Part I: South Jersey Games of the Week

Part I: South Jersey Games of the Week

Here are more top games in as the South Jersey football season continues this week:

Holy Spirit (4-1) at St. Augustine (4-2), Friday, 6 pm.
St. Augustine got off to a 1-2 start and was a little forgotten in the South Jersey landscape. The Hermits, however suffered the losses to PA power State College and St. Joseph, which was No. 1 in South Jersey at the time. In the last three weeks, the Hermits have been dominating, having defeated Kingsway, Cherokee and Rancocas Valley by a combined 93-9 margin. Chris Allen, who had four TD passes in the first five games, added two more in Friday’s 28-0 win over Rancocas Valley. Both TD passes against RV were scored by speedster Jaylen DeCoteau. Holy Spirit has won four in a row since a 35-16 loss to Maryland power Mt. St. Joseph. The Spartans are coming off a 40-13 win over Washington Township as Ryan Yost threw five TD passes. Last year Holy Spirit won 22-17 and this one figures to be as close.

Pennsauken (4-2) at Camden (4-1), Friday, 6 pm.

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Since losing 20-6 to three-time defending Maryland state champion Wise, Camden has been on fire. The Panthers have outscored teams 208-20 in winning four in a row. Pennsauken is coming off one of its most impressive wins of the season a 41-6 victory over Seneca. Senior Ramer Nock has rushed for 288 yards (8.0 avg.) and 8 TDs. This should be a matchup of top running backs. Pennsauken senior Nahzir Russell has rushed for 738 yards (7.0 avg.) and 11 TDs. Senior Darrien Tabb has been a big-play performer. He has six receptions for 234 yards and four touchdowns. The Indians have already surpassed their win total from last year when they went 3-7, but they are looking for more and could factor into the South Group 4 race.
Winslow (3-2) at Hammonton (2-4), Friday, 7 pm.
Both teams are in contention for a South Group 4 playoff berth. Winslow Township QB Prince-Dru Bey has completed 56 of 108 passes for 936 yards and 14 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 277 yards (8.1 avg.) and 1 TD. Junior Isaiah Lewis had caught 14 passes for 312 yards and five TDs while sophomore Jayden Brown has eight receptions for 189 yards and five TDs. Hammonton is coming off a 21-14 loss to an improved Kingsway team. The Blue Devils have a difficult end of the regular season, having to face Eastern and Washington Township after this week.
Union City (4-1) at Shawnee (2-3), Friday, 7 pm.
Union City is a North Jersey Group 5 team and suffered its only loss to state power St. Peter’s Prep, 35-7. Shawnee is coming off a heartbreaking 18-16 loss to Woodrow Wilson, when the Tigers connected on a fourth-and-4 play for a game-winning 38-yard TD. Shawnee QB Joe Dalsey, playing the position for the first time, completed 7 of 12 for 102 yards and one TD against Wilson. After this week Shawnee faced unbeaten Williamstown, so the Renegades have some work to do to assure qualifying for the South Jersey Group 4 playoffs, where they are the defending champion.

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Author: Marc Narducci; Photo by Marc Narducci


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