This is the kind of ending every team want this year: Mainland Regional coach Bob Coffey huddles with his team after their win over Southern in the South Jersey Group IV‚ÄČtitle game last Dec. 6.

Cape-Atlantic League

American Conference

Egg Harbor Township (6-4) at Atlantic City (5-5)

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7 p.m. today; 97.3 FM: Atlantic City has won five straight over Egg Harbor Township. EHT has the talent to end that losing streak. The Eagles return several talented players from last season's 6-4 team and are No. 7 in The Press' Elite 11. Much of the preseason attention focused on EHT's offense with speedy quarterback Scott Miller and Division I recruit running back Tejay Johnson. But the Eagles' strength might be their defense. Zach Agostino and Stephan Thomas are two of the region's top linebackers. Atlantic City is rebuilding after finishing 5-5 last season. Running back Jon Marshall Robinson averaged nearly 8 yards per carry last season. 2008 result: Atlantic City 27, Egg Harbor Township 7

Millville (1-9) at Oakcrest (2-8)

7 p.m. today; 1440 AM: Both teams should be improved over 2008. A victory here would build momentum and help them forget about last year. Oakcrest will rely on the run as talented athlete Craig James shifts from quarterback to running back. Millville quarterback Tasker Robbins threw 13 touchdown passes last season. Khalil Wallace, a 6-4, 220-pound newcomer at wide receiver and defensive back, is a player to watch for Millville.

2008 result: Oakcrest 19, Millville 18

Vineland (4-6) at Mainland Regional (12-0)

7 p.m. today: Mainland is the defending South Jersey Group IV but returned few starters from that team. Veterans Antoine Lewis (DL/OL) and Eddi Irizarry (WR) will spark the Mustangs. Vineland hasn't had a winning season since 2003, but the Fighting Clan won its final three games last season. Vineland will try to sustain that momentum behind junior running back Brian Winchester, who led the conference with 1,191 rushing yards last year. 2008 result: Mainland 41, Vineland 6

National Conference

St. Joseph (5-5) at Bridgeton (5-5)

7 p.m. today; 1240 AM: Bridgeton hasn't beaten St. Joe since 1989. The Wildcats' last five wins over Bridgeton have all been shutouts. St. Joe appears primed to bounce back from last season's .500 record. Running back Jarred Bianchini. Sophomore Kaiwan Lewis is a force at defensive end. Bridgeton features two of the region's top players in linebacker Rashaun Smith and running back Mike Cisrow. 2008 result: St. Joseph 35, Bridgeton 0

Holy Spirit (7-3) at Pleasantville (1-9)

7 p.m. today: These schools are located only a few miles apart. Spirit has won four straight and leads the rivalry 22-18-3. Holy Spirit is No. 10 in the Elite 11. The Spartans feature linebacker Anthony Sarao, who emerged as a Division I college prospect over the summer because of impressive performances at several camps. The Spartans should throw more this year as juniopr quarterback Joe Callahan is more experienced. Pleasanville should be improved as it features more veteran players than its had the past few years. Greyhounds running back Lionel Munyeneh rushed for 561 yards last season. 2008 result: Holy Spirit 56, Pleasantville 0


Roman Catholic, Pa. (5-5) at St. Augustine Prep (10-1)

6 p.m. today: St. Augustine returns a host of talented players from last season's team that won the Cape-Atlantic League National Conference and a school-record 10 wins. The Hermits are No. 5 in the Elite 11. Quarterback Dustin Thomas and wide receiver Gabe Voumard are one of the region's top passing combinations. Thomas threw for 20 touchdowns and 1,437 yards last season. Voumard caught 35 passes for 660 yards and nine touchdowns. While it's St. Augustine's season opener, Roman Catholic opened last week with a 21-18 loss to West Catholic. 2008 result: Did not meet

Tri-county conference

Cumberland (6-4) at Delsea Regional (8-3)

TIME: Cumberland is rebuilding after back-to-back playoff appearances. Running back Jarron Cody looked promising in the preseason. Delsea is the defending South Jersey Group II champion and No. 2 in the Elite 11. 2008 result: Delsea 34, Cumberland 21

Shore conference

Lakewood (0-10) at Pinelands (4-6)

7 p.m. today: There is excitement at Pinelands. This is the Wildcats' first game under their permanent lights. Pinelands also has new uniforms. Better yet, the Wildcats return a solid core of players. Senior lineman Tim Lamezec is one of Ocean County's best. Junior fullback Bobby Schwarzenberger can the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds and has enormous potential. Lakewood has lost 17 straight but did open the 2007 season with a 21-14 defeat of Pinelands. 2008 result: Did not play

Lacey Township (6-5) at Middletown South (10-2)

7 p.m. today: South is a perennial power and lost in last year's Central Jersey Group III final to Freehold Borough. Lacey junior quarterback Craig Cicardo took over midway through last season for Lacey. Mike Stuppielo is a top pass rusher. Running back Jarrod Molzon looked quick in the preseason. 2008 result: Middletown South 27, Lacey 0

Southern Regional (10-2) at Toms River East (6-4)

7 p.m. Saturday: Toms River East returns 22 seniors and is No. 9 in the Elite 11. Nick Steriti is one of the top running backs in the Shore Conference. Southern had the best season in school history last year, winning 10 games and reaching the South Jersey Group IV final. But the Rams return few veterans. Running back Brian Abbey and nose guard Brett Cox are among the top returnees. 2008 result: Did not meet


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