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There may be no other time in your life when one day you are sweating it out on a dusty field in middle of no-where New Jersey in August. Then, a few months later, if you work hard enough and the cards fall the right way, you find yourself in the tunnel of MetLife Stadium smacking the shoulder pads of friends you’ve had since you were small. As you run into the stadium in front of thousands of people from your home town you realize that every practice, every workout, every weight you lift, every carpool ride to practice you took – all make sense. This is the reason: to take the ultimate prize – that moment in Rocky where he’s calling for Adrienne at the end of the fight– when there isn’t anything left to prove in a sport you’ve dedicated your life to.

How’s that for giving you goosebumps?

Everything got very real didn’t it? Well with Week 8 (the eight game playoff cutoff) in the books for every team except Madison (don’t worry, they’re in), the postseason rankings are pretty much set. Here we break down who is in and who is out.

There are 37 teams in the Morris Sussex coverage area.  Out of that, 19 teams have made it to the 2015 state tournament  (unofficially).  Those 19 teams are represented in 8 different playoff sections.  So we can expect 8 possible state champions.  Last season we had 3 state title winners (Mt Lakes, Par Hills and Sparta).  We at Morris Sussex Sports are behind all of our Morris Sussex teams to help root them on to out-perform last year’s title total.

Here’s an unofficial look at how the power points break down for the Morris Sussex teams. Official brackets get posted by the NJSIAA next week, but our look should hold true.  The only team on the bubble is Dover, who is relying on a 2-5 Caldwell team to lose to a very good 8-0 Nutley team.  So they still look to be in good shape.

Power Point Standings
TEAM/W-L-T/POWERPOINTS

MSS Team that made it / MSS team that did not make it

North 1, Group 1

Park Ridge 7 1 0 131.0
Boonton 7 1 0 128.0
Cedar Grove 7 1 0 120.0
Verona 8 0 0 114.0
Hasbrouck Heights 6 2 0 114.0
North Warren 6 2 0 102.0
Saddle Brook 6 2 0 99.0
Cresskill 5 3 0 96.0
Becton 5 3 0 91.0
New Milford 5 3 0 87.0
Butler 5 3 0 86.0
Wood-Ridge 5 3 0 80.0
Hopatcong 3 5 0 67.0
Wallington 2 6 0 38.0
Bogota 1 7 0 32.0
Emerson 0 8 0 26.0

North 1, Group 2

Mahwah 7 1 0 119.0
Glen Rock 6 1 0 119.0
Pequannock 7 1 0 112.0
Sussex Tech 4 4 0 100.0
Westwood 5 3 0 97.0
Pascack Hills 5 3 0 95.0
Kittatinny 5 3 0 91.0
Hawthorne 6 1 0 89.0
Waldwick 5 3 0 88.0
Ramsey 4 4 0 82.0
Lakeland 4 4 0 71.0
Dumont 3 5 0 55.0
Pompton Lakes 3 4 0 51.0
Newton 3 5 0 50.0
Kinnelon 1 7 0 39.0
Wallkill Valley 2 6 0 37.0

North 1, Group 3

River Dell 8 0 0 157.0
Ramapo 7 1 0 145.0
Pascack Valley 6 2 0 133.0
Sparta 6 2 0 108.0
Bergenfield 5 3 0 89.5
Garfield 5 2 0 86.0
Paramus 3 5 0 78.0
West Milford 3 5 0 64.0
Jefferson 3 5 0 57.0
Morris Hills 3 5 0 56.0
Tenafly 2 5 0 50.0
Vernon 2 6 0 41.0
Englewood 1 7 0 36.0
Demarest 0 8 0 33.0
Montville 1 7 0 31.0
High Point 0 8 0 21.0

