Camden will be hard-pressed to replace Khalil Williams

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Khalil Williams finished with 6,314 passing yards, which ranks third in South Jersey history.

Khalil Williams finished one of the most productive careers by a quarterback in South Jersey history in Camden's 41-12 win over crosstown rival Woodrow Wilson on Thanksgiving.

Williams also was front-and-center in the revitalization of Camden football.

A four-year starter, Williams finished his career with 6,314 passing yards and 82 passing touchdowns.

His yardage total ranks third in South Jersey history behind Pennsville's Dylan Cummings (7,695 in 2013) and Eastern's Tom Flacco (7,387 in 2013) and his touchdown total ranks second behind only Cummings (84).

Williams also rushed for 1,920 yards and 25 touchdowns in his career. His combined total of 107 touchdowns is third all-time in South Jersey behind Paulsboro's Kevin Harvey (143 in a career that ended in 1995) and Cummings (127).

"He is going to be hard to replace," Camden coach Dwayne Savage said. "He became a coach on the field by knowing the offense so well."

More significant than Williams' individual statistics was his role in turning Camden into a South Jersey power.

In Williams' freshman year, Camden was 1-9. After seven games in his sophomore season, Camden was 2-5.

But starting in November 2012, Camden won 22 of its next 24 games. The Panthers were 10-1 in 2013 and 9-1 this season, winning a pair of WJFL Royal Division titles.

"He was a big reason why we had back-to-back one-loss seasons," Savage said.

Big season. Bordentown senior Jahmiere Van Kline finished with the third-highest rushing total in South Jersey history - and the highest per-game average by a large margin.

Van Kline finished with 2,305 yards. The only South Jersey player to run for more yards in a season was Glassboro's Corey Clement, who went for 2,510 in 2011 and 2,323 in 2012.

Clement, now a regular at Wisconsin, produced those numbers in a 12-game season in 2011 and an 11-game season in 2012. Van Kline played in just 10 games this season.

Van Kline's per-game average of 230.5 yards shattered Clement's record of 211.2, set in 2012, according to South Jersey sports historian Chuck Langerman.

Scoring champion. Van Kline almost certainly will win the scoring title with 230 points on 38 touchdowns and one two-point conversion.

Van Kline's 38 touchdowns were the third-highest total in South Jersey history, behind Shawnee's Chris LaPierre (44 in 2008) and Schalick's Paul Gause (39 in 2004).

According to Langerman, the last Bordentown player to lead South Jersey in scoring was Lee Elia of Bordentown Military Institute in 1955.

Elia was a Phillies assistant coach for the World Series team in 1980 and managed the club in 1987-88.

In a rush. Cinnaminson quarterback Nick Thevanayagam ran for 961 yards and scored 25 touchdowns this season as the Pirates went 9-2 and won the WJFL Liberty title.

Thevanayagam became just the second quarterback in South Jersey history to score 25 or more touchdowns in a season.

The first was Paulsboro's Kevin Harvey, who scored 31 in 1994 and 29 in 1995 and holds the career record with 101 touchdowns.

In a rush, Part II. Millville had two players run for more than 300 yards in a game this season.

Rob Ennis ran for 315 in the season opener against Mainland on Sept. 12. Ryquell Armstead ran for 337 against Absegami on Oct. 10 and for 321 against Vineland on Thanksgiving.

This and that. Palmyra junior quarterback Max Smyth set a school record with 32 touchdown passes. That was tied with three others for the fourth-most in a season in South Jersey history. . . . Paulsboro junior quarterback Carlton Aiken's 53 passing attempts in a 36-33 overtime victory over West Deptford on Friday were the fourth-most in South Jersey history. Former Audubon star Joe Flacco, now the Baltimore Ravens' quarterback, set the record with 55 in a game in 2002.

In that Paulsboro-West Deptford game, the opposing coaches had a combined 483 victories - 228 for the Eagles' Clyde Folsom and 255 for the Red Raiders' Glenn Howard. . . . Bishop Eustace (5-5) won its first five games and lost its last five, four of them after standout all-purpose senior Vinny Papale suffered a broken collarbone. . . . Cherry Hill West (4-5) won four of its last five as senior Tyrone Williams scored nine touchdowns.


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