It’s Playoff Time: South Jersey High School Football Postseason Begins
The high school football playoffs in South Jersey are set to kick off this Friday. As we enter the tournament, let’s take a look at the top programs in the region. Here are the final Mean 15 rankings:
Millville Thunderbolts (7-1, Previous Ranking: 1)
Millville’s defense stood strong in their recent matchup against Cherokee, helping them clinch the West Jersey Football League American Division championship with a 41-17 victory. The Thunderbolts’ defense recorded multiple interceptions and sacks, while their offense displayed great performances from players like Jacob Zamot and Lotzeir Brooks. Millville has earned the top seed in Group 4 and will be hosting Northern Burlington in the first round.
Mainland Mustangs (9-0, Previous Ranking: 2)
The Mustangs continue their dominant season with a 53-0 win against Egg Harbor Township. Cohen Cook and John Franchini showcased their skills on offense, as the team remains unbeaten. Mainland is the second seed in the South 4 bracket and will host Manalapan in the playoffs.
St. Augustine Hermits (7-2, Previous Ranking: 3)
The Hermits secured a convincing 42-10 victory over Lenape, led by Julian Turney’s impressive performance. St. Augustine’s balanced offense and strong defense make them a formidable opponent in the playoffs.
Camden Panthers (7-1, Previous Ranking: 5)
The Panthers enter the playoffs on a seven-game winning streak, having dominated their opponents with a strong defense and a powerful offense led by Judah Anthony and Mahki Brunson. Camden is the third seed in the Central 3 bracket and will host Carteret in the first round.
Cherokee Chiefs (6-2, Previous Ranking: 4)
Cherokee fought hard against Millville but ultimately fell short in a 41-17 loss. Despite the defeat, the Chiefs have been a force to be reckoned with this season and earned the top seed in Group 5. They will host West Windsor-Plainsboro in the opening round.
Delsea Crusaders (7-1, Previous Ranking: 6)
Delsea had a dominant 48-0 victory over St. Joseph, with standout performances from players like Daniel Russo and Xavier Wyatt. With the top seed in Group 3, the Crusaders will host Burlington Township in the first round of the playoffs.
Timber Creek Chargers (8-0, Previous Ranking: 7)
Timber Creek secured the WJFL Memorial crown with a 41-6 victory over Eastern. Their talented roster, led by Karon Brookins and Victor Oquendo, makes them a formidable contender in the playoffs. The Chargers are the top seed in the Central 3 bracket and will host Robbinsville in the first round.
Winslow Eagles (7-2, Previous Ranking: 8)
The Eagles shut out Cedar Creek 14-0 to secure the WJFL Independence championship. With standout performances from Kam Brown and Deante Ruffin, Winslow has proven to be a tough team to beat. They are the top seed in the Central 4 bracket and will host Pennsauken in the first round of the playoffs.
Willingboro Chimeras (7-2, Previous Ranking: 9)
Quarterback Lamar Best led the Chimeras to a 42-7 victory over Burlington Township, securing the outright WJFL Liberty title. Willingboro is the second seed in the Central 2 bracket and will face Monmouth in the playoffs.
Paul VI Eagles (7-1, Previous Ranking: 10)
Dom Santiago had a standout performance with five touchdown passes in a 42-6 win over Triton, securing the outright WJFL National title for Paul VI. The Eagles are looking strong heading into the playoffs.
Holy Spirit Spartans (7-1, Previous Ranking: 11)
The Spartans clinched the WJFL Continental crown with a close 24-14 victory over Kingsway. Tahmir Jones had a game-sealing interception return for a touchdown, highlighting Holy Spirit’s stellar defense. They are a team to watch out for in the playoffs.
Washington Township Minutemen (7-2, Previous Ranking: 12)
Jared Dzierzgowski and Cole Aquino led the Minutemen to a 38-21 victory over Clearview, securing their most wins in a season since 2012. Washington Township is the second seed in the Central 5 bracket and will host Atlantic City in the first round of the playoffs.
Haddonfield Haddons (7-1, Previous Ranking: 13)
The Haddons dominated Sterling with a 49-8 victory, showcasing their strong offense and solid defense. Haddonfield is the second seed in the South 2 bracket and will host Raritan in the first round of the playoffs.
Seneca Golden Eagles (7-1, Previous Ranking: 14)
Zac Fearon had an impressive all-around performance, leading the Golden Eagles to a 41-14 win against Northern Burlington. Seneca is looking strong heading into the playoffs.
It’s an exciting time for high school football in South Jersey as the playoffs begin. Stay tuned for more updates and thrilling matchups.
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