Week 5 Predictions

By Tom Szieber
Posted:  Friday, October 7, 2016   9:05 am

Check out Brian Carr's photo gallery from last year's title game featuring Don Bosco Prep and St. Joseph (Mont).

Don Bosco and St. Joseph (Mont.) may be the most high-profile encounter of the week, but there is plenty more on the week five slate. Let’s not waste any time and get to some picks.

St. Joseph (Mont.) (3-1) @ Don Bosco Prep (2-3)
Joe’s hasn’t forgotten about the loss Bosco handed the Green Knights in last season’s Non-Public, Group 4 title game. The Green Knights D will need to rain in Bosco’s playmakers like wide out Wankeith Akin Jr., who had 105 yards receiving last week.

The Pick: Don Bosco Prep

Cherokee (1-2) @ Hammonton (3-1)
The Blue Devils’ last three games have been decided by a total of eight points. The Chiefs’ two losses (to WJFL heavyweights Timber Creek and Shawnee) came by a total of 10.

The Pick: Cherokee

Sayreville (4-0) @ Piscataway (3-0)
Bombers QB Jayson DeMild has gone 40-of-67 for 670 yards and nine touchdowns thus far in 2016. The Bombers won a tight one last year, beating Piscataway, 23-21.

The Pick: Piscataway

Somerville (4-0) @ Rahway (4-0)
Both teams have high-octane offenses, as they’ve collectively failed to score 30 or more points just once this year. A victory would exceed the Pioneers win total from 2012-2015.

The Pick: Somerville

Hawthorne (2-2) @ Pompton Lakes (3-0)
The Bears could easily be 4-0, with its two losses coming close against good opposition in New Milford and Harrison. The Pompton D will face a strong rushing attack in RBs Dominic Scola and Andre Jackson.

The Pick: Pompton Lakes

Lenape (4-0) @ Rancocas Valley (4-0)
RV running back Iverson Clement is one of the WJFL’s best at the position. The Indians have allowed just 10 points all year.

The Pick: Rancocas Valley

Wayne Valley (5-0) @ Northern Highlands (4-0)
After starting 4-5 with Wayne Valley, coach Roger Kotlarz has led the Indians to a 15-2 record in its last 17 games. Meanwhile, Highlanders first-year head man Keith Migliorino has yet to lose a game with a squad that has posted two shutouts in four games.

The Pick: Wayne Valley

Tom Szieber can be reached by emailing tom@gridironnewjersey.com.