South Jersey High School Football Average Ranking 15 for October 2

1. Camden (4-1; old ranking 2) –The Panthers move up to No. 1 as they extend their winning streak to four with a 29-8 victory over Haddon Heights on Saturday afternoon. Deante Ruffin connected with Jaylan Hornsby for an 18-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage and Ruffin ran one with his legs later in the first quarter to put his team up 14-0 early. Taquan Brittingham had a 70-yard pick-6 and Jahleer Stanley capped the scoring with a 5-yard TD run. St. Joseph Prep transfer James Heard saw his first action of the season after sitting out 30 days and recording a pair of sacks. Camden travels to Haddonfield for a Top 3 clash on Friday.

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2. Delsea (5-0; 3) – Head coach Sal Marchese picked up his 230th career win on Friday as the Crusaders beat Burlington Township 35-7. The win tied Marchese with John Oberg for the most in school history. They are the only two coaches the program has ever had. Wayne Adair boosted the offense as he had 10 carries for 177 yards and 3 touchdowns and Zach Maxwell had 7 rushes for 41 yards and a score. Ashton Blose led the defense with 9 tackles, 3 for loss, and Dom Teti had a pick of 6. Delsea hosts Cedar Creek on Friday.

3. Haddonfield (4-0; 5) – Dominic Hahn rushed 23 times for 126 yards, including a 24-yard go-ahead with 9:46 to go, to lead the Bulldawgs to a 14-7 victory over rival West Deptford on Friday night. Quarterback Declan McCarthy added a rushing touchdown while Patrick Ryan had 12 defensive tackles. Haddonfield host Camden on Friday night.

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4. Woodstown (5-0; 7) – Zach Bevis interrupted a drive in the Salem red zone with a forced fumble with 3:54 remaining to lift the Wolverines to a thrilling 7-6 triumph on Saturday. The defense delivered all day by limiting the Rams to a paltry 141 yards from scrimmage. James Hill had another big rushing game with 143 yards and Max Webb’s 8-yard touchdown pass to David Harvey in the third quarter proved to be the only offense the team needed. Woodstown, now 5-0 for the first time since winning 11 straight games to open 2013, visits Woodbury on Saturday.

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5. Millville (3-2; 1) – The Thunderbolts blew a 17-0 halftime lead as they fell to Lenape 21-17 on Friday night. Both Donte Smith and Ta’Ron Haile had touchdown catches in the loss. Millville will try to right the ship on Friday in Shawnee.

6. Pennsauken (5-0; 6) –Dante Viccharelli threw for three touchdowns, including a pair to Kahlil Ali, as Pennsauken shut out Delran 38-0 on Friday, his second straight shutout. Premier Wynn also grabbed a TD while KaRon Ali and Shane Kenner scored on the ground. Pennsauken hosts Willingboro on Friday.

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7. Cherokee (3-2; 9) –Kevin Pacan had 29 carries for 229 yards and 3 touchdowns in his first career start as Cherokee produced a season-high in points in a 41-6 win over Williamstown on Friday. Quarterback Ryan Bender rushed 6 times for 79 yards and a touchdown, Roman Dougherty returned a 50-yard fumble to pay the dirt, Luke Brown scored on a blocked punt and Cam Burti had an interception from the side defensive. Cherokee will go for its fourth straight victory Friday at home against Lenape.

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8. Salem (4-2; 4) – Penalties and an inconsistent offense doomed the Rams in their 7-6 loss to Woodstown on Saturday. Jahki Coates hit a 5-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to close for a point, but the two-point conversion fell through. Detric Simmons had a good game defensively on the ball and Amare Smith added a forced fumble. Salem will try to bounce back in Paulsboro on Saturday.

9. Holy Spirit (5-1; 10) – Sean Burns had another great game as the Spartans took care of Clearview 47-6 on Friday. Burns, a week after completing 22 of 25 passes, was 16 of 20 for 251 yards and 3 touchdowns and also entered the end zone once with his legs. Gavin Roman had 10 catches for 176 yards and a touchdown, Emmett Kane and Jayden Llanos also had scoring catches, and Jahcere Ward rushed 10 times for 94 yards and crossed the goal line three times. The Holy Spirit is heading to Vineland on Friday.

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10. Woodbury (5-1; 11) – Anthony Reagan had 21 carries for 174 yards and 2 touchdowns and had 2 catches for 32 yards and 2 other scores as the Thundering Herd edged Gloucester 43-29 on Friday. Quarterback Bryan Johnson was 21 of 26 for 240 yards and 3 touchdowns and rushed 11 times for 81 yards and a touchdown. JaBron Solomon finished with 92 yards on 8 catches, including one for six, and his brother JaSuan had a sack on defense. Woodbury hosts Woodstown on Saturday with first place in the Diamond Division of the West Jersey Football League on the line.

11. St. Joseph (3-1; 12) – Jimmy Mantuano threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Ty Mercado with 22 seconds left to lead the Wildcats to a 21-14 triumph over Cedar Creek on Friday afternoon. Mantuano went 12 of 19 for 128 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions, and Nasir Mahmoud had 4 catches for 65 yards and a score and also threw a touchdown to Zach Cruet. James Steel powered the defense with 7 tackles, 5 for loss, 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a recovery, Julius Townsel made 10 saves, 4 for loss, and Cruet added 9 tackles, 5 for loss, a sack and a forced fumble. St. Joseph is heading to Ocean City on Friday.

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12. Winslow (2-2; 13) – A dominating defensive effort pushed the Eagles to a 6-0 win over Ocean City on Saturday night. Malachi Brown and Jalen McCain were constantly in the backfield and recorded several sacks each, and Ejani Shakir had an interception. Jamil Peterson’s 12-yard touchdown in the second quarter proved to be the deciding score. Winslow is aiming for his third straight win when he hosts Washington Township next Saturday night.

13. Lenape (3-2; NR) – Lenape turned the season upside down Friday night as they rallied from a three-point hole with 21 unanswered points, including a pair of touchdowns in the final four minutes, to stun former No. 1 Millville 21- 17. Zyaire Fleming had 23 carries for 159 yards and the winning score, and quarterback Jaelin Mims was 12 of 21 for 139 and 2 touchdowns, one each against Javier Best and Michael LeMay. Lenape travels Friday to rival Cherokee in search of his fourth straight victory.

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14. Kingsway (3-2; NR) – The Dragons return to the standings after beating Eastern 35-16 on Friday night. Quarterback Nate Maiers was 12 of 24 for 176 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception and also rushed 11 times for 59 yards and another touchdown. Darrell Brown Jr. had a pair of catches for 57 yards and a score and Luke Van Brill had 5 passes for 70 yards and 2 touchdowns. Kingsway travels to Clearview on Friday.

15. St. Augustine (2-4; NR) – Julian Turney rushed 25 times for 177 yards and 2 touchdowns to propel the Hermits past Shawnee 38-14 on Friday night. Noah Grdinich also scored twice on the ground and quarterback Ryan Gambill was 6 of 9 for 90 yards and added a 1-yard TD run. St. Augustine hosts Williamstown on Friday.

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