South Jersey Football Game of the Week: Woodstown at Salem

South Jersey Football Game of the Week: Woodstown at Salem
(3) Salem (7-3) at (2) Woodstown (8-1), Friday, 7 pm.
 
What: Central Jersey Group 1 semifinal.
 
Background: This playoff game features two-long time Salem County rivals. In fact, these two will be meeting again in their Thanksgiving rivalry that dates back to 1912. Last year Salem won the Thanksgiving Day game 49-0.
 
Both teams are coming off convincing playoff wins with Salem defeating Middlesex, 47-7 as quarterback Jahki Coates threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns. Woodstown downed Pennsville, 47-14 as Malik Parsons ran for three scores.
 
Both teams compete in the WJFL Diamond Division, where Penns Grove has ruled. These are the only two teams this season that Penns Grove didn’t beat by more than one touchdown.
 
Coaches: Salem, Montrey Wright (41-14); Woodstown, John Adams (60-42).
 
Up next: The winner will face the winner of the game between (4) Buena and (1) Willingboro in next week’s sectional final. The loser will await the rematch on Thanksgiving.
 
This season:
SALEM
August 30 at Pleasantville, 18-27
September 7 Cedar Creek, 12-34
September 14 Schalick, 41-0
September 20 at Burlington City, 41-7
September 28 Overbrook, 40-0
October 11 at Glassboro, 20-7
October 19 Audubon, 40-0
October 26 Pennsville, 21-14
November 2 at Penns Grove, 21-27
November 9 Middlesex, 47-7 (CJ Group 1)
 
WOODSTOWN
September 6 at Florence, 27-0
September 13 Penns Grove, 22-30
September 20 at Deptford, 24-14
October 4 Gateway, 26-22
October 11 Pennsville, 35-0
October 19 at Gloucester Catholic, 27-6
October 25 at Schalick, 28-0
November 1 at Glassboro, 27-21
November 8 Pennsville, 47-14 (CJ Group 1)
 
Outlook: Don expect a repeat of Salem’s convincing win last year. This figures to be a close contest. Woodstown is among the most improved teams in South Jersey after going 2-8 last year.
 
Salem is looking to return to the championship game. Last year the Rams lost to Penns Grove, 14-7 in the South Jersey Group 1 final. Junior running back-linebacker Bobby Arnold is a big-play performer on either side of the ball for the Rams. Senior running back Kaciir Street is another player who can go the distance on any play.
 
Like Salem, Woodstown has plenty of offensive weapons. Parsons has rushed for 675 yards (6.5 avg.) and 10 TDs. Senior Abu Hall has rushed for 625 yards (6.1 avg.) and 9 TDs. Senior quarterback Tyreek Husser has completed 61.7 percent of his passes for 467 yards and 5 TDs and he has rushed for 330 yards &.2 avg.) and 5 TDs.

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Both teams are known for their potent running games, but the team that can show a consistent passing attack may have the edge.

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Author: Marc Narducci; Photo by Marc Narducci

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