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Arbishop Rummel-Don Bosco Prep highlights New Jersey slate in Week 3

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With a quarter of the pre-playoff season in the books, it is almost safe to start looking at postseason standings. GridironNewJersey.com will be posting power points in the coming weeks, but before that, we have another week of outstanding matchups to follow. Let’s get to some picks and previews for Week 3:

Archbishop Rummel (La)) (3-0) at Don Bosco Prep (2-1)
Rummel is the consensus top team in Louisiana, and is currently No. 24 in the nation in the USA Today Super 25. Running back Malik Bakker and the Ironmen are looking to beat an out-of-state opponent for the third consecutive game following their opening game loss to St. Joseph (Montvale). The Pick: Archbishop Rummel

Timber Creek senior linebacker Julian Mahan (Photo: provided)

Timber Creek senior linebacker Julian Mahan (Photo: provided)

Timber Creek (2-0) at Delsea (2-0)
The Chargers are down a major weapon this week, as wide receiver Cameron Chambers is out due to an ejection last week for what the officials determined was throwing a punch. Dating back to last season, Delsea is now on a five-game winning streak, with its most recent victory coming over then-ranked Camden. The Pick: Timber Creek

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Millville (1-1)at  St. Joseph, Hammonton (1-1)
Both teams have a loss to St. Augustine Prep under their belts. The trump card for the Wildcats are A’Laam and Salaam Horne, who combined for seven touchdowns last week against Absegami. The Pick: St. Joseph (Hammonton)

Haddonfield (1-1) at Paulsboro (2-0)
Quarterback Tommy Kadar showed the threat he can be with his legs last week, scoring two touchdowns in the Bulldawgs’ victory over Sterling. The Paulsboro offense has been nothing short of dominant, averaging 48.5 points in its first two games. The Pick: Paulsboro

Manalapan (2-0) at Sayreville (2-0)
These two squads have had a number of playoff showdowns over the past several seasons, the most recent being a 34-7 Manalapan semifinal victory in the Central, Group 5 tournament.  After two dominant victories, this will be the Bombers’ first big test since returning from last season’s suspension of varsity football. The Pick: Manalapan

Morris Knolls (2-0) at Roxbury (2-0)
Versatile and athletic, Roxbury quarterback Grant Dixon passed for 164 yards and two touchdowns last week. The Golden Eagles have been living dangerously, and have won their two games by a total of nine points. The Pick: Roxbury

Freehold Township (0-2) at Howell (2-0)
The Rebels haven’t won their first three games since 2010, which was also the last season they finished above .500. The Patriots are looking to get in the win column after coming an extra point shy of stunning Manalapan. The Pick: Freehold Township

Orange (2-0) at Columbia (1-1)
A win would give the Tornados their first 3-0 start since 2009. After a big upset win over North Bergen, running back Martin Battle and the Cougars are looking to surpass last season’s win total this week. The Pick: Orange

Westwood (2-0) at Mahwah (2-0)
The Cardinals haven’t lost a game since a 24-20 setback against the T-Birds in October 2013 (their only loss that year). The winner here will likely go into the North 1, Group 2 playoffs as the favorite to win it all. The Pick: Mahwah

Union (1-1) at Bridgewater-Raritan (2-0)
The Panthers are riding high after its dramatic upset over Phillipsburg. They’ll need a stellar defensive effort to stop running back Al-Tariq Jones, who accumulated 135 yards on the ground in Union’s win over Franklin. The Pick: Bridgewater-Raritan

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