FOOTBALL TOP 20 FOR OCT. 3: UPSET-FUELED WEEKEND BRINGS BIGGEST CHANGES YET

Football Top 20 for Oct. 3: Upset-fueled weekend brings biggest changes yet
Football Top 20 for Oct. 3: Upset-fueled weekend brings biggest changes yet
Updated: Oct. 04, 2021, 9:55 a.m. | Published: Oct. 03, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
Football: Don Bosco Prep vs. Iona Prep (NY) , September 4, 2021
Don Bosco Prep's Ronnie Heath (5) takes the hand-off from quarterback Nick Minicucci (16) in a game against Iona Prep earlier this season. On Friday, Heath led Don Bosco Prep to an upset of previous No. 2 St. Peter's Prep. Scott Faytok | For NJ Advance Media

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By Patrick Lanni | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Let the upsets roll.

After several weeks of stability, this week’s rankings got all shaken up after several head-turning results. Although the No. 1 team remains the same, the top five was completely revamped this week after the previous No. 2 and No. 3 teams lost in Week 5.

Outside of the turmoil at the top, another spot opened up after No. 13 Donovan Catholic was forced to forfeit three wins after using an ineligible player. With a 1-4 record, NJ.com’s high school football staff determined Donovan Catholic’s resume was no longer Top 20-worthy, however, the Toms River school can play its way back into the rankings as the season progresses.


Cedar Creek delivered one of the weekend’s biggest wins by upsetting then-No. 3 Holy Spirit. Then-No. 2 St. Peter’s Prep also fell on the road to Don Bosco Prep, which entered Friday’s game with a 1-3 record. Both losses created drastic changes in this week’s rankings.

So, who were the biggest movers and shakers? Check out this week’s edition of the NJ.com Top 20 below.

Note: The NJ.com Top 20 is collaborative effort put together by NJ.com’s high school football staff: Bill Evans, Andrew Koob, Mike Kinney, Pat Lanni, Kevin Minnick and Joe Zedalis.
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