Shore Conference Football 2020 Division Realignment
The Shore Conference has announced its new football division realignment for the 2020 season with some major changes in six of the seven divisions.
Red Bank Catholic
Toms River North
In: Jackson, Wall
Out: Long Branch, Rumson
Central Jersey Group 3 champion Wall, which finished No. 1 in the Shore Conference, and Jackson Memorial, which reached the Central Jersey Group 4 final and went 8-3, move up one division. Long Branch and Rumson move down one division.
Mater Dei Prep
Toms River East
In: Holmdel, Long Branch, Rumson, Southern, Toms River East
Out: Wall, Jackson, Brick, Freehold, St. John Vianney
Only Mater Dei Prep, which went 8-4 last season and has advanced to four consecutive state championship games, remains. Long Branch and Rumson enter from the American Division while Southern moves up from the Constitution Division after winning the division title. Toms River East jumps up two divisions from the Freedom Division where it went 9-2 and won the division title in its best season in a decade. Holmdel makes a big leap coming up three divisions on the heels of the program’s third straight winning season.
In: all new
Out: Southern, Brick Memorial, Howell, Marlboro, Freehold Township, Middletown North
Every team in the division was elsewhere last season. Donovan Catholic was 9-2 and the Liberty Division champion and Ocean was 8-1 and the Patriot Division champion. Brick went 3-6 in the Colonial Division and drops down one division. Freehold was also in the Colonial Division last season and finished 2-7. Lacey (7-4) and Central (3-6) each move up from the Liberty Division.
St. John Vianney
In: all new
Out: Toms River East, Neptune, Colts Neck, Matawan, Toms River South, Jackson Liberty, Lakewood
Another division with a completely new look features five teams from last season’s Constitution Division and adds St. John Vianney, which drops two divisions from the Colonial Division. No team in the division had a winning record in 2019.
Toms River South
In: Colts Neck, Neptune, Point Boro, Raritan, Toms River South
Out: Donovan Catholic, Lacey, Holmdel, Central
Manasquan and Red Bank are the only holdovers from the 2019 season. Colts Neck went 8-2 last season but comes down from the Freedom Division, as does Neptune after a 6-4 season and Toms River South (4-6). Point Boro (3-6) and Raritan (5-4) come up from the Patriot Division.
In: Jackson Liberty, Lakewood, Matawan
Out: Ocean, Raritan, Point Boro
Jackson Liberty, Lakewood and Matawan all move down two divisions from the Freedom Division. Division champion Ocean exits along with Raritan and Point Boro. Barnegat, Shore Regional and Monmouth Regional remain in the division. Matawan was 5-4 last year and is the only team in the division which had a winning record in 2019.
In: no changes
Out: no changes
The small-school division remains unchanged. It was very competitive last season and moving any team up would not have made sense. Any easy decision for the conference.