• Kevin Emmons

Week 5 Games to Watch in South Jersey

Updated: Sep 29

Shawnee quarterback Joe Papa calls out an audible in a game against Cherokee in Medford on Friday, September 16, 2022. The Renegades host St. Augustine on Friday night. Ryan Fuhs for D2 Sports Network

South Jersey high school football fans are beginning to see their wardrobes transition from short sleeves and shorts, to jackets, coats, denim, and head-warming accessories as summer becomes a memory. As the temperatures begin to drop, the action begins to warm up with division title races, playoff positioning and much more at stake.

Here's a look at this weekend's top matchups and a complete schedule:

St. Augustine (1-4) at Shawnee (3-2), Friday, 6 p.m.

The Hermits won last season's meeting, 21-7.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Shawnee defeated The Prep, 14-7, in 2019. The two programs did not meet in 2020.

St. Augustine fell to 1-4 with a 28-7 loss to Holy Spirit last Friday. Julian Turney scored the lone touchdown for Pete Lancetta's group on a four-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter. Turney set up the score with a 56-yard breakaway run earlier in the drive.

The Hermits have lost three games in a row for the first time since 2011.

Shawnee suffered its second straight setback by a touchdown. The Renegades fell to Winslow in a rematch of last year's Central Jersey Group 4 final, 21-14. Tim Gushue's squad suffered a 21-14 defeat to district rival Cherokee a week prior to its second loss in a row.

Joe Papa generated 14 rushes for 66 yards and a score in the loss to Winslow. Nick Rusinski added 53 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground. Linebacker Josh Peluse added to his strong 2022 campaign with a team-high 11 tackles. Ethan Krauss tallied eight tackles with an interception and Jimmy Potter earned seven tackles and a forced fumble.

Lower Cape May (4-0) at Middle Township (2-2), Friday, 7 p.m.

The Caper Tigers improved their record to 4-0 for the first time since 2010. Lower Cape May cruised past Wildwood, 47-6, last Friday. Hunter Ray completed over 50% of his passes (9-for-16) for 135 yards and two touchdowns in the triumph. He also added 47 yards and two scores on the ground.

Aiden McCarraher rushed for 166 yards and three touchdowns in a 47-12 victory over Cumberland on September 16.

Middle Township has won the last four matchups in the series against the Caper Tigers.

The Panthers etched out a 21-8 win last season behind 277 combined rushing yards from 2022 Press (of Atlantic City) Male Athlete of the Year David Giulian (177 yards) and Remi Rodriguez (100 yards).

Giulian graduated in June, but Rodriguez is still packing a punch.

The sophomore rushed for 85 yards, a touchdown and returned a kickoff 89 yards to seal a 30-26 victory over Clayton on September 16.

Mike Zarfati reeled in a pair of touchdown passes from Mark Oliver in a 14-0 win over Gateway last Friday.

Hammonton (4-1) at Rancocas Valley (3-2), Friday, 6:30 p.m.

Two weeks ago, the Hammonton High School and Rancocas Valley Regional High School football programs were both undefeated and in control of the West Jersey Football League Memorial Division race.

Now both teams are looking for a defining win.

The Blue Devils avoided an upset scare against Eastern with a 21-14 victory before falling to Mainland, 29-14, last Friday. Kye Pressley rushed for a score and Nakeem Powell caught a 21-yard touchdown strike from Billy Way in the loss.

The Red Devils fell to Timber Creek, 28-15, before being stunned by Burlington Township, 21-14, last week. Malachi Castle rushed for two scores and 83 yards in the loss to the Falcons. Quarterback Kevin Burr added 112 yards on the ground and Jerimya Paula tallied a team-high 128 rushing yards.

Both teams will look to get back in the win column and stay within a game of the unbeaten Chargers to remain in contention for a WJFL Memorial Division title.

Rancocas Valley won the last meeting, 48-0, in 2017.

Moorestown (4-1) at Paul VI (3-1), Friday, 7 p.m.

