Tri-State Top 25 football poll (11/28)

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Mon, Nov 27, 2017 4:08 PM — @News12Varsity

Updated Wed, Nov 29, 2017 10:49 AM

Tri-State Top 25 football poll as of Nov. 26

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9-2
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Princeton-bound Dylan Classi became the Crusaders' most prolific receiver ever (85 career catches, 20 TDs when he hauled in three touchdown throws from Johnny Langan in a 41-16 victory over Delbarton. Junior Aeanas DeCosmo played a brilliant overall game to send Bergen to the sectional final in Non-Public, Group 4. Next: No. 2 St. Peter's Prep, Non-Public, Group 4 championship @ MetLife Stadium (Dec. 1, 8 p.m.)

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9-2
2

Junior QB Maasai Maynor completed 13 of 15 for 172 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for a score and twins Justin and Jayson Ademilola set an aggressive agenda for the defense to steer the Marauders to a 42-19 win over Paramus Catholic in the Non-Public, Group 4 semifinals. Dom Meleo and Zamir Mickens led the ground game. Next: No. 1 Bergen Catholic, Non-Public, Group 4 championship @ MetLife Stadium (Dec. 1, 8 p.m.)

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8-3
3

Evan Stewart, Howard Cross and Jaden Budka each scored a touchdown, while also attending to their more routine business of spearheading the defense, to lead the Green Knights over Pope John 28-7 in the Non-Public, Group 3 semifinals. Nick Patti threw a TD pass to Gavin Sharkey to help the reigning champion. Next: No. 5 DePaul, Non-Public, Group 3 championship @ Kean University (Dec. 2, 1 p.m.)

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11-0
4

Wisconsin commit Aron Cruickshank rushed for three touchdowns andKeion Jones added a score to power the No. 1 seed Dutchmen to a 34-6 PSAL city conference semifinal victory over Midwood Saturday. E-Hall clinched a berth to the title game for the fourth consecutive year. Next: No. 14 Curtis, PSAL City Conference championship @ Yankee Stadium (Dec. 5, 5 p.m.)

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7-3
5

Ta'Quan Roberson passed for 190 yards and six touchdowns, three of them to fellow junior Ronnie Hickman, and powered the Spartans past St. John Vianney, 42-2, in the Non-Public, Group 3 semifinals for a fifth straight championship appearance. Liam Cabri, Sean Kelly and Manny Oliver each caught a scoring pass. Next: No. 3 St. Joseph Regional, Non-Public, Group 3 championship @ Kean University (Dec. 2, 1 p.m.)

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11-0
6

Senior RB Naim Mayfield used 13 carries to compile 176 yards and five touchdowns to fuel the Braves to a 63-22 triumph over Freehold Twp. to punch their ticket to a second straight Central Jersey, Group 5 final and sixth title game in seven years. Next: No. 24 South Brunswick, Central Jersey, Group 4 championship @ Rutgers University (Dec. 2, 1:00 p.m.)

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10-2
7

The Crusaders capped a remarkable postseason run, knocking off Canisius of Buffalo in the New York Catholic State Final on Saturday. Michael Nicosia passed for three touchdowns and Trill Williams caught two and ran for one, giving him seven scores between the CHSFL and state title games. Next: Season complete

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11-0
8

Daniel Webb rushed for three touchdowns and Willie Matthews, Tysean Williams, Marcus Crowell and Gary Robinson paced the defense to direct the Mounties to a 49-13 victory over Bloomfield in their final Thanksgiving meeting. Montclair ends the series with a 64-26-1 record.  Webb has 13 touchdowns in the last three games. Next: Union City in North Jersey, Section 1, Group 5 championship @ MetLife Stadium (Dec. 1, 5 p.m.)

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9-2
9

Makhai Murphy had a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown and Sean Bryan had an eight-yard TD run to stake the Friars a 14-0 lead, but led by Trill Williams, Stepinac roared back to beat St. Anthony’s 47-22 in the CHSFL Class AAA final. Next: Season complete 

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10-1
10

The Lancers had their season ended at DePaul with a 42-21 loss in the semifinal round of Non-Public, Group 3. Senior RB/LB Johnny Buchanan ended the season with 1,393 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns and 121 tackles, all team highs. Next: Season complete

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11-0
11

Wide receiver Sal DeBenedetto pulled in four touchdown passes from fellow senior Nick McNerney and he also ran for a score, and Johnny Lohrer , Chris D'Amico and Nicholas Orecchio led the defense in the Golden Knights' 42-7 victory over Wayne Hills in the North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4 semifinals. Next: Mount Olive, North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4 championship @ MetLife Stadium (Dec. 2, 7:05 p.m.)

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11-0
14

Tim Alliegro rushed for two touchdowns and fellow sophomore Hank Shapiro passed for 143 yards and threw a TD pass to Griffin Rooney as the Blue Devils raised their state-leading win streak to 36 games with a 37-7 Thanksgiving Day victory over Plainfield. Nick Martini and Steve Barden each scored once for Westfield. Next: Bridgewater-Raritan in North Jersey, Section 2, Group 5 championship @ MetLife Stadium (Nov. 30, 8 p.m.)

