Another weekend of the high school football season brings another highly anticipated game for St. Joseph.
The Wildcats host St. Augustine Prep on Saturday at noon in a matchup of undefeated teams.
St. Joe (6-0) leads the Cape-Atlantic League American Conference and is No. 1 in The Press Elite 11. It seems each week that St. Joe faces a talented opponent. Five of its six wins have come against tams with .500 or better records. The Wildcats have won 24 straight, dating back to a 35-0 loss to Holy Spirit on Oct. 1, 2010.
St. Augustine (6-0) and Cedar Creek (6-0) are the only undefeated teams in the CAL National Conference.
The following is a preview of the St. Augustine vs. St. Joseph game as well as this weekend's other contests.
St. Augustine Prep (6-0) at St. Joseph (6-0)
Noon Saturday: St. Augustine hasn't beaten the Wildcats since 2009. Hermits running back Calvin Cass has rushed 142 times for 1,300 yards and 23 touchdowns. Linemen Kevin Goldsmith (three sacks, 46 tackles) and Charles Cade (36 tackles, seven sacks) lead the St. Joe defense.St. Joseph is No. 1 in the Elite 11.
Holy Spirit (3-3) at Egg Harbor Township (3-3)
7 p.m. today (94.3 FM): EHT needs a win to enhance its playoff chances. The Eagles rallied to beat Millville 27-23 last Friday as Matt Clayton ran for 191 yards and two touchdowns. EHT hasn't been able to win consecutive games all season. Holy Spirit's defense has allowed six points or less in four of six games. Running back Taalib Gerald (62 carries for 409 yards) has the speed to break a big play on every carry.
Mainland Regional (2-4) at Atlantic City (4-2)
7 p.m. today (97.3 FM): Atlantic City will stay in contention for a South Jersey Group V playoff berth with a win. Vikings quarterback Jarren McBryde has thrown for 1,052 yards and nine touchdowns. Atlantic City is No. 8 in the Elite 11. Mainland running back Brett Edmunds averages 7.1 yards per carry. The Mustangs have struggled to score. They have scored a touchdown or less in all four of their losses.
Millville (3-3) at Oakcrest (0-6)
7 p.m. today (1440-AM): Millville needs to rebound from last week's 27-23 loss to EHT. A victory would keep Millville in contention for a Group V playoff spot. Millville running back Rob Ennis has carried 119 times for 794 yards and nine touchdowns. Oakcrest was off last week. The Falcons feature linebacker Brandon Bell, who has verbally committed to Penn State.
Cedar Creek (6-0) at Vineland (2-4)
7 p.m.: Quarterback Damon Mitchell is in the midst of a standout season for Cedar Creek with 11 touchdown runs and nine touchdown passes. Vineland running back Isaiah Spencer is one of the region's fastest runners with 75 carries for 608 yards and five touchdowns.
Middle Township (3-3) at Bridgeton (4-3)
7 p.m. today (1240-AM): Both teams need a win to boost their playoff hopes. Middle saw its three-game winning streak end with last Saturday's 48-14 loss to Cedar Creek. Bridgeton running back Stefon Bowman has rushed 102 times for 568 yards and five touchdowns.
Pleasantville (0-6) at Buena Regional (3-4)
7 p.m. today: Buena started 3-0 but has dropped four straight. Buena quarterback Eric Rainear has thrown for 344 yards and three touchdowns. The Chiefs nearly upset undefeated St. Augustine Prep last week, losing 20-12.
Ocean City (1-5) at Lower Cape May Regional (1-5)
2:30 p.m. Saturday (1450 AM): Ocean City won its first game of the season with a 20-14 win over Vineland last Friday. Quarterback Joe Keyes scored the winning touchdown on a sneak with 10 seconds left. Lower features one of the region's top running quarterbacks in Frank Zeigler (144 carries for 901 yards and eight touchdowns).
Lacey Township (7-0) at Brick Township (2-5)
7 p.m. today (105.7 FM): Lacey is No. 3 in the Elite 11 and has clinched a South Jersey Group IV playoff spot. But quarterback Tom Kelly (62-of-84 for 1,037 yards and 14 touchdowns) broke his collarbone against Jackson Memorial last week and is out for the season. Sophomore Connor Davies, the son of Lacey offensive coordinator Cory Davies, takes over at quarterback. Brick has won two straight after an 0-5 start.
Southern Regional (4-2) at Jackson Memorial (1-5)
7 p.m. today: These teams used to play the night before Thanksgiving. Southern, No. 10, in the Elite 11 needs a win to improve its playoff chances. Rams quarterback Dan Higgins has thrown nine touchdown passes, four of them to wide receiver Mike Gesicki.
Lakewood (5-1) at Barnegat (3-3)
7 p.m. today: Barnegat needs a win to stay in playoff contention. Barnegat's Pat Moran continues to be one of the region's top wide receivers with 21 catches for 242 yards and two touchdowns. Barnegat linebackers Chris Stoma and Greg Moran lead the defense with 63 tackles each.
Pinelands Regional (0-7) at Manchester Township (0-6)
7 p.m. today: Pinelands scored a season-high 28 points in last week's 63-28 loss to Jackson Liberty. Pinelands quarterback Dan MacPhee scored two touchdowns in the loss, including one on a 73-yard run.
West Jersey Football League
Newark Academy (1-5) at Wildwood (4-3)
2 p.m. Saturday: Wildwood needs a win to boost its chances of making the South Jersey Group I playoffs. The Warriors have never appeared in the playoffs, which began in 1974. Running back Wesley Hills (173 carries for 1,648 yards) also played quarterback last week because Devon Bradshaw was out with a concussion. Bradshaw is out again this week.
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