By Jason Lockhart
Despite a 4-4 record, the Morristown High School Colonials enter Saturday’s season finale against non-league opponent High Point with a strong shot at clinching a berth in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association playoffs.
Win and they’re in, it appears. Even if they fall to red-hot High Point–winners of five straight games–their odds look pretty good.
That’s because Morristown is ranked fifth in the North II Group III division, which sends its top eight teams to the playoffs.
“We won’t know if we’re in the playoffs or not until the end of the weekend,” cautioned Colonials head coach Chris Hull.
His team was ranked third prior to Friday’s loss to first-place seed West Morris Central. A win over High Point could give the Colonials home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Beating 7-1 High Point won’t be easy, however. They also need fourth-seed Colonia to lose to Wall Township this Friday, and Plainfield to suffer a defeat in Linden on Saturday, to finish as third seed for the playoffs.
“We are a very talented team that should not miss the playoffs,” said Morristown linebacker David Levine, a senior who might be playing his last home game on Saturday. “Hosting a playoff game here would have the whole town here watching us play.”
For the Colonials to miss the playoffs with a 4-5 record, Colonia and division members Kennedy Memorial, Rahway, Belleville and West Side all have to win their games.
“I expect us to be a lot more disciplined while playing with a sense of urgency this Saturday,” Coach Hull said. “This is what us coaches been telling these guys for the past few weeks.”
The NJSIAA won’t announce its playoff brackets until Monday.