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September 26, 2013There are several games around the state this weekend that people will talk about. They're big games with league and playoff implications, including a Catholic school matchups against a team from Ohio.
Here are games that deserve mention:
St. Joe's (Montvale) (2-0) vs. Bergen Catholic (1-2) at Palisades Park, Saturday, 7PM. A long time Catholic school rivalry, with St. Joe's winning last year's contest in overtime. St. Joe's has been dominating in their first two games and come off a bye. LB Mark Fossati, QB Spencer Aukamp, and center James McNerney are three year veterans leading St. Joe's and Sherman Alston has been outstanding running the ball. Bergen comes off a tough loss to Bishop Gorman and need to rebound quickly. Kurt Holuba has been a monster this year at defensive end and a big performance will be needed from tight end/defensive end Garrett Dickerson if the Crusaders are going to pull the upset.
Cherokee (2-0) at Williamstown (2-0), Friday, 7PM. Two top South Jersey programs square off. Williamstown comes off a big win over Shawnee, while Cherokee has not been tested yet, beating Triton and Lenape easily. Williamstown has had John Chamberlin running the ball and linebacker Dylan Hammond has been making a lot of tackles. For Cherokee, quarterback Trevor Osler has completed 80% of his passes in the first two games and a favorite targets are tight end Jake Powell and wide receiver Matt Curry.
Millville (2-0) at St. Joe's (Hammonton) (1-1), Saturday, 12PM. This features a top Catholic school against what could be the top public school of the Cape Atlantic League. St. Joe's comes off a tough loss to Holy Spirit and look to regroup, while Millville beat Mainland last week, 48-14. St. Joe's has been mostly running the ball with Cody Sampson and sophomore twins Salaam Horne at quarterback and Alaam Horne at running back. CJ LaFragola has been a top player at linebacker in the two games. The Thunderbolts of Millville have defensive tackle Antoine White, a Penn State commit, and running back Rob Ennis.
DePaul (1-1) at Don Bosco (1-2), Friday, 7PM. This would look like two teams that aren't doing well, but Bosco has lost their games to Miami Central (Florida) and Mission Viejo (California), while DePaul comes off a loss to Paramus Catholic. Bosco has had some top passing from quarterback Frank Nutile, with good targets in tight end Tom Sweeney and wide receiver Dan Yankovich, to go with the running of Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks. It will be interesting to see how they come off the loss of three starters in last week's game, including tackle Tyrell Smith. DePaul hung in well for a half, but allowed 35 unanswered points in their 35-21 loss. Sophomore RB Kareem Walker looks like a present and future star.
Roxbury (2-0) at West Morris (1-1), Friday, 7:30. Two state champions from last year square off in what is a good rivalry, with both teams running the Wing-T and lost many to graduation. Roxbury has running back Peter Sutton and two way lineman Brain Kuhn, while West Morris has running back Kevin Sears and lineman Kyle Guldner.
Paramus Catholic at St. Ignatius (Cleveland, Oh.), Saturday, 2:30PM. The 3-0 Paladins are off to Ohio to play St. Ignatius, an Ohio power who is 3-1, with their lone loss coming to Brother Rice of Michigan. The Paramus Catholic defense has been stellar with defensive back Jabrill Peppers, defensive end Terrence Harris, and defensive tackle Nick Flores. St. Ignatius has been bothered by injuries; including linebacker and Ohio State commit Kyle Berger and their top two quarterbacks.
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