The high school football playoffs start next weekend but for all intents and purposes the postseason starts tonight for Hammonton and Millville.

The two teams will meet at 7 p.m. at Millville’s Wheaton Field in a regular-season game that will probably decide both teams’ playoff futures.

Millville and Hammonton would each qualify for the postseason with a win. If they lose, they could still make the playoffs but they would need help from other teams.

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Millville (4-3) is a contender in South Jersey Group V, while Hammonton (4-3) is trying to qualify for a spot in the South Jersey Group IV bracket.

The top eight teams in each enrollment group with the most power points at the conclusion of this weekend’s games will make the postseason. Teams earn power points based on their wins and their opponents’ enrollment and victories.

Tonight’s game was originally scheduled for last Friday but Hurricane Sandy postponed the contest.

Hammonton comes off a 47-33 loss to Absegami on Oct. 26. Blue Devils quarterback Christian Mortellite threw four touchdown passes in the game. The Blue Devils also feature the running of twins David and Dominic Williams.

Millville beat Oakcrest 40-29 on Oct. 26. Millville running back Rob Ennis set a school record when he rushed for 302 yards in the victory. Ennis, a sophomore, has rushed for 1,097 yards and 12 touchdowns this season.

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