Final prediction: Cherokee over Eastern. The Chiefs beat the Vikings, 28-21, on Oct. 25 and are playing with supreme confidence.
South Jersey Group 4
Field: 1. Timber Creek. 2. Toms River South. 3. Hammonton. 4. Kingsway. 5. Lacey. 6. Shawnee. 7. Moorestown. 8. Cherry Hill West.
Defendingchampion: Timber Creek.
Dark horse: Kingsway. The Dragons hit their stride in a 41-22 win over Williamstown Friday and will enter the tournament with a ton of momentum.
Player to watch: Timber Creek senior quarterback Dan Williams. He led the Chargers to the title last season.
Final prediction: Timber Creek over Toms River South. The Chargers have a knack for playing their best football at this time of the season.
South Jersey Group 3
Field: 1. Manasquan. 2. Northern Burlington. 3. Barnegat. 4. Delsea. 5. Central. 6. Pemberton. 7. Highland. 8. Wall.
Defending champion: Delsea.
Dark horse: Northern Burlington. The Greyhounds have wins over Burlington Township and Rancocas Valley and feature an explosive back in senior Kenyatta Greene.
Player to watch: Delsea senior running back Isaiah Spencer. He has 10 touchdowns in the last three games.
Final prediction: Delsea over Northern Burlington. The Crusaders have won five in a row by a combined score of 202-14.
South Jersey Group 2
Field: 1. Camden. 2. Woodstown. 3. Cinnaminson. 4. West Deptford. 5. Haddonfield. 6. Bridgeton. 7. Sterling. 8. Cedar Creek.
Defending champion: West Deptford.
Dark horse: Haddonfield. The Bulldogs have a loaded junior class, and senior quarterback Mike McLaughlin is playing the best football of his career.
Player to watch: Camden junior quarterback Khalil Williams. He has 22 touchdown passes and also is a dangerous runner.
Final prediction: West Deptford over Woodstown. Senior fullback Gerald Owens has scored eight touchdowns in two championship games at Rowan.
South Jersey Group 1
Field: 1. Pennsville. 2. Penns Grove. 3. Schalick. 4. Paulsboro. 5. Glassboro. 6. Salem. 7. Woodbury. 8. Gloucester.
Defending champion: Penns Grove.
Dark horse: Paulsboro. The Red Raiders play solid defense and have a top running back in junior De'Shaun Burgess.
Player to watch: Pennsville senior quarterback Dylan Cummings. He is South Jersey's all-time leader in career passing yards and all-purpose yards.
Final prediction: Pennsville over Penns Grove. The Eagles and Red Devils will play Thanksgiving eve and could meet again 10 days later.
Central Jersey Group 2
Field: 1. Rumson. 2. Weequahic. 3. Delran. 4. Rahway. 5. Spotswood. 6. Lakewood. 7. Delaware Valley. 8. Bordentown.
Defending champion: Carteret.
Dark horse: Delran. The Bears have won seven in a row.
Players to watch: Delran senior backs Mark Jukic and German Mendoza. They form an inside-outside combination.
Final prediction: Weequahic over Rumson.
Central Jersey Group 1
Field: 1. Shore. 2. South Hunterdon. 3. Pt. Pleasant Beach. 4. South River. 5. Asbury Park. 6. Florence. 7. Burlington City. 8. Palmyra.
Defending champion: Florence.
Dark horse: Florence.
Player to watch: Burlington City junior quarterback Ryan Daniels. He's a run-pass threat.
Final prediction: Shore over South Hunterdon.
Non-Public Group 4
Field: 1. Paramus Catholic. 2. St. Peter's. 3. St. Joe Metuchen. 4. Don Bosco. 5. Seton Hall. 6. St. Augustine. 7. Paul VI. 8. Notre Dame.
Defending champion: Paramus Catholic.
Dark horse: Don Bosco.
Player to watch: St. Augustine senior wide receiver Austin Francisco. He has 10 touchdown catches.
Final prediction: Paramus Catholic over St. Peter's.
Non-Public Group 2
Field: 1. Holy Spirit. 2. DePaul. 3. Holy Cross. 4. Camden Catholic. 5. Bishop Eustace. 6. Hudson Catholic, 7. Gloucester Catholic. 8. Pingry.
Defending champion: Holy Spirit.
Dark horse: None.
Player to watch: Holy Spirit senior defensive tackle Ray Ellis. He spends a lot of time in opposing backfields.
Final prediction: Holy Spirit over DePaul. The Spartans have a history of upsetting highly touted North Jersey teams in December.
Non-Public Group 1
Field: 1. St. Joseph. 2-7: Everybody else.
Defending champion: St. Joseph.
Dark horse: None.
Player to watch: St. Joseph sophomore all-purpose Salaam Horne. He has four punt returns for touchdowns.
Final prediction: St. Joseph over St. Mary. The Wildcats have outscored the Gaels, 127-0, in the last three title games.