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Football: 13 Games to Watch with predictions

By Phil Anastasia

Football: 13 Games to Watch with predictions

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By Phil Anastasia

Here's a closer look at baker's dozen of  Week Two games in South Jersey football:

Friday at 7

-- No. 9 Eastern (1-0) at No. 1 Timber Creek (1-0): The Vikings' dual-threat senior quarterback, Tom Flacco (pictured), will try to play like Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel with Timber Creek in the role of Alabama. Flacco and the Vikings are coming off a confidence-boosting, 63-19 victory over Washington Twp. in the opener. TC looked strong in a 34-7 win over Camden Catholic. One player to watch for TC: Junior DE Deron Sherif. He was a JV player last season and had a quiet summer, according to coach Rob Hinson. But he was all over the field against CC and will be a key to pressuring and containing Flacco.

The pick: Timber Creek, 27-17.

-- No. 2 Williamstown at No. 10 Shawnee (1-0):  The Braves are 7-2 against Lenape district teams since the creation of the West Jersey Football League in 2010. Williamstown beat Shawnee 39-0 last season. That win propelled the Braves to the best season in school history. It also might have taken a little starch out of Shawnee. But the Renegades get another shot, and at home in Medford. Shawnee is coming off a 25-19 win over Kingsway in which Anthony DiOrio ran for 183 yards behind a strong OL. Williamstown scored 67 in the opener against CH East with a big game from senior RB Eric Coney.

The pick: Williamstown, 24-14.

-- No. 25 Woodbury (1-0) at No. 12 Haddonfield (1-0): The Thundering Herd could rack up some serious power points with a victory over a Group 2 power. Woodbury beat Haddon Heights 41-0 in the opener. The Herd has some big-playmakers such as seniors Jeray Demby and Daevon Ayers, who could be tough to contain on the Bulldogs' new turf. Haddonfield is led by senior QB/DB Mike McLaughlin as well as two-way senior lineman Pat Porter.

The pick: Haddonfield, 23-20.

-- No. 17 Moorestown (1-0) at No. 14 Delsea (0-1): The Crusaders' Rob Rolle and the Quakers' Tyreek Robinson are two of the faster quarterbacks in South Jersey. Moorestown's defense looked stout in a 7-0 win over Seneca in the opener. Senior LB Shayne Lawless will be a key against Delsea's Wing T attack. Delsea will be highly motivated after falling 38-29 to Camden in the opener. The Crusaders sure don't want to start 0-2.

The pick: Delsea, 27-24.

-- No. 21 Burlington Township (1-0) at Holy Cross (1-0): The Lancers' Brandon Simmons and the Falcons' Khalil Trotman both could pass for 250 yards. This could be a shootout, especially in good weather. Watch out for BT's multi-purpose standout Jahseim Rover. He's healthy and could be set for a big senior season.

The pick: Burlington Township, 24-21.

Cedar Creek (1-0) at No. 24 Bridgeton (1-0): One of these teams will emerge as the No. 1 threat to St. Augustine in the CAL National. CC has a playmaker in Ahmir Mitchell, the brother for former star Damon Mitchell (now at Arkansas). Ahmir Mitchell scored 3 TDs in the opener. Bridgeton, which scored 68 against LCM last weekend, has a deep, talented team led by juniors Cappadonna Miller and Stefon Bowman.

The pick: Bridgeton, 31-21.

Triton (1-0) at Cherokee (1-0): The Mustangs are coming off a season-opening win Pennsauken. Senior FB/LB Isaiah Baylor leads the way. Cherokee's seniors remember last season, when a loss to Triton kept the Chiefs out of the playoffs.

The pick: Cherokee, 34-14.

Woodrow Wilson (1-0) at Highland (0-1): The Tartans lost their opener to Woodstown last seaosn, then won four in a row. They lost their opener to Woodstown last week. But this is a different WW team than the one that went 0-10 last season. Senior QB Tymir Walker threw 5 TDs passes and senior WR Daeshon Davis caught 3 of them in a big win over Bishop Eustace last weekend.

The pick: Woodrow Wilson, 26-20.

Cumberland (1-0) at CH West (1-0): The Colts have a top back in DeHahn Milledge and are coming off a win over Deptford. The key for the Lions is to avoid a hangover from Monday's emotional victory over Paul VI. That won't be easy, given the short turnaound.

The pick: CH West, 20-14.

 Saturday's games:

-- Bishop Eustace (0-1) at Gloucester Catholic (1-0), 10: The Crusaders have an emerging star in junior wide receiver Vinny Papale, son of the famous former Eagles walk-on. Papale caught three touchdown passes in an opening-day loss to Woodrow Wilson. Gloucester Catholic has a dangerous pass-catch combination in senior twins Mike and Matt Davis.

The pick: Bishop Eustace, 26-22.

-- No. 13 Camden (1-0) vs. No. 22 Camden Catholic (0-1) at Woodrow Wilson, noon: Lots of big-playmakers will be on the neutral field for this rivalry game. Camden features Temple-bound senior Sean Chandler as well as junior twins Khalil and Khalif Williams and sophomore Brad Hawkins. Camden Catholic has a pair of explosive sophomores in Benny Walls and Tyree Rodgers as well as junior Jahier Franklin, who returned a kickoff for the touchdown against No. 1 Timber Creek.

The pick: Camden, 27-20.

-- Clearview (1-0) at No. 21 Paul VI (0-1), 1: The Pioneers will look to contain the Eagles' high-powered passing attack, which features senior quarterback Alec Vignola and junior wide receiver Irvin Charles, who had seven catches for 190 yards against Cherry Hill West. Clearview senior RB George Kerasinis ran for 112 yards and caught a 44-yard TD pass in a win over Winslow Twp.

The pick: Paul VI, 31-22.

Sterling (1-0) at Haddon Heights (0-1), 1: The Silver Knights have a chance to break out to a 3-0 start before a bye and then a huge Oct. 11 home game with Haddonfield. But they have to take care of business against Haddon Heights. Sterling has a strong junior class led by Davon Tucker and JT Thompson. After a tough loss to Woodbury, HH has a chance to turn its sason right around by upsetting Sterling.

The pick: Sterling, 26-13.

-- Contact Phil Anastasia at panastasia@phillynews.com. Follow @PhilAnastasia on Twitter

 

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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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