S.J. Group 5
No. 3 Williamstown (8-1) at No. 2 Cherokee (7-2): Winners of four straight, the Braves’ lone loss was a 20-0 setback against the Chiefs on Oct. 9. Cherokee will be without QB/LB Evan Powell, the team’s top player, who suffered a fractured fibula last week’s win over Millville.
No. 4 Toms River North (9-1) at No. 1 Lenape (8-1): The top-seeded Indians defeated RV last week to snap a five-game playoff losing streak and secure the first postseason win in program history. RB Joe Kellum went over 1,000 yards on the season and scored the lone touchdown.
S.J. Group 4
No. 4 Timber Creek (6-3) at No. 1 Hammonton (9-1): The top-seeded Blue Devils won an OT thriller when the two met in a WJFL National showdown on Nov. 6. Keep an eye on the QBs – sophomore Devin Leary for the Chargers and junior Malachi Winters for Hammonton. Leary can threat the needle, while Winters is a tremendous dual threat.
No. 3 Bridgeton (7-3) at No. 2 Shawnee (7-2): Both teams are riding significant winning streaks – Bridgeton with seven straight and Shawnee with six. Junior WR Markquese Bell (45 catches, 671 yards, 10 TDs) leads the Bulldogs. Senior QB Michael Welsh is a major dual threat for the Renegades. He’s thrown for 1,526 yards and 17 TDs, while rushing for 603 yards and nine scores.
S.J. Group 3
No. 5 Seneca (6-3) at No. 1 Delsea (9-1): The Golden Eagles have allowed just 19 points in their last six games. Sam Pawlikowski and Frankie Caterina each have over 100 tackles. The three-time defending champion, Delsea is averaging 373 rush yards per game. Rashaad Williams and Quinn Collins have combined for 1,828 yards and 25 TDs.
No. 3 Camden (7-2) at No. 2 Pemberton (8-1) – Saturday, 1 p.m.: The Panthers have won four straight and six of seven. They have athletes all over the field, led by Michigan recruits Ron Johnson and Brad Hawkins. The Hornets are enjoying one of the best seasons in school history. RB Robert Forchion has 1,066 rushing yards, while QB Joe Benson has thrown for 1,702 yards and 25 TDs.
S.J. Group 2
No. 4 Buena (9-1) at No. 1 West Deptford (9-0): The Chiefs have a solid 1-2 punch in the backfield with Quadir Albright and Sammy Crouch, who have combined for 22 touchdowns. The Eagles are averaging 401 rushing yards per game, led by junior RB Quran Dozier (963 yards, 18 TDs)
No. 3 Cedar Creek (8-1) at No. 2 Haddonfield (8-1): The Pirates feature one of the region’s top juniors in slotback/defensive back Bo Melton, while senior WR/DB and Michigan recruit Ahmir Mitchell is a tough matchup anywhere on the field. The two-time defending champions will counter with senior QB Tommy Kadar and junior RB Justin Gallo, who have combined for 1,236 yards and 15 TDs. The team has won eight straight.
S.J. Group 1
No. 8 Glassboro (4-5) at No. 4 Clayton (7-2): The Bulldogs pulled off an upset when they hit the road and knocked off top-seeded Salem. Their defense has led the charge, with David Still helping fuel the attack. The Clippers will host just their second home playoff game in school history. Tyreek Jackson and Kwenzel Hannah are two to watch when they have the ball.
No. 3 Paulsboro (8-1) at No. 2 Pennsville (8-1): The defending champion Red Raiders held Penns Grove to just six points last week but failed to generate much offense. Look for senior QB Carlton Aiken and sophomore RB Dehron Holloway to get the attack back on track. The Eagles are a team that’s won four straight and are averaging just over 31 points per game. RBs Nicholas Bard and Josh VanBlarcom have seen an increased workload in recent weeks.
Non-Public Group 2
No. 3 Immaculata (8-2) at No. 2 St. Joseph (8-2), Saturday, 1 p.m.: The Spartans are coming off a 35-0 victory over Holy Cross and have won two straight. The Wildcats have won five straight, averaging 39 points per game over the run. Salaam and A’laam Horne have led the attack, combining for 2,044 yards and 29 touchdowns on the ground.
C.J. Group 1
No. 7 Keyport (6-4) at No. 3 Palmyra (8-1): The Red Raiders have won three straight and are coming off an upset win over Asbury Park. The Panthers feature one of the region’s top QBs in senior Max Smyth, along with a solid 1-2 WR tandem in Kelvin Harmon and Taj Harris. The two have combined for 1,769 yards and 20 TDs.
No. 4 Florence (6-3) at No. 1 Shore (9-0): Senior RB Joey Foga has been a one-man wrecking crew for the Flashes, rushing for 1,074 yards and 18 touchdowns. They’ve averaged 36 points a game in their current four-game win streak. Shore has scored at least 31 points in all but one of its wins and is averaging just over 36 points per game.
* All games are Friday night at 7 p.m. unless noted differently.
Kevin Minnick; (856) 486-2424; email@example.com
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