Power Points: A Laymen’s Explanation of the Playoff Outlook

Yesterday I received a note from a players’ mom who said, “I don’t get all that Power Point stuff so I am just crossing my fingers that [my team] makes in in.”  Since I know she is not alone in not understanding how it all works, and because it’s a lot funner if you know what your team needs to do to get in to the playoff dance, I am going to break it all down in laymen’s terms for you.

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Power Point Explanation

First off, you can review the official NJSIAA football playoff regulations and read through all the minutiae by clicking HERE.  But if you just hang with me, I think you’ll totally get it after these few paragraphs.

In New Jersey there will actually be 23 high school football state champions come December.  Wow, 23?  Why so many?  That’s because the NJSIAA, which is basically the Illuminati that governs high school athletics in the state, breaks down the football playoffs into 23 sections.  These are divided by region and school size.  The regions are broken down into North 1, North 2, Central, South and Non-Public.  All of the public school regions have group sizes that range from Group 1 to Group 5.  The Non-Public teams go from Group 2 to Group 4.  When you sort them all out, you have 23 sections of which there will be one champion per.

Each team is assigned to one of these state sections.  And as each team plays their respective schedules, they earn what are called Power Points for each game that calculate their rank in these respective sections.  These Power Points are separated into three categories; Quality Points, Group Points and Residual Points.

Teams are awarded 6 Quality Points if they win, 3 if they lose and 0 if they tie.  Each team is also awarded Group Points that reward teams with extra points based on which Group they are in.  These points range from 1 to 5 and coincide with opposing teams Group size.  So if a team beats a Group 3 team, they will earn 3 points.  You following?

The most powerful of these categories of Power Points are the Residual Points.  These are extra points a team receives for beating a team that rewards them for games their opponents won throughout the season.  So a team will receive 3 points for every win the opponent had and 1.5 for every tie they had.  So let’s say your favorite team beats a team who has six wins (pay attention Mendham, this is meaningful for you this weekend in your game against West Morris).  They will receive 18 Residual Points (3 points x 6 wins), not to mention 6 Quality Points for the win and extra Group Points based on the group the opponent was in.  And they count for the entire season.  So if your team beat an opponent in Week 1 and then that team went on a 6-0 tear after that, those Residual Points just keep racking up (as is the case with Madison’s Week 1 victory over Lenape Valley).

The Eight-Game Cutoff

Now with all of that said, here is the important part – only the first eight games Power Points count toward the playoffs and only the top eight teams in each section will make it to the playoffs.  The ninth game on the schedule doesn’t count for the playoffs at all.

If your team is in ninth place in the section after everyone plays their eight games and all the Power Points are calculated, you might have to break out the tissues because your baby boy’s high school career is coming to an end (but he still does have that meaningless 9th game and every team that doesn’t make it to the playoff also gets a “consolation game” against another team that didn’t make it to the dance).

Since we are heading into Week 8, we’ve broken down where every Morris Sussex team stands as of right now (see below).  We cover 37 schools in Morris and Sussex counties (including the two Warren county teams we cover).  The way we are calculating it, there are only 11 teams that are actually mathematically out of contention.  So there are 26 teams from Morris Sussex that actually have a chance to live in infamy.

The Coxsackie Factor

Wait, there is a little bit of a wrinkle that will postpone many teams knowing for sure if they will have secured a playoff spot or not.  Usually by Week 8, the playoff picture materializes.  However, the Coxsackie virus that wielded it’s evil head in our area earlier in the season forced many teams to postpone some games.  So there are quite a few teams that have only played 6 games so far.  The NJSIAA requires teams to play eight games to qualify for the playoffs.  So if your team is on the playoff bubble, you may have to wait till every team in their section plays eight games to see how it all shakes out.

Below you will find the current Power Points rankings of every Morris Sussex team as of this week.  So you can calculate for yourself what your team needs to do using the Quality, Group and Residual Point structure I just explained .  If you are still scratching your head saying, “I don’t understand any of this Power Point stuff” then just go to the NFL Shop and buy a Jets jersey with your name on it and drive over to Florham Park and tell coach Bowles you are the new QB.  Trust me, even if you’ve never played QB before you’re still better than what they got.

Team-by-Team Power Point Breakdown

*Morris Sussex Teams in Red

North 1, Group 1

With a win against Butler in Week 8, Hopatcong QB Bart Yarosz and his Chief's will get the neccessary Power Points to

With a win against Butler in Week 8, Hopatcong QB Bart Yarosz and his Chief’s should get the necessary Power Points to make it to the postseason (photo by Georgi Muha).

