"We don't want that to happen again," Penns Grove senior quarterback Nick Elmer said.
Glassboro running back Corey Clement doesn't want last year to repeat, either - at least as far as the result of the opener.
"That was tough to take," Clement said.
Schalick could contend in division play with a strong returning group led by two-way senior linemen Jake Broom and Alex Stewart and junior wide receiver Melvin Allen. Woodstown will feature running back Rashar Grey, who gained 800 yards last season, and two-way end Pat McCurdy.
Gloucester Catholic has a top playmaker in senior John DeLaurentis and top junior linemen in Glen Garrison and Anthony Antonini, while Highland's strong junior class includes two-way standouts Jamill Jackson, Fred Morrison, and DaVante Parker.
Penns Grove should contend for both division and sectional titles behind Elmer, who battled an ankle injury last season after throwing 22 touchdown passes as a sophomore. The Red Devils have a dangerous wide receiver in Jabrail Murray, top backs in juniors Anthony Robertson and Richard Gray, and a sturdy two-way lineman in senior Sam Harvey.
Clement set the South Jersey record for rushing yards in a season with 2,510 in 2011. He also scored 36 touchdowns.
Glassboro features a returning veteran at quarterback in senior Mike Gillespie, one of South Jersey's best sophomores in wide receiver/defensive back Juwan Johnson, and a top linebacker, junior Jameel Murray.
"We're hoping to repeat," Clement said. "But we want the first game to be a lot different."
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