The playoffs for all intents and purposes start this week for public school football teams in the Cape-Atlantic League American Conference.
The top eight South Jersey teams with the most power points in each enrollment group after the Nov. 3 games will make the postseason.
But several teams face pivotal games tonight that will affect their playoff chances.
South Jersey Group V contenders Absegami (3-2) and Egg Harbor Township (2-2) meet at EHT. Another South Jersey Group V contender Millville (2-2) plays at Holy Spirit (2-2).
Teams earn power points based on their opponents' wins and enrollment. A 5-3 record at the Nov. 3 qualifying date should earn American Conference public schools enough power points to make the postseason.
Here is a preview of this weekend's games.
Cape-Atlantic League American Conference
Absegami (3-2) at Egg Harbor Township (2-2)
7 p.m. today (94.3 FM): Absegami running backs David Hood and Tyler Bing have combined to run for nine touchdowns. The Braves also might get a boost from the return of quarterback, wide receiver, defensive back Rashad Kinlaw, who has been out all season with a broken leg. Kinlaw, who verbally committed to Notre Dame, won't play unless he's completely healthy, according to Braves coach Dennis Scuderi Jr. EHT quarterback Ken Doughty has thrown for 374 yards and three touchdowns.
Millville (2-2) at Holy Spirit (2-2)
7 p.m. today (1440-AM): Millville needs a win to boost its playoff hopes. The Thunderbolts, who were off last week, have lost two straight. Sophomore running back Rob Ennis has rushed 76 times for 517 yards. Wide receiver DeQuan Bowman has caught 17 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns. The Spirit defense has allowed one touchdown in the last 12 quarters.
Oakcrest (0-5) at Mainland Regional (1-3)
7 p.m. today (97.3 FM): Mainland has dropped three straight. The Mustangs were off last week. Mainland running back Brett Edmonds averages 7.3 yards per carry. Oakcrest comes off a 39-0 loss to undefeated St. Joseph. Oakcrest coach Chuck Smith was a longtime Mainland Regional assistant before taking over the Falcons in 2010.
Atlantic City (3-1) at Buena Regional (3-2)
7 p.m. today: Atlantic City is No. 8 in The Press Elite 11 after a 19-7 win over Hammonton last Friday. Vikings wide receiver Dayshawn Reynolds has caught 14 passes for 421 yards and three touchdowns this season. Atlantic City quarterback Jarren McBryde has thrown seven touchdown passes. Buena has lost two straight. These teams have met the past two years with the Vikings winning by the combined score of 31-2.
Bridgeton (3-2) at St. Augustine Prep (4-0)
7 p.m. today: St. Augustine running back Calvin Cass (89 carries for 905 yards) is averaging 27.5 points per game. The South Jersey record is 22.7 points set by Shawnee's Chris LaPierre in 2008, according to high school football historian Chuck Langerman. Bridgeton defeated Buena 14-8 last Friday behind running back Quasheem Taylor, who rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns.
Cedar Creek (4-0) at Pleasantville (0-4)
7 p.m. today: Cedar Creek quarterback Damon Mitchell has rushed for 317 yards and six touchdowns and thrown for 680 yards and five touchdowns. Mitchell verbally committed to Georgia Tech before the season began. He visited Wisconsin last weekend, but coach Tim Watson said Mitchell remains solidly committed to Georgia Tech.
Lower Cape May Regional (1-3) at Vineland (1-3)
7 p.m. today: Lower quarterback Frank Zeigler has rushed 99 times for 689 yards. Vineland has scored just one touchdown in all three of its losses. These teams last met in 2009 with Vineland winning 35-13.
Ocean City (0-4) at Middle Township (2-2)
1 p.m. Saturday (98.7 FM): Middle needs a win to boost its playoff hopes. The Panthers have quietly had a competitive season. Middle running back Nigel Case has carried 23 times for 387 yards and five touchdowns. Ocean City relies on the running of Frank Woolley (96 carries for 413 yards). Ocean City has won both meetings since these Cape May County schools resumed their rivalry in 2010.
Barnegat (2-2) at Central Regional (2-2)
7 p.m. today (105.7 FM): The winner stays in contention for the B South title. A pair of heralded transfers will make their debut for Barnegat. Quarterback Cinjun Erskine and lineman Sam Madden - who both transferred from Holy Spirit - will both play after sitting the first 30 days of the season. Barnegat wide receiver Pat Moran is in the midst of another excellent season with 15 catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns. He's also intercepted a pass and made 38 tackles.
West Jersey Football League
Cumberland Regional (1-4) at Highland Regional (4-1)
7 p.m. today: Cumberland comes off a 27-3 loss to Camden. Colts running back De'Han Milledge (84 carries for 544 yards) averages 6.5 yards per rush. Cumberland right end Gabe Hemighaus has caught 22 passes for 238 yards. Highland has won four straight.
Schalick (1-3) at Wildwood (4-1)
7 p.m. today: Wildwood continues to push toward the first playoff berth in school history. Warriors running back Wesley Hills is in the midst of a remarkable season with 113 carries for 1,270 yards. State football historian Chuck Langerman said Hills is closing in on two Wildwood single-season records set in 1961 by former New York Jet Randy Beverly. Hills' 22 touchdowns is tied with Beverly. Hills also has 134 points - just seven shy of Beverly's record of 141. Wildwood also features quarterback and linebacker Devon Bradshaw, who leads the team with 51 tackles. Bradshaw also has a sack and two interceptions. Schalick has lost three straight.
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