For the Big Central Conference’s second full season, Central Jersey Sports Radio’s third season of live high school football action will feature some great matchups, including longtime rivals, and games that will have major implications for division titles and playoff races.
CJSR has scheduled a nine-game regular season slate, and just like last year, the last two weeks are being held as open dates, with games to be determined. More on that in a bit.
The season begins with an old-time, long-time Thanksgiving Rivalry, now played in Week Zero: Highland Park at Metuchen, kicking off the season on Saturday, August 27th.
September will feature some big rivalry games, too. Hunterdon Central will visit Piscataway on Friday, September 2nd, while reigning South 5 champion Hillsborough visits Bridgewater-Raritan the following Friday. It’ll be new Panther head coach Rick Mantz squaring off against his hometown team, for which he kicked the game-winning field goal in the 1980 state title game, and won as a head coach in 2000, defeating heavy favorite Sayreville.
And in October, we’ve got a new wrinkle for you! For Week Seven – the week before Cutoff Weekend for the NJSIAA playoffs – CJSR will put it to the fans, who’ll get to vote on which game we broadcast from a pre-selected slate on the weekend of Friday, October 14th.
Cutoff Weekend – Week Eight on Friday, October 21st – will also be an open date, to be announced that week by Central Jersey Sports Radio.
On Saturday, October 22nd, Central Jersey Sports Radio will also be live with its playoff projection show, a big hit among fans, players and coaches alike.
Below is the 2022 High School Football Broadcast Schedule on CJSR. Friday games are 7 pm, Saturday games are at 1 pm, unless otherwise noted. Schedule may be subject to change. Additional games may be added at a later date.
- Saturday, August 27 – Highland Park at Metuchen
- Friday, September 2 – Hunterdon Central at Piscataway
- Friday, September 9 – Hillsborough at Bridgewater-Raritan
- Friday, September 16 – Somerville at Montgomery
- Friday, September 23 – Bernards at Delaware Valley
- Saturday, September 24 – Rahway at Summit
- Friday, September 30 – Sayreville at East Brunswick
- Friday, October 7 – Elizabeth at Union
- Saturday, October 8 – Edison at St. Joseph-Metuchen
- Friday, October 14 – Week 7 Fans’ Choice
- Friday, October 21 – Week 8 Open Date
Central Jersey Sports Radio also will cover the NJSIAA state playoffs, expanded this year to include overall group champions – for the first time ever – just like all other NJSIAA-sponsored sports.
The playoffs begin the week of Friday, October 27 with the opening round of public sectionals, followed by the semifinals on the weekend of November 4, and the finals on the weekend of November 11. Regional finals/group semifinals – which were added in 2018 and were the last game played the last few seasons – will be held the weekend of November 18, with the following week – Thanksgiving – reserved for those who wish to play their rivalry game then.
The weekend of Friday, December 2, will be all five public group finals, 1 through 5.
Non-public schools have an extra available week of the regular season before beginning the playoffs on the weekend of November 4, with their Group A and B Finals on Saturday, November 26th, Thanksgiving weekend.
Click here for the full schedule, which will be updated as games are added or as changes are made.