South Jersey high school football games of the week

by Marc Narducci | Oct 20, 2022
South Jersey high school football games of the week

Friday

Cherokee (3-4, 3-1 WJFL American) at Millville (5-2, 3-1), 6. These two teams, along with Lenape are tied for first place in the West Jersey Football League American Division, one of, if not the best divisions in South Jersey. The winner will earn a least a share of the division title. Cherokee, despite its record, will be a qualifier for the South Group 5 playoffs, whether it wins or loses the game. The Chiefs have had some key injuries, but senior Cameron Burti has been a solid performer with 27 receptions for 325 yards and two touchdowns. Millville, the defending SJ Group 4 champion, has won two in a row over quality Group 4 playoff teams Shawnee and Ocean City, by a combined 62-17 score.

Lenape (4-3, 3-1 WJFL American) at St. Augustine (4-4, 2-2), 6. Lenape would clinch a share of the WJFL American Division title with a win. The Indians can’t win the outright title because the winner of the Cherokee-Millville game would clinch at least a share. Lenape lost its first American Division game of the season against Shawnee but has scored division wins since over Williamstown, Millville and Cherokee. Last week Lenape suffered a wild 29-28 loss to St. Joseph in which the winning Wildcats recovered two onside kicks late in the game. Lenape quarterback Jalen Mims has thrown for 712 yards and five touchdowns.

Holy Spirit (6-1, 3-0 WJFL Continental) at Kingsway (5-2, 3-0), 6. The winner will be the outright champion of the Continental Division. Holy Spirit has won four in a row since a 30-26 loss to St. Joseph. Kingsway has won three consecutive games following last week’s impressive 35-21 win over Cherokee. Kingsway junior Luke Van Brill is a big-play performer. He has 19 receptions for 430 yards and seven touchdowns.

Delsea (7-0, 3-0 WJFL Independence) vs. St. Joseph (5-1, 2-0) at Rowan University, 7. Delsea would clinch the outright Independence Division title with a win. A St. Joseph win would clinch at least a share of the title. St. Joseph has one more division game left on Nov. 23 against Winslow Township. St. Joseph is coming off a 29-28 comeback win over Lenape. The Wildcats not only recovered two onside kicks late in the game but also received a game-winning 34-yard field goal from Trevin DelGozzo as time expired. Delsea has only had one close game, a 26-21 victory over Kingsway on Sept. 23. Every other win came by two or more touchdowns.

Saturday

Cherry Hill East (4-3, 3-1 WJFL Classic) at Haddon Township (6-1, 3-1), 10:30. The winner will earn a least a share of the Classic Division title. Florence, which is also 3-1 would also earn a least a share with a win over Holy Cross. Haddon Township has won three in a row since a 14-6 loss to Florence. Cherry Hill East, which beat Florence earlier this season, 33-14, is looking to bounce back from last week’s 54-13 loss to rival Cherry Hill East.

Woodbury (6-1, 3-0 WJFL Diamond) at Salem (4-4, 1-2), noon. This is a rematch of last year’s Regional Group 1 championship in which Salem won, 34-8 at Rutgers University. Woodbury would clinch the outright title of the Diamond Division with a win. Salem is looking to halt a three-game losing streak, but the Rams have lost to Woodstown, Paulsboro and West Deptford by a combined 14 points. Despite Salem’s record, the Rams should be a threat in Group 1 as of course will Woodbury, which has won two in a row since suffering its only loss of the season, 28-6 to defending Central Jersey Group 2 champ Haddonfield.

 

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Author: Marc Narducci

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