South Jersey Group 4 Final


Shawnee vs. Timber Creek

Saturday, 7 p.m. at Rowan

Previous titles: Shawnee, 4 (2007, 2008 in S.J. Group 3; 2002 and 2004 in S.J. Group 4); Timber Creek, 2 (2011 in S.J. Group 3, 2012 in S.J. Group 4).

Coaches: Shawnee, Tim Gushue (31st season, 209-100-6; Timber Creek, Rob Hinson (ninth season, 66-31; 61-26 at Timber Creek, 5-5 at Salem).

How Shawnee can win: Control the clock and the football with a power running game behind senior Anthony DiOrio (199 carries, 1,198 yards, 17 TDs) and a strong offensive line. Win big on special teams behind kicker Joe Lynn and punter Mike Caffrey. Force a turnover or three on defense behind junior linebacker Curtis Corley.

How Timber Creek can win: Spread the field on offense and take advantage of the talents of senior QB Dan Williams (193-for-312 passing, 3,197 yards, 29 TDs), senior WR Adonis Jennings (72 catches, 1,264 yards, 14 TDs) and sophomore WR Cameron Chambers (46 catches, 1,066 yards, 10 TDs). Limit turnovers.

Fast fact: Timber Creek is looking to become the first large school (Group 3 and above) from the traditional South Jersey area to win three sectional titles in a row since the creation of the playoff system in 1974.

- Phil Anastasia