Football: 10 Games to Watch
Football: 10 Games to Watch
Here's an early look at 10 games to watch this weekend in South Jersey football:
Friday at 7
No. 7 Moorestown (2-0) at No. 2 Camden Catholic (2-0): The Quakers have beaten two sturdy teams in Seneca and then-No. 6 Delsea but face a tough challenge in the Irish. A guy who used to work with CC coach Gil Brooks says he and his staff will be in the office until midnight this week watching film of of Moorestown's no-huddle spread. CC's solid LBs, led by Temple-bound Jarred Alwan, and young secondary must contain Moorestown's playmakers, Tyreek Robinson, Anthony Bonett and Sidney Ruffin. Moorestown defense has to stand up to CC's bruising ground game.
No. 5 Hammonton (2-0) at Egg Harbor Twp. (1-1): Hammonton coach Pete Lancetta goes for 200th career win. His buddy, West Deptford's Clyde Folsom, got his 200th last week. EHT will be dangerous. Eagles were shocked by AC last week and will be desperate not to fall to 1-2. That's a talented team led by Rutgers-bound DE Eric Wiafe, who scored a TD on a return last week. Hammonton is a solid squad but one of these weeks the Blue Devils are going to miss junior WR/DB/K Alex Padovani, out for another 7-8 weeks with a leg injury.
Delran (2-0) at Bordentown (2-0): The Bears are off to a great start with victories over cross-town rival Holy Cross and recent nemesis Willingboro. They can go to 3-0 overall and take the high ground in the WJFL Liberty Division. Seniors Justin McFadden and Khalil Thomas lead the way. Bordentown has been explosive, as soph RB Jahmire Van Kline has 331 rushing yards.
No. 4 Williamstown (2-0) at Cherokee (1-1): The Braves beat the Chiefs last year and are favored to do it again. Williamstown coming off stunning 39-0 victory over then-No. 7 Shawnee, believed to be Shawnee's worst loss since they fell by the same score in the first game in the history of the program in 1970. Williamstown juniors John Chamberlin and Marques Little might be best 1-2 running back combo in SJ, and that's a serious LB corps for the Braves, too. Cherokee might be a year away but it would be a mistake to count out the Chiefs under coach PJ Mehigan and his staff.
Sterling (2-0) at Haddonfield (1-1): Sterling coach Clint Wiley said this summer that his emerging team needed a signature victory over a Colonial Conference power. That happened last week in a win over Paulsboro. Now the Silver Knights get a chance to add another one against a young Haddonfield team. Senior RB/LB Khalil Howard leads Sterling. Haddonfield probably gained some confidence in a big win over Lindenwold last week. The Bulldogs always are tough at home.
Glassboro (0-1) at Woodstown (2-0): Bulldogs have been sitting home since losing opener to Penns Grove. Senior RB Corey Clement, a Pitt recruit, leads the way. Woodstown has a top back of its own in Rashar Gray, who has 359 yards on 27 carries as the Wolverines have opened by outscoring two opponents by 80-0. Glassboro is going to be pretty desperate not to open 0-2.
No. 1 St. Joseph (2-0) at Millville (2-0): The Wildcats take to the road after winning two close games at home. SJ is coming off dramatic 7-0 win over Holy Spirit, courtesy of Anthony Giagunto's 22-yard TD pass to Miles Pease with just 0:15 on the clock in the fourth quarter. Millville was supposed to be rebuilding after going 11-1 last season. But the Thunderbolts have a top all-purpose player in senior Rashon Sorrell, a top DL in junior Antoine White (who has a Rutgers offer) and an emerging star in soph RB Rob Ennis.
No. 6 Triton (2-0) at Shawnee (1-1): The Mustangs could be walking into an ambush as the Renegades likely will be geared up to try to erase some of the sting of that loss to Williamstown. Triton's defense has been solid, led by DE Isaiah Baylor and LBs Chance Negri and Artie Flemming. The Mustangs D will be challenged by a versatile Renegades attack led by RB Rob DiOrio and QB Andrew Bertolino as well as WR Zach McHale. Triton RB Josh Woods is a game-breaker with 319 yards on 47 carries so far.
Paul VI (2-0) at Seneca (1-1): This is a WJFL Constitution Division clash between two teams trying to turn things around after difficult 2011 seasons. PVI has a big-time playmaker in Temple-bound Zach Grant. Seneca RB Joe Pawlowski is third in SJ in rushing yards with 363 on 39 carries.
Saturday at 1
No. 9 West Deptford (2-0) at Haddon Heights (2-0): This is a Colonial Liberty clash of SJ Group 2 contenders. WD is team to beat in the division and the group. The Eagles have a potent 1-2 punch at RB in junior FB Gerald Owens and senior HB Josh Cornelius. HH defense will be hard-pressed to shut down WD's Wing T with those two guys. HH could move the ball with QB Dante Pinckney operating no-huddle spread with playmakers such as RB Brandon Joyner and WR's Kenny Lewis and Kashif Miller.
-- Phil Anastasia