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NJ football: Games to watch, schedules across the state in Week 7

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USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey takes a look at some of the most intriguing Week 7 high school football games across the state.

Beneath the synopses of those contests, readers will find a schedule of games from Central Jersey, the Jersey Shore, Morris County, North Jersey and South Jersey.

USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey is comprised of reporters from the Asbury Park Press, Courier Post, Daily Record, Daily Journal, MyCentralJersey.com, and NorthJersey.com.

Visit the websites of those media outlets for complete coverage of New Jersey high school football all season long.

Following is a look at the top games and Week 7 schedules in each region.

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Linden (2-5) at St. Joseph (6-1), Saturday, 1 p.m.

Linden’s athleticism, physicality, ability to swarm to the ball, and run defense will create problems for the Falcons. St. Joseph defeated North Brunswick 22-20 earlier this year. Linden is coming off a 15-13 loss to North Brunswick, which successfully defended a two-point conversion pass in the game’s closing minutes to preserve the win. St. Joseph has faced some outstanding defensive ends this season including Leon Lowery (North Brunswick), Marcel Walker (Piscataway), Samod Wingo (North Brunswick) and Brandon Wasserman (Colonia). Linden’s Dami Awoynifa is as good, if not better, at that position than any the Falcons have encountered. An injury to Zion Marshall, a three-year starter at quarterback, has impacted Linden, but sophomore Adonis Abad has filled in more than admirably. St. Joseph has also been stout against the run and will need to stymie the Tigers on the ground. The Falcons had some trouble in the red zone during last weekend’s 23-0 win over Carteret. K-Shawn Schulters, who recently received a scholarship offer from Villanova, is a dynamic playmaker on both sides of the ball for St. Joseph. Jordan Kinsler has been a workhorse in the backfield and Tyree Ford has provided some bruising runs, especially in short yardage near the end zone. Quarterback Matt Stanton will have to be able to throw the ball with success.

New Brunswick (0-7) at Woodbridge (6-0), Friday, 7 p.m.

With a victory, Woodbridge will open the year with seven consecutive wins for the first time since 1997. The reigning Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division champions, who ended a 27-year division title drought, are led by junior running back Ali Lee Jr., who is the league's leading scorer with 18 touchdowns. Lee has been the beneficiary of outstanding offensive line play and the complementary efforts of the passing tandem of quarterback Anthony Santino and wideout Justin Magera. The Zebras, who opened the year with a four-game winning streak, including an upset of defending sectional champion Piscataway, have dropped three straight. The start of the losing streak coincided with the news that the Zebras had to forfeit their four wins for using an ineligible player in each of those contests. New Brunswick has a bevy of skill position players to challenge a Woodbridge defense that has allowed just six touchdowns all season. With its playoff hopes dashed, this game still has added meaning for New Brunswick.

Friday

Sayreville at South Brunswick, 6 p.m.

Old Bridge at Franklin, 7 p.m.

Hillsborough at East Brunswick, 7 p.m.

Perth Amboy at Montgomery, 7 p.m.

Piscataway at Elizabeth, 7 p.m.

New Brunswick at Woodbridge, 7 p.m.

Colonia at Edison, 7 p.m.

Hunterdon Central at North Brunswick, 7 p.m.

Immaculata at J.F. Kennedy, 7 p.m.

Carteret at South Plainfield, 7 p.m.

Dayton at Highland Park, 7 p.m.

Brearley at Dunellen, 7 p.m.

St. Thomas Aquinas at Bernards, 7 p.m.

Middlesex at South Hunterdon, 7 p.m.

A.L. Johnson at New Providence, 7 p.m.

Belvidere at North Warren, 7 p.m.

Cranford at North Hunterdon, 7 p.m.

Governor Livingston at Somerville, 7 p.m.

North Plainfield at Delaware Valley, 7 p.m.

Rahway at Warren Hills, 7 p.m.

Union at Bridgewater-Raritan, 7 p.m.

Voorhees at Summit, 7 p.m.

Watchung Hills at Ridge, 7 p.m.

Westfield at Phillipsburg, 7 p.m.

Saturday

Linden at St. Joseph, 1 p.m.

Spotswood at Roselle, 1 p.m.

Roselle Park at South River, 1 p.m.

