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A quick look at St. Joe football

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Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013 11:20 pm

The St. Joseph High School football players don’t say much.

That’s fine with Wildcats coach Paul Sacco.

“They just work,” Sacco said. “They want to get better. They know they have to get better.”

St. Joe is the defending Cape-Atlantic League American Conference and state Non-Public I champion. The Wildcats should again contend for both those titles. St. Joe has won four straight state titles.

But this season St. Joe is young. The Wildcats will play mostly sophomores and juniors. But what they lack in experience they make up for with talent.

Many of the Wildcats young players were role players last season. This season they have to play key roles.

St. Joe junior running back Rocco Ordille (59 caries for 349 yards and six touchdowns last season) and senior Cody Sampson (155 carries for 882 yards and 10 touchdowns) will be the featured backs in St. Joe’s Wing-T offense. Ordille finished third in the 100-meter dash at the outdoor track and field Meet of Champions last spring.

C.J. LaFragola who played fullback last season takes over at quarterback. Junior Justin Kennedy and senior LaQuay Brown lead the defensive line.

Sophomore twins Salaam and A’Laam Horne will play defensive back and running back and wide receiver. The two have outstanding speed and have the potential to be dynamic players.

St. Joe cannot ease into the season. The Wildcats first three games – at Absegami, at Holy Spirit and home vs. Millville – are against three playoff teams.

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Mike McGarry
James Clark
  • James Clark
  • Sports Writer
    The Press of Atlantic City
  • E-mail: jclark@pressofac.com
  • Phone: 609-272-7000
  • James Clark has been following local high school sports since his time as a student at Ocean City High School in the 1980s. Clark also serves as The Press' soccer blogger and coaches his twin sons' U13 soccer team.
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  • James Clark
  • Assistant Soccer Coach at St. Augustine Prep
  • James Clark has been writing about soccer for various media outlets, including The Press of Atlantic City, for 15 years. The Northfield resident coached travel teams in the South Jersey Soccer League for a decade and is currently an assistant soccer coach at St. Augustine Prep. Clark's blog will appear three times a week and daily during this summer's World Cup.
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