The New Jersey state high school football championships will be played this weekend. Starting tonight and into tomorrow, 20 games will be played. Many young athletes will realize a dream of winning a state championship.
The biggest matchup is obviously tonight at 8 p.m. at the New Meadowlands Stadium when Don Bosco Prep defends its state title against Bergen Catholic. Don Bosco Prep was not only the state champion last year, but it was named the No. 1 team in the country. Here are all the matchups.
Non-Public Group 4: Don Bosco Prep vs Bergen Catholic
Non-Public Group 3: St. Joseph’s (Montvale) vs Holy Spirit
Non-Public Group 1/2: St. Mary’s (Rutherford) vs St. Joseph’s (Hamm.)
North Jersey Section 1: Randolph vs Montclair
North Jersey Section 2: Hunterdon Central vs Piscataway
Central Jersey: Sayreville vs Brick Memorial
South Jersey: Oakcrest vs Cherokee
North Jersey Section 1: Wayne Hills vs Old Tappan
North Jersey Section 2: Morristown vs Nutley
Central Jersey: Middletown South vs Freehold Borough
South Jersey: Delsea vs Lacey
North Jersey Section 1: Ramsey vs Lakeland
North Jersey Section 2: Caldwell vs Madison
Central Jersey: Rumson vs Matawan
South Jersey: Haddonfield vs West Deptford
North Jersey Section 1: Mountain Lakes vs Wallington
North Jersey Section 2: New Providence vs Lincoln
Central Jersey: Dunellen vs Shore Regional
South Jersey: Paulsboro vs Glassboro
Players To Watch
While I can not sit and list every big player in the state of New Jersey, here is a list of 75 players to watch this weekend. Each player impacts a game for their respective teams. The players are in no particular order.
LB Anthony Sarao (Holy Spirit)
Sarao has committed to play at Stanford next season. He has 71 tackles and six sacks this season while also forcing two fumbles.
QB Tanner McEvoy (Bergen Catholic)
McEvoy is 120-for-210 for 1,987 passing yards, 29 TD passes and nine interceptions. McEvoy has also rushed for 1,074 yards and 13 touchdowns. The 4-star athlete is being recruited by Boston College, Rutgers, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Miami and Pittsburgh.
QB Gary Nova (Don Bosco Prep)
The Pittsburgh commit has thrown for 1,579 yards and 18 touchdowns while completing 83-of-140 passes. He has thrown just two interceptions this season. Nova was rated as a 3-star quarterback by Scout.com.
LB Shutang Mungwa (Bergen Catholic)
Mungwa is back after missing six games due to injury. The 3-star linebacker has committed to Stanford.
See the rest of the top players to watch and continue this article at Double G Sports.