S.J. football: 12 games to watch

Cherokee quarterback Jack Walter ran for five touchdowns in the season opener.

Week 2 in South Jersey football features crossover games in the West Jersey Football League.

Here are 12 to watch this weekend:


(All 7 p.m. kickoffs, except Williamstown at St. Augustine at 6.)

Paul VI (1-0) at No. 18 Burlington Township (1-0): The Eagles got off to a fast start in their first full season under coach Glenn Hutton with a 31-0 victory over Cherry Hill East as senior QB John Donnegan passed for 100 yards and a TD, and Brian Brown and Jamir Garland combined for 183 rushing yards. BT got some good work from junior QB Dan Grozozski and handled Notre Dame in its opener for veteran coach Tom Maderia’s 180th career victory.

No. 17 Cedar Creek (1-0) at No. 9 Delsea (0-1): No moral victories for one of South Jersey’s premier programs, but the host Crusaders were mighty impressive in a 39-36 loss to No. 1 Timber Creek in the opener. Delsea was a field-goal attempt that hit the upright on the game’s final play away from OT. Delsea junior RB Aidan Borguet ran for 359 yards and three TDs. Cedar Creek got some strong play from sophomore QB Louis Barrios in a 29-7 win over rival Absegami. This one likely will be loaded with power points as CC looms as a strong contender in SJ 2 and Delsea has the same status in SJ 3.

No. 10 Cherokee (1-0) at No. 1 Timber Creek (2-0): The word this summer was that Cherokee was rebuilding a bit and could struggle at times to generate points. So much for “the word.” Playing its new fast-paced spread offense, Cherokee pulled a stunner in the opener, beating then-No. 6 and archrival Shawnee, 42-41, in OT. Senior QB Jack Walter ran for 5 TDs. The Chiefs pushed the Chargers to the limit last season — the 28-21 win was by far TC’s closest game — so this one could be another pulse-pounder that goes to the wire. TC senior RB Jerome Gibson, a speedster, generated four TDs in the Chargers’ 39-36 victory over Delsea.

Cherry Hill West (0-1) at No. 20 Highland (0-1): These teams split last season, with CHW winning in regular season and Highland turning the tables in the SJ 4 tournament. Neither club wants to fall to 0-2, so both are likely to play with urgency bordering on desperation. CHW has a QB to watch in junior Monte Williams. Highland senior LB Jared Colbert leads the Tartans’ D.

No. 24 Cinnaminson (1-0) at Sterling (1-0): Both teams are coming off nice opening-night victories. Cinnaminson beat WJFL Liberty rival Willingboro, and Sterling edged WJFL Colonial foe Overbrook. Cinnaminson has a sophomore QB to watch in Shawn Ruffin. Sterling has a sturdy defense led by senior lineman Lamar Price.

Gloucester (2-0) at Palmyra (1-0): Lions senior WR Sai’Mere Colon leads South Jersey with 6 TD catches. Palmyra senior QB Taj Harris, a Syracuse recruit, is one of South Jersey’s top all-around athletes. The over-under on this one: 60 points.

No. 22 Hammonton (2-0) at No. 13 Rancocas Valley (1-0): The host Red Devils might have South Jersey’s most dynamic player in all-purpose Iverson Clement, a Florida recruit who scored 4 TDs in the opener vs. Hopewell Valley. Hammonton is off to a strong start and got a huge INT return for TD from senior GianCarlo Palmieri to seal last week’s win over Washington Twp.

No. 8 St. Joseph (1-0) at No. 7 Holy Spirit (1-0): These teams are archrivals on multiple levels: They are in the same playoff group, each boast multiple state titles, and they compete to attract some of the same eighth graders. Senior FB/LB Qwahsin Townsel, who started his career at Holy Spirit, leads St. Joe along with sophomore RB Jada Byers and junior two-way lineman Wisdom Quarshie. Holy Spirit is led by senior QB Josh Zamot, a transfer from St. Augustine. This one could be a classic, as well as a prelude to a rematch in the NP 2 state tournament.

No. 14 Williamstown (1-0) at No. 5 St. Augustine (1-1): The visiting Braves took a 48-10 loss to the Hermits on the chin last season and will be looking for revenge behind junior QB J.C. Collins and junior all-purpose Wade Inge, plus a sturdy front line. SA got its first win under new coach Pete Lancetta last week after Atlantic City. Junior QB Chris Allen and junior LB Joe Bonzcek are players to watch for the Hermits.

Moorestown (1-0) at Seneca (1-0): The Quakers handled Cumberland, 30-6, in the opener while the Golden Eagles scored a dramatic 31-28 victory over Cherry Hill West. One of these teams is going to keep the good vibrations going in this game.

Willingboro (0-1) at No. 16 West Deptford (1-0): The visiting Chimeras are SJ 2 playoff contenders and can gauge their program by the current SJ 2 gold standard. Senior LB Albert Nah is a player to watch for Willingboro. WD, the defending SJ 2 champion, is rebuilding a bit by its lofty standards. The Eagles have a top RB/DB in junior Kenny Lim.


No. 23 Holy Cross (1-0) vs. No. 19 Haddonfield (1-0) at Cherry Hill West, 1: The Lancers got strong work from senior WR Miles Cook in a victory over Bordentown. Haddonfield will be playing its home games at CHW on Saturday afternoons this season because of construction at the Bulldogs’ stadium and school. Junior Davis Smith scored two TDs for Haddonfield in the opener vs. Collingswood.