Here's a closer look at five games as the 2013 football season kicks off Thursday night.
Washington Township at Eastern, 6 p.m. The Minutemen defense has been tough on the Vikings offense in recent seasons. Washington Township will need another strong effort to contain Eastern senior quarterback Tom Flacco. Pick: Eastern, 24-14.
Lenape at Cherokee, 7. Lenape has started slow and finished fast the last two years. The Indians would like to flip half that script but face a tough challenge vs. the experienced Chiefs. Pick: Cherokee, 17-10.
Paul VI at Cherry Hill West, 7. The visiting Eagles bring a fast-paced offense featuring one of South Jersey's most promising juniors, wide receiver Irvin Charles. The Lions will counter with a defense led by safety Rodney Williams, a Syracuse recruit. Pick: Paul VI, 21-20.