Battles of Unbeatens Head Up Week 5

by Marc Narducci; photo Marc Narducci | Oct 10, 2014
Battles of Unbeatens Head Up Week 5 Battles of Unbeatens Head Up Week 5 Football Matchups

There are several key games involving unbeaten teams as the South Jersey football season gears up for Week No. 5.

Heading the list is a game between Glassboro and Woodstown, which has division and playoff ramifications. Once again, here is a look at this week’s top games. Cinnaminson (4-0) at Holy Cross (4-0), Friday at 7.
The winner of this will likely earn the West Jersey Football League Patriot Division title, where Cinnaminson is the defending champion. Last year Cinnaminson beat Holy Cross, 37-6. This one should be much closer. In a year where there have been many great quarterback performances, Cinnaminson’s Nick Thevanayagam has proven to be a true dual threat. He has rushed for 301 yards and 9 TDs on 53 carries, and completed 21 0f 33 passes for 309 yards and 5 TDs.

Camden Catholic (4-0) at Camden (4-0), 7 p.m.
Remarkably, both teams have averaged more than 46 points per game. However Camden has played a slightly better schedule. The Panthers best win was a 47-6 victory over Delsea, which is a deceptive 1-3, but should battle for a Group 3 playoff berth. Camden senior quarterback Khalil Williams has thrown for 16 touchdown passes in leading one of he most exciting offenses in South Jersey.

Cherokee (2-1) at Williamstown (3-1), Friday at 7.
This is a key WJFL American Division game. Last year, Williamstown beat Cherokee, 13-10, handing the Chiefs their only loss of the season. Cherokee’s lone loss this year was 22-14 to an outstanding Timber Creek team. This begins a tough stretch for Cherokee which, after this week, faces Lenape, Shawnee and Rancocas Valley, three teams that are a combined 11-0. Williamstown is coming off last week’s 2-0 (that is no misprint) win over Pennsauken. The Braves have won three in a row since an opening 42-7 loss to powerful Shawnee. Look for the Williamstown-Cherokee game to be a low-scoring defensive struggle.

Sterling (2-1) at Haddonfield (4-0), Friday at 7.
Haddonfield is coming off an emotional 28-25 OT win over West Deptford, and it will be interesting if the Bulldogs have a letdown against Sterling. Then again, Sterling beat Haddonfield last season, so the Silver Knights won’t be sneaking up on the Bulldogs. Sterling has won two in a row since an opening 28-10 loss to West Deptford. A key will be stopping Haddonfield big-play receiver Jake Robinson. A Temple recruit, Robinson has eight receptions, but five have gone for TDs. He also has one rushing TD.

Woodstown (4-0) at Glassboro (4-0), Saturday at 2.
The winner will likely earn the WJFL Diamond Division title. Both teams are also competing in South Jersey Group 2 and the winner would still be very much in the running for the top seed. Glassboro will attempt to avenge last year’s 15-0 loss. Leading the Glassboro offense is running back Ronnie James (pictured), a Rutgers recruit, who is averaging 13.3 yards per carry. Quarterback Mike Maldonado has thrown 11 TD passes and just one interception. Woodstown goes primarily on the ground and is averaging 200.5 yards rushing per game.

Photo (Marc Narducci): Glassboro's Ronnie James

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Author: Marc Narducci; photo by Marc Narducci


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