BUENA VISTA TWP. – The Mark Reardon era at St. Augustine Prep began with an offensive explosion.
The Hermits rode the arm of senior quarterback Alex Hughes to a 43-8 victory over Middle Township at LaRosa Field on Friday night.
Hughes, playing in his first varsity game, completed of 13-of-19 attempts for 255 yards and two touchdowns, including a 54-yard strike to Andrew Nelson on his first career attempt.
Calvin Cass carried the bulk of the workload for the Hermits with 153 yards on 29 carries while Austin Francisco made several circus catches, finishing with eight receptions for 134 yards.
The Hermits now face a trip deep into Cape May County, as they face Lower Cape May in Erma next Friday.
— Will Morris
FRANKLIN The unseasonably warm weather didn’t affect the Delsea Regional High School football team’s start to the 2012 season, as it pounded Camden 45-17 at John A. Oberg Stadium Friday night.
It didn’t start off too pretty, however, when Camden’s DaeShon Davis scored on the first play of the game — a 90-yard kickoff return to put the Panthers up 7-0.
But once the Crusaders got their groove, there was no stopping them. Tyrone Saud and Josh Awotunde scored less than three minutes apart to put Delsea on top 17-7 in the first quarter. The duo combined for 150 yards rushing and four touchdowns.
Bryan Dobzanski is the one who stole the show for the Crusaders. The 6-foot, 3-inch, 218-pound junior, starting in his first-ever football game, dazzled the crowd with two touchdown receptions from 47 and 50 yards out.
— Julie Shannon
DEPTFORD – Jody Ellis rushed for 262 yards and four touchdowns as host Deptford High School rolled to a 33-0 victory over visiting Cumberland R egional Friday night in the season opener for the West Jersey Football League foes.
Eliis scored three times in the second quarter on runs of 6, 64 and 62 yards, respectively, as the Spartans took advantage of the Colts inability to convert on fourth downs.
Deptford added touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters too. Kevin Lester scored late in the third quarter on a 14-yard run. Ellis closed out the scoring early in the fourth quarter with a 30-yard run.
De’Han Milledge led Cumberland with a 20-carry, 111-yard performance.
— Sean Fallon
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LOWER CAPE MAY – Two first-year players made big strides in their varsity football debuts.
Sophomore Nazir Williams and junior Quasheem Taylor both scored first-half touchdowns that helped give Bridgeton High School a 25-6 win over Lower Cape May Friday night.
Williams finished with two catches for 31 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown catch on a fade from quarterback Ronald Williams in the second quarter that gave Bridgeton a 7-6 lead.
On the Bulldogs’ very next possession, Taylor broke a handful of tackles and ran 66 yards for a touchdown, extending the lead to 13-6.
The second half belonged to Bridgeton’s running attack. Ronald Williams and sophomore running back Stefon Bowman scored on runs of 32 and 48 yards, respectively. Bowman finished the day with 139 yards on 16 carries.
Caper Tigers quarterback Frank Ziegler scored on a 28-yard keeper, giving Lower Cape May its only touchdown early in the second quarter. He rushed for 162 yards on 31 carries.
— John Russo