Finals Predictions: Groups 1 & 2

Middlesex is looking to make history by winning its first title since 1984. It kept its momentum going with a 40-24 Thanksgiving Eve win over Dunellen, with QB John Kressbach and RB Anthony Mason combining for 259 yards on the ground. Point Beach won this section just 3 seasons ago, and has won four-of-its-last-five after beginning the year 2-3. Middlesex won the first meeting between these teams, 28-12, thanks to RB Tom Rau’s 23 carry, for 216-yard, three-touchdown outing.

Thanksgiving Predictions

The oldest series in New Jersey may be the best holiday matchup of the year, as both teams expected to be in the South, Group 5 final. Vineland linebacker Nihym Anderson will be trailing Thunderbolts star running back Clayton Scott all morning.

Semifinal Previews & Predictions

No public school in New Jersey has been to more sectional finals than Paulsboro, and the defending champs are one win away from making it there for the 26th time. Fourth-seeded Salem (7-2) will need to find a way to contain Red Raiders running back Dehron Holloway, who exploded for 234 yards and four TDs against Pennsville in the first round.

1st Round Preview: Groups 4, 5

The Maroons defeated the Mustangs, 28-7, on Sept. 22, despite being outgained on the ground, 216-131. Clifton running back David Martinez rushed for 107 yards in that meeting, and has only gotten better, totaling 1,064 yards and 13 touchdowns this season.

First Round Preview: Groups 1, 2, 3

The Aviators want to get the taste of a heartbreaking NJIC title game loss to Rutherford out of their mouths with a first round victory as their sectional championship defense begins. The Panthers offense is led by QB Sammy Ventola, who has passed for 1,663 and 18 touchdowns.

Week 9 Predictions

There are still power points on the line, and Week 9 is far from meaningless for many teams. But even where teams have already completed their first eight, there are rivalries and a championship game on the slate this week. Let’s look at some of the best of the final week before the playoffs.

Gridiron New Jersey/Vita Athletics Top 20

This will be the second-to-last edition of the rankings. We will not update the Top 20 during the playoffs. The final edition of the Top 20 will be unveiled after the sectional finals.

Week 8 Recap

Revenge was very, very sweet for Manalapan, who cruised past Piscataway, 28-0. The Chiefs had defeated the Braves in last season’s Central, Group 5 final, but it was a totally different story this time around

Week 8 Predictions

Stateliners running back Joe Green is having a mean 2017 campaign, having rushed for 977 yards (6.7 yards per carry) and 13 touchdowns. Green will need good blocking from his front five to be able to crack a good North Hunterdon D and a strong linebacking corps let by Erik Dehkes and Luke Ingenito.

Week 7 Recap

It was another meeting and another classic in the storied West Deptford-Haddonfield rivalry. The South Jersey rivals played a hard-fought nail-biter that only ended when Eagles kicker Mike Bilodeau hit a 35-yard field goal in overtime to give West Deptford a 17-14 victory.

Week 7 Predictions

Somerville will need to slow down Crusaders running back Joe Turek who has already rushed for 825 yards and nine touchdowns. The Pioneers have played well against a tough schedule, going 3-1 over teams that are currently .500 or better.