LaFragola flips switch for St. Joe

St. Joseph High School fullback C.J. LaFragola breaks away from Millville’s Ryquell Amstead during Saturday’s Cape-Atlantic League game in Hammonton. LaFragola rushed 16 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-14 win.

Press photo by Dave Griffin

The defenses of the Atlantic City and St. Joseph high school football teams better be at their best Saturday afternoon.

The teams kickoff at noon at St. Joe in a Cape-Atlantic League American Conference matchup.

St. Joe (4-1) averaged 62.5 points in its last two games. Atlantic City (3-2) comes off a 46-19 win over Buena Regional. The Vikings are averaging 42 points in their wins.

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Cape-Atlantic League

American Conference

Atlantic City (3-2) at St. Joseph (4-1)

Noon Saturday (97.3 FM)

St. Joe is No. 4 in The Press Elite 11. The Wildcats feature a potent run game with quarterback Salaam Horne (285 rushing yards) and running backs Cody Sampson (390 rushing yards), C.J. LaFragola (447 rushing yards). Atlantic City sophomore quarterback Jamir Prevard has completed 52-of-90 passes for 782 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Hammonton (4-1) at Mainland Regional (1-4)

7 p.m. today (94.3 FM)

Hammonton is No. 9 in The Press Elite 11. The Blue Devils have won four straight. Mainland has lost four in a row. Hammonton quarterback Jonathan Triboletti has thrown eight touchdown passes – six of them to wide receiver Alex Padovani. Mainland quarterback Ty Mindish has thrown for 536 yards and eight touchdowns.

Millville (3-2) at Egg Harbor Township (1-4)

7 p.m. today

Millville is No. 8 in The Press Elite 11. The Thunderbolts come off a 16-7 loss to undefeated and No. 1 ranked Holy Spirit. Millville running back Rob Ennis has rushed for 827 yards and nine touchdowns. Linebacker Ed Shockley sparks the Millville defense. Egg Harbor Township has dropped four straight and struggled to score this season.

National Conference

Buena Regional (3-3) at St. Augustine Prep (5-0)

6 p.m. today

St. Augustine is No. 11 in The Press Elite 11. The Hermits lead the National Conference behind a dynamic offense that averages 45.2 points. St. Augustine running back Lamont Harris has carried 109 times for 904 yards and 15 touchdowns. Quarterback Jose Tabora has complete 69 percent of his passes for 1,106 yards and 11 touchdowns. Buena has dropped three straight. Chiefs running back George DiBiase ran for 82 yards and two touchdowns in last Friday’s 46-19 loss to Atlantic City.

Ocean City (1-4) at Vineland (2-3)

7 p.m. today (98.7 FM)

Both teams come off impressive wins. Vineland beat Lower Cape May 48-0 last Saturday. Senior running back Ben Anderson sparks the Vineland offense with 61 carries for 615 yards and five touchdowns. Vineland linebacker Greg Slaughter has made 35 tackles – five of them for losses. Ocean City running back Frank Woolley ran for 189 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-39 win over Middle Township last Friday.

Pleasantville (1-4) at Bridgeton (4-2)

7 p.m. today (1240-AM)

Pleasantville lost to Cedar Creek 41-6 last Saturday. Bridgeton will try to rebound from last Friday’s 35-12 loss to St. Augustine Prep. Bridgeton needs a win to stay on pace to qualify for the South Jersey Group II playoffs and possibly earn a first-round home game. The Bulldogs lead the Cape-Atlantic League with five defensive touchdowns.

Shore Conference

Pt. Pleasant Borough (0-6) at Barnegat (5-0)

7 p.m. today

Barnegat is off to its best start in school history. The Bengals lead the Shore Conference B South division and are on pace to get a top seed in the South Jersey Group III playoff bracket. Barnegat must overcome a huge injury loss the rest of the season. Running back A.J. Opre, who is the school’s career rushing leader 1,621 yards, is out for the year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Barnegat linebacker Manny Bowen leads the defense with 40 tackles.

Lacey Township (5-1) at Jackson Memorial (3-2)

7 p.m. today

Lacey looks to rebound from last Saturday’s 21-7 loss to Southern Regional. Lacey and Jackson along with Brick Township are tied for the Shore Conference A South lead. Lacey quarterback Tom Kelly has thrown 10 touchdown passes, eight of them to wide receiver Christian Tutela.

Jackson Liberty (1-4) at Pinelands Regional (1-5)

7 p.m. today

Pinelands comes off a 36-7 loss to Monsignor Donovan. Pinelands kicker Jon Kubricki has booted five field goals, including a 36-yarder.

Brick Memorial (4-2) at Southern Regional (3-2)

1 p.m. Saturday

Southern needs a win to boost its chances of making the South Jersey Group V playoffs. Southern quarterback Logan Sheehan has thrown for 737 yards and eight touchdowns. Receiver Mike Gesicki, who has verbally committed to Penn State, has caught 18 passes for 302 yards and three touchdowns.

West Jersey Football League

Gloucester (2-3) at Wildwood (2-3)

7 p.m. today

Running backs David Flanders and Jose Valentine lead Wildwood. The Warriors were off last week.

Cumberland Regional (1-5) at Woodrow Wilson (1-4)

1 p.m. Saturday

Both teams won opening day but haven’t won since. Cumberland has been forced to start several inexperience players because of injuries. Running back De’Han Milledge scored Cumberland’s only touchdown on a 9-yard run in last Friday’s 25-7 loss to Highland Regional.

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Started at The Press in 1993 as an Ocean County reporter. Moved to the copy desk in 1994 until taking over as editor of At The Shore in 1995. Became deputy sports editor in 2004 and was promoted to sports editor in 2007.

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