Lenape linebacker Mike Galaida is the Courier Post Defensive Player of the Year Video produced by Justin Odendhal
St. Joseph and Shawnee captured football championships on Sunday Josh Friedman/Staff Photographer
Haddonfield beat West Deptford 21-17 to win the South Jersey Group 2 football championship on Sunday at Rowan University Josh Friedman/Staff Photographer
Delsea defeated Woodrow Wilson 29-28, earning a SJ Group 3 title Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. Produced by Joe Lamberti/Staff Photographer
Paulsboro defeated Penns Grove 34-24, earning a South Jersey Group 1 title Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. Produced by Joe Lamberti/Staff Photographer
Mark Trible and Josh Friedman look ahead to the championship football games that will be played at Rowan University this weekend.
West Deptford took an early lead and never looked back as they took down rival Paulsboro 35-26 on Saturday, November 25. Video produced by Justin Odendhal
Camden won the Thanksgiving Day football game, 8-6.
Gloucester Catholic football shut out Gloucester 22-0 on Thanksgiving Josh Friedman/Staff Photographer
Cherry Hill West defeated Cherry Hill East, 48-12
Haddonfield's defense held Cinnaminson to just eight points en route to a huge win to put the Haddons in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 2 championship at Rowan University. Video produced by Justin Odendhal
Delsea, behind an unbelievable 34-point second half, took down Timber Creek 41-30, and will play for the South Jersey Group 3 title at Rowan University.
Hammonton football beats Highland in overtime in the South Jersey Group 4 semifinals Josh Friedman/Staff Photographer
The Lenape dominated all phases of the game to take down Howell 63-28 on home turf to move on to the South Jersey Group V final against Rancocas Valley at Rowan College on December 2nd. Video produced by Justin Odendhal
Mark Trible and Josh Friedman review the opening round of playoffs, look ahead to the semifinals, and field questions from viewers.
By a score of 34-20, the Rams disposed of Woodbury. Chris LaChall/Staff Photographer
Haddonfield football beat Sterling in the opening round of the South Jersey Group 2 playoffs. Josh Friedman/Staff Photographer
The Gators defeated Woodstown, 28-8. Chris LaChall/Staff Photographer
Vineland fell to Lenape on the road 35-0 in the first round of the NJSIAA Group V Playoffs on Friday, November 10. Video produced by Justin Odendhal
Mark Trible and Josh Friedman review Week 9, look ahead to the playoffs, and field questions from viewers.
Cinnaminson's Rashad Raymond is the South Jersey Football Player of the Week Josh Friedman/Staff Photographer
Cherokee football earned a 24-17 victory over Williamstown on Saturday Josh Friedman/Staff Photographer
Varsity Football : Haddonfield vs Sterling
Camden defeats Winslow Township, 36-25. Chris LaChall/Staff Photographer
Winslow Township High School's interim football coach Jeff Lake comments on his new role during the absence of head coach Kemp Carr. Chris LaChall/Staff Photographer
Lenape won 21-14 Chris LaChall/Staff Photographer
Delsea football defeated Woodrow Wilson 43-12 on Friday night
Bishop Eustace football defeated Highland 10-0 on Friday night. Josh Friedman/Staff Photographer
Mark Trible and Josh Friedman review Week 8, look ahead to Week 9 and field questions from viewers. The show runs on facebook.com/sjgridirongang every Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Mark Trible and Josh Friedman review Week 7, look ahead to Week 8 and field questions from viewers. The show runs on facebook.com/sjgridirongang every Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Salem's Zaire Jones is the South Jersey Football Player of the Week Josh Friedman/Staff Photographer
Camden does it in every facet for 40-7 blowout of Pennsauken Chris LaChall/Staff Photographer
Mike Bilodeau’s boot from 35 yards out on the Eagles’ fourth snap of the extra frame put the green in ecstasy. The senior felt a mob of teammates, then took the celebration over to the packed home bleachers. Chris LaChall/Staff Photographer
Kingsway football earned a 21-7 win over Hammonton on Friday night Josh Friedman/Staff Photographer
Mark Trible and Josh Friedman review Week 6, look ahead to Week 7 and field questions from viewers. The show runs on facebook.com/sjgridirongang every Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Furious rally helps Camden Catholic remain unbeaten Chris LaChall/Staff Photographer
Holy Spirit earned a 22-17 triumph over St. Augustine on Friday night. Josh Friedman/Staff Photographer
Mark Trible and Josh Friedman review Week 5, look ahead to Week 6 and field questions from viewers. The show runs on facebook.com/sjgridirongang every Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Rancocas Valley travels to Lenape and heads home with a 10-7 victory Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 in Medford, New Jersey. Produced by Joe Lamberti
Woodrow Wilson overcame early mistakes an a lead by Moorestown for a 30-20 win on the road. Video produced by Justin Odendhal
Mark Trible and Josh Friedman review Week 4, look ahead to Week 5 and field questions from viewers. The show runs on facebook.com/sjgridirongang every Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Buena's Shawn Rice is the Courier-Post/Gridiron Gang Player of the Week. Josh Friedman/Staff Photographer
Camden High traveled to Egg Harbor City for a victory over Cedar Creek in a defensive battle on Saturday, September 30. Video produced by Justin Odendhal
Holy Cross defeated Florence 14-7 at Tom Reilly Stadium. Chris LaChall/Staff Photographer
Varsity Football : Delsea vs Holy Spirit
The Red Devils defeated the Minutemen, 31-14.
