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Football: SJ's top RBs

Football: SJ's top RBs

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Here's a look at some of the top returning backs in South Jersey:

* Corey Clement, senior, Glassboro: He set the South Jersey single-season record with 2,510 yards in 2011 and scored 36 touchdowns. He’s committed to Pitt. Tough back with uncanny vision. Not a pure breakaway threat but more of a Ray Rice or Emmitt Smith kind of back -- all vision, balance and patience. Needs around 1,400 yards to break all-time SJ career mark (5,380) set by Ocean City's Kevin Sinclair in 1996


* Zaire Williams, senior, Timber Creek: He ran for 1,621 yards and 28 touchdowns last season at Cherokee. He’s committed to West Virginia. Hard-nosed downhill runner. Has volunteered to play some FB in sets with Khalil Pierce at RB.


* Josh Woods, senior, Triton: He ran for 899 yards in the first five games of last season. He sat out the final five games with a knee injury. Great burst if he's got that extra gear after his knee injury. Was on his way to sensational season as a junior.

* Gerald Towns-Owens, junior, West Deptford: He ran for 1,564 yards and 27 touchdowns last season. He scored three touchdowns in South Jersey Group 2 title game. Ideal FB in West Deptford's Wing T offense. A freight train in the open field.

* Marlin Finley, senior, Pennsauken: He was a first-team all-conference selection as a sophomore in 2010, running for 755 yards and six touchdowns. An RB on a mission after missing last season. Should get the football 20-25 times a game.

* Ben Boyer, junior, Gloucester: He ran for 1,865 yards and 23 touchdowns. He and the Lions should make hay in the WJFL Classic this season.

* Rob DiOrio, senior, Shawnee: He ran for 755 yards and nine touchdowns. Tough, speedy back in the mold of his dad, former Cherokee great by the same name.

* Tom Donnelly, senior, Cinnaminson: He ran for 1,157 yards and 12 touchdowns. Strong, shifty.

* Marques Little, junior, Williamstown: He ran for 1,025 yards and 12 touchdowns. He’s a break-away threat who is one of South Jersey’s top recruits in the class of 2014 as a defensive back.


* John Chamberlin, junior, Williamstown: He ran for 797 yards and 18 touchdowns. Great balance, nose for the end zone. Big game last season against Cherokee.


* Wesley Hills, senior, Wildwood: He ran for 1,294 yards and 12 touchdowns. One of the Shore's best athletes.

* Kahleil Chisolm, junior, Audubon: He burst on Colonial Conference scene with 1,069 yards as a sophomore. Could be poised for big junior season.

* Joe Pawlowski, senior, Seneca: He ran for 990 yards and 15 touchdowns. Combines with Alec Flexon to give Golden Eagles' top 1-2 punch at halfback in Wing T offense.

* Curtis Thompson, junior, Florence: He ran for 814 yards and 11 touchdowns and also is a top defensive end.


* Tyrone Saud, senior, Delsea: He ran for 578 yards with a 9.3-yard average and scored 13 touchdowns. Good receiver. Determined to led Crusaders to bounce-back season.

* Dimere Turner, senior, Paulsboro: He ran for 961 yards and scored 14 touchdowns. Will operate behind top OL. Could have monster season.

* Ray Lawry, junior, Kingsway: He had three-touchdown games against Deptford and Highland. He's a top athlete who also excels on basketball court. Possible D-1 recruit.


* David Williams, senior, Hammonton: He ran for 939 yards and 13 touchdowns. Should flourish behind one of South Jersey's best OLs.

* DeHahn Milledge, junior, Cumberland: He ran for 961 yards and eight touchdowns. Remember the name. Could be another Andrew Pierce.


-- 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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