Phil's Picks, Week 5

Posted: October 05, 2012

Shawnee will travel to Clearview on Friday night for a battle for sole possession of first place in the WJFL National Division.

Both teams are 3-1. Both are 2-0 and the last unbeatens in the division.

In addition, veteran Shawnee coach Tim Gushue enters the game with a career record of 198-94-6. With two more wins, Gushue would become the ninth coach in South Jersey history - and the third this season, following West Deptford's Clyde Folsom and Hammonton's Pete Lancetta - with 200 victories.

Here's a closer at 10 games this weekend. (Last week: 9-1. Year to date: 28-12.)

Friday at 7

No. 3 Timber Creek (2-2) at No. 5 Moorestown (3-1). This is a WJFL Constitution clash of teams coming off tough losses. Moorestown offensive tackle Shane Rafter, a Temple recruit, will match up with Timber Creek defensive ends Dajaun Drennon (North Carolina) and Myles Nash (Rutgers). Pick: Timber Creek, 27-20.

Holy Spirit (1-2) at Absegami (3-1). The game could mark the season debut of Absegami quarterback/defensive back Rashad Kinlaw, a Notre Dame recruit who has been out since June with a broken leg. Pick: Absegami, 17-13.

No. 6 Hammonton (3-1) at Atlantic City (2-1). Atlantic City's Dayshawn Reynolds, a senior wide receiver, returned a kickoff for a touchdown last season to spark an upset of Hammonton. Pick: Hammonton, 20-14.

Washington Township (3-1) at Cherokee (1-2). The Chiefs need a win or risk missing the playoffs for the second year in a row. Junior running back/linebacker Andrew O'Neill has led Washington Township. Pick: Cherokee, 24-23.

No. 8 Shawnee (3-1) at Clearview (3-1). Senior quarterback Luke Snyder makes his debut for Shawnee, which has bounced back well from a tough loss at Williamstown. Senior QB Mitch Harbaugh leads Clearview. Pick: Shawnee, 20-10.

Seneca (1-3) at Cherry Hill West (1-2). Seneca's offense misses senior running back Joey Pawlowski, out for the season with a heel injury. Cherry Hill West could get a big boost from the return of junior quarterback/defensive back Rodney Williams, out since August with a hamstring injury. Pick: Seneca, 13-6.

No. 2 Williamstown (4-0) at Eastern (3-1). Eastern junior quarterback Tom Flacco has battled through a couple of nagging injuries and is finding the range with wide receivers Eli Woodard and Keyshawn Seegers. Pick: Williamstown, 27-17.

Bishop Eustace (2-1) at Deptford (2-2). Bishop Eustace is led by quarterback Connor Bor and wide receiver Sam Steele. Deptford has momentum after a strong win over Pemberton. Pick: Bishop Eustace, 17-13.

Saturday at 2

Woodstown (2-1) at Penns Grove (3-0). Led by senior quarterback Nick Elmer and junior running back Anthony Robertson, the Red Devils are looking like the team to beat in South Jersey Group 1. Woodstown is led by senior running back Rashar Gray. Pick: Penns Grove, 32-19.

Saturday at 3

Lenape (0-3) at Cherry Hill East (1-3). The Cougars are riding high after a thrilling win over then-No. 4 Moorestown. Senior wide receiver/defensive back/punter Nick DiVito leads the way. Pick: Cherry Hill East, 14-13.

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