Mark Trible and Josh Friedman review Week 3, look ahead to Week 4 and field questions from viewers. The show runs on facebook.com/sjgridirongang every Wednesday at 7 p.m. STAFF
Rams score 20 points in the fourth quarter to edge rival. Mark Trible
No. 6 Shawnee navigates through injuries to hold off Washington Township Chris LaChall/Staff Photographer
Lenape travels to Burlington Township and earns a victory. 9.22.17 Produced by Joe Lamberti
Mark Trible and Josh Friedman review Week 2, look ahead to Week 3 and field questions from viewers. The show runs on facebook.com/sjgridirongang every Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Gloucester Catholic's Dashaun Harris is the South Jersey Football Player of the Week Josh Friedman/Staff Photographer
Big plays and a 28-point second quarter lift the Haddons to 2-0. Mark Trible
No. 1 Timber Creek defeated No. 5 Cherokee, 35-28 Chris LaChall/Staff Photographer
St. Joseph-Holy Spirit football highlights Josh Friedman/Staff Photographer
First female to score a point in VHS football Tom McGurk/Staff photographer
Mark Trible and Josh Friedman review Week 1, look ahead to Week 2 and field questions from viewers. The show runs on facebook.com/sjgridirongang every Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Timber Creek's Jake Kidwell protects Devin Leary's blind side. Josh Friedman/Staff Photographer
Red Devils' star has freakish athletic ability, proved in 51-34 win over Deptford. Mark Trible
Red Raiders start the season off on the right foot with 32-0 road shutout of rival Thundering Herd. Mark Trible
Cherokee football beats Shawnee in overtime Josh Friedman/Staff photographer
No. 11 Woodrow Wilson gets big second quarter to take down No. 10 Highland Chris LaChall/Staff Photographer
Millville High School traveled to Egg Harbor Township for a season opener Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. Produced by Joe Lamberti
Chargers aim for third consecutive South Jersey championship. Mark Trible
Irish hope to find playoff success with talented roster. Mark Trible
Shawnee football preview Josh Friedman/Staff photographer
Red Devils' star is fast, talented and a University of Florida commit. Mark Trible
Holy Spirit football preview Josh Friedman/Staff photographer
Here's a look ahead at the Cherokee Chiefs in the 2017 season Dave Isaac/Courier-Post
Woodrow Wilson football preview Josh Friedman/Staff photographer
Here's a look at the 2017 Wildcats Wochit
St Augustine football preview Josh Friedman/Staff photographer
Crusaders aim to end up on top after four-year championship streak got snapped in 2016. Mark Trible
Here's a look at the 2017 season for the West Deptford Eagles. Dave Isaac/Courier-Post
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- St. Joseph, Shawnee win football titles
- Haddonfield football wins South Jersey Group 2 title
- Watch: Delsea defeats Woodrow Wilson 29-28, earns SJ Group 3 title
- Watch: Paulsboro defeats Penns Grove 34-24, earns SJ Group 1 title
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- WATCH: Camden defeats Wilson
- Gloucester Catholic football beats Gloucester
- WATCH: Cherry Hill West beats rival East
- Watch: Haddonfield football books trip to Rowan with win over Cinnaminson
- WATCH: Delsea snaps Timber Creek's win streak
- Hammonton football defeats Highland in overtime
- Watch: Lenape advances to title with win over Howell
- WATCH: South Jersey Gridiron Gang Facebook Live Semifinals Preview Show
- WATCH: Salem takes out Woodbury to set up SJ Group 1 title rematch
- Haddonfield football tops Sterling
- WATCH: Gateway earns first-ever playoff win
