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.
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.
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