Central Jersey Top 10: Mater Dei continues to strengthen case as No. 1 team

The Mater Dei Prep football offense prepares to run a play during pregame warmups at Saint John Vianney High School on Sept. 27.
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The Mater Dei Prep football offense prepares to run a play during pregame warmups at Saint John Vianney High School on Sept. 27.

Four weeks into the high school football season, the Central Jersey Top 10 has a clear No. 1 team.

Mater Dei Prep.

The Seraphs are 4-0 and they have outscored their opponents, 171-20.

No other team has come close to that level of dominance against quality opponents. But there are still plenty of other good teams in the middle of the Garden State.

(Ranking. Team, Record.)

1. Mater Dei Prep, 4-0: If the Seraphs are the best team in Central Jersey, then Malik Ingram, their standout running back, is probably the best player in Central Jersey. In 2019, Ingram has recorded 51 carries for 604 yards and nine touchdowns.

2. Notre Dame, 4-0: The Irish improved to 4-0 with a 50-13 victory at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North/South on Sept. 27.

3. North Brunswick, 3-1: Senior running back Myles Bailey guided the Raiders to their second consecutive victory, 35-7 over Edison High School at home, rushing for 154 yards and four touchdowns on just eight carries.

4. Red Bank Regional, 3-1: The Buccaneers fell back to Earth this week after their 3-0 start, falling to Holmdel High School, 17-7, at home.

5. Saint Joseph Regional, 3-1: The Metuchen school has won three straight games, the last two by double digits.

6. South Brunswick, 3-1: South Brunswick has won three straight games by 37, 38 and 47 points, respectively.

7. Manalapan, 2-1: After a bye this week, the Braves will try to improve to 3-1 on Oct. 4 at home against a 2018 state payoff champion in Rumson-Fair Haven High School.

8. Hillsborough, 4-0: The Raiders won their first road test this week, 24-13 at Hunterdon Central Regional High School. That victory was impressive against a sturdy foe.

9. Old Bridge, 3-0: After a couple close road victories to start the season, the Knights defeated John P. Stevens High School, 42-0, on Sept. 27 at home.

10. Hopewell Valley, 3-0: Senior quarterback Brett Confer led the Bulldogs to a 45-13 victory over Ewing High School this week, completing eight of his 11 passes for 153 yards and four touchdowns.