Greg Tufaro's Thanksgiving Day H.S. football picks

Greg Tufaro's Thanksgiving Day H.S. football picks


Greg Tufaro's Thanksgiving Day H.S. football picks


North Brunswick (1-8) at South Brunswick (6-4), 10 a.m.: North Brunswick snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 26-20 consolation round victory over Freehold Township. Joe Manley had 17 tackles in that game, while teammates Joe Castellanos, Rex Thomas and Collin Tomlinson each had 10 tackles. Quarterback Rafieu Alharazim finished 5 of 9 passing for 159 yards and two touchdowns. He added a rushing touchdown and a two-point conversion run. South Brunswick dropped a 42-7 decision to Hunterdon Central in the Central Group V semifinals. Not counting Dontae Strickland’s 53-yard touchdown run, the Vikings were limited to 126 yards on the ground in defeat. Look for them to close out the season with a big performance on the ground. South Brunswick 35-6.

Old Bridge (6-3) at East Brunswick (1-8), 10 a.m.: The Knights need a victory to win the GMC Red Division title (Sayreville will claim the division championship with an Old Bridge loss). Old Bridge has dropped its last two games, falling 9-0 to J.P. Stevens and 24-0 to Hunterdon Central. East Brunswick’s lone win was a 14-12 victory over North Brunswick. Jon Gerhartz is the Bears’ leading rusher (522 yards) and tackler (59 tackles and four interceptions). Quarterback Kevin Hemmings has completed 62 of 114 passes for 801 yards and three touchdowns. Old Bridge 23-13.

Dunellen (5-4) at Middlesex (2-7), 10:30 a.m.: The Destroyers failed to qualify for the NJSIAA playoffs or win the GMC Blue Division title for the first time since 2009. Middlesex has dropped five games by eight points or less. The Blue Jays have lost the last four meetings between the schools while being outscored 116-18. This game promises to be close. Dunellen 15-14.

Perth Amboy (1-8) at Carteret (7-3), 10:30 a.m.: The Ramblers were eliminated from the Central Group III playoffs with a 40-0 loss to Lawrence. The defeat, in which Carteret yielded as many rushing touchdowns (three) as it had in the six previous games combined, snapped a six-game winning streak. Perth Amboy’s lone win was a 39-13 victory over New Brunswick. Carteret 22-8.

Edison (5-4) at J.P. Stevens (4-5), 10:30 a.m.: Senior running back Chewy Chukwuneke has already set the J.P. Stevens career all-purpose yardage record. He has a chance to establish two more school marks. Chukwuneke needs one yard to break 1986 graduate George Boothe’s career rushing record of 3,535 yards. He needs 218 yards to set the school’s single-season rushing mark, which Boothe established with 1,554 yards in 1985. J.P. Stevens upset Edison last year as Chukwuneke preserved a 7-6 victory with a pass breakup in the end zone. Edison endured a heartbreaking 21-14 NJSIAA playoff loss to Piscataway on a touchdown in the closing seconds. The Eagles can finish above .500 for the first time since 2007. Edison 21-20.

Franklin (1-8) at Piscataway (6-4), 10:30 a.m.: The Chiefs dropped a 47-24 decision to Union in the North 2 Group V semifinals, but the game was closer than the final score indicates. The Warriors were able to avert a losing season with a 19-6 consolation round victory over Barringer. Look for Elijah Barnwell, the first Piscataway freshman to rush for more than 1,000 yards, to add to his 1,135-yard total. Piscataway 27-8.

South Plainfield (6-3) at North Plainfield (4-5), 11 a.m.: South Plainfield’s second consecutive NJSIAA playoff berth ended with a 26-0 opening-round loss to Parsippany Hills. After falling in the first round of the postseason a year ago, the favored Tigers endured a 50-26 loss to North Plainfield. South Plainfield is led by Greater Middlesex Conference passing leader Kyle Moroney. South Plainfield 27-19.

Highland Park (2-7) at Metuchen (3-6), 11 a.m.: The teams meet again on Thanksgiving Day following a 12-year hiatus during which they squared off during the first eight weeks of the season. The schools have met at least once each season beginning in 1937, with the annual meeting being contested on Thanksgiving Day from 1949-2000.Highland Park leads the series 59-17-1. The Owls have won the last six meeting and eight of the last nine. All Metuchen alumni are invited to a pre-game bagel and coffee breakfast beginning at 9 a.m. in the Metuchen cafeteria sponsored by Hailey’s Harp and Pub, What’s The Scoop and Bagel Pantry. Metuchen 27-21.


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