What was expected to be the most competitive game of the weekend turned out to be a snoozer (a 35-7 win against California's Mission Viejo), giving way to a thriller between Montclair and St. Peter's Prep.
Five-foot-seven Khalif Herbin came up big for Montclair, accumulating 212 rushing yards and five touchdowns to lead the Mounties to a 41-43 comeback win against the Marauders. Senior quarterback Brandon Napoleon served as St. Peter's Prep's sparkplug, tossing four touchdowns and 279 passing yards. Napoleon's last two scores pulled the Marauders within two points, but Herbin proved too much, scampering for his final score with 2:19 remaining to make the difference.
Meanwhile, Sayreville lost a shocker to South Brunswick, 14-7, knocking them out of the top 10. On the national front, Holy Spirit and Bergen Catholic both joined Don Bosco Prep in the POWERADE FAB 50.
Check out how these developments affected the season's first state rankings:
1. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey) 1-0 (1)
Made bold statement in opener with a 35-7 victory against Mission Viejo (Calif.), the nation's No. 6 team. It doesn't get much easier this week, as the Ironmen travel to face Manatee (Fla.).
2. Holy Spirit (Absecon) 1-0* (2)
Took over No. 45 spot in the nation after easy 41-16 win against Oakcrest, but had to forfeit win for using an academically ineligible player. Still, the Spartans were too dominant to move down in the rankings. Next up: Absegami. (*Does not include forfeits)
3. Bergen Catholic (Oradell) 1-0 (3)
Crusaders easily downed a solid La Salle College (Pa.) squad, 41-17. Will continue out-of-state bouts with matchup at Plant (Fla.) on Friday.