A Look Back at the South Jersey Regional Football Games

A Look Back at the South Jersey Regional Football Games
The South Jersey football season has ended and in the next few weeks we will be reviewing some of the top teams.
 
Here is a review of the regional championship games that pitted the South Jersey champs against the Central Jersey champions:
 
Most shocking score: Willingboro 50, Penns Grove 14, in the South/Central Group 1 game. Penns Grove had not lost a game for nearly two full seasons. The Red Devils took a 25-game win streak into the game, but the Willingboro offense was too much. Senior Chris Long, who has committed to Temple, caught seven passes for more than 200 yards and three touchdowns. Junior Ah-Shaun Davis threw for 330 yards and five touchdowns. For Willingboro that ended a 12-1 season. The Chimeras opened with a 24-20 loss to eventual Group 2 regional finalist Cedar Creek before winning the final 12 games, many in emphatic fashion.
 
Least surprising score: Shawnee 34, Hammonton 0, South/Central Group 4 regional final. This is nothing against Hammonton, which enjoyed a great season, but beating the Renegades in the postseason has become a difficult task, not only lately, but for the better part of two decades. Shawnee has won three straight sectional titles. In addition, the Renegades had defeated Hammonton, 31-8 in the regular season. Hammonton deserves a lot of credit. After that initial loss to Shawnee, the Blue Devils fell to 1-2. They promptly on won nine in a row until this final loss to Shawnee.
 
Least surprising score (Part II): Williamstown 30, Cherokee 14, South-Central Group 5 championship. Williamstown ended a 12-1 season with the win and the Braves finished as the consensus No. 1 team in South Jersey. Runnning back William Inge rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Williamstown’s lone loss was to St. Augustine. For Cherokee, it was a bounce-back season. The Chiefs went 1-8 last year and were 3-5 before the playoffs began and then won three straight to claim the CJ Group 5 title.
 
Getting down to business: That would be Woodrow Wilson, who won the South-Central Group 3 regional with a workman-like 12-7 win over Wall Township. Wilson, known for being a high-scoring team, showed what a strong defense it has. Linebacker Muheem McCargo, who is also a standout running back, had nine tackles to lead the Tigers. Sophomore Devin Kargman threw a TD pass and scored on a 1-yard run. That ended Wilson’s season at 10-2. Wilson won a lot of games when the offense was explosive and the Tigers were able to win a defensive struggle.

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Author: Marc Narducci; Photo by Brian Dohn

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