The Quakers celebrated their first 4-0 start to a season since 2017 with wins over Burlington Township, Cherry Hill East, Northern Burlington and Triton, before falling short to Oakcrest, 15-14, last Friday. John Zohlman threw for 171 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the one-point loss. Andrew Curry added 50 rushing yards and a score, and Cai'Leb Dias racked up eight tackles, two forced fumbles, two sacks and two tackles for loss.

Zicri Forest returned a punt 68 yards with only 1:34 remaining to lift the Falcons past Moorestown to their fourth victory of the season.

Paul VI cruised past Clayton, 36-0, last Friday. Savien Higgs threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Tyree Roane and rushed for another score. Gavin Bunt, Matt Morad and Kyle Smith added rushing touchdowns in the win.

The Eagles have won seven out of their last nine games dating back to last season. Paul VI defeated Highland and Cherry Hill West by a combined three points earlier this year. The Eagles only setback is a 23-7 loss to undefeated Seneca.

Moorestown defeated Paul VI, 51-21, in the last meeting between the two programs in 2019. The Quakers also earned a 47-10 triumph in 2018.

However, the Eagles have defeated Moorestown on three separate occasions since 2013 by a combined score of 123-33.

Camden Eastside (0-3) at Willingboro (1-3), Friday, 7 p.m.

The Tigers are still searching for their first win under first-year coach Melik Brown.

Camden Eastside lost a heartbreaker to Cedar Creek, 7-6, on September 17 before its bye week. Mahki Brunson tossed a 22-yard touchdown to Patrick Aow and accumulated 121 yards through the air in the loss. Aow reeled in four passes for 51 yards.

IMG Academy (F.L.) transfer Will Norman is expected to make his debut for the Tigers in the coming weeks. The Florida commit is a Camden native and assisted Philadelphia Eagles edge rusher Haason Reddick at his youth football camp in July.

Willingboro suffered a 14-7 defeat to No. 12 St. Joseph (Hammonton) last Friday. The Chimeras only other two losses came at the hands of No. 8 Timber Creek (22-8) and Ramapo (48-20), the No. 6-ranked and top-ranked public school in the Garden State according to NJ Advance Media.

Freshman quarterback Lamar Best completed 10 out of 15 pass attempts for 188 yards and three touchdowns in Willingboro's 31-0 win over Delran on September 16. Khamaad Rice hauled in five receptions for 119 yards and a touchdown. Jayson Harris added four catches for 64 yards and a pair of scores in the triumph. The ground attack was fueled by 57 yards and a touchdown from Derrick Bryant.

Steve Everette's squad has won the last four meetings against Camden Eastside. North Carolina State running back Demie Sumo-Karngbaye returned a kickoff for an 86-yard score and caught a 45-yard touchdown pass from Lafayette quarterback Ah-Shaun Davis as Willingboro won the last meeting, 22-18, in 2019.

Woodstown (4-0) at Salem (3-1), Saturday, 12 p.m.

The Wolverines remained undefeated with a 22-16 win over Glassboro in overtime last Friday. James Hill rushed for 117 yards, the game-clinching touchdown and returned a 70-yard interception for a score. The junior has 843 rushing yards and 12 total touchdowns through four games. Zach Bevis led Woodstown with 10 tackles, a sack and a tackle for loss in the victory.

The Rams squeezed past Cedar Creek, 26-20, in a matchup of defending regional champions last Saturday. Jahki Coates broke Salem's career record for passing touchdowns with a pair of passing scores and 184 yards in the win. The senior has 50 career passing touchdowns. He also rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown. Anthony Selby secured six receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown.

The Wolverines defeated Salem, 20-14, in the latest matchup in November, 2021. The win came after Woodstown was eliminated from the South Jersey Group 1 playoffs. The Rams went on to defeat Woodbury, 34-8, to secure their first regional crown in school history.

Woodstown has won two out of the last three matchups since 2019. The trio of contests have been decided by a combined 13 points.

