Games with playoff implications highlight this weekend's high school football schedule.
The top eight teams with the most power point in each enrollment group after the games of Nov. 5-6 make the playoffs. Teams earn power points based on their opponents' record and wins.
Several local playoff contenders meet tonight and Saturday. The winners get a boost toward the playoffs. The losers will have to scramble for a spot.
Those games include Bridgeton (2-2) at Lower Cape May Regional (3-0); Absegami (2-2) at Mainland Regional (2-2) and Oakcrest (2-2) at Vineland (3-1).
Here is a preview of this weekend's schedule.
Bridgeton (2-2) at Lower Cape May Regional (3-0)
7 p.m. today (1240-AM): The Lower offense has averaged 49 points in its two wins. Quarterback Mike Mulligan has six touchdown passes, four of them to Vance Matthews. Bridgeton beat Buena Regional 20-17 last Friday. Running back Kevin Bunton scored two touchdowns. Bridgeton beat Lower 7-6 last season.
Pleasantville (0-3) at Middle Township (0-4)
7 p.m. today: Both seek their first win of the season. Middle lost to Ocean City 14-13 last Saturday. Middle running back Brian Smith threw for a touchdown on an option pass and ran for another score in the defeat. This is Pleasantville's first road game.
Absegami (2-2) at Mainland Regional (2-2)
7 p.m. today (1450 AM): Quarterback Rashad Kinlaw scored Absegami's only touchdown in last Friday's 10-0 win over Vineland. The victory ended Absegami's two-game losing streak. Mainland has struggled to score in its losses this season. The Mustangs have scored a combined three points in their two defeats. The Mainland defense allows just 9.3 points per game. Mainland beat Absegami 32-22 last year.
Buena Regional (1-3) at No. 10 Atlantic City (3-0)
7 p.m. today: Atlantic City, the season's surprise team, was off last week. The Vikings are No. 10 in The Press Elite 11. Atlantic City quarterback Jamal Anderson has four touchdown passes. Buena quarterback Donetae McKinnon returned from an ankle injury last week and threw for a touchdown and ran for another score in a 20-17 loss to Bridgeton.
Oakcrest (2-2) at Vineland (3-1)
7 p.m. today: Oakcrest comes off a 3-0 win over Mainland. Oakcrest features sophomore running back Brandon Bell, who has rushed 46 times for 263 yards. Vineland lost to Absegami 10-0 last Friday. Fighting Clan running back Brian Winchester has rushed for 593 yards and leads the CAL in scoring with 50 points.
St. Augustine Prep (0-4) at St. Joseph (2-1)
2:30 p.m. Saturday: St. Joseph, No. 6 in The Press Elite 11, lost to Holy Spirit 35-0 last Friday. The Wildcats will try to bounce back behind running back Gordon Hill, who has rushed for 242 yards and three touchdowns.
St. Augustine Prep has been competitive in every game it has played. Hermits running back John Barillo has rushed 80 times for 438 yards. St. Joe hasn't beaten St. Augustine since 2007.
Ocean City (1-3) at Millville (1-2)
7 p.m. today (98.7 FM): Ocean City got its first win of the season with a 14-13 win over Middle Township last Saturday. Ocean City quarterback Logan McGuigan threw two touchdown passes to wide receiver Mike Coccodrilli. Millville has dropped two straight. Quarterback Shaq Lee has three touchdown passes. Ocean City edged Millville 13-12 last season.
Egg Harbor Township (3-1) at No. 7 Hammonton (3-0)
3 p.m. Saturday (94.3 FM): EHT is the last team to beat Hammonton. The Blue Devils have won seven straight since a 23-19 loss to EHT last Nov. 6. Hammonton, No. 7 in The Press Elite 11, has allowed nine points all season. EHT has won three straight. Standout running back Stephan Thomas left last week's 24-14 win over St. Augustine with an ankle injury. EHT quarterback Jon Kopistecki has thrown for three touchdowns and run for four.
Pinelands Regional (2-1) at Brick Township (1-3)
7 p.m. today: Pinelands was off last week after losing to Lacey Township 42-0 two weeks ago. Pinelands running back Matt McLain has rushed 75 times for 738 yards. He is the local scoring leader with 56 points. Brick comes off its first win - 23-7 over Central Regional. This is the second of three straight road games for Pinelands.
Southern Regional (2-2) at Jackson Memorial (1-3)
7 p.m. today: These teams played on the night before Thanksgiving until 2006. Jackson has dropped three straight. Southern had its two-game winning streak snapped by Brick Memorial last week. Southern quarterback Eric Sullivan has thrown for 272 yards and three touchdowns. Rams running back Bill Shimko has scored four touchdowns.
West Jersey Football League
Cumberland Regional (2-2) at Kingsway Regional (2-2)
7 p.m. today: Cumberland running back Charles Wynder has rushed 48 times for 326 yards. Linebacker Troy Eubanks leads the Colts' defense with 49 tackles. Cumberland and Kingsway have played the same four teams. Both have lost to Delsea Regional and Timber Creek and both have beaten Triton Regional and Highland Regional.
Wildwood (0-4) at Pennsville (4-0)
7 p.m. today: Wildwood quarterback Zak Barrett threw for 139 yards and ran for a touchdown in last week's loss to Lower Cape May. Pennsville is averaging 38.5 points per game.