Manville at Metuchen, 2 p.m.

Bound Brook at Hillside, 1 p.m.

Scotch Plains-Fanwood at Plainfield, 1 p.m.

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Red Bank Catholic (3-3) at Donovan Catholic (7-0), Friday, 6:30 p.m.

Donovan Catholic, ranked No. 12 in the USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey Top 20 and off to its best-ever start, faces a game that will indicate exactly where it is. The Griffins, who have outscored their opposition 278-20 and recorded five shutouts, have probably not played the caliber of schedule Red Bank Catholic has played in the rugged Shore Conference American Division. Donovan Catholic’s defense is disciplined and fast, led by lineman Dominick Brogna and linebacker Quamire Green. Its offense, with efficient quarterback Ryan Clark, who is dual-threat, and a big offensive line, is solid. Red Bank Catholic showed in its 21-6 win over Toms River North, ranked No. 17 in the USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey Top 20, on Oct. 4, that is capable of rising to the challenge and playing physical on both sides of the ball. Senior tight end/defensive end Kevin Bauman, who has made a non-binding oral commitment to Notre Dame as a tight end, is capable of taking a game over. This should be a physical, defensive-oriented game.

a man swinging a bat at a ball: Rumson-Fair Haven's John Volker is slammed to the ground by Red Bank Catholic's Kevin Bauman. Rumson-Fair Haven vs Red Bank Catholic football. Red Bank, NJ Friday, September 6, 2019 © Doug Hood Rumson-Fair Haven's John Volker is slammed to the ground by Red Bank Catholic's Kevin Bauman. Rumson-Fair Haven vs Red Bank Catholic football. Red Bank, NJ Friday, September 6, 2019

Toms River East (7-0) at Toms River North (6-1), Friday, 7 p.m.

This is the most juice this former Thanksgiving Week game has had in years. Toms River East, which went 20-68 the previous nine seasons, is off to its best start since 2009 when it started 9-0 on its way to a 10-1 season. Toms River North, which won the aforementioned Shore Conference American Division championship, has played a significantly tougher schedule. The Mariners have won five games by a combined 17 points, with three of those wins coming against teams in the Asbury Park Press Shore Conference Top 10. Toms River East, the Shore Conference Freedom Division champion, has also won five games by a combined 17 points, but just one of those wins has come against a team that currently has a winning record. Toms River North, with quarterback Jake Kazanowsky, receivers Dominick Jacob, Zach Browne, Zach Goodale and running back Jarrod Pruitt, has one of the Shore’s most explosive offenses.  They can score from anywhere at any time. The Mariners have won games 42-40 and 43-39 and scored 42 points or more in three games and 34 points or more in four games. However, their defense has struggled at times and has been susceptible at times to both a grind it out rushing attack and big passing plays. Toms River East will look to control the ball behind quarterback Mike Goodall.

a group of people playing football on a field: Toms River North junior quarterback Jake Kazanowsky (No. 19) is one of the candidates for Week 2 Shore Conference Football Player of the Week. © RUSS DESANTIS/CORRESPONDENT Toms River North junior quarterback Jake Kazanowsky (No. 19) is one of the candidates for Week 2 Shore Conference Football Player of the Week.

Southern (6-1) at St. John Vianney (3-3), Friday, 7 p.m.

Southern is having its best season since 2012, when a team led by current Miami Dolphins’ tight end Mike Gesicki, went 9-3 and advanced to the NJSIAA South Group V championship game. The Rams have already won the Shore Conference Constitution Division championship and their only loss was 17-12 to Toms River North on Sept. 13. St. John Vianney has played a tougher schedule, with the likes of Wall, ranked No. 6 in the USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey Top 20 and Mater Dei Prep in its division. Southern will want to control the clock behind sophomore running back Jaiden Brown. Quarterback Cole Robinson has also been efficient. The Rams are also solid defensively. They have allowed more than just 17 points once all season. St. John Vianney has more big-play potential, with running back Kavon Chambers, wide receiver/defensive back Jayden Bellamy, who is one of the Shore’s best all-around players, and dual-threat quarterback C.J. Duell.

Neptune (3-3) at Colts Neck (6-1), Saturday, 12 p.m.   

