South Jersey Football Game of the Week: St. Augustine at Williamstown

by Marc Narducci | Oct 27, 2020
South Jersey Football Game of the Week: St. Augustine at Williamstown
Matchup: St. Augustine (2-1) at Williamstown (4-0)
When: Friday, 7 pm
Coaches: St. Augustine, Pete Lancetta (236-79-2 overall; 215-65-2 at Hammonton, 21-14 at St. Augustine); Williamstown, Pat Gallagher (4-0). 
This season:
October 9: at Millville, 21-22
October 16 Hammonton, 20-7
October 23 at Mainland, 49-7
October 3: Timber Creek, 21-0
October 9: Kingsway, 13-6
October 16: Willingboro, Forfeit W
October 23: Highland, 41-0
Last meeting: November 21, 2019, St. Augustine won 21-7 at home. It was the only loss for Williamstown during a 12-1 season. This was a typically tough WJFL American Division game. With the score 7-7 entering the fourth quarter, St. Augustine got a 1-yard scoring run from Austin Leyman and then Nasir Hill put the game away with a 40-yard interception return. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Hill, is among the top juniors in South Jersey and can be a difference maker on either side of the ball. 
Importance of this game: These are two of the top teams in South Jersey. Even though St. Augustine suffered that earlier one-point loss to Millville, the Hermits are considered one of the teams that can stay with Williamstown.
Plus Williamstown will be looking for revenge after last year’s loss cost the Braves an unbeaten season. 
Key performers: Williamstown quarterback Doug Brown has thrown five touchdown passes and scored another one running. Junior Taylor Inge has rushed for four touchdowns. Inge got things going in last week’s win over Highland by scoring the first two touchdowns of the game with runs of 1 and 63 yards. He rushed for 136 yards. Brown threw three touchdown passes and scored on a 6-yard run. 
St. Augustine has a key Division I performer in offensive lineman Jake Ketschek, who has committed to Vanderbilt. The Hermits are coming off their best performance in last week’s win over Mainland. Junior Kanye Udoh, among the top players in South Jersey, rushed for 14 yards and two touchdowns.
Key to victory: Both teams are primarily running teams that can also hurt the opponent with the pass if needed. But whichever team has the better ground game should be the winner.
Outlook: Williamstown gets the slight edge, but St. Augustine is more than capable of earning a W. Don’t expect a high scoring game as both teams have underrated defenses. It could be the first team to score 21 points could be the winner. Expect Williamstown to be extra motivated after last year’s loss. Since then the Braves have won eight in a row, seven consecutive games on the field along with the one forfeit win this season.

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Author: Marc Narducci


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