Phil's Picks, Week 4

Posted: September 28, 2012

In 41 seasons of football, Maple Shade never has had a perfect record after four games.

The Wildcats would improve to 4-0 for the first time by defeating Wildwood on Friday night in a WJFL interdivision clash of resurgent Group 1 programs.

Here's a closer look at some of this weekend's top games. Last week: 6-4. Season to date: 19-11.

Friday at 6

Wildwood (2-1) at Maple Shade (3-0). This is clash of two of South Jersey's top running backs: Wildwood's Wesley Hills (65 carries, 610 yards) and Maple Shade's Tyler Nicolo (75, 448). It could be a shootout.

Pick: Maple Shade, 33-26.

Friday at 7

Absegami (2-1) at Millville (2-1). Absegami has a top running-back combination in David Hood and Tyler Bing, and this might be the week that Notre Dame-bound Rashad Kinlaw returns from a broken leg. Millville has a top playmaker in senior quarterback Rashon Sorrell (30 for 50, 468 yards). Pick: Absegami, 24-20.

Cedar Creek (3-0) at Buena (3-0). Cedar Creek has a top athlete in Georgia Tech-bound quarterback Damon Mitchell (28-for-42 passing for 489 yards; 33 for 231 rushing). Buena's Rob Bunton, the leadoff hitter on the South Jersey Group 2-championship baseball team, scored five touchdowns last week. Pick: Cedar Creek, 26-17.

Kingsway (2-1) at No. 6 Delsea (2-1). There's a lot of history here dating to these teams' days in the Tri-County Royal. Kingsway is led by junior running back Ray Lawry (55 carries, 624 yards). Delsea features senior running back Tyrone Saud (35, 222) and senior quarterback Josh Awotunde, a run-pass threat. Pick: Delsea, 23-20.

Glassboro (1-1) at Gloucester (3-0). The defending South Jersey Group 1 champions have a tough battle at resurgent Gloucester. Glassboro is led by running back Corey Clement (55, 366), and Gloucester has a running-back combination in junior Ben Boyer (74, 429) and senior Larry Spann (25, 272). Pick: Glassboro, 24-22.

Mainland (1-2) at Holy Spirit (0-2). Mainland played some serious defense in losing to Absegami in overtime last week. Holy Spirit will make a quarterback change after the transfer of starter CJ LaFragola. Pick: Holy Spirit, 17-13.

No. 9 West Deptford (3-0) at Sterling (2-1). Senior running back Khalil Howard (53 rushes, 307 yards) leads Sterling. West Deptford is coming off a tough Saturday battle with Haddon Heights. Junior fullback Gerald Owens (63, 509) is the key to the Eagles' wing-T. Pick: West Deptford, 27-13.

Pennsauken (1-2) at Washington Twp. (2-1). Pennsauken quarterback Deyon Edwards (29 for 56, 363) leads the offense. Washington Township might have found its stride in last week's win over Lenape. Pick: Washington Twp., 20-13.

Saturday at 11

Woodbury (2-1) at Paulsboro (2-1). This game likely will decide the Colonial Patriot race and will have a major impact on South Jersey Group 1 playoff seeding. The key could be Paulsboro's ability to contain Woodbury quarterback Anthony Averett (28 carries, 315 yards), an Alabama recruit.

Pick: Woodbury, 19-17.

Saturday at noon

No. 7 Egg Harbor Township (2-1) at No. 1 St. Joseph (3-0). Another week, another challenge in the Cape American for the Wildcats. EHT is riding high after last week's last-second win over Hammonton. St. Joseph's offense features junior RB Cody Sampson (32, 303).

Pick: St. Joseph, 23-17.


Contact Phil Anastasia at panastasia@phillynews.com, or @PhilAnastasia on Twitter. Read his blog, "Jersey Side Sports," at www.philly.com/jerseysidesports

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