The Wolverines and Salem are currently ranked first and second, respectively, in the NJSIAA's latest high school football United Power Ranking ladder for South Jersey Group 1.

Audubon (1-2) at Overbrook (2-3), Saturday, 2 p.m.

The Green Wave were idle last week after securing a 29-23 comeback victory over Gloucester on September 17. Quarterback Scott Lynch tossed four touchdown passes and accumulated 335 yards. Amauri Pimentel hauled in seven passes for 66 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning score with 12.7 seconds left. Billy Lindemuth reeled in seven receptions for a game-high 169 yards.

Overbrook fell short to Maple Shade, 20-14, last Saturday. Quarterback DeAngello Conquest completed 18 of 32 pass attempts for 215 yards and two scores. Marc Anthony Wood tallied eight receptions for a team-high 77 yards and a score. Jayson Chavous and Eddie Bupp combined for 103 rushing yards.

The Rams have won each of the last three matchups dating back to 2015. Audubon's latest win in the series was a 7-6 decision in 2014.

Ocean City (2-2) at Winslow (1-2), Saturday, 7 p.m.

The Red Raiders regrouped with a bye week after falling to Delsea, 35-6, on September 16. Riley Gunnels completed 50% of his pass attempts (12-for-24) for 175 yards and a touchdown in the loss. John Moyer reeled in three catches for 56 yards and a score. Jack Hoag emerged as Ocean City's leading receiver in the contest with five receptions for 59 yards.

The Eagles defeated Shawnee, 21-14, to earn their first win of the season last Saturday. Former Penn State running back and first-year coach Bill Belton earned his first victory at the helm. Jamil Peterson exploded for 160 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. The senior also added a pair of receptions for 42 yards and contributed 10 tackles on defense. Jimmy Wilson, Jr. threw for 140 yards, an interception, and provided a 24-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter. Penn State commit Ejani Shakir tallied nine receptions for 90 yards.

Each team is seeking a win to keep pace with No. 2 Delsea in the West Jersey Football League Independence Division race.

The Red Raiders have heavyweight matchups looming against St. Joseph (Hammonton), Millville and Hammonton following Saturday night's showdown on Cooper Folly Road. Winslow's journey also intensifies with remaining games against Washington Township, Burlington Township, Cedar Creek and St. Joseph (Hammonton).

Friday's Schedule

- St. Joseph (Hammonton) at Cedar Creek, 2 pm

- Pemberton at Maple Shade, 6 pm

- Timber Creek at Highland, 6 pm

- Schalick at Lindenwold, 6 pm

- Delran at Pennsauken, 6 pm

- Eastern at Kingsway, 6 pm

- Cinnaminson at Bordentown, 6 pm

- Clayton at Glassboro, 6 pm

- Clearview at Holy Spirit, 6 pm

- Cherry Hill East at Palmyra, 6 pm

- Gloucester Catholic at Wildwood, 6 pm

- Cherry Hill West at Seneca, 6 pm

- Collingswood at Deptford, 6pm

- Pleasantville at Buena, 6 pm

- Mainland at Bridgeton, 6pm

- Egg Harbor Township at Atlantic City, 6 pm

- Burlington City at New Egypt, 6:30 pm

- Triton at Northern Burlington, 7 pm

- Woodbury at Gloucester, 7 pm

- Cumberland at Pennsville, 7 pm

- Burlington Township at Delsea, 7 pm

- Cherokee at Williamstown, 7 pm

- Millville at Lenape, 7 pm

- Vineland at Washington Township, 7 pm

- Camden Catholic at Sterling, 7 pm

- Haddonfield at West Deptford, 7 pm

- Riverside at Bishop Eustace, 7 pm

Saturday's Schedule

- Penns Grove at Paulsboro, 11 am

- Gateway at Keyport, 12 pm

- Absegami at Oakcrest, 1 pm

- Haddon Township at Keansburg, 2 pm

- Mastery Camden at Mastery Charter North (P.A.), 2 pm

- Camden at Haddon Heights, 2:30

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