Bridgeton Football

Bridgeton's Stefon Bowman breaks away for a big gain during their game against Hammonton held at Bridgeton High School in Bridgeton. Photo/Dave Griffin

The Bridgeton and Buena Regional high school football teams traveled the same path for the season's first four games.

Tonight they head in different directions.

Bridgeton (3-1) plays at Buena (3-1) at 7 p.m. in a matchup of South Jersey Group II playoff contenders. Both teams started the season 3-0. Both lost last week.

Tonight's winner establishes itself as a legitimate playoff contender. The loser will have to scramble to make the postseason.

This weekend doesn't feature many games because many teams are on their bye.

Here is a preview of Bridgeton vs. Buena and the rest of the schedule.

Cape-Atlantic League

National Conference

Bridgeton (3-1) at Buena Regional (3-1)

7 p.m. today

Bridgeton comes off a 24-6 loss to Hammonton. The Bulldogs committed five turnovers in the defeat. Bridgeton quarterback Ronald Williams has thrown five touchdown passes. Bulldogs wide receiver Cappadonna Miller averages 15.8 yards per catch. Bridgeton linebacker Quasheem Taylor has made four tackles for losses. Buena lost to Cedar Creek 14-7. Buena quarterback Eric Rainear has rushed for 199 yards and five touchdowns and thrown for 162 yards and two scores.

American Conference

Holy Spirit (3-0) at Absegami (2-2)

7 p.m. today (94.3)

This game was originally scheduled to be played at Holy Spirit, but the Spartans' field is unplayable so it was moved Friday morning to Absegami.

Spirit is No. 1 in The Press Elite 11 and has shut out two of its three opponents. Holy Spirit's triple option offense is difficult to stop because of its diversity. Quarterback T.J. Anderson and running back Taalib Gerald each have run for five touchdowns. Three others Spirit runners also have scored touchdowns. Absegami running back David Hood has rushed 71 times for 531 yards and five touchdowns.

St. Joseph (3-1) at Oakcrest (0-4)

7 p.m. today

St. Joe is No. 5 in The Press Elite 11. Wildcats quarterback Salaam Horne has returned three punts for touchdowns. C.J. LaFragola (42 carries for 295 yards and four touchdowns) and Cody Sampson (29 carries for 242 yards and five touchdowns) spark the St. Joe offense. LaFragola also excels at linebacker where he's made 24 tackles - seven of them for losses. Oakcrest sophomore running back Terrance Smith has rushed 53 times for 252 yards and four touchdowns. Defensive back Brandon Roberson leads the Falcons defense with 241/2 tackles.

Shore Conference

Lacey Township (4-0)

at Manchester Township (0-4)

7 p.m. today

Lacey, No. 9 in The Press Elite 11, comes off a 32-24 win over Toms River South. Quarterback Tom Kelly left the game after a helmet-to-helmet hit. Backup Connor Davies completed 15-of-20 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns. Lacey wide receiver Christian Tutela has caught 21 passes for 471 yards and seven touchdowns.

Long Branch (3-1) at Pinelands Regional (1-3)

7 p.m. today

Long Branch comes off a 28-3 win over previously undefeated Wall Township last week. Pinelands quarterback Dan MacPhee has thrown for 348 yards and two touchdowns and run for 118 yards and two more scores.

West Jersey Football League

Cumberland Regional (1-3) at Camden (3-0)

7 p.m. today

Camden is No. 11 in The Press Elite 11. The game marks the debut of Camden's artificial grass field at Farnham Park. Cumberland has struggled to find the end zone with just nine points in three games.

Wildwood (2-2) at Salem (1-2)

11 a.m. Saturday

Wildwood nearly didn't field a team because of a lack of players in the preseason. Now, the Warriors are 2-2 after last Friday's 38-14 win over Maple Shade. David Flanders ran for two touchdowns in the victory. The Wildwood defense forced Maple Shade into five turnovers.

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