(all games 7 p.m.)
No. 5 Sayreville (1-1) at No. 1 Edison (1-0): After having the state’s third longest winning streak snapped at 15 games with a season-opening loss to Old Bridge, three-time defending sectional champion Sayreville rebounded with a 42-0 drubbing of East Brunswick. Malik Pressley (ankle) remains questionable, meaning halfback Myles Hartsfield could see more time at quarterback for the Bombers. Edison’s James Waldron, who passed for 186 yards in a win over Piscataway, the Chiefs’ first loss to the Eagles since 1984, has developed into one of the league’s top quarterbacks. He is complemented by a host of skill position players. Edison 21-20.
South Plainfield (1-0) at Carteret (1-1): The Tigers didn’t need the passing combination of Kyle Moroney to Johnny Chillemi as Roemello Monroe rushed for 198 yards and three TDs in a season-opening win over New Brunswick. The duo may need to connect to keep Carteret’s stingy defense honest. The Ramblers recorded six sacks in last weekend’s 12-7 win over Raritan. Linebacker Ra’keem Bennett, making his first start, had 11 tackles. Carteret mustered just three first downs in the game and still hasn’t got its running game on track. Carteret has won 19 of the past 20 meetings. South Plainfield 18-16.
No. 6 South Brunswick (1-1) at No. 4 Old Bridge (1-1): Dontae Strickland, who took some direct snaps, rushed for 189 yards and two touchdowns in last weekend’s loss to Monroe. The Vikings seem to miss the deep threat that T.J. Taylor (now at Rutgers) provided. Their running game, however, remains outstanding. The Knights, after shocking Sayreville in the season-opener, endured a heartbreaking 17-16 loss to Piscataway last weekend. Old Bridge QB Nick LaVecchia and RB Marcus Lominy have combined for 332 rushing yards. South Brunswick 19-14.
No. 3 Piscataway (1-1) at J.P. Stevens (1-0): The Chiefs rebounded from a disheartening season-opening loss to Edison with a one-point win over Old Bridge. The game marked the debut of freshman QB Danny Haus, a dual threat who split time with Justin Strother. He completed 4 of 4 passes on a touchdown drive. Another Piscataway freshman, RB Elijah Barnwell, has looked impressive. The Hawks had a bye week after dismantling Marlboro in their season-opener. Chewy Chukwuneke rushed for 230 yards and three TDs in that game. Piscataway 24-13.
No. 8. St. Joseph (2-0) at J.F. Kennedy (1-1): St. Joseph’s Matt Olivo has already carried 64 times for a league-leading 417 yards. J.F. Kennedy’s Anthony Roberts is not far behind with 72 rushes for 362 yards. No secret what’s going to happen in this game. St. Joseph 21-12.
No. 2 Monroe (2-0) at No. 9 Woodbridge (2-0): The Barrons, who have attempted just seven passes this season, run well behind a formidable offensive line. RB Joe Muzzio, who sat out last weekend’s win over New Brunswick with an injury, returns. Ian Maina rushed for a season-high 187 yards and two TDs in Muzzio’s absence. The Falcons may have the league’s most balanced offense with some diverse play-calling that suits its personnel. Dynamic Akeer Franklin of Monroe is simply one of the league’s most electrifying players, while QB Stephen Karoly, who benefits from sure-handed WR David Betancur, leads the conference with 239 passing yards and 4 TDs. Monroe 26-13.
Perth Amboy (0-1) at Bishop Ahr (0-2): The Panthers debuted a new offense in a 41-12 loss to Woodbridge that was closer than the final score indicates. Bishop Ahr has endured a 17-7 loss to Matawan and a 20-14 overtime setback to J.F. Kennedy. QB David Holder passed for 113 yards and a TD against the Mustangs. Bishop Ahr 18-12.
New Brunswick (0-2) at Colonia (1-1): RB Maurice Ffrench (212 rushing yards) has impressed for the Zebras, while LB Juwan Haney leads the team with 15 tackles (10 solo), a forced fumble and a sack. Colonia’s potent offense was limited to one touchdown in last weekend’s 16-7 loss to St. Joseph. Sam Pero ranks third in the league with 353 rushing yards. Colonia 27-8.
North Brunswick (0-2) at East Brunswick (0-2): This may be the best chance for two rebuilding clubs to win a Red Division game this season. East Brunswick has been outscored 84-7 in losses to defending sectional champions Sayreville and South Brunswick. The Raiders have been outscored 94-6 in setbacks to Colts Neck and Monroe. QB Kevin Hemmings and TB Jon Gerhartz give the Bears an edge. East Brunswick 25-12.
Metuchen (0-2) at Shore (1-1): RB Stephen Walsh, QB James Nicolaiason and WR Evan Collier have fared well for the injury-riddled and turnover-prone Bulldogs. Metuchen must limited penalties (especially false starts). The run-oriented Blue Devils have scored just one TD this fall. They lost 13-6 to Rumson-Fair Haven and blanked Asbury Park 10-0. Shore 14-13.
Middlesex (0-2) at Highland Park (0-2): Brandon Bollin has fared well in a new option offense for the Blue Jays, who arguably outplayed Holmdel in a 7-6 loss. The young Owls are taking their lumps early but showed signs of improvement last weekend. Middlesex 21-15.
(All games 1 p.m.)
Dunellen (1-1) at Mater Dei (2-0): Bolstered by transfers, Mater Dei, which has good team speed, is among the Shore Conference’s most improved teams. The Seraphs are off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 1986. The Destroyers, led by RB Nassan Anderson (193 rushing yards) and QB David Johnson (135 rushing yards), may be able to move the ball. Dunellen 21-20.
Point Pleasant Beach (2-0) at Spotswood (2-0): The Chargers have been impressive running the ball, but don’t forget Spotswood can take to the air with gifted quarterback C.J. O’Connor, whose services have not yet been needed. Despite being depleted by graduation, 2012 CJG1 semifinalist Point Pleasant Beach has outscored Cardinal McCarrick and Dunellen 56-12. Point Pleasant Beach 23-22.
South River (2-0) at Keansburg (0-2): The opportunistic Rams are functioning on all cylinders. The Titans dropped a 60-0 decision last weekend to Spotswood. Enough said. South River 35-7.