September 23, 2022 By Vaseline

Twelve district sides battle for dominance in Week 4 – Union News Daily

Cranford High School No. 86 Declan Quigley stands on the field during last week’s action. Cranford, now 2-1, will host St. Thomas Aquinas High School on Friday, September 23 at 7 p.m., who are 3-1 and have won three straight games

UNION COUNTY, NJ — There are six football games on Friday, September 23 and six more on Saturday, September 24 for Week 4 as 14 Union County schools play their fourth games and compete against New Providence, Governor Livingston and Scotch Join Plains -Fanwood, who have already played their fourth game.

There are five joint matchups: Arthur L. Johnson High School at Abraham Clark High School and David Brearley High School at Jonathan Dayton High School on Friday, September 23; and Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School at Westfield High School, Rahway High School at Summit High School and New Providence High School at Hillside High School on Saturday, September 24.

There’s some sort of heavyweight matchup this weekend scheduled for Friday, September 23 at 7 p.m. at Cranford High School’s Memorial Field. Thomas Aquinas High School, which is 3-1 and has won three times in a row. Both offenses will find it difficult not to light up the scoreboard in this clash between the Big Central Conference and the United Gold Division.

Four teams remain undefeated in Union County, with two playing Friday, September 23 and the other two on Saturday, September 24.

David Brearley (3-0) plays Jonathan Dayton on Friday September 23 with the Bears currently fourth in the North’s Group 1. Arthur L. Johnson (3-0) is in Roselle with the Crusaders 13th in South, Group 2 on Friday, September 23.

Hillside (3-0) hosts New Providence on Saturday, September 24 with the Comets third in North, Group 3. Rahway (3-0) is at the Summit on Saturday, September 23 while the Indians are fourth in North, Group 4.

Friday 23 Sept:

• Arthur L. Johnson High School (3-0) at Roselle High School (0-3), 6 p.m. Arthur L. Johnson has two shutouts and has outplayed the opponent 122-6 for an average of 40 points per game. Sophomore quarterback Robert Gallagher has passed 289 yards and thrown four touchdown passes, while senior running back Antwone Smikle has rushed for 97 yards and hit the end zone four times. Runner-up Ryan George leads the Crusaders in rushing yards with 216 and has three goals. Roselle lost close games at home to Delaware Valley High School (20-17) and New Providence High School (21-20) before losing to Hillside High School on Saturday, September 17 (28-0). has been hidden.

• David Brearley High School (3-0) at Jonathan Dayton High School (2-1), 6:00 p.m. This is the second year in a row and the third time since 2018 that David Brearley has started 3-0. The last time the Bears lost to Jonathan Dayton was in 2012 at JDHS, 19:16. David Brearley’s senior quarterback Matt Sims has gotten off to a good start with 448 passing yards and throwing five touchdown passes. Sims also leads David Brearley in rushing for 472 yards with 55 carries and 10 touchdowns. Jonathan Dayton junior running back Alex Altemus has 263 yards rushing in 41 attempts.

• Highland Park High School (0-4) at Roselle Park High School (0-3), 6 p.m. Highland Park has lost 37 in a row. The Owls last won 35-7 against visiting Metuchen High School on Nov. 24, 2016 — Thanksgiving that year. Since then, Highland Park went 0-10 in 2017, 0-5 in 2018 and 0-10 in 2019. It didn’t field a varsity team in 2020, then went 0-8 in 2021 and 0-4 so far in 2022. Roselle Park has lost 12 straight games, including ending last year’s 1-9 record with nine straight losses. The Panthers last won 35-0 on Sept. 3, 2021 at Dunellen High School.

• Union High School (0-3) at Somerville High School (1-3), 7:00 p.m. Union is 0-3 for the first time since 2007 and Somerville is facing its 180-degree renaissance with a 10- 1 record in 2016. Union, with narrow losses to Bridgewater-Raritan High School, Westfield High School and St. Joseph’s High School, Metuchen , will be looking to avoid their first 0-4 start since 2007 as well.

