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Harrison’s Mateo DeSosa avoids getting tackled by Secaucus’ Christian Mercado. Harrison hosts Secaucus during the football game on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. (Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal)

Check out the top individual performances in the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference from Week 4, including a must-see video-game type performance from one Hudson County school:

Mateo DeSosa, Harrison, Sr., QB

DeSosa racked up 621 yards and seven touchdowns in Friday’s 46-35 win over Secaucus. Yes, you’re reading that right. The senior quarterback threw for 447 yards and four touchdowns and rushed 11 times for 174 yards and three more scores. He completed 18 of his 32 passes and averaged 15.7 yards per carry as part of a head-turning performance that may be one of the best in state history.

Matteo Ochoa, Hasbrouck Heights, Sr., LB

Ochoa highlighted a strong defensive performance in Hasbrouck Heights’ 25-20 win over previously unbeaten Butler on Friday and picked off QB Evan Smith in the first half to set up Zai’heer Jenkins’ first of two first-half TDs as the Aviators raced out to an 18-7 lead at the break. Ochoa finished with 15 total tackles as Hasbrouck Heights led Butler, which entered averaging 49 points per game, well under its season average.

JJ Conrad focuses on the Super Football Conference and North Jersey Interscholastic Conference. He may be reached at Follow him on Twitter,@JJ_Conrad


1-Hillside (5-0)

2-Bernards (4-1)

3-West Deptford (4-0)

4-Camden (4-1)

5-Cedar Creek (4-2)

6-Haddonfield (4-1)

7-Lyndhurst (4-0)

8-Verona (4-0)

9-Lenape Valley (5-0)

10-Pleasantville (4-1)


Following are the statewide Group 1 football rankings after Week 4.

1-Penns Grove (5-0)

2-Willingboro (5-1)

3-Park Ridge (4-0)

4-Middlesex (5-0)

5-Cresskill (4-0)

6-Woodstown (3-1)

7-Hasbrouck Heights (4-1)

8-Boonton (4-1)

9-Butler (4-1)

10-Bound Brook (4-1)