They had just lost a 45-24 decision to a West Deptford football team that looks like it has no intention of relinquishing last year’s South Jersey Group 2 title and Woodbury was far from deflated.
Sure, the Thundering Herd wanted to win, but they knew they were beaten by a truly talented team with more depth.
So Woodbury saw positives in defeat.
So much for the rebuilding process for Paul VI girls’ soccer team.
The Eagles graduated 10 seniors from a team that went 16-6-2, share the Olympic Conference National Division title with Bishop Eustace and advanced to the South Jersey Non-Public A final.
Paul VI opened with a 2-0 loss this season to preseason Inquirer No. 1 ranked Lenape, but since then the Eagles have won three in a row, including Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Eustace.
Dione “Fats” Alston, Salem’s 5-foot-8, 160-pound Salem running back-defensive back enjoyed a stellar opening game, almost leading his team to an upset over Pennsville.
Alston had 12 carries for 139 yards and a 99-yard touchdown run in the Rams opening 34-28 loss to the Eagles in a West Jersey Football League Classic matchup.
Alston also scored on an 84-yard interception return. He is among the many young talented players on a Salem team that should contend for a South Jersey Group 1 playoff spot.
The recruits keep coming for the Timber Creek football program. Senior defensive back Eric Church has made an oral commitment to attend Kent State, becoming the fifth member of this season’s team to earn a Division I scholarship.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Church, who will also play running back and slot, said he was recruited to play cornerback for Kent State.
“I visited there and it really felt like home,” Church said of Kent State.
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Eric Wiafe, a tight end-defensive end who will be a senior in the fall at Egg Harbor Township, has made an oral comment to attend Rutgers.
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Wiafe said he made his commitment on Tuesday and that he was recruited to play defense.
He was a starter at tight end for EHT and played defensive end toward the end of the season as well.
Senior Andrew Fisher was on his game in Saturday’s 8-0 Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic quarterfinal win over Sterling.
The righthander limited the hard-hitting Silver Knights to four hits. He struck out eight and walked none to improve his record to 7-2.
Matt Giampetro went 2 for 3 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBIs. Alex Injaian was 2 for 3 with a run scored and RBI and William Allen hit a pinch-hit two-run double for the Lions, who improved to 15-8. Sterling Third baseman Eric Teesdale went 2 for 3 for the 16-4 Silver Knights.
Righthander Andrew Biggs was dominant in leading Millville to an opening round 4-0 win over Gloucester Catholic in the 39th annual Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic at Maple Shade.
Biggs struck out 13 and opened the scoring with an RBI single in the third inning.
A Delaware State recruit, Biggs allowed just three hits.
William & Mary running back Jonathan Grimes, a graduate of Paul VI, has signed a free agent contract with the Houston Texans.
“I’m really happy for him,” Paul VI football coach John Doherty said. “It couldn’t happen to a better person.”
As a senior Grimes earned All-American honors from four organizations.