With sweat dripping off his forehead, defensive end Kaiwan Lewis of the St. Joseph High School football team needed inspiration for one more bench press this summer.
This year's Southern Regional High School football team will feature a characteristic it hasn't had in years and maybe ever.
Wesley Hills and the rest of the Wildwood High School football team haven't lost their optimism.
The Vineland Fighting Clan will have their work cut out for them under second-year coach Josh Hedgeman. However, the Vineland players seem to be responding to Hedgeman's coaching techniques.
No area football team will have more fresh faces this season than the Pinelands Regional High School.
Kevin Smith made a seamless transition to becoming the head coach of the Ocean City High School football team. Not surprising considering he was a Red Raiders assistant for 15 years.
Mainland Regional High School starts the season reeling from a tragedy when four players were killed and another four were injured in a car accident three weeks before the start of the season.
The Lacey Township High School football team was one of the best in the state last season.
After the Cumberland Regional High School football team lost to Kingsway Regional 22-3 last season, the Colts spent 45 minutes in the parking lot talking about the lack of focus that cost them the game.
The Barnegat High School football team graduated two outstanding playmakers in quarterback Nick SanGiacomo and wide receiver Mike DeTroia.
The Absegami Braves had high expectations last season and were considered contenders for a Cape-Atlantic League American Conference title.
Jonathan Caputo spent seven years on the practice fields of the Buena Regional High School football team as an assistant.
The St. Augustine Prep football team struggled at times last season, finishing 4-6, but the Hermits showed their potential late in the season.
The Bridgeton High School football team features 22 seniors this season.
The Hammonton High School football team will start several sophomores this year.
The Lower Cape May Regional High School football team finished 7-3 and made the playoffs for its first winning season since 2006.
Shaquille Lee remembers how it felt for the Millville High School football team to make the playoffs for the first time in a dozen years last season.
The Cedar Creek High School football team begins its first varsity season with high goals.
The Egg Harbor Township High School football team comes off three straight South Jersey Group IV playoff appearances.
Coach David Dudley wants to turn negatives into positives for the Pleasantville High School football team.
The Holy Spirit High School football team finished 12-0 last season.