Archive: August, 2011
If Lenape was the sleeping giant of South Jersey football, the Indians seem to be awake now.
Whether than means a winning record, contention in the WJFL American Division and a SJ Group 4 playoff berth remains to be seen.
But under new coach Tim McAneney and his staff, Lenape football appears to have a whole new mentality.
Williamstown made a strong entrance to the WJFL American Division.
The Braves started fast in 2010 but faded down the stretch and were ushered out of the playoffs in the first round. They hope to show a little more staying power in 2011.
"This might be the fastest team I've ever had," Williamstown coach Frank Fucetola said.
Hammonton football has a tradition that's about as rich as any program's in South Jersey.
The Blue Devils are in a bit of a unique position this season: a little below the radar as much of the focus in the Cape-Atlantic League is on Holy Spirit and St. Joe's and the hot pick in SJ Group 3 is Delsea.
But watch out for Pete Lancetta's team.
In one of the first developments in what should be a constant theme in South Jersey football this season, the Timber Creek football program has found a way to honor Mainland's program.
The Chargers will wear helmet sticks that read "Mainland High School Mustangs" and included the numbers in the four corners of the four Mainland players who were killed in an SUV accident on August 20.
Timber Creek coach Rob Hinson said he wanted to show his program's respect and regard for Bob Coffey's devastated program at Mainland.
It started with an injury to the quarterback in the first quarter of the first game.
It went downhill from there.
It was a nightmare season for Cherry Hill East in 2010 as the team struggled to a 1-9 record.
Before the summer, Holy Spirit coach Chalie Roman raised a few eyebrows by saying that this year's team could be better than last year's team.
Holy Spirit was 12-0 last season. The Spartans won the Non-Public 3 state title. A lot of people believed they were the best team in South Jersey.
Last season might have just been a warm-up.
That seems a little hard to believe, since Haddonfield set a school-record for victories in an 11-1 season and won the first sectional title since the NJSIAA instituted the playoff system in 1974.
But this year's Bulldogs are capable of surpassing that SJ Group 2 championship season.
Cherokee senior quarterback Casey Coyle will miss this season with a stress fracture in his back, Chiefs' coach P.J. Mehigan confirmed today.
Coyle was projected to be the Chiefs' starting quarterback. Coyle had played some running back and linebacker in previous seasons, along with serving as the team's place-kicker.
Mehigan said senior Billy Cummiskey will get the first shot at replacing Coyle. Mehigan said Cummiskey will get most of the snaps with the first team in Friday's scrimmage at Hammonton.