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Baker's Dozen: 13 breakout players from the 2023 South Jersey high school football season

Washington Township's Logan Perez catches a pass in the football game played between the Minutemen and Eastern at Washington Township High School in Sewell, New Jersey on Friday, September 1, 2023. Kiersten Cowgill/D2 Sports Network


The 2023 football season produced many memorable moments and players.


Two South Jersey teams came home with state titles while a third team reached the same stage and fell short but will pick up the pieces with a bright future and move forward.


There were old-fashioned shootouts. Absegami and Cedar Creek combined for 98 points in the Pirates' 50-48 victory in their first home game under the lights in school history. Paul VI prevailed in a duel with Notre Dame in the first round of the New Jersey Non-Public A playoffs that resulted in 92 total points. The Eagles advanced with a 51-41 win.


There were low-scoring affairs led by stifling defenses. Penns Grove held Group 1 state finalist Glassboro scoreless in a 6-0 win. St. Augustine squeezed by Cherokee, 3-0, with a first quarter field goal by Antonio Freund.


There were players that flew under the radar at the beginning of the year that proceeded to make big splashes.


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