After a track that felt like 40 days and 40 nights of rain, it’s time to put down the bow-making tools and enjoy some high school football.
Perfect fall weather is forecast for this weekend, so get out there and watch some of the region’s best athletes take to the field on Friday night or Saturday.
Here are our picks for the best games and the full week 6 schedule:
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No.1 Camden (4-1) at No.3 Haddonfield (4-0), Friday 7pm
One of the most anticipated games of the season will take place just off Kings Highway with the West Jersey Football League Constitution Division title at stake. Camden moved into the penthouse of South Jersey’s Mean 15 rankings this week thanks to a four-game winning streak. The Panthers’ defense has scored 10 points or fewer in each of their last three games. … Haddonfield moved up to No. 3 after a 14-7 win at West Deptford last week. Haddonfield’s defense was just as stingy, holding his last three opponents to a point or less. … The two teams have split their last two encounters, with Haddonfield winning a playoff game in 2018 and Camden winning a regular-season tilt in 2020. … If Haddonfield wins, the Bulldawgs would have to beat rival Haddon Heights on Thanksgiving to win the division title outright.
Josh Friedman: Camden
John Lewis: Haddonfield
Tom McGurk: Camden
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No. 13 Lenape (3-2) at No. 7 Cherokee (3-2), Friday 6 p.m
What a difference three weeks has made for these two teams, each digging an early hole to make this game a must-play. … Lenape has won three times in a row, none bigger than last week when the tribe teed off back then – No. 1 Millville, 21-17. The return of running back Zyaire Goffney-Fleming has given the team a significant boost of energy. The senior has rushed for 444 yards and seven touchdowns in three games — all of them winning. … After back-to-back losses by a total of 13 points earlier in the season, Cherokee has bounced back with victories over St. Augustine, Shawnee and Williamstown. Despite losing star running back Brandon Boria, who hasn’t played for the past three weeks, Cherokee is 82 points over the winning streak. … The winner here has the inside lead to the WJFL American Division title.
John Lewis: Cherokee
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Seneca (5-0) at Moorestown (4-2), Friday, 7 p.m
A year after the 3-7, Seneca is two wins away from the WJFL National Division title. The Golden Eagles have stringed five straight wins earlier in the season and have been downright dominant on defense, keeping each of their last three opponents on a touchdown. Senior Brayden Davis has been one of the most prolific dual-threat quarterbacks in the region this season, with 491 yards and five touchdowns on the ground, along with 387 yards and three points through the air. … The Quakers will be looking to regain their footing after back-to-back losses to Oakcrest and Paul VI. Moorestown returns home for its first game since September 9 when it held on to a 24-21 overtime loss to Northern Burlington. Junior quarterback John Zohlman has thrown for 844 yards and nine touchdowns, while senior Andrew Curry has rushed for 345 rushing yards and 462 receiving yards for a total of nine TDs. … The Quakers won last year’s meeting 19-0.
John Lewis: Seneca
Maple Shade (4-2) at Cinnaminson (5-0)
This WJFL Freedom Division tilt consists of two teams. After four successful seasons in a row, Maple Shade continues to trend in the right direction and is aiming for a fifth season. The Wildcats have clinched three straight wins, including a 21-7 win over Pemberton to keep their division title hopes alive. … Cinnaminson is enjoying one of the greatest recovery seasons in the region. After a 2-8 draw last fall, the Pirates won their first five games of the season for the first time since 2016.
Josh Friedman: Cinnamonson
John Lewis: Cinnamon
Tom McGurk: Cinnamonson
Timber Creek (5-1) at Hammonton (5-1), Friday, 6 p.m
The hosts, Blue Devils, will look to capture the WJFL Memorial Division title with a win over Timber Creek. Hammonton ended a three-week road trip with a 21-14 win over Rancocast Valley, a game that followed his only loss, a 29-14 setback on the mainland. … Timber Creek will be looking to recover from its first loss of the season – a 19-14 decision against Highland. The Chargers are completing a three-week trip from Erial and will be heading home for their final two games of the regular season.
Josh Friedman: Hammonton
John Lewis: Hammonton
Tom McGurk: Hammonton
No. 5 Millville (3-2) in Shawnee (3-3), Friday, 6 p.m
Talk about two teams in dire need of a win. Millville is still reeling from his previous trip to Medford as a 17-point lead evaporated in a 21-17 loss at Lenape last week. While the team was more than 200 yards from quarterback Jacob Zamot, the ‘Bolts and their electric offense failed to score more than 21 points in a game for the third time this season, including the last two contests. … Having won his first three games, Shawnee sits at .500 and is facing a three-game losing streak. However, the Renegades have been consistent. The team has scored 14 points in each of their last four games. … Both teams are battling for playoff position in Group 4 and a win would certainly go a long way in cementing a better starting position.
