The first goal of most high school football teams is to win a league title.
Bridgeton (4-1) and St. Augustine Prep (4-0) can take a big step toward a championship tonight.
The teams meet 7 p.m. at Bridgeton. They are tied for the Cape-Atlantic League National Conference lead. The winner will control the conference race with few regular season games remaining.
Two other games also highlight this weekend's schedule.
Atlantic City (2-2) plays its first game on its new artificial grass field. The Vikings host Buena Regional (3-2) at 7 p.m. today.
In southern Ocean County, Lacey Township (5-0) and Southern Regional (2-2) play 1 p.m. Saturday at Lacey in a game that affects the Shore Conference A South division race and both team's playoff chances.
Here is a preview of this weekend's games.
St. Augustine Prep (4-0) at Bridgeton (4-1)
7 p.m. today (1240 AM)
St. Augustine is the defending conference champion. The Hermits average 47.8 points per game. Bridgeton averages 35.4. St. Augustine running back Lamont Harris has rushed 83 times for 794 yards and 13 touchdowns. Hermits quarterback Jose Tabora has thrown 10 touchdown passes and just two interceptions. Bridgeton counters with running back Stefon Bowman (69 carries for 428 yards and seven touchdowns), quarterback Ronald Williams (406 passing yards and five touchdown passes) and wide receiver Cappadonna Miller (nine catches for 142 yards).
Middle Township (2-2) at Ocean City (0-4)
7 p.m. today (98.7 FM)
Middle Township has won two straight and needs a victory to boost its South Jersey Group II playoff hopes. Middle running back Yamire McNeal has rushed for 472 yards and six touchdowns. Panthers quarterback Joe Durso complements McNeal with four touchdown passes. Ocean City relies of the running of Frank Woolley (110 carries for 480 yards).
Vineland (1-3) at Lower Cape May Regional (0-4)
2 p.m. Saturday
Vineland senior running back Ben Anderson (57 carries for 441 yards) averages 7.7 yards per carry. Freshman running back Daivon Seymore (28 carries for 267 yards) averages 9.6 yards per carry and has rushed for four touchdowns. Lower is in the midst of a rebuilding season with mostly inexperienced players in the lineup.
Pleasantville (1-3) at Cedar Creek (3-1)
1 p.m. Saturday
Cedar Creek needs a win to continue its push to the playoffs. Pirates running back and wide receiver Ahmir Mitchell is one of the league's top players with 195 rushing yards, 95 receiving yards and six touchdowns. Pleasantville ended a 35-game losing streak with a 35-12 win over Lower Cape May on Oct. 4.
Buena Regional (3-2) at Atlantic City (2-2)
7 p.m. today (1450 AM)
This is Atlantic City's first game on its new artificial grass field. Atlantic City played its first four games on the road, while the field was being built. Vikings sophomore quarterback Jamir Prevard has thrown for 591 yards and seven touchdowns. Buena has dropped two straight. Chiefs quarterback Eric Rainear has run for five touchdowns and thrown for two scores.
Egg Harbor Township (1-3) at Absegami (2-3)
7 p.m. today (94.3 FM)
Both teams need a victory. Absegami has lost two straight, while EHT has dropped three in a row. Absegami running back David Hood has rushed 71 times for 531 yards and five touchdowns. The winner still has an outside chance at the South Jersey Group V playoffs.
Mainland Regional (1-3) at Oakcrest (0-5)
7 p.m. today
This is another game where both teams need a win. Mainland has lost three straight. Mainland quarterback Ty Mindish has thrown for 403 yards and five touchdowns. Oakcrest freshman quarterback Kendall Elliott sparks the Falcons offense with 140 rushing yards and 533 passing yards.
Southern Regional (2-2) at Lacey Township (5-0)
1 p.m. Saturday
Lacey is No. 9 in the Press Elite 11. The Lions can take another step toward winning the A South title with a victory. Lacey quarterback Tom Kelly missed last week's 21-14 win over Manchester Township. Kelly (843 passing and 10 touchdown passes) could return Saturday. Southern Regional receiver Mike Gesicki (12 catches for 218 yards and two touchdowns) announced Thursday night that he has verbally committed to attend Penn State. Southern running back Rob Yaiser has rushed for 240 yards and five touchdowns.
Pinelands Regional (1-4)
at Monsignor Donovan (2-2)
6:30 p.m. today
Pinelands quarterback Dan MacPhee leads the Wildcats offense with 348 rushing yards and 118 passing. He has run for two scores and thrown for two more. MacPhee also plays defensive back and has two interceptions.
Central Regional (3-1) at Barnegat (4-0)
7 p.m. today (105.7 FM)
This is a key B South game. The teams are tied for the division lead with 3-0 records. Central has won three straight. Barnegat running back O.J. Opre has rushed for 538 yards and 10 touchdowns. Linebacker Greg Moran leads the Barnegat defense with 28 tackles - 13 of them for losses.
West Jersey Football League
Highland Regional (1-4)
at Cumberland Regional (1-4)
7 p.m. today
Cumberland has dropped four straight since a season-opening 17-6 win over Deptford. Colts kicker Ryan Davis booted a 47-yard field goal in last week's 33-10 loss to undefeated Camden. The inexperienced Colts have been hurt by injuries this season.