next season should be a more competitive football season for Don Bosco and Bergen Catholic.

The two New Jersey powerhouses have been allowed to play five out-of-state games, being granted special permission by the NJSIAA to forgo the 70 percent rule that used to dictate the teams schedules. Both schools are pleased about the scheduling changes that should allow them to replace two weaker public school teams on their schedule. The teams previously were allowed three out-of-state contests.

"It's a good rule and I think it makes sense," Don Bosco coach Greg Toal said. "It gives us an opportunity to play more teams and frees us up to not have to play as many public schools. We can challenge our kids. No one likes huge mismatches and I think this has started to eliminate some of that and evens up the playing field."

Don Bosco and Bergen Catholic, who played for the NJSIAA Non-Public Group 4 title this past season, asked their conference, the Big North, if they could be granted a waiver to allow them to forgo the 70 percent rule. That rule made sure that New Jersey teams had to play 70 percent of their games against New Jersey foes.

The two schools were allowed to play three non-state games this past season, taking advantage of it to play schools from California and Florida, among other states. The schools will be allowed a two-year period to test it out and then it will be revisited.

"I think it's great and in the best interest of all teams involved," Bergen Catholic coach Nunzio Campanile said. "When we can make rules that benefit everybody, it's a situation where people are working together and I just think it's a great thing for every school and just not for our two schools."

The root of the additional games is to allow for more competitive games in New Jersey, by possibly eliminating games between the two schools and public schools. When Bosco and Bergen Catholic played public schools teams last season, the games weren't close.

Bosco beat three New Jersey public schools teams last season by a combined score of 154-23. Bergen Catholic beat its two New Jersey public school foes by a combined score of 116-12.

By potentially eliminating the public schools games and replacing them with tough competition from around the country, Bosco and Bergen Catholic raise their national profile and get better competition. The public schools teams will be able make teams that are closer to their level. In order for the games to be dropped, it must be a mutual agreement between both sides.

"It provides equal opportunity for our young men to seek competition that equals the playing field across the board and that's what high school sports is all about," Bosco Athletic Director Bryan McAleer said. "You want to make sure you have an equal chance of winning."

Bosco has out-of-state games scheduled against Alta (Utah), Gilman (Md.) at the Naval Academy and a game against St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) is pending a contractual agreement. The Ironmen would like to add two more games, but would have to host those final two games.

Bergen Catholic will take on New York powerhouse St. Anthony's in Long Island, face Bishop Gorman (Nev.), play Cocoa (Fla.) and added on Thursday Friendship Academy (D.C.) to its schedule. The Cocoa game replaced a previously scheduled game against Ridgewood and the game against Passaic County Tech may get replaced.

"I think everybody feels that the true lessons are learned when teams are challenge and faced adversity," Campanile said. "Blowout games do not benefit anybody and we all recognize that and want a chance to compete and to be successful."

Final Tri-state poll

December, 12, 2011
The Connecticut state finals were held this weekend, wrapping up all the action in the Tri-state area. Since the two Connecticut teams in the poll, New Canaan and Staples, both lost, it allows two familiar teams to re-enter the poll for its finality. With the help of ESPNHS, Let's take a look at the final poll:

1. Don Bosco (11-0): Bosco went wire to wire as the No. 1 team in the country and claimed the title as the mythical national champions.

2. St. Anthony's (10-0): St. Anthony's has not lost now in the Catholic High School Football League for the past two seasons and continues to be the league's dominant team.

3. St. Joseph (Montvale) (10-2): St. Joseph had a tough loss on Thanksgiving against Bosco but winning the Non-Public Group 3 title is all any of the players will rememeber.

4. Wayne Hils (11-1): Wayne Hills won the Section 1 Group 4 title but its the suspension of the nine players that is going to be remembered about this year.

5. Bergen Catholic (8-3): For the second straight year, Bergen Catholic's quest for a state title fell short as the Crusaders lost to Bosco. No shame in that.

