Here's an early look at five big games this weekend:
1. No. 10 Haddonfield (2-0) at West Deptford (2-0), Friday at 7: These teams have played six times in the last three seasons. In each of the last two seasons, West Deptford has won in the regular season, and Haddonfield has won in the SJ Group 2 tournament. This likely is the Game of the Year in the Colonial Liberty, although Haddon Heights is looking like a potential surprise team in the division. West Deptford has won eight division titles in a row. The Eagles were supposed to come back to the pack a little this year -- at least, that's how coach Clyde Folsom was talking this summer -- but have looked like the same old powerhouse through two weeks. Junior Josh Cornelius is a threat at RB, and senior Tom Jakubowski is a play-maker on both sides of the football. Jamil Pollard leads a sturdy front line. Haddonfield has lots of guys back from last year's 11-1 team. The Bulldogs have rolled through two weeks, also, and senior RB Chris Dengler has been playing at a high level. I was leaning toward Haddonfield all summer. Now I'm not so sure. I need a couple more days to make a pick.
2. No. 9 Moorestown (2-1) at No. 5 Williamstown (3-0), Friday at 7: Williamstown dominated this game last year behind its offensive line and powerful ground game. Moorestown's defense could not stand up to the Braves' Wing-T attack. Will this game be any different? Probably not. The Quakers' big chance is that their passing attack can put the Braves on their heels (although good luck blocking those outside linebackers). It's also possible that Williamstown will suffer a bit of a letdown after that emotional victory over Cherokee last week. This is a good spot for Moorestown, though. The Quakers are trying to bounce back from last week's loss to No. 4 Timber Creek, and they get an immediate opportunity to show they belong with the elite teams in South Jersey. Can they do it? Sure. That's a big-time offense when it's clicking, with terrific playmakers in QB Andrew Lisa and RB Delaney Wallace, among others. But the Braves have a look about them. They'll be home, too, and that helps. This game could be a shootout, especially since the weather is supposed to be perfect. But Williamstown might have too many bullets.
3. Bishop Eustace (2-1) at Paul VI (1-2), Friday at 7: It's desperation time for the Eagles. They aren't used to being in this position. But they have to win this game or this season could get away from them. The Crusaders feel like they let one get away last week in the rain at Woodrow Wilson. They've got an extremely sturdy defense with 9 starters back from last year, led by LB Nick Batistini. Motivation is never a problem when these two teams get together. Thinking this might be a really good year for the Crusaders, and not so hot for the Eagles. But this game will go a long way toward deciding that.