Team W L T Power Points
Belvidere 6 1 0 84.0
Becton 6 0 0 83.0
Hasbrouck Heights 6 0 0 80.0
Boonton 5 1 0 73.0
Park Ridge 5 1 0 68.0
Butler 5 2 0 65.0
Cedar Grove 3 4 0 59.0
New Milford 4 2 0 57.0__Playoff Cutoff
Cresskill 4 2 0 54.0
Saddle Brook 4 2 0 54.0
Wood-Ridge 4 2 0 54.0
Emerson 4 3 0 51.0
Hopatcong 4 3 0 51.0
Verona 2 5 0 41.0
Wallington 2 4 0 29.0
Bogota 0 6 0 16.0
North Warren 0 6 0 14.0

North 1, Group 2

Pequannock

Pequannock runningback Sean Klimek has been masterful during the 2016 season and has his Golden Panthers sitting in a comfortable position for the state playoff tournament (photo by Lisa Mita Photography).

Team W L T Power Points
Mahwah 6 1 0 109.0
Newton 6 1 0 101.0
Westwood 5 2 0 90.0
Pompton Lakes 6 0 0 87.0
Pequannock 4 2 0 82.0
Ramsey 4 4 0 73.0
Waldwick 5 1 0 72.0
High Point 4 2 0 60.0__Playoff Cutoff
Glen Rock 4 2 0 57.0
Sussex Tech 4 3 0 51.0
Pascack Hills 2 5 0 47.0
Hawthorne 3 3 0 44.0
Kinnelon 3 3 0 43.0
Wallkill Valley 1 5 0 35.0
Kittatinny 1 6 0 30.0
Dumont 1 5 0 26.0

North 1, Group 3

Sparta

Sparta defender Rich McDonald has made it incredibly difficult for opponents to make much headway as he and his Spartans are tied for the most Power Points in the N1G3 section (photo by Mattie Marano).

Team W L T Power Points
Jefferson 7 0 0 108.0
Sparta 6 0 0 108.0
Old Tappan 5 2 0 105.0
Ramapo 5 2 0 104.0
River Dell 5 2 0 101.0
Demarest 4 3 0 80.0
Paramus 4 3 0 79.0
Lakeland 4 3 0 72.0__Playoff Cutoff
Bergenfield 4 3 0 64.0
Pascack Valley 2 5 0 62.0
Englewood 3 4 0 57.0
Vernon 3 3 0 52.0
Montville 2 5 0 47.0
Tenafly 2 4 0 40.0
West Milford 0 6 0 23.0
Indian Hills 0 7 0 21.0

North 1, Group 4

Although

Joey Scotti and the Mendham Minutemen know that wins against West Morris and Morris Knolls over the next two weeks carry enough Quality, Group and Residual Power Points to give them a chance to make it to the postseason dance (photo by Mattie Marano).

Team W L T Power Points
Wayne Valley 7 1 0 139.0
Irvington 7 0 0 124.0
Wayne Hills 6 1 0 117.0
West Morris 6 1 0 110.0
Fair Lawn 6 1 0 81.0
Northern Highlands 4 3 0 75.0
Morris Knolls 4 3 0 74.0
Randolph 4 3 0 74.0__Playoff Cutoff
Roxbury 4 2 0 69.0
Passaic Valley 4 3 0 66.0
Belleville 3 5 0 59.0
Barringer 2 4 0 35.0
Teaneck 1 5 0 33.0
Mendham 2 4 0 31.0
Warren Hills 1 6 0 29.0
Mount Olive 0 7 0 18.0

North 1, Group 5

Despite

Despite battling valiantly through a tough schedule, Morristown won’t be able to get enough Power Points to advance to the playoffs (photo by George Muha).

Team W L T Power Points
Ridgewood 7 0 0 125.0
Passaic County Tech 6 1 0 120.0
Union City 6 1 0 111.0
Clifton 5 2 0 97.0
Bloomfield 5 1 0 95.0
Montclair 4 2 0 91.0
West Orange 4 3 0 78.0
Hackensack 4 2 0 74.0__Playoff Cutoff
North Bergen 4 3 0 70.0
Livingston 3 4 0 48.0
Kennedy 2 4 0 41.0
Memorial 2 5 0 41.0
Eastside 2 4 0 37.0
Passaic 1 5 0 34.0
Morristown 1 6 0 31.0
Bergen Tech 0 7 0 16.0

North 2, Group 2

Madison has had their sights set on repeating last 2015 championship run since the offseason (photo by Mattie Marano).

Madison has had their sights set on back-to-back championships since the day after last year’s title game (photo by Mattie Marano).

