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Part I: South Jersey Football Games of the Week

Part I: South Jersey Football Games of the Week
This is the last week before the playoff fields are set so there are many key games in South Jersey football on cut down weekend.

Here is the first of two parts of our games of the week:

St. Augustine (6-2) at Williamstown (8-0), Friday, 7 pm.
While the playoffs will gain much of the attention, this game will determine the WJFL American Division champion. Both teams are 4-0 in the division and this is the finale. After starting out 1-2, St. Augustine has reeled off five straight wins. Williamstown is still going for the top seed in South Group 5. Senior Wage Inge Jr. has been an explosive player and he is coming off a three-touchdown effort in last week’s 48-14 win over Shawnee that figured to be a much closer game. St. Augustine freshman Nasir Hill has rushed for 538 yards (5.7 avg.) and four TDs. QB Chris Allen has completed 53 of 101 passes for 801 yards and nine TDs.

St. Joseph (6-2) at Holy Spirit (5-2), Friday, 7 pm.
They call this game the Holy War and it should be quite a competitive game. Last year St. Joseph won 42-26 in a game Holy Spirit took an early lead before the Wildcats came back. St. Joseph, after a 51-0 loss to West Deptford, were impressive in a 33-14 win over Timber Creek. Sophomore Chase Lomax scored on an 8-yard pass and on a 6-yard interception return. Junior running back Jada Byers continues to be among the top players in South Jersey. He has rushed for 1,098 yards (7.7 avg.) and 18 TDs. Byers has also scored two touchdowns on interception returns and one on a 25-yard reception last week against Timber Creek. This will likely be the first of two games between these two teams. They will be expected to meet in the NJSIAA state Non-Public Group 2 playoffs.

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Cherokee (0-6) at Lenape (3-4), Friday, 7 pm.
Believe it or not, Cherokee is still in the running to earn a South Group 5 playoff berth. The new system credits teams with a strong schedule and Cherokee has been played one of the tougher ones in South Jersey. In fact, if the playoff cutoff was after last week’s game, Cherokee would be in. Lenape, even with a loss appears not only headed to the South Group 5 playoffs, but could also earn a first round home game. Lenape, like Cherokee has played a treacherous schedule The Indians are coming off a 19-16 loss to Rancocas Valley in a rematch of last year’s South Jersey Group 5 championship (won by Lenape 10-7).

Pennsauken (4-3) at Triton (4-3), Friday, 7 pm.
The winner of this game will clinch at least a tie for the WJFL National Division title since both are 3-1 in the division. (Cherry Hill West is 2-1 and if the Lions win their final two regular season games against Cumberland and Cherry Hill East, they will also earn a share of the tile. Both teams also need the win to stay in the playoff hunt. Pennsauken is currently 18th in the South Group 4 playoff power ratings, according to Gridironnewjersey.com. (The top 16 will earn berths). Leading the Pennsauken offense is senior running back Nahzir Russell who has rushed for 795 yards (6.1 avg.) and 11 TDs. Senior Darrien Tabb has been a big-play performer with seven receptions for 246 yards and four TDs. Classmate Kenneth Corbin III has led the defense, registering 17 sacks. Triton saw a three-game win streak snapped with last week’s 28-21 loss to Seneca. The Mustangs are currently seeded in the 16th and final playoff position in South Group 3.
 

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Author: Marc Narducci; Photo by Marc Narducci

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