South Jersey Football Games of the Week

South Jersey Football Games of the Week
Besides the Salem at Woodstown matchup, which we previewed as our South Jersey Football Game of the Week, here are the other playoff games involving teams from the seven-county South Jersey area:
 
Central Jersey Group 1
(4) Buena (8-2) at (1) Willingboro (9-1), Friday, 7 pm.
Willingboro is the defending sectional champion and the favorite. Junior quarterback Ah-shaun Davis has thrown for 2,102 yards and 28 TDs, while Temple-bound Chris Long has caught 51 passes for 1,318 yards an 14 TDs.
 
South Jersey, Group 1
(5) Woodbury (6-2) at (1) Penns Grove (10-0), Saturday, 12 pm.

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Woodbury was an impressive 42-20 first round winner at Asbury Park. Penns Grove has the longest current South Jersey winning streak, 23 games. Junior Nasir Robinson has rushed for 1,292 yards (8.2 avg.) and 24 TDs. Senior Jamar Johnson has rushed for 468 yards (8.8 avg.) and 6 TDs.
 
(3) Gateway (7-2) at (2) Paulsboro (7-2), Saturday, 12 pm.
These teams just met, with Paulsboro winning 36-20 at Gateway on November 1. Paulsboro junior Bhayshul Tuten has been on a roll. In the earlier win over Gateway he rushed for 246 yards and five scores.
 
Central Jersey Group 2
(4) Camden (7-2) at (1) Pleasantville (8-1), Friday, 7 pm.
Pleasantville hasn’t lost since an opening 14-6 defeat to Haddonfield. Freshman quarterback Marlon Leslie has thrown for 656 yards and nine touchdowns for the Greyhounds. Camden opened with a 45-20 win over Lincoln.
 
(3) Bernards (8-1) at (2) Cedar Creek (8-2), Saturday, 12 pm.
Cedar Creek has won four in a row and both of its losses have been to the team in the other bracket, Camden and Pleasantville. Bernards has won eight in a row since an opening 20-7 win over powerful Hillside.
 
South Jersey, Group 2
(5) Delran (8-1) at (1) West Deptford (8-1), Friday, 6 pm.
West Deptford has won three in a row since its only loss, 14-13 to St. Joseph. Delran has won eight in a row since an opening loss to Cinnaminson. Bears senior RJ Moten rushed for 78 yards and a TD in Delran’s opening 29-14 playoff win over Manasquan.
 
(3) Hillside (9-0) at (2) Haddonfield (7-0), Friday, 7 pm.
This is a rematch of last year’s bowl game when Haddonfield beat Hillside, 17-7 to cap a 13-0 season. Now Hillside will be the favorite after an opening 36-2 playoff win over Cinnaminson.
 
Central Jersey, Group 3
(3) Timber Creek (6-3) at (2) Rumson-Fair Haven (5-4), Friday, 7 pm.
Timber Creek sophomore Donovan Leary has thrown for 2,589 yards and 26 TDs while senior Tarheeb Still has caught 54 passes for 1,240 yards and 11 TDs. Rumson opened with a 27-6 win over Delsea.
 
South Jersey, Group 3
(4) Holmdel (6-3) at (1) Woodrow Wilson, Saturday, 1 pm.
Wilson can beat teams in the air or the ground. In last week’s 49-7 win over Hopewell Valley, sophomore Devin Kargman threw five TD passes, giving him 30 this season. Senior Muheem McCargo is among the top running backs in South Jersey. Holmdel has won three in a row after last week’s 22-14 win over Red Bank.
 
(6) Seneca (8-2) at (2) Somerville (9-1), Fri., 7 pm.
Seneca quarterback Marlin Jasinski has thrown for 1,546 yards and 17 TDs. He threw for 182 yards and a score in last week’s 27-23 win over Ocean Township. Somerville has won five in a row after last week’s 37-7 win over Absegami.
 
Central Jersey, Group 4
(4) Middletown South (4-4) at (1) Hammonton (8-2), Friday, 7 pm.
Hammonton has won seven in a row following last week’s opening 35-0 win over Brick Township. Middletown South beat Brick Township, 28-7 two weeks ago in a regular season game.
 
South Jersey, Group 4
(5) Millville (5-4) at (1) Shawnee (7-2), Friday, 7 pm.
Shawnee is the two-time defending sectional champion. The Renegades beat Millville, 28-26 in last year’s sectional semifinal. Millville opened with last week’s 32-24 win at Clearview as Shamore Collins scored two TDs and a two-point conversion.
 
(7) Ocean City (7-2) at (6) Long Branch (4-5), Friday, 7 pm.
After losing to Mainland, 21-6 in a regular season game, Ocean City beat the Mustangs the next week in the Group 3 opener, 21-14. Long Branch is much better than its record indicates, following last week’s opening 33-3 win over a quality Highland team.
 
Central Jersey, Group 5
(5) Cherokee (4-5) at (1) North Brunswick, Friday, 7 pm.
Cherokee survived a last minute missed field goal to beat Manalapan 12-10. North Brunswick has won eight in a row after last week’s 32-20 win over Eastern. Cherokee’s difficult regular season schedule is a major plus for the Chiefs
 
(6) Kingsway (5-4) at (2) Toms River North (9-1), Friday, 7 pm.
Kingsway opened with a convincing 34-7 win over Old Bridge. Toms River North has won five in a row after last week’s 42-17 win over South Brunswick.
 
South Jersey, Group 5
(5) Vineland (5-4) at (1) Williamstown (9-1), Friday, 7 pm.
This is a rematch from the regular season opener when Williamstown won, 28-7. Vineland has won three in a row after last week’s 24-21 playoff win at Southern Regional.
 
(3) Hillsborough (8-2) at 2-Lenape (8-1), Friday, 7 pm.
Lenape has won five in a row since its lone loss, 28-21 to Williamstown. Junior quarterback Brady Long has thrown for 1,008 yards and 15 TDs for the Indians. Hillsborough opened with a 28-7 win last week over Washington Township
 
Non-Public Group 4
(5) St. Augustine (6-3) at (4) Seton Hall Prep (8-1), Saturday, 1 pm.
St. Augustine has been a different team since getting several transfers eligible. One of them is sophomore running back Kanye who has rushed for 609 yards (6.5 avg.) and three touchdowns. Seton Hall Prep has won seven in a row since losing 52-21 to state power DePaul.
 
Non-Public Group 2
(7) St. Mary Rutherford (4-5) at (2) Holy Spirit (4-4), Saturday, 1 pm.
Holy Spirit is looking to face St. Joseph in what would be a rematch in last year’s final. In the regular season Spirit lost 22-19 to St. Joseph, which has a first-round bye. St. Mary has won three in a row.

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