The Mainland Regional and Middle Township high school football teams both need a win to boost their playoff hopes.

The two schools meet 6 p.m. Friday at Mainland in Linwood in a West Jersey Football League interdivision game. The contest will be broadcast on 101.3 FM.

The top 16 teams with the best united power ranking in each enrollment group will qualify for the playoffs on Oct. 28. Middle Township (3-2) is currently No. 18 in South Jersey Group II. Mainland Regional (4-2) is No. 15 in Group IV. The united power ranking is based on a team’s wins and quality of opposition.

Middle features the running of David Hayes, who has rushed for 503 yards and five touchdowns. Mainland linebacker Drew DeMorat made 7.5 tackles as the Mustangs shut out Oakcrest 3-0 last Friday.

What follows is a preview of this weekend’s games involving teams from Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and southern Ocean counties.

West Jersey Football League


Oakcrest (3-2) at Cedar Creek (2-3)

1 p.m. Saturday

These schools are Greater Egg Harbor District rivals. Both teams need a win to boost their playoff hopes.

Linebacker Darrien Dejean (54 tackles) leads a stingy Oakcrest defense that allows 9.4 points per game. Cedar Creek was off last week. The Pirates rely on the running of Kamaal Reed and the timely passing of Louie Barrios.

Winslow Township (3-2) at Hammonton (2-4)

7 p.m. Friday

Hammonton needs a win to enhance its playoff chances. Blue Devils running back Jaiden Abrams has rushed 156 times for 1,045 yards and eight touchdowns. Winslow Township quarterback Prince dru-Bey has thrown for 936 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Clayton (2-3) at Buena Regional (5-0)

6 p.m. Friday

Buena features running back Chris Doughty (41 carries for 489 yards) and Byron Spellman (23 carries for 260 yards). Chiefs quarterback Luke Santiago threw two touchdown passes in last week’s 50-0 win over Gloucester. Clayton has lost two straight.

Absegami (1-4) at Moorestown (0-5)

7 p.m. Friday

Absegami freshman quarterback Ray Weed completed 19 of 21 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns as the Braves won their first game of the season with a 21-0 victory over Bridgeton last Friday. Moorestown comes off a 28-0 loss to undefeated Highland Regional.

Cherry Hill East (1-4) at Egg Harbor Township (1-4)

7 p.m. Friday

Defensive end Stephen Moore Jr. leads EHT with 23 tackles, six of them for losses, and a fumble recovery. Cherry Hill East ended its 32-game losing streak with a 32-0 win over Cumberland Regional last Saturday.

Ocean City (3-1) at Triton Regional (3-2)

7 p.m. Friday (106.3 FM)

Ocean City was off last week. Red Raiders wide receiver Brandon Lashley has caught 15 passes for 234 yards and five touchdowns. Quarterback Ian Aungst has thrown for 744 yards and seven touchdowns. Triton rushed for 349 yards in last week’s 26-14 win over Cherry Hill West.

Millville (3-3) at Bridgeton (1-4)

7 p.m. Friday (96.1 FM)

Millville is No. 11 in The Press Elite 11 ranking. The Thunderbolts have won three straight. Millville quarterback Eddie Jamison has thrown for 978 yards and 11 touchdowns. Bridgeton comes off a 21-0 loss to Absegami.

Vineland (2-4) at Rancocas Valley Regional (3-2)

7 p.m. Friday

Both teams need a win to boost their Group V playoff hopes. Vineland quarterback Ryan Shelton has run for 388 yards and four touchdowns and thrown for 943 yards and a score. Rancocas comes off a 28-0 loss to St. Augustine but features one of South Jersey’s top quarterbacks in Bryce Mangene (616 passing yards, five touchdown passes).

Lower Cape May Regional (3-2) at Wildwood (0-4)

7:30 p.m. Friday (98.7 FM)

Lower has its most wins since it finished 5-5 in 2011. Caper Tigers quarterback Connor Eckel has rushed for 400 yards and thrown for 374 yards and four touchdowns. Wildwood comes off a 54-6 loss to Haddon Township.

West Deptford (3-2) at St. Joseph (5-1)

Noon Saturday

St. Joe will be without at least two players, who were suspended when a video surfaced Wednesday of St. Joe players saying racial slurs, cursing and taunting Haddonfield players. The Wildcats feature running back Jada Byers, who has rushed for 1,015 yards. Lineman Brad Lomax (35 tackles, 14 for losses) leads the St. Joe defense. West Deptford is a perennial Group II power. The Eagles rely on a running game that averages 277.2 yards per game.

Penns Grove (6-0) at Cumberland Regional (0-6)

6 p.m. Friday

Cumberland comes off a 32-0 loss to Cherry Hill East. Penns Grove is a Group I contender. Tyreke Brown has rushed for 527 yards and 10 touchdowns for Penns Grove.

Shore Conference

Lacey Township (4-2) at Brick Township (3-2)

7 p.m. Friday

Justin Gorski ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns as Lacey defeated Lakewood 21-20 last Saturday. Running back Jim Leblo (435 rushing yards) leads Brick.

Southern Regional (2-3) at Central Regional (0-6)

7 p.m. Friday

These teams used to be Thanksgiving rivals. This contest is called the Emmert-Boyd Football Classic, named after deceased coaches Ron Emmert (Southern) and Joe Boyd (Central). Central leads the series 25-18-1.

Keyport (3-2) at Barnegat (4-1)

7 p.m. Friday

Barnegat will try to bounce back from last week’s 43-0 loss to Mater Dei. Bengals running back Charlie Cotton has rushed 126 times for 500 yards and seven touchdowns.

Pinelands Regional (2-3) at Toms River East (1-4)

7 p.m. Friday

Senior running back Evan Burton rushed 17 times for 126 yards and scored on a 70-yard run as the Wildcats beat Jackson Liberty 20-13 last week. Toms River East has lost two straight.

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