Football: Top 20 picks and report for Week 3


No. 1 St. Peter’s Prep (2-1) at No. 17 Union City (3-0), 7 p.m. Friday
Union City’s initial exam as a Top 20 team? A diversion opposite No. 1-ranked St. Peter’s Prep. There’s no doubt that Union City went out of a approach to take on a formidable schedule. Union City forsaken a joining diversion opposite Kearny to take on Shawnee — final year’s South Jersey, Group 4 champion – while a dual crossover games in a SFC are opposite St. Peter’s Prep and Irvington. Union City scored a 34-10 feat over Irvington on Sept. 7, yet this crossover diversion is a opposite level. Union City is 0-8 opposite St. Peter’s Prep, and this St. Peter’s group is entrance off a matter feat over Bergen Catholic. St. Peter’s is a group with talent during any position and no holes. Look for RJ Oben, George Rooks, Dakari Falconer and Cody Simon to lead a invulnerability and QB Maasai Maynor to harmonise a Prep offense after throwing 4 touchdowns – dual any to Ayir Asante and Byron Shipman – in final week’s win.
St. Peter’s Prep 30, Union City 7

No. 2 Bergen Catholic (2-1) vs. No. 11 Don Bosco Prep (2-1), 1 p.m. Saturday
These dual non-public heavyweights will replenish a adversary Saturday in a 70th installment of a array that dates behind to 1958. Over a final 6 decades, Don Bosco Prep and Bergen Catholic have played large classics, with Don Bosco Prep holding a 38-29-2 corner all-time. Ignore records, early-season formula or state and inhabitant rankings in this one; when Don Bosco Prep and Bergen Catholic accommodate — generally in new years — it’s anyone’s game. Look no serve than final deteriorate per that, with Bergen Catholic — that eventually cruised to a Non-Public Group 4 pretension — wanting scarcely any second to lift off a 29-26 quip win over Don Bosco Prep, a group that went on to finish 2-7, a lowest win outlay given 1994. Also, a final 6 meetings between these dual exhilarated rivals has been motionless by 7 points or less. Expect another classical in Oradell on Saturday.
Bergen Catholic 20, Don Bosco Prep 14

No. 3 St. Joseph (Mont.) (2-1) vs. Pope John (0-3), 1 p.m. Saturday
St. Joseph (Mont.) finally done a in-state entrance final week and didn’t defect in a hard-fought win over DePaul. The rushing contingent of Te’Rai Powell, Andre Epps and Audric Estime, as good as QB Michael Alamio, chewed adult yards and time while a defensive front led by Smith Vilbert and Howard Cross were widespread opposite one of a state’s many vaunted offenses. Pope John, after a indolent start, looked like itself again in a tighten detriment to one of Pennsylvania’s best teams in Archbishop Wood. The lapse of Niko Hroncich seems to have steadied a Pope John offense while a defense, spearheaded by a likes of DL Ireland Burke will have a hands full with a SJR rushing conflict that was a pivotal in a win final week over DePaul.
St. Joseph (Mont.) 28, Pope John 14

No. 4 DePaul (2-1) vs. Delbarton (1-2), 1 p.m. Saturday
DePaul is entrance off a diversion where it did not play a best football, even in a one-possession diversion opposite opposition St. Joseph (Mont.). With United White enemy Delbarton entrance into town, DePaul will demeanour to get behind to final scores it had in a initial dual weeks opposite Pope John and Seton Hall Prep. Delbarton, uninformed off a initial win of a deteriorate opposite Passaic Valley, will demeanour to atmosphere it out interjection to Cole Freeman, a WR tandem of McGrath Brent and Michael Jarmolowich and TE Lukas Ungar. Expect DePaul quarterback Ta’Quan Roberson to lapse to stellar form, definition large descent numbers for ability players like Ronnie Hickman and Teddy Afful, and another clever opening from a defensive section that hold a possess for many of final week’s contest.
DePaul 35, Delbarton 7

No. 5 Phillipsburg (3-0) vs. Union (2-1), 7 p.m. Friday
Senior RB Joe Green used a blocks of Chris Gurneak, Ryan Fisher and Jeffrey Vitale to rush for dual second-half touchdowns and convene Phillipsburg past realistic Hunterdon Central final weel, 28-14. The Stateliners might wish to residence things a bit earlier here opposite a Union group that has shown both descent firepower behind QB Andrew Sanborn and defensive capability with assistance from Michel Lucien, Jacqu’e Cook and Isaiah Martinez.
Phillipsburg, 27, Union 14

