Timber Creek Meets Delsea in a Battle...

by Marc Narducci; Photo Marc Narducci | Sep 8, 2016
Timber Creek Meets Delsea in a Battle... Timber Creek Meets Delsea in a Battle of Defending Sectional Football Champions

The game between highly ranked teams and sectional champions Timber Creek and Delsea highlight part II of our top South Jersey high school football games of the week. Records are from last year.

FRIDAY
Timber Creek (9-3) at Delsea (11-1), 7p.m.
What and opening night matchup, pitting defending South Jersey champions. Timber Creek beat Shawnee to win last year's South Jersey Group 4 title, while Delsea won its fourth consecutive South Jersey Group 3 championship. Timber Creek has one of the top passing games in the state, led by junior QB Devin Leary, who threw for 2,605 yards and 23 TDs. Delsea on the other hand, relies mainly on the run and in senior Rashaad Williams (1,267 yards rushing, 13 TDs) has one of the more dominant runners in South Jersey. These two teams are ranked among the top 10 in South Jersey and also at stake is the WJFL National Division, where Timber Creek is the slight favorite over the Crusaders.

Hammonton (9-2) at Washington Township (6-4), 7p.m.
Both of these teams are contenders in the WJFL American Division, where Cherokee is the favorite. Washington Township won a share of the division title with Cherokee last year. Meanwhile Hammonton moves over from the WJFL National Division. Hammonton won last year's meeting 24-8 and the Blue Devils enter this game the slight favorite.

Ocean City (4-6) at Oakcrest (6-4), 6p.m.
Both teams are in the WJFL Independence Division, where Cedar Creek and St. Joseph are the favorite. Ocean City went 4-2 in its last six games and looks to carry the momentum into this season. Oakcrest (5-5) is guided by first year head coach Eric Anderson. The Falcons have one of the most dynamic players in South Jersey, senior QB-SS Kendall Elliott. Both teams are in SJ Group 3 and each should be a contender for a playoff berth.

St. Joseph (10-2) at Mainland (5-5), 6p.m.
After an impressive 37-19 win over Group 4 Allentown, St. Joseph looks to give coach Paul Sacco his milestone win. Sacco's next victory will be his 300th and he would become the first coach in South Jersey history to achieve this total. Leading the win over Allentown was junior fullback Qwahsin Townsel, who rushed for more than 200 yards and 3 TDs. This is the first game for new Mainland coach Chuck Smith, who did a nice job turning the Oakcrest program around.

SATURDAY
Woodbury (5-5) at Paulsboro (8-3), 11a.m.
Both are in the WJFL Memorial Division, which is the old Colonial Conference Patriot Division. This is viewed as the unofficial championship. Paulsboro continues to dominate this division. Last year Woodbury only suffered one division loss, but it was to Paulsboro, 35-6. Paulsboro is led by Jr. RB-DB Dehron Holloway, who rushed for 947 yards and 17 TDs. Woodbury senior RB-LB Daquan Solomon has both power and speed and the key for Paulsboro will be in how they defend him.

Highland (5-5) at Woodrow Wilson (6-4), noon
These are the two main contenders for the WJFL Royal Division title. This will be a battle of two of area's top running backs - Highland's Orlando Council and Wilson's Jelani MCargo. Council rushed for 1,489 yards and 10 TDs. McCargo, who has committed to Navy, rushed for 1,069 yards and had 13 total TDs. Wilson has great skill position players, including senior WR-DB Edwin "Tank" Lopez, a Rutgers commit. Highland won last year's game, 27-19.

Photo by Marc Narducci: Woodbury’s Daquan Solomon running the ball

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Author: Marc Narducci; Photo by Marc Narducci

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