Linden, Cranford, Summit, Roselle will host sectional semifinals; All are 1 win away from playing for a championship

Seniors Dolbrice, Zanelli become their school's all-time leading rusher

PHOTO BY JR PARACHINI - Linden, Cranford, Summit and Roselle are one home win away from playing for a state championship.
PHOTO BY JR PARACHINI – Linden, Cranford, Summit and Roselle are one home win away from playing for a state championship.

For the first time in awhile, four Union County football teams are one home win away from playing for championships.

Those schools will be Linden and Cranford on Nov. 21 and Summit and Roselle on Nov. 22.

All total, six Union County teams are still alive and playing in sectional semifinals, including Westfield on Nov. 21 and Elizabeth Nov. 22, both of them on the road.

Here’s a look at the sectional semifinal matchups involving the six Union County schools still alive:

FRIDAY, NOV. 21 SEMIFINALS

North 2, Group 5

4-Westfield (6-3) at 1-Linden (8-1), 7 p.m.

North 2, Group 3

5-West Essex (6-4) at 1-Cranford (10-0), 7 p.m.

SATURDAY, NOV. 22 SEMIFINALS

North 2, Group 5

3-Elizabeth (8-2) at 2-Piscataway (8-1), 1 p.m.

North 2, Group 3

3-Parsippany Hills (8-2) at 2-Summit (9-1), 1 p.m.

Central Jersey, Group 2

5-Delaware Valley (6-3) at 1-Roselle (7-2), 1 p.m.

Linden defeated Westfield at home 15-14 in overtime on Oct. 2.

Roselle won at Delaware Valley 34-29 on Oct. 3.

Elizabeth lost to Piscataway in the 2011 North 2, Group 4 final at Rutgers and then the next year came back in the last minute to defeat the Chiefs in the first North 2, Group 5 final, contested at Kean University in 2012.

Linden and Piscataway lost on the road in last year’s North 2, Group 5 semifinals, Linden at eventual champion Ridge and Piscataway at Union.

Summit defeated Parsippany Hills in the North 2, Group 3 playoffs the last two seasons, at home in the semifinals in 2012 and at Kean in the final in 2013.

On Friday night, Linden senior Juwan Dolbrice became his school’s all-time leading rusher, reaching 2,795 yards.

On Saturday afternoon, Summit senior Chris Zanelli became his school’s all-time leading rusher, surpassing the record of 3,221 yards set by 2013 graduate AJ Iarussi.

 

UNION COUNTY

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

 

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE:

NJSIAA PLAYOFFS

Friday, Nov. 21 (2 games)

North 2, Group 5

Westfield at Linden, 7 p.m.

North 2, Group 3

West Essex at Cranford, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 22 (3 games)

North 2, Group 5

Elizabeth at Piscataway, 1 p.m.

North 2, Group 3

Parsippany Hills at Summit, 1 p.m.

Central Jersey, Group 2

Delaware Valley at Roselle, 1 p.m.

 

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS:

NJSIAA PLAYOFFS

Friday, Nov. 14 (6 games)

North 2, Group 5

Linden 39, North Hunterdon 17

Elizabeth 37, Barringer 6

North 2, Group 4

Colonia 48, Scotch Plains 13

North 2, Group 3

Cranford 46, North Plainfield 6

North 2, Group 1

Belvidere 19, Brearley 8

Central Jersey, Group 2

Rumson-Fair Haven 35, Johnson 7

Saturday, Nov. 15 (4 games)

North 2, Group 5

Westfield 24, Bridgewater-Raritan 14

North 2, Group 3

Summit 29, Morris Hills 17

North 2, Group 1

Shabazz 39, New Providence 10

Central Jersey, Group 2

Roselle 26, Lakewood 8

CONSOLATIONS:

Thursday, Nov. 13 (5 games)

Union 41, Columbia 21

Plainfield 40, Belleville 2

Gov. Livingston 35, Palisades Park 14

Roselle Park 48, North Arlington 0

Dayton 38, Newark Collegiate 12

Saturday, Nov. 15 (2 games)

Ewing 14, Rahway 7

Pemberton 20, Hillside 12

 

THIS WEEK’S PICKS (5):

Linden over Westfield

Cranford over West Essex

Elizabeth over Piscataway

Summit over Parsippany Hills

Roselle over Delaware Valley

Best bet: Cranford

Upset special: Elizabeth

Last week: 13-4

This year: 95-33 (.742)

Best bets: 10-0

Upset specials: 5-5

 

JR’s

UNION COUNTY TOP 10:

1-Cranford (10-0)

2-Elizabeth (8-2)

3-Linden (8-1)

4-Summit (9-1)

5-Roselle (7-2)

6-Westfield (6-3)

7-New Providence (6-3)

8-Brearley (5-4-1)

9-Johnson (4-5)

10-Union (3-6)

Others: Gov. Livingston (4-5),

Roselle Park (4-5), Dayton (4-6),

Scotch Plains (3-7), Hillside (2-8),

Rahway (1-8), Plainfield (1-8).

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