No. 6 St. Joseph (Hamm.) (3-0) during Atlantic City (0-3), 6 p.m. Friday
St. Joseph will demeanour to extend a winning strain to 16 games as it hits a highway for a third time this season. Dynamic youth using behind Jada Byers leads an bomb conflict and will go into a West Jersey Football League inter-division diversion as a state personality in rushing yards (711), rushing touchdowns (12), sum touchdowns (13) and altogether scoring (82 points). Atlantic City is still looking to get a initial for rookie manager Leo Hamlett, who took over this deteriorate for Thomas Kelly. A.C. has been close out in a final dual games and outscored 63-8 overall.
St. Joseph (Hamm.) 40, Atlantic City 6

No. 7 Piscataway (2-0) vs. J.P. Stevens (1-1), 7 p.m. Friday
Piscataway has a ability widen out a J.P. Stevens invulnerability with a flitting of Joe Hatcher to Marcel Walker, Lord Jones or Nasir Best out of a backfield, or yield a solid diet of using behind Juwon Jackson behind a blocks of Austin Mosier, David Greene and Jordin Martell. Jackson has scored 7 TDs in a initial dual games. Junior QB Joseph Young found Devon Fowlkes twice with touchdown passes in final week’s 23-10 win over East Brunswick.
Piscataway 35, J.P Stevens 0

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No. 8 Somerville (3-0) vs. Voorhees (2-1), 7 p.m. Friday
A new coach, perhaps, in Dallas Whitaker, yet same ostentatious formula so distant as final deteriorate for Somerville, that is now given to a 10-game winning streak. The Pioneers normal 42.3 points a diversion behind a vehement play of comparison QB Jalahn Dabney, comparison receivers Joe Ciempola, Da’Shaun Smith and Duke McDuffie and RB Robbie Fiorentino. Voorhees looks to versatile comparison quarterback George Eberle and his twin brother, Charles, an superb linebacker.
Somerville 36, Voorhees 7

No. 9 Woodrow Wilson (3-0) during Cedar Creek (2-1), 1 p.m. Saturday
Woodrow Wilson takes a bomb descent conflict on a highway for a fourth true week. Senior quarterback Nick Kargman, who set a South Jersey record for touchdown passes with 8 opposite Camden Catholic dual weeks ago, has thrown for a state-leading 1,059 yards and 16 touchdowns. Kargman’s tip weapons have been Louisville dedicate Stanley King (22 catches, 345 yards 5 TDs), Naiem Simmons (12 catches, 219 yards, TD) and Fadil Diggs (10 catches, 142 yards, 3 TDs). Cedar Creek is entrance off a 41-6 feat over Absegami and facilities youth quarterback Louie Berrios and comparison using behind Kamal Reed. Junior Malachi Melton is also a tip two-way actor who owns offers from Rutgers, Boston College and Temple.
Woodrow Wilson 33, Cedar Creek 20

No. 10 Wayne Hills (2-1) during Fair Lawn (1-1), 1 p.m. Saturday
Wayne Hills put together a many considerable opening of a deteriorate and looked like a group many approaching this summer final Friday when it rolled to a 35-16 win over Old Tappan. Senior Tom Sharkey accounted for 5 touchdowns altogether with 4 throwing scores to Charles Njoku. Syracuse dedicate Joe Rondi had 3 sacks while Christian Puntolillo had dual interceptions. Fair Lawn is entrance off a 20-0 detriment to Passaic. This one won’t get any easier.
Wayne Hills 42, Fair Lawn 8

No. 12 Red Bank Catholic (3-0) during Red Bank Regional (2-0), 7 p.m. Friday
Red Bank Catholic is averaging 137 yards flitting per diversion and 213 yards per diversion rushing and a initial group has played poignant time in a fourth entertain usually once this season. It will be a vital exam for a Red Bank Regional defense, that yielded 26 points in a feat over Holmdel final week. The Red Bank Regional offense has scored 49 points in dual games, yet a RBC invulnerability will be a best one a seen so far.
Red Bank Catholic 36, Red Bank Regional 7

