I keep up with hs football as much as anybody, esp. in Texas, and occasionally LA, since I grew up 20 miles from the border. With the recent explosion of OOS games, and national polls, hs games being televised etc., you get a feel for what everyone has. I heard of bosco a few years ago, and its no secret they are a great program, probably one of the top 10-15 overall programs in the country on any given year. Them beating Prattville proves that, I don't think DLS is what they were years back, and I wouldn't classify the DLS win a referendum on how great yall are.
Other than Bosco, I've never heard of any of those other schools ever mentioned as a decent football team, much less a national power. So yeah, I would say that jersey isn't a "football" state, or a state with any mentionable depth that would classify them as so. I don't keep up with basketball, actually hate it, but I even know that jersey is a great basketball state (mainly prep and boarding schools), and that because of money and all the elites it has a great educational system. But football, well, its not near the top. With the in-state competition, and a 12 game schedule, its no wonder they win state titles with ease. Not that they wouldn't have their fair share of success in other states, but I wouldn't be surprised, if in a state like Texas if they had a hard time as a Longview, or Allen in winning state titles in Texas. Beating a few OOS teams early in the year, is much different than going through region 1 or 2 in Texas 5A and running the table in November and December.
So you've never heard of St. Joes regional? Bergen Catholic, St. Peters Prep, Middletown South have received attention in the top 25 since 2003.. All of these teams were ranked previously several times prior to 2003 as well... Just 2005 was most recent.. MTS was crowned the number one team in NJ two years in a row (04 and 05) with knowshon Moreno leading the way. SPP beat Bosco in 05 for the title, BC beat them in 04 for the title... In 2001 BC also won the title. Bosco dominance is newly found, since 02... This hasn't been a great program for very long... And even though they've excelled, these other programs have all been just as solid through the years as they were prior. You not hearing of them is your own fault- several people on here have.
Another correction- Basketball: Linden, plainfield, Science Park, Elizabeth, Bloomfield Tech are some of the best public schools in the country. NJ is undoubtedly the best HS Basketball in America. We have four teams currently ranked in the top 25... We play down to one complete champion in the TOC, the toughest tournament in the country.. NJ has won several tourneys so far this year against many OOS opponents. Its quite common for our nationally ranked teams to never even reach the TOC final because of all the competition here. We are also a huge wrestling and Lacrosse state.. Not to mention won 2 national titles in baseball the past 4 years... And we have probably the greatest HS track and field athlete of all time in Junior Nicholas Vena (morristown,nj)
Edited by GMCGURU000, 31 January 2010 - 12:35 PM.