Greg Tufaro's Week 2 H.S. Football picks

Greg Tufaro's Week 2 H.S. Football picks

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Greg Tufaro's Week 2 H.S. Football picks

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Friday

(all games 7 p.m.)

J.F. Kennedy at Bishop Ahr: Mike Viggiano’s two third-quarter interceptions in last week’s 17-7 loss to Matawan kept an improved Bishop Ahr squad in the game. Anthony Roberts rushed for 168 yards but couldn’t find the end zone in J.F. Kennedy’s 35-7 setback to Colonia. Bishop Ahr may have more offensive weapons. Bishop Ahr 21-20.

Raritan at Carteret: The run-oriented Ramblers proved to be too one-dimensional in a 23-14 season-opening loss to St. Joseph. Unlike the Falcons, who also lost 49-17 to Carteret last year, Raritan will not be able to reverse the result. Carteret 21-14.

St. Joseph at Colonia: The Falcons, coming off last week’s impressive upset of Carteret, could be without at least three injured starters including LB Mike Allen (knee). Matt Olivo rushed for 206 yards in the win and QB Breein Tyree displayed great athleticism. Colonia counters with an arsenal of skill position players and now appears to be the favorite to win a White Division title. Colonia 28-19.

Dunellen at Point Pleasant Beach: Decimated by graduation, the Garnett Gulls are not the same team they were a year ago, reaching the sectional semifinals. Dunellen’s balanced offense, led by Nassan Anderson, who rushed for 134 yards, impressed against Metuchen. Look for the Destroyers to reverse last year’s 41-8 loss. Dunellen 23-20.

Sayreville at East Brunswick: The Bombers had a 15-game winning streak snapped, the state’s third longest, in a 35-19 loss to Old Bridge. East Brunswick QB Kevin Hemmings played well in a 42-7 loss to South Brunswick. Bears’ coach Bob Molarz will have to wait at least one more week for his first win. Sayreville 35-6.

South Brunswick at Monroe: The Vikings may be without QB Dylan Olsson (shoulder), who platoons with Amir Johnson. South Brunswick, however, has plenty of other weapons including FB Dahrae Ford and RB Dantae Strickland. Akeer Franklin rushed for 185 yards and four TD in Monroe’s 55-6 drubbing of North Brunswick. Monroe 28-27.

New Brunswick at Woodbridge: RB Maurice Ffrench showed potential in a season-opening loss to South Plainfield, but the Zebras need more balance on offense. Woodbridge received 193 rushing yards from Joe Muzzio in a 41-12 win over Perth Amboy. Last year’s meeting was scoreless at halftime. Woodbridge 30-12.

Piscataway at Old Bridge: The Chiefs are inspired to play well after the passing of legendary coach Tom Higgins Sr., the father of current Piscataway mentor Dan. They lost last year to Old Bridge and opened this season with a 34-22 setback to Edison, their first to the Eagles since 1994. The Knights’ rookie backfield impressed in an upset of Sayreville. Old Bridge 21-19.

Middlesex at Holmdel: The Blue Jays couldn’t get their new option offense on track in a 20-7 loss to Spotswood. Holmdel’s new spread pistol didn’t light up the scoreboard either in a 37-6 loss to Barnegat. Holmdel returns Frank Condito, who rushed for 1,064 yards, and other skill players from a team that won last year’s meeting 28-0. Holmdel 19-12.

Keyport at Highland Park: QB Alex Thompson (6-foot-5), a three-year starter, led Keyport to a 25-23 win in last year’s meeting. The young Owls, who graduated their two best players, opened the season with a 35-6 loss at South River. Keyport 21-14.

Saturday

(all games 1 p.m.)

Cardinal McCarrick at Mater Dei The Seraphs, led by QB Christian Palmer, a two-year starter, opened the season with a win for the first time since 1995, defeating Keansburg 34-14. Cardinal McCarrick has just 18 healthy players following last weekend’s loss to Point Pleasant Beach. The Eagles’ lone win in 2012 was 34-25 over Mater Dei. Mater Dei 21-20.

South River at Metuchen: Metuchen QB James Nicolaison passed for 150 yards in last weekend’s loss to Dunellen. The Rams, led by RB Doug Ryan, rolled to a 35-6 win over South River. South River 22-13.

North Brunswick at Colts Neck: As if North Brunswick’s division schedule wasn’t difficult enough, the Raiders draw a Colts Neck team that opened the year with an impressive 45-0 win over Toms River East. Senior RB/DE Anthony Gargiulo is one of the Shore Conference’s best players. North Brunswick opened the year with a 55-6 loss to Monroe. Colts Neck 32-14.

Keansburg at Spotswood: New coach Chris Damian, an assistant at Monmouth University the past 10 years, endured a 34-14 loss to Mater Dei last weekend. Jack Dalrymple rushed for more than 150 yards in a 20-7 win over Middlesex. The Chargers will avenge last year’s 48-35 defeat. Spotswood 25-12.

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