A Season to Remember for Williamstown Football

A Season to Remember for Williamstown Football
Williamstown began the season considered one of the top five teams in South Jersey. The Braves ended as the consensus No. 1 team.
 
This season:
WILLIAMSTOWN, 12-1
September 6  Vineland, 28-7
September 13  Rancocas Valley, 40-0
September 20  at Millville, 37-0
September 27  Lenape, 28-21
October 4  Atlantic City, 41-0
October 11  at Cherokee, 24-7
October 18  Washington Township, 33-0
October 25  at Shawnee, 17-0
November 1  at St. Augustine, 7-21
November 8  Hunterdon Central, 42-3 (South Group 5)
November 15  Vineland, 34-14 (South Group 5)
November 22  Lenape, (South Group 5)
December 7  Cherokee 30-14 (South/Central Group 5 title)
 
Coach: Fran Fucetola (182-99 overall; 163-87 at Williamstown; 19-12 at St. Augustine)
 
What the Braves accomplished: Williamstown won a share of the WJFL American Division, considered he deepest in South Jersey. The Braves also captured their second South Jersey Group 5 championship in a row. In the past two years, Williamstown has gone 24-2.
 
Best win(s): Pick one of the two victories over Lenape. The first, a 28-21 thriller, in which Williamstown trailed 13-0, led 21-14 only to see Lenape tie the score in the fourth quarter. The Braves then scored the game-winning touchdown on Mekhi Gamble’s 27-yard touchdown reception from Doug Brown.
 
In Williamstown’s 14-10 South Jersey Group 1 win over Lenape, the Braves scored a late 1-yard touchdown run by Tuner Inge for the difference.
 
How it ended: Inge scored two touchdown runs as the Braves defeated Cherokee, 30-14 in the South/Central Group 5 regional championship.
 
Toughest loss: That would be the only loss, a 21-7 defeat to St. Augustine. The Hermits were the only team to limit Williamstown to one touchdown.
 
Toughest player to replace: That would be senior two-way lineman Aaron Lewis, who is headed to Michigan. The 6-5, 250-pound senior had nine sacks, while often facing double and sometimes triple teaming.
 
Key player returning: That would be Brown, the quarterback, who will be a senior next season. He threw for more than 1,500 yards and 16 touchdowns. He will lead an offense that also returns Inge, who scored eight touchdowns.

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Prognosis for next year:
Once again the Braves should be among the top teams in South Jersey. This program is on a roll and there is no slowing up in sight.

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