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Football preview: Wildwood ready for first playoff games in school history vs. Woodbury

The Wildwood High School football team plays one of the biggest games in school history today.

The Warriors will make their first postseason appearance since the playoffs began when they play Woodbury at 1 p.m. in a South Jersey Group I quarterfinal.

Wildwood has one of the smallest enrollments of any New Jersey public school. In the past, the Warriors often struggled to field a team.

But this Wildwood team has made football a hot topic in this resort town.

The Warriors feature running back Wesley Hills, who is in the midst of a historic season with more than 2,000 rushing yards.

In Woodbury, Wildwood meets a perennial power. This is Woodbury's 21st playoff appearance. The Thundering Herd has won six South Jersey titles.

Woodbury features one off the state's top players in quarterback Anthony Averett, who is headed to the University of Alabama.

Key players for Wildwood: Wesley Hills, RB/QB/LB, 205 carries for 2,077 yards and 33 touchdowns; Devon Bradshaw, QB, 23-of-52 for 188 yards; Francis Christian, WR/RB/DB, nine catches for 90 yards; Evan Thame, LB, 64 tackles and six sacks; Jose Valentin, FB/LB, five sacks.

Key players for Woodbury: Anthony Averett, QB/DB. 100 carries for 979 yards; Dwuan Martin, WR; Camerin Gamble, WR; Jeray Demby, WR.

Keys to victory: Hills and Wildwood must figure out a way to score against a Woodbury defense that has allowed just 97 points this season. On defense, Wildwood must slow Averett.

Michael McGarry

Game details

Who: Seventh-seeded Wildwood(6-3) and second-seeded Woodbury (7-1)

When/where: 1 p.m. Saturday at Woodbury

What's next: The winner advances to the semifinals the weekend of Nov. 30 against No. 3 seed Glassboro.

 

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