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Football: New Top 10

Here's the new Top 10, as of Sunday, Sept. 18

Football: New Top 10

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Here's the new Top 10, as of Sunday, Sept. 18

1. Holy Spirit (1) 1-1
Donta Pollock has 436 rushing yards in the Spartans' first two games. This team now has a chip on its shoulder after forfeit loss to Oakcrest. That St. Joe's showdown is starting to come into focus. Next: at Bridgeton Friday at 7.

2. Cherokee (2) 2-0
Chiefs are living dangerously with two second-half comebacks for victory in first two weeks. How many times can you play with fire before you get burned? Big challenge this week against motivated team that has been itching to knock off the orange for years. Next: Home Friday at 7 vs. No. 9 Williamstown.

3. St. Joseph’s (3) 2-0
After winning first two games by 106-7 the Wildcats take a week off before hosting Holy Spirit in Game of the Year. Or Game of first half of the year, anyway. Is that an advantage? So hard to tell in high school football. If Andy Reid was the Wildcats' coach, I'd say yes. But not sure that would be a step up from the remarkable Paul Sacco (248-54-5). Next: Home Oct. 1 at noon vs. No.  1 Holy Spirit.

4. Moorestown (4) 2-0
The Quakers’ potent offense against Timber Creek’s ferocious defense will be a battle to behold on Friday night. It's a classic showdown. Will Andrew Lisa have time, and vision? A lot depends on that rebuilt Quakers' OL. Next: Home Friday at 7 vs. No. 7 Timber Creek.

5. Pennsauken (6) 2-0
The Indians have scored 83 points in their first two games. Manny Cortez is making an early push for first-team All-South Jersey quarterback. Next: Home Saturday at noon vs. Triton.

6. Hammonton (5) 2-0
Overbrook transfer Russell Forchion has four TDs in his first two games for the Blue Devils. I dropped this team a spot because I think Pennsauken has been more impressive. Big challenge this week against angry Oakcrest team. Next: At Oakcrest Friday at 7.

7. Timber Creek (8) 2-0
The Chargers might have the most physically imposing defense in South Jersey. You know the Chargers are something on defense when people who have seen them mention junior DLs Greg Webb and Dajuan Drennon before they get around to LB Quanzell Lambert, who is only being recruited by the likes of Alabama and Oklahoma. Next: At No. 4 Moorestown Friday at 7.

8. Shawnee (7) 1-1
Senior Kyle Wigley has rushed for five TDs in first two games and junior Robby D'Orio has been tough, too. This team is not explosive and might not be able to move the football through the air. But they are big, strong and won't make mistakes. I dropped them below Creek because of the Chargers' monster win over Delsea. But Shawnee isn't going anywhere. Next: Home Friday at 7 vs. Clearview.

9. Williamstown (NR) 2-0
Fullback John Chamberlain ran for three TDs in impressive victory over Lenape. I thought Lenape might surprise, but the Braves took care of business. Now comes Cherokee, a nemesis for Williamstown for the last few years. The Braves wanted the WJFL to get in a division with Cherokee to make this a regularly scheduled game. But it's only a real rivalry if Williamstown wins every once in a while. This might be the year. Next: At No. 2 Cherokee Friday at 7.

10. Haddonfield (10) 1-0
Chris Dengler ran for three TDs as the Bulldogs put 30 on the board in the first quarter of Friday’s 44-0 victory over Collingswood. They'll do something similar this Friday against Haddon Township. Then comes showdown with West Deptford. Next: Home Friday at 7 vs. Haddon Township.

Under Consideration (listed alphabetically): Camden Catholic (1-0), Millville (2-0), West Deptford (1-0).

-- Phil Anastasia

 

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Born and raised in South Jersey, Phil Anastasia prefers standing on the sidelines at high school football games on Friday nights to sitting in the press box at Eagles games on Sunday afternoons. He’s a graduate of Rowan University with a degree in English. Reach Phil at panastasia@phillynews.com.

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