WJFL Releases New Schedule

by Marc Narducci | Aug 5, 2020
WJFL Releases New Schedule
The West Jersey Football League (WJFL) has come out with a condensed schedule. In following the NJSIAA guidelines, there will be six regular season games, two potential playoffs and if teams still desire, a Thanksgiving game.
 
The season would begin the weekend of Oct. 2, and the six games would go through the weekend of Nov. 7. There would be then two weeks for playoffs.
 
There will be no state championships, but there could be a condensed South Jersey championship. Remember, before the football playoffs were expanded in 1998, only four teams per Group used to make the postseason and a sectional champion was crowned. 
 
That type of format could be done.
 
This year, there will be no conference championships.
 
Only teams play on Thanksgiving will play nine games instead of eight.
 
Derryk Sellers, the new president of the WJFL and the athletic director at Lindenwold, had a lot of adjusting to do but the schools now know who they will be playing (if of course there is a season).
 
In the schedule that Sellers forwarded to SouthJersey.com, there are still 25 Thanksgiving games involving teams from the seven-county South Jersey area. Here are those matchups: 
 
Bordentown at New Egypt
Burlington City at Palmyra
Rancocas Valley at Pemberton
Lower Cape May at Middle Township
Atlantic City at Holy Spirit 
Ocean City at Pleasantville
Absegami at Oakcrest
Millville at Vineland
Paulsboro at West Deptford
Haddon Township at Audubon
Gateway at Woodbury
Gloucester at Gloucester Catholic
Haddon Heights at Haddonfield
Haddon Township at Audubon
Camden Catholic at Paul VI
Woodrow Wilson at Camden
Seneca at Cherokee
Lenape at Shawnee
Cherry Hill West at Cherry Hill East
Clayton at Pitman
Woodstown at Salem
Cumberland at Schalick
Triton at Highland
Timber Creek at Winslow Township
Kingsway at Clearview
 
As recently as last year, some of these matchups weren’t played on Thanksgiving because of the playoffs, so schools would often schedule their Thanksgiving rivalry at the beginning of the season such as Paulsboro and West Deptford.
 
One thing that is great to see is that St. Joseph (Hammonton) will have a schedule. As we wrote about last week, the school, which was shut down by the Diocese on June 30, will open as St. Joseph Academy. 
 
The Wildcats will have one of the more challenging schedules. They open the weekend of Oct. 2 hosting Holy Spirit, in a rematch of last year’s state Non-Public Group 2 final when the Spartans beat St. Joe, 38-0. 
 
St Joe will also play at Pleasantville, Millville and Vineland before finishing with home games against Cedar Creek and Timber Creek. 
 
All six opponents were playoff teams a year ago. 

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This season isn’t as much about championships as about being able to compete. Regardless of record, if the teams are able to play the season out, that would be an outstanding success, regardless of record. 
 
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