These two teams were both defeated by Toms River East by a combined five points. Toms River East defeated Colts Neck 24-20 on Sept. 28. The Raiders defeated Neptune 14-13 on Oct. 11. It will be a contrast of styles here. Neptune has big-play ability on offense all over the field. Last week, in a 36-28 win at Toms River South, Willie Gross had four TDs – three receiving and another on a 75-yard run- and accounted for 217 yards of offense on those four TD plays. The  Scarlet Fliers have 36 points or more in their three wins and 13 points or less in their three defeats. The Cougars have recorded three shutouts, allowed more than 20 points twice and not more than 24 points in any game. Colts Neck will want to grind it out on the ground behind running back Romeo Thomas. Quarterback Tommy Fallon had a breakout game last week in a 48-0 win over Pinelands.

Friday

Manalapan at Freehold Township, 6:30 p.m.

Freehold at Howell, 6:30 p.m.

Red Bank Catholic at Donovan Catholic, 6:30 p.m.

Wall at Brick, 7 p.m.

Jackson Liberty at Toms River South, 7 p.m.

Southern at St. John Vianney, 7 p.m.

Ocean at Manchester, 7 p.m.

Shore at Matawan, 7 p.m.

Toms River East at Toms River North, 7 p.m.

Raritan at Holmdel, 7 p.m.

Lacey at Point Boro, 7 p.m.

Asbury Park at Barnegat, 7 p.m. 

Mater Dei Prep at Middletown North, 7 p.m.

Keyport at Point Beach, 7 p.m.  

Saturday

Neptune at Colts Neck, 12 p.m.

Monmouth at Keansburg. 1 p.m.

Pinelands at Manasquan, 1 p.m.

Central at Marlboro, 2 p.m. 

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Montville (6-1) at Sparta (6-1), Friday, 7 p.m.

The Mustangs suffered their first loss in overtime after a two-point conversion fell short. Sparta has won six in a row since the season-opening loss to Ramapo. Both are undefeated atop the Super Football Conference Patriot Blue, so this game could decide the division title.

West Morris (5-2) at Morris Knolls (4-2), Saturday, 1 p.m.

These teams are tied atop the Super Football Conference Freedom Blue, each 4-2 in the division. The Wolfpack comes in off big wins against Morristown and Mount Olive. Morris Knolls, which started in Week 1 and has no bye, beat Roxbury and Morristown the last two weeks. They could also meet up in NJSIAA North 1 Group IV.

Morristown-Beard (5-2) vs. Hopkins (4-3), Saturday, 6 p.m., Milford, Conn.

The Crimson opened the season by defeating Newark Academy for their first victory over a New Jersey opponent since toppling Sussex Tech in September 2017. Morristown-Beard now has three in-state wins, against Pingry and Montclair Kimberley in the past two weeks. The Crimson open the Metropolitan Independent Football League playoffs Saturday night at Hopkins, who they beat at home, 40-27, on Sept. 28.

Friday

Boonton at Pequannock, 7 p.m.

Parsippany at Whippany Park, 7 p.m.

Mount Olive at Roxbury, 7 p.m.

Montville at Sparta, 7 p.m.

Mendham at Vernon, 7 p.m.

Chatham at Hackettstown, 7 p.m.

West Milford at Jefferson, 7 p.m.

Kinnelon at Ramsey, 7 p.m.

Butler at Wallington, 7 p.m.

Saturday

West Morris at Morris Knolls, 1 p.m.

Hanover Park at Madison, 1 p.m.

Randolph at Morris Hills, 1 p.m.

West Essex at Parsippany Hills, 1 p.m.

Dover at Cliffside Park, 1 p.m.

Morristown at Delbarton, 2 p.m.

Morris Catholic at Hudson Catholic, 4 p.m.

Morristown-Beard at Hopkins (Milford, Conn.), 6 p.m.

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DePaul at Don Bosco Prep, Friday 7 p.m.

