South Jersey Football Games of the Week

by Marc Narducci; Photo Marc Narducci | Sep 20, 2019
South Jersey Football Games of the Week
Besides the Penns Grove at Paulsboro game (that we previously previewed) here are some of the top South Jersey football games of the week:
Haddonfield (2-0) at Cinnaminson (1-1), Friday, 7 pm. Haddonfield has won a South Jersey-best 19 consecutive games. The Bulldogs, who graduated 21 seniors from last year’s 13-0 team, have been led this season by a stingy defense. After opening with a 14-6 win over Pleasantville, Haddonfield defeated Sterling last week, 19-6. Junior running back-linebacker Tommy Batson has been a two-way standout. He has rushed for 145 yards and one TD and has a team-high 25 tackles. Cinnaminson opened with a 21-10 win over rival and preseason WJFL Patriot Division favorite Delran. Last week, the Pirates were beaten 34-14 by Pemberton in a non-divisional game. Now the Pirates look to bounce back against a Haddonfield team that it could meet in the Group 2 playoffs.
Gateway (2-0) at Florence (1-1), Friday, 7 pm. Last year Gateway went 9-1 and won the WJFL Memorial Division, beating out heavyweights Paulsboro and Woodbury along the way. The Gators have picked up where they left off last year, opening with a 35-0 win over a solid Buena team and last week defeating Lindenwood 55-6. Coach Josh Mason has now guided the Gators to a 19-4 mark since the beginning of the 2017 season. Florence opened the season with a 27-0 loss to Woodstown. That loss didn’t seem as bad when Woodstown gave defending SJ Group 1 champ Penns Grove all it could handle in last week’s 30-22 loss to the Red Devils. Last week Florence defeated Palmyra 26-22. Both Florence and Gateway are considered likely Group 1 playoff teams.
West Deptford (2-0) at Delsea (0-1), Friday, 7 pm. West Deptford has shown why the Eagles have been the pick to win the Colonial Conference Liberty (although defending champ Haddonfield may have something to say about it). The Eagles, who opened with a 31-14 win over a talented Paulsboro team, beat Collingswood last week, 33-0. West Deptford allowed Collingswood just 52 rushing yards on 30 carries. Delsea has a young team and lost to Willingboro, 28-14 last week. Senior QB Dhamir Lomax rushed for a team-high 78 yards on 16 carries. He only attempted three passes. The key to beating Delsea is to stop the run, something that West Deptford is very aware of. Last year West Deptford beat the Crusaders 27-12. West Deptford senior Tyshawn Bookman is among the top running backs in South Jersey.
St. Augustine (0-2) at St. Joseph (2-0), Saturday, 12 pm. In the beginning of the season this was considered possibly the game of the year. St. Augustine, which lost 20-17 to State College, PA in its opener, fell last week to Lenape, 20-7. While Lenape is a quality team, St. Augustine figured to challenge St. Joseph for the No. 1 ranking in South Jersey. The Hermits have had trouble running the ball, averaging just 2.5 yards per carry. St. Joseph had no trouble with Millville, beating the Thunderbolts, 43-6 last week. St. Joseph running back Jada Byers has rushed for 254 yards (7.5 avg.) and six touchdowns. 


Delbarton (1-1) at Woodrow Wilson, 2 pm. Delbarton is coming off a 16-14 loss to St. Anthony of New York in a game played at MetLife Stadium. The Green Wave should be among the contenders in the always tough Non-Public Group 4. Wilson had no trouble in its opener with Camden Catholic, winning 60-13. Tigers defensive tackle Fadil Diggs, who is headed to Texas A&M had four sacks for Wilson and sophomore Devin Kargman threw six TD passes.

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Author: Marc Narducci; Photo by Marc Narducci


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