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.