6. Delbarton (11-1): It's never easy to lose in a title game but that one loss to St. Joseph (Montvale) ended up being Delbarton's only blemish on the year.

7. Lincoln (13-0): Lincoln has not lost a game in the PSAL over the past two seasons and won its first Public Schools Athletic League title since 1993.

8. Piscataway (11-2): Piscataway won the Section 2 Group 4 title and moves up two spots for the final poll of the year with Staples and New Canaan losing.

9. Montclair (11-1): Montclair was a steady presence in the poll all year but a loss to North Bergen in the North 1 Group 4 title game stopped a perfect season.

10. Masuk (11-1): Masuk ran into a rock in the Class "L" semifinals as it lost to Daniel Hand, who went on to win the entire tournament.

Week 14: Tri-state poll

December, 7, 2011
Once the teams in Connecticut finish up, football in the Tri-state region will be over. Don Bosco won its state title this weekend, Lincoln won the PSAL title and there were plenty of other champions. With the help of ESPNHS, Let's take a look at the poll:

1. Don Bosco (11-0): Bosco dominated Bergen Catholic to win its sixth straight title and second straight against Bergen Catholic. Up next: Season over.

2. St. Anthony's (10-0): St. Anthony's moves up to the No. 2 spot in the poll with Bergen Catholic losing this past weekend. Up next: Season over.

3. St. Joseph (Montvale) (10-2): St. Joseph makes the big jump up the rankings after beating Delbarton for the Non-Public Group 3 title. Up next: Season over.

4. Wayne Hils (11-1): Without its nine suspended players, Wayne Hills still defeated Northern Valley for the Section 1 Group 4 title. Up next: Season over.

5. Bergen Catholic (8-3): For the second time this season, Bergen Catholic fell to Don Bosco, this one for the state title. Up next: Season over.

6. Delbarton (11-1): Delbarton lost its first game of the year to St. Joseph (Montvale) in the title game. Up next: Season over.

7. Lincoln (13-0): Lincoln won its first PSAL title since 1983 by defeating Erasmus Hall on Tuesday night. Up next: Season over.

8. Staples (12-0): Staples makes its first appearance in the poll and will be playing for the Class LL title. Up next: Dec. 10, vs. Xavier.

9. New Canaan (11-1): After defeating Windsor, New Canaan will meet Daniel Hand for the Class L title on Saturday. Up next: Dec. 10, vs. Hand.

10. Piscataway (11-2): Piscataway makes its first appearance in the poll after winning the Section 2 Group 4 title against Elizabeth. Up next: Season over.

Rapid Reaction: Bosco 42, Bergen 14

December, 2, 2011
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – It’s not flashy and it is cliché. But defense does win games. Don Bosco proved that when it used four interceptions and a blocked punt to oust rival Bergen Catholic Friday night to win the Non-Public Group IV Championships, 42-14, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Bosco won the mythical national championship for finishing the season ranked as the No. 1 team in the ESPNHS POWERADE FAB 50 rankings.

HOW THE GAME WAS WON: Don Bosco (11-0) jumped on Bergen Catholic (8-3) early, turning Kyle Sakowski’s first of two interceptions into 1-yard touchdown run for quarterback Mike Yanovich. After a quick three-and-out by BC, the Ironmen, who won their 46th consecutive game, promptly went up two scores when Elijah Shumate rumbled in a 5-yard touchdown run.

Jabrill Peppers also scored a 36-yard TD run that decided the scoring in the final two minutes.

Shumate scored the second of his four touchdowns, when he punched in a 1-yarder to put Don Bosco ahead 21-7 at the half.

TURNING POINT: Darius Hamilton set the tone of the game straight from the third play from scrimmage. He crashed into the backfield and sacked Jonathan Germano for a six-yard loss. Two plays later Sakowski collected his first interception and the Ironmen defense kept rolling

STAR OF THE GAME: Shumate made sure to do a little of everything. On top of his three scores on the ground, the picked off a pass from Germano that bounced off John Tsimis' fingertips and returned it 20 yards to give DBP a 28-7 lead two minutes into the second half.

