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This Week in the Big Central – Episode 7: The Midway Point

Half the regular season is in the books in high school football across New Jersey, and we talk about it on Episode 7 of “This Week in the Big Central,” driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland!

Mike Pavlichko starts the show with a look at the playoff standings – interrupted by a mild rant on the state’s multiplier formula for power points.

Then, it’s a look at the Bellamy & Son Paving Player of the Week, South Brunswick’s Khiri Summers, who had three receiving touchdowns on offense, and two interceptions on defense, against Monroe.

Mike and Dom Savino wrap it up with a look at the Week 6 slate, including some playoff implications.

Kurdyla’s two TD passes help Bridgewater-Raritan stun No. 9 Phillipsburg, 17-7

A week after losing a big rivalry game to 3rd-ranked Hillsborough, Bridgewater-Raritan got right back on the horse.

In a big way.

Friday night, they knocked off No. 9 Phillipsburg 17-7 at Maloney Stadium.

The Panthers (3-2) got out to a 7-0 lead on Brady Kurdyla’s first touchdown of the game, a nine yard strike to Dylan Corsi late in the second quarter, but the Stateliners tied it with less than a half-minute to go.

Knock ’em down, they get right back up.

Bridgewater-Raritan proceeded to pitch a shutout the second half, and won the game with two fourth quarter scores: another connection – this one for 22 yards with 10:02 to play, and an 18-yard field goal for insurance by Sam Valeira with 2:32 left.

Phillipsburg (2-3) had not been shutout in a second half at home since a 2019 playoff semifinal loss to Wayne Valley, 7-0. The last league opponent (Big Central or Skyland) to shut the Liners out at Maloney was Hunterdon Central, in a 14-12 loss in September 2017. The Liners had led 14-0 at the half.

Click below to hear postgame reaction from Mike Pavlichko as the victorious Panthers got off the bus upon their return to Bridgewater:

Bridgewater-Raritan senior QB Brady Kurdyla

Bridgewater-Raritan head coach Scott Bray

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.