South Plainfield (6-3) at North Plainfield (4-5), 10:30 a.m.: North Plainfield leads series 25-13-1, 11-0 since the genuine and popular holiday series was restored in 2002. The Canucks rushed for 402 yards in winning 50-26 last year at Jost Field. But MVP Chris Smith (238 yards, five TDs on 19 carries) is now at Temple and Omar Bailey (78 yards) is at the Naval Academy Prep School in Rhode Island. So, South Plainfield SHOULD BE favored. No psych games, no hidden messages, no ‘can you pick against us so I can use it for the bulletin board.’ Nope. South comes to town with the edge in athleticism. Quarterback Kyle Moroney, senior back Roemello Monroe and several reliable receivers potentially could come out of Krausche Field with a comfortable win. Yes, I wrote comfortable. Will North Plainfield senior QB Kyle ‘The General’ Grant play? If he can walk he can play. South Plainfield 27-20.
New Providence (7-3) at Governor Livingston (4-5), 10:30 a.m.: The hosts trail the border rivalry 25-3-2. Amazing right? New Providence has an edge in depth and is powered by a strong senior class. The Highlanders have a motivated senior class that have assisted in this year’s progress. They have done an admiral job of it and winning this game would get them to .500 in addition to stopping a seven-game losing streak against the Pioneers. Governor Livingston 24-20.
South Hunterdon (8-1) at New Hope-Solebury (Pa.) (8-2), 10 a.m.: Our Iggles finally got a holiday win in 2011 (against New Hope) after losing the last 11 of their long series with Delaware Valley. Last year, it looked like they were going to make it two straight on Thanksgiving for the first time since 1998-’99, but a late field goal sunk South 17-14. To win two straight you have to win one, plus South has a good kicker in junior Tyler Frazee, who just might have to hit a field goal to win it. He has four this year with a long of 29. South Hunterdon 25-20.
Dunellen (5-4) at Middlesex (2-7), 10:30 a.m.: Middlesex is a break or two from a much different record. The Blue Jays have lost by an average of 8.7 points. What it means is that this one will likely be close. Dunellen has shown more offense with Nassan Anderson, Robert Young, Tim Francisco and David Johnson pulling the load. The second generation holiday series (from 1998 on) is deadlocked 7-7. That doesnât include the years the two spent together in the old Mountain Valley. Dunellen 18-14.
Franklin (1-9) at Piscataway (6-4), 10:30 a.m.: The Chiefs have won six straight, 10 of 13 since 2000 and are ahead 24-21-2 in the series. Franklin’s last win came in 2006 and it could be in position to find the Chiefs vulnerable after losing to Union in the North 2 Group V semis. This has trouble written all over it. Piscataway 28-22.
Plainfield (1-8) at Westfield (5-4) 11 a.m.: Enough incentive on both sides to make the 109th game intriguing. Westfield leads 56-45-7. Plainfield senior RB Steven Jones has run for 853 yards and would love to get to 1,000. But would that be enough to propel the Cardinals to their second upset over Westfield in three years? Hard to pick against the hosts after what I saw against No. 1 Ridge in a first round North 2 Group V 35-28 playoff loss. Westfield is diversified; it can can run (Sr. HB Eugene Rawles), pass (Sr. QB Chris Hogge) and catch (Jr. SE Sean Elliott, his brother, Sr. SE Dylan Elliott and Sr. TE David Kane). Rawles could take lead in the Courier News area rushing race with 300 yards. He’s capable. Westfield 33-12.
Bernards (7-2) at Delaware Valley (4-5), 7 p.m.: Admit it. You thought these two had played their last games weeks ago. Bernards is 0-7 in the series and hasn’t even enjoyed a lead in any of those games. Incentive? For Bernards. How about getting a lead and beating Del Val for the first time? How about finishing with eight wins, not something very common for the Mountaineers, 9-2 last year and 7-3 in 2011. And Del Val? The Terriers, who’ve lost three straight, don’t want to finish with a losing record for the first time since 2004. Delaware Valley 24-16.