But the real star is the Don Bosco defense that collected four interceptions. Hamilton had three sacks. Razohnn Gross and Spencer Scannell also had interceptions.

Click here for a photo gallery of the game.

Game of the Week: Bosco vs. Bergen

December, 1, 2011

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Bergen Catholic quarterback Jonathan Germano flips the ball to running back Michael Gerst when the teams last met on Sep. 30.
As they walked off the field on Sept. 30, the Don Bosco and Bergen Catholic football teams knew that game wouldn't be their only clash this season. There had to be a rematch down the line between the bitter rivals.

"We probably figured we'd see them again," said Bosco head coach Greg Toal, whose team won the first game. "I thought they were a good team and we were probably the two best teams in the state."

This Friday, the teams will have that rematch they saw coming more than two months ago.'s Game of the Week pits the nation's No. 1 team and top-seeded Don Bosco will face No. 2 Bergen Catholic for the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Non-Public Group 4 title. It will take place at 8 p.m. at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

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Bosco sophomore Jabrill Peppers celebrates a touchdown against Bergen Catholic last September.
Bosco (10-0) is looking for its sixth straight state title while Bergen Catholic (8-2) is out to win its first title since 2004. The two teams met for the title last season, with Bosco emerging with a 37-27 victory.

"These are two powerhouses," Bosco sophomore running back Jabrill Peppers said. "We're a couple of miles away and there is just nothing for us like playing Bergen."

Bosco and Bergen played one of the better games of the season this year when they met on Sept. 30. Bergen led that game in the fourth quarter before the Ironmen rallied for an eventual 33-22 win. Bergen Catholic head coach Nunzio Campanile called the loss a missed opportunity.

That game's significance differs depending on which coach you ask. Toal said you might as well throw that game away. He just wants his team to go play and believes that everything is going to be different this time . For Campanile's squad, it knows that it can play with the best of the best.

"I do believe that we're the top two teams in the state. One of the things that I think makes us difference is that our kids really believe they can win," Campanile said. "I don't know if every team goes on the field thinking they can win against Bosco, a lot of teams hope, but champions believe it can be done and believe 100 percent that they can win."

Both teams are confident for Friday's game. Peppers remembered the previous game as one of full of mental mistakes and miscues for his team. While he acknowledges it's hard to beat a team twice during the season, he believes that if Bosco plays up to its potential there won't be a fourth quarter rally this time around.

"If we come out and just punch them in the gut and get on a quick roll and put up numbers like we did in our last game (a 41-0 win vs. St. Joseph's), it shouldn't be close," Peppers said.

Bergen Catholic quarterback Jonathan Germano said his team needed to make a few more big plays last time against Bosco. He said that last year's title game still resonates him and he never wants to experience that feeling of losing a title game again.

"They're a great team and we have to play our best game but I think if we play our best game, we can beat them," Germano said. "We just play like a team and everyone plays for each other and we just all work together to go get this win."

Don Bosco and Bergen Catholic have played many memorable games over the year. Friday night, they’ll add one more to their history. It doesn't get any bigger for these two rivals than having hardware on the line.

Said Toal: "It's fitting that we are playing in this game."

Week 13: Tri-state poll

November, 29, 2011
All ten teams in our poll have already won their titles or will be playing for them in the next weeks. Of course, we have a great game on tap this week with Don Bosco taking on Bergen Catholic. With the help of ESPNHS, we present this week's rankings.

1. Don Bosco (10-0): Take a minute to think about how impressive their Thanksgiving win against St. Joseph (Montvale) was. Up next: Dec. 2, vs. Bergen Catholic.

2. Bergen Catholic (8-2): After beating Paramus Catholic on Thanksgiving, Bergen now gets its rematch vs. Bosco. Up next: Dec. 2, vs. Bosco.

