South Jersey Football Games of the Week

South Jersey Football Games of the Week
Besides the St. Joseph at West Deptford game, which we have previewed, here are the other South Jersey football games of the week:
 
St. Augustine (3-3) at Holy Spirit (3-2), Friday, 6 pm. St. Augustine has won two in a row since a 14-7 overtime loss to Shawnee, having defeated Ocean City and Rancocas Valley the past two week by a combined 69-3 score. In the 34-0 win over RV, Carnell Davis had a 23-yard interception return for a touchdown and a 15-yard scoring pass from Austin Leyman. Isaiah Raikes, a 6-1, 300-pound Texas A&M recruit, scored his sixth rushing touchdown. Spirit bounced back from an 18-7 loss to Hammonton to defeat Washington Township, 41-7. The Spartans will look for revenge after last year’s 27-14 loss to the Hermits
 
Woodrow Wilson (4-1) at Delsea (2-3), Friday, 7 pm. Wilson is coming off what may be the most stunning score of the season, winning 48-0 at previously undefeated Shawnee. Last year Wilson edged Shawnee, 18-16. Sophomore Devin Kargman threw five TD passes and now has thrown 21 this season. Three of the TD passes went to senior Fadil Diggs, the 6-5, 225-pound Texas A&M commit. Delsea is an annual Group 3 contender, but the Crusaders have been up and down. Their best win was an 18-14 victory over South Jersey Group 2 contender Camden. Last year Wilson and Delsea split two lopsided games. Delsea won 56-24 in the regular season while Wilson earned a 42-14 playoff win.
 
Shawnee (5-1) at Union City (3-3), Friday, 7 pm. Shawnee is looking to bounce back from last week’s loss to Woodrow Wilson, but it won’t be easy against a Union City team that competes in North Jersey Group 5. Sophomore QB Matt Welsey has thrown for 860 yards and four touchdowns for Shawnee. He has also rushed for two touchdowns. Jake Barnett has rushed for 259 yards and 7 TDs. Union City is coming off a 31-6 loss to a 4-2 Old Tappin team, but like Shawnee, the Soaring Eagles have played a difficult schedule.
 
Maple Shade (3-3) at Palmyra (2-3), Saturday, 11 am. These two Burlington County teams used to be rivals in the Freedom Division. Palmyra remains in the WJFL Freedom, but Maple Shade is in the Classic Division. Both teams are on the fringe of qualifying for a South Group 1 playoff berth. Maple Shade is coming off last week’s 28-7 loss to Clayton. The Wildcats have a good field general in junior quarterback Justin Milligan while running back Sean Loomis has enjoyed a fine freshman season. After losing its first three this season, Palmyra has won two in a row, defeating New Egypt, 22-17 and last week earning a 39-22 win over Riverside. Zach Kahanna threw three TD passes and ran for another in last week’s victory over the Rams. Last year Maple Shade beat Palmyra, 28-21 and this one could be just as tight.

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