A weekend of holiday high school football rivalries concludes today with two attractive games.
Hammonton plays at St. Joseph at noon. Central Regional meets Lacey Township at 1 p.m.
Here's a preview of both games:
Hammonton (9-1) at St. Joseph (8-2)
Why this game is special: These are two of the Cape-Atlantic League's best teams. Both are perennial powers. The St. Joe Wildcats are No. 11 in The Press' Elite 11, the Hammonton Blue Devils No. 4. These schools are located in the same town, a few minutes from each other. Hammonton leads the series 25-21-1. The Blue Devils have won two straight against St. Joe, including 27-0 last season.
St. Joe update: The Wildcats won the state Non-Public II title with a 28-14 defeat of Gloucester Catholic last Saturday. The win gave St. Joe its first state championship since 2006. The Wildcats feature a strong ground game with running backs Kaheem Reynolds, Gordon Hill and Sean Clark.
Hammonton update: The Blue Devils will host Timber Creek for the South Jersey Group III title next Friday. Hammonton has shut out three of its last four opponents. Quarterback Nick Crescenzo leads a veteran team.
Central Regional (3-6)
at Lacey Township (7-3)
When: 1 p.m.
Why this game is special: These schools are located a few miles from each other. Lacey students used to attend Central before Lacey opened in 1981. Lacey won 28-7 last year and leads the series 19-7.
Lacey update: The Lions had won seven straight before losing to Timber Creek 13-2 in the South Jersey Group III semifinals last Friday. The Lions, as they always seem to do, feature a strong ground game. Quarterback Craig Cicardo has rushed for 460 yards, while running back Jake Dabal has carried 166 times for 1,062 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Central update: The Golden Eagles have won two straight, including a 29-12 win over Pinelands Regional on Nov. 6.
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