Camden garners first football win of season

Posted: October 09, 2012

In Dwayne Savage's first game as Camden's coach, the Panthers played Delsea, the No. 5 team in The Inquirer Top 10.

In Savage's second game, the Panthers played Camden Catholic, the No. 4 team.

In his third game, the Panthers played Willingboro and lost, 21-20.

"In every game, we had the lead," Savage said. "You could see these guys getting better and better. They just needed to put four quarters together."

Camden won its first game of the season, and Savage notched the first victory of his career, on Friday night as the Panthers beat Cumberland, 27-3.

Senior wide receiver Quashon Jones caught three touchdown passes from sophomore quarterback Khalil Williams to spark the offense.

Camden's offense has been solid. The Panthers have scored between 20 and 27 points in every game.

What made the difference Friday night was a smothering defensive effort that limited Cumberland to fewer than 100 total yards, according to Savage.

Savage said senior linebacker Pete Brown and junior cornerbacks Sean Chandler and Deashon Davis led the Camden defense.

"It's nice to get that first one," Savage said. "We had a tough loss [to Willingboro], but the kids responded well. Hopefully, we can build on this."

Dragon Fire. Kingsway solidified its position in the WJFL National Division and South Jersey Group 4 playoff race with a 24-13 victory over Triton on Friday night.

Kingsway's defense was led by linebackers Myles Matthews and Brian Morrow.

"Matthews is just a bear," Kingsway coach Tony Barchuk said. "He's a hitter, he's smart. He's into it. Morrow is just a tough, tough kid. He's another linebacker who has done a great job. He was clogging up the middle."

Kingsway (3-2 overall, 2-1 WJFL National) has a bye before an Oct. 20 game at Pennsauken. The Dragons' Thanksgiving eve game with traditional rival Clearview (4-1 overall, 3-0 WJFL National) could decide the division race.

"We were coming off a tough loss," Barchuk said of a 21-19 loss to Delsea on Sept. 28. "So to beat a good team like Triton, it gets us up back on our feet again."