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Visiting Haddonfield won against St. Joseph, 22-15, in Hammonton on Saturday, September 29, 2018. Adam Monacelli, Cherry Hill Courier-Post

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A weekend full of stellar West Jersey Football League divisional games might have its biggest in the Colonial.

Game of the Week

No. 15 West Deptford (3-1) at No. 2 Haddonfield (5-0), Friday, 7 p.m.

Tyshawn Bookman, Ken Lim and TJ Hoyt lead the Eagles, who have to be in high spirits after three consecutive wins. It’s unlikely any team is on a loftier cloud than the Haddons. They dethroned then-No. 1 St. Joseph on the road Saturday, 22-15. Coach Frank DeLano admitted experience against the Wing-T offense of West Deptford brought familiarity that helped aid the cause. DeLano last saw the Eagles run it in December when Haddonfield took a come-from-behind 21-17 win in the Group 2 title clash. That marked the final matchup with longtime adversary Clyde Folsom. Coach Jay Morrell will get his first crack at the big game Friday.

More:Haddonfield upset of St. Joseph didn't look like one

Other Friday games:

No. 12 Timber Creek (2-2) at Millville (2-3), 6 p.m.

Friday’s 16-15 heartbreaker of a loss to Gloucester Township-rival Highland may have hurt in the bragging rights’ column, but this one matters more for the Chargers’ divisional hopes in the WJFL Continental. Creek’s faced some growing pains, but a win here and most of that’s forgotten. The Thunderbolts took their lumps in the first three games but have now cobbled together a two-game streak. Some think they’re the group to beat in SJ Group 4. Solomon DeShields’ 90-yard kickoff return set the tone in a 32-7 blowout of Cherokee last week. There’s a Group 1 subtext within this affair on the sidelines – Creek’s Rob Hinson and Millville’s Dennis Thomas each coached Salem. Hinson in 2005; Thomas in 2013 and 2014.

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Triton (2-2) at Cherry Hill West (3-1), 6 p.m.

This one is the crossroads for WJFL National members in completely different portions of their slates. The Mustangs’ two wins have come against winless foes in Cherry Hill East and Cumberland. Pennsauken and Seneca still await. Meanwhile, the Lions have already beaten the Indians and Golden Eagles. They only have the Cougars and Colts after this one and are in excellent shape for a divisional title should they win on Friday. West was idle last weekend and is on a three-game win streak. Quarterback Nick Arcaroli, tailback Carlos Gomez and receiver Johnny Ioannucci pace the offense behind a formidable line led by senior Max Sullivan.

More: Cherry Hill West's Carlos Gomez is Player of the Week

No. 5 St. Augustine (3-2) at No. 9 Rancocas Valley (3-1), 7 p.m.

For the second consecutive week, the Hermits took a game some believed would be a nice test and turned it into a runaway victory. At previously-unbeaten Ocean City, Prep rolled to a 38-6 result. Jaylen DeCoteau is a dangerous weapon, proven again by his two touchdown grabs versus the Red Raiders. The Hermits can’t peek forward to the big test of No. 6 Holy Spirit next week.  They need this one to keep pace with Williamstown atop the American Division. RV’s offense gets plenty of credit with quarterback Bryce Mangene and his targets Danny Kondras and Cerome Hill. On defense, linebacker Jesse Eadric is a force at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds. He thumps in the run game with long levers that help on the rush and in pass lanes.

Clearview (2-1) at No. 8 Burlington Township (4-0), 7 p.m.

In last week’s thriller, the Pioneers reeled off 21 consecutive points in the second half to take down Mainland. Junior quarterback Mike Ancona threw a touchdown and ran for another against the Mustangs while Dean Dvorak toted 21 times for 136 yards. Troy Betancur ran for 61 and the 8-yard game winner in the fourth quarter. Can Clearview parlay it into a cornerstone-type upset of Liberty Division foe Township for second-year coach Steve Scanlon’s tenure? The Falsons' 22-8 result at Delsea last Friday wasn’t pretty, but ugly victories are better than none at all. Defense remains the backbone with 23 total points allowed in four games. With a three-game final stretch of Allentown, Highland and Winslow, Township must be careful not to overlook this one.

Kingsway (3-2) at Hammonton (2-3), 7 p.m.

