Football: Folsom on verge of 200

 

West Deptford's Clyde Folsom is on the verge of a remarkable coaching milestone.

But there's a pretty good team -- and a great player -- in his way.

Folsom will become just the seventh football coach to win 200 games in South Jersey if West Deptford defeats Woodbury in a Colonial Conference inter-division clash Friday night on the Eagles' home field.

But Woodbury isn't likely to be a pushover for West Deptford. The Thundering Herd are 1-0 and feature quarterback/defensive back/kick returner Anthony Averett, an Alabama recruit.

Averett ran for one touchdown, returned a punt for another and passed for another in a 42-7 victory over Collingswood last weekend in the season opener.

West Deptford also is 1-0. The Eagles opened with a 56-8 victory over Lindenwold on Monday night in a game that was postponed from Saturday night because of inclement weather.

Folsom is 199-66-5 in his 22nd season at West Deptford after five previous seasons at Bishop Eustace.

The list of South Jersey coaches who have 200 wins include active coaches Joe Frappolli of Florence (265-115-5), Paul Sacco of St. Joseph (257-54-5) and Glenn Howard of Paulsboro (233-44) along with former coaches John Oberg of Delsea (230-67-16), Skeets Irvine of Collingswood (223-57-16) and Tom Brown of Paulsboro/Washington Twp. (216-70-5).

Two other South Jersey coaches are on the verge of 200 wins. Hammonton's Pete Lancetta is 198-52-2 and Shawnee's Tim Gushue is 196-93-6.

No. 5 Hammonton (1-0) is home vs. Oakcrest Friday night. Lancetta could get his 200th Sept. 21 at Egg Harbor Township.

No. 7 Shawnee (1-0) is at No. 4 Williamstown (1-0) on Friday night.

No. 10 West Deptford is the defending SJ Group 2 champion. The Eagles have won five SJ 2 titles in the last 10 seasons.

-- Phil Anastasia

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