South Jersey Group 3 Final
Delsea vs. Barnegat
Saturday, 4 p.m. at Rowan
Previous titles: Delsea, 10 (2012, 2005, 2000, 1979 in S.J. 3; 2009, 2008, 1986, 1984, 1982, 1976 in S.J. 2). Barnegat, none.
Coaches: Delsea, Sal Marchese (21st season, 164-56-1); Rob Davis, Barnegat (seventh season, 39-33).
How Delsea can win: Keep the momentum going. Spring junior running back Isaiah Spencer (104 carries, 1,244 yards, 20 TDs) and senior running back Rob Hooks (179 carries, 1,028 yards). Maintain the defensive dominance that has fueled the team's nine-game winning streak. Get big plays from senior quarterback/defensive back Rob Rolle, a Villanova recruit.
How Barnegat can win: Get big plays from dual-threat junior quarterback Cinjun Erskine (1,061 yards and 14 TDs passing; 630 yards and 6 TDs rushing), who has a Miami offer. Run senior back A.J. Opre (682 yards, 11 TDs) behind 6-foot-7, 330-pound junior tackle Sam Madden, who has offers from Iowa, Rutgers, West Virginia, and Pitt.
Fast fact I: Both Erskine and Madden started their careers at Holy Spirit.
Fast fact II: Delsea is 15-2 in the playoffs since 2005.
- Phil Anastasia