Games To See In New Jersey This Weekend

Pat PJR Rice, NJ Gridiron Guru
NJ Varsity

Northeast Jersey

Bergen Catholic (1-2) at Paramus Catholic (2-1), Friday night. Big week for both schools. BC allowed 62 points to Southern California power Mater Dei and need a big win. PC had a gutty win over Seton Hall Prep last week.

DePaul (1-1) at Don Bosco (1-2), Friday night. Another Catholic battle. DePaul comes off a bye week and an impressive win over Paramus Catholic. Bosco needs to bounce back from last week’s loss to St. Frances of Maryland.

Verona (0-2) at Cedar Grove (0-2), Friday night. Forget the records: these are two proud programs who have lost competitive games to very good teams. They have had some very good games over the years and this can be another of those.

Passaic Tech (1-1) at Union City (2-1), Friday night. Passaic Tech outlasted them in last year’s playoffs, 16-14, and this could be the preview of another playoff game.


Wayne Hills (2-1) at Old Tappan (2-0), Saturday afternoon. These teams know each other very well and they are two of the favorites in their Group 4 section. Wayne Hills lost their opener to 4-0 McKinley of Canton, Ohio and followed it with a tremendous comeback win over Ramapo. Old Tappan has two blowout wins over Paramus and Pascack Valley.

River Dell (2-0) at Westwood (2-0), Saturday afternoon. These two have had some classic games in recent years, with last year and 2014 coming to mind. Westwood is the more experienced team, but River Dell with QB Dave Estevez finds ways to win.

Waldwick (1-0) at Manchester Regional (2-0), Saturday afternoon. Manchester has been a surprise, while Waldwick has been tough the last few years. A win can be a good springboard for either team.

Northwest Jersey:

Mountain Lakes (2-0) at Hanover Park (2-0), Friday night. Mountain Lakes is off to a good start after a rare down season last year and this will be a good test for them.

Mount Olive (2-0) at High Point (2-0), Friday night. Mount Olive has been a surprise, while High Point is primed for a big year.

Mid-State 37:

Phillipsburg (2-0) at Bridgewater-Raritan (2-0), Friday night. This pits the traditional power in Phillipsburg against the more recent power in Bridgewater-Raritan.

Roselle (2-0) at Johnson (2-0), Friday night. Two undefeated teams that had a 56-41 barn burner last year, won by Roselle.

Voorhees (2-0) at Somerville (2-0), Friday night. Last year, Somerville was the surprise and Voorhees may be this year’s surprise.

Middlesex County:

South Brunswick (2-0) at Piscataway (2-0), Friday night. Two of the state’s best public school programs square off. Both teams look very good, so far, and South Brunswick features one of the country’s top wide receivers in Justin Shorter, who verballed to Penn State.

The Shore:

Asbury Park (1-1) at Point Pleasant Beach (2-0), Friday night. Two of Shore’s best small school programs. Asbury park has been in two overtime games and Point Beach has beaten two good opponents.

Manasquan (1-1) at Middletown South (1-1), Friday night. Although both may be down from last year, these are two of the Shore’s best programs.

Middletown North (2-0) at Howell (2-0), Saturday night. Battle of two recent contenders and both teams can throw the ball.

South Jersey:

Millville (2-0) at St. Augustine (2-0), Friday night. Two of South Jersey’s best and a public vs. Catholic game. Both teams have playmakers.

Lenape (2-0) at Burlington Township (2-0), Friday night. Lenape has been very tough in recent years, while Burlington Township has been solid over the years without the great year.

Salem (1-1) at Penns Grove (2-0), Saturday afternoon. Two small school programs that have had success. Penns Grove has been putting up the points, while Salem won by a point and lost by two.

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