High school football teams have just three weeks until the playoff fields are finalized.
The eight teams with the most power points in each enrollment group after the games played the weekend of Nov. 5-6 qualify. Teams earn power points based on their wins and their opponents' enrollment groups and victories.
This is an important week for teams near or at the .500 mark. Schools must have at least a 4-4 record after their first eight games to qualify.
This weekend will go a long way toward clarifying teams' playoff chances. Here's a preview of the games.
St. Augustine Prep (2-3) at Absegami (2-3)
7 p.m. today: Quarterback Rashad Kinlaw leads Absegami with five touchdown passes. Kinlaw has rushed for 478 yards and thrown for 315 yards this season. St. Augustine has dropped two straight but was off last week. Senior running back John Barillo has rushed 72 times for 299 yards for St. Augustine.
Vineland (2-3) at Atlantic City (4-1)
7 p.m. today: Atlantic City comes off its first loss of the season, 16-13 to Egg Harbor Township last Friday. The Vikings need a win to boost their South Jersey Group IV playoff hopes. Atlantic City running back Radi Tolbert has scored eight touchdowns. Vineland was off last week but has lost three straight. Fighting Clan freshman running back Isaiah Spencer (32 carries for 248 yards) averages 7.8 yards per carry.
Oakcrest (3-3) at Ocean City (1-4)
7 p.m. today (98.7 FM): Oakcrest needs a win to boost its South Jersey Group III playoff chances. The Falcons have won two straight, shutting out both opponents. In Oakcrest's last three games, running back Fabian Santiago has rushed for 198 yards and three touchdowns. Ocean City quarterback Chris Gabor has completed 50 percent of his passes for 534 yards and seven touchdowns.
Bridgeton (3-2) at Middle Township (1-5)
7 p.m. today (1240-AM): Bridgeton is in contention for a South Jersey Group II playoff spot. With games against St. Joe and Mainland ahead, the Bulldogs need a win tonight. Middle Township junior running back Nigel Case has carried 59 times for 312 yards and three touchdowns.
Pleasantville (0-5) at St. Joseph (5-0)
Noon Saturday: St. Joe is No. 1 in The Press Elite 11 and has outscored opponents 248-14. Fullback Eli Pogue sparks the St. Joe offense with eight touchdowns. The Wildcats have won 13 straight. Their last loss was a 35-0 defeat to Holy Spirit on Oct. 1 of last year. Pleasantville quarterback Che'quan Hargrose threw two touchdown passes in last week's loss to Buena Regional.
Buena Regional (2-4) at Mainland Regional (2-3)
7 p.m. today (94.3 FM): Both teams remain in playoff contention. Buena comes off a 50-18 win over Pleasantville last Friday. The Chiefs rely on the running of Love'Uan Scott and Robert Bunton. Mainland had its two-game winning streak end with a 28-14 loss to Holy Spirit last Friday. Mainland's strength is its special teams. Jim Cooper has kicked three field goals and Dashown Waller has returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.
Millville (5-0) at Lower Cape May Regional (2-3)
1 p.m. Saturday: Millville is No. 8 in The Press Elite 11. The Thunderbolts average 38.4 points per game. Millville running back Alquann Jones (131 carries for 937 yards) is one of South Jersey's best. Quarterback Shaq Lee has completed nearly 60 percent of his 37 passes and thrown for four touchdowns. Lower is looking for its first win since beating Wildwood 28-14 on Sept. 30.
Cedar Creek (2-3) at Montclair Kimberley Academy (5-1)
2 p.m . Saturday: Cedar Creek remains in contention for a South Jersey Group I playoff spot. The Pirates shut out St. Joseph-Montvale 26-0 last Saturday as quarterback Damon Mitchell ran for one touchdown and threw for another. MKA is a state Non-Public II contender. Quarterback Gabe Demasi threw four touchdown passes in last Saturday's 41-8 win over Newark Academy.
Toms River East (1-4) at Southern Regional (5-1)
7 p.m. today: Southern can clinch the Shore Conference A South title with a win. The Rams have never won a Shore championship outright. Their only other title came in 1972, when they shared the championship with Wall Township and Asbury Park. Southern features a versatile offense, with T.J. Bellissimo having rushed for 652 yards and Dan Higgins having thrown for 834 yards.
Brick Township (4-2) at Barnegat (2-3)
7 p.m. today: This game has Shore Conference B South and playoff implications. Brick, Barnegat and Central Regional all begin this week with one division loss. Barnegat can stay in contention for the division title with the win. Bengals tight end Ryan Morris, who is headed to Purdue, missed last week's 31-7 loss to Matawan with a sprained MCL. He is expected back for tonight's game.
Pinelands Regional (0-5) at Manchester Township (3-3)
7 p.m. today: Pinelands lost to Lakewood 50-12 last week. Manchester ended a three-game losing streak with a 32-21 win over Jackson Liberty.
Central Regional (4-1) at Lacey Township (3-3)
1 p.m. Saturday: These teams used to be Thanksgiving rivals. Lacey needs a win to hang on to its playoff hopes. The Lions come off a 28-7 win over Toms River East. Lacey relies on the run, with Kyle Spatz having carried 142 times for 910 yards and seven touchdowns. Central running back Kalyph Hardy is in the midst of a phenomenal season with 1,261 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns.
West Jersey Football League
Deptford (3-2) at Cumberland Regional (1-4)
7 p.m. today: Cumberland has dropped three straight and was off last week. Deptford beat Highland Regional 14-2 last Friday. Cumberland shut out Deptford 36-0 last year.
Woodstown (3-2) at Wildwood (1-5)
7 p.m. today: Wildwood has dropped four straight. Warriors running back Wesley Hills is in the midst of a standout season. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior has carried 106 times for 649 yards. He also excels at linebacker, making 10 tackles in last week's 44-0 loss to Penns Grove.
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