Union (1-1) at Bridgewater-Raritan (2-0), 7 p.m.: B-R is attempting to go 3-0 for first time since 2010 when it started 4-0. Panthers have opened by beating perennial contenders Hunterdon Central and Phillipsburg. The Stateliners beat Union 33-12 after trailing 9-0 and 12-6 in a season opener two weeks ago in Union. The Farmers are big and one of the Panther tasks will be to limit the damage 6-foot-4, 230-pound tight end/defensive end Mike Tverdov can do. Senior center Tyler Sibiga, senior tackle Andrew Demaio, junior tackle Zachary Miseo, guards Gregg Johnson and Chris Nice and senior tight end Mike Celli’s job will be to keep Tverdov off senior quarterback Eric Nickel, who’s thrown four touchdown passes. Union has rushed for 403 yards with junior Al-tariq Jones (187 yards) and senior Steven Morris (136 yards) out front. Junior QB Justin Beckett has thrown for two touchdowns and 141 yards and been picked off three times. Senior Caleb Holden has six catches for 98 yards. Senior linebacker Francis Okemezie (5-10, 185), junior linebacker Chris Bournes (6-0, 200) and senior tackle Jaquan Diggs (6-2, 270) are among the team’s top tacklers with Tverdov leading with 15. Nickel is the man in the B-R offense, but the Panthers have a number of players who are capable of pitching in to make sure Panthers will be 3-0 when the play at Hillsborough next week. Friday night. Bridgewater-Raritan 33-20.
Key matchup: B-R junior wide receiver Ricky Tate and senior wide receiver Ethan Christensen against senior corner Kyle Boyd.and junior corner Bryce Wilson.