Football: Collingswood's biggest game in eight years

 

By Phil Anastasia

Collingswood's visit to rival Haddonfield on Friday probably will mark the Panthers' biggest football game in eight years.

Collingswood is 5-1 but still on the outside, looking in, in regard to power points and qualifying for a South Jersey Group 2 playoff berth.

But that would change in a hurry with a win over 4-2 Haddonfield.

After seven weeks, 6-0 teams Woodstown (92 power points), West Deptford (87) and Camden (83) look in great shape as far as qualifying for the SJ 2 tournament, as does 5-1 Cinnaminson (89).

Bridgeton (5-2) has 80 power points but will play just one more game before the cutoff. Cedar Creek (5-1) is sixth with 70 points.

Then it gets interesting. Haddonfield and Sterling (5-1) are tied with 61 points and tied for the last two spots -- if the eight-team field was set today.

Buena (3-4) is next with 54 but the Chiefs also have just one more game before the cutoff.

Collingswood stands 10th with 47 points. But the Panthers will pick up a lot of power points with a win over Haddonfield. It might be enough to get them in the playoffs -- and eliminate the Bulldogs.

Of course, the same is true for Haddonfield. A Bulldogs win would all but assure them of a berth, and likely eliminate the Panthers.

So this game is, in effect, a playoff game to determine which team will make the playoffs.

Big games in November are nothing new for Haddonfield, which has been a serious Colonial Liberty and SJ 2 contender for the last several seasons.

But this probably is Collingswood's biggest game since the Panthers lost to Camden in the SJ 2 semifinals in 2005.

Collingswood is 5-1 for the first time since 1994.

"You couldn't ask for anything more," Collingswood senior FB/LB John Deaner said of the stakes for Friday's game on Haddonfield's new turf field.

-- Phil Anastasia

We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines
Help us learn more about Philly.com commenters. Click here to take this quick survey.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Load comments
Continue Reading