3. St. Anthony's (10-0): The Friars remain in the three spot as their season is already over. Up next: Season over.

4. Montclair (11-0): An easy win over Bloomfield and Montclair is now undefeated as it will play for the North 1 Group 4 title. Up next: Dec. 2, vs. North Bergen.

5. Masuk (10-0): Masuk destroyed Newtown on Thanksgiving and is now the top seed in the Class "L" playoffs. Up next: Nov. 29, vs. North Haven.

6. Delbarton (11-0): Delbarton will play St. Joseph (Montvale) for the Non-Public Group 3 title. Up next: Dec. 2, vs. St. Joseph (Montvale).

7. Wayne Hils (10-1): Unfortunately, Wayne Hills is making news for all the wrong reasons heading into its title game with nine players being suspended . Up next: Dec. 2, vs. Northern Valley.

8. St. Joseph (Montvale) (9-2): We can't drop St. Joseph that far for losing to Don Bosco last week. Up next: Dec. 2, vs. Delbarton.

9. Lincoln (12-0): Lincoln is back to the PSAL final and looking to atone last year's loss to Fort Hamilton. Up next: Dec. 6, vs. Erasmus Hall.

10. Erasmus Hall (9-3): Erasmus Hall has made it to the PSAL title game after upsetting Tottenville in the semis. Up next: Dec. 6, vs. Lincoln.

Bosco finishes regular season undefeated

November, 25, 2011
Don Bosco added yet another undefeated regular season to its storied history as it defeated St. Joseph (Montvale), 41-0, on the road on Thursday. Bosco won all nine of its regular season games and is now 10-0 on the season with just its Non-Public Group 4 state title game against Bergen Catholic on Dec. 2 remaining.

Like so many games this season, sophomore sensation Jabrill Peppers had a fantastic game to lead the way for the Ironmen. The running back scored three touchdowns and also added an interception when he played on defense. The win marked the third time this season that Bosco had shutout an opponent.

St. Joseph (Montvale) came into the game at 9-1 and one of the top-ranked teams in New Jersey but like most teams that played Bosco this season, came away on the wrong side of a blowout. The 41 points it yielded are by far the most it has given up all season as it had only surrendered 43 points total in its last five games.

Bosco, ranked No. 1 in the nation, will look for an undefeated season when it plays Bergen on Friday. The two teams met earlier this year, a 33-22 win for Bosco in a game in which the Ironmen trailed in the fourth quarter. The game will be played at MetLife Stadium.

Week 12: Tri-state poll

November, 22, 2011
There's only one slight change to the poll this week as Red Bank Catholic falls out of the top 10 after losing to Delbarton and undefeated New York City power Lincoln enters the mix. With the help of ESPNHS, let's check out the rankings.

1. Don Bosco (9-0): Don Bosco is going to try to win its sixth straight Non-Public Group 4 state title after it demolished Paramus Catholic in the semis. Up next: Nov. 24, at St. Joseph (Montvale).

2. Bergen Catholic (7-2): Bergen dominated St. Peter's Prep in the semifinals and will get a rematch for the state title against Bosco. Up next: Nov. 24, Paramus Catholic.

3. St. Anthony's (10-0): The Friars continued their reign as the top team in New York City after winning their 10th CHSFL title in the past 11 years with a win over Archbishop Stepinac in the "AAA" final. Up next: Season over.

4. Montclair (10-0): Montclair is off to the the North 1 Group 4 finals after a shutout against West Orange. Up next: Nov. 23, at Bloomfield.

5. Masuk (9-0): Masuk had the week off and looks to secure an undefeated regular season when it hosts Newtown. Up next: Nov. 23, vs. Newtown.

6. St. Joseph (Montvale) (9-1): St. Joseph obliterated Immaculata in the Non-Public Group 3 semifinals to set up a final against Delbarton. Next, it gets the nation's top team on Thanksgiving. Up next: Nov. 24, vs. Don Bosco.

7. Delbarton (9-1): Delbarton survived a tough game against Red Bank Catholic in the semifinals and will play St. Joseph for the title. Up next: Nov. 25, vs. Randolph.

