Week 2 SC Picks

Week 2 SC Picks

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We have lots of great action on the schedule for Friday and Saturday. Two big time matchups in A Central and A South lead the way.

MATAWAN AT RUMSON FAIR HAVEN

Junior Quarterback Jake Burlew leads the Huskies into RFH for a Class A Central battle. Burlew was impressive in his first start, and will look to keep up the pace.  Matawan is banged up with some injuries, but still has a lot of talent in place. Running Back/Linebacker Derrick Wiley will be a gametime decision. Makiya Caesar will be ready to go.

The Bulldogs will debut their new spread offense. This really suits the skill set of Quarterback Michael O’Connor. O’Connor is loaded with weapons on the outside. Elijah McCallister and Lachlun Hull are very difficult to stop. Defensively, the Bulldogs have a lot of experience at the Linebacker and Secondary positions.

While the Huskies will certainly put up a good fight, I have to go with the Bulldogs at home. Offensively, O’Connor has a year of experience and will flourish in this offense.  Defensively, Rumson will make plays and that will be the difference.  RFH has more experience and are ready for another big season.

THE PICK – RFH 28, MATAWAN 17

TOMS RIVER NORTH AT BRICK MEMORIAL

The Mustangs will play in front of their home crowd for the first time. Look for a much higher level of energy from Brick Memorial tonight. Quarterback Tim Santiago will have a bounce back game. Brick Memorial has a solid offensive line that can really get a push up front. Mike Kraft and Matt Cuppari are good receivers on the outside.

Mike Husni will look to get points on the board fast. Toms River North has a loaded backfield with the combination of Asante Moorer and Daryl Blackwell. Bryce Watts and Darian Carrington are also two of the best receivers in the league. This will be a big challenge for the Brick Memorial secondary. Memorial will need to get pressure on Husni, and stop the running game.

This will definitely be a war. Two of the best offensive lines will be battling it out in the trenches.  I expect a hard physical football game. In the end, I like the speed and athleticism of the Mariners. Mike Husni will make the plays that he needs to win this game.

THE PICK – TOMS RIVER NORTH 21, BRICK MEMORIAL 14

CENTRAL AT BARNEGAT

The young Bengals are ready to go to work. Quarterback Joe Monaco is off to a great start. Paul Wickwire is doing a lot of damage at the running back position. Wickwire is a threat to score on every carry. This is an offense that will continue to grow. They will all be clicking by playoff time.

After a heartbreaking 40-34 loss to Lakewood, Central needs to make a comeback this week. This is important for the Eagles to keep pace in B South. The offensive line must protect Mike Miserendino. Mike Bickford will have to get on a roll early. Expect Miserendino to take some shots down the field. Malcolm Vaughn is a reliable target who can make things happen. Barnegat’s defense must step up to slow down a very good Central offense.

This is a tremendous matchup. The young Bengals will go right after Central. Barnegat’s defensive line could be a problem against some inexperienced Central players. Overall, I see Central pulling this out. Barnegat will have a hard time slowing down Bickford. Miserendino will also make a few big plays with his legs.

THE PICK – CENTRAL 24, BARNEGAT 17

PICKS FOR THE REST OF THE WEEKEND

Pt Pleasant Boro over Donovan Catholic

Freehold Boro over Howell

St John Vianney over Holmdel

Manchester over Jackson Liberty

Ocean Twp over Wall

Carteret over Long Branch

Toms River South over Toms River East

Brick Twp over Southern

Jackson Memorial over Lacey Twp

Middletown South over Neptune

Manalapan over Freehold Twp

Pt Pleasant Beach over Middlesex

Highland Park over Keansburg

Red Bank Regional over Colts Neck

Keyport over South River

Manasquan over Monmouth

Metuchen over Asbury Park

Middletown North over Marlboro

Red Bank Catholic over St Joe’s Metuchen

Shore over Spotswood

Lakewood over Pinelands

Mater Dei Prep over Newark Collegiate Academy

LAST WEEK: 18-4   SEASON: 19-5

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Ryan Wydra is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the New Jersey Sports Report LLC. He is a 21 year follower of High School Sports in New Jersey and brings a passion and fire to the field. Ryan is a graduate of Stockton University and Southern Regional High School. You can follow him on twitter at @schoops1.