Football: New Top 25
By Phil Anastasia
Inquirer Staff Writer
Here's the new Top 25 in South Jersey football, as of Sunday Nov. 29:
(Previous rank in parentheses)
1. St. Augustine (1) 9-1
The Hermits are 33-8 in four seasons under coach Mark Reardon, including a 32-4 record against South Jersey teams. The Hermits were extremely impressive in a 46-6 victory over a 9-1 Cedar Creek team on Thanksgiving. Sophomore Kyle Dobbins ran for 172 yards in the first quarter and junior Zeke Ennis was dynamic on both sides of the football. Next: Season over.
2. Camden Catholic (4) 9-1
The Irish have won 13 in a row against South Jersey foes. This team was impressive on Thanksgiving, too, scoring the final 30 points in a 30-9 victory over rival Paul VI. Next: Season over.
3. Delsea (3) 10-1
The Crusaders are seeking their fourth consecutive South Jersey Group 3 title. No team has ever won four in a row above the Group 1 level. Next: Saturday vs. Camden at Rowan at 2:30 p.m.
4. St. Joseph (5) 9-2
The Wildcats are seeking their seventh straight Non-Public state title and 25th overall. This team has come a long way since that opener at St. Augustine. Next: Sunday vs. Hudson Catholic at Rowan at 2:30 p.m.
5. Williamstown (2) 9-2
Senior Tyrik Glenn has run for a touchdown in seven of the Braves' last eight games. This team got caught in the Thanksgiving "trap" against rival Washington Township, which was ready to play and controlled the game. All credit to the Minutemen. Now the Braves must bounce back in the SJ Group 5 finals. Next: Saturday vs. TR North at Rowan at 6 p.m.
6. Timber Creek (6) 8-3
Quarterback Devin Leary's 2,360 passing yards are the second-most by a sophomore in South Jersey history after former Pennsville star Dylan Cummings' 3,048 in 2011. Timber Creek is the first team to make five consecutive SJ finals since Paulsboro made six in Group 1 from 1992-98. Next: Sunday vs. Shawnee at Rowan at 6 p.m.
7. Hammonton (7) 9-2
Senior fullback Zach Barnard ran for 17 touchdowns this season. Next: Season over.
8. West Deptford (8) 11-0
The Eagles are seeking their seventh SJ 2 title since 2002. WD is banged up with junior RB Quran Dozier, junior LB Kyle Garrison and senior DB Malcolm Anthony sitting out Saturday's 21-18 win over Paulsboro. WD coach Clyde Folsom is hopeful that Dozier and Garrison will be available for the sectional final. Next: Sunday vs. Cedar Creek at Rowan at 11 a.m.
9. Shawnee (10) 9-2
The Renegades have allowed 73 points in an eight-game winning streak. Senior Mike Welsh is seeking to become the first QB to start in three straight SJ championship-game victories since Paulsboro's Kevin Harvey won four in a row from 1992-95. Next: Sunday vs. Timber Creek at Rowan at 6 p.m.
10. Camden (9) 9-2
The Panthers are seeking their first title since the 1976 team won the South Jersey Group 4 crown. Next: Saturday vs. Delsea at Rowan at 2:30 p.m.
11. Cherokee (11) 8-3
The Chiefs are 40-10 in their last 50. Next: Season over.
12. Lenape (12) 8-3
The Indians allowed just 96 points all season. Next: Season over.
13. Cedar Creek (13) 9-2
The Pirates have made the SJ 2 finals twice in the program's five years. Both times, they played West Deptford. Next: Sunday vs. West Deptford at Rowan at 11 a.m.
14. Haddonfield (15) 9-2
The Bulldawgs are 27-2 in their last 29. Next: Season over.
15. Washington Twp. (25) 6-4
The Minutemen earned a share of the WJFL American title by beating then-No. 2 Williamstown on Thanksgiving. Senior Nick Grosso caught a TD pass in seven of 10 games. Next: Season over.
16. Kingsway (20) 5-5
The Dragons were 4-2 down the stretch, with losses to 10-1 Delsea and 10-1 TR North. Next: Season over.
17. Paul VI (14) 6-4
The Eagles are expected to move up to the WJFL National Division after consecutive undefeated runs in the Constitution Division. Next: Season over.
18. Palmyra (18) 10-1
Senior WR Kelvin Harmon has 28 TD catches in the last two seasons. The Panthers are seeking their first title since the 1978 team won the SJ 1 crown. Next: Saturday vs. Shore at Kean at 4 p.m.
19. Buena (16) 9-2
The Chiefs averaged 28.7 points. Next: Season over.
20. Bridgeton (17) 7-4
The Bulldogs are expected to join with large-school CAL schools Atlantic City, EHT, Millville, Vineland and St. Augustine in a division in the WJFL next season. Next: Season over.
21. Seneca (19) 6-5
After Sept. 18, the Golden Eagles lost three games -- to 10-1 Delsea, 9-2 Shawnee and 8-3 Cherokee. Next: Season over.
22. Pennsville (21) 10-1
The Eagles are seeking their first title since the 1981 team won the SJ 2 crown. Next: Saturday vs. Clayton at Rowan at 11 a.m.
23. Woodrow Wilson (24) 6-4
After the season opener, the Tigers lost three games -- twice to 9-2 Camden and once to 9-1 Camden Catholic. Next: Season over.
24. Millville (NR) 6-4
After a 1-2 start, the Thunderbolts were 5-2 with losses to playoff teams Bridgeton and Cherokee. Next: Season over.
25. Paulsboro (23) 8-3
The Red Raiders have won seven or more games in 12 straight seasons. Next: Season over.
Under consideration: Burlington Twp. (7-3), Clayton (9-2), Cinnaminson (8-2), Collingswood (6-4), Mainland (5-5), Pemberton (9-2), Rancocas Valley (5-5).
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