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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

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In the huddle ... with Ocean City High School quarterback Chris Gabor

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Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 12:30 am | Updated: 1:21 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Chris Gabor grew up as a running back. His football idol was Walter Payton.

But he couldn't resist when offered the opportunity to play quarterback for the Upper Township Indians junior football team just before his eighth-grade season. Coaches switched him after they saw he could run and throw.

"I embraced the switch," he said. "They said, 'Do you want to try and play quarterback?' I said, 'Sure, why not?' "

Now an Ocean City High School sophomore, Gabor starts at quarterback for the Red Raiders.

"I like it," he said. "I like being a leader and being in on all the plays."

The Red Raiders (1-3) earned their first win Monday, 35-6 over Middle Township.

The 6-foot, 160-pound Gabor leads the Cape-Atlantic League with five touchdown passes this season. He has completed 29-of-68 passes for 381 yards. Gabor also ran for one touchdown.

Ocean City hosts Millville (3-0), ranked No. 9 in The Press Elite 11, at 7 p.m. today. In a telephone interview Wednesday night, Gabor, an Upper Township resident, spoke about a number of topics.

On Ocean City's first win: It felt great. We became a lot closer as a team after that win. I've been working and the team has been working hard all year to get to this spot. Hopefully, there will be a lot more wins in our careers.

On the bad weather Ocean City has endured, with each of its last two games starting Friday but being suspended due to lightning until Monday: It's been pretty tough. We're definitely working around it. We have less practices during the week (because games were played Monday). You're so pumped to play Friday and finish the game. Then you have to wait the whole weekend to get back on the field.

On his improvement at quarterback: Once I got switched, I practiced throwing and throwing with my dad (Rich) and my older brother (also named Rich, a 2008 Ocean City graduate).

On attending Ocean City football games: I used to go to (my brother's) games and I kept thinking, 'Hopefully someday I'll be out there playing.'

On starting as a sophomore: I was pretty nervous at the start, going in there against the big boys as a sophomore. Our seniors and juniors have really stepped up. They've really helped me.

On a tough upcoming schedule that includes Millville, Hammonton, Oakcrest and Holy Spirit in consecutive weeks: They were all playoff teams last year. We have to play hard.

On playing football at 160 pounds: It's pretty good. I do get some bumps and bruises. That's football. That's life. That's why I love the sport. You get dinged up, but it's fun to play.

As told to Michael McGarry

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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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  • 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.