On Friday night at St. Augustine Prep field, two of the top teams in New Jersey will meet in a classic matchup of rivals. The No. 14th ranked Hermits hope to stop Spirit’s (No. 22nd) high-powered offense. The Spartans are coming off an impressive 40-13 win over Washington Township.

Spartan quarterback Ryan Yost threw for 5 touchdowns, tying a local record. Ryan leads all area passers with 12 scores. Receivers Ahmad Brown and Alvaro Lovato are among the area’s leaders.

Yost is complemented by running back Elijah Gray, who is among the scoring leaders with 50 points in 5 games. Local soph Devon Lee has also scored a couple TDs as Gray’s back up.

The Prep knocked off highly regarded Rancocas Valley last week 28-0. Freshman Nasir Hill ran for 174 yards and a touchdown, and senior quarterback Chris Allen threw a pair of scoring passes, both to senior wide receiver Jaylen DeCoteau. The Hermits will go into Friday night’s fray as the favorite.

Scribblings

Julia Kline (Atlantic City High School) stroked an 87 for Stevenson at the Millersville Invitaionals.

Madison Condurso and Emily Monacello contributed wins in Atlantic City High School’s 5-0 tennis victory over Pleasantville.

Turning back the pages to …

1950: Coach George Moore’s Brigantine Boys Club lost to Babe Hassons in a YMCA Junior Basketball League game played in Atlantic City. Rich Branco topped Brigantine with 19 points. The Boys Club team included Chuck Storm, George Christine, Jim Woerner, Butch Migone, Ceary Shreaves, Frank “Satch” Aliantro, Bill Hegarty, Ray Stork and Chuck Storm.

1953: Frank Baldwin led the Holy Spirit football team in scoring with 21 points.

1987: 1989 Toby Tracy and Jim Crilley played varsity basketball for both Holy Spirit and Atlantic City High School. Both sparkled for Atlantic City High School after transferring from Spirit.

1999: William Green (Holy Spirit) scored a touchdown in his only carry for Boston College in a heartbreaking 31-28 loss to Miami.

2005: Megan Doran broke Holy Spirit’s All-time singles record of 98 wins, previously set by Laura Mossbrook in 1984. Megan was selected as The Press of Atlantic City’s Female Athlete of the Year.

2009: Paul Savell (Holy Spirit) coached the Drexel Lady Dragons to the most prestigious win in school history at Henley Women’s Regatta in Henley-on-Thames, England. Drexel defeated the favored British team, which was led by the best rowers in the country in the semi-finals. The Dragons then bested Grand Valley Michigan to win the World Championship.

2012: Maria Caccavo’s solo home run and triple were not enough to prevent Atlantic City High School from losing a tough 3-2 loss to Egg Harbor Township. Maddie Taggart struck out six for the losing Vikings.

2012: Joe O Brien shot a 37 to lead the Holy Spirit golf team to a 160-188 victory over Cape May Tech.

2012: Steve Schrenk, who recently was named Villanova’s “Rookie of the Week,” continued his hot hitting by going 2 for 4 with an RBI double in the Wildcats' 9-6 loss to Georgetown.

2013: St. Augustine Prep varsity eight with Dan Stinson was named the premier boys crew team by The Press of Atlantic City. Locals on these award-winning boats included Dan Magro, Connor Burbridge and Bill Mayer. Holy Spirit's junior eight with Jack Marczyk, Harrison Gargel, Jake Fabel and Giovanni Magro was also included in the list of best crews.

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