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Instant Replay: No. 3 Hillsborough 31, Bridgewater-Raritan 21

Click below to listen to the “Big Central Game of the Week” driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland from Saturday, September 25, 2021.

Third-ranked Hillsborough improved to a perfect 4-0 on the season with a 31-21 win over their rivals Bridgewater-Raritan (2-2) in the Battle of Route 206.

Mike Pavlichko and Chris Tsakonas call the action from Basilone Field in Bridgewater.

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2nd Half

No. 3 Hillsborough gets it to all the right people in 31-21 road win over rival Bridgewater-Raritan

Wide receiver Thomas Amankwaa scored two rushing touchdowns, while bruising runningback Tyler Michinard had a touchdown catch.

No, that’s not a typo.

But that helped No. 3 Hillsborough beat rival Bridgewater-Raritan in the “Battle of Route 206” Saturday afternoon at Basilone Field, 31-21, in the “Big Central Game of the Week” driven by Autoland on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

Amankwaa – who recently committed to Rutgers – finished with four rushes for 82 yards, including touchdown jaunts of 37 and 21 yards, as well as six receptions for 54 yards. He was named the Autoland “Player of the Game” and willl receive a custom football at the end of the year, courtesy of Autoland.

Hillsborough (4-0) also got a 16-yard TD reception from Tyler Michinard, and a 26-yard scoring catch from tight end Will Dixon.

The Raiders face Ridge next week, while the Panthers (2-2) will travel to No. 9 Phillipsburg Friday night.

Click below to hear postgame reaction from down on the field with Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko:

Autoland Player of the Game Thomas Amankwaa

Head Coach Kevin Carty, Jr.

Kurdyla brothers lead air connection for Bridgewater-Raritan into Battle of 206

Doesn’t matter if it’s the Skyland Conference, or the Big Central. One of the great rivalry games on the calendar every year in Somerset County is the Battle of Route 206, Hillsborough and Bridgewater-Raritan.

Those two teams will square off Saturday afternoon at 2 pm in a rescheduled Big Central Game of the Week driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland.

The game was moved from its original time due to the heavy rains and thunderstorms forecast for Thursday afternoon and evening.

Pre-game starts at 1:45 pm as Mike Pavlichko and Chris Tsakonas call all the action live from Basilone Field in Bridgewater. Click here to listen live.

The Panthers are lead by a sibling tandem of Brady Kurdyla at quarterback and junior Colin Kurdyla at wide receiver. The brothers are a key part of the Panthers’ 2-1 start to the year, with wins over Sayreville and Hunterdon Central. They look to get back on the winning track against their rivals at the other end of the highway after a 24-0 loss at the hands of Ridge last weekend.

The third-ranked Raiders are 3-0 and led by recent Rutgers committ Thomas Amankwaa at wide receiver/cornerback.

Click below to hear Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Justin Sontupe talk with Bridgewater-Raritan head coach Scott Bray about the season and the matchup:

This Week in the Big Central – Episode 5: The Double Week

Two Big Central Games of the Week highlight Episode 5 of “This Week in the Big Central,” driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland.

We take a closer look at Sayreville’s upset of top-ranked and undefeated North Brunswick, and look at the hot start by Cranford.

Dom Savino catches up with former Edison standout Noah Stansbury, now at New Hampshire, then joins Mike for a look at the Top 10 slate, and we preview the rest of the weekend action.

Hillsborough wants to keep good times rolling right on through the Battle of Route 206

The Raiders are clicking on all cylinders right now.

No. 3 Hillsborough is 3-0, and they’re winning games in every way, most notably against Phillipsburg.

They beat the Stateliners 21-14 two weeks ago in overtime, on a game-tying TD and two-point conversion by Rutgers-bound Thomas Amankwaa, who then scored the go-ahead touchdown in OT and picked off a ‘Liners’ pass to seal the deal.

While head coach Kevin Carty Jr. says it’s going as well as it can right now, he knows all that is out the window in a big rivalry game Saturday afternoon, when Hillsborough travels to Basilone Field to take on Bridgewater-Raritan (2-1) in the Big Central Game of the Week driven by Autoland.

(Note: This game was originally scheduled for Thursday night, but postponed due to thunderstorms and lightning in the forecast.)

Game time is 2:00, with pre-game set for 1:45 on Central Jersey Sports Radio with Mike Pavlichko calling all the action. Click here to listen live.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko preview the game with Hillsborough head coach Kevin Carty Jr:

Somerville caps sweep of rankings with top spot in Week 3 Big Central Media Poll

Somerville is the No. 1 team in the Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten, and the highest ranked Big Central team in the New Jersey Strength Index ratings.

