FOOTBALL: Five Games to Watch

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Five games to watch on Friday night

Five games to watch on Friday night

Five games to watch on Friday night

Five games to watch on Friday night

Kingsway at No. 11 Paul VI, 7 p.m.: A West Jersey Football League interdivision matchup and the Courier-Post/S.J. Gridiron Gang Game of the Week.

The Dragons (3-3) have played one of the region’s toughest schedules, with losses to No. 2 Hammonton, No. 6 Williamstown and No. 7 Timber Creek. A win would go a long way to earning a S.J. Group 5 playoff berth. Anthony Seas leads the ground attack, with Jay Scerbo and Wale Mustafa out front on defense.

The Eagles (5-1) are looking to solidify a playoff spot in a highly competitive Non-Public Group 4. Matt Vitale handles the controls of an offense capable of scoring quickly, completing 64-of-116 passes for 1,003 yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensive lineman James Weathers has 10 sacks, while linebacker John Santini leads the team with 73 tackles.

No. 2 Hammonton at No. 6 Williamstown, 7 p.m.: A WJFL interdivision game. Williamstown won last year’s matchup 20-0 in Hammonton’s first season after leaving the Cape-Atlantic League.

The Blue Devils (7-0) are running on all cylinders and coming off a 34-0 rout of then top-ranked Delsea. Zac Barnard and Mitch Vitali give the team a dynamic 1-2 punch in the backfield, while junior QB Malachi Winters is a serious threat to run or throw. They’ve allowed just 24 points in their last three games and are currently on top of the standings in S.J. Group 4.

The Braves (6-1) rebounded nicely after their lone loss to Cherokee with convincing wins over Clearview and Eastern, outscoring the two 95-7. They’ve been getting it done on the ground, with quarterback Rich Stanzione, Tyrik Glenn, Joe Early and Eriq Mercado combining for 1,649 yards and 30 of the team’s 34 rushing touchdowns. They’re third in S.J. Group 5 and a victory would be worth a host of power points.

Seneca at No. 13 Shawnee, 7 p.m.: A WJFL interdivision matchup of school district rivals.

The Golden Eagles (4-2) have won four straight and are in position for a S.J. Group 3 playoff berth. Seniors Sam Jordan and Sam Pawlikowski have combined with junior quarterback JJ Scarpello to give the team a solid rushing attack, while Pawlikowski has led a spirited defense that has two shutouts in its last three games.

The Renegades (4-2) have won three straight and are coming off a significant 35-14 win over district rival and then-No. 3 Cherokee. Senior quarterback Michael Welsh is in the midst of a sensational season, throwing for 1,151 yards and 12 touchdowns, while rushing for 453 yards and six TDs. Junior linebacker Jax Luzinski has a team-high 45 tackles.

Bishop Eustace at Glassboro, 7 p.m.: A WJFL interdivision contest.

The Crusaders (4-2) had a two-game win streak snapped last week against Camden. A victory would prove large as they compete for a Non-Public Group 3 playoff spot. Senior Kevin Lammers is averaging just over 103 rushing yards per game and has a team-leading six TDs. Senior linebacker Wesley Paine has 50 tackles and seven tackles for loss.

The Bulldogs (2-4) have lost three straight and have struggled to score points. Senior wide receiver A.J. Kittles has 12 catches for 206 yards and three touchdowns, while freshman Isom Golden has a team-leading five TDs. Senior David Still is the top defender with 45 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and five sacks.

Rancocas Valley at No. 8 Cherokee, 7 p.m.: This WJFL interdivision game is a rematch of last year’s S.J. Group 5 final, which Cherokee won 30-10. The Chiefs also won last year’s regular-season game 24-6.

The Red Devils (4-2) have won two straight and are coming off a 42-14 victory over Allentown. Sophomore Iverson Clement, who picked up an offer from Temple, leads the team with nine TDs and had rushed for over 500 yards. Jeff Konzelman and Robert Hawkins have helped spearhead the defense.

The Chiefs (4-2) had their three-game winning streak snapped, surrendering a season-high 35 points to Shawnee in the loss. It’s the most points they’ve allowed since dropping a 57-56 setback to C.H. East on Nov. 5, 2011. Jon Lovett leads the ground game with 489 yards, while linebacker Evan Powell is the key to the defensive attack.

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