Down 6-0 at halftime, the Dragons used a couple of big plays to upend Pennsauken last Friday by a 21-6 count. AJ Butler's 97-yard punt return score and Semaj Bosket's fumble recovery in the end zone on a bad punt snap 70 seconds later helped firm up the result. Kingsway will have to figure out a way to slow Jaiden Abrams. South Jersey’s top rusher carried 27 times for 285 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-12 demolition of Absegami. A sophomore, Abrams had a mere 37 yards in the opener against Long Branch and still has 928 on the campaign. He’s been good for 185.7 yards per game and 7.1 per carry. A loss would essentially knock Hammonton out of Royal Division contention, as it lost to Holy Spirit two weeks ago.

More: Abrams' historic night for Hammonton made him Player of the Week

Saturday

Glassboro (3-0) at Salem (3-1), 2 p.m.

The Bulldogs are off to a pleasant start under new boss Tim Hagerty, with decisions over Pennsville (30-27), Bishop Eustace (29-14) and Schalick (25-7). A date with the Rams kicks off a three-game stretch that will be much tougher. Next week is a home date with unbeaten Gateway, followed by No. 13 Penns Grove on the road. The trio are a combined 11-1 and favored to be in the top four seeds of South Jersey Group 1. Coach Montrey Wright’s Salem bunch have piled up yards and points after a Week Zero loss to Pennsylvania’s Conwell Egan. The Rams blew out Schalick, Burlington City and Overbrook by an average score of 54.7 to 6.7. Quarterback Jamael Bundy’s thrown for 810 yards, 13 scores to one interception thus far. Ja’yon Mejias has already hauled in six touchdowns.

Vineland (2-3) at No. 4 St. Joseph (4-1), noon

A big night on the ground – 301 yards to be exact – helped the Fighting Clan end a two-game skid in a 20-14 triumph over Trenton. Quarterback Ryan Shelton scored on the ground, as did backs Nahzir Broome and Anthony Arthur. Coach Dan Russo knew his team couldn’t afford to start 1-4 with this one and a trip to RV up in the next two weeks. The Wildcats will likely be starved for kickoff after Haddonfield ended their South Jersey-long win streak of 16. Expect a fiery bunch in this WJFL Continental tilt, especially in the trenches. Jada Byers didn’t get much on the ground against the Haddons but did come up with some major plays in the pass game.

More: Vineland puts a charge in Blackout win over Trenton

Shawnee (2-2) at No. 1 Woodrow Wilson (5-0), 2 p.m.

The lone non-divisional matchup on this list. Coach Tim Gushue’s Renegades took a step back on the right path when they doubled up Moorestown last week at home, 42-21. Quarterback Joe Dalsey racked up more than 300 total yards and six scores in the tilt. The obstacle grows this week with the top-ranked Tigers. Nick Kargman went over 2,000 yards for the season in a blowout and Stanley King grabbed nine passes for 253 yards and three scores last time out against Seneca. The most-recent matchup between these two came in 2001 in Medford. That marked the first night game ever for Wilson and ended up a 13-6 Tigers’ win. Coach Preston Brown played on that team, an eventual unbeaten sectional champ and No. 1 team in South Jersey. The Tigers lost in Week 2 of the next season, the last time they sat atop the rankings prior to Sunday.

More: Kargman sets single-game yards record in No. 2 Wilson's win

Woodbury (3-0) at No. 14 Paulsboro (4-1), 2 p.m.

Anthony Reagan’s already experienced this longtime rivalry as a player and assistant. Saturday, he’ll see it as head coach for the first time. He’s got the Thundering Herd off to a nice start with comfortable wins over Audubon (20-6), Palmyra (42-14) and Pennsville (20-9). Freshman back Teddy Lockhart came in with a reputation for talent in the junior levels and hasn’t disappointed. He had 97 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles. Alongside fellow rusher Ty’Shawn Smith and dual-threat quarterback Andre Parker, the three are a formidable offensive trinity. The Red Raiders bounced back the way everyone expected after a bye week that followed a 19-6 loss to No. 13 Penns Grove. A 42-14 rout of Sterling came with little to sweat. Santino Morina did some heavy lifting on defense with nine tackles and 1.5 sacks. 

Mark Trible: @Mtrible: (856) 486-2424; mtrible@gannettnj.com

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