Ready or rusty? St. Joe eager to get the answer

St. Joseph High School football players are seemingly on the move in every direction as they run through drills at practice Friday in Hammonton. The Wildcats play Hammonton for the 50th time today and next week will face St. Mary, of Rutherford, for the state Non-Public A championship. St. Joseph is undefeated and ranked No. 1 in The Press Elite 11.

St. Joseph High School’s football season of dominance continued this past weekend.

With a 32-3 win over rival Hammonton on Saturday, St. Joe solidified its spot as the No. 1 team in The Press Elite 11. The undefeated Wildcats have outscored their nine opponents 423-19. St. Joe hasn’t given up a touchdown in six games.

There is one week left in the season. Four local teams — Millville, Holy Spirit, St. Joe and Hammonton — will play for titles this weekend.

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Millville will play Pennsauken for the South Jersey Group IV title at 7 p.m. Friday at Rowan University in Glassboro. Holy Spirit will face Camden Catholic for the state Non-Public II title at 7 p.m. Friday at The College of New Jersey in Ewing Township (Mercer County). On Saturday, St. Joe will play St. Mary of Rutherford for the state Non-Public I championship at 1 p.m. at TCNJ, and Hammonton will meet Timber Creek for the South Jersey Group IV championship at 4 p.m. at Rowan.

Williamstown joins the rankings this week at No. 9.

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Elite 11 football rankings

Local teams in bold

(last week’s rankings in parentheses)

1. St. Joseph (1)    9-0

2. Timber Creek (2)    11-0

3. Millville (3)    11-0

4. Haddonfield (4)    11-0

5. Camden Catholic (5)    10-0

6. Pennsauken (6)    10-1

7. Hammonton (7)    9-2

8. West Deptford (9)    10-1

9. Williamstown (unranked)    8-2

10. Holy Spirit (11)    7-3

11. Washington Township (8)    7-4

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