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Archive: November, 2011

Football: Picks for playoff games

Friday, November 11, 2011, 11:34 AM
Here's a forecast for many of this weekend's playoff games: FRIDAY Washington Twp. (6-2) at Williamstown (7-1): This is the game of the week. These rivals will meet again in 13 days with the WJFL American title on the line on Thanksgiving Day. WT is a surprise team. But the Minutemen are a proud... Read more

Anastasia: Playoffs Set to Begin

Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 7:39 PM
Video: CineSport's Brian Clark and the Inquirer's Phil Anastasia preview the South Jersey sectional playoffs in high school football. Click HERE to read more Jersey Side Sports posts. Read more

Football: Early look at playoff matchups

Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 12:14 PM
We've been waiting all year for this weekend. Now it's here. Here's an early look at some of the best first-round playoff matchups: GROUP 1 No. 5 Penns Grove (5-3) at No. 4 Paulsboro (7-1): This isn't a classic Red Raiders team. In fact, there isn't a classic Group 1 power in the field -- not a... Read more

Football: Championship schedule

Monday, November 7, 2011, 5:16 PM
The South Jersey Group 4 championship game will be Friday night, Dec. 2, at Rowan University. NJSIAA director Jack DuBois, who oversees football, said Monday that the other three South Jersey finals would be held on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Rowan. DuBois said the NJSIAA had not yet decided the order of... Read more

Football: New Top 10

Sunday, November 6, 2011, 1:03 PM
This was a wild week in SJ football but the Top 10 held steady. What could have changed? I thought about moving up Hammonton, but the Blue Devils really couldn't jump ahead of Atlantic City because the Vikings beat them head-to-head two weeks ago. AC was the only Top 10 team to lose. But the Vikings... Read more

Football: Look back at Millville-AC

Saturday, November 5, 2011, 9:10 AM
Millville went to 8-0 and clinched its first Cape American title since 1989 with a 27-19 victory over Atlantic City in a great game Friday night at Wheaton Field. A big crowd saw a back-and-forth game filled with big plays. It finally ended when AC lost a fumble on the Millville 1-yard line with 31... Read more

Football: CH East beats Cherokee, 57-56

Saturday, November 5, 2011, 6:02 PM
In the wildest game of this or any other season, Cherry Hill East beat Cherokee 57-56 in double overtime on Saturday. Jesse Gold's two-point conversion run lifted East to victory and popped the cork on a celebration on the Cougars' sideline. East went for two after pulling within 56-55 in the second... Read more

Football: Picks for 13 big games this weekend

Thursday, November 3, 2011, 11:15 AM
The playoffs officially start next weekend. But never mind that. It all starts this weekend. There are several games that are playoff games in everything but name and NJSIAA site managers. The envelope, please: FRIDAY Willingboro (4-3) at Northern Burlington (6-1): The Greyhounds have played well... Read more

Football: Early line on some big games this weekend

Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 2:24 PM
This is it. The tournament fields will be set as of 5:30 p.m. or so on Saturday night. Good luck trying to sort out this power-point stuff. All the teams on the bubble know one thing for sure: They need to win to have a chance to get in. Here's an early look at some big games this weekend: Atlantic... Read more

Football: Pondering power points

Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 12:57 PM
Since when do you need a math degree to cover high school football? It's crazy this week, trying to calculate the scenarios for the playoff fields, especially in that zany, madap place known as Group 4. The NJSIAA's fairly new system for power points is better than the old system. It's just confusing... Read more
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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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