Josh Friedman: Millville
John Lewis: Millville
Tom McGurk: Millville
No. 11 St. Joseph (3-1) at Ocean City (2-3), Friday, 6 p.m
The long, winding road continues for St. Joseph on his year-long journey. This week, the Wildcats travel down the coast as they attempt to extend their winning streak to four. St. Joseph hasn’t had a huge lead (up-17) in their last three games, but the Wildcats have found some stability since their season-opening loss to St. Augustine. … Ocean City stumbles into the week after back-to-back losses to Delsea and Winslow. And with a 2-3 record, the Raiders fall behind the .500 mark for the first time since the 2018 season. There are plenty of incentives for OC as a win here would make the team a very desirable seed in the Group 4 power rankings.
Josh Friedman: Ocean City
John Lewis: St Joseph
Tom McGurk: St Joseph
No. 4 Woodstown (5-0) at No. 10 Woodbury (5-1), Saturday, 10:30 a.m
A win there will go a long way as the winner should be a suspension for the top overall seed in the South Group 1 power rankings. The Wolverines currently hold the top spot thanks to a 7-6 win over region champions Salem last week – one of the biggest wins in the program’s history. Linebackers Zach Bevis, David Harvey, and James Hill led a defense that was downright mean, holding opponents to a 9.4 point average. Hill has emerged as one of the best two-way players in the region. He is 14 yards away from 1,000 rushing yards. On defense, he has two sacks, two picks (both returned for touchdowns) and five tackles for losses. … Woodbury got back on his winning streak with a 43-29 win over Gloucester last week. The Thundering Herd can accumulate the points with an average of 29.8 per game in the first six points.
Josh Friedman: Woodbury
John Lewis: Woodbury
Tom McGurk: Woodstown
No. 8 Salem (4-2) at Paulsboro (2-3), Saturday, 11 a.m
Another major Group 1 showdown takes place in Big Red territory. The two teams faced each other twice last season, with Paulsboro clinching a 25-17 regular-season win before Salem retaliated with a bigger prize down the line as his 13-12 win took the South Jersey crown Group 1 secured. Running back Zaheim Jones and quarterback Jahki Coates enter the game with the same rushing total of 423 yards. … Paulsboro, once worried about being left out of the postseason picture, has reignited its season with back-to-back wins over West Deptford and Penns Grove. The Raiders are getting healthy and their fledgling offensive line is starting to get their legs under them. That could be bad news for opponents.
Josh Friedman: Salem
John Lewis: Salem
Tom McGurk: Salem
Paul VI (4-1) at Northern Burlington (2-4), Saturday 2pm
The best start of Paul VI. the past six years has been highlighted with back-to-back shutouts against Clayton and Moorestown. Offensively, senior Gavin Bunt has been the big hitter from the Eagles’ backfield, scoring touchdowns in each of his last two games and increasing his rushing total to 389 yards. … Don’t let Northern’s record fool you. The Greyhounds are close to three of their losses by a total of 10 points, including a 24-21 overtime setback against Moorestown. Senior Clark Norway did most of the running work, amassing 780 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Josh FriedmanPaul VI
John Lewis: Paul VI
Tom McGurkPaul VI
Season records: Josh (30-20), Tom (30-20), John (22-28)
week 6 Schedule
Friday October 7th
- Bridgeton in Atlantic City, 6
- Bordentown in Burlington City, 6
- Lenape in Cherokee, 6
- Maple Shade at Cinnaminson, 6
- Gateway at Cumberland, 6
- Highland at Eastern, 6
- Oakcrest at Egg Harbor, 6th
- Timber Creek near Hammonton, 6th
- Wildwood near Lindenwold, 6
- Pitman at Lower Cape, May 6th
- Absegami on the mainland, 6th
- Buena in Middle Township, 6
- St. Joseph in Ocean City, 6
- Willingboro in Pennsauken, 6
- Williamstown near St. Augustine, 6
- Millville near Shawnee, 6
- Cherry Hill West at Triton, 6th
- Holy Spirit in Vineland, 6
- Delran in Rancocast Valley, 6:30 a.m
- Collingswood near Audubon, 7th
- Haddon Heights in Camden Catholic, 7
- Pleasantville near Clayton, 7
- Kingsway at Clearview, 7
- Cedar Creek near Delsea, 7th
- Palmyra in Florence, 7
- Deptford at Gloucester, 7th
- Camden near Haddonfield, 7th
- Haddon Township near Holy Cross, 7th
- Seneca at Moorestown, 7
- Pennsville near Overbrook, 7
- Glassboro at Penn’s Grove, 7
- Bishop Eustace in Schalick, 7
- West Deptford at Sterling, 7th
Saturday October 8th
- Woodstown at Woodbury, 10:30 a.m
- Princeton at Cherry Hill East, 11 a.m
- Salem in Paulsboro, 11 a.m
- Eastside in Burlington Township, noon
- New Egypt at Pemberton, 1
- Gloucester Catholic at Riverside, 1:30
- Paul VI at Northern Burlington, 2
- Washington Township near Winslow, 7th