Football: Picks for 5 big games this weekend

Week Two is Week One for the Colonial Conference, which sits out the first week for some crazy reason.

But the Colonial Patriot gets right down to business with a Woodbury at Paulsboro battle Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

That's one of five games to watch this week:

Delsea (0-1) at Timber Creek (1-0), Friday at 7: Creek coach Rob Hinsons says both teams are going to be "angry" since Delsea is coming off a stunning loss to Kingsway and Creek played poorly -- according to the coach -- in a 19-0 win over Cumberland.

Creek has a chance to make some serious hay in this game. The Chargers can hand Delsea its second loss in the division, clearing the way for somebody else -- like the Chargers -- to capture the Royal crown. They also can hurt Delsea's playoff chances.

Creek's defense registered eight sacks against Cumberland. That's a serious DL with Greg Webb, Dajuan Drennon and Myles Nash, with LB Quanzell Lambert right behidn them. But the Chargers need better play on offense to beat Delsea.

The Crusaders have to be smarting after blowing a 14-3 halftime lead. They could be without C Joe Moffa, who has a knee injury. But it's all about their mindset: Is this team going to fight back after getting knocked down on opening night, or not recover?

I think Delsea comes off the canvas with a flurry. Delsea, 20-13.

Kingsway (1-0) at Triton (1-0), Friday at 7: Two Royal teams that sense an opportunity now that Delsea has a loss. Of course, Kingsway is the team that did the damage to Delsea, so the Dragons have to be riding high.

Kingsway won this game last year, 26-23. The Dragons played sensational defense against Delsea, allowing just four yards in the second half. The offense has a big-play receiver in Shannon Johnson and a gritty quarterback in Tyler Barnholt.

Triton is a darkhorse in the Royal and in SJ Group 4. The Mustangs have a lot of guys who are in their third year as starters, including QB Brian Keller, RB Josh Woods and OL Seth Tinsley.

This is a big moment for the Mustangs -- home game and a chance to go 2-0 in what suddenly is a wide-open division. I think the seize it. Triton, 21-20.

Williamstown (1-0) at Lenape (0-1), Friday at 7: The Braves got off to a sluggish start but controlled the second half in a win over Eastern.

It was just the opposite for the Indians. They were ahead at halftime against Cherokee but couldn't keep command.

Williamstown has the edge in speed and depth. The Braves have explosive play-makers in Chris Inge and sophomore Marquis Little, who is going to be a great player.

Lenape showed something against Cherokee. The Indians have play-makers, too, as Atremus Baskerville and Trevor Terrell both broke long TD runs.

This is going to be a battle between two teams that want to be included in the Top 10 and SJ Group 4 discussion. Williamstown has a top kicker in Mike Burke, and that could be the difference. Williamstown, 17-14.

Woodbury (0-0) at Paulsboro (0-0), Saturday at 10:30: Don't get me started on the Colonial's idea of starting the season a week late. Makes no sense.

But this game will start the season with a bang. If the winner of this game doesn'tr capture the Colonial Patriot, it will be a major upset.

Paulsboro always is tough at home and the Red Raiders have a sturdy defense even though they lost senior LB Eric McMullen, who moved to North Jersey. Austin Im leads the way up front, Miker Maccarone is a top kicker and Calvin Johnson is a play-maker.

Woodbury rates the edge for one reason: Junior QB Anthony Averett. He's a big-time athlete who could be at Penn State in two years. The Herd also has speed in the backfield in Darrell Bush, Tyrone Bundy and Jaray Demby.

Averett makes a play or three. Woodbury, 20-17.

Washington Township (1-0) at Cherry Hill East (1-0), Saturday at 11: One of these teams will be 2-0 by 3 o'clock. They still will have a ways to go, but that will be a great start.

Washington Township coach Mark Wechter says his team is fresher than ever after a slimmed-down off-season program and training camp grind. The Minutemen looked sharp in 42-0 rout of Winslow, with QB Tom Hildebrand running for two TDs and Chris Colavita returning an INT for a TD and running for another.

CH East has play-makers in Rob Taylor and Brian Regan. Frantz Felix leads a sturdy OL. Like Triton, CH East has a big chance here. They can go to 2-0 (they were 1-9 last season) and set the tone for the season.

The Cougars know they can beat the Minutemen. They did it last year. They do it again Saturday. CH East, 27-24.

-- Phil Anastasia

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