South Brunswick (7-2) at North Brunswick (2-7), 10 a.m.: The Vikings are coming off an impressive 35-21 Central Group V playoff victory over Hillsborough, while the Raiders snapped a three-game losing streak last weekend with a 34-12 consolation win over West Windsor-Plainsboro North. Unlike last year’s meeting, which the Vikings won 28-18, this contest should not be as close. South Brunswick 35-6.
East Brunswick (2-6-1) at Old Bridge (7-2), 10 a.m.: I covered this game a year ago and watched Old Bridge close out the season with is third straight win, a 40-20 rout. Everyone knew at the time that the Knights would be a playoff team in 2012. Do not expect an Old Bridge letdown following last weekend’s thrilling 40-34 Central Group V double overtime playoff victory over Montgomery. Old Bridge 34-12.
North Plainfield (3-5-1) at South Plainfield (3-4), 10:30 a.m.: North Plainfield never got to play Cranford because the game between the schools was cancelled due to the aftereffects of Hurricane Sandy. The Canucks may get an idea of how they would have stacked up against the defending North 2 Group III champions when they face South Plainfield, which endured a 37-12 playoff loss to Cranford last weekend. South Plainfield 25-20.
J.P. Stevens (3-6) at Edison (4-5), 10:30 a.m.: Edison’s first playoff appearance since 2000 was, for three quarters, amazing, as the Eagles trailed Elizabeth, the state’s top public school program, by a mere two points before enduring a 41-18 defeat. J.P. Stevens, which has won two of its last three, posted a 33-21 consolation victory over Westfield last weekend. Edison 22-15.
Piscataway (6-2-1) at Franklin (6-3), 10:30 a.m.: I covered Franklin coach Louis Solomon when he led the Warriors to a sectional title in the late 1980s. Solomon was a run-and-shoot quarterback in high school for one of the most prolific passing teams in state history. He went on to run the option at Clemson University, illustrating what an outstanding athlete he was. I wish the likes of Franklin RB Eddie Lee (six TDs in a playoff win over Union last weekend) and Piscataway QB Nadir Barnwell (headed to Rutgers) could have seen Solomon in his prime. Piscataway 20-19.
Middlesex (2-7) at Dunellen (7-2), 10:30 a.m.: The Destroyers rolled to a 66-31 victory in the North 2 Group I playoffs over Weehawken, while the Blue Jays fell 6-0 to Ridgefield in a consolation game. Dunellen clinched its third consecutive GMC Blue Division title the previous week with a victory over Cardinal McCarrick. Throw the records out when these teams meet. Dunellen 24-19.
Carteret (9-0) at Perth Amboy (0-9), 11 a.m.: Carteret needed a defensive stop to hold on for a 24-21 Central Group II playoff win over A.L. Johnson last weekend, while Perth Amboy dropped a 42-7 decision to Howell. Perth Amboy upset Carteret last Thanksgiving Day, handing the Ramblers their second consecutive loss after they opened the year with eight consecutive wins. Carteret 35-6.
Last week: 11-1
Overall: 111-20 (.847 winning percentage)