Saturday’s South Jersey roundup: Penns Grove beats Salem, 27-21, as Mahki Scott makes game-winning tackle at goal line
Saturday's top performances and highlights from around South Jersey.
Mahki Scott’s game-saving tackle at the 1-yard line as time expired helped Penns Grove escape with a 27-21 win over Salem on Saturday.
The Red Devils broke a 6-6 tie in the second quarter as Nasir Robinson scored two of his three rushing touchdowns to give Penns Grove a 20-6 lead at halftime. Both teams went scoreless in the third quarter before Robinson notched his third score of the game with an 11-yard run to begin the fourth quarter and extend the Red Devils’ lead to 27-6.
Kaciir Street scored two consecutive touchdowns for the Rams, a 5-yard reception followed by a 14-yard run set up by a blocked punt, cutting the deficit to six with 4 minutes, 15 seconds remaining in the game.
Salem got the ball back with just under two minutes left and began to drive downfield, but that’s when Scott’s game-winning tackle halted the comeback and sealed the win for Penns Grove.
St. Joseph scored 15 unanswered points in the second half and held Holy Spirit scoreless in the process to come back and win, 22-19. The Spartans had a chance to win in the final moments of the game, but they fumbled at the 2-yard line and the Wildcats recovered the loose ball to close it out.
Elijah Gray had rushing and passing touchdowns for Holy Spirit, while Patrick Smith took off for a 74-yard run in the first half to take a 19-7 lead at the break. Jayden Shertel then threw touchdowns to Cohl Mercado and Ahmad Ross in the fourth quarter before converting on a 2-point try to make it a 3-point game.
Woodbury beat Haddon Heights, 35-14, as the Thundering Herd scored three touchdowns on the ground. Andre Parker and Derron Moore tallied rushing scores from 10 and 40 yards out, while Dominic Abatelli’s 25-yard interception return for a touchdown highlighted a 28-point first half for Woodbury.
Parker also had a passing touchdown to Maurice Taylor for 26 yards. The Thundering Herd held the Garnets scoreless in the second half as Teddy Lockhart’s 62-yard rushing score in the fourth quarter extended the lead to 21.
West Deptford won the West Jersey Football League’s Colonial Division with a 63-0 win over Overbrook.
Maple Shade beat Wildwood, 37-8, scoring 31 points in the first half and holding the Warriors scoreless until the fourth quarter. Justin Milligan threw two touchdowns for the Wildcats.