South Jersey Football Games of the Week

South Jersey Football Games of the Week
The abbreviated high South Jersey begins this weekend. Besides the Holy Spirit (8-4) at St. Joseph (9-2) matchup, which is our Game of the Week, here are some of the other top South Jersey football contests in the opening week of the season 
 
Friday October 2
Delran (8-2) at Cinnaminson (4-6), 5:30 pm. Last season these two teams opened their season and Cinnaminson came away with a 21-10 win. Delran, then didn’t suffer another defeat until losing to West Deptford in the second round of the South Jersey Group 2 playoffs. Coach Garrett Lucas has done a good job turning around the Delran program going 16-4 in his first two seasons.
 
Millville (5-6) at Hammonton (10-3) 6 pm. Millville had a deceptive record last season while playing one of the toughest schedules in South Jersey. Jr. RB Lequint Allen is among the more exciting big-play performers in South Jersey. Hammonton advanced to the SJ Group 4 final before losing to Shawnee. Sr. RB Jaiden Abrams is another big-play back, who rushed for 1,811 yards (6.7 avg.) and 21 TDs. 
 
Seneca (9-3) at Cherry Hill West (6-4), 6:30 pm. It was quite a season for Seneca, which won the WJFL National Division title and won a playoff game before being eliminated by Sommerville in the SJ Group 3 semifinals. The Golden Eagles were hit hard by graduation but Sr. WR Najheem Johnson is coming off a big season with 51 receptions, 554 yards and 6 TDs. This will be the first game for new Cherry Hill West coach Justin Arabia, the former Rowan assistant. 
 
Burlington Township (6-3) at Willingboro (12-1), 7 pm. Willingboro is coming off a dream season, winning the Central Jersey Group 1 title in convincing fashion, beating Salem, 40-8 in the final and then defeating Penns Grove, 50-14 in the South-Central game. Willingboro is led by dynamic senior QB Ah-Shaun Davis, who completed 57.9 percent of his passes for 2,587 yards, and 38 TDs. Senior Demie Sumo caught 21 passes for 450 yards and 8 TDs. On a run-oriented Burlington Township team, Jr. QB Gage Miller threw for 722 yards and 8 TDs. 
 
West Deptford (9-2) at Haddonfield (8-3), 7 pm. This is among the top rivalries in South Jersey. Haddonfield won the South Jersey Group 2 titles in 2017 and 2018 and qualified for the playoffs last year despite losing a lot to graduation. Now the Bulldogs hope to get back to competing for a sectional title. Last year West Deptford won the WJFL Colonial, with the key win a 28-14 victory over the Bulldogs. Haddonfield has a strong running game led by senior Tommy Batson who rushed for 587 yards (6.7 avg.) and 4 TDs. 
 
Saturday October 3
Shawnee (10-3) at Woodrow Wilson (10-2), 1 pm. This is a game featuring defending South Jersey champions. Shawnee has won the last three South Jersey Group 4 titles. Wilson has captured consecutive South Jersey Group 3 titles. Shawnee Sr. WR-LB Nate Summerville (6-5, 210) is a returning first-team all-conference selection on offense. He had 40 receptions for 659 yards and 5 TDs, while contributing 20 tackles and 2 INTs. Jr. QB Matt Welsey (5-11, 185) was a second-team selection. He completed 123 of 191 for 1,755 yards and 13 TDs. Wilson has one of the area’s top QB’s in junior Devin Kargman threw for 3,757 yards and 44 TDs. 
 
Paulsboro (8-3) at Woodbury (6-4), 2 pm. This is one of the great rivalries in South Jersey, but last year Paulsboro won easily, 42-7. The key player is Paulsboro Sr. RB-CB Bhayshul Tuten (5-10, 185) who rushed for 1,467 yards (7.6 avg.) and 24 TDs. Playing in the secondary, he also had 38 tackles, seven tackles for loss and one interception. He has the ability to dominate on either side of the ball. 

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Williamstown (12-1) at Timber Creek (7-4), 6 pm.
Both teams will have coaches making their debut. Former assistant Pat Gallagher takes over at Williamstown, the two-time defending SJ Group 5 champion. Brian Wright, the former head coach at Cherry Hill West, takes over at Timber Creek, which his led by one of the top quarterbacks in the state in Jr. Donovan Leary. Last season Leary completed 63.3 percent of his passes for 3,054 yards and 28 TDs.

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