Qwahsin Townsel needed some extra time to get ready for a big event Wednesday morning.
The Egg Harbor Township resident woke up 30 minutes early. He ironed his clothes and made sure his hair looked just right.
Townsel then drove to St. Joseph High School in Hammonton and signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Villanova University on an NCAA Division I football scholarship
“I’ve been looking forward to this day since I entered high school,” the St. Joe senior said. “I always knew I wanted to play college football.”
Townsel, a standout running back and linebacker, was The Press Player of the Year. He led the Wildcats to a 12-0 record and the state Non-Public II title.
Villanova projects the 6-foot, 205-pound Townsel as a defensive player.
“They already have six running backs on the roster,” Townsel said. “They want to get me on the field as soon as possible. My best bet right now is on defense. It doesn’t matter to me. I’ll make plays on either side of the ball.”
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6-1, 205 Sr. RB/LB
Townsel led the Wildcats to a 12-0 record and the state Non-Public II title. He rushed 236 times for 1,616 yards and 31 touchdowns. Townsel also made 49 tackles, nine of them for losses. Fordham, Sacred Heart and Villanova have offered him scholarships.
St Joe’s Qwahsin Townsel. St Joe vs Mater Dei for the South Jersey High School Football Championship held at Rowan University in Glassboro, Sunday Dec. 3, 2017. (Dale Gerhard / Press of Atlantic City)
5-11, 197 Sr. QB
Zamot completed 119 of 192 passes for 1,373 yards and 19 touchdowns. He ran 129 times for 898 yards and 11 touchdowns. Zamot will attend Stony Brook on a football scholarship.
Holy Spirit quarterback Josh Zamot runs for a touchdown during Friday’s game against Camden Catholic in Absecon.
5-7, 175 So. RB
Gray rushed 223 times for 1,624 yards and 22 touchdowns.
E'lijah Gray scored a 4-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter to open the scoring in the Holy Spirit High School football team's 34-14 win over visiting Gloucester Catholic in the state Non-Public II quarterfinals Friday night. Friday, November 10
5-11 200 Sr. RB
Giresi rushed 209 times for 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Lacey Township Football Linebacker Greg Chadwick and running back Jason Giresi face-off during preseason practice at Lacey Township High School. Dave Griffin / for the Press
5-10, 195 Sr. RB
Last year’s Press Player of the Year, Scott rushed 173 times for 1,092 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Millville's Clayton Scott breaks away for a gain of a few yards during their Thanksgiving Day game held at Wheaton Field in Millville, Thursday, November 26, 2015. DAVE GRIFFIN / For the Press
Atlantic City 6-4, 180 Sr. WR Morgan caught 41 passes for 746 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Atlantic City’s Nah’Sir Morgan, left, has nine touchdown catches for the Vikings this season.
Absegami’s Josh Coursey grabs a pass in front of Oakcrest’s Isaiah Corbitt on Wednesday in Galloway Township. Coursey caught a touchdown pass and ran for another score.
5-10 170 Sr. WR
Ramos caught 37 passes for 580 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Millville’s Marcial Ramos catches a touchdown against Bridgeton last year. Ramos caught 44 passes for 754 yards.
6-4, 220 Jr. TE
Morris caught 38 passes for 671 yards and eight touchdowns. He also made 41 tackles on defense, 15 of them for losses.
6-3, 305 Jr. OL
Quarshie led the Wildcats to the state Non-Public II title. He blocked for a rushing attack that averaged 334.3 yards per game.
6-4, 245 Sr. OL
Sansalone led Vineland to the South Jersey V playoffs and a share of the West Jersey Football League Continental Division title. He will attend Bucknell University on a football scholarship.
St. Augustine Prep
6-1, 290 Sr. OL
Compton helped the Hermits win a share of the Continental Division title. A standout blocker and one of the Hermits leaders.
6-0, 225 Sr. OL
Woefel led the Blue Devils to the South Jersey Group IV final. He was a Hammonton co-captain and started on both offense and defense.
Holy Spirit 6-2 245 Sr. OL Lord opened holes for a Holy Spirit running game that rushed for 37 touchdowns and averaged 276.5 yards per game.
6-2, 312 Sr. OL
A standout player, Brunozzi is quick and strong. He led a Buena team that relied on the run.
