Schedule For This Weeks High School Football Games

by Marc Narducci | Sep 9, 2022
Schedule For This Weeks High School Football Games
Friday, Sept. 9

Washington Township (1-1) at Kingsway (0-1), 6 p.m. Talk about a tough beginning schedule. Last year Kingsway beat Toms River North in the SJ Group 5 final and Township has to face both in the first three weeks. The Minutemen lost the opener to Toms River North, 28-21 despite three touchdowns by quarterback Jared Dziergowski. Township rebounded with last week’s 45-12 win over Eastern as Dziergowski scored three more touchdowns on runs of 1 and 80 yards and on a 30-yard interception return. Kingsway, a preseason Top 10 team in South Jersey, is coming off an opening 28-14 loss to Williamstown. Both Kingsway and Washington Township are expected to be Group 5 playoff teams, regardless of the outcome of this game.

St. Augustine (1-1) at Cherokee (0-2), 6. Cherokee is off to a rough start after being a preseason Top 10 team in South Jersey. The Chiefs opened with a 34-31 loss to Holy Spirit in Ocean City. That game ended on a 23-yard field goal as time expired. The Chiefs then lost to Hammonton, 24-14. This will be the first division game for Cherokee, the WJFL American Division. St. Augustine bounced back from an opening 41-7 loss to state power St. Peter’s Prep by defeating St. Joseph, 30-10. Four different players scored in the balanced St. Augustine attack.

Holy Spirit (2-0) at St. Joseph Hammonton (0-1), 6. Holy Spirit has been the surprise team in South Jersey. had the stunner of the opening week with a 34-31 victory over favored Cherokee in the Battle at the Beach in Ocean City. Sophomore Mason Forte kicked a game-winning 23-yard field goal as time expired. Spirit then followed that up with a 35-14 win over Egg Harbor Township as Jahcere Ward scored three touchdowns and Gavin Roman added two. Last year Holy Spirit had one of its biggest wins when the Spartans beat St. Joseph, 35-24. St. Joseph is looking to bounce back from last week’s loss to St. Augustine. This is one of coach Paul Sacco’s more inexperienced teams and the Wildcats should be better in the second half of the season but there will be some time needed to jell.

Winslow Township (0-1) at Delsea (1-0), 7. Winslow Township is the defending CJ Group 4 champion, while Delsea was a sectional finalist in Group 3. Both are threats to return to championship games. Winslow Township will be playing on a short week after Sunday’s 21-17 loss to Northern Highlands at Rutgers. Senior Jamil Peterson rushed for 89 yards and also returned a kickoff 77 yards for a TD for Winslow Township. Delsea is coming off an impressive 47-7 win over a better than its record 0-2 Delran team. Under coach Sal Marchese Jr., Delsea has one of the top running attacks in South Jersey with the Wing-T offense.

Saturday, Sept. 10

Pennsauken (1-0) at Camden Eastside (formerly Woodrow Wilson), 1. Pennsauken opened with a 47-30 win over Cherry Hill West. The Indians trailed West, 22-14 after three quarters before going on a 33-8 fourth-quarter explosion. Boston College commits Kahlil Ali scored two receiving touchdowns and another on a 50-yard interception return. Eastside opened with a 48-14 loss to Group 4 contender Shawnee. The Tigers, who played without a few key starters, trailed just 21-14 at halftime but struggled in the second half. It was the debut game for new Eastside coach Melik Brown.

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Author: Marc Narducci

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