Harry Frezza's Courier News Week 4 High School Football Picks

Harry Frezza's Courier News Week 4 High School Football Picks


Harry Frezza's Courier News Week 4 High School Football Picks


Friday (all games 7 p.m.)

Elizabeth (0-3) at Hillsborough (1-2): Am I the only one who believes Elizabeth is due to blow up? I mean this in a very positive way, an 0-3 record for a defending North 2 V champ should keep Hillsborough on the tip of its cleats. If anybody is getting uppity just look at last year’s 41-7 loss at Elizabeth, or better yet, the 14-12 home win over Elizabeth in 2009 when the Minutemen went 1-9-1. This is what you call delivering a Siclian message of motivation. Hillsborough 27-7.

Westfield (2-1) at Hunterdon Central (3-0): All this talk of whether Westfield was in the same ballpark of Phillipsburg? C’mon. No mystery there, of course the Blue Devils were, in fact, had a 7-3 halftime lead before losing last Friday. The question should be whether they can play with the real 21st century power brokers they’ll see tonight. A talented team of driven by new-age approaches like transcendental acceptance. Hunterdon Central 21-14.

Roselle Park (2-1) at Bound Brook (1-2): Homecoming night at beautiful and peaceful LaMonte Field where help is on the way with the sub-varsity Crusaders making much noise with one of them making a varsity cameo last Friday night. The question however, is now, and how soon can the big team that’s certainly talent, can get going. Roselle Park 24-7.

Woodbridge (2-1) at South Plainfield (2-0): Who said the Courier News only covers South when it plays on the holiday against our Canucks? They both are “our”, remember the Plainfield Courier News? Anybody out there? Anybody recall the last time OUR Tigers were 3-0 (and no wisecracks, not last winter and they weren’t wearing singlets). They went out to a 2-0 start in 2007, but haven’t been 3-0 since 1982 — 1982! You think 31 years is enough? Thought so. South Plainfield 26-13.

Keansburg (0-3) at Dunellen (1-2): Somebody emailed during the week, pointing out (at least in their opinion) Dunellen is just a miniature version of Keansburg without an ocean, pier, runaway rapids and amusement park. A good pool hall and running attack? Keansburg would love to have it, but a pier in Dunellen sounds pretty cool. Dunellen 24-7.

Franklin (0-3) at Bridgewater-Raritan (1-2): Dangerous game for the Panthers as Franklin is kind of like the electricity in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy last November where the lights would flicker, you’d get your hopes up, then it would fall pitch black again for another five or six days in Finderne. Bridgewater-Raritan 28-14.

South Hunterdon (3-0) at Manville (0-3): The Iggles are as hot as a (Toby) Coleman grill in July, as hot as the guy who just saw his health insurance contributions in 2014, as hot as a large power transformer engulfed in flames, looking very much like a steel blue and gray Fourth of July sparkler. South Hunterdon 24-6.

Montgomery (2-1) at Linden (1-2): Who would ever think we’d live to see a day when diverse communities like Linden, Montgomery and our Plainfield Cardinals wouldn’t just be in the same league, but same division. What’s 37.91 miles one way between division rivals when a football game is to be played? Linden 23-16.

Scotch Plains-Fanwood (1-2) at Voorhees (1-2): Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s bandwagon such a popular way to travel in August is now down to a precious few devoted passengers. Route 78 has that affect on some front runners, whom have so little faith in Voorhees. What did they do to deserve it? Lose two heartbreakers to SP-F and the family disowns them? Voorhees 24-20.

Belvidere (1-2) at Bernards (2-1): So, suddenly the County Seaters are relevant again in the wake of last week’s win over Brearley. You don’t have to tell the Mountaineers about trap game danger. You remember last year’s great goal line stand at Belvidere that came a week before New Providence? New Providence is next week. Belvidere 26-22.

Somerville (0-3) at Ridge (3-0): Back in the day when they played on real and green grass, a visit by the Pioneers usually meant a very unpleasant ending for whomever they faced. But everything has changed, in fact, it’s been this way for awhile now and roles have reversed. Ridge now plays the heavy. Ridge 24-14.

Watchung Hills (2-1) at Immaculata (2-1): Grudge match deluxe as the three Vanderbeeks — Chandler, Connor and Griffin (did I miss anyone?) — re-acquaint themselves with old friends from Gillette and Millington (both part of Long Hill), Warren and Watchung . The Spartans’ wins (also shutouts) have been against teams with a combined 0-6 record. Immaculata 24-16.


Rahway ( 3-0) at Governor Livingston (1-2) 2 p.m.: This one is for you. “Autumn in Berkeley Heights,” apparently that was what the original title of Vernon Duke’s 1934 song before he changed it to “Autumn in New York.” Hey, OK, so his original title wasn’t as catchy, but this is what Sinatra and about 300 other singers have sung during the last 80 years. I see another standard song born if the Highlanders can pull this off. Rahway 30-14.

North Plainfield (2-1) at Summit (3-0), 2 p.m.: Look at it like this — North Plainfield didn’t play particularly well last Friday night, but a 24-20 win at Somerville masked the mistakes. Look at it like this — Summit has won 39 straight regular season games (including two over the Canucks) with a showdown at Rahway a week from Saturday. See where I’m heading? Well, not that far. Summit 24-12.

Keyport (2-1) at Middlesex (1-2), 2 p.m.: We’ve done some research, huddling (is that part of the football vernacular yet?), etc. and the evidence shows the Blue Jays should be considered a favorite. Enough to pick? Yes enough to pick. Middlesex 17-7.

New Providence (3-0) at Pingry (1-2) 2:30 p.m.: The Big Blue has heart, pride and usually make good field decisions. That will be needed against a club scoring 39.6 per game with scoring from 10 different players. The Pioneers are winning by an average of just over 32 points per game. New Providence 31-10.

North Hunterdon (2-1) at Plainfield (0-3), 3 p.m.: Former Plainfield star lineman Eugene Monroe was traded by Jacksonville to Baltimore during the week. Unfortunately, his alma mater didn’t have the right combination of draft picks to bring him home. I think Gene would like the work of Cardinals’ defensive end Kenny Carter. North Hunterdon 24-6.


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