Bridgewater-Raritan (1-0) at Hunterdon Central (1-0), 7 p.m.: The Beatles arrived at Rishikesh, India, in February of 1968 for advanced Transcendental Meditation training at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Central coach Matt Perotti doesn’t live in an ashram, but is the yogi of the Red Devils. Good thoughts, Perotti might say, can bring easy passage and journey to the next evolution. Just a hunch of what he might say. Hunterdon Central 22-18.
North Hunterdon (1-0) at Montgomery (0-1), 7 p.m.: North attempts to do something the Lions haven’t accomplished since 2001 and just twice since 1994. That would be to start a season 2-0. That seems pretty simple, right? They tried it last year – at home – and the team they are playing tonight knocked them off. Consistency, stability and maturity! Where do I learn it? North Hunterdon 19-14.
Ridge (1-0) at Immaculata (1-0), 7 p.m.: Now that the NJSIAA has ruled Izzy Sanders eligible, the Court TV vans and their satellite dishes are out of the Immaculata parking lots. A game can be played and what a game. Did you know that Ridge is the only public school to win in this series in back-to-back years – 1996, ’97. Can we begin to call Ridge quarterback Conor Hughes – Conor “Jim Thorpe” Hughes? Ridge 27-20.
Franklin (0-1) at Phillipsburg (1-0) 7 p.m.: The popcorn was good, the Warriors’ bleachers were packed with a crowd that would even impress the people who root for the team they play tonight. That was last Thursday when the Warriors opened with a 42-7 loss at home to Central. Central is likely the best team the Warriors will play. That’s all I got, but the Warriors should watch out for the Liners’ fourth-and-seven fake punt from their own 16. Phillipsburg 28-7.
Manville (0-1) at Roselle Park (1-0), 7 p.m.: The feeling after Monday’s 34-33 Bound Brook win at Manville brought me to reflect after the heart rate resumed its normal rhythm at 1:30 a.m. We have games remaining in the season, correct? At least nine of them and the Mustangs can win some of them. Short week may hurt Manville, but it can still happen. Roselle Park 28-22.
Governor Livingston (0-1) at Voorhees (0-1) 7 p.m.: I’m on the GL bandwagon, not entirely square on that hay stack that tractor is lugging up there in Lebanon. But square enough and there’ll be some lugging of the ball tonight by GL senior Ryan Jennings, who had 93 yards last week. Governor Livingston 16-8.
Roselle (0-1) at North Plainfield (0-1), 7 p.m.: Torn between two teams, feeling (or was that acting?) like a fool? Pros and cons are something I thought at one time was a comedy team. Tossup? Debate? Who wants to start? North Plainfield 22-18.
Somerville (0-1) at Cranford (0-1), 7 p.m.: We’re just waiting for when the Ville goes off. Could it be tonight? I’m uncomfortable going with Cranford despite its loss to Watchung Hills last week. We want the Pioneers to prove it, prove that I can feel comfortable wearing my old orange and black varsity jacket (ok, it’s red and white, but the sentiment is there).Cranford 27-18.
Bernards (1-0) at David Brearley (0-1), 7 p.m.: Word on the street (and inside the homes or wherever else) is that Brearley is better. Maybe it could be a motto. Brearley isn’t so green in 2013. I’d be very surprised if it wasn’t New Providence-Bernards once again to decide the Mid-State 38 Union Division (which includes a Warren County school). Bernards 27-14.
New Providence (1-0) at Belvidere (0-1), 7 p.m.: Pioneers looked pretty much the same last week as they have since the early days of Dick Nixon’s first term. No break ins or phone tapping needed to extract information of opponent’s playbooks (reference to Watergate). Pioneers should have a very leisurely evening. New Providence 28-6.
Bound Brook (1-0) at Dayton (0-1) 7 p.m.: Bound Brook coach Dom Longo wasn’t entirely sure if the Crusaders had won or lost in the moments after the Great Escape of Manville. Dom and the rest of the paralyzed visiting sidelines were stunned by the amount of penalties the Crusaders accrued. Can’t be as bad again, right? Bound Brook 27-7.
Warren Hills (1-0) at Watchung Hills (1-0), 7 p.m.: This game has the potential of being the fastest ever played at Tozier Field. Watchung Hills’ beat Cranford Sunday by throwing the ball twice and QB Joe Giacomo completing both. Warren Hills, which beat Voorhees 13-0, was 1-for-3 for no yards. But here’s where it changes. Warren Hills rushed for 271 yards for 49 yards; Watchung Hills went for 330 yards on 46 yards. Keep it on the ground boys, deadline is calling. Watchung Hills 17-10.
Piscataway (0-1) at Old Bridge (1-0) 7 p.m.: Can this scribe have the brash to actually pick against Piscataway? Yes. I can. So cut this out and send it to me and I might sign it as a souvenir. You might not see it again. Old Bridge 28-16.
Dunellen (1-0) at Point Pleasant Beach (1-0) 7 p.m.: I’m still trying to figure how Cardinal McCarrick got stuck with playing Point Beach? Maybe Pope Francis wasn’t aware of this, but he couldn’t have been happy when he found the final result. He loves this column. Dunellen 24-16.
Middlesex (0-1) at Holmdel (1-0), 7 p.m.: I would love to pick the Blue Jays, but can they have enough to stop this Frank Condito, who ran for 1,064 yards last season? Let’s settle for the Jays to be closer than last year’s 28-0 loss at Middlesex. Holmdel 19-12.
Delaware Valley (1-0) at Rahway (1-0), 1 p.m.: I miss certain things, and at times it still hurts. What hurt me about Del Val? The Terriers had to make that long ride back to Alexandria after winning at Roselle last Saqturday. There were no rooms at the inn available for a solid high school football team. I would take that as a slight. Delaware Valley 28-12.
Hillsborough (0-1) at Westfield (1-0) 2 p.m.: A game against Westfield meant getting well last year for Blue Devils’ opponents. Not this year and coach Kevin Carty and Rob Nittolo and the Raiders are aware. These guys do their homework and since this is a PSAT day … studying should be the word of the day. Hillsborough 28-20.
South Hunterdon (1-0) at Pingry (0-1), 2 p.m.: How about the Eagles? How about the Big Blue? The Eagles didn’t have their greatest performance in beatin Belvidere, and the Big Blue fell to North 2 Group I finalist Roselle Park. Should be a tight one. South Hunterdon 17-10.
Hillside (0-1) at Scotch Plains- Fanwood (1-0), 1 p.m.: The Raiders outgained Governor Livingston 200-40 last week before the electrical storms sent everybody home for a day. SP-F finished off the 20-14 decision the next day. Scotch Plains-Fanwood 30-12.
Plainfield (0-1) at Linden (0-1), 2 p.m.: Plainfield coach Clint Jones does his work. He scouted Union at Bridgewaqter-Raritan last Saturday night, Montgomery at Ridge Sunday afternoon and now he gets to coach against Linden. Can they stop the 10-game losing streak? Wouldn’t be surprised. Linden 16-6.