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Part I: South Jersey Games of the Week (Friday)

Part I: South Jersey Games of the Week (Friday)

Here are more top games in as the South Jersey football season continues this week:

Timber Creek (2-2) at Millville (2-3), 6 pm.
Timber Creek is coming off a wild 16-15 loss to Highland. A key for the Chargers will be to get the ball to senior Jayvin Little, who has 21 receptions for 379 yards and two TDs. Millville, which has dropped from Group 5 to Group 4, has won two in a row following last week’s 32-7 win over Cherokee. The Thunderbolts have also beaten Kingsway, after losing their first three to St. Peter’s Prep, St. Joseph and Williamstown, teams with a combined 12-3 record. Both teams should be playoff participants, with Timber Creek in Group 3.

Highland (5-0) at Moorestown (0-4), 7 pm.
Can you say letdown? After the afore-mentioned win over Timber Creek, one of the bigger ones in recent Highland football history, the Tartans now have to face a Moorestown team that has played much better than its record indicates. Highland sophomore running back Johnny Martin has rushed for 876 yards (6.6 avg.) and 9 TDs. He was a workhorse against Timber Creek with 119 yards and a TD on 27 carries. Moorestown had a strong offensive showing during last week’s 42-21 loss to Shawnee in a rematch of last year’s SJ Group 4 game. Quakers QB Brian McMonagle threw for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns. This is a Moorestown team that has played better than its record indicates, and it will be interesting to see if the Quakers can challenge a Highland team that is solid offensively, but really strong on defense.

West Deptford (3-1) at Haddonfield (5-0), 7 pm.
This is among the top rivalries in South Jersey. Just last season, West Deptford beat Haddonfield in the regular season, but the Bulldogs then beat the Eagles, 21-17 in a memorable South Jersey Group 2 championship. Haddonfield is coming off the biggest win of the season for a South Jersey team, last week’s 22-15 win over then No. 1 St. Joseph. QB Jay Foley threw three TD passes. He has thrown for 729 yards and 9 TDs. West Deptford has won three in a row since an opening 19-14 loss to Paulsboro. Sophomore QB Aaron Graeber has done a good job directing the Eagles run-oriented offense. He has thrown for 248 yards and 4 TDs and run for 89 yards (6.8 avg.) and one score. Junior Tyshawn Bookman has run for 398 yards (7.0 avg.) and two TDs. Normally one would wonder if Haddonfield would suffer a letdown, but there is no such things when the Bulldogs face West Deptford. In addition to being frequent competitors in SJ Group 2, they are both eyeing the WJFL Colonial Division title.

St. Augustine (3-2) at a Rancocas Valley (3-1), 7 pm.
Rancocas Valley is well rested after having a bye last week. The Red Devils lone loss was 17-6 to a 5-0 Williamstown team. Senior QB Bryce Mangene is a great field general, running the Rancocas Valley offense. St. Augustine senior Jaylen DeCoteau has been a big-play receiver with 10 receptions for 180 yards and two TDs. LB Joe Bonczek is averaging 10.3 tackles per game. The Hermits losses have been to powerful State College PA and to St. Joseph when the Wildcats were No. 1 in South Jersey.

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