The Clayton High School football team will get a chance to capture its first-ever sectional title.
The Clippers checked into the South Jersey Group 1 final with a 34-21 win over Glassboro Friday night.
Fourth-seeded Clayton (8-2) capitalized on strong special-teams play to score their first two touchdowns, and Elijah Rehm’s 65-yard interception return for a fourth-quarter TD wrapped up a berth in the sectional title game.
Glassboro (4-6), seeded eighth, rallied from a 14-0 deficit to close within 14-12 before Rehm sprinted 85 yards for a touchdown late in the second quarter.
Clayton opened the scoring when Rehm recovered a blocked punt in the end zone, followed by Tyreek Jackson’s 45-yard punt return for a touchdown.
The Clippers have won four straight and advanced to their first championship game since 1991.
• Pennsville 27, Paulsboro 13: Down 13-0 at halftime, host Pennsville (9-1) dominated the second half for the comeback win over third-seeded Paulsboro (8-2).
The second-seeded Eagles tied the score on P.J. Halter’s 3-yard TD pass to Josh VanBlarcom with 10:52 left in the fourth quarter, and took the lead two minutes later as Halter hit Rob Saulin with a 30-yard scoring pass.
Paulsboro’s Dehron Holloway scored his 20th touchdown of the season, and Carlton Aiken threw his 14th TD pass.
C.J. Group 1
• Shore 42, Florence 0: Top-seeded Shore (10-0), which has outscored its opponents by a combined 369-51 this season, blanked the fourth-seeded Flashes (6-4) in the semifinals.
The Blue Devils stifled Florence running back Joey Foga, who has 18 touchdowns and more than 1,000 rushing yards, this season.
On offense, quarterback Matt Pennell hit Duke Russo with a pair of touchdown passes and also scored the game’s first TD on a sneak.
S.J. Group 5
• Toms River North 14, Lenape 0: Lenape (8-2) had its defensive streak of 15 consecutive scoreless quarters snapped as visiting Toms River North (10-1) broke through for a pair of second-half scores to capture the sectional semifinal.
Lenape sophomore running back Joseph Kellum, who entered the game with 1,023 yards, was held in check, gaining just 31 yards on five first-half carries.
Toms River North, seeded fourth, will face third-seeded Williamstown in the sectional final.