Elizabeth (5-0) at Bridgewater-Raritan (3-2), 7 p.m.: The NFL comes to Basilone Field. Well, at least a few players who may be heading in that direction. Elizabeth, on the way to a Mid-State 38 Delaware Division title, has outscored the opposition 201-50. But the Minutemen haven’t played Bridgewater-Raritan or the Minutemen who once played for that Bridgewater-Raritan East outfit off Foothill Road (for you older readers). Elizabeth 34-23.
Hillsborough (1-4) at Union (3-1), 7 p.m.: Message to our Raiders. Make sure to keep a lid on quarterback Doug Carter and wide receiver Denzel Boyd. If not, the trip may not be unlike Bridgewater-Raritan’s season opener (see 48-7 loss). But here’s something to work with – Westfield threw for 230 yards – 183 in the first half – in last week’s 35-23 loss at Union. Just as an FYI. Union 26-16.
Phillipsburg (3-2) at Hunterdon Central (2-3), 7 p.m.: Yes, the Red Devils are crawling from the wreckage of an 0-3 start and the uphill road continues with a visit from our good friends from Phillipsburg. Am I paranoid since Phillipsburg beat Bridgewater-Raritan and Central lost to the Panthers? I don’t need football projections to be paranoid, believe me. Hunterdon Central 29-24.
Immaculata (4-1) at North Hunterdon (3-2), 7 p.m.: The Lions have shown a liability on run defense, giving up 400 last week to Ridge and 387 to Montgomery in Week 2. Immacualta? It’s averaging just over 165 per game. It would be like North to win this one. Immaculata 22-14.
Watchung Hills (2-3) at Montgomery (4-1), 7 p.m.: For those of us who cover youngsters for a living and those who supervise us on Friday nights, this is a perfect scenario. Two run first teams: Watchung Hills with the area’s leading rusher in Anthony Prus (95-834-10), and Montgomery’s Ryan Boyle, who’s second with 698 yards and 11 touchdowns. Here’s the problem, Montgomery seems to be able to throw when it needs points. Speaking of points, Watchung Hills scored 115 all of last year. Right now they’re one point behind that total. Montgomery 34-31.
Scotch Plains-Fanwood (4-1) at Cranford (4-1), 7 p.m.: The Raiders have been living the life, falling in three of their four wins – Governor Livingston, Voorhees and North Plainfield – but rallying in the fourth period. Cranford? Well, it has this senior quarterback Reggie Green who broke Del Val’s heart last week before a standing room crowd at Tap Webb Field. Cranford 21-14.
Delaware Valley (3-1) at Somerville (1-4) 7 p.m.: Last year, this game was Oct. 28 and it decided the winner of a very different looking Mid-State 39 Raritan. Now it’s the Mid-State 38 Raritan with Summit, Cranford, Roselle and A.L. Johnson aboard. The division title isn’t on the line, but Del Val needs to win to keep its outside chances alive to repeat. Figure on Dion Roman to rebound from last week’s 9-for-19 in a 15-14 heartbreaking loss to Cranford. Delaware Valley 28-7.
Belvidere (2-3) at Manville (0-5), 7 p.m.: Two back-to-back encouraging road performances by the Mustangs, who fell at Pingry 28-6 last Saturday with junior quarterback Anthony Zuhone hitting Khalil Ford with a touchdown pass. Belvidere hopes to rebound from a 21-14 loss to Dayton. Belvidere 28-12.
Brearley (0-5) at South Hunterdon (3-2), 7 p.m: Like its former Thanksgiving Day rivals from Delaware Valley, the Eagles hopes to rebound from its own tough setback – last Friday’s 28-24 decision to Bound Brook – with an opponent it should dominate. South Hunterdon 34-6.
Roselle Park (4-1) at Bernards (5-0), 7 p.m.: There shouldn’t be gridlock heading into Olcott Square like last Friday night when it appeared as if every resident of the Somerset Hills was heading to the field to see the Mountaineers play New Providence. Don’t expect the Mid-State 38 Union Division clincher to play mind games with the Mountaineers, though there’ll be a lot less traffic, and fans — especially on the visitor’s side. Bernards 35-12.
Highland Park (0-5) at Dunellen (3-2), 7 p.m.: The Destroyers returned from their 1-2 sampling of the Shore Conference with a big win at South River. Make that two straight GMC wins and third overall. Dunellen 28-8.
Sayreville (5-0) at Piscataway (3-1), 7 p.m.: A classic? Certainly classic rivals, who have played this game on just about every date of the schedule over the years with the exception of Thanksgiving Day. Sayreville leads the series 14-13. Time to even it. Piscataway 28-24.
Bound Brook (4-1) at New Providence (4-1), 1 p.m.: Think of it like this. This could – could – be the first of two meetings with the two former Mountain Valley and now Mid-State 38 rivals now in the North 2 I field. The Crusaders are better, no doubt. But could there possibly be a worst week for them to play New Providence after the Pioneers loss at Bernards last Friday night? New Providence 27-6.
Ridge (5-0) at Plainfield (0-5) 1 p.m.: Man, tough one. Let’s talk about the Cardinals for a second. This week Ridge, next week Union, then Elizabeth. Nice stretch of games Mr. Schedule Maker. Ridge 34-6.
A.L. Johnson (3-1) at Governor Livingston (1-4), 1 p.m.: Good work last week putting No. 1 up on the board for the Highlanders. A.L. Johnson is sort of going under the radar, which means the Crusaders are pretty good. A.L. Johnson 26-14.
Voorhees (3-2) at Hillside (0-5) , 1 p.m.: Back to the Mid-State 38 Mountain Division for the Vikings. They had 254 yards on the ground in last Friday’s not-as-close-as-it-sounds 40-22 win against Somerville. Nick Ruggiero had 117 of those yards. Think 200 today. Voorhees 33-12.
Pingry (1-4) vs. Dayton (2-3) at Union 1 p.m.: Dayton has won two straight and is now has its eyes set on a North 2 I playoff berth. Pingry has the talent to upset the apple cart, or any other cart that people push around these days. Dayton 20-16.
Franklin (2-3) at Westfield (0-5), 1 p.m.: This game seemed just a sleepy trip to the outskirts for the Warriors just a few weeks ago, but now, now it’s about stopping a three-game losing streak against a team that has begun to stir. Westfield 28-25.
Cardinal McCarrick (1-4) at Middlesex (1-4), 1 p.m.: Time for the Blue Jays to let fly some of that frustration they’ve felt the last few weeks. Middlesex 40-6.
South Plainfield (1-3) at Colonia (5-0), 1 p.m.: The Tigers have lost three straight. But Colonia isn’t a place where losing streaks have been stopped recently. Colonia 28-20.