April 8, 2021 – By NJP
N1G4 are the larger schools in the North 1 grid. Despite the bigger populations, the average strength here is much less than N1G3 or N1G2. Bergen Tech garners the number 1 seed and sports a 9-1 record. NJP is projecting Ridgewood as the team to beat in the group. The Maroons are at #2 in the seed but they are a NJP top 25 team. There are 5 rating points between Ridgewood and any other team in the group meaning they would win in a head to head set by 5 points.
Ridgewood is our favorite to get to the finals. Some sleepers in the field could be West Orange who NJP has as #4 in the group despite a #13 seed. Matt Kingsley’s group at Bergen Tech has had a great year but their rating is certainly reflecting the ten point difference in their loss to Pascack Valley. If that was just an off night, Bergen Tech can make some noise here. But if it is indicative of their challenge against higher ranked teams, it will certainly favor Ridgewood who has beaten some solid teams like Paramus, Indian Hills, Pascack Hills and took Northern Highlands to 22 in a game this season.