St. Joseph High School wins the Non-Public Group 2 state final football game, beating Holy Spirit, at MetLife Stadium, in East Rutherford, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (VERNON OGRODNEK / For The Press)
VERNON OGRODNEK / For The Press
The clock is ticking on the teams hoping to qualify for the state football playoffs. With only three weeks to go before the cutoff date, several area teams still have work to do to qualify.
The most interesting group is South Jersey Group III where Lacey Township is the only local team that looks like a lock to qualify. Oakcrest and Absegami both sit below the 16-team cutoff. Oakcrest has games against Cedar Creek and Ocean City remaining. While Absegami has games against Moorestown and Egg Harbor Township remaining.
Below is a list of where teams in the area stand as the deadline approaches.
South Group I:
In: Buena Regional
South Group II:
In: Cedar Creek, Pleasantville.
Still with work to do: Barnegat
South Group III:
In: Lacey Township
Still with work to do: Oakcrest, Absegami.
South Group IV:
In: Hammonton, Mainland Regional, Millville, Ocean City.
South Group V:
In: Southern Regional, Vineland.
Still with work to do: Atlantic City.
Non-Public Group II
In: Holy Spirit, St. Joseph
Non-Public Group IV
In: St. Augustine Prep
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Interdivision games dominate the schedule
Buena Regional running back/defensive back Byron Spellman runs after intercepting a pass against Pleasantville last season. Spellman rushed for 553 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2018.
VERNON OGRODNEK / For The Press
St. Augustine Prep vs. Holy Spirit and St. Joseph vs. West Deptford might dominate talk this weekend but another game has peaked my interest, Buena Regional at Clayton. The game could be a potential South Jersey Group I playoff matchup. Buena currently sits seventh in the power rankings while Clayton sits 15, one spot above the cutoff.
Buena has won five straight and outscored its opponents 194-14 in those wins. Buena senior Byron Spellman has run for three touchdowns, caught two touchdown passes and returned a kickoff and an interception for scores. Clayton has allowed a touchdown or less in three of its four wins.
Pleasantville's Ernest Howard #2 runs a touchdown against Cedar Creek's Tyler Hendrickson #56 during the first half of high school football game at Plesaantville High School Friday Oct 4, 2019. Edward Lea Staff Photographer / Press of Atlantic City
Friday, Oct. 18
Cedar Creek at Oakcrest, 6 p.m.
Bridgeton at Millville, 6 p.m.
Triton Regional at Ocean City, 6 p.m.
Mainland Regional at Middle Township, 6 p.m.
St. Augustine Prep at Holy Spirit, 6 p.m.
Rancocas Valley Regional at Vineland, 6 p.m.
Moorestown at Absegami, 7 p.m.
Hammonton at Winslow Township, 7 p.m.
St. Joseph at West Deptford, 7 p.m.
Atlantic City at Deptford, 7 p.m.
Buena Regional at Clayton, 7 p..m.
Lacey Township at Donovan Catholic, 7 p.m.
Barnegat at Monmouth, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 19
Egg Harbor Township. at Cherry Hill East, 11 a.m.
Wildwood at Lower Cape May Regional, noon
Pinelands Regional at Colts Neck, noon
Our coverage plan
Michael McGarry: St. Joseph at West Deptford
Dave Weinberg: Mainland Regional at Middle Township
Patrick Mulranen: St. Augustine Prep at Holy Spirit
Michael McGarry: Egg Harbor Township at Cherry Hill East
Dave Weinberg: Wildwood at Lower Cape May Regional
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