South Jersey Football Games of the Week

South Jersey Football Games of the Week
Besides our earlier look at St. Joseph against Haddonfield, here are the other South Jersey football games of the week:
 
Shawnee (4-0) at Moorestown (3-1), Friday 7 pm. These are two teams that are expected to be contenders in South Group 4. Shawnee is the defending Group 4 champion and the Renegades are coming off a 14-7 overtime victory over St. Augustine. That win came a week after St. Augustine had defeated South Jersey’s No. 1 team, St. Joseph. Shawnee sophomore Matt Welsey has completed 49 of 74 for 688 yards and three TDs. He has also rushed for 92 yards and a score. Moorestown has won two in a row after a 21-19 loss to Winslow Township. The Quakers are coming off an impressive 27-6 win over a Burlington Township team that had scored 106 points in its first two games.
 
Timber Creek (3-1) at Highland (3-1), Friday, 7 pm. Both teams are on three-game winning streaks after losing their opening game. Timber Creek lost its opener to Bishop Hartley, Ohio, 34-13. The Chargers are coming off a 44-10 win over Vineland. Sophomore quarterback Donovan Leary has completed 68 of 105 passes for 1,290 yards, 13 TDs and just one interception. Senior Tarheeb Still, a University of Maryland commit, has 21 receptions for 663 yards and six TDs. Highland’s lone loss was 34-20 over St. Joseph in its opener during a game played at Rutgers. The Tartans are coming off a 12-7 win over underrated Winslow Township. Highland is led by junior running back Johnny Martin, who has rushed for 753 yards (8.3 avg.) and nine TDs. These two schools are members of the Black Horse Pike Regional School District and big rivals. Last year Highland won 16-15. Highland is a major threat in South Group 4, while Timber Creek is also a contender in South Group 3.
 
Gateway (3-0) at Woodstown (2-1), Friday, 7 pm. Both teams appear to be contenders in South Jersey Group 1. Woodstown was impressive even in its lone loss this season, 30-22 to defending South Jersey Group 1 champ Penns Grove. The Wolverines had a bye last week after beating Deptford, 24-14. Woodstown senior Malik Parsons has rushed for 330 yards (10.0 avg.) and four touchdowns. Against Penns Grove’s tough defense, he rushed for 134 yards and two scores on just 10 carries. Gateway is proving that last year’s 9-1 record was no fluke. The Gators have won their three games this season by a combined 132-6 margin. They had a bye last week after scoring a 42-0 win over Florence (a team Woodstown beat 27-0). Last year Gateway beat the Wolverines, 35-7. This one should be much closer.

 

Paulsboro (2-2) at Sterling (2-2), Friday 7 pm. Paulsboro has lost its two games to West Deptford (31-14) an Penns Grove (42-26). Those two teams are serious South Group 2 and Group 1 contenders respectively. The Red Raiders are coming off a 55-0 win over Lindenwold. Like Paulsboro, Sterling has lost to two quality teams, West Deptford (34-0) and defending SJ Group 2 champion Haddonfield (19-6). Last year Paulsboro beat Sterling, 42-14 and while this game should be much closer, the Red Raiders remain the favorite.

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