By Phil Anastasia
Here's a closer look at 13 games this weekend in South Jersey football:
-- No. 4 Timber Creek (2-1) at No. 2 Williamstown (3-0), Friday at 7: This could be a classic clash of offensive styles between the pass-heavy Chargers against ground-hugging Braves.
Williamstown fullback John Chamberlin carried the football 41 times (for 169 yards and two touchdowns) last season against Timber Creek. He might get that much work again as the Braves try to keep quarterback Dan Williams and wide receivers Adonis Jennings and Cameron Chambers on the Chargers' sideline.
Timber Creek will spread the field and look to take advantage of matchup advantages in the passing game. They for the Chargers will be the work of their run defense.
The pick: Williamstown, 21-20.
-- No. 13 Delsea (2-1) at No. 14 Kingsway (2-1), Friday at 7: Both teams love the ground game with the Crusaders led by quarterback Rob Rolle and fullback Rob Hicks and the Dragons by halfback Ray Lawry.
This is an old rivalry from both teams' days in the Tri-County Royal. Both teams have won two in a row after dropping their opener; both are well aware of the difference between 3-1 and 2-2.
It's not desperation time by any means. But there's going to be a great sense of urgency on both sidelines.
The pick: Delsea, 27-23.
-- No. 16 Hammonton (2-1) at No. 20 Bridgeton (3-0), Friday at 7: This is an intriguing Cape Atlantic cross-over game, with the host Bulldogs and standout all-purpose junior Cappadonna Miller looking to take advantage of their edge in speed on their artificial turf field.
Bridgeton can rack up some major power points with a win, putting itself in prime position in the SJ 2 playoff race.
Hammonton has won two in a row after a tough opener at No. 1 Holy Spirit. The Blue Devils have moved the football through the air behind junior QB Jon Triboletti and senior WR Alex Padovani, a Villanova recruit.
The pick: Hammonton, 23-21.
-- No. 8 Millville (2-1) at No. 23 Absegami (2-1), Friday at 7: This game will feature two of South Jersey's fastest backs in Thunderbolts' junior Rob Ennis and Braves' senior David Hood.
Absegami has bounced back from a tough opener against St. Joe, while Millville lost a 21-14 decision to St. Joe on Saturday.
The Thunderbolts can't get caught looking back this one to the bye and their next game -- Oct. 18 at home against No. 1 Holy Spirit.
The pick: Millville, 31-21.
-- Cinnaminson (2-1) at Burlington City (2-1), Friday at 7: The visiting Pirates have a strong ground game led by Brad Hawthorne, while the Blue Devils can move through the air behind quarterback Ryan Daniels.
Like the Delsea-Kingsway game, this one matches two 2-1 teams who will be jacked to get to 3-1 and avoid 2-2.
The pick: Cinnaminson, 29-26.
-- No. 12 Camden (2-0) at Willingboro (0-2), Friday at 5:30: The visiting Panthers have won five in a row, dating to a three-game streak at the end of 2012.
Camden has an explosive offense led by junior twins Khalil and Khalif Williams as well as senior Sean Chandler and sophomore Brad Hawkins.
This is the Panthers' last road game before they finally debut their new turf field at Farnham Park Oct. 11, under the lights against Cumberland.
The pick: Camden, 34-20.
-- Highland (1-2) at Pennsville, Friday at 7: Pennsville QB Dylan Cummings almost certainly will set the SJ record for career passing yards and also become the first player in SJ history to pass for 6,000 yards.
Highland will look to control the clock and the football behind senior FB Fred Morrison.
The pick: Pennsville, 38-23.
-- Camden Catholic (1-2) at Woodrow Wilson (1-1), Saturday at noon: The visiting Irish won a tough game at Moorestown last weekend and have a chance to get to .500 at their bye, after which they should have injured sophomore running back Benny Walls (ankle) back in the lineup.
The Tigers have a potent passing combination in senior quarterback Tymir Walker and senior wide receiver Dae'shon Davis.
The pick: Camden Catholic, 19-13.
-- No. 25 Washington Township (2-1) at Pennsauken (1-2), 2: The Minutemen have won two in a row behind senior all-purpose player Andrew O'Neill, who leads South Jersey with 10 touchdowns.
WT is coming off a thrilling win over Lenape and will look to get to 3-1 with Cherry Hill East, Seneca and Clearview still on the schedule before the playoff cutoff.
Pennsauken would love to get to 2-2 with a game against winless Winslow and a bye ahead on the schedule. The Indians have a top sophomore in running back Marquan Jones.
The pick: Washington Township, 30-18.
-- Salem (1-1) at No. 17 Penns Grove (2-0), Saturday at noon: The Rams have scored 65 points in two games behind junior RB Dione Alston. They are coming off a big win over Gloucester.
Penns Grove has won 15 in a row, nine by shutout. The Red Devils have a top weapon in senior QB Dahkim Seals, while senior LB Raequan Norman leads the defense.
The pick: Penns Grove, 26-6.
-- No. 22 Paul VI (2-1) at Winslow (0-3), Saturday at 2: The Eagles have been racking up big numbers behind senior quarterback Alec Vignola and junior WR Irvin Charles, one of the state's top recruits in the class of 2015.
PVI has bounced back from a tough loss to No. 19 CH West in the opener. The Eagles can get to 3-1 at their bye, with CH East next on the schedule before a big game with Timber Creek on Oct. 25.
Winslow has a playmaker in QB Jamir Holmes.
The pick: PVI, 32-18.
-- Robbinsville (1-2) at Florence (2-1), Saturday at 2: Florence coach Joe Frappolli will become the first man in SJ history to coach 400 games. He also is SJ's all-time leader in wins with 277.
The Flashes will look to make No. 400 also No. 278.
The pick: Florence, 20-6.
-- No. 3 Eastern (3-0) at No. 9 Rancocas Valley (2-0), 3:30: This West Jersey inter-division clash has major South Jersey Group 5 playoff implications and could develop into a shootout featuring Vikings' senior quarterback Tom Flacco and Red Devils' junior quarterback Jordan Sadusky.
The Vikings have been able to get senior running back T.J. Gardner into space to generate yards as a runner, receiver and returner. He's one of South Jersey's most explosive open-field athletes.
RV has a senior-laden team that has circled games such as this one to show they belong among South Jersey's top teams.
The pick: Eastern, 32-27.
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