New Providence up for an opening round road challenge against a Big Central foe with a big receiver

New Providence players salute the band after a 40-8 home win on Friday, October 28, 2021 at Leider Field. (Mike Pavlichko)

Charlie Barth is the player everyone who plays New Providence has to gameplan for.

May have tried to stop or contain him, but few have succeeded.

But on the other side of the field Friday night, it’ll be a big receiver the Pioneers will have to stop when 5th-seeded New Providence (7-1) visits fourth-seed Delaware Valley (7-2) in a South Group 1 opening round playoff game

It’s the Big Central Game of the Week driven by Autoland, with kickoff set for 7 pm in Frenchtown, and pregame at 6:45.

Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino will call all the live play-by-play, which you can listen to live – and for free – by clicking here.

That huge target is 6-foot-7 receiver Logan Blake, a senior hybrid wide receiver and tight end.

Blake has 47 catches for 609 yards and ten touchdowns on the season, amassing 24 in his three-year varsity career.

Throwing the ball to him, more often than not, is Jack Bill, a great junior signal caller who was thrown for nearly 1,500 yards this season, with 14 touchdowns.

But Del Val face a challenge of its own in Barth, who can run the ball on offense, and stop the run on defense from his linebacker position.

Barth led the Big Central with over 115 tackles and scored 25 rushing touchdowns in last year’s COVID-shortened season, and was named Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Two-Way Player of the Year when the season was all over.

This year, he’s rushed for 1,300 yards and 21 touchdowns, but hasn’t been the entire focal point defensively for head coach Chet Parlavecchio Jr.’s team.

This will be just the third meeting between the schools, with New Providence yet to score in the short series.

Del Val won the first meeting, in Frenchtown, 35-0 in 2016, then won at New Providence 40-0 in 2017.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko speak with New Providence head coach Chet Parlavecchio Jr. about the 2021 season and the matchup with Del Val:

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