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Fair Lawn Football Remains Competitive In New Super Conference

The Fair Lawn Cutters face Northern Highlands in their next conference game.
The Fair Lawn Cutters face Northern Highlands in their next conference game. Photo Credit: Fair Lawn High School Athletic Department

BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. -- When the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association ((NJSIAA) realigned the football conferences coming into the 2016 season, it created several new alignments, and some odd geographic match-ups.

At the halfway point of the high school football season, it is time to a look at how Bergen County schools are impacting the division races in the 2016 North Jersey Super Conference.

Freedom Blue -- Fair Lawn’s (2-1, 4-1) feel good start under new coach Rob Gentile came to a crashing halt last week when they traveled to conference rival Old Tappan (1-0, 3-2) and got handled 48-14. The Cuttters still have a game with highly-respected conference favorite Northern Highlands (2-0, 4-1) November 5 in Fair Lawn. Old Tappan has Teaneck (0-2, 1-3) this week before their showdown with Northern Highlands, who is coming off a 22-14 home loss to Wayne Valley. Old Tappan’s two losses on the season, were to Wayne Hills and Ridgewood, and if such a thing existed, could be considered good losses.

Patriot Blue -- Demarest (2-0, 4-1) and Paramus (2-0, 3-2) sit atop this division. The Norsemen crushed Indian Hills (0-5) in a non-divisional game a week ago, and get winless Pascack Valley (0-5) this week. Paramus awaits in two weeks in a game that most likely will determine the division champ. Winners of their last three games, the Paladins face off against Ramapo (2-1, 3-2) who has also won three straight games. Another loss would eliminate Ramapo from the division champion picture. In between their rival atop the standings, a game with Snyder (1-2, 3-2) sits in the middle. You would have to ask the NJSIAA what a Jersey City school is doing in with these teams. Englewood (1-2,1-4) and Tenafly (0-3,0-4) pull up the rear.

Patriot Gold -- River Dell (3-0, 4-1), always a contender for the state title, sits atop this grouping, and can effectively clinch the title with a win over Ridgefield Park (2-0, 5-1) this week. Then again, the Scarlets are trying to bounce back from a thrashing from Westwood (42-0) a week ago, and might have other ideas. A win would put them in strong position, with games against Pascack Valley (0-1,0-5) and Bergenfield (1-1, 2-3) coming up on the schedule.

American Gold -- Mahwah (3-0,4-1) sits in the driver’s seat in this race due to the season-opening win over Westwood (2-1, 3-2). Ramsey (1-0, 3-3) , due to a scheduling quirk, has three straight conference games to finish the up year, facing Pascack Hills (0-2, 1-4) before travelling to Westwood and hosting Mahwah. A three game win streak would give them the title.

United Red -- The province of the Parochial powers, Don Bosco (3-3, 1-0) , sits atop the conference with a .500 record overall, despite having not lost a game in NJ. They will have to run the gauntlet of Paramus Catholic (1-1, 5-1), Bergen Catholic (1-1, 4-1) and St. Peter’s Prep (0-2,4-1) to end the season. Anyone overlooking St. Joseph’s Montvale (1-1, 3-2) will be sadly mistaken. If you think this sounds like the Non-Public Group 4 playoffs, you would not be wrong, as these teams are all atop the rankings, and there will surely be rematches somewhere down the line.

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