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All that is left for the St. Joseph High School football team is the playoffs, which will include at least one home game.

The Wildcats wrapped up their regular season schedule by dismantling host Ocean City, 35-0, on Nov. 6 for their fourth consecutive victory. St. Joseph ends the regular season with a 7-2 mark while Ocean City drops to 2-6.

The Wildcats, who are attempting to win their seventh straight state title, earned the No. 2 seed in the Non-Public II playoffs and will host No. 7 Holy Spirit at 1 p.m. on Nov. 14 at Bill Bendig Field. Montclair Kimberly, which is 9-0, received the top seed.

Against the Red Raiders, the Wildcats scored all five touchdowns on the ground and rushed for more than 300 yards.

The Horne brothers once again provided much of the offense, accounting for all five scores. Fullback A’Laam Horne got the Wildcats off to strong start, scoring the game’s first three touchdowns.

A’Laam Horne, who finished with 116 rushing yards, opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 38-yard run. He added a 10-yard score later in the first quarter before scoring on a 15-yard run in the second.

Quarterback Salaam Horne got into the end zone in the second quarter as well with a 70-yard sprint. Salaam, who had a team-high 120 yards on the ground, also added a 13-yard score in the third quarter.

Sophomore running back Qwashin Townsel added 88 yards on 11 carries, and Matt Tucker hauled in two passes for 56 yards. Kicker Eric Graziano was a perfect 5-for-5 on extra-point attempts.

While the brothers lit up the scoreboard on offense, they also made an impact on defense, with each picking off a pass. John Payne recovered a fumble for the Wildcats.

It was the first shutout of the year for St. Joseph and it was the sixth time the squad held an opponent to two touchdowns or less.

In the opening round of the playoffs, the Wildcats will be taking on a Spartans squad (4-4) that is coming off a 21-6 setback to Oakcrest. Before the loss, Holy Spirit had won two straight and four of their last five.

A win would give the Wildcats another home game the following week either against No. 3 Immaculata or No. 6 Holy Cross.

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