Archive: August, 2010
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
More than any other school, Williamstown wanted the new West Jersey Football League.
"We asked for it and we got it," Williamstown coach Frank Fucetola said.
The Braves were 27-4 over the last three seasons, including 23-1 in the Tri-County Royal Division. In reality, they had outgrown the division, as they were the only Group 4 school in the Royal. Just two years ago, they had a Royal game against Group 1 Woodstown.
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.