South Jersey Football Game of the Week: Woodrow Wilson at Shawnee

South Jersey Football Game of the Week: Woodrow Wilson at Shawnee
Woodrow Wilson (3-1) at Shawnee (5-0), Friday, 7 pm.
 
Background: This is a matchup between two defending South Jersey champions. Wilson was the South Jersey Group 3 champ, while Shawnee captured South Jersey Group 4. Both teams are serious threats again in their respective playoff groupings.
 
Coaches: Shawnee, Tim Gushue (257-119-6); Woodrow Wilson, Preston Brown (32-17).
 
Last year: Woodrow Wilson beat Shawnee at home, 18-16. Wilson trailed 16-12 with 90 seconds left scored the game-winner on a 38-yard TD pass from Nick Kargman to Amari Clark on a fourth-and-four play.
 
This season:
SHAWNEE (5-0)
September 6  at Rancocas Valley, 45-7
September 13  at Cherokee, 17-6
September 20  Hammonton, 31-8
September 27  St. Augustine, 14-7 OT
October 4  at Moorestown, 45-0
 
WOODROW WILSON (3-1)
September 14  Camden Catholic, 60-13
September 21  Delbarton, 48-38
September 28  Cedar Creek, 28-29
October 4  Seneca, 53-34
 
Up next: Wilson visits Delsea on Friday, October 18 at 7. Shawnee visits North Jersey power Union City (3-2), Friday, October 18 at 7 pm.
 
Outlook: This can be billed as an offensive team (Wilson) against a defensive team (Shawnee) but the Renegades are also strong defensively, having not allowed more than a single touchdown in any game.
 
Wilson can run or pass the ball with equal proficiency. Senior Muheem McCargo rushed for 198 yards and three touchdowns in last week’s 53-34 win over Seneca. McCargo is a Temple commit, who is also a standout at linebacker.
 
Wilson sophomore quarterback Devin Kargman, the younger brother of former Tigers standout QB Nick Kargman, has completed 64.5 percent of his passes for 1,355 yards and 16 touchdowns. Senior tight end-defensive end Fadil Diggs (6-4, 225), is among the top two-way players in the state. He has committed to Texas A&M.
 
Tigers defensive lineman Dyshier Clary, who is a Temple commit, is a pass rushing force.
 
Shawnee sophomore QB Matt Welsey has completed 61 of 89 for 812 yards and four touchdowns. Last year Shawnee turned things around when Welsey was inserted into the starting lineup.
 
Jake Barnett has rushed for 214 yards and seven touchdowns on 58 carries. Tom Rebstock has rushed for 180 yards and one TD on 30 carries. Jaylen Horsley has 150 yards and three TDs on 30 carries.
 
Nate Summerville has 19 receptions for 351 yards and a score.
 
The strength of the defense is linebacker. Matt Papa and Dalton Short, two extremely active linebackers, have 53 and 48 tackles respectively.
 
This has a chance to be a high-scoring game. Wilson has yet to hit stride, having suffered that one-point loss to Cedar Creek. Shawnee, on the other hand, has been playing like one of the top teams in South Jersey.
 
Wilson enters as the underdogs. The Tigers can certainly win this game, but beating a Shawnee team that has excelled on both sides of the ball won’t be easy. A high-scoring game tends to favor the Tigers. One thing is for sure, Wilson should be the first team to score more than one touchdown against the Renegades this year.

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