• Perth Amboy High School (2-1) at Linden High School (1-2), 7pm Perth Amboy comes back with back-to-back home wins over JP Stevens High School, 39-14, and John F. Kennedy Memorial High School in Iselin , 10-8 Linden isn’t far from being 3-0, with tight road throwbacks at Rahway High School, 21-20, and this past weekend at Colonia High School, 28-25. Linden was home caring for Woodbridge High School two weeks ago, 31-0.

• St. Thomas Aquinas High School (3-1) at Cranford High School (2-1), 7 p.m. St. Thomas Aquinas comes with three straight double-digit triumphs, including a 19-6 home win over Summit on Friday, May 16. September. Cranford won at Summit High School, 42-23, for his first win two weeks ago and then won for the second straight year at Woodbridge High School, 35-28, last weekend. The Cougars are sparked by the play of seniors Liam Godwin and Shane Kanterman on offense and defense, Godwin as quarterback and cornerback, and Kanterman as running back and linebacker.

Saturday 24 Sept

• Scotch Plains–Fanwood High School (1-3) at Westfield High School (2-1), 1 p.m. Scotch Plains–Fanwood has lost three straight games, all by double digits, after opening with a 38-16 home win North Plainfield High School. Westfield played his best half of football on Friday, September 16 at Elizabeth High School, scoring five touchdowns and scoring a field goal for a 38-0 halftime lead. Westfield ended up winning 38-20. Westfield beat Union High School 14-0 in the second half of their home game with a 21-14 win over the Farmers two weeks ago. The Blue Devils are lifted by the play of senior quarterback Trey Brown and senior running back Dylan Wragg.

• Elizabeth High School (1-2) at St Joseph’s High School, Metuchen (3-0), 1pm Elizabeth has her hands full this weekend as St Joseph’s notched up three double-digit wins. In last weekend’s home game between the Big Central Conference and the American Gold Division against Westfield, Elizabeth was 0:38 behind at the break. The Minutemen, who lost 38-20, need to cool off another strong offense if they’re to succeed. St. Joe’s average 30 points.

• North Hunterdon Regional High School (3-1) at Plainfield High School (0-3), 1pm North Hunterdon suffered its first loss after a solid 0-3 start that included two double-digit wins and then a 1- point included point triumph. The Lions were defeated 2-0, 48-21 on Friday, September 16 at Phillipsburg High School. Plainfield, who last year won five games for the first time since 2005, are starting 3-0 for the second straight year. After a 23-22 loss at Elizabeth High School, the Cardinals lost 35-7 at home to Montgomery High School and 25-11 at Carteret High School.

• Rahway High School (3:0) to Summit High School (0:3), 1:00 p.m. After opening with a 21-20 home win over Linden High School, the Rahway Indians went on to double-digit away wins at Lincoln High School, 45-16, and Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, 27-7. Rahway is ignited by the impressive play of multi-position senior Kyle Hall. A young Summit team kept St. Thomas Aquinas High School on the road last weekend by just 19 points.

• New Providence High School (2-2) at Hillside High School (3-0), 1 p.m. The visiting Pioneers need to brace for a lot of speed, including senior quarterback Caleb Salters and senior running backs Muwaffaq Parkman and Kyon Simonson. A hard-hitting Hillside defense hasn’t scored a single point over the past two weekends, with shutout wins at Metuchen High School (45-0) and in last weekend’s home opener against Roselle High School (28-0).

• John F. Kennedy Memorial High School at Iselin (0-4) at Governor Livingston High School (2-2), 1:30 p.m. Iselin Kennedy is 0-4 for the third straight year and has a 10-8 loss at Perth Amboy High School on Friday 16 September. Gov. Livingston has two straight wins with double-digit home wins over North Plainfield High School (31-14) and at JP Stevens High School (25-6). Starting with this game, three of the next four GL competitions are home as the Highlanders look to qualify in North, Group 3.

Photos by JR Parachini