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8-2
13

Lucas Nunez caught three consecutive touchdowns in the second quarterto help Cardinal Hayes defeat Mount St. Michael, 44-16, in the 75th annual Turkey Bowl game held in the Bronx. Sofian Massoud threw for 350 yards and had five touchdown passes for the Cardinals. Next: Season complete

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14
Curtis (NYC)
10-1
15

Justin Mitchell caught the go-ahead 32-yard scoring reception with49.3 left in the fourth quarter to help the defending champions earn a 42-35 win over Lincoln Saturday in the PSAL city conference semifinals. Quincy Barnes completed three touchdown passes and Ty Son Lawton rushed for 152 yards. Next: No. 4 Erasmus Hall, PSAL City Conference championship @ Yankee Stadium (Dec. 5, 5 p.m.)

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12-0
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Trevor Yeboah-Kodie had 11 carries for 97 yards and returned an interception 92 yards for a touchdown, Andrew DeSantis rushed for a 38-yard TD and had a 60-yard scoring reception and Cole Dutton had 12 tackles in a 24-6 win over North Babylon in the Long Island Class II final. It is the Trojans record seventh LIC. Next: Season complete 

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12-0
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Jeremy Ruckert had five catches for 110 yards and a touchdown, blocked a field goal attempt, kicked a pair of field goals and was 5-of-6 on PATs and had five tackles and an interception, Justin Zotto had a receiving touchdown and returned an interception 19 yards for a score and Nick Anzalone was 14-of-20 for 252 yards and three TDs in a 40-23 win over Oceanside as the Bulldogs captured their first-ever Long Island Class I title. Next: Season complete 

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10-1
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The Huguenots’ season ended on Friday with a heartbreaking 17-14 defeat to defending state champion Troy in the NYSPHSAA Class AA quarterfinal in Albany. Jared Baron ran for a touchdown and Myles Taylor caught a score from Jonathan Saddler. But Troy kicked a field goal with seven seconds left to win it. Next: Season complete 

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9-0
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The Cardinals earned their first outright FCIAC championship with a resounding win over Staples on Thanksgiving and a Darien loss to New Canaan. Gavin Muir threw a touchdown and ran for one as Greenwich geared up for the state tournament. Next: Fairfield Prep, Class LL State quarterfinals (Nov. 28, 6:30 p.m.)

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6-4
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Niko Hronich connected with Ryan Dengler on a 25-yard touchdown pass, but the Lions struggled otherwise to move the chains in a 28-7 loss to St. Joseph Regional in the Non-Public, Group 3 semifinals. Nick DeNucci turned in another strong defensive outing for Pope John. Next: Season complete

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11-1
18

Tommy Heuer was 43-of-63 for 461 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for a score, Jake Lazzaro had 14 receptions for 180 yards, Derek Cruz had 16 catches for 158 yards and a score, Michael Scibelli had nine tackles and Francesco Ancona kicked a 35-yard field goal in a 40-23 loss to Lindenhurst in the Long Island Class I final. Next: Season complete 

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Phillipsburg (NJ)
10-1
22

Jack Stagaard passed for 285 yards and two touchdowns, but Easton (Pa.) broke a 7-7 tie in the second half to top the Stateliners, 21-14, in their 111th holiday meeting. Easton now holds a 64-42-5 advantage in the series. Sean Morro and Nasir Ball each caught a scoring pass from Stagaard. Next: North Hunterdon in North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 championship @ MetLife Stadium (Dec. 2, 1:05 p.m.)

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9-2
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A.J. Wingfield threw a touchdown pass to Michael Graff and also rushed for a score and Anthony Valvano, Mark Shifar and Anthony Sargenti directed the defense in a 21-14 win over Sparta in the North Jersey, Section 1, Group 3 semifinal. Next: No. 23 River Dell, North Jersey, Section 1, Group 3 championship @ MetLife Stadium (Dec. 2, 4:05 p.m.)

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10-1
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Steady Dave Estevez rushed for 154 yards two touchdowns and passed for 116 yards and two other scores to steer the Golden Hawks by Demarest, 38-34, in the North Jersey, Section 1, Group 3 semifinals. River Dell now hopes to avenge its only loss.  Next: No. 22 Ramapo, North Jersey, Section 1, Group 3 championship @ MetLife Stadium (Dec. 2, 4:05 p.m.)

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South Brunswick (NJ)
10-1
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Jaylan Lawson scored on a 55-yard run and a 53-yard interception return and Justin Shorter, Katibu Martin, Hussain Abidi and Gage Katzenell-Hall each scored one TD to power the Vikings in a 42-20 Thanksgiving win over North Brunswick. South Brunswick carries an eight-game winning streak into the sectional final. Next: No. 6 Manalapan in Central Jersey, Group 5 championship @ Rutgers University (Dec. 2, 1 p.m.)

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9-1
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The Blue Wave stick in the Tri-State poll despite an ugly 27-0 defeat to rival New Canaan on Thanksgiving Day where they two-time state champs played without two suspended stars. Darien must regroup quickly after losing for the first time in three years. The Class LL state playoffs kick off on Tuesday night. Next: East Hartford, Class LL quarterfinals (Nov. 28, 6:30 p.m.)

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