GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP - Sa'Laam and A'Laam Horne know how to share.

Growing up, the twin brothers shared the usual things - toys, video games, food and bathroom time.

On Friday, the St. Joseph High School sophomores shared the spotlight.

The Hornes traded off one spectacular play after another as the Wildcats opened the season with a 48-6 win against Absegami.

Sa'Laam Horne scored three ways in his first varsity start as he returned a punt for a touchdown, threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to LaQuay Brown and then capped it off with a highlight reel 76-yard run in the fourth quarter.

"It feels good, especially in my first start as a sophomore," Sa'Laam Horne said.

Sa'Laam looked more than comfortable with his twin in the same backfield.

"It's great," Sa'Laam said. "I love him a lot. I just hand him off the ball. I know what he can do and he proved me right tonight."

A'Laam ran for 149 yards, including touchdowns of 55 and 75 yards, on just six carries.

"It's great to have my brother with me in the backfield," A'Laam Horne said.

Sa'Laam's touchdown pass to Brown with 1 minute, 49 seconds left in the second quarter gave the Wildcats, who are ranked No. 4 in The Press Elite 11, a 22-6 halftime lead.

And it was all St. Joseph after the break.

Rocco Ordille scored on a 42-yard run early in the quarter, one of six plays of 40 yards or longer from the St. Joseph offense on Friday On the team's next drive, A'Laam Horne burst through the line for a 75-yard touchdown.

"My guard pulled, I ran off his block and that was it," Horne said.

Not to be outdone, Sa'Laam Horne scored from 76 yards out to end the scoring.

Sa'Laam broke a handful of tackles and kept his balance despite being nearly tripped up at least twice on the play.

"We have always been competing with each other, seeing who was better," Sa'Laam said. "I always said I was faster than him. He says he's faster than me, but he's not."

Senior running back Cody Sampson had a 44-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

Absegami had its chances in the first half, but the St. Joseph defense held up time after time.

Mike Dolan completed 13-of-24 passes for 138 yards. Senior David Hood, who verbally committed to Temple University in the offseason, ran for 116 yards and one touchdown.

St Joseph has won four straight state titles and is the defending Cape-Atlantic League American Conference champ, but the Wildcats are young at many of the skill positions after graduating a solid senior class.

"They're going to be great," Absegami coach Dennis Scuderi said. "They are going to be good for the next couple of years, I mean they're good now.

"We felt like we had a good game plan coming in, but we obviously didn't. We've got to get back to the drawing board and we have to get better. This one's not on my kids; it's on me."

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