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Posted: Saturday, November 20, 2010 12:02 am | Updated: 1:40 am, Sat Nov 20, 2010.

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP - The Hammonton High School football team has relied on two factors for its success this season: A solid ground game preached by coach Pete Lancetta and the skills of senior Jared Sanchez.

But those factors were not enough to prevent the Blue Devils from losing 16-14 to host Delsea Regional High School in a South Jersey Group III semifinal Friday night.

Sanchez kept up his recent stretch of hot play by snagging a key interception in the first half that led to a Blue Devils touchdown, but the Crusaders got key efforts from multiple offensive players in the win.

With the victory, the second-seeded Crusaders (9-1), No. 8 in The Press Elite 11, face the winner of today's Lacey Township-Winslow Township semifinal for the Group III title in two weeks. The third-seeded Blue Devils (7-3), No. 9 in the Elite 11, have only a Thanksgiving game against St. Joseph to look forward to.

"It's not really the wins and losses - it's the effort the boys put in, and my hat is off to them," Lancetta said. "I told them that sometimes you do everything right and it doesn't work out for you. This was one of those nights."

Trailing 16-14 and facing a third down inside the Delsea 30 late in the game, a pass from quarterback Tyler D'Amelio to Robert Barbieri was broken up. Delsea's Darius Convery intercepted a fourth-down pass to seal the win.

"I made a read on the play and just went up and got it," Convery said. "I think I'm one of the best players in South Jersey, and I was able to make the play."

Hammonton went to its ground game early to take a 7-0 lead.

At the beginning of the game, Hammonton came out and did what the Blue Devils usually do - run the ball. D'Amelio converted a key sneak on one of the drive's two fourth-down plays, and he also scored the game's first touchdown from 1 yard out. The Blue Devils' 13-play drive also featured a D'Amelio-to-Jordan Brown pass to convert a key fourth down.

Delsea followed with an impressive drive of its own to close the first quarter. Sophomore quarterback Josh Awotunde carried the ball five times for 30 yards on the 11-play possession and also hit Tyler Coulbourn for a 10-yard touchdown pass with 21.6 seconds left in the first quarter to tie the game at 7.

On the ensuing drive, the Blue Devils drove to the Crusaders' 30-yard line, but a penalty pushed them back to the 35. Hammonton attempted its third fourth-down conversion of the game, but a halfback option was thwarted.

In the second quarter, Brown took a short screen on the left side and then ran untouched into the end zone with 5 minutes, 10 seconds left in the second quarter to give Hammonton a 14-7 lead.

Delsea mounted a late drive but missed a 38-yard field goal with 1.1 seconds left in the half.

Early in the second half, Awotunde hit Convery with a 38-yard strike down the right sideline. Tyrone Saud's subsequent 9-yard carry took the ball inside the Blue Devils' 10-yard line, but the Hammonton defense stiffened, stuffing a series of running plays before a fourth-down pass fell incomplete.

Marshall Brooks scored with 58 seconds left in the third to pull Delsea within 14-13, but the Crusaders missed the extra point. A 58-yard touchdown by Sanchez early in the fourth was called back for holding, giving Delsea new life.

A 22-yard reception by Coulbourn in the fourth quarter set up Frank Freijomil's eventual game-winning 33-yard field goal with 5:34 left.

The Blue Devils took over on their own 46 with just more than 5 minutes left and drove to the Delsea 28 with 1:27 left, setting up Convery's clinching interception.

Lancetta said he considered trying a long field goal but decided against it.

"We ran the ball a few times, but it was a little too far out," he said. "We thought something was there with Barbieri, but it just didn't work out. I told the kids that how they react to a loss like this ahead of our Thanksgiving game will help define them as players and people."

Delsea was relieved to move on, Convery said.

"Hammonton is like a mirror image of us," he said. "They are physical. They run the ball and they make plays. Thankfully, we were able to make a few more than them tonight."

Contact James Clark:

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Hammonton 7 7 0 0-14

Delsea 7 0 6 3-16

FIRST QUARTER

H-D'Amelio 1 run (Sandoval kick)

SECOND QUARTER

D-Coulbourn 10 pass from Awotunde (Freijomil kick)

H-Brown 12 pass from D'Amelio (Sandoval kick)

THIRD QUARTER

D-Brooks 3 run (Conversion pass attempt failed)

FOURTH QUARTER

D-Freimojil 33 field goal

TEAM STATISTICS H D

Rushing yards 106 105

Passing yards 23 128

Turnovers 1 1

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Rushing-Hammonton, Alexander 9-23, Sanchez 8-24, Brown 7-38. Delsea, Awotunde 10-38, Brooks 10-33, Saud 4-22.

