Giagunto sparks St. Joseph's rally

Posted: September 10, 2012

Senior quarterback Anthony Giagunto led the way as St. Joseph opened the Cape-Atlantic American Division season Saturday with a 37-29 victory over Absegami.

Giagunto was 12-for-16 passing for 165 yards and two touchdowns, ran for one two-point conversion, and passed for another as the Wildcats rallied from a 20-14 halftime deficit.

St. Joseph (1-0), the new No. 1 team in The Inquirer South Jersey Top 10, has won 19 in a row. Giagunto is 19-0 as a starting quarterback and has thrown 16 touchdown passes and zero interceptions.

"He's one of the best football players in South Jersey," St. Joseph coach Paul Sacco said of Giagunto.

Junior Cody Sampson scored two touchdowns, and senior Robert Thompson scored on an 80-yard kickoff return for St. Joseph.

Junior David Hood scored on a 69-yard pass reception and added touchdown runs of 62 and 60 yards, all in the first half, for Absegami.

West Jersey Patriot

Senior Mike Thomas did a little bit of everything to help Burlington Township to a 27-7 victory over Willingboro.

Thomas rushed for a touchdown, caught a touchdown pass, placed two punts inside the Willingboro 5-yard line, and scored on an interception for the only touchdown of the first half. Khalil Troutman ran for one score and passed for another for Burlington Township.

West Jersey National

Mitch Harbaugh threw for two touchdowns to lead Clearview to a 29-7 win over Winslow Township.

Harbaugh, a senior quarterback, opened the scoring with a 55-yard pass to Troy Darpino. He also completed a 25-yard scoring pass to George Kerasinis.

Fullback Adam DeCecco also rushed for a Clearview touchdown. Matt Pike, Luke Eisenhart, and Austin Deinarowicz were key parts of the strong defensive effort.

West Jersey Diamond

Junior quarterback Tyrell Hart ran for two touchdowns and passed for another to lead Schalick to a 21-0 victory over Gloucester Catholic.

Hart opened the scoring with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jarred McCafferty in the first half. The score was set up by Tariq Furbush's 60-yard interception return.

Hart scored on runs of 60 and 38 yards in the second half. Junior Pat Rafferty ran for 142 yards on 23 carries for Gloucester Catholic.

West Jersey Classic

Junior quarterback Dylan Cummings ran for 169 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries as Pennsville beat Salem, 34-28. Cummings also was 8-for-18 passing for 166 yards and a touchdown.

Junior Drew Burdsall caught five passes for 140 yards and a 73-yard touchdown, scored on a 7-yard run, and hit four conversion kicks for the Eagles. Salem was led by sophomore Dione Alston, who scored on a 99-yard run and an 84-yard interception return.

Colonial Liberty Division

Alabama recruit Anthony Averett ran for one touchdown, returned a punt for another, and threw a scoring pass as Woodbury cruised to a 42-7 win over Collingswood.

Woodbury scored twice on special teams, getting a 20-yard return of a blocked punt by Cameron Gamble and Averett's 55-yard punt return. Dwuan Martin also ran for a pair of 3-yard touchdowns for Woodbury. Jamir Beston led the defensive effort, which allowed just a second-quarter touchdown. He had two sacks and eight tackles.

Collingswood's touchdown came on a 16-yard pass from Donny Barr to Jordan Wallace.

Colonial Inter-Division

Audubon took advantage of four turnovers to beat Overbrook, 22-14. The Audubon defense forced two fumbles and intercepted two passes.


The inclement weather that moved through the area Saturday impacted at least one game. West Deptford was scheduled to play at Lindenwold, but the contest was rescheduled for Monday at 6 p.m. at Lindenwold.

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