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Part II: South Jersey Games of the Week

Part II: South Jersey Games of the Week
Here are some of the top high school football games this weekend:

No. 15 Pleasantville (3-1) at No. 19 Cedar Creek (2-2), Saturday, 1 pm.
Both of these teams could very likely earn South Jersey Group 2 playoff berths. After an opening loss to Haddonfield, Pleasantville has won three in a row. Greyhounds quarterback Shamir Jones has rushed for 135 yards and five TDs and thrown for 428 yards and four scores. Cedar Creek has one of the toughest schedules around. The Pirates two losses have come to Camden and Woodrow Wilson, two teams that are a combined 7-1.

Highland (4-0) at Timber Creek (2-1), Friday, 7 pm.
These are rivals from the Black Horse Pike Regional School District and it isn’t many times that the Tartans have a better record than Timber Creek. Timber Creek, which opened with a 45-0 loss at Ohio power Central Catholic, has bounced back with wins over Hammonton and Vineland. Senior receiver Jayvin Little is a big-play performer. He has 16 receptions for 252 yards and 2 TDs. Highland sophomore Johnny Martin has rushed for 757 yards (7.1 avg.) and 8 TDs. In last week’s 30-20 win over Winslow Township he rushed for 243 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries.

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Burlington Township (3-0) at Delsea (1-2) Friday, 7 pm.
Delsea has won five of the last six South Jersey Group 3 titles but the Crusaders are not assured of even qualifying. Last week Delsea lost to a quality Camden team, 45-15. Camden is a serious contender in SJ Group 2, but it’s rare for the Crusaders to suffer a 30-point loss. Senior running back Aidan Borguet has rushed for 272 yards (4.5 avg.) and 2 TDs. He has the ability to enjoy a breakout game after rushing for more than 2,000 yards last year. Burlington Township has yet to be tested, having outscored teams, 116-15. The Falcons are coming off an impressive 23-0 win over a Moorestown team that is much better than its record indicates.

Haddon Heights (0-3) at Deptford, Friday, 7 pm.
In last week’s 26-8 loss to Audubon, Heights was missing five starters who were suspended for one game. With a full unit, the Garnets will seek its first win of the season.  Senior Jamiyl Herron ran hard against Audubon, but the Garnets failed to generate much offense. Deptford is led by senior running Khi’on Smith, who has rushed for 517 yards (8.1 avg.) and three touchdowns. The Spartans, who hope to be in the South Jersey Group 3 playoff race, can match their win total from last year with a win.

Pennsauken (3-1) at Kingsway (2-2), Friday, 7 pm.
The schedule gets a little tougher now for Pennsauken, which suffered its only loss to Cherry Hill West. The Indians chief offensive threat is senior running back Nahzir Russell, who has rushed for 515 yards (8.2 avg.) and 8 TDs. Kingsway has already played a difficult schedule and it won’ t lighten up with the next four games against Hammonton, Holy Spirit, Eastern and Clearview.

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Author: Marc Narducci; Photo by Marc Narducci

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