South Jersey Football Games of the Week

South Jersey Football Games of the Week
Besides the Williamstown at Shawnee game which we previously previewed, here are some of the other South Jersey football games of the week:
 
Northern Burlington (4-2, 3-0 WJFL Patriot) at Delran (5-1, 3-1), Friday, 7 pm. Both teams can clinch at least a share of the Patriot Division with a win. This is the final Patriot game for Delran, while NBC has to play Bishop Eustace (1-5) next week. Delran had a bye week after a 39-14 win over Ewing. The bye came at a good time for the Bears, whose leading player, receiver-safety RJ Moten has been a little banged up this year but is rounding into form. Delran senior Eren Ibas has rushed for 557 yards (6.0 avg.) and five touchdowns. The Bears have won five in a row since an opening 21-10 loss to Cinnaminson. NBC, which earlier beat Cinnaminson, 28-7, is coming off a 39-7 win over Hightstown.
 
 Woodrow Wilson (5-1, 2-1 WJFL Constitution) at Willingboro (6-1, 2-1), Friday, 7 pm. This is a matchup of defending sectional champions, Willingboro in Central Jersey Group 1 and Wilson in SJ Group 3. Willingboro has won six in a row since an opening 24-20 division loss to Cedar Creek. Wilson’s only loss has also come against Cedar Creek, 29-28. Willingboro has won its last four games by 43 or more points. Chris Long, a Temple commit, is among the top receivers in South Jersey. Wilson has two Temple commits, running back-linebacker Muheem McCargo and defensive lineman Dyshier Clary. Wilson sophomore quarterback Devin Kargman has already thrown for nearly 2,000 yards and 24 TDs. This has the potential to be a high scoring game.
 
Haddon Township (4-2, 3-0 WJFL Classic Division) at Clayton (4-2, 2-1), Friday, 6 pm. These two are battling for the Classic Division along with Robbinsville, which is 3-0. Haddon Township won a share of the division title last year with Maple Shade. The Hawks, who had a bye last week, have won four in a row. Haddon Township has just four seniors on the roster but all four are major contributors – receiver-defensive back Ty Fullerton, receiver-running back-defensive back-kicker Dom Ciko, running back-defensive back Shawn Donlon and running back-linebacker Gavin Hope. Clayton’s one division loss came to Robbinsville, 16-0. Sophomore running back Justin Pessoa has rushed for 652 yards (6.9 avg.) and seven touchdowns.

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Timber Creek (4-2, 2-0 WJFL Continental) at St. Joseph (6-1, 3-0), Saturday, 12 pm.
St. Joseph would clinch the outright Continental title with a win. Timber Creek would clinch at least a tie for the championship with a victory. Timber Creek will rely heavily on sophomore quarterback Donavan Leary, who has completed 60.4 percent of his passes for 1,797 yards and 17 TDs. Senior receiver Tarheeb Still, a Maryland commit, has caught 31 passes for 888 yards and 8 TDs. St. Joseph is coming off last week’s 14-13 win over West Deptford. Senior Jada Byers has rushed for 702 yards (6.9 avg.) and 14 TDs. He has also been dangerous as a receiver with 33 receptions for 453 yards and 6 TDs. Junior quarterback Jayden Shertel has completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 1,115 yards and 9 TDs. The Wildcats have opened up the passing game this year, attempting to get Byers in space and it has worked well. St. Joseph has won four in a row since a 28-12 loss to St. Augustine.

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Author: Marc Narducci; Photo by Marc Narducci

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