North 1, Group 4

Old Tappan 8 0 0 159.0
Roxbury 7 1 0 151.0
West Morris 6 2 0 123.0
Morris Knolls 6 2 0 119.0
Wayne Valley 8 0 0 110.0
Indian Hills 6 2 0 90.0
Wayne Hills 6 2 0 86.0
Randolph 3 5 0 70.0
Northern Highlands 3 5 0 65.0
Warren Hills 4 3 0 60.0
Fair Lawn 2 6 0 55.0
Mendham 2 6 0 51.0
Belleville 1 7 0 36.0
Passaic Valley 0 8 0 35.0
Mount Olive 1 7 0 34.0
Teaneck 0 7 0 29.0

North 1, Group 5

Ridgewood 6 2 0 130.0
Passaic County Tech 6 2 0 121.0
Union City 5 3 0 104.0
Hackensack 5 2 0 102.5
Bergen Tech 7 1 0 87.0
Montclair 3 4 0 84.0
Bloomfield 4 3 0 81.0
Clifton 3 3 1 75.5
Eastside 3 3 1 69.5
North Bergen 3 5 0 65.0
West Orange 2 6 0 65.0
Morristown 3 5 0 62.0
Memorial 3 5 0 56.0
Kennedy 2 5 0 46.0
Livingston 1 7 0 38.0
Passaic 1 6 0 23.0

North 2, Group 2

Lenape Valley 7 1 0 142.0
Hanover Park 8 0 0 131.0
Rutherford 7 0 0 122.0
Mountain Lakes 5 3 0 99.0
Madison 5 2 0 92.0
Lyndhurst 4 4 0 76.0
Hackettstown 4 4 0 73.0
Dover 3 5 0 67.0
Manchester Regional 4 4 0 66.0
Caldwell 2 5 0 55.0
Newark Central 2 6 0 52.0
Whippany Park 2 6 0 52.0
Harrison 1 7 0 36.0
Lodi 1 7 0 34.0
Elmwood Park 0 8 0 26.0
Parsippany 0 8 0 22.0

North 2, Group 3

Cranford 8 0 0 150.0
Nutley 8 0 0 119.0
Orange 6 2 0 106.0
Ridgefield Park 6 2 0 101.0
Barringer 7 0 0 100.0
Chatham 6 2 0 99.0
West Essex 5 3 0 93.0
Voorhees 5 2 0 84.0
Parsippany Hills 4 4 0 69.0
Snyder 4 4 0 64.0
Governor Livingston 3 4 0 61.0
Palisades Park 3 5 0 57.0
Fort Lee 2 6 0 47.0
Ferris 0 8 0 32.0
Cliffside Park 0 8 0 27.0

Non-Public, Group 2

Montclair Kimberley 8 0 0 135.0
St. Joseph (Hamm.) 6 2 0 119.0
Immaculata 6 2 0 118.0
Hudson Catholic 7 1 0 113.0
St. Mary 7 1 0 101.0
Newark Academy 5 2 0 86.0
Holy Cross 4 4 0 86.0
Holy Spirit 4 3 0 69.0
Mater Dei Prep 3 5 0 65.0
Morris Catholic 3 5 0 48.0
Queen of Peace 3 5 0 48.0
Dwight-Englewood 2 3 1 35.0
Morristown-Beard 0 8 0 33.0
Marist 0 8 0 31.0
St. Anthony 1 7 0 28.0
Immaculate Conception 1 7 0 24.0
Gloucester Catholic 0 7 0 24.0

Non-Public, Group 3

St. John Vianney 8 0 0 140.0
Delbarton 6 2 0 132.0
Pope John 6 2 0 116.0
Camden Catholic 7 0 0 112.0
Red Bank Catholic 6 2 0 108.0
DePaul 3 5 0 87.0
Bishop Eustace 5 2 0 76.0
Donovan Catholic 3 5 0 68.0
Bishop Ahr 2 5 0 47.0
Pingry 2 6 0 42.0

George Muha has been covering high school sports since 2006. He feels high school scholar-athletes are the most important part of the community and highlighting their achievements on the field, in the classroom and within the community is his personal mission.

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