South Jersey Football Game of the Week: Winslow Township vs. Woodrow Wilson

South Jersey Football Game of the Week: Winslow Township vs. Woodrow Wilson
Matchup: Winslow Township (2-0) at Woodrow Wilson (1-1).
 
When: Saturday, 1 pm.
 
What makes this a key matchup: Woodrow Wilson is the two-time defending South Jersey Group 3 champion. The Tigers opened with an impressive 34-27 win over Shawnee only to lose 35-0 last week against Cherokee. This is a Wilson team that is a proud program and is not used to such a lopsided loss, even though Cherokee is a quality team.
 
Winslow Township is an upstart program that this season is competing in Group 4 (even though there aren’t playoffs, that is where the Eagles are situated). The Eagles opened with a 15-12 win over a Top 10 team Camden and then last week eased past Seneca 31-0. 
 
Coaches: Winslow Township Kenny Scott (9-14); Wilson Preston Brown (40-19).  
 
Last meeting: October 22, 2005, Winslow Township won, 20-6. 
 
Next up: Winslow Township hosts Washington Township on Saturday Oct. 24 at 7. Wilson will visit Haddonfield, Oct. 30 at 7. 
 
Keys to the game: Whenever playing Wilson, a team has to stop the prolific passing game led by junior Devon Kargman. In the opening win over Shawnee, he scored on an 11-yard run while throwing two touchdown passes. 
 
Wilson couldn’t get the offense going against a Cherokee team that is the defending South Jersey Group 5 champion and is probably better this season. 
 
Both teams have outstanding athletes and Winslow Township has boosted by the addition of Trey Thorpe, a transfer from Camden Catholic. He scored on an 87-yard kickoff return in the opening win over Camden and is also a force in the secondary.
 
Senior Jayden Brown, who will attend Navy, is a quality receiver. Quarterback Hamas Duren, who scored the winning 2-yard TD run against Camden, is a dual threat. 
 
Outlook: Wilson is looking to rebound while Winslow Township is out to prove that the quick start isn’t a fluke. The Eagles haven’t started a season 3-0 since winning the first three of the 2015 season in a year that they finished 5-5. This year’s team has much loftier goals than a .500 season. Winslow Township last had a winning season when it went 7-4 in 2010, coached by Mike McBride, who began his head coaching career at Wilson. 

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This could be a special season for the Eagles, but getting by Wilson will be a big obstacle. This may not be the high scoring game that many might have thought in preseason. Winslow Township has played great defense and the team that wins the turnover battle should win the game.

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