South Jersey Football Preview: Part I

by Marc Narducci; Photo Marc Narducci | Nov 13, 2018
South Jersey Football Preview: Part I

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

South Jersey, Group 5
Rancocas Valley (8-2) at Williamstown (11-0), Saturday at 7 pm.

These two teams met in the regular season with Williamstown winning a 17-6 decision on Sept. 8. This again doesn’t figure to be a high-scoring game. Williamstown has beaten Washington Township, 34-3 and Vineland, 28-7, to advance to the final. Rancocas Valley defeated Eastern 22-15 in overtime and defending sectional champion Lenape, 28-7. Williamstown won its lone sectional title in 2012, the first year that the NJSIAA expanded to Group 5. The Braves were also in the 2015 final. Rancocas Valley lost in last year’s Group 5 final to Lenape, 10-7 and also to Cherokee, 30-10 in 2014. The Red Devils won their lone sectional title in 1987, defeating Point Pleasant Boro, 26-0, in the South Jersey Group 3 final. This will be a matchup of top quarterbacks, with J.C. Collins a dual-threat for Williamstown and Bryce Mangene, who is more known for his passing ability, guiding Rancocas Valley.

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South Jersey, Group 4

Shawnee (4-6) at Clearview (7-2), Friday at 7 pm.

Don’t be fooled by Shawnee’s record. The Renegades have played one of the toughest schedules in South Jersey, competing in the WJFL American, that was won by Williamstown. The non-league schedule has been difficult as well. For instance, Shawnee lost 18-16 to SJ Group 3 finalist Woodrow Wilson and 27-21 to Group 5 finalist Rancocas Valley. In the playoffs, Shawnee has defeated Mainland, 25-7 and top-seeded Millville, 28-20, snapping the Thunderbolts six-game win streak. Clearview has beaten Hammonton, 23-7 and Highland, 20-0, in the playoffs. The win over Highland avenged an opening 14-6 defeat to the Tartans. The only other loss was to undefeated Burlington Township, 50-20. The difference in this one could be Shawnee’s previous playoff experience and the Renegades tough schedule.

South Jersey, Group 3
Woodrow Wilson (8-2) at Burlington Township (10-0), Saturday at 1 pm.

Wilson stunned Delsea in the semifinal, winning, 42-14. The ground game was at its best, with junior Muheem McCargo rushing for 155 yards and two TDs on 12 carries. Wilson entered the postseason on a two-game losing streak, but the Tigers have hit their stride, beating Triton, 41-6 and then ousting defending sectional champion Delsea. While Wilson ran the ball well against Delsea, the Tigers are also known for their passing game. Senior Nick Kargman has thrown for 3,206 yards and 34 TDs. Junior receiver-linebacker Fadil Diggs is a big-play performer on either side of the ball. Burlington Township QB Danny Grozozski is quietly enjoying an outstanding season. He has passed for 1823 yards and 28 TDs. Senior Isaiah Pae has 39 receptions for 651 yards and 11 TDs. The Falcons have beaten Oakcrest, 68-26 and Timber Creek, 21-18 in the playoffs. Burlington Township has won two sectional titles, while Woodrow Wilson has won one.

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Author: Marc Narducci; Photo by Marc Narducci

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