- Watch: Vineland football falls to Lenape 35-0
- WATCH: South Jersey Gridiron Gang Facebook Live Playoff Preview Show
- Cinnaminson's Rashad Raymond
- Cherokee football defeats Williamstown
- WATCH : Varsity Football : Haddonfield vs Sterling
- WATCH: Camden pulls together and gets it done - again
- WATCH: Winslow Township plays without head coach in loss to Camden
- WATCH: Lenape takes down Cherokee
- Delsea football beats Woodrow Wilson
- Bishop Eustace football beats Highland
- WATCH: South Jersey Gridiron Gang Week 9 Facebook Live Preview Show
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- Salem's Zaire Jones
- WATCH: Camden pounds Pennsauken
- WATCH: No. 13 West Deptford kicks its way past No. 11 Haddonfield in OT
- Kingsway football beats Hammonton
- WATCH: South Jersey Gridiron Gang Week 7 Facebook Live Preview Show
- WATCH: Irish stun Shawnee, 25-21
- Holy Spirit-St. Augustine football highlights
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- WATCH: Rancocas Valley defeats Lenape 10-7
- Watch: Woodrow Wilson football comes back for 30-20 win over Moorestown
- WATCH: South Jersey Gridiron Gang Week 5 Facebook Live Preview Show
- Buena's Shawn Rice
- Watch: Camden High grinds out 14-0 win over Cedar Creek
- WATCH: Holy Cross takes down Florence
- WATCH: Varsity Football : Delsea vs Holy Spirit
- WATCH: Rancocas Valley cruises by Washington Twp.
- WATCH: South Jersey Gridiron Gang Week 4 Facebook Live Preview Show
- WATCH: Salem comes back, beats Penns Grove in final minute
- WATCH: Shawnee defeats Washington Twp. 19-6
- WATCH: Lenape shuts out Burlington Township 47-0
- WATCH: South Jersey Gridiron Gang Week 3 Facebook Live Preview Show
- Football Player of the Week: Gloucester Catholic's Dashaun Harris
- Football highlights: Haddonfield rolls past Holy Cross
- WATCH: Timber Creek tops Cherokee in thriller
- St. Joseph-Holy Spirit football highlights
- Vineland kicker Carli Kling
- WATCH: South Jersey Gridiron Gang Week 2 Facebook Live Preview Show
- Jake Kidwell: Timber Creek
- Football: Penns Grove junior Tyreke Brown is the Player of Week 1
- Football highlights: Paulsboro runs past Woodbury
- Cherokee-Shawnee football highlights
- WATCH: Woodrow Wilson defeats Highland 26-20 in season opener
- WATCH: Millville defeats Egg Harbor Township 47-7
- Football preview: No. 1 Timber Creek back for more
- Football preview: No. 3 Camden Catholic ready for 2017
- Shawnee football preview
- Football: Focus on Rancocas Valley senior RB Iverson Clement
- Holy Spirit football preview
- FOOTBALL: Cherokee 2017 preview
- Woodrow Wilson football preview
- FOOTBALL: St. Joseph preview
- St. Augustine football preview
- Delsea hungry to get back to football title-winning ways
- FOOTBALL: West Deptford preview
Non-Public 2 final
(1) St. Joseph (11-0) vs. (3) Mater Dei (8-1)
When: Sunday, 2:30 p.m.
Where: Rowan University
Coaches: St. Joseph: Paul Sacco; Mater Dei: Dino Mangiero
Sectional titles: St. Joseph 25 (1977, 1983, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015); Mater Dei 1 (2016)
Last meeting: Mater Dei 26, St. Joseph 0, 2016. The Wildcats had won seven straight state championships before the Seraphs eliminated them in the Non-Public 2 semifinals last November. St. Joseph managed just 34 yards rushing on 33 carries and were stuffed in the backfield 11 times. The Wildcat defense did its job, limiting Mater Dei to 132 yards, but special teams were a huge factor. Eddie Lewis had a 94-yard punt return touchdown and a blocked punt led to another score. Marvin Pierre found the end zone twice, including on a 49-yard pass from George Pearson for the game’s first TD.