Team W L T Power Points
Hanover Park 6 1 0 92.0
Madison 6 0 0 90.0
Rutherford 6 0 0 84.0
Lenape Valley 6 1 0 80.0
Fort Lee 5 2 0 78.0
Caldwell 5 2 0 66.0
Whippany Park 5 1 0 62.0
Lyndhurst 3 4 0 40.0__Playoff Cutoff
Parsippany 2 5 0 39.0
Hackettstown 3 3 0 38.0
Lodi 2 4 0 35.0
Dover 1 6 0 30.0
Mountain Lakes 0 7 0 26.0
Manchester Regional 1 5 0 25.0
Elmwood Park 1 5 0 21.0

North 2, Group 3

Par Hill's receiver Nick Ho and the rest of the Vikings are

Par Hill’s receiver Nick Ho and the rest of the Vikings look like they are in good shape to make it to the postseason dance with room to spare (photo by Mattie Marano).

Team W L T Power Points
West Essex 5 2 0 88.0
Ridgefield Park 5 3 0 85.0
Morris Hills 4 3 0 71.0
Parsippany Hills 3 4 0 64.0
Snyder 4 3 0 57.0
Orange 3 4 0 52.0
Nutley 2 5 0 47.0
Chatham 2 5 0 44.0__Playoff Cutoff
Governor Livingston 2 4 0 39.0
Garfield 2 4 0 37.0
Newark West Side 2 5 0 36.0
Voorhees 1 6 0 33.0
Palisades Park 1 6 0 31.0
Cliffside Park 1 6 0 28.0
Ferris 0 7 0 18.0

Non-Public, Group 2

Losing junior Tahj Valentine to injury mid-way through the season

Losing junior star runningback Tahj Valentine to injury mid-way through this season didn’t help Morristown-Beard’s cause of making the playoffs (photo by George Muha).

Team W L T Power Points
Mater Dei Prep 7 0 0 109.0
Hudson Catholic 5 2 0 107.0
Holy Spirit 6 1 0 105.0
St. Joseph (Hamm.) 5 2 0 105.0
Montclair Kimberley 6 1 0 88.0
Holy Cross 4 3 0 68.0
St. Anthony 5 2 0 66.0
St. Mary 4 2 0 54.0__Playoff Cutoff
Immaculata 3 4 0 50.0
Immaculate Conc. 3 4 0 47.0
Morristown-Beard 2 5 0 43.0
Morris Catholic 2 5 0 41.0
Gloucester Catholic 3 3 0 36.0
Newark Academy 2 5 0 35.0
Dwight-Englewood 2 3 0 20.0
Marist 0 7 0 19.0
Queen of Peace 0 6 0 16.0

Non-Public, Group 3

Pope John

Pope John’s tough schedule has them battle tested for top quality teams they’ll be facing in the Non-Public Group 3 playoff section (photo by Georgi Muha).

Team W L T Power Points
St. Joseph (Mont.) 5 2 0 126.0
St. John Vianney 7 0 0 114.0
Camden Catholic 6 0 0 90.0
Red Bank Catholic 4 3 0 83.0
Bishop Ahr 5 2 0 76.0
DePaul 3 4 0 68.0
Pope John 4 3 0 66.0
Pingry 2 5 0 37.0__Playoff Cutoff
Bishop Eustace 1 5 0 26.0
Donovan Catholic 0 7 0 23.0

Non-Public, Group 4

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No matter what happens in Week 8, Delbarton will keep their postseason bid in the Non-Public Group 4 state section (photo by George Muha).

Team W L T Power Points
Paramus Catholic 6 1 0 127.0
St. Augustine Prep 7 0 0 120.0
Bergen Catholic 5 2 0 117.0
St. Peter’s Prep 5 2 0 111.0
St. Joseph (Met.) 7 0 0 109.0
Don Bosco Prep 3 4 0 79.0
Delbarton 3 4 0 70.0
Paul VI 2 5 0 40.0__Playoff Cutoff
Notre Dame 1 6 0 40.0
Seton Hall Prep 1 6 0 32.0

Important Playoff Dates

ROUND 1  November 11th & 12th

#1 vs. #8
#4 vs. #5
#3 vs. #6
#2 vs. #7

Round 2  November 18th & 19th

Winner 1 & 8 vs.
Winner 4 & 5
Winner 3 & 6 vs.
Winner 2 & 7

5 Comments

  1. MWR

    October 27, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Can a team that only plays 7 games but has enough power poins make the plays?

  2. MWR

    October 27, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Playoffs not plays lol

    • George Muha

      George Muha

      October 27, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      What team do you think is only going to play 7 games?

  3. Tim

    October 29, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    I have been wondering for 3 weeks. N1g1 teams on our side are being effected by the njic playoffs how can a 4-4 team qualify and a 6-2 team be bumped think the playoffs need fixing on their side. Hasbrook will pick up about 25 over bet on and also 28 if they win at pompton lakes. If becton wins the looser bracket they get 25 over Rutherford.

    Big issue is 2 and 3 place teams games are about 20 per week how crazy is that

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