Passing-Hammonton, D'Amelio 3-9-23-1. Delsea, Awotunde 9-13-128-1.

Receiving-Hammonton, Brown 2-19. Delsea, Saud 4-34, Coulbourn 3-43.

Records-Hammonton 7-3, Delsea 9-1.

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School Conference Overall
St. Augustine Prep 7-0 8-2
Bridgeton 7-1 8-3
Cedar Creek 6-1 7-2
Buena Regional 5-3 5-5
Ocean City 3-4 4-5
Middle Township 2-5 3-6
Vineland 2-6 2-7
Pleasantville 1-6 2-7
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Cape-Atlantic League American Conference

School Conference Overall
Holy Spirit 7-0 10-0
St. Joseph 6-1 9-1
Millville 6-2 7-3
Hammonton 5-2 6-3
Atlantic City 3-4 4-5
Absegami 2-5 4-5
Oakcrest 1-6 2-7
Mainland Regional 1-6 3-6
Egg Harbor Township 1-6 2-7

Shore Conference A South

School Conference Overall
Jackson Memorial 6-1 7-3
Brick Township 5-2 8-3
Toms River South 5-2 7-3
Brick Memorial 4-3 6-4
Lacey Township 3-4 5-5
Southern Regional 3-4 4-5
Toms River East 1-5 3-6
Toms River North 0-6 1-8

Shore Conference B South

School Conference Overall
Barnegat 5-1 9-1
Central Regional 5-2 5-4
Monsignor Donovan 4-2 4-5
Lakewood 4-3 6-3
Jackson Liberty 3-4 4-5
Manchester Township 3-3 3-6
Pinelands Regional 1-5 1-8
Pt. Pleasant Boro 1-6 1-9

West Jersey Football League Royal Division

School Conference Overall
Camden 4-0 9-1
Delsea Regional 4-1 9-2
Woodrow Wilson 3-1 4-5
Bishop Eustace 1-4 5-4
Cumberland Regional 1-4 1-8
Deptford 1-4 1-8

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School Conference Overall
Pennsville 5-0 8-2
Salem 4-1 5-5
Gloucester 3-2 3-6
Clayton 1-3 3-6
Pitman 1-3 2-7
Wildwood 0-5 2-5

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Name School Total points
Lamont Harris St. Augustine Prep 126
Stefon Bowman Bridgeton 110
David Hood Absegami 108
Christian Tutela Lacey Township 100
Taalib Gerald Holy Spirit 96
Cappadonna Miller Bridgeton 92
Ryquell Armstead Millville 90
Rob Ennis Millville 90
Cody Sampson St. Joseph 84

Rushing touchdowns

Name School TDs
Lamont Harris St. Augustine Prep 21
Stefon Bowman Bridgeton 16
David Hood Absegami 15
Taalib Gerald Holy Spirit 14
Ryquell Armstead Millville 13

Passing touchdowns

Name School TDs
Tom Kelly Lacey Township 19
Jose Tabora St. Augustine Prep 19
Jamir Prevard Atlantic City 16
Ty Mindish Mainland Regional 13

Receiving touchdowns

Name School TDs
Christian Tutela Lacey Township 14
Austin Francisco St. Augustine Prep 12
Alex Padovani Hammonton 7
Isiah Graves Atlantic City 7
Jim Brennan Mainland Regional 7
LaDarrell Dixon Oakcrest 7

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Jon Kubricki Pinelands Regional 5 36
Ryan Ulrich Barnegat 4 37
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Franco Rifici Holy Spirit 4 27
Alex Padovani Hammonton 3 30
Ryan Davis Cumberland Regional 3 47
Kyle Snow St. Augustine Prep 3 32
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  • James Clark has been writing about soccer for various media outlets, including The Press of Atlantic City, for 15 years. The Northfield resident coached travel teams in the South Jersey Soccer League for a decade and is currently an assistant soccer coach at St. Augustine Prep. Clark's blog will appear three times a week and daily during this summer's World Cup.