8. Wayne Hils (10-1): Wayne Hills is one win away from a state title after defeating Paramus, 48-21, in the North 1 Group 3 semifinals. Up next: Dec. 2, vs. Northern Valley.

9. Tottenville (10-1): The Pirates return to the PSAL semifinals after an easy win at home against Campus Magnet. Up next: Nov. 26, vs. Erasmus Hall.

10. Lincoln (11-0): Lincoln makes its first appearance in the poll and is one win away from a repeat trip back to the PSAL finals. Up next: Nov. 26,vs. Dewitt Clinton.

Bosco out to finish season right way

November, 17, 2011
It's not about the No. 1 national ranking for the Don Bosco football team. It's not about the 43 straight wins. With the playoffs beginning this week for the Ironmen, they have their attention focused squarely on something else.

"We just to finish this season off the right way," Bosco sophomore running back Jabrill Peppers said. "We got three weeks to finish it out, get it in the back of our heads that we are going to finish this thing right."

Finishing the season right would result in the Ironmen capturing their sixth straight Non-Public Group 4 title and their eighth championship in the past 10 years. Don Bosco (8-0) begins its playoff run in the semifinals Friday night when it hosts Paramus Catholic at 7 p.m. in Ramsey, N.J. The Ironmen are the top seed in the bracket.

"Losing is not an option for us," Peppers said. "We just work too hard to consider taking a loss. Our work ethic is too great and we love each other too much to consider losing."

There are at least two and up to three games left in Bosco's season, with a Thanksgiving game against St. Joseph (Montvale) and this weekend's playoff game being the definite games. If Bosco can defeat Paramus for the second time this season, it advances them to the Non-Public Group 4 title game early in December.

To this point, Don Bosco has played like the elite team it was predicted to be at the beginning of the year. Wins over nationally ranked foes like Mission Viejo (Calif.) and St. Edward (Ohio) along with wins against tough squads like Manatee (Fla.) and rival Bergen Catholic have proved the Ironmen's dominance.

"I think we have lived up to the hype," Bosco coach Greg Toal said. "We've been in a couple of tough games but they seem to find a way to win at the end in some big games. Beating Mission, Bergen, St. Edward, those were some good games."

By finishing the season strong, Bosco will make sure that no one forgets about those quality wins from earlier in the season. As Toal said, a team is only as good as its last game, so were the Ironmen to slip up at some point, it would become the story of their season—not what they have done in the past.

The coach hopes to see his team continue to stay focused on a daily basis and not look too far down the road, taking the games one game at a time. He's preaching to his team about the work that will be necessary to finish the season as they hope. The message is resonating with his team.

"We just want to be the best, we want to show everybody why we have this thing going at Bosco," Peppers said. "Why we are this brotherhood, why we are so good. A lot of teams have way more talent than us, that's a no-brainer, but it's how you work with those talents. No talent with hard work is a shame but talent with no hard work is a tragedy. That's our motto."

The playoffs bring with them a certain excitement, a certain added adrenaline to all the games. Peppers and his team are confident in their abilities and ready to add another historic chapter to the already stories Don Bosco legacy.

"We know we can do it," Peppers said. "We're going to be a forced to be reckoned with. We have to show everyone on the field that when we play, it' something special."

Week 11: Tri-state poll

November, 15, 2011
With all but one of these teams in the playoffs, there isn't much change to the poll. Masuk and Bergen Catholic flip spots and all eight teams that played won their games. This week, though, things heat up as the semifinals and finals are upon us. With the help of ESPNHS, we present the rankings:

1. Don Bosco (Ramsey, N.J.) 8-0: Bosco had a bye as the top seed in its bracket and will now take on No. 4 Paramus Catholic, a team it already demolished. Up next: Nov. 18, vs. Paramus Catholic.

2. St. Anthony's (South Huntington, N.Y.) 9-0: St. Anthony's survived its rematch against Iona Prep and now will try to win its third straight CHSFL "AAA" title . Up next: Nov. 18, vs. Archbishop Stepinac.

3. Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) 6-2: Bergen Catholic also had a bye and now will take on No. 3 St. Peter's Prep on Friday. Up next: Nov. 18, vs. St. Peter's Prep.

4. Masuk (Monroe, Conn.) 9-0: Masuk rolled to an easy win against Weston and will go for an undefeated regular season next week. Up next: Nov. 23, vs. Newtown.

5. Montclair (Montclair, N.J.) 9-0: Montclair rolled to a 44-0 win vs Memorial Power and now takes on No. 4 West Orange in the semis. Up next: Nov. 19, vs. West Orange.

6. St. Joseph (Montvale) (Montvale, N.J.) 8-1: St. Joseph made easy work of Bishop Ahr to advance to the semifinals where it will meet No. 5 Immaculata. Up next: Nov. 19, vs. Immaculata.

7. Delbarton School (Morristown, N.J.) 9-0: Delbarton stayed undefeated with a win against Monsignor Donovan and will play Red Bank Catholic in the semis. Up next: Nov. 19, vs. Red Bank Catholic.

8. Red Bank Catholic (Red Bank, N.J.) 9-0: Red Bank set up a showdown of undefeated teams this week after it beat Pope John. Up next: Nov. 19, at Delbarton School.

9. Wayne Hills (Wayne, N.J.) 9-1: Wayne Hills pitched a shutout to advance to the semifinals and pick up its ninth win of the year. Up Next: Nov. 18, vs. Paramus.

10. Tottenville (Staten Island, N.Y.) 9-1: Tottenville destroyed No. 15 Brooklyn Tech to advance to the quarterfinals in the PSAL playoffs. Up next: Nov. 18, vs. Campus Magnet.

Week 9: Tri-state poll

November, 1, 2011
Only one change to the regional poll this week as Freeport drops out of the rankings with a loss this past weekend. Three teams move up while we add a new team to the bottom of the list. With the help of ESPNHS, here's this week's poll:

1. Don Bosco (Ramsey, N.J.) 7-0: Bosco posted its second shutout of the year as it blanked Paramus Catholic 45-0. Up next:Nov. 4, vs. Clifton.

2. St. Anthony's (South Huntington, N.Y.) 7-0: St. Anthony's survived against Iona Prep, winning in the final minute. Up next: Nov. 5, vs. Mount St. Michael's.

3. Masuk (Monroe, Conn.) 7-0: Another 50-plus points game for Masuk in a 55-6 win vs. New Milford. Up next: Nov. 4, vs. Pomperaug.

4. Wayne Hills (Wayne, N.J.) 8-0: Wayne Hills nearly gave up as many points as it had all season in a 28-24 win at Ramapo. Up Next: Nov. 4, vs. St. Joseph (Montvale).

5. Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) 6-2: Bergen Catholic pulled out a tough one vs. St. Peter's Prep in a 27-18 win. Up next: Nov. 24, vs. Paramus Catholic.

6. Montclair (Montclair, N.J.) 7-0: An easy win for Montclair over Columbia as it won 56-7. Up next: Nov. 5, vs. Livingston.

7. New Canaan (New Canaan, Conn.) 7-0: New Canaan won 28-14 at Wilton to stay undefeated. Up next: Nov. 5, at Stamford.

8. Immaculata (Somervile, N.J.) 8-0: A 24-13 win over Elizabeth has Immaculata at 8-0 on the year. Up next: Nov. 5, at Westfield.

9. Delbarton School (Morristown, N.J.) 7-0: Delbarton's game against Randolph got postponed. Up next: Nov. 5, vs. West Essex.

10. Tottenville (Staten Island, N.Y.) 7-1: Tottenville got its seventh win against Staten Island rival Susan Wagner. Up next: Nov. 5, vs. Campus Magnet.

