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Football: WJFL re-alignment

Projected 2012 powers Timber Creek and Camden Catholic will be in the same division in a re-aligned West Jersey Football League.

Football: WJFL re-alignment

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Projected 2012 powers Timber Creek and Camden Catholic will be in the same division in a re-aligned West Jersey Football League.


The Chargers, who went 12-0 last season and won the South Jersey Group 3 title, and the Irish, who went 10-1 and reached the Non-Public 2 state title game, will be members of the Constitution Division along with Moorestown, Cherry Hill West, Paul VI and Seneca.


The re-alignment for the 2012 and 2013 seasons eliminates the Independence and Capitol divisions and creates 10, six-team divisions and one, five-team division.


Cherry Hill East jumps from the National to become the sixth team in the American, while Kingsway and Triton move from the Royal to the National.


“I like the idea of having more teams,” said Pennsauken coach Clinton Tabb, whose team went 11-1 last season and won WJFL National title as well as the South Jersey Group 4 title. “We’ve never played Kingsway.”


Triton coach Pete Goetz said it’s “pick your poison,” in a new division with perennial powers such as Pennsauken and Shawnee.


The re-constituted Royal includes just two teams that were in the division last season in Delsea and Cumberland, and adds former Independence members Woodrow Wilson, Camden, Deptford and Bishop Eustace.

The Diamond has a new look as former Royal member Highland and former Independence member Gloucester Catholic will join with Glassboro, the South Jersey Group 1 champion, along with Penns Grove, Schalick and Woodstown.


To make room for Highland and Gloucester Catholic, Gloucester moves down from the Diamond to the Classic to join with South Jersey Group 1 runner-up Pennsville as well as Clayton, Pitman, Salem and Wildwood.


There’s a revamped Patriot with holdovers Willingboro and Burlington Township and four new teams – Northern Burlington, Pemberton, Lawrence and Princeton.


Former Patriot teams Cinnaminson, Holy Cross and Delran have moved to the Liberty in a division with Bordentown, Robbinsville and Ewing.


Florence, the Central Jersey Group 1 runner-up, moves out of the Liberty and into the Freedom with Burlington City, Maple Shade, Palmyra, Riverside and New Egypt.


The league is still working to finalize cross-over games for the 2012-13 scheduling cycle, with a goal of maintaining Thanksgiving weekend rivalries and other traditional battles.


Timber Creek’s addition to the Constitution could create some strong competition as the Chargers are projected to be a Top 5 team next season with top returning players such as Greg Webb, Dajaun Drennon, Myles Nash and Eric Church.


The division will include burgeoning power Camden Catholic, which should be led by Jarred Alwan as well as Tom Wescott, Jeff Miller, Sean Collins and Will Jackson.


Moorestown should have a top offense featuring Drew Pederson, Sidney Ruffin and Anthony Bonnet, while Paul VI, Seneca and Cherry Hill West are all expected to be improved next season.


“Tough conference,” Timber Creek coach Rob Hinson said.

Here's the division set-up for 2012-13:

AMERICAN
Cherry Hill East
Cherokee
Eastern
Lenape
Washington Twp.
Williamstown

NATIONAL
Kingsway
Triton
Pennsauken
Clearview
Winslow
Shawnee

CONSTITUTION
Cherry Hill West
Moorestown
Seneca
Paul VI
Camden Catholic
Timber Creek

ROYAL
Woodrow Wilson
Delsea
Cumberland
Bishop Eustace
Deptford
Camden

DIAMOND
Highland
Gloucester Catholic
Glassboro
Penns Grove
Schalick
Woodstown

CLASSIC
Clayton
Pennsville
Gloucester
Pitman
Salem
Wildwood

FREEDOM
Burlington City
Maple Shade
Palmyra
Riverside
New Egypt
Florence

LIBERTY
Bordentown
Robbinsville
Ewing
Delran
Holy Cross
Cinnaminson

PATRIOT
Willingboro
Pemberton
Lawrence
Princeton
Northern Burlington
Burlington Twp.

VALLEY
Hopewell
Hamilton West
Allentown
Highstown
Nottingham
Steinert

COLONIAL
Rancocas Valley
Notre Dame
Trenton
West Windsor North
West Windsor South

-- 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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