South Jersey Football Games of the Week

South Jersey Football Games of the Week
Besides the Lenape at Williamstown game we previously previewed, here are some of the other South Jersey football games of the week:
 
Delsea (0-2) at Camden (3-0), Friday, 6 pm. This has been a rough start for Delsea, which is an annual contender in Group 3 and had won five of the previous six South Jersey Group 3 titles before last season. Delsea has played a difficult early-season schedule, losing to Willingboro, 28-14 and last week to West Deptford, 41-12. Willingboro is a Group 1 threat and West Deptford is among the top teams in Group 2. So is Camden. The Panthers had not trouble last week beating Paul VI 58-0. That came after the Panthers had escaped with a 42-41 win over Cedar Creek, another Group 2 contender. Camden junior quarterback Jalin Brownee has completed 54.9 percent of his passes for 560 yards and five TDs. Senior Da’shaun Harris has rushed for 205 yards (5.3 avg.) and two touchdowns. Junior Aijah Clark has six receptions for 122 yards and three TDs, while linebacker Tirek Austin-Cave is averaging 11.3 tackles for the Panthers.
 
St. Augustine (1-2) at Shawnee (3-0), Friday, 7 pm. St. Augustine is coming off the performance of the week in Saturday’s 28-12 win over previously No. 1 ranked St. Joseph. Running back Nasir Hill, one of the top sophomores in South Jersey, rushed for two TDs in the victory. St. Augustine attempted just one pass, but the defensive effort was led by lineman Isaiah Raikes (6-1, 300) who is a Texas A&M commit. The Hermits los their opener 20-17 at State College Pa, and then fell to Lenape, 20-7. Shawnee is led by another of South Jersey’s top sophomores, quarterback Matt Welsey. The Renegades are the defending South Jersey Group 4 champs and a major threat again. They have defeated Rancocas Valley, Cherokee and Hammonton by a combined 93-21 margin. Can Shawnee stop St. Augustine’s passing game? Can St. Augustine stop Welsey and the passing game?
 
Maple Shade (2-1) at Haddon Township (2-1), Saturday, 10:30 am. These two teams tied for the WJFL Classic Division title last year. Maple Shade beat the Hawks, 21-14 a year ago. The Hawks are coming off last week’s 35-0 win over Riverside. After opening with wins over Lindenwold, 21-20 and Pitman, 32-0, Maple Shade lost a 17-14 decision last week to Robbinsville. This game figures to be as close as last year’s.

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Cedar Creek (3-1) at Woodrow Wilson (2-0), Saturday, 1 pm.
Cedar Creek as mentioned, suffered its only loss with the 42-41 defeat to Camden. The Pirates are led by Purdue recruit Malachi Melton, an explosive receiver. Senior QB Louis Barrios threw five TD passes in last week’s 48-20 win over Absegami. He has completed 67 of 109 passes for 1,023 yards and 14 TDs. Wilson is coming off a 48-38 victory over North Jersey Non-Public A power Delbarton. Sophomore quarterback Devon Kargman threw four TD passes, including two to tight end Fadil Diggs, a Texas A&M commit. Look for this game to be an offensive shootout. Wilson is the defending South Jersey Group 3 champ and will be a serious contender again.

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