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A ranking of teams in the Cape-Atlantic League; Colonial Conference; Burlington County League; Olympic Conference and Tri-County Conference. Also ranked are Shore Conference teams that compete for South Jersey titles. Rankings selected by The Press high school sports staff based on staff observation, research and interviews with players and coaches.

1. Paul VI (1) 4-0

2. Holy Spirit (3) 4-1

3. Atlantic City (5) 2-1

4. Haddonfield (6) 5-0

5. CBA (7) 2-2

6. Bishop Eustace (8) 5-1

7. Trenton Catholic (4) 2-3

8. Pitman (2) 3-1

9. Eastern (UR) 4-0

10. St. Augustine Prep (10) 4-0

11. Wildwood Catholic (11) 4-2

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Holy Spirit pulls away from Pleasantville in second half

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Posted: Saturday, September 12, 2009 1:15 am

PLEASANTVILLE - It took nearly half a game before the Holy Spirit High School football team could score on Friday night against upset-minded Pleasantville.

But Holy Spirit, No. 10 in The Press' Elite 11, finally got its offense on track on the soft, rain-soaked turf and beat the Greyhounds 32-6 in their Cape-Atlantic League National Conference season opener.

Spartans quarterback Joe Callahan threw touchdown passes to running back Anthony Sarao and tight end Zach Fabel.

Sophomore running back Nigel Jones, who had little running room in the first half, scored on runs of 3 and 5 yards in the second half.

"Pleasantville played a great first half," Holy Spirit coach Charlie Roman said. "We really had our hands full. Nigel was a bull tonight. It was tough for him to break a long one with the field conditions. Nigel can cut on a dime, but with this kind of field that wasn't possible."

Holy Spirit, which pounded Pleasantville 56-0 last year, finally broke up a 0-0 tie with 1 minute, 10 seconds left in the first half as Callahan fired a 26-yard TD pass to Sarao.

Jones ran 3 yards off right tackle early in the third quarter, and kicker Tommy Worthington's PAT made it 13-0. The Greyhounds fumbled a pitchout deep in their own end zone late in the quarter, and Holy Spirit defensive end Greg Goff pounced on it for a score.

Jones followed with a 5-yard TD off left guard in the fourth quarter, and Callahan's 20-yard toss over the middle to Fabel was the fifth Spartans touchdown.

Pleasantville got on the board with 44 seconds left as Antwan Dixon threw a 12-yard pass on fourth down to wide receiver Werner Hill-Sanders.

Dixon, who played wide receiver most of the game, caught four passes for 67 yards from quarterback Jacob Haines. Also for the Greyhounds, Dontaye Smith led with 12 tackles. Donald Drinkard had 10.

"I think the first half was more indicative of how we played," Pleasantville coach B.J. Burch said. "In the second half, they wore us down and capitalized on some of our mistakes."

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Holy Spirit 0 6 13 13 - 32

Pleasantville 0 0 0 6 - 6


HS-Sarao 26 pass from Callahan (kick failed)


HS-Jones 3 run (Worthington kick)

HS-Goff recovered fumble in Pleasantville end zone (kick failed)


HS-Jones 5 run (kick failed)

HS-Fabel 20 pass from Callahan (Worthington kick)

P-Hill-Sanders 12 pass from Dixon (run failed)

RECORDS-Holy Spirit 1-0; Pleasantville 0-1.

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Cape-Atlantic League National Conference

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
Lower Cape May Regional 0-7 0-8

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

West Jersey Football League Classic Division

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

Scoring leaders

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

Field goal leaders

Name School Number Longest in yards
Jon Kubricki Pinelands Regional 5 36
Ryan Ulrich Barnegat 4 37
Joe Stadnicki Ocean City 4 38
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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