The Ironmen have been the talk of North Jersey after its dominating performance against then No. 1 St. Joseph Regional last Saturday. It wasn’t so much that the Ironmen won, it was that they dominated the Green Knights. Quarterback Jake Robbins has added a new dimension to the Ironmen offense, which already features the best running back tandem in New Jersey in Kyle Monangai and Jalen Berger. Meanwhile, the defense has begun to play with speed and physicality. Meanwhile, DePaul has won two in a row after a mid-season slump and has moved up to No. 2 in the Non-Public Group 3 United Power Rankings. The Spartans also haven’t forgotten what the Ironmen did to them last year, a 59-28 shellacking when they dominated the line of scrimmage.

a group of baseball players playing a football game: Don Bosco football at St. Joseph on Saturday, October 19, 2019. DB #3 Jalen Berger. © Michael Karas/NorthJersey.com Don Bosco football at St. Joseph on Saturday, October 19, 2019. DB #3 Jalen Berger.

Cresskill at Park Ridge, Friday 7 p.m.

This is one of the two North Jersey Interscholastic Conference semifinals, the other being Lyndhurst hosting Waldwick/Midland Park. For the uninitiated, the NJIC has a format where in Week 7, the four division winners in the conference meet in the semifinals, with an overall conference champion being crowned next week. This is a heated small school rivalry and both teams are 6-0 with versatile offensive attacks. The Cougars rely on quarterback Aidan Feulner and running back Tim Coffey, while Park Ridge uses quarterback Vincent Pinto and a defense that has only allowed 21 points all season.

Friday

NJIC Semifinals

Cresskill at Park Ridge, 7 p.m.

Waldwick/Midland Park at Lyndhurst, 7 p.m.

Regular Season

Bergen Catholic at Paramus Catholic, 6 p.m.

River Dell at Paramus, 6 p.m.

Pascack Valley at Ramapo, 6 p.m.

Passaic Valley at Eastside, 6 p.m.

Tenafly at Indian Hills, 6:30 p.m.

Dumont at Lakeland, 6:30 p.m.

West Milford at Jefferson, 6:30 p.m.

Northern Highlands at Wayne Valley, 6:30 p.m.

Passaic at Bayonne, 6:30 p.m.

DePaul at Don Bosco, 7 p.m.

Pascack Hills at Westwood, 7 p.m.

Passaic Tech at Wayne Hills, 7 p.m.

Mahwah at Fort Lee, 7 p.m.

Kinnelon at Ramsey, 7 p.m.

Fair Lawn at Memorial, 7 p.m.

NJIC Crossovers

Glen Rock at Hawthorne, 6 p.m.

Hasbrouck Heights at Emerson, 7 p.m.

Rutherford at New Milford, 7 p.m.

Butler at Wallington, 7 p.m.

Lodi at Harrison, 7 p.m.

Manchester at Secaucus, 7 p.m.

Palisades Park/Leonia at Elmwood Park, 7 p.m.

Saddle Brook at Weehawken, 7 p.m.

Glen Ridge at Wood-Ridge, 7 p.m.

Saturday

Dover at Cliffside Park, 1 p.m.

NV/Demarest at Ridgefield Park, 1 p.m.

Dwight Morrow at Bergenfield, 1 p.m.

St. Joseph at Seton Hall Prep, 1 p.m.

Garfield at Pompton Lakes, 1 p.m.

North Arlington at Bogota, 1 p.m.

Becton at Saint Mary, 1 p.m.

NV/Old Tappan at Teaneck, 6 p.m.

Pope John XXIII at St. Peter's Prep, 7 p.m.

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Woodrow Wilson (5-1) at Willingboro (6-1), Friday, 7 p.m.

If you like a lot of points, don’t miss South Jersey’s Game of the Week. Woodrow Wilson is averaging 45.5 points per contest this season, which includes a current three-game winning streak and a 48-0 blowout of Shawnee during the stretch.  Willingboro counters with a 43.5 scoring average, which includes a stretch of six straight wins. Woodrow Wilson sophomore quarterback Devin Kargman has thrown for 1,982 yards with 24 touchdowns and five interceptions. Senior Fadil Diggs, a Texas A&M commit, has been his go-to man on offense and he’s been a wrecking ball on defense. Willingboro quarterback Ah-shaun Davis has posted 1,464 yards with 21 touchdowns and one pick. His favorite target is Chris Long, who has 846 receiving yards with 10 touchdowns. Both squads lost to Cedar Creek by a combined five points.

Williamstown (7-0) at Shawnee (6-1), Friday, 7 p.m. 

