H.S. football playoff preview: No. 6 Bridgeton at No. 2 Woodstown

Bridgeton's Ronald Williams throws a touch down pass early in the first quarter during their game against Hammonton held at Bridgeton High School in Bridgeton. Photo/Dave Griffin

The Bridgeton High School football team will try for another road playoff upset tonight.

The sixth-seeded Bulldogs (8-2) meet second-seeded Woodstown (9-0) in a South Jersey Group II semifinal. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Woodstown.

Bridgeton won at third-seeded Cinnaminson 46-27 in last Friday's quarterfinal. In last year's quarterfinals, sixth-seeded Bridgeton won at third-seeded Barnegat 18-17. Woodstown and Bridgeton are familiar with each other. The teams scrimmaged in the preseason.

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Woodstown owns impressive wins over South Jersey Group I powers Penns Grove (7-2) and Pennsville (8-1). Woodstown's triple-option offense rushes for 211.8 yards per game.

Bridgeton has won four straight and scored at least 46 points in each of those victories. The Bulldogs don't just score on offense. The defense has produced seven touchdowns - four of them by defensive back Cappadonna Miller.

Key players for Bridgeton: Ronald Williams (above), QB/DB, 55-of-99 for 825 yards and nine touchdowns; Stefon Bowman, RB, 134 carries for 973 yards and 16 touchdowns; Quasheem Taylor, RB/LB, 75 carries for 782 yards and 12 touchdowns and 61 tackles, 15 of them for losses; Nazir Williams, 23 catches for 353 yards and three touchdowns; Cappadonna Miller, WR/DB, seven interceptions.

Key players for Woodstown: Semaj Thomas, RB, 54 carries for 395 yards; Jared Carney, QB/DB, 43 carries for 270 yards; Steven Mitchell, FB/LB, 68 carries for 285 yards; Dillon Hill, SS, 64 tackles -11 for losses; Nathan Prus, DL, 55 tackles and 5.5 sacks; Levi Simpkins, LB, 55 tackles and five interceptions.

Keys to victory: Bridgeton running backs Bowman and Taylor have emerged as one of South Jersey's top duos during the Bulldogs' recent success. Bowman ran for 147 yards against Cinnaminson, while Taylor rushed for 89. They must continue that success tonight. On defense, Bridgeton must be disciplined and play assignment football against Woodstown's triple-option offense.

Michael McGarry

South Jersey Group II Semifinal

Who: Sixth-seeded Bridgeton (8-2) vs. second-seeded Woodstown (9-0)

When/where: 7 p.m. today at Woodstown

What's next: Winner advances to the final the weekend of Dec. 6-8 at Rowan University against the winner of Saturday's semifinal between fifth-seeded Haddonfield (7-2) and top-seeded Camden (9-0).


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