The Central Jersey Group V bracket will feature a lot of exciting football! No 1 seed South Brunswick comes into the tournament after going 7-0 in the Greater Middlesex Conference. South Brunswick made it to the final last year. New Brunswick, Old Bridge, and Trenton will look to provide some serious competition. It will be interesting to see who is the last team standing. NJSR will take a look at how this will break down!
South Brunswick – South Brunswick rolls into the postseason riding a seven game winning streak. The Vikings only loss on the year was 41-21 against the Shore Conference’s No 1 team, Middletown South. South Brunswick actually held a 21-3 lead in that game. The Vikings have proven that they are a real force with a very powerful offense.
Quarterback Josh Liao brings some major arm strength to the table. He has a tremendous skill set where he is efficient in the pocket, and can make plays when rolling out to the side. Wide Receivers’ Mohammed Jabbie and Justin Shorter have been Liao’s favorite targets throughout the season. When the Vikings are in a rhythm, they can put some serious points on the board. They will be very difficult for anyone to slow down!
New Brunswick – South Brunswick’s biggest competition could come right within close distance. New Brunswick has proved to be a serious contender within this bracket. Running Back Maurice French has been a beast out of the backfield, rushing for 1,058 yards and 11 touchdowns. French, along with Samad Davila bring that perfect 1-2 punch to boost the ground game. Will New Brunswick be able to hold off a challenge from 7 seed Freehold Twp in the first round? New Brunswick won a very exciting meeting during the regular season 38-28.
Old Bridge – The Knights have been very impressive in 2015. Sophomore Quarterback Arthur Sitkowski has been a big time leader for the team. He sees the field and knows how to make plays when needed. Jake Esposito has been a great weapon out of the backfield for the Knights. Old Bridge held their own against a very good Brick Memorial team in a non-divisional game on the road. Can the Knights make a serious impact in this bracket? They definitely have a real shot.
Manalapan – While the Braves are not as strong as they have been in recent years, the defending champions still bring a lot of talent to the table. The Braves have a solid offensive line led by Reilly Radesovich and Joe Sellmeyer. The front five does a great job opening holes for Marcus Salinas and Na’im Mayfield.
There is a lot of youth within the skill positions which will hurt when it comes to playoff experience. However, Sophomore Quarterback Cody Wiener continues to show growth and maturity during the second half of the season. Wiener is getting more and more comfortable within the offense. Will Manalapan be able to compete and defend their title? Head Coach Eddie Gurrieri knows what it takes to win, and will have this team more than ready to play at a high level!
First Round Predictions
South Brunswick 28, Hunterdon Central 13
Trenton 24, Manalapan 14
Old Bridge 17, Edison 10
New Brunswick 31, Freehold Twp 24
South Brunswick 34, Trenton 21
New Brunswick 21, Old Bridge 14
South Brunswick 27, New Brunswick 14