And while it wasn’t unanimous, the Pioneers also have taken top billing in the Week 3 Big Central Media Poll.

Somerville earned the spot partly by virtue of being 3-1, with dominating performances in all three of its wins, but also because previously top-ranked North Brunswick was upset Friday by unranked Sayreville.

The ‘Ville got four of the six first-place votes, while Woodbridge finished third, despite getting the other two votes. In between was Union, which was idle this past week.

Below is the Week 3 Big Central Media Poll:

North Brunswick claims top spot in Big Central Media Poll, edging out Union in Week Two

A week ago, North Brunswick had three first place votes in the Big Central Week One Media Poll, while Union had just one.

But the voters that didn’t pick Union first had the Farmers higher than those who didn’t have the Raiders in the top spot, so Union took Number One.

In Week Two, the first place votes went the same way – with Somerville and Woodbridge each getting a nod – but a win over ranked Old Bridge on the road boosted the Raiders in the minds of voters, and this week, they earned the top spot with 52 points, two more than Union.

There was little other change in the poll. Hillsborough jumped over Phillipsburg following a 21-14 overtime home win over the Stateliners, while Edison and Watchung Hills both dropped out. Three teams – Bernards, Cranford and Linden – tied for tenth, with five other teams getting votes.

Below is the Week Two Big Central Media Poll:

22 Big Central football players named to NJFCA Super 100 Team

by Mike Pavlichko

The Big Central Conference – in its first year of existence – was responsible for nearly a quarter of the players selected to New Jersey Football Coaches Association’s Super 100 Team, which is chosen annually in December.

The selections for 2020 were announced on Twitter Monday night.

Nominations are made by coaches who are members of the NJFCA, and comittees of coaches make the final selections based on NJSIAA playoff sections. For this season, with no playoffs, the NJFCS simply divided the state into quadrants based on geographical Northing numbers.

Only seniors can be named to the Super 100 Team, and those getting full scholarships to play football collegiately are automatically selected, according to NJFCA Commissioner John Jacob.

Cookie Desiderio and A.J. Pena of Somerville – Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Big Central Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively – were among the 12 players selected in the Central section.

CJSR’s Mr. Versatility Ali Lee Jr. of Woodbridge also was selected, along with teammate Jordan Harris.

Rounding out the Central section were Austin Scott (South Plainfield), Majid Howard-Baker (South Brunswick), Omar Shehabeldin (North Brunswick), Dylan McFadden (Montgomery), Kyle DeGraw (Monroe, Keyshawn Dixon (JFK), Longevity Award winner Sean Levonaitis (Hillsborough) and Zach Zebro (East Brunswick).

There were ten players selected in the North 2 section, headlined by Rutgers-bound Desmond Igbinosun of Union, along with his teammate Diante Wilson.

Others included Shawn Martin (Scotch Plains-Fanwood), Andrew Taddeo (Ridge), Matt Quetel (Phillipsburg), Chad Martini and James Coslet (Watchung Hills), Omakus Langley II (Hillside) and Bruce Myers (Bridgewater-Raritan).

Each year, the Super 100 Team is honored with a dinner in the Spring, but whether that will happen in person or virtually – due to COVID-19 protocols – has not yet been determined.

Week 3 Media Poll finds Barrons in the top spot again

A week two win kept Woodbridge atop the Big Central Media Poll this week, although the Barrons still were not a unanimous selection. They got four first-place votes for the second week in a row, while Phillipsburg – just like last week – got the other two. The Barrons are 2-0, while the Stateliners are 3-0.

The top four positions in the survey were unchanged, with Somerville and St. Joseph-Metuchen holding in third and fourth, respectively.

Ridge and Bridgewater-Raritan joined the rankings this week, replacing Union and Hillsborough, both of which suffered their second losses of the season in Week 3.

Woodbridge holds on to top spot in CJ Sports Radio Top Ten

A 2-0 start has kept the Woodbridge Barrons atop the Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten for Week 3 of the high school football season.

Woodbridge cruised to a 41-19 win over Scotch Plains-Fanwood in their Week 3 game.

It was a week of stability, as the top six teams all held their ground while North Brunswick and Old Bridge each moved up a spot.

Two teams dropped out after suffering their second loss of the season: Hillsborough and Union. Ridge and undefeated Cranford took their places.