South Jersey Football Preview: Part II

South Jersey Football Preview: Part II

Here are some of the top high school football games this weekend:

South Jersey, Group 2
Camden (9-1) at Haddonfield (10-0), Friday at 7 pm.

Camden has won nine in a row since an opening 20-6 loss to three-time defending state champion Wise. The Panthers have one of the underrated running backs in senior Ramer Nock, who has rushed for 782 yards (8.3 avg.) and 13 TDs. QB Monte Williams has thrown for 1,308 yards and 12 TDs and has rushed for 412 yards and four scores. Camden has defeated Collingswood, 48-0, and West Deptford, 12-8 in its two playoff wins. The Panthers are seeking their second sectional title, with the first coming in 1976 in Group 4. Haddonfield is the defending South Jersey Group 2 champion and has won four sectional titles since 2010. Haddonfield senior QB Jay Foley has thrown for 1,337 yards and 21 TDs. The Bulldogs have beaten Sterling, 41-7, and Pleasantville, 28-6. In the semifinal win he had a 26-yard TD reception, eight tackles, one interception that he returned for a 37-yard touchdown, two passes deflections and a fumble recovery. For the season Smith has 17 receptions for 371 yards and five touchdowns. He also has 57 tackles and four interceptions. Senior Gabe Klaus has a team-high seven sacks. Senior John Foley has 17 receptions for 316 yards and six TDs. Senior RB Chris Brown has rushed for 736 yards (5.8 avg.) and six touchdowns.

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South Jersey, Group 1
Salem (8-2) at Penns Grove (11-0), Saturday at 12 pm.

This is a rematch between these long-standing Salem County Rivals. On Oct. 27, Penns Grove won at Salem, 26-20. It’s also a matchup of a rugged defensive team (Salem) against an explosive offensive squad (Penns Grove). Salem, which is seeking its second sectional title, has not allowed a postseason point, defeating Overbrook, 28-0 and Gateway, 15-0. In last week’s win over Gateway, Ra-Mir Nock rushed for 116 yards while recording 12 tackles. Penns Grove is among four undefeated teams in South Jersey. The Red Devils, who are seeking their second sectional title, defeated Woodstown, 40-6 and Buena, 22-6, in the postseason. Junior Kavon Lewis has thrown for 1,411 yards and 19 TDs. Senior Tyreke Brown has rushed for 881 yards (9.8 avg.) and 16 TDs. He has 21 receptions for 471 yards and 8 TDs.

Central Jersey, Group 1
Paulsboro (8-2) at Willingboro (6-4), Friday at 7 pm.

Paulsboro is the defending South Jersey Group 1 champion and has won 19 sectional title since the advent of NJSIAA playoffs in 1974. That is the most of any South Jersey public school. The Red Raiders haven’t been tested during this postseason, defeating Maple Shade, 47-7 and Asbury Park, 34-0. Paulsboro sophomore Bhayshul Tuten rushed for 221 yards and two TDs on 19 carries against Asbury Park. Tuten, who missed five games due to injury, has still rushed for 606 yards (10.1 avg.) and 10 TDs. Willingboro is seeking its second sectional title, having won the South Jersey Group 3 championship in 1985. The Chimeras have defeated Keyport, 54-7 and Florence, 22-6 in the postseason. Don’t be deceived by Willingboro’s record. The Chimeras played a number of larger enrollment schools and didn’t face a Group 1 school until the playoffs. Senior Nasir Murray is among the big-play threats for the Chimeras.

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Author: Marc Narducci; Photo by Marc Narducci

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