No. 13 Ramapo (3-0) during No. 19 Old Tappan (2-1), 7 p.m. Friday
Ramapo manager Drew Gibbs is going for history, looking to pierce into a No. 1 mark on a program’s all-time coaching wins list. Gibbs, who has been heading Ramapo given 2001, enters this week’s diversion tied with former manager Mike Miello, with 144 career victories. The record-breaking win won’t come easy, though, opposite a inspired Old Tappan group that usually had a 14-game win strain snapped final week in a 35-16 detriment to Wayne Hills. Since a start of a 2012 season, Old Tappan has mislaid dual in a quarrel usually once (Sept. 2016). Ramapo, a North 1, Group 3 finalist one year ago, and Old Tappan, final year’s North 1, Group 4 undefeated champion, design to be opposed for their particular sectional titles after this year. Old Tappan knocked off Ramapo, 31-28, final year in a unchanging deteriorate finale. Friday, they will accommodate in a pivotal early-season Top 20 showdown.
Ramapo 31, Old Tappan 30

No. 14 South Brunswick (2-1) at Perth Amboy (1-1), 7 p.m. Friday
South Brunswick looks to launch another win strain after carrying a 11-game run interrupted final week by seventh-ranked Piscataway, 35-21. Sean Goldsmith, Mike Slover and Jalen John will be heading a pull adult front for South Brunswick using backs Thomas Joe-Kamara and De’Jhon Thomas. Perth Amboy is led by QB Tahjmere Neil and a dangerous Brandon Seijo, who has scored 4 touchdowns.
South Brunswick 28, Perth Amboy 8

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No. 15 Sayreville (2-0) vs. New Brunswick (1-1), 7 p.m. Friday
Sayreville should be heedful of this one after hardly squeezing past Woodbridge, 21-19, final week interjection to a purchase flitting of youth Mark Whitford and a tough altogether play of Connor Holmes, Jacari Carter and Antwan Golson. New Brunswick fell to Woodbridge, 20-18, on opening night, afterwards rebounded final week behind using behind Dylan Johnson and linemen Benjamin Walker and Reshon Davila to tip Monroe, 47-14.
Sayreville 23, North Brunswick 13

No. 16 West Essex (2-0) during Snyder (0-3), 1 p.m. Saturday
Snyder came into a deteriorate with high expectations yet is still acid for a initial win. It’s not going to come Saturday. West Essex will be a complicated favorite for a third week in a quarrel after a usually mistake in final week’s 34-0 win over Newark Central was a missed additional point. Will Perez ran for dual touchdowns on 4 carries while Phil Lutz returned an interception for a touchdown and held another measure to lead a way. West Essex’s initial exam of a deteriorate will come subsequent weekend when it hosts 3-0 Lincoln.
West Essex 34, Snyder 6

No. 18 Westfield (1-1) vs. Old Bridge (1-1), 1 p.m. Saturday
Westfield easy sequence final week opposite Watchung Hills, a 27-13 victory, one week after a 37-game winning strain was snapped by Linden. Junior quarterback Hank Shapiro located Tim Alliegro, Tommy Norris and Emmett Smith once any on a TD pass to hint a offense. Old Bridge using behind Tino Sacasa will find out holes behind a blocks of Antonio Bajarano and Max Barnett.
Westfield 29, Old Bridge 14

No. 20 River Dell (3-0) vs. Newburgh Free Academy (N.Y.) (3-0), 7 p.m. Friday
River Dell will strike a highway this week and transport to Newburgh, N.Y. to take on Newburgh Free Academy, now undefeated and ranked as a No. 18 group in New York by MaxPreps. Newburgh has shown an bomb offense in a initial 3 wins, erupting for 143 points in a contingent of blowouts, good for 47.6 points per game. River Dell, winners of a final 8 games and 24-3 in a final 27, has flashed a possess prevalence in a initial 3 games, outscoring Westwood, Parsippany Hills and Demarest by a total score, 107-21, to open a year 3-0. River Dell will keep it going with a second out-of-state win in as many years after knocking off Shippensburg Area (Pa.) final year.
River Dell 35, Newburgh Free Academy 24

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