South Jersey Football Games of the Week

South Jersey Football Games of the Week
Here are some of the top games of the week in South Jersey on Thanksgiving.
 
Shawnee (9-2, 3-1 WJFL American) at Lenape (9-2, 3-1), Thursday, 10 am. Besides being such a great rivalry between schools from the Lenape School District, the winner of this game will earn a share of the American Division with Williamstown. Both played last week in sectional title games. Lenape lost to Williamstown, 14-10 in the South Jersey Group 5 championship game. Both of the Indians losses have been to Williamstown, with the Braves winning the 28-21 regular season matchup. Shawnee won the South Jersey Group 4 title with last week’s workmanlike 28-0 win against Ocean City. That is the third straight sectional title for the Renegades. While Shawnee will have to play in a regional Group 4 title game vs Hammonton on December 7, this is Lenape’s final game and the Indians may have more incentive. Lenape is led by one of the top players in South Jersey in junior Xavier Coleman, equally dangerous in the passing and running game. Coleman has rushed for 528 yards (9.4 avg.) and 12 TDs. He has caught 24 passes for 445 yards and 7 TDs. Junior Hamza Bruce has rushed for 866 yards (5.5 avg.) and five touchdowns. Junior quarterback Brady Long has completed 73 of 131 passes for 1,160 yards and 16 TDs. Shawnee sophomore Matt Welsey has completed 106 of 166 passes for 1,487 yards and 10 TDs. He has also rushed for 184 yards and five TDs. Jake Barnett has rushed for 547 yards and 11 TDs on 131 carries. Nate Summerville has 35 receptions for 606 yards and three TDs. This is an evenly matched game, but Shawnee has to decide whether to go for it on Thanksgiving or pull back and save many key players for the regional playoff game.
 
Vineland (5-5, 1-2 WJFL Continental) at Millville (5-5, 1-2), Thursday 10:30 am. This is a rivalry that dates back to 1894 and one of the top rivalries in the country. Millville will be looking for revenge after last year’s 26-6 loss to the Fighting Clan. Both teams made the playoff this year. Millville lost to Shawnee, 27-18 in a SJ Group 4 semifinal. Vineland lost to eventual champion Williamstown, 34-14 in a SJ Group 5 opening round game. Millville’s receiver-defensive back Solomon DeShields is a major playmaker as is Vineland Tight end-safety Tyreem Powell, who has earned a scholarship to Virginia Tech.
 
Haddonfield (7-3) at Haddon Heights (5-5), Thursday, 11 am. A year after going 13-0 and finishing as the No. 1 team in South Jersey, Haddonfield returned to the playoffs, despite graduating 21 seniors. The Bulldogs won a playoff game but were eliminated in the SJ Group 2 semifinals by Hillside, 35-0. Haddonfield and Haddon Heights began playing in 1902. Recently Haddonfield has ruled the series, having won six in a row and 15 of the last 16. This game has a chance to be a competitive affair. Heights is vastly improved after a 2-8 season a year ago. Senior receiver Te’Sean Pressley has 21 receptions for 506 yards and five TDs. He has also returned two kicks for scores. Senior Josh Harrielal has rushed for 738 yards and 7 TDs on 152 carries. Haddonfield senior QB Jack Narducci has thrown 15 TDs passes.

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