South Jersey Football Preview Part II

South Jersey Football Preview Part II
Here is a look at Part II of the South Jersey high school football games of the week.

Penns Grove (2-1) at Palmyra (2-1), Friday, 7. These are two potential big-play offenses and teams looking to earn playoff spots, Penns Grove in SJ Group 1 and Palmyra in Central Jersey Group 1. Penns Grove lost a 20-18 nail-biter to Salem. Penns Grove’s Tyreke Brown has 15 receptions for 379 yards and five touchdowns, but Salem did a good job on him, limiting the junior to two catches for 39 yards and no scores. Sophomore Kavon Lewis has completed 80.8 percent of his passes for 734 yards and six touchdowns. Palmyra is coming off a 42-35 loss to New Egypt in a key WJFL Freedom Division game. QB Taj Harris, a Syracuse commit, is a big-play performer for the Panthers.

Pleasantville (2-0) at Schalick (2-0), Friday , 7. Both teams had byes last week. Pleasantville made great strides last year in going 4-6 and now the Greyhounds are looking to take that next step up. After an opening 13-7 overtime win over SJ Group 1 playoff contender Buena, Pleasantville then beat Riverside, 57-6. The Greyhounds are vying for a SJ Group 2 playoff spot. Schalick has beaten Wildwood and Riverside by a combined 93-0 total. Senior Tyreese Snipe has rushed for 192 yards (14.8 avg.) and 4 TDs for the Cougars, who would enhance their chances at a SJ Group 1 playoff berth with a win

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Salem (2-1) at Woodbury (2-1), Saturday, 10:30. Woodbury opened with a 32-0 loss to Paulsboro but the Thundering Herd have rebounded with consecutive wins over Pennsville and Haddon Heights. The Thundering Herd have an explosive sophomore Andre Parker. No team has played more tight games than Salem. The Rams beat Glassboro, 20-19, lost to Burlington City, 36-34 and won last week over Penns Grove, 20-18. Both of these teams should be SJ Group 1 contenders. Woodbury will be looking for revenge after losing twice last year to Salem, including 42-0 in a South Jersey Group 1 semifinal. Millville (3-0) at Williamstown (2-1), Saturday, 7. Millville is coming off a thrilling 25-23 win over St. Augustine. If one goes by common opponents, the Thunderbolts should be a solid favorite since St. Augustine lost 45-7 in its second game to St. Augustine. Still, Williamstown is looking for improvement and if the Braves can pull the upset, they could put themselves in great position for a SJ Group 5 playoff spot. Millville is the defending SJ Group 5 champion and the Thunderbolts will again be one of the favorites this season.

Author: Marc Narducci


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