Games To See In New Jersey This Weekend

Pat Rice, NJ Gridiron Guru
NJ Varsity
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South Jersey:

Penns Grove (2-1) at Palmyra (2-1), Friday night. After putting up 120 points in their first two games, Penns Grove needs to rebound from a tough loss to Salem, while Palmyra is looking for a big win.

Salem (2-1) at Woodbury (2-1). Saturday morning. Salem’s seasons has had nail biters: beat Glassboro by one, lose to Burlington City by two, and beat Penns Grove by two. Woodbury has been a good program for a long time.

Camden (2-1) at Cedar Creek (3-0), Saturday afternoon. Camden’s only loss is to Camden Catholic and Cedar Creek has help up well against tough competition.

The Shore:

Freehold Boro (1-2) at Manalapan (3-0), Thursday night. Freehold Boro has the electric Ashante Worthy at quarterback, while Manalapan is one of the state’s best public school programs.

Middletown South (2-1) at Rumson-Fair Haven (2-0), Thursday night. Rumson-Fair Haven is a four-time defending state champ against a top program playing a tough schedule.

Long Branch (2-0) at Wall (3-0), Friday night. Long Branch has a top passing game and Wall is winning with a brand new line and new coach.

Monmouth (4-0) at Point Pleasant Boro (3-0), Friday night. Monmouth has been a surprise, while Point Boro is quietly putting together a good program.

Barnegat (3-0) at Manasquan (1-2), Saturday afternoon. Barnegat has the better record, but Manasquan has played two quality Group 4 teams.

Middlesex County:

Brick Memorial (2-1) at Sayreville (3-0), Friday night. Brick Memorial from the Shore Conference comes up to play the Bombers of Sayreville. Brick Memorial has won two straight and features option football. Sayreville has a young squad and they have passed the test, so far. After tonight, they have Piscataway coming up.

Mid-State 37:

Hillsborough (2-1) at Phillipsburg (3-0), Thursday night. The highest margin of victory the last four years with these two has been fourteen, with Hillsborough handing P-Burg its only loss in 2014 by one point.

Immaculata (2-1) at North Hunterdon (3-0), Thursday night. North Hunterdon is a program making slow and steady progress; this is a chance to take it to the next level.

Elizabeth (2-1) at Linden (2-1), Friday night. Next door neighbors go at it, with a win being a springboard to a good season.

Northwest Jersey:

Morris Hills (3-0) at Sparta (3-0), Thursday night. Two undefeated teams and both teams with their first tough matchup.

Hackettstown (3-0) at Lakeland (3-0), Thursday night. Hackettstown gets their first big test, while Lakeland has beaten two group 4 teams.

Madison (2-1) at Pequannock (3-0), Thursday night. Two good Group 2 programs from Morris County. Madison won last year, 28-21.

West Morris (2-1) at Mount Olive (3-0), Thursday night. West Morris has been in some close games and Mount Olive is putting up a lot of points.

Lenape Valley (2-1) at Mountain Lakes (3-0), Thursday night. Two long-time traditional programs with Mountain Lakes having a good bounce back year.

Northeast Jersey:

Ridgewood (3-0) at Old Tappan (3-0), Thursday night. Two solid teams and Ridgewood will not make the mistakes Wayne Hills made last week against OT.

Caldwell (3-0) at West Essex (2-1), Thursday night. Another clash of next door neighbors. West Essex won their last game by three, lost by one, and won the opener by five when they scored on the final play.

New Milford (2-0) at Pompton Lakes (2-0), Friday afternoon. Two of the top small schools in the area and neither has been tested this year.

St. Joe’s, Montvale (3-0) at Bergen Catholic (2-2), Saturday afternoon. Big rivals who have played into overtime in four of the last five years.

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