The St. Joseph High School football team can end its state championship drought Saturday.

The top-seeded Wildcats meet second-seeded Gloucester Catholic for the state Non-Public II title at 1 p.m. at Paul VI High school.

St. Joe last won a state title in 2006. For most schools, that wouldn't be a long time without a state championship.

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St. Joe isn't most schools. The Wildcats have won 18 playoff championships. They won eight straight titles from 1999-2006.

Meanwhile, Gloucester Catholic hasn't won a title since it captured the now-defunct South Jersey Parochial B championship in 1979.

In Gloucester Catholic, St. Joe will face the team that ended that streak.

Gloucester Catholic beat the Wildcats 24-21 in the 2007 state Non-Public II semifinals.

Gloucester Catholic has only lost this season to a pair of undefeated teams in Williamstown (No. 1 in The Press' Elite 11) and Delsea Regional (No. 2 in The Press' Elite 11).

St. Joe has won three straight by an average margin of 45.3 points.

Key players for Gloucester Catholic: Cody Brown, QB, 115-of-230 for 1,721 yards and 15 touchdowns; Alex Christ, RB, 107 carries for 681 yards; Tim Segich, WR, 46 catches for 863 yards.

Key players for St. Joseph: Darryl Smith, QB, 42-of-86 for 581 yards and three touchdowns; Kaheem Reynolds, RB, 69 carries for 525 yards and 10 touchdowns; Sean Clark, RB/LB, 79 carries for 473 yards and 13 touchdowns; Gordon Hill, RB/DB, 76 carries for 598 yards and 10 touchdowns; Pat Casey, LB, 82 tackles; Kaiwan Lewis, DE, 42 tackles and six sacks; Josh Moore, LB, 62 tackles.

Keys to victory: This game presents a contrast in styles. Gloucester Catholic favors the pass and St. Joe the run. The Wildcats need to control the ball and keep the Gloucester Catholic offense on the sidelines.

Game details

Who: Second-seeded Gloucester Catholic (7-2) vs. top-seeded St. Joseph (7-2)

What: State Non-Public II championship

When/where: 1 p.m. Saturday at Paul VI


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