St. Joesph High School's Sa'Laam Horne, left attempts to break away from Atlantic City’s Na’eem Santiago during the first half of their Cape-Atlantic League game Saturday in Hammonton.

Seven Cape-Atlantic League and two southern Ocean County high school football teams already have clinched playoff spots.

They are: Millville (S.J. Group V); Hammonton and Lacey Township (S.J. Group IV); Barnegat (S.J. Group III); Cedar Creek and Bridgeton (S.J. Group II); and St. Joseph (state Non-Public I); Holy Spirit (state Non-Public II); and St. Augustine Prep (state Non-Public IV).

The playoff fields will be finalized after this weekend's games. The top eight teams with the most power points in each enrollment group will make the playoffs, which start Nov. 15-16. Teams earn power points based on their wins and their opponents' enrollment and victories.

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Here is a preview of this weekend's games as many teams try to improve their playoff position or stay in playoff contention.

Cape-Atlantic League

American Conference

Absegami (3-4) at Atlantic City (3-4)

7 p.m. today (97.3 FM)

The winner will stay in contention for a S.J. Group V playoff spot. Both teams lost last week. Atlantic City fell to Mainland Regional 25-20, while Hammonton beat Absegami 10-7. Absegami features running back David Hood (124 carries for 899 yards). Quarterback Jamir Prevard (13 touchdown passes) leads Atlantic City.

Holy Spirit (7-0) at Oakcrest (1-6)

7 p.m. today (94.3 FM)

Spirit is ranked No. 1 in The Press Elite 11. The Spartans can clinch the CAL American Conference title with a win and probably grab the No. 1 seed in the state Non-Public II playoffs. Spirit allows just 6.8 points per game - the fewest in the CAL. Oakcrest freshman quarterback Kendall Elliott has run for 221 yards and thrown for 966 yards and seven touchdowns.

Mainland Regional (2-5) at St. Joseph (6-1)

Noon Saturday

Mainland comes off a 25-20 upset of Atlantic City. The victory ended a five-game losing streak. Mainland running back Qwin Vitale ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns in the win. St. Joe is No. 2 in the Elite 11. The Wildcats trailed St. Augustine at the half last Friday but rallied for a 32-14 win. St. Joe running back and linebacker C.J. LaFragola leads the offense with 755 rushing yards and the defense with 44 tackles, including 13 for losses. St. Joe will be the No. 1 seed in the state Non-Public I playoffs.

National Conference

St. Augustine (6-1) at Pleasantville (1-6)

7 p.m. today

St. Augustine comes off a 32-14 loss to St. Joseph. But St. Augustine led 14-12 at halftime. Hermits quarterback Jose Tabora (99-of-150 for 1,660 yards), running back Lamont Harris (155 carries for 1,137 yards) and wide receiver Austin Francisco(46 catches for 893 yards) are in the midst of standout seasons. St. Augustine appears headed to be the No. 5 or No. 6 seed in the state Non-Public IV playoffs. Pleasantville comes off a 40-6 loss to Buena Regional.

Middle Township (2-5) at Buena Reg. (4-4)

7 p.m. today

Buena ended a four-game losing streak with a 40-6 win over Pleasantville last Friday. Quarterback Eric Rainear ran for 149 yards and a touchdown in the win. With a victory tonight, Buena would clinch its first .500-or-better season since it finished 7-4 in 2008. Middle quarterback Joe Durso has thrown for 673 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Bridgeton (6-2) at Vineland (2-5)

7 p.m. today

Bridgeton probably will be on the road in the first round of the S.J. Group II playoffs. Bulldogs running back and linebacker Quasheem Taylor (502 rushing yards and 46 tackles) may be one of the CAL's most underrated players. Vineland relies on a running that features senior Ben Anderson (81 carries for 725 yards) and freshman Daivon Seymore (38 carries for 268 yards).


Ocean City (3-4) at Egg Harbor Twp. (1-6)

7 p.m. today (98.7 FM)

Ocean City has won three straight after an 0-4 start. Red Raiders running back Frank Woolley has rushed 169 times for 904 yards and seven touchdowns. EHT has lost six straight. Sophomore running back Dante Moore leads the Eagles in rushing with 259 yards on 69 carries. EHT linebacker Eric Wollerman has made 64 tackles, including five for losses.

Shore Conference

Barnegat (6-1) at Red Bank (1-6)

7 p.m. today

Barnegat suffered its first loss of the season, 21-14 to Lakewood, last Saturday. But the Bengals will make the S.J. Group III playoffs and could even be the No. 2 seed with a win tonight. Barnegat wide receiver, running back and defensive back Manny Bowen is one of Ocean Count's most versatile players with 120 rushing yards, 367 receiving yards and 52 tackles.

Brick Memorial (5-3) at Lacey Township (5-3)

1 p.m. Saturday

Lacey has dropped three straight after a 5-0 start. But the Lions have earned a S.J. Group IV playoff spot. Lacey, however, probably will be on the road in the first round. Quarterback Tom Kelly has thrown for 1,536 yards and 18 touchdowns. Wide receiver Christian Tutela has 12 touchdown catches. Brick Memorial's four-game winning streak ended with a 29-14 loss to Toms River South last weekend.

Southern Regional (3-4) at Toms River East (2-5)

1 p.m. Saturday

Southern will try to end a two-game losing streak. Wide receiver Mike Gesicki, who has verbally committed to Penn State, has caught four touchdown passes.

East lost to Toms River South 35-0 last weekend but has scored 40 or more points in three of its games.

West Jersey Football League

Delsea Regional (6-2) at Cumberland Regional (1-6)

7 p.m. today

Delsea is headed to the S.J. Group III playoffs. Injuries have hampered a young Cumberland team.

Wildwood (2-4) at Pitman (1-6)

7 p.m. today

Pitman got its first win of the season with a 25-12 victory over Riverside last Friday. Wildwood beat Riverside 20-16 on Sept. 20.

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