Both schools opened in 1959, and record-wise, the programs have been virtually mirror images of each other over the years.
Edison is 251-339-18 all-time, with two titles in two sectional finals appearances. Lenape is 266-332-9 all-time, with three sectional finals appearances, and one championship to its credit.
The two will play each other tonight at Lenape High School for the Central Jersey Group 5 championship, in a game you can hear on Central Jersey Sports Radio, beginning with the pregame show at 5:40 pm, and kickoff at 6:00, as Mike Pavlichko and Justin Sontupe call all the play-by-play. Click here to listen to the live broadcast.
It’s the furthest South that Edison has ever traveled for a true road game, taking out their victorious Battle at the Beach appearance in Week Zero this year against Cedar Creek in Ocean City. For Lenape, it’s the Northern-most team that’s ever visited their home field. They’ve only played two other Middlesex County schools, and both games were on the road; they lost at South Brunswick in 2018, and dropped a consolation game at Woodbridge in 2011.
While a handful of teams moved their Friday night championship games due to the threat of thunderstorms with rain and wind as part of the remnants of Hurricane Ida, Lenape did not.
The forecast as of 9 am from The Weather Channel calls for possible thunderstomrs around kickoff at 6 pm, but just rain for the rest of the night from around 7:00 on, with temperatures in the mid- to upper-60s, with SSE winds of about 10 miles per hour. That would mean winds blowing from one end zone to the other, right to left “on your radio dial.”
Edison (8-3) is the 6th-seed, the lowest seed to reach a sectional final this season, along with West Orange, which won the North 2, Group 5 title Thursday night by shocking top-seed Phillipsburg 28-7 at Maloney Stadium. Lenape (6-4) also is a top-seed, but was just 4-4 at the cutoff. They benefitted from playing two multipliers this year, St. Augustine – which is in their American Division in the West Jersey Football League – as well as St. Joe’s-Hammonton.
Those were their final two games of the season, and they lost both, 29-28 to St. Joe’s at home, and 17-10 at St. Augustine.
Edison will look to continue its best season in a long time. Its last finals appearance came in 1991, when the Eagles beat MIddletown South for the Central Jersey Group 4 title. They beat Woodbridge for the CJ4 trophy in 1976, in their first and only other finals appearance.
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