South Jersey Football games of the Week

by Marc Narducci | Sep 29, 2022
South Jersey Football games of the Week
Friday

Hammonton (4-1) at Rancocas Valley (3-2), 6:30. Hammonton looks to bounce back from its first loss of the season last week, 29-14 to major Group 4 contender Mainland. Hammonton is also a contender in Group 4. Rancocas Valley has lost two in a row but remains a viable contender for an SJ Group 5 playoff berth. The Red Devils are coming off a 21-14 loss to Group 3 playoff contender Burlington Township. Malachi Castle, who scored both touchdowns against Burlington Township, is a player that Hammonton will have to contain.

Haddonfield (3-0) at West Deptford (1-3), 7. On paper, this looks like a mismatch, but this is one of the great football rivalries and West Deptford has a deceptive schedule. Yes, the Eagles suffered a 33-10 loss to one of South Jersey’s top teams, Camden, but the other losses were 14-7 to Woodbury and 32-28 last week to Paulsboro. Haddonfield is coming off a 28-6 win over Woodbury in a game that was 14-6 early in the fourth quarter before the Bulldogs scored two touchdowns. Haddonfield junior Declan McCarthy has thrown for 503 yards and nine touchdown passes in the three games.

Saturday

Woodstown (4-0) at Salem (4-1), noon. This is the game of the week in South Jersey. These two usually play on Thanksgiving but due to the addition of a state championship game this year, they decided to move it to the regular season. The rivalry dates back to 1911. Last year Woodstown beat Salem, 21-14 in a Thanksgiving thriller. Woodstown junior James Hill has rushed for 843 yards (7.7) and eight touchdowns. He also has three receptions for 60 yards and two scores. Junior quarterback Max Webb has thrown for 234 yards and two touchdowns. Salem’s lone loss was 28-21 to powerful Camden in a game played at Rutgers. The Rams are coming off a 26-20 win over defending sectional and regional Group 3 champ Cedar Creek. Against Cedar Creek Salem senior Jahki Coates completed 13 of 22 passes for 182 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed for 77 yards (7.7 avg.) and one score.

Audubon (1-2) at Overbrook (2-3), 2 p.m. These are two teams that still have playoff hopes, Audubon in SJ Group 1 and Overbrook in Group 2. Audubon is coming off a 29-23 win over Gloucester. Senior Scott Lynch is considered among the top quarterbacks in South Jersey. Lynch has completed 32 of 59 for 416 yards and three touchdowns. He has rushed for 101 yards (4.2 avg.) and one score. Junior Luke Hoke has rushed for 245 yards (6.0 avg.) and one score. Overbrook is coming off a 20-14 loss to Maple Shade. (As a comparison, Audubon had opened with a 30-20 loss to Maple Shade). Overbrook junior quarterback DeAngello Conquest has completed 93 of 152 passes for 1,149 yards and eight touchdowns.

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