Week 8: Tri-state poll

October, 25, 2011
We have two new teams to the poll this week and not many changes in the general structure. Montclair defeated East Orange to knock it out of our rankings, but other than that, all teams in this poll either won or did not have a game. With the help of ESPNHS, here's this week's poll:

1. Don Bosco (Ramsey, N.J.) 6-0: Bosco scored its most points of the season as it rolled over Passaic County Tech, 63-15. Up next: Oct. 28, vs. Paramus Catholic.

2. St. Anthony's (South Huntington, N.Y.) 6-0: St. Anthony's has a flair for the dramatic after a another close win, this one over Chaminade. Up next: Oct. 29, vs. Iona Prep.

3. Masuk (Monroe, Conn.) 6-0: Masuk put up 56 points against Immaculate to stay undefeated. Up next: Oct. 28, at New Milford.

4. Wayne Hills (Wayne, N.J.) 7-0: Wayne Hills blanked Bergen Tech, 49-0, and has given up 28 points on the season. Up Next: Oct. 28, at Ramapo.

5. Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) 5-2: Bergen Catholic made easy work of Eastside in a 54-0 win this past weekend. Up next: Oct. 28, at St. Peter's Prep.

6. Montclair (Montclair, N.J.) 6-0: Montclair makes its highest appearance in the poll after its win against East Orange. Up next: Oct. 28, at Columbia.

7. Freeport (Freeport, N.Y.) 7-0: Freeport stayed undefeated with a 44-29 win against East Meadow. Up next: Oct. 29, at Baldwin.

8. New Canaan (New Canaan, Conn.) 6-0: New Canaan easily defeated St. Joseph, 43-14. Up next: Oct. 28, at Wilton.

9. Immaculata (Somervile, N.J.) 7-0: Immaculata makes its first appearance in the poll after a 35-0 win over Plainfield. Up next: Oct. 28, vs. Elizabeth.

10. Delbarton School (Morristown, N.J.) 7-0: Delbarton School also makes its first appearance as it improved to 7-0 with a 35-0 win at West Morris Mendham. Up next: Oct. 28, at Randolph.

Week 7: Tri-state poll

October, 18, 2011
We have minor changes to the poll as Bergen Catholic downed St. Joseph in a clash of ranked teams from this week. Other than that, all teams in this poll either won or did not have a game. Here's this week's poll:

1. Don Bosco (Ramsey, N.J.) 5-0: Bosco did not play a game this week and retains its top spot in both this poll and the nation. Up next: Oct. 21, at Passaic County Tech.

2. St. Anthony's (South Huntington, N.Y.) 5-0: St. Anthony's won a tough road game in the final minute against Xaverian. Up next: Oct. 21, vs. Chaminade.

3. Masuk (Monroe, Conn.) 5-0: Masuk scored in the 60s for the second time this week in a win against Notre Dame (Fairfield). Up next: Oct. 22, at Immaculate.

4. Wayne Hills (Wayne, N.J.) 6-0: Wayne Hills survived a tough one against Ridgewood as it won 28-21. Up Next: Oct. 22, at Bergen Tech.

5. Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) 4-2: Bergen Catholic defeated St. Joseph (Montvale) in a matchup of two regionally ranked teams. Up next: Oct. 22, vs. Eastside.

6. East Orange (East Orange, N.J.) 6-0: East Orange played its closest game of the season in a 28-21 win vs. Bloomfield. Up next: Oct. 22, at Montclair.

7. Freeport (Freeport, N.Y.) 6-0: Freeport bested Uniondale 27-18 to improve to 6-0 on the season. Up next: Oct. 22, vs. East Meadow.

8. New Canaan (New Canaan, Conn.) 5-0: New Canaan won 28-14 vs. Norwalk. Up next: Oct. 22, vs. St. Joseph.

9. Montclair (Montclair, N.J.) 5-0: Montcliar shutout Belleville to set up this weekend's showdown against East Orange. Up next: Oct. 22, vs. East Orange.

10. St. Joseph (Montvale, N.J.) 5-1: St. Joseph suffered its first loss at the hands of Bergen Catholic. Up next: Oct. 22, vs. Pascack Valley.