NJSIAA Football Championship
NORTH JERSEY, SECTION 2, GROUP 5
No. 3 Bridgewater-Raritan (9-2) vs. No. 1 Westfield (11-0)
Date: Thursday, November 30
Site: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford
Time: 8 p.m.
Watch LIVE Online: Click here to watch the game 10 minutes prior to kickoff
2016 champion: Westfield over Bridgewater-Raritan
2017 Pre-playoff prediction: Westfield over Bridgewater-Raritan
New Jersey Ranking: Westfield is No. 9
Titles won/last accomplished: Bridgewater-Raritan 2 (1989 as B-R East); Westfield 4 (2016)
Last meeting: 2016, North Jersey, Section 2, Group 5 championship, Westfield, 15-13. The Blue Devils opened a 15-7 lead in the first half, then cemented a second straight sectional title with outstanding defense from Jeff Gagum, Owen Kessler, Adam McDaniel, Jeff Dayon and others. McDaniel returned an interception for a TD in that opening half, while Jake Vall-Llobera contributed with a 3-yard scoring run and Mike Moriarty kicked a 28-yard field goal.
How they got here: Bridgewater-Raritan defeated Watchung Hills, 41-0, in the first round and Piscataway, 27-6, in the semifinals. Westfield defeated Ridge, 17-10, in the first round and Elizabeth, 13-6, in the semifinals.
Players to Watch:
Bridgewater-Raritan: Justin Bryant, Sr. FB/LB; Chike Nwankwo, Jr. TE/LB; Greg Verano, So. QB/DB; Nick Celli, Sr. OG/DE; Anthony Goffe, Jr. RB; Brandon Myers, Sr. TE/DE; Allen Choy, Sr. OC/DE; Lawrence Nice, Jr. TE/DE; Robert Stashek, Jr. OL/DL; Tyler Ball, Sr. WR/DB; Josh Glussky, Sr. OL; Coleton Roseland, Jr. WR/CB; C.J. Hall, Sr. WR/DB; Nick Balliro, Jr. K.
Westfield: Hank Shapiro, Jr. QB; Shea Elliot, Sr. LB; Drew Ortiz, Sr. LB; Jake Vall-Llobera, Sr. RB/OLB/DE; Jake Dayon, Sr. LB; Tim Alliegro, So. RB; John McCauley, Sr. OL; Steven Barden, Sr. WR/CB; Adam McDaniel, Sr. WR/S; Juandre House, Jr. RB; Jordan Barham, Sr. OL; Joe SanGiacomo, Sr. LB; Tommy Norris, Sr. TE; Aidan Boland, Sr. K.
KINNEY'S PICK: Bridgewater-Raritan
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