Here's a projection of the preseason top 10 in South Jersey football in 2015, with this season's record in parentheses.
1. St. Joseph (11-0): The six-time state champion Wildcats have a 21-game winning streak. They return two of the state's most explosive players in the Horne twins in junior quarterback/defensive back Salaam and junior running back/defensive back A'Laam. Junior center Derek Lomax and junior defensive end Chris Carey are other top veterans.
2. Delsea (8-4): The three-time South Jersey Group 3 champion Crusaders should be led by junior quarterback Quinn Collins, junior defensive back James Chukwurah, junior two-way lineman James Chaney, and top sophomores such as linebacker Jake Hallowell and fullback Rashaad Washington.
3. Cherokee (9-3): Junior quarterback/linebacker Evan Powell will lead the way for the two-time South Jersey Group 5 champions. Sophomore running back Jon Lovett could be an impact player.
4. Camden (9-1): The Panthers will lose four-year starters in senior twins Khalil Williams, a quarterback, and Khalif Williams, a running back. But the strength of this year's team was a junior class that features all-purpose star Brad Hawkins, two-way ends Ron Johnson and Jamal Holloway, and linebacker Dymelle Parker.
5. Hammonton (7-4): The Blue Devils will have a new coach as veteran Pete Lancetta has resigned to take a position at Rowan University. Junior Zack Barnard is a top two-way player, and sophomore Malachi Winters projects as a dual-threat quarterback for a team that featured numerous underclassmen in 2014.
6. Shawnee (11-1): The Renegades will lose 31 seniors from a team that won 17 of its last 18 games and a pair of South Jersey Group 4 titles. But junior quarterback Mike Welsh is a top leader and playmaker, and junior wide receiver Anthony Mague is back as well.
7. Timber Creek (11-1): Sophomore Devin Leary is likely to take over at quarterback. Junior wide receivers Cameron Chambers and Noah Ellison are among the top returners.
8. Camden Catholic (8-2): The Irish should be led by junior quarterback Tyree Rodgers, a playmaker in the run and pass games, as well as all-purpose junior Jamal Parker.
9. Williamstown (8-3): Junior running back Joe Early and burly linemen brothers in junior Nick Chamberlin and sophomore Jake Chamberlin should lead the way for the Braves.
10. Paul VI (6-4): Junior quarterback Matt Vitale will be back, along with junior slotbacks Lonnie Moore and Stefone Moore-Green as well as junior fullback/linebacker Gavin Sentak and sophomore all-purpose Elvin Hines.
Ten more (listed alphabetically): Atlantic City (6-4), Buena (10-1), Cedar Creek (7-3), Haddonfield (12-0), Lenape (9-1), Oakcrest (6-4), Palmyra (9-2), Paulsboro (10-2), St. Augustine (8-2), West Deptford (9-3).
- Phil Anastasia