St. Mary’s running back Jonathan Diaz tries to avoid a tackle at the game against Wallington. St. Mary’s crushed Wallington, 57-6.St. Mary’s tight end Connor Cuccinelli breaks free from Wallington’s defense.

St. Mary continued an undefeated run so far this season with an easy 57-6 win at home over Wallington. The win also gave the Gaels an outright North Jersey Interscholastic Conference Patriot Division championship.

While the state playoffs have not gone out, St. Mary appears to be the second seed in Non-Public Group 1 and appear to be receiving a bye in the first round.

Rutherford (6-2) and St. Mary (8-0) will be the South Bergenite teams in the state football playoffs that start on November 9.

Becton’s (4-4) chances fell apart on Friday when they lost 63-27 in an offensive slug fest on Friday night.

Lyndhurst‘s (4-4) extreme outside chance of a state playoff bid evaporated on Friday night with a 24-14 loss at home to rival Secaucus.

Rutherford helped its cause for power points with a 42-13 win over Garfield at home on Friday night.

For Rutherford the Bulldogs head coach Andy Howell believes that they probably will be the sixth or seventh seed in Group 2 North 2 state section with an anticipated game against Mountain Lakes or Madison.

Friday, Oct. 26

Rutherford 42

Garfield 13

Rutherford pulled away in the second half with a pair of touchdowns as the Bulldogs helped collect power points in the NJIC Colonial Division victory at home over Garfield. Rutherford’s Chris Soto had a huge night that included a pair of touchdown passes from quarterback Jim Hadrava and also ran back an interception 25 yards for a touchdown. Bulldogs top running back Pat Landrigan ran for a pair of touchdowns and Mike Carey also added a rushing touchdown. “We were expecting this from him and knew he was going to be a workhorse for us,” said Rutherford head coach Andy Howell about Landrigan. “He’s done that and more for us.”

Waldwick 63

Becton 27

Becton could not keep up with Waldwick from the start. The Wildcats were down 21-0 after the first quarter. Becton quarterback Scott Marafelias had a big day with three touchdowns, including two on the ground and a strike to Daaon Huggins. The touchdown pass put Becton behind by two scores 35-21, but could not get any closer. The Wildcats defense could not stop Waldwick’s Evan Pagliei who rushed for four touchdowns.

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