Eight area teams advance on opening night of playoffs

The opening night of the state playoffs is in the books, and eight area teams are on the the next round, with five more looking to punch their tickets Saturday afternoon.

Friday night's results guaranteed at least one sectional final with an area team, as both Old Bridge and South Brunswick won in their half of the Central Jersey, Group 5 bracket.

Here are Friday night's results:

North Jersey, Section 2 - Group 5
#3 Bridgewater-Raritan
 def. #6 Watchung Hills 41-0

Central Jersey - Group 5
#1 Manalapan def. #8 Perth Amboy 42-0
#4 Freehold Twp. def. #5 North Brunswick 17-13
#2 South Brunswick def. #7 Hillsborough 42-7
#3 Old Bridge def. #6 Trenton 24-6

North Jersey, Section 2 - Group 4
#1 Phillipsburg def. #8 Millburn 48-14
#4 Irvington def. #5 Linden 16-13
#2 North Hunterdon def. #7 Orange 26-9
#6 Sayreville def. #3 Colonia 31-0

Central Jersey - Group 3
#1 Rumson-Fair Haven def. #8 Lawrence 35-6
#2 Somerville def. #7 Ewing 51-12

Central Jersey - Group 2
#1 Pt. Pleasant Boro def. #8 Raritan 41-12
#5 Manasquan def. #4 Clark 41-7
#7 Johnson Regional def. #6 Holmdel 34-6

Central Jersey - Group 1
#1 Burlington City def. #8 Asbury Park 28-6
#4 Middlesex def. #5 Shore 28-6
#7 Pt. Pleasant Beach def. #2 Manville 22-14
#3 Bound Brook def. #6 Florence 40-24

Non-Public - Group 2
#5 Immaculata def. #4 Hudson Catholic 10-6
#2 Holy Spirit def. #7 Gloucester Catholic 34-14

Play continues Saturday with five area teams in action, all kicking off at 1 pm:

N2-5:  #8 Ridge at #1 Westfield
N2-5:  #7 Bayonne at #2 Piscataway
CJ-3:  #6 Carteret
at #3 Monmouth Regional
CJ-1:  #7 Hillside at #2 South River
NP-4: 
#6 Paramus Catholic at #3 St. Joseph-Metuchen

Tune in Saturday afternoon around 4:00 (right after the Rutgers-Penn State game) for a complete recap of the opening round of the playoffs, and a look ahead at next week's semifinals!