South Jersey Football Games of the Week

by Marc Narducci; Photo Marc Narducci | Sep 6, 2019
South Jersey Football Games of the Week
Besides the Cinnaminson-Delran game that we previously previewed, here are the other top South Jersey football games for this week:
Winslow Township (0-0) at Camden (0-0), Friday, 6 pm. Winslow Township went 4-6 last year and earned a SJ Group 4 playoff berth. The Eagles receiver-defensive back Jalen Cheek is among the best juniors in South Jersey. Camden went 10-2 last year, losing to eventual champion Haddonfield, 23-12 in the sectional final. The Panthers are the defending WJFL Constitution champ, going 5-0. Senior Tirek Austin Cave had 162 tackles last season for Camden. He has committed to the University of Miami.
Pleasantville (1-0) at Haddonfield (0-0), Friday, 7 pm. This is the third time these teams have met since the beginning of last season. Haddonfield opened with a 20-7 win over the Greyhounds last season and then beat them 28-6 in a South Jersey Group 2 semifinal. Pleasantville opened the season with last week’s 27-18 win over Salem as freshman QB Marlon Leslie had a passing and rushing touchdown. After going 13-0 and being the consensus No. 1 team in South Jersey, Haddonfield graduated 21 seniors. Still, the Bulldogs won’t be rebuilding, but it may take a while to hit their stride. Senior running back-defensive back Alex Kadar is one of the key veteran leaders for Haddonfield.
Buena (0-0) at Gateway (0-0), Friday, 7 pm. Buena is coming off a 9-1 season in which the only loss was 22-6 South Jersey Group 1 semifinal. Gateway was also 9-1 and lost to Salem in the SJ Group 1 semifinals. The Gators also beat out perennial Gloucester County powers Paulsboro and Woodbury to win the WJFL Memorial Division championship. Sr. RB-LB LaQuan Sims is a returning all-conference player on defense for Gateway and among the team leaders.
Collingswood (0-0) at Audubon (0-0), Saturday, 11 am. This is a long-time rivalry between these Colonial Conference schools now in different divisions. Collingswood is in the WJFL Colonial and Audubon is in the WJFL Memorial. Last season Collingswood opened with a 27-14 win over Audubon and ended up going 6-4 and making the SJ Group 2 playoffs. Audubon went 4-6. Senior QB Ethan Martin leads a team of talented skill position layers for Audubon.
West Deptford (0-0) at Paulsboro (0-0), Saturday, 11 am. These Gloucester County rivals used to play during Thanksgiving week but moved the game to the first week last year. Paulsboro won last season. Both are serious division and playoff contenders. This will be a game featuring two top running backs, West Deptford senior Tyshawn Bookman, who rushed for 882 yards and five TDs and Paulsboro junior Bhashul Tuten.
Cedar Creek (1-0) at Salem (0-1), Saturday, 12 pm. Cedar Creek opened with an impressive 24-20 win over defending CJ Group 1 champion Willingboro. Malachi Melton, who has committed to Purdue, returned a punt 56 yards for a TD for the winning Pirates. Salem, lost its opener 27-18 to Pleasantville. Whether Salem wins or loses this game, the Rams should still be a SJ Group 1 contender.

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Author: Marc Narducci; Photo by Marc Narducci


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