Holy Spirit's 6 AJ Dawson runs an interception back for a TD during the fourth quarter. Friday September 9 2011 Holy Spirit at Oakcrest High School Football. (The Press of Atlantic City / Ben Fogletto)

Ben Fogletto

The first weekend of the high school football season shook up The Press Elite 11 rankings.

Five ranked teams lost - No. 3 Delsea Regional; No. 6 Oakcrest; No. 9 Lacey Township; No. 10 Paul VI; and No. 11 Shawnee.

Delsea, Paul VI and Shawnee drop out of the rankings.

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Hammonton, Pennsauken and Camden Catholic join the Elite 11 after impressive wins.

Hammonton beat Mainland Regional 23-7. Camden Catholic pounded Gloucester Catholic 55-6, and Pennsauken downed Shawnee 35-28.

The first Elite 11 rankings for boys and girls soccer, boys and girls cross country, field hockey and girls tennis will be released next Monday.

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The Press Elite 11 football rankings

A ranking of public schools that compete for South Jersey titles and non-public teams in Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem and southern Ocean counties. Rankings selected by The Press' high school sports staff based on staff observations, research and interviews with players and coaches. Last week's ranking in parentheses.

1. Holy Spirit (1) 1-0

2. St. Joseph (2) 1-0

3. Cherokee (4) 1-0

4. Haddonfield (5) 0-0

5. Toms River North (7) 1-0

6. Moorestown (7) 1-0

7. Oakcrest (6) 0-1

8. Hammonton (unranked) 1-0

9. Pennsauken (unranked) 1-0

10. Camden Catholic (unranked) 1-0

11. Lacey Township (9) 0-1


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