Phil's Picks: Friday games

Here's a closer look at seven South Jersey football games on Friday night, with predictions.

All games will kick off at 7 o'clock.

No. 24 Collingswood (5-1) at No. 7 West Deptford (6-1). The visiting Panthers have won four in a row, allowing a total of just 22 points. Senior linebacker Dashon Burdett has sparked the defense.

Collingswood has a lot on the line. The Panthers have not beaten the Eagles since 1998, losing 15 in a row, and probably need to win this game and their Nov. 7 home game vs. Woodbury to qualify for the South Jersey Group 2 tournament.

Led by seniors such as Kevin DeCaesar and Isaiah Easterling, West Deptford has won three straight by a combined score of 138-0.

Pick: West Deptford, 28-13.

Clearview (2-4) at Cherry Hill West (2-4). The winner of this game will be in prime position to earn a berth in the South Jersey Group 4 tournament.

Clearview has played a tough schedule, with five games against teams in the top 19 in The Inquirer's South Jersey rankings. The Pioneers have a top all-around player in senior Sterling Sheffield.

Cherry Hill West has won two in a row after an 0-4 start, scoring 46 points in both victories. Senior quarterback Joey Argentina, senior running back Tyrone Williams, and senior wide receiver Chris Pascall lead the Lions.

Pick: Cherry Hill West, 31-30.

No. 12 Glassboro (5-1) at No. 21 Bishop Eustace (5-1). The visiting Bulldogs, who feature senior two-way standouts Ronnie James and Juwan Johnson, are angling for a high seed and a home game in the South Jersey Group 2 tournament.

The Crusaders will look to bounce back from a tough loss to Camden on Saturday. Senior linebacker Roy Hansen and senior cornerback Vinny Papale lead a sturdy defense.

Pick: Glassboro, 19-10.

No. 14 Paul VI (5-1) at No. 25 Kingsway (3-3). This will be a clash of the Eagles' high-powered offense and the host Dragons' stout defense.

Paul VI is averaging 36 points with big-play athletes such as senior wide receiver Irv Charles and junior slot backs Lonnie Moore and Stefone Moore-Green.

Kingsway has won three of four and allowed a total of just 13 points in those three victories. The Dragons have a top rushing end in senior Denzell Polk.

Pick: Paul VI, 27-24.

Triton (4-2) at No. 13 Delsea (4-3). This is a key power-point game for both teams.

Triton still is hoping for a first-round home game in the South Jersey Group 4 tournament. The Mustangs have a top offensive backfield in senior Kevin Bucceroni and junior Dom Staiano.

Delsea has won four in a row after an 0-3 start, including a 17-14 upset of previously unbeaten Hammonton last Friday. The Crusaders have top senior linemen in Vic DeFrance and Phil Sampson.

Pick: Delsea, 24-13.

No. 20 Bridgeton (5-2) at Oakcrest (4-2). These Cape-Atlantic National Division rivals could square off again in the South Jersey Group 3 playoffs.

Bridgeton has won four in a row behind senior all-purpose standout Cappadonna Miller.

Oakcrest has a top playmaker in sophomore quarterback Kendall Elliott.

Pick: Bridgeton, 27-14.

No. 19 Williamstown (5-2) at No. 11 Hammonton (6-1). This game has major playoff implications in two groups.

Williamstown has won five of six behind senior all-purpose player Isaiah Perkins and junior running back Joe Early. The Braves could put themselves in position for a home game in the South Jersey Group 5 tournament with a victory.

Hammonton is angling for a high seed in South Jersey Group 4. The Blue Devils have a top two-way player in senior Tyler Armor.

Pick: Hammonton, 17-16.

Last week: 8-2. Year to date: 54-16.