Post 201 – HS Football – Bull Session – Week 11

I found no major surprises in last week’s sectional finals, as the games went close to what I thought.  Usually, there is a game or two that makes me say “wow,” but not this year. Even the games I was wrong about, and there weren’t many, were games that could have gone either way.  If there were a few surprises, it was the scores, such as the Ramapo-River Dell: I expected it to be a lot closer.……….Now that we are having the first bowl games this coming weekend, some are saying they don’t mean much, but it is new.  If I remember correctly, the first year we had statewide playoffs in 1975, there was a feeling out process……….The weather at the Butler-Park Ridge game on Saturday was a beautiful a night game this time of year can be: temperature in the 40’s and no wind.  I didn’t need gloves that night. I would be happy if the nighttime weather was that way at the bowl games……….For those of you who care, there are 37 games being played on Thanksgiving morning, 19 in the WJFL, 5 in the Shore Conference, 5 in the Mid-State 38, 5 in the Super Football Conference, and 3 in the GMC (not including Piscataway-Franklin).  Wednesday night, Thanksgiving eve has 11, with 9 being in the WJFL. That makes a total of 48 games with 96 teams – approximately 30% of the schools in the state……….After seeing them this weekend, I realized Butler is a good football team.  I don’t know if they are good enough to beat Hasbrouck Heights, but they are good……….Wayne Hills has as good a pair of wide receivers as one can fin in Charles Njoku and Jaaron Hayek.  ……….Willingboro entered the playoffs in Group 1 with a 4-4 record, but they did not play a Group 1 team until the playoffs.  Their schedule includes a win over Group 3 champ Woodrow Wilson, 6-4 Group 4 Northern Burlington, Group 2 semi-finalist Cinnaminson, and losses to Group 3 finalist Delsea and Group 2 finalist Camden.  That’s what I call a tough schedule……….Speaking of Thanksgiving games, one would be hard pressed to find a better game than the one with Phillipsburg-Easton, Pa. at Lafayette College……….Uniform Front: The GoodButler’s royal blue-and-yellow that looks a little like LSU. The road white uniforms of Irvington with royal blue helmets and pants.  The Red Devils of Rancocas Valley with the pitchfork coming down the front of the helmet………..Penns Grove beat Salem for the second time this year by seven points after winning by six the first time.  Not much difference in that rematch……….It’s a short week and that’s all the bull for now. I will be back next week with more bull!

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