Few teams enter the playoffs playing as well as Lacey Township.

The Lions, No. 11 in The Press' Elite 11, have won six straight, including five in a row by shutout. Lacey has won those games by a combined score of 171-0.

Lacey looked like anything but a dominant team early in the season. The Lions started 0-2. But both losses were to undefeated teams in Middletown South and Toms River East. Lacey retooled its offense to emphasize the run more than the pass after those defeats.

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The postseason is a familiar place for Lacey. The Lions reached the South Jersey Group III final from 2005-07, winning in 2006. Lacey beat Pemberton 28-0 in the quarterfinals that year. The Lions lost to Hammonton in last year's semifinals.

Pemberton also is playing well. The Hornets were 2-2 after back-to-back losses to Paul VI and Camden Catholic. But Pemberton won three of its next four games to make the playoffs.

Sixth-seeded Pemberton (5-3) vs. third-seeded Lacey Township (6-2)

What: South Jersey Group III quarterfinal

When/where: 1 p.m. Saturday at Lacey Township

What's next: Winner advances to next weekend's semifinals against the winner of tonight's quarterfinal between seventh-seeded Moorestown and second-seeded Timber Creek.

Key players:

Pemberton: Jordan Raynor, QB, 89-of-173 for 1,476 yards and 14 touchdowns; James Monroe, RB, 202 carries for 949 yards and 13 touchdowns; Corey Reeder, WR, 53 catches for 755 yards and nine touchdowns.

Lacey Township: Craig Cicardo, QB, 44-of-68 for 429 yards and five touchdowns and 95 carries for 383 yards and seven touchdowns; Jake Dabal, RB, 128 carries for 818 yards and nine touchdowns; Zach Torrell, RB/DB, 14 catches for 116 yards and four interceptions; Matt Uveges, LB, 51 tackles and two interceptions; Mike Stuppiello, DL, three sacks; Anthony Caputo, DB, four sacks.

Keys to victory: Pemberton, with its talent at the skill positions, will test the Lacey defense. Lacey runs a shotgun offense but emphasizes the run. The Lions will look for continued big plays from Cicardo and Dabal.

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