South Jersey Football Games of the Week

South Jersey Football Games of the Week
Besides the Clearview at Highland game, here are the other South Jersey Football games to watch this weekend:
 
St. Joseph (1-0) at Millville (0-1), Friday, 6 pm. Both teams opened in the final week of August and had off last week. St. Joseph’s had a 34-20 opening win over Highland in a game played at Rutgers. The game wasn’t as close as the final score indicated as Highland scored the game’s final two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. St. Joseph senior Jada Byers, among the top running backs in the state, rushed for 133 yards (8.3 avg.) and two scores against Highland. He also caught five passes for 84 yards and a score. Millville, which for the second year in a row, is playing one of the toughest schedules in South Jersey, lost 48-0 in its opener to St. Peter’s Prep, one of the top teams in the state. That game was also played at Rutgers University.
 
Eastern (0-0) at Holy Spirit (0-1), Friday, 7 pm. Spirit opened on Aug. 30 with a 56-27 loss to Maryland power Mount St. Joseph. The Spartans advanced to the NJSIAA Non-Public Group 2 championship before falling to St. Joseph, 41-22. Despite that opening night loss, the Spartans will be a threat to return to the championship game. Eastern has turned things around under third-year coach John Doherty. The Vikings have been to the playoffs in each of his first two seasons and will be a threat again this season. Last year Eastern lost a 22-15 first round playoff loss in overtime to Rancocas Valley. The Vikings were hit hard by graduation but should remain competitive.
 
Sterling (1-0) at Haddonfield (1-0), Friday, 7 pm. This is a rematch of last year’s playoff matchup that Haddonfield won 41-7. It was the second 41-7 score between the two teams last year, with Haddonfield also winning by that margin in the regular season. After going 4-6 last year, Sterling seems vastly improved and opened some eyes with a 35-6 opening victory over Triton. Haddonfield turned the ball over four times but still beat Pleasantville, 14-6 in the opener for both teams. Coach Frank DeLano became the all-time winningest coach in Haddonfield history with the win, improving his record to 134-55. In the win over Pleasantville, Caden Undin caught a 12-yard scoring pass from Jack Narducci and Alex Kadar rushed for 50 yards and a TD. Junior linebacker Tommy Batson recorded 15 tackles.
 
Shawnee (1-0) at Cherokee (1-0), Friday, 7 pm. This is one of the great rivalries in South Jersey between these two programs from the Lenape School District. The defending South Jersey Group 4 champs, Shawnee opened with a 45-7 win over Rancocas Valley as sophomore quarterback Matt Wesley threw two TD passes and ran for a score. Cherokee, which was just 1-8 last year, opened with a 51-6 victory over Washington Township. Junior quarterback Billy Osborn completed 6 of 11 for 181 yards and two touchdowns.
 
St. Augustine (0-1) at Lenape (1-0), Friday, 7 pm. This is a key WJFL American Division game between two expected contenders. St. Augustine opened with a 20-17 loss at State College, PA on Aug. 30. Senior running back-defensive tackle Isaiah Raikes is a Texas A&M commit. Lenape opened with last week’s 41-21 victory over Tottenvile, NY. Junior running back Xavier Coleman scored four touchdowns, including two on kickoff returns. He is among the top running backs in South Jersey.
 
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