Senior Ed Royds ran for 213 yards and a touchdown as Shawnee beat Pennsauken, 30-20, today in a West Jersey Football League National Division game.
Kyle Wigley ran for a touchdown and Sean Murray caught a 13-yard pass from Vince Corbi for another as Shawnee, the No. 4 team in The Inquirer preseason Top 10, won its opener on the Indians' field.
Royds, a 6-0, 190-pound running back, scored on a two-yard run. He broke loose for gains of 71 and 32 yards in the first half, and also had a 61-yard punt return for a touchdown called back by penalty.
It's a big year for linebackers in South Jersey.
The position has lost a little bit of luster at the college and NFL level. Spread offenses, specialization and situational substitution have combined to make pass-rushing ends and tackles as well coverage guys a bit of a higher priority than linebackers.
But at the high school level, linebackers still rule.
Fivr senior quarterbacks are coming off big junior seasons in the spread offense and look for lots more.
Winslow Township's Bill Belton passed for 2,200 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior.
Washington Township's Nick Valori passed for 1,839 yards and 18 TDs.
Mentioned: Gloucester Catholic
Paul VI football used to be under the radar.
The Eagles went 9-1 last season. Their only loss came in the Non-Public 4 playoffs to St. Peter's Prep, a team that's likely to be No. 1 in the state this season.
Mentioned: Paul VI
Kingsway coach Tony Barchuk is an old-school guy. But he's not so set in his ways that he's resistences to change.
Kingsway has been a run first, second and third team for most of Barchuk's 31 years.
But this season, with talented senior Rondell Gilmore at the helm, Kingsway plans to operate from a spread offensive formation.
Upset about the implication that he quit as head coach of Middle Township's football team, Lee Chappine called me on Aug. 13 to say that he was fired from the program on Aug. 5. He added that no explanation was given for his dismissal.
Neither school officials nor Chappine would say why he left the program abruptly at the time of his departure. So this reporter wrote on this blog that Chappine left the program "suddenly" on Aug. 5. He was replaced by one of his assistants, Mike Wilson, the following week.
"I was fired," Chappine said. "I would never quit on my kids. I would never resign a week before camp opened up."
Mentioned: Middle Township