South Jersey’s top-ranked team steamrolled over Shawnee 48-14 in last year’s showdown. The Braves defense is regarded as one of the best in the state, recording four shutouts in seven games, anchored by Michigan recruit Aaron Lewis, who creates havoc from his defensive end spot. Shawnee rebounded from one of the program’s worst losses in recent memory (a 48-0 rout against Woodrow Wilson) with a strong workmanlike effort in a 35-17 win at Union City.

a group of football players playing a football game: Williamstown's Aaron Lewis sacks Brady Long during Friday night’s football game against Lenape at Williamstown High School. The Braves topped the Indians, 28 - 21, on Sept. 27, 2019. © Adam Monacelli/Courier-Post Williamstown's Aaron Lewis sacks Brady Long during Friday night’s football game against Lenape at Williamstown High School. The Braves topped the Indians, 28 - 21, on Sept. 27, 2019.

Burlington Twp. (4-2) at Highland (5-1), Friday, 7 p.m.

The Tartans are riding a five-game winning streak and they look to take another step toward a West Jersey Football League Liberty Division title. Highland running back Johnny Martin eclipsed the 1,000-mark last week, raising his season rushing total to 1,053 with 11 touchdowns in six games. Burlington Township will counter with Rodney Vines, who has 627 yards and seven scores over six contests.

Timber Creek (4-2) at St. Joseph (6-1), Saturday, noon

The West Jersey Football League’s Continental Division title will be on the line here. The Wildcats are back on the right track with a four-game win streak, including a thrilling 14-13 triumph over West Deptford last week. St. Joseph running back Jada Byers has rushed for 702 yards with four touchdowns this season. The senior has 87 career touchdowns, 14 off the state record set by Paulsboro’s Kevin Harvey in 1995. Timber Creek bounced back from a loss against rival Highland  with a 38-24 victory over Millville. Sophomore quarterback Donovan Leary has thrown for 1,797 yards and 17 scores. His top target is Tarheeb Still, who has 31 grabs for 888 yards and eight touchdowns.

Friday

Wildwood at Robbinsville, 4 p.m.

Cherokee at St. Augustine, 6 p.m.

Pleasantville at Buena, 6 p.m.

Millville at Atlantic City, 6 p.m.

Egg Harbor Twp. at Bridgeton, 6 p.m.

Kingsway at Holy Spirit, 6 p.m.

Pitman at Cumberland, 6 p.m.

Williamstown at Shawnee, 7 p.m.

Clearview at Winslow Twp., 7 p.m.

Pemberton at Bishop Eustace, 7 p.m.

Lawrence at Cherry Hill West, 7 p.m.

Triton at Seneca, 7 p.m.

Burlington Twp. at Highland, 7 p.m.

Deptford at West Deptford, 7 p.m.

Collingswood at Haddonfield, 7 p.m.

Woodbury at Lindenwold, 7 p.m.

Sterling at Overbrook, 7 p.m.

Haddon Twp. at Clayton, 7 p.m.

Woodstown at Schalick, 7 p.m.

Middle Twp. at Gloucester, 7 p.m.

Florence at Burlington City, 7 p.m.

Northern Burlington at Delran, 7 p.m.

Pemberton at Bishop Eustace, 7 p.m.

Palmyra at Holy Cross, 7 p.m.

Riverside at Maple Shade, 7 p.m.

Woodrow Wilson at Willingboro, 7 p.m.

Hammonton at Eastern, 7 p.m.

Ewing at Cinnaminson, 7 p.m.

Saturday

Delsea at Cedar Creek, 10 a.m.

Rancocas Valley at Lenape, 11 a.m.

Gateway at Haddon Heights, 11 a.m.

Palmyra at Holy Cross, 11 a.m.

Lower Cape May vs. Gloucester Catholic, at Gloucester, 11 a.m.

Timber Creek at St. Joseph, noon

Pennsville at Salem, noon

Audubon at Paulsboro, 12:30 p.m.

Ocean City at Oakcrest, 1 p.m.

Penns Grove at Glassboro, 1 p.m.

Rancocas Valley at Lenape, 1 p.m.

Paul VI at Moorestown, 2 p.m.

Vineland at Washington Twp, 6 p.m.

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