GLASSBORO — The Hammonton High School football team couldn’t stop every big play Shawnee attempted Sunday night.
Every time Shawnee senior quarterback Colin Wetterau had the ball in his hands, he was a threat. He proved that by scoring five touchdowns for the Renegades.
It was too much for sixth-seeded Blue Devils, whose wild playoff run ended with a 41-6 loss to fourth-seeded Shawnee in the South Jersey Group IV final at Rowan University.
Wetterau completed 10 of 20 passes for 251 yards and three TDs. He rushed for another 47 yards with a score and returned a fumble for a TD in the second half.
“He’s a great player,” Hammonton coach Jim Raso said. “At times, we made things a little easier for him. But he made plays. He’s tough. He’ll hang in that pocket and make throws, and we just couldn’t get the matchups.”
Shawnee (8-4) beat Hammonton (5-7) during the regular season exactly one month earlier, 38-6.
Hammonton struggled to move the ball all game and was held to 147 yards of offense, including just 49 on the ground.
“(Shawnee) had a couple kids up front, and we couldn’t get them blocked,” Raso said. “I think (Shawnee defensive end Pat O’Hanlon) had about five or six plays at the line of scrimmage, and (defensive end Dan Falzone) gave us fits the first game. Up front, we weren’t able to get them off the ball like we were the past couple weeks.”
On the second play from scrimmage, Wetterau found Daevon Robinson wide open downfield for a 73-yard TD that made it 7-0 just 57 seconds into the game.
Hammonton’s defense did a good job at preventing the big play through the first quarter, forcing Wetterau to overthrow a few passes. But Wetterau was persistent, and it paid off twice in the second quarter.
Wetterau hit Jeremy Fisher for a 44-yard completion inside the Hammonton 5-yard line, setting up the quarterback’s 1-yard dive for a 14-0 lead.
Shawnee got the ball back with 2:17 left in the half. Wetterau and Robinson connected again on a 36-yard TD, and the Renegades led 21-0 at the half.
“I think we held down their runs pretty well, but our secondary is a little young,” said senior linebacker Peyton LeMunyon, 17, of Hammonton. “They got a little learning to do, and hopefully they can get back here next year.”
With 1:49 left in the third quarter, Wetterau hit Fisher for a 34-yard score to go up 28-0. On the next drive, he scooped and scored on a 32-yard fumble recovery to make it 34-0.
Robinson tacked on his third TD on a 45-yard run early in the fourth to make it 41-0. He had 123 receiving yards on four catches, and Fisher finished with 96 yards on three receptions.