South Jersey Football Games of the Week

by Marc Narducci | Sep 15, 2022
South Jersey Football Games of the Week


Delsea (2-0) at Ocean City (2-1), 6. This is a West Jersey Football League Independence Division showdown between two Top 10 teams in South Jersey. After opening with a 47-7 win over Delran, Delsea enjoyed a 35-21 win last week over a quality Winslow Township team. Jared Schoppe rushed for 76 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries. Delsea’s Wing-T attack is one of the most difficult to defend in South Jersey. Ocean City has played a tough opening schedule. After losing to Pennsylvania’s Neshaminy, 19-0, the Red Raiders beat Mainland 21-20 and last week defeated defending regional champion Cedar Creek, 21-7. Jack Hoag scored twice, on a 19-yard run and a 23-yard pass from Riley Gunnels, among the top quarterbacks in South Jersey. This will come down to Delsea being able to stop the pass and Ocean City trying to contain the Crusaders’ potent running game.

Washington Township (1-2) at Holy Spirit (2-1), 6. Both teams are coming off losses to quality teams. Holy Spirit, which opened with impressive wins over Cherokee and Egg Harbor Township, lost, 30-26 last week to St. Joseph. Washington Township has played one of the tougher opening schedules in South Jersey. The Minutemen have suffered their losses to last year’s SJ Group 5 finalists, runner-up Toms River North and champion Kingsway. Last week Township fell 28-14 to Kingsway. Township, which suffered an opening 28-21 loss to Toms River North, still has the look of a postseason team. This is a WJFL Continental game, where right now Kingsway is in the driver’s seat after the win over Township.

Deptford (2-0) at Woodstown (2-0), 7. A sectional finalist last year, Woodstown might be improved this year, opening with wins over Haddon Heights and Paulsboro. Junior James Hill has been among the top players in South Jersey. In two games he has rushed for 540 yards (9.6 avg.) and five touchdowns. Hill also has three receptions for 60 yards and two scores. He is also a standout linebacker and does the punting. Deptford, under first-year coach Patrick Landis, is off to a 2-0 start. Spartans quarterback CJ Carter has completed 18 of 25 passes for 381 yards and four touchdowns. He has also rushed for 101 yards (7.2 avg.) and two scores.


Paulsboro (0-2) at Woodbury (3-0), 10:30. This is one of the great rivalries in South Jersey. Paulsboro has played a tough opening schedule, losing to Haddonfield and Woodstown, two sectional title contenders. Woodbury has beaten Maple Shade, West Deptford and Penns Grove. In last week’s 32-6 win over a quality Penns Grove team, Woodbury intercepted three passes and had five sacks. Dominic Abbatelli led the way with an interception and a blocked punt. Woodbury senior quarterback Bryan Johnson has completed 41 of 59 passes for 550 yards and seven touchdowns.

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Author: Marc Narducci


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