Key stats:515 – Points scored by St. Joseph this season. That’s the third-highest total in South Jersey history, two behind second place (West Deptford; 2011). The Wildcats have scored above 40 nine times, topped 50 on five occasions and eclipsed 60 twice, including in the state semis, where they scored a season-best 64 in their victory over Immaculata. 20-1 – Mater Dei’s record over the past two seasons. The Seraphs’ average margin of victory in those wins is 27.55 points. 11.9 – Yards per carry for St. Joseph’s Jada Byers. The sophomore tailback has run the ball 115 times for 1,373 yards and 19 touchdowns. He’s also caught six passes for 71 yards (11.8 average) and a score. Byers has 26 total TDs on the season (4 punt return, 1 kick return, 1 interception return as well). 28 – Touchdown runs by the Wildcats’ running back, Qwahsin Townsel. The senior has run it 203 times for 1,374 yards this year. 4 – St. Joseph defenders with more than 20 tackles for loss this season. Junior Brad Lomax leads the team with 25, senior Sencere Tapp follows with 22, freshman Angelo Vokolos has recorded 21 and Sean Morris has 20. 4 – Games missed by Mater Dei head coach Dino Mangiero and offensive coordinator Lance Bennett, who were suspended for using ineligible players earlier this year. Shannon Hoadley, who led the team last year, coaches on game days.
St. Joseph DEs Sencere Tapp (6-1, 190) and Brad Lomax (6-2, 230) vs. Mater Dei QB George Pearson (6-1, 210). The Seraph offense starts and ends with Pearson. The Central Michigan commit has wreaked havoc on opponents with both his arm and legs, so St. Joseph has to find a way to make him one dimensional. Tapp and Lomax are difference makers on the edge. They’ve combined for 47 tackles for loss this year, and they’ll need to both hit Pearson and box him in. If they lose contain, that’ll open running lanes which Pearson can exploit.
St. Joseph RB Qwahsin Townsel (6-1, 205) vs. Mater Dei LB Jayden Johnson (6-0, 240). The Wildcats have three capable backs they can run the ball with, but Townsel is the workhorse. While he can certainly break big runs, it’s his ability to consistently gain five and six yards a tote that helps St. Joseph stay ahead of the chains and wear opponents down. Johnson is a thumper in the middle, meaning these two should see plenty of each other. If Townsel can wear Mater Dei’s interior down, the outside should open up for speedsters Jada Byers and Nate Johnson.
St. Joseph’s Keys to Victory
Keep Pearson in the pocket. Mater Dei’s star quarterback is at his best when he can move around. His ability to extend plays not only opens up the passing game, but also allows him to gash defenses on the ground. St. Joseph needs to force Pearson into a pass-first mentality, but on the Wildcats’ terms. If Tapp and Lomax can pressure him to move up in the pocket, interior guys like Sean Morris and Wisdom Quarshie are more than capable of cleaning up the play. Freshman linebacker Angelo Vokolos will be instrumental to this aim as well.
Stay aggressive. Mater Dei’s proven the last two postseasons it can win in dramatic fashion. The Seraphs defeated Holy Spirit on a last second hook-and-ladder play in last year’s Non-Public 2 final, and rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit against the Spartans with a final-minute touchdown pass from Pearson to Clarence Lewis in this year’s semis. St. Joseph needs to attack Mater Dei for 60 minutes to pull out the victory.
Mater Dei’s Keys to Victory
Air it out. St. Joseph will focus on stopping the Seraphs’ ground game. Mater Dei should take advantage of that and go to the passing game early and often to soften up the Wildcat interior. While St. Joseph has only allowed double-digit points four times this year, the defense isn’t as strong on the back end as it is up front. If Mater Dei can gain momentum with receivers Lewis and Kyle Devaney, it could force the Wildcats to dedicate more defenders to that cause, opening up space for Pearson and Malik Ingram to run the ball.
Stop Byers. St. Joseph’s do-it-all sophomore back has turned games upside down on more than one occasion this year. Byers is averaging 11.9 yards per carry and 11.8 yards per reception in 2017, and he’s recorded five touchdowns on special teams as well. The Wildcat offense has had a few rocky moments, but Byers always seems to bail them out in those situations. If Mater Dei can’t stop him from breaking off big plays, it’ll be a long day for the Seraphs.
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