Football: Timber Creek beats Camden Catholic


By Phil Anastasia

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On a September night that felt like October, Timber Creek looked to be in December form.

Dan Williams attributed that to April and May.

"You work hard in April and May, then you're ready to ball out in September," Williams said after leading visiting Timber Creek to a 34-7 victory over Camden Catholic in the West Jersey Football League Constitution Division opener for both teams on Friday night.

Williams (pictured), a senior quarterback who passed for five touchdowns in last season's South Jersey Group 4 title game, picked up where he left off last December with a sensational performance: 22-for-28 passing for 279 yards and three touchdowns.

Williams' favorite target was senior wide receiver Adonis Jennings, who caught 10 passes for 155 yards and three touchdowns.

"We still have a lot of work to do," said Jennings, a Rutgers recruit. "This is a good start but we have to improve as we move along this season."

Timber Creek, the No. 1 team in The Inquirer Top 25, is a two-time South Jersey sectional champion that has overwhelmed the opposition the last two Decembers.

The Chargers looked in late-season form, with Williams directing a spread, no-huddle attack that featured the 6-3 Jennings as well as 6-3 sophomore wide receiver Cameron Chambers (five catches, 52 yards) and senior running back Isaiah Austin (two rushing touchdowns).

Timber Creek coach Rob Hinson was disappointed that his team allowed Camden Catholic junior Jahier Franklin to return the second-half kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and also failed to convert a fourth-and-three play.

"I thought we were terrible," Hinson said. "We didn't execute."

Timber Creek got a strong defensive effort led by junior cornerback Kareem Ali, senior safety Justice Davila and junior linebacker Daren Sherif, who spent much of the game in Camden Catholic's backfield.

The Irish got some good work from sophomore quarterback Tyree Rodgers and sophomore running back Benny Walls, both of whom made big plays, and a strong defensive game from senior cornerback Ryan Ziegler.

But Camden Catholic had trouble matching up with the speedy and physical Jennings, who broke tackles on both of his first two touchdowns, then raced behind the coverage on the third.

"Adonis is the best receiver in the state," Hinson said. "I expect him to do that."

Timber Creek 7 14 7 6 -- 34

Camden Catholic 0 0 7 0 -- 7

TC: Adonis Jennings 19 pass from Dan Williams (Justin Gonzalez kick)
TC: Isaiah Austin 6 run (Gonzalez kick)
TC: Jennings 25 pass from Williams (Gonzalez kick)
CC: Jahier Frankin 85 kickoffn return (Everett Minchew kick)
TC: Jennings 44 pass from Williams (Gonzalez kick)
TC: Austin 8 run (kick failed)

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