South Jersey Football Games of the Week

South Jersey Football Games of the Week
Besides Saturday’s Woodbury at Haddon Heights matchup, which was our Game of the Week, here are some of the other key football matchups for Week 4 of the South Jersey season. 
 
Friday
Millville (1-2) at Ocean City (3-0), 6 pm. Ocean City picked up where it left off last year, when the Red Raiders went 9-3 and advanced to the South Jersey Group 4 final before falling to Shawnee. This season Ocean City has defeated Absegami, Oakcrest and Cedar Creek by a combined 142-14. Quarterback Joe Repetti has thrown eight touchdown passes in the three wins. Millville had one of the bigger upsets of the season when the Thunderbolts beat St. Augustine two weeks ago, 22-21. Last week, the Thunderbolts were defeated by St. Joseph, 56-6. On paper, Ocean City is the clear favorite, but Millville, which for the past few years has played one of South Jersey’s toughest schedules, has a history of bouncing back. 
 
Cherokee (3-0) at Shawnee (0-3), 6 pm. Shawnee has played better than its record, although the Renegades are coming of a 40-21 loss to an excellent Camden team. Shawnee also lost by a touchdown to Washington Township and Woodrow Wilson. Cherokee, which won one game two years ago, but was a Central Jersey Group 5 champion last year, has outscored its three opponents, 114-14. Senior quarterback Billy Osborn has completed 67.5 percent of his passes for 388 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. A big game for Cherokee will be Nov. 5, in its final regular season game against Lenape.
 
Saturday
Washington Township (1-1) at Winslow Township (3-0), 7 pm. Washington Township opened its season with a 20-13 upset of Shawnee and then the Minutemen were involved in an offensive shootout with a talented Kingsway team, losing 35-28 in a game that was 28-28 entering the fourth quarter. Jo’Nathan Silver had a 32-yard scoring pass from Liam Friel and a 25-yard touchdown run for Washington Township. Winslow Township has been among South Jersey’s biggest surprises, already with wins over Woodrow Wilson and Camden. In last week’s 18-0 win over a talented Wilson team, Winslow Township not only shut out the Tigers, but scored eight points on defense, on a safety and Jayden Brown 13-yard interception return. 
 
Paul VI (2-1) at Bishop Eustace (0-3), 7 pm. Paul VI under second-year coach Dennis Scuderi, is showing great improvement. Last year the Eagles went 1-9 but played a difficult schedule. This season the schedule isn’t quite as imposing, but the Eagles have been impressive with wins over Cherry Hill East and last week, a 28-14 victory over Triton. Quarterback Joe Gledhill is an experienced field general for the Eagles. Last year Paul VI’s only win was a 21-20 thriller over Eustace. While the Crusaders are off to a 0-3 start, one of the losses was an 18-17 defeat to Princeton.

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