Millville’s Rob Ennis, left, is pursued by Mainland Regional’s Cole Gasparini. Millville is considered a contender in the CAL American Conference.

A single question confronts high school football fans as the 2013 season is about to begin.

What kind of team is my school going to have?

Teams can be divided in the following four categories:

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Favorite: The team to beat in the regular seasons and playoffs.

Contender: It will be no surprise if this team ends the season with a championship.

Spoiler: If things go right, this team can contend for regular season and playoff titles.

Rebuilding: Betters days are ahead.

Where does your team rate? Check out below (Last season's record in parentheses).

Cape-Atlantic League

American Conference


Holy Spirit (8-4): Spartans won six of their last seven games last season.


Millville (6-4): Penn State recruit Antoine White leads the Thunderbolts.

St. Joseph (10-1): Wildcats have won 15 state titles since the non-public playoffs began in 1993.


Absegami (6-4): Running back David Hood and quarterback Mike Dolan spark an offense that should be one of the Cape-Atlantic league's best.

Hammonton (5-5): The Blue Devils finished last season with a 14-6 upset of neighborhood rival St. Joseph.


Atlantic City (8-3): The Vikings will start as many as eight sophomores.

Egg Harbor Township (4-6): Eagles will rely on veteran offensive and defensive lines.

Mainland Regional (4-6): Mustangs feature an interesting mix of veterans and sophomores.

Oakcrest (1-9): Falcons drop to South Jersey Group III because of a decline in enrollment.

National Conference


St. Augustine Prep (8-2): Hermits are young at the skill positions but feature a veteran defense.


Bridgeton (6-5): Bulldogs return 10 two-way starters.

Cedar Creek (10-2): Pirates reached the South Jersey Group II final last season, losing to West Deptford 42-28.


Middle Township (6-4): With 55 players in the program, the Panthers will have something they haven't had in years - depth.


Vineland (2-8): The Fighting Clan's last non-losing season came in 2010 when it finished 5-5.

Pleasantville (0-10): Greyhounds hope to return to the days of 2002 when they actually beat perennial power Hammonton in a playoff game.

Ocean City (3-7): Running back Frank Woolley rushed for 1,148 yards last season.

Lower Cape May Regional (1-9): Bill Miller, a 1988 Lower graduate, takes over as the Caper Tigers coach.

Buena Regional (4-6): The Chiefs got off to a 3-0 start last season but won just one game the rest of the way.

Shore Conference


Lacey Township (10-1): Quarterback Tom Kelly returns to lead an offense that averaged 38 points per game last season.

Southern Regional (9-3): Rams are a combined 17-5 the past two seasons.

Barnegat (5-5): Bengals will have quarterback Cinjun Erskine and lineman Sam Madden for a full season. Both sat the first 30 days last year because they transferred.


Pinelands Regional (0-9): Senior quarterback Dan MacPhee is a three-year starter.

West Jersey

Football League


Cumberland Regional (4-6): Running back De'Han Milledge gained 1,179 yards last season.


Wildwood (6-4): A year after making the playoffs for the first time in school history, Wildwood is again struggling with numbers.

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