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It was another split decision this past week on the football field at East Rutherford and Thomas Jefferson both won, while Chase and R-S Central suffered losses.

For those who are looking to see some Rutherford County high school football this Friday, you must travel...because nobody is at home this week!

East Rutherford

The Cavaliers are handling business well as they beat South Caldwell 47-7 last week. East Rutherford (3-0) has won by an average score of 43-8, but the competition is about to get much stiffer. We will talk about that in just a minute. Meanwhile, Demetrius Mauney ran 13 times for 225 yards and three touchdowns last week. Jordan Harris was also outstanding with 110 yards receiving and two touchdown catches.

"The big key was that we held South Caldwell after a long drive to open the game and that set the tone for the rest of the night," East Rutherford Head Football Coach Clint Bland said. "We have go to stay positive and it doesn't hurt that the hogs are doing their job on blocking as well as they have so far this season."

More impressively in what have seen so far is the Cavs on defense. They have all the parts and pieces to be extremely good as they are already solid on defense. Cade Hamilton (5 tackles, 9 assist last week) blew up a lot of plays last week and Jordan Harris had an interception and two pass deflections in the effort.

The Cavaliers head to Lawndale as they face heated rival Burns (0-2). Although, the Bulldogs are young, they are still athletic and are stationed in Cleveland County where football reigns. Kujauan Pryor leads the Burns offense.

Pick: East Rutherford

Thomas Jefferson

The Gryphons easily handled Chatham Central in a 44-12 win last week. Thomas Jefferson (3-0) continues to build every week, but I don't think we have seen their full potential yet.

Caleb Camp, Ethan Jackson and Sam Caffell are keeping the Gryphons defense honest. Nomi McMullens, Bill Lay and Max Robbins are doing the same on offense.

The Gryphons go on their first road trip of the season as they face Trinity Academy out of Gray, Tennessee.

Trinity (0-2) has already lost to a very good Mitchell team by 51 and it doesn't help that they have a limited roster. Trinity is a little more athletic than many would think, but the Gryphons should outlast them.

Pick: Thomas Jefferson

Chase

The Trojans were shutout by a very athletic and defensive Bessemer City last week, 35-0. It's Bessemer City's second shutout in three games.

The Trojans will hit the road to Flat Rock as they take on East Henderson (1-1). Chase (0-3) will have to eliminate giving up the big plays and making their own on the other side of the ball. They have committed eight turnovers as well in the last two weeks, so holding on to the football is key. The good news is that East Henderson has nobody that can stop Xaiver Williams.

Pick: Chase

R-S Central

The last two weeks, R-S Central's defense can't get off the field long enough to take control of games and have lost both. Against Polk, Central did a pretty good job on 1st and 2nd down on defense, but Polk converted three key third downs and three key fourth downs to keep Central offense on the sideline. Frank Parton, Liam Harris and Demarcus Johnson are doing a good job of making plays on defense though.

The Hilltoppers, who lost last week to Polk 35-14, will travel to Canton and play Pisgah. R-S Central (1-2) is a better football team than they have shown. They can move the ball, make some solid plays on defense, but they need more defensive stops and to create more turnovers. The Hilltoppers have also been plagued by penalties and young mistakes at times. Point blank, they have to get the run game going (had 134 yards rushing last week) and make defensive stops. They go to a hostile and historic environment in Pisgah (2-1), where the Bears don't lose very often. Tanner Wike (QB) and Eric Robinson (RB) lead the Black Bears. Central is good enough to win, but Pisgah seems to be a little more in sync right now.

Pick: Pisgah

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