S.J. Group 2 Championship Preview
West Deptford (9-2) vs. Haddonfield (11-0) Noon Sunday at Rowan University. Coaches: West Deptford, Clyde Folsom, 228-69-5 in 28th season; Haddonfield, Frank DeLano, 95-46 in 14th season.
West Deptford (9-2) vs. Haddonfield (11-0)
Noon Sunday at Rowan University.
Coaches: West Deptford, Clyde Folsom, 228-69-5 in 28th season; Haddonfield, Frank DeLano, 95-46 in 14th season.
Previous titles: West Deptford, six (2012, 2011, 2007, 2004, 2003, 2002); Haddonfield, two (2013, 2010).
West Deptford breakdown: The Eagles have lost two games, both in overtime. They are coming off a 36-33 setback to rival Paulsboro on the Friday after Thanksgiving. The Eagles have been in the South Jersey Group 2 final nine times since 2002.
West Deptford players to watch: Senior fullback Kevin DeCaesar has run for 1,352 yards and 15 touchdowns. Senior halfback Luke Cornelius has 748 rushing yards. Senior Isaiah Easterling has 16 touchdown passes, nine to senior wide receiver Preston Harcum. Junior end Nick Diaco has 10 sacks.
Haddonfield breakdown: The Bulldogs have won 17 in a row. Their last loss was by 31-14 to West Deptford on Oct. 25, 2013.
Haddonfield players to watch: Senior Mike Alberto has passed for 1,153 yards and 18 touchdowns. Senior wideout Jake Robinson has nine TD catches. Seniors Jake Klaus and Mike Defeo have combined for 1,217 rushing yards and 20 TDs. Senior linebacker Mark Walker leads the defense with 93 tackles, 15 for losses.
Fast fact: This game marks the fifth meeting in the South Jersey Group 2 tournament between these teams since 2009. In the previous four playoff games, the team that lost in the regular season won the rematch in the state tournament.
Pick: Haddonfield, 23-20.
- Phil AnastasiaEndText