The St. Joseph High School football team travels to Bridgeton today for a 7 p.m. game that will decide the champion of the Cape-Atlantic League's United Division.
Both teams come into the game with 4-0 division records. St. Joe is having one of the most dominant seasons ever by a local team. The Wildcats have dominated their matchups against Bridgeton. The Bulldogs have beaten St. Joe just twice since 1989, including 14-6 in 2009.
The Wildcats have won five of the last six meetings between the schools by shutout.
A preview of St. Joe-Bridgeton plus this weekend's other games follows.
No. 1 St. Joseph (6-0) at Bridgeton (4-2)
7 p.m. today: The winner clinches the United Division title. St. Joe is No. 1 in The Press Elite 11. The Wildcats have outscored their opponents 306-16. St. Joe quarterback and defensive back Anthony Giagunto has thrown six touchdown passes and also picked off three passes. Bridgeton freshman running back Stephon Bowman has rushed for 300 yards and two touchdowns. The Bulldogs have won three straight and held opponents to a total of 14 points in those victories.
Buena Regional (2-5) at Lower Cape May (2-4)
7 p.m. today: Both teams need a win. Buena has lost three of its last four, while Lower has dropped three straight. Buena sophomore running back Love'Uan Scott is one of the season's breakout players with 698 rushing yards. Mike Mulligan threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to Vance Matthews for Lower's only touchdown in last Saturday's 22-7 loss to undefeated Millville.
No. 6 Millville (6-0) at St. Augustine Prep (2-4)
7 p.m. today (1240-AM):Tony Iaconelli makes his debut as St. Augustine's interim coach. The Hermits parted ways with former coach Dennis Scuderi last week. St. Augustine lost to Absegami 27-7 in Scuderi's final game last Friday. Millville is No. 6 in the Elite 11 and 6-0 for the first time since 1990. Thunderbolts running back Alquann Jones leads the CAL in rushing 159 carries for 1,143 yards.
Egg Harbor Township (3-3) at Vineland (2-4)
7 p.m. today: Vineland has dropped four straight. EHT was off last week after beating Atlantic City 16-13 on Oct. 14. Vineland relies on the running of Marcus Nelson (64 carries for 363 yards and five touchdowns). EHT quarterback Ken Doughty has thrown three touchdown passes, while running back Curtis Fitzpatrick has rushed for three scores.
Ocean City (1-6) at No. 10 Holy Spirit (3-3)
7 p.m. today (98.7 FM): Holy Spirit, No. 10 in the Elite 11, needs a win to clinch a playoff spot and boost its playoff seed. The Spartans are coming off a 37-14 loss to Hammonton. Standout Spirit running back Donta Pollock missed that game with a sprained knee ligament. The Spartans still feature college prospect Nigel Jones (119 carries for 732 yards) at running back. Ocean City quarterback Chris Gabor has thrown seven touchdown passes. Red Raiders running back Ben Bethea has rushed for 437 yards and seven touchdowns.
Mainland Regional (3-3) at Absegami (3-3)
7 p.m. today (94.3 FM): Mainland needs a win to boost its South Jersey Group III playoff hopes. The Mustangs have won three-of-four after an 0-2 start. Mainland relies on a defense that has allowed a total of 20 points in its three wins. Absegami comes off a 27-7 win over St. Augustine Prep. The Braves average 27.3 points per game - fifth best in the CAL. Absegami running back Tyler Bing averages 9.3 yards per carry and 12.9 yards per reception.
Pleasantville (0-6) at Oakcrest (4-3)
7 p.m. today: Oakcrest needs a win to boost its S.J. Group III playoff hopes. The Falcons have won three straight - all by shutout. Oakcrest quarterback Dan Smith has thrown four touchdown passes this season.
Immaculate Conception (4-3) at Cedar Creek (2-4)
1 p.m. Saturday: Cedar Creek comes off a 25-21 loss to Montclair Kimberley Academy. Cedar Creek has hurt itself with turnovers this season Immaculate Conception (Essex County) beat Sussex Tech 35-0 last week.
No. 7 Southern Regional (6-1) at Freehold Township (1-5)
7 p.m. today: Southern, No. 7 in the Elite 11, has won six straight and is the Shore Conference A South champion. The Rams are trying to earn the first home playoff game in school history. Southern features a diversified offense. Running back T.J. Bellissimo has rushed for 1,069 yards. Quarterback Dan Higgins has thrown for 946 yards and wide receiver Alec Morris averages better than 15 yards per catch.
Red Bank Regional (4-2) at Barnegat (3-3)
7 p.m. today: Barnegat is coming off an emotional 27-21 overtime win over Brick Township. Red Bank has won three straight. Barnegat quarterback Mark McCoy has completed 52-of-92 passes for 820 yards and six touchdowns. Wide receiver Pat Moran has three touchdown catches.
Jackson Liberty (2-5) at Pinelands Regional (0-6)
5 p.m. today: A young Pinelands team seeks its first win of the season.
Neptune (5-1) at Lacey Township (4-3)
1 p.m. Saturday: Lacey has won two straight and needs a win to enhance its chances of reaching the S.J. Group III playoffs. Lions tailback Kyle Spatz has rushed for 1,160 yards and nine touchdowns this season. Neptune's only loss was 20-14 in double overtime to undefeated Red Bank Catholic, the Shore Conference's top team.
West Jersey League
Wildwood (1-6) at Schalick (3-3)
7 p.m. today: Wildwood quarterback Zach Barrett has thrown four touchdown passes. Defensive back Tyler Degroff has picked off three passes. Schalick has lost two straight.
Cumberland Regional (2-4) at Woodrow Wilson (4-2)
Noon Saturday: Colts running back Dehan Milledge scored the key touchdown as the Colts beat Deptford 21-7 last week. Woodrow Wilson has lost two straight.
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