Friday, September 4, 2015

Football: Training camp confidential: Camden

Coach: Dwayne Savage

Football: Training camp confidential: Camden


Coach: Dwayne Savage

Last year: 10-1, won WJFL Royal, lost to Haddonfield in SJ 2 semifinals

Schedule: at Highland, Delsea, at Cumberland, at Willingboro, Camden Catholic, Glassboro, Bishop Eustace, at Penns Grove, bye, Woodrow Wilson (Thanksgiving)

Player to watch: Senior Ja'Mir Washington (pictured). The 6-0, 165-pound Washington is a standout WR/DB who sometimes is overshadowed by his teammates. But he's a playmaker on both sides of the football. He caught 24 passes for 386 yards and 4 TDs last season and also made 7 interceptions. On a team dominated by a loaded junior class, Washington is a senior leader.

Outlook: Camden won its first 10 games last season and pushed the program back into South Jersey prominence. The Panthers will be right back in the Top 10 (and maybe the Top 5) again this season with a junior class that includes highly-regard college prospects such as WR/DB Brad Hawkins (6-2, 200), who caught 45 passes last season for 805 yards and scored 14 TDs as well as TE/DE Ron Johnson (6-4, 220), TE/DE Jamal Holloway (6-3, 230) and WR/LB Dymelle Parker (6-2, 220) . Other key players include senior twins Khalil and Khalif Williams, who are four-year varsity players. QB Khalil Williams (5-8, 170) passed for 1964 yards and 29 TDs last season and also ran for 628 yards and 5 TDs. RB Khalif Williams (5-8, 170) ran for 737 and 10 TDs. Junior LB Damian Thomas (6-1, 200) is a versatile, valuable player as is senior WR/DB Damian Mays (6-1, 190). The key for Camden will be rebuilding its offensive line, which lost all 5 starters. Sophs Albert Stevens (6-6, 275) and Cesar Ruiz (6-3, 300) could make an impact if they continue to develop.

Of note: Camden is part of a loaded SJ 2 that includes Barnegat (which moved down from SJ 3) along with defending champion Haddonfield, West Deptford, Sterling, 2014 finalist Woodstown and 2014 SJ Group 1 champion Glassboro (which moved up).

Quote: "That loss (to Haddonfield) fueled our motivation for this year. We want to go all the way this season," Washington said.

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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

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