GMC Gridiron Game Capsules–Week Twelve–Thanksgiving Eve

Two GMC Games on Tap for Thanksgiving Eve

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ–On Thanksgiving, there will be a number of games involving GMC teams on tap.  Action actually begins on Tuesday night with a game between St. Joseph’s and Bishop Ahr in North Edison.  This game was scheduled to be played on Thanksgiving Eve, but a pending snowstorm forced the game to be pushed up a day.  The other contest, is a much older rivalry in Middlesex County as Metuchen pays a visit to Highland Park.  Below are game capsules on these two games:

St. Joseph’s (3-6) at Bishop Ahr (4-5)–For the first time in the brief history of this rivalry, the two teams will play on Thanksgiving Week.  The game was originally scheduled to be played on Wednesday night (Thanksgiving Eve), but was moved up thanks to a coastal storm developing that is expected to bring a mixed bag of precipitation including snow.  Middlesex County is currently under a Winter Storm Watch for 3 to 6 inches of snow.  The Falcons will be hoping to finish on a positive note after losing to Notre Dame (27-3) in the Non-Public Group IV consolation in Lawrenceville on November 15th.  Bishop Ahr has a chance to end up at .500 after winning its NJSIAA consolation game against Eastern (20-10) on November 13th.  The Falcons have defeated two opponents in J.F. Kennedy (14-0) and Perth Amboy (42-14) that defeated BGA.  Both teams played Woodbridge tough with Ahr winning, 19-18 while Joes lost 14-7.  David Holder and Javon Hicks are talented and athletic QBs for the Trojans and Falcons respectively.  BGA also has Tim Thomas, Marcus Trotman, and Tommy Galante while Joes has the likes of Joe Papa and Nick Krimin.  St. Joseph’s has won the first two meetings between these schools, and gets our nod for a close win.  Prediction:  St. Joseph’s wins, 17-13.

Metuchen (5-4) at Highland Park (1-8)–The Owls will be looking to salvage its season by winning its last two games while Metuchen will look to rebound after losing to South Hunterdon (21-0) in the opening round of the 2014 Central Jersey Group I playoffs.  Highland Park won its first game of the season in a Group I consolation over Wallington of Bergen County by the score of 15-12.  The Owls have lost to three teams in Keansburg (22-20), South River (20-7), and Middlesex (27-12) that Metuchen defeated by a combined score of 78-8.  The Bulldogs are led by the QB tandem of Trevor Firgau and Jake Leibovits.  Metuchen also has solid athletes at the skilled positions in RB Danny Briggs, WR Evan Collier, and TE Devin Miller, who also anchors a solid defense at DE.  WRs Tyler Valovcin and Shamar Serieux and RBs Josh Hall and Pete Dimeglio are also capable of making big plays for the Dawgs.  Highland Park is led by QB Ryan O’Shea and RB Nasir Boykins as well as Dylan Boynton, who stands out on offense and defense, and Justin Simms.  The Owls, which have dominated this rivalry over the years, have a tall order in front of them in a Metuchen squad that has continued to improve this season.  Prediction:  Metuchen wins, 42-8.

Due to the change of schedule for the St. Joseph’s and Bishop Ahr game, GMC Gridiron will be covering the Thanksgiving Eve contest between Metuchen and Highland Park.  Then, on Thanksgiving Day, we will continue with a GMC Blue theme with a Turkey Day contest between Middlesex and Dunellen from Columbia Park in Dunellen.