Archive: September, 2011
Penns Grove looked like an angry team on Saturday.
An opportunistic team, too.
The Red Devils, still stinging from being disqualified from the SJ Group 1 playoffs last season -- a tournament won by Glassboro -- dominated play en route to a 54-0 victory over Bulldogs in the season opener Saturday.
No way this was just another opening night.
Not with Mainland honoring the four players who were killed in an Aug. 20 auto accident.
But rhe Mustangs and coach Bob Coffey tried to make things as normal as possible. They are competitors, and they want to win football games. Plus, the routine is a refuge.
Inquirer Staff Writer Marc Narducci previews Paul VI football.
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Let's start with a given: Cherokee is one of the best, if not the best, football programs in South Jersey.
Let's include another given: Schedules are cyclical in nature. They change from season to season, and even within a season. You never know what state -- physically and emotionally -- another team is going to be in on Game Day when you look at the matchup on paper.
But there's still an odd thing about Cherokee's schedule: It's not as tough, on paper, as you would expect.
Shawnee senior offensive lineman Tom Smith will miss most if not all of the season with a back injury, according to Renegades coach Tim Gushue.
Gushue said Smith needs to rest his back for two or three months. There's a chance that the 6-4, 260-pound Smith could return for the last couple of games of the season, especially if the Renegades advance deep in the playoffs.
But that might be a longshot, given the complications involved with back injuries.
Five special games highlight the opening night of South Jersey football.
Four of them are significant because of their potential impact on division races.
The fifth one is in a class by itself.
After going 9-3 in 2009 and reaching the SJ Group 3 title game, Timber Creek seemed poised for another big season in 2010.
It never happened.
The Chargers went 5-5 and lost their finale by 36-14 to school-district rival Triton on Thanksgiving Day.
Times have changed at West Deptford.
The Eagles have been the big dog in the Colonial Liberty for as long ss there has been a Colonial Liberty. In fact, they've won the title in each of the division's 10 years.
But Haddonfield has closed the gap. In fact, it can be argued that the Bulldogs have nudged ahead of the Eagles, at least in terms of recent post-season success.