Barnegat (7-1) can make history this postseason.

With a win tonight over visiting Pemberton (7 p.m.), the Bengals would set a single-season school record for victories with eight. Barnegat also won seven games in 2011.

The Bengals have made four straight playoff appearances but they will also try to advance to their first ever South Jersey final.

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Barnegat had to overcome some adversity this season. The Bengals are 2-1 since running back A.J. Opre tore his anterior cruciate ligament and was lost for the season.

Pemberton has won two straight. The Hornets last made the playoffs in 2011, losing to eventual champion West Deptford 43-0 in the S.J. Group II quarterfinals.

Key players for Pemberton: Dennis Clark, QB, 71-of-122 for 1,109 yards and 12 touchdowns; Quincey Lambert, RB/DB, 129 carries for 718 yards and 10 touchdowns; Jahmir Foman, WR/DB, 19 catches for 359 yards and three touchdowns; Shaun Brooks, DE, 61 tackles and seven sacks.

Key players for Barnegat: Cinjun Erskine, QB, 373 rushing yards and 53-of-96 for 812 yards and 10 touchdowns; Manny Bowen, WR/RB/DB, 19 catches for 394 yards and five touchdowns; Greg Moran, DL, 44 tackles; Mark Magoon, LB, 63 tackles; Sam Madden, OL.

Keys to victory: Barnegat, as it has done all season, will try to control the ball with its running game and mix in timely passing from Erskine. The 6-foot-7, 318-pound Madden leads the Bengals' offensive line. Barnegat must account for Brooks, who has consistently pressured opposing quarterbacks all season for Pemberton.

Michael McGarry

South Jersey Group III quarterfinal

Who: Sixth-seeded Pemberton (4-4) at third-seeded Barnegat (7-1)

When/where: 7 p.m. today at Barnegat

What's next: Winner advances to the semifinals the weekend of Nov. 22/23 against the winner of tonight's quarterfinal between seventh-seeded Highland Regional (4-5) and second-seeded Northern Burlington (6-2).


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