5-11 190 Sr. QB/DB
He will graduate Vineland this month and enroll in Rutgers on a scholarship. Led the Fighting Clan to consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1990-91. Pacheco threw for 598 yards and three touchdowns and carried 154 times for 1,414 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Vineland quarterback Isaih Pacheco stiff arms Millville’s Bruce Williams during a 36-yard run Thursday. Pacheco rushed for 171 yards and four touchdowns in the game.
6-2, 160 Sr. QB/DB/WR/RB
He caught 32 passes for 489 yards. He passed for 738 yards and he ran for 301 yards. Derry scored 11 touchdowns.
Atlantic City’s Nazim Derry runs for some yards against Vineland during Friday’s game. For more photos from the game, go to HSLive.me or download the HSLive app.
5-7, 155 So. RB/QB/DB
Byers is a returner but he made an impact all over the field. Byers returned four punts and one kickoff for scores. He rushed 141 times for 1,554 yards and 20 touchdowns. Also returned an interception for a score.
St. Joseph's Jada Byers #3 escapes from Immaculata's Matt Lynch #58 during first half of semi final round of the New Jersey State Non-Public Group II football playoffs game at St. Joseph High School Saturday Nov 18, 2017. (The Press of Atlantic City / Edward Lea Staff Photographer)
6-2, 209 Sr. K
Sterr kicked four field goals, three of them longer than 40 yards. He will attend Rutgers as a preferred walk-on. Sterr finished with a school record 73 extra points. He had 15 career field goals.
6-1, 190 Sr. DL
Tapp had 71 tackles, 25 of them for losses. He had four sacks and two fumble recoveries.
6-2, 260 Sr. DL
Pali made 28 tackles with three sacks and six tackles for losses.
6-3, 240 Sr. DL
Made 45 tackles and had 16 sacks.
5-10, 225 Sr. DL
Kramer made 56 tackles, 16 of them for losses. He had six sacks and two fumble recoveries.
6-0, 230 Sr. DE
Rivera made 72 tackles, 16 of them for losses. He made 38 solo tackles and recovered two fumbles.
6-2, 230 Jr. DL
Lomax hardly came off the field for St. Joe. He made 54 tackles, 25 of them for losses. Lomax returned an interception for a touchdown and also recovered a fumble.
St Joe’s Brad Lomax pressures quarterback George Pearson. St Joe vs Mater Dei for the South Jersey High School Football Championship held at Rowan University in Glassboro, Sunday Dec. 3, 2017. (Dale Gerhard / Press of Atlantic City)
5-10, 198 Sr. LB
Meehan made 73 tackles, 18 of them solo. He led the Red Raiders to the South Jersey Group III playoffs.
St. Augustine Prep
6-1, 210 Jr. LB
Bonczek made 119 tackles, 15 of them for losses. He caused two fumbles.
St. Augustine Prep’s Joe Bonczek tackles Williamstown’s J.C. Collins during Friday’s game in Buena Vista Township.
6-2, 225 Sr. LB
Anderson made 64 tackles and had seven sacks. He recovered three fumbles and returned one for a touchdown. He will graduate in December and enroll at Maryland on a Division I scholarship.
Vineland’s Nihym Anderson runs for a touchdown against the Vikings during the fourth quarter Friday night in Atlantic City. ‘Scoring touchdowns is new to me,’ says the Fighting Clan senior who is best known for his work on defense.
6-0, 207 Sr. LB
Gulig made 118 tackles, 76 of them solo. He made 11 tackles for losses and intercepted three passes.
5-11, 195 Fr. LB
Vokolos made 58 tackles, 21 of them for losses.
Cedar Creek’s Jeremy Taylor, left, is tackled by St. Joseph’s Angelo Vokolos during a game in October. Vokolos has 51 tackles, including 21 for a loss this season.
6-2, 210 Jr. LB
Toure made 93 tackles, seven of them for losses. He also intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble. On offense, rushed 104 times for 909 yards and nine touchdowns.
Pleasantville's Mohamed Toure ran for big yards during the game against Ocean City. Nov. 23, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)
5-10, 210 Sr. LB
Miele made 64 tackles, eight of them for losses. He had three sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery. Miele also led the Rams in rushing with 689 yards.
Southern Regional's Joe Miele runs for big yards on Central Regional. September,2, 2016. (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)