South Jersey Football Games of the Week

South Jersey Football Games of the Week
Besides the Lenape-Williamstown matchup in the South Group 5 final that we previously previewed, here are some of the other top championship games this weekend that include teams from the seven-county South Jersey area in both games.
 
Central Jersey Group 1
Salem (8-3) at Willingboro (10-1), Friday, 7 pm. Willingboro is the defending Central Jersey champion. The Chimeras have won 10 in a row since an opening 24-20 loss to Cedar Creek. Willingboro junior Au-Shaun Davis has thrown for 2,189 yards and 31 touchdowns. Receiver Chris Long, a Temple commit, has caught 57 passes for 1,391 yards and 16 touchdowns. Salem had a 31-6 semifinal win over rival Woodstown, a team that the Rams will face against on Thanksgiving. Kaciir Steet and Da’Shon Bundy each had two touchdowns for the Rams. Stopping Willingboro’s passing game will be key for Salem.
 
South Jersey Group 1
Paulsboro at Penns Grove (11-0), Saturday, 12 pm. Penns Grove is the defending SJ Group 1 champion and has won 24 consecutive games. The Red Devils have won their first two playoff games this season by a 111-7 decision. This is a team with a potent run game, led by junior Nasir Robinson, who has rushed for 1,396 yards (8.1 avg.) and 27 TDs. Senior Jamar Johnson has rushed for 530 yards (8.8 avg.) and 7 TDs. Junior Jayon Carter has rushed for 568 yards (7.5 avg.) and 7 TDs. Paulsboro lost to Penns Grove, 42-26 in its third game of the season. The Red Raiders beat Gateway, 28-8 in the semifinals for coach Glenn Howard’s 300th career win. Junior Bhayshul Tuten has rushed for 1,334 yards (7.8 avg.) and 24 touchdowns.
 
South Jersey Group 4
Ocean City (8-2) at Shawnee (8-2), Friday, 7 pm. Ocean City is the No. 7 seed. The Red Raiders have won two close playoff games. After losing 21-6 to Mainland in the regular season Ocean City beat the Mustangs, 21-14 in the first round of the playoffs and last week beat Long Branch 21-20 as quarterback Joe Repetti threw one TD pass and rushed for two other scores. Shawnee is the two-time defending champion. The Renegades advanced with a 27-18 win over Millville as Jake Barnett had two rushing touchdowns and sophomore Matt Welsey threw two touchdown passes. Shawnee has played a tougher schedule and that could be a factor.
 
Central Jersey Group 5

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Kingsway (6-4) at Cherokee (5-5), Friday, 7 pm. This is a matchup of lower seeded teams. Kingsway is the No 6 seed while Cherokee is the No. 5 seed. Ben Maiers threw two TD passes as Kingsway upset Toms River North, 19-14 I the semifinal. Cherokee, just 1-8 last season, had lost four in a row against a difficult schedule prior to the playoffs. Then the Chiefs beat Manalapan 12-10 and North Brunswick, 41-25. Quarterback Billy Osborn rushed for three touchdowns in the semifinal win over North Brunswick. This game is a testament to the tough schedules both teams have played, which has prepared them for these postseason battles.

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Author: Marc Narducci; Photo by Marc Narducci

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