AYF youth football for New Jersey serving , hunterdon county NJ, sussex county NJ, mercer county NJ, middlesex county NJ, warren county NJ; american youth football, partner with Jersey Shore AYF & Garden State AYF, formerly Jr Skyland Football Conference
Please be patient with us as we update our website to reflect our recent changes.
Jr Skyland Football Is Now Greater New Jersey AYF
Our member programs are endorsed by and aligned to their High Schools
The Greater New Jersey AYF (GNJAYF) is an unlimited weight, high-school aligned, intermediate level football league founded on the principles of being an extension of the local High School program. We work in partnership our High School coaches and use the same techniques, terminology, schemes and concepts used by the High School programs so our players are best prepared for the next step in their football career. For this reason, the GNJ requires that all players play on teams aligned to where their primary residence is.
Pope John Jr Lions 11U Gold team traveled to Lee Field in Basking Ridge to face off against divisional rivals Ridge Jr Devils 11U Gold. After exchanging defensive stands on the first two possessions, the Pope John Jr. Lions struck first when quarterback #4 Tyler Houser hit his TE #30 Wesley Johnston with a beautiful 40-yard catch and run for the first score of the game. Houser then pounded the point-after attempt in on the ground and the Jr. Lions took an early 7-0 lead.
As the game progressed into the second quarter, the Jr Devils of Ridge struggled to get a drive going until #32 Connor McLaughlin came off the bench as quarterback. He culminated a successful drive with a snappy 17yd TD pass to his receiver #80 Dan Caesar on a perfect route and 6 points. Kicker #? Name drilled the ball through the uprights to give the Ridge 11U gold team an 8-7 lead going into the half.
The fans were entertained at halftime by wonderful performances by the Ridge and Pope john cheerleaders.
The Ridge team came out in the third quarter looking to flex some muscle and went to a pounding ground game. They strung together multiple first downs behind by great blocking from their offensive line with led by limenan #67 Dan Clark and #61 Andrew Dachnowicz. The end of a nearly quarter consuming drive was to spring #26 Joseph Dachnowicz into the end zone on an X yd run. A second successful PAT kick conversion by name and the Jr Devils took a 16-7 lead to start the 4th.
Not to anyone surprise, the Pope John Jr Lions show they had no quit and they began to fire up their own ground game. Midway through the 4th quarter, the Jr. Lions had driven down the field on a variety of run plays with all purpose back #25 Frankie DeNicola carrying the rock the final 7 yards into the endzone for the score. Pope John converted the extra point on a power run from #1 Joey Rozynski, making the score 16-14 with 4 minutes left in the game.
On the next possession the Jr. Lions got a much-needed stop on a critical 4th down and retook possession of the ball in Jr Devil territory with less than 2 minutes remaining and no timeouts. the Pope John Jr Lions again had success moving the ball and with only seconds remaining QB Houser connected on a 20-yard quick slant to Rozynski who cut across the field on what looked like a game winning TD. However, a penalty nullified the score the TD was brought back. On the very next play , Ridge’s #? Name intercepted a pass on their own 5yd line to take over possession and they were able to run out the clock for the victory.
It was a great Greater NJ AYF game and was well-played by both teams who look like they have the potential to meet again in the playoffs!
1Q Pope John TD: #4 Houser 40 Yd Pass to # Johnston (#4 Houser PAT Run )
2Q Ridge TD: #32 McLaughlin 17 yd Pass to #80 Caesar (#? name PAT Kick)
3Q Ridge TD: #26 Dachnowicz X yd Run (#? name PAT Kick)
4Q Pope John TD: #25 DeNicola 7 yd Run (#1 Rozynski Run)
Good luck to all programs, teams, coaches and players. This year we have:
over 800+ players from Kindergarten through 8th grade
on 39 teams (not counting in-town flag programs)
across 2 Divsions,8 high-school aligned associations and 4 age groups
playing on 15 different home fields.
From Sept 9 and into November we have 17-22 games being played every weekend Hosting on Saturdays - starting at 8:30am and running until 10:00pm (and some cross-over games on Sundays)
Out Top Tier Divison Raritan has playoffs starting October 27th and Delaware Divison starts playoffs on 11/3 with our Raritan Gold Conference Finals on 11/3 and Delaware Championship & 8th Grade All-Star Day is November 10th and is being Hosted at North Hunterdon High School.
We would like to share an exciting new step that the Jr Skyland Football Conference (“JSFC”) will be taking in 2018.
If you have been part of one of our member programs in the past, you are probably already aware of our conference’s goals, vision and objectives. But to refresh you…
We are an unlimited weight, high-school aligned, intermediate level football league founded as an extension of the local High School program. It is our league’s objective work in partnership with their respective high school coaches and use the same teaching techniques, terminology, and fundamental concepts used by the high school programs so our young student-athletes are best prepared for the next step in their football career. For this reason, we require that all players play on teams aligned to where their primary residence is and/or for the program of the high school that they attend. Additionally, we strive to ensure that teams are playing opponents of comparable talent depth and skill level. We require all of our coaches to be USA Football safety certified. We were early adopters and have been partnering with USA Football and their safety programs going back 7+ years.
This vision and these goals are important to all of our member programs. As we evaluate the external pressures we all are experiencing related to the perception of football, and in order to best position ourselves to achieve our goals listed above, we have decided that our conference as a whole will align itself the American Youth Football (AYF) starting with the 2018 fall football season.
Under the AYF National Track program:
We will become our own conference under the AYF umbrella
Our name will change from Jr Skyland Football Conference (JSFC) to Greater New Jersey AYF (GNJAYF)
We will continue to provide unlimited weight, tackle football
We will continue to have our programs tied closely to their High Schools and HS Head Coaches
We will continue to ensure the kids play for their sending districts and affiliated High Schools
We will continue to play football based on the NFHS rules and guidelines
In the short term (2018), we will improve our ability to have full and equitable scheduling for all our programs through crossover games with other AYF conferences
In the near & long term – provides a conference for other, existing AYF programs in our region an opportunity to realign to our conference and play more locally; as well as improve our ability to attract additional programs to our conference based on the platform AYF offers.
The partnership between our youth programs and their high school programs is paramount to what we have built here and what we continue to build upon. We will continue to reach out to work hand in hand with our affliated High School distrcits as partners to energize those communities around youth football, provide a place where players of all levels, skills amd abilities can enjoy and learn valuable life lessons from the game of football, assist in any multi-program challenges and ensure we are preparing those players who what a career beyond youth football to be as ready as possible for their high school programs.