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October 18, 2013
There are many good matchups around the state this weekend that people will talk about. They're big games with league and playoff implications. This week features several games between undefeated teams.
Here are games that deserve mention:
St. Joe's (Montvale) (4-0) at St. Peter's Prep (6-0), Friday night. St. Joe's is #1 in the Parochial poll, while St. Peter's Prep is #3. Two undefeated teams meet in Jersey City and Joe's is coming off a bye. St. Joe's has a ferocious front eight on defense. Linebacker Mark Fossati is as an outstanding high school football player who does everything and fellow linebacker Joseph Giles-Harris is a rising star. Prep has running back Jonathan Hilliman and wide receiver/cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick. Joe's has outscored opponents 175-33, with most of the points scored on them when the reserves are in. Prep has outscored the position 303-90 in six games.
Don Bosco (2-3) at Paramus Catholic (5-0), Friday night. Paramus Catholic is #2 in the Parochial poll, while Don Bosco is #6. ESPN is broadcasting this game if you can't get there in person. Paramus Catholic is undefeated and wants to avenge last year's loss to the Ironmen. Also featured is Jabrill Peppers, who played at Bosco his first two years, along with Keyon Washington. Bosco rebounded with a win over Friendship Academy and had Nick Crusco fill in for injured quarterback Frank Nutile; Bosco has been overwhelmed with injuries. Paramus Catholic has outscored the opposition, 193-55.
Hunterdon Central (5-0) at Phillipsburg (5-0), Friday night. Hunterdon Central is #2 in the Groups 3-4-5 Public School poll, while Phillipsburg is #7. This features two undefeated teams that are big West Jersey rivals, with both holding 5-0 records. Jason Cabinda is the featured player for Hunterdon Central at running back, while P-burg has Joe Maso and Anthony Guarino running the ball for them. Hunterdon Central has outscored opponents, 164-42, while Phillipsburg has outscored them, 127-63.
Westwood (5-0) at Mahwah (5-0), Friday night. Westwood is #5 in the Groups 1-2 poll, while Mahwah is just outside the Top 25 in Groups 3-4-5 poll. With the Bergen County Catholic schools having big games Friday night, this game is overlooked by some, but features two undefeated teams. Westwood has scored 195 points in five games and features the passing combination of Craig Carmillani to Nolan Borgerson. Mahwah has an impressive defense, allowing 28 points in four games (not including forfeit win), featuring linebacker Erik Wong.
Butler (5-0) at Mountain Lakes (5-0), Saturday afternoon. Mountain Lakes is #3 in the Groups 1-2 Public school poll, while Mountain Lakes is just outside the Top 20. This features two of the top small schools in Morris County and a pair of 5-0 teams. RB Ryan Cirillo and LB Ryan Mack are the two of the main players for Butler, who have outscored the opposition, 184-61. Mountain Lakes has allowed 34 points, while scoring 168, and the defense features linebacker John Spagnola and nose guard Zach Keuhm.
Shawnee (3-2) at Cherokee (3-1), Friday night. Cherokee is #6 in the Groups 3-4-5 Public School poll, while Shawnee is #21. Here's a big South Jersey rivalry that is usually decided within one touchdown. Shawnee comes off a tough, 15-14 loss to Clearview and has only allowed 51 points and scored 111. Cherokee has allowed 26 points in four games, scoring 127. Stars for this game are Shawnee's RB/LB Anthony DiOrio for Shawnee and TE/DE Jake Powell for Cherokee.
Monroe (5-0) at Old Bridge (4-1), Friday night. Monroe is #9 in the Groups 3-4-5 Public School poll, while Old Bridge is #11. With the big powers of the GMC, each having two losses, this game could decide the Red Division championship. Monroe has outscored opponents, 221-45, and includes a 47-21 win over Edison last week. Old Bridge's lone loss was a one point defeat to Piscataway and has allowed 58 points on the year. Leading tacklers for each team are LB Dmitriy Mikhol for Old Bridge and LB Elijah Davis for Monroe.
Sterling (4-0) at West Deptford (4-0), Friday night. West Deptford is #1 in the Groups 1-2 Public School poll, while Sterling is #13. With Sterling beating Haddonfield last week, this game has title implications for the Colonial Conference Liberty Division. Sterling had a big game last week from RB Devon Tucker and West Deptford has a workhorse at RB in Michigan State commit Gerald Owens. Sterling has outscored opponents, 123-20 in four games, while West Deptford has outscored its opponents, 234-15.
Others of note:
Wayne Valley (4-1) at Paramus (3-2), Friday night.
Pascack Valley (3-2) at Wayne Hills (4-1), Friday night.
Madison (3-1) at Jefferson (4-1), Friday night.
Pompton Lakes (4-1) at New Milford (4-1), Friday night.
Cedar Grove (4-1) at Shabazz (3-1), Friday night.
Piscataway (2-2) at Sayreville (3-2), Friday night.
Bernards (4-1) at Roselle Park (4-1), Friday night.
South River (4-1) at Keyport (4-1), Saturday afternoon.
Florence (3-1) at Delran (4-1), Friday night.
Holy Spirit (4-0) at Millville (3-1), Friday night.
Clearview (4-1) at Eastern (5-0), Friday night.
Central (3-1) at Barnegat (4-0), Fridy night.
Pennsville (4-0) at Woodstown (4-0), Friday night.
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