The Shore Sports Network football staff of Kevin Williams, Matt Harmon, Ed Sarluca, Bob Badders and Scott Stump are back with their 2016 weekly picks in Shore Conference football action.

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Before we get to our picks, we wanted to put the anticipated Toms River North at Middletown South game under the microscope.  Check out what 'experts' have to say about our Game of the Week:

It’s odd that Middletown South is probably considered the underdog given they are the No. 1 team and at home but Toms River North has been on another level with its seemingly unstoppable offense. Most are probably picking the Mariners, but something tells me the Eagles will rise to the occasion as they have so many times and score the “upset.” Having two weeks to prepare is also huge for MS and defensive coordinator Al Bigos.

Classic high powered offense of Toms River North vs. Al Bigos' defense that has been the best in the shore for decades.

This is a total tossup game but I feel like the TRN offense is the best unit going into the game. They will have to try and get into a shootout to win which is what they’ve done when need to all season. Their concern is can the defense make some plays and in this game I think they will.

North just has so many weapons on offense that I think it’s hard for anyone to completely shut them down. Turnovers should be huge in this game because if one team can get ahead by double-digits with a score, a turnover and then another score, they can just match the other team touchdown for touchdown the rest of the way and get the win. No one has slowed down the Mariners all season so if the Eagles can frustrate them early, it will be interesting to see how they respond. It’s just really hard to keep a lid on so many players.

I have been back and forth all week on this one. A few weeks ago I would have said with confidence TR North but the Mariners defense has given up nearly 30ppg in their last four games and a lot of yardage. That of course has been masked by an incredible offense which you have to assume Midd South will slow down a bit with two weeks to prepare and defensive coordinator Al Bigos. However the X-Factor is North quarterback Mike Husni whose talent is matched by his toughness and will to win. I’m picking North in an instant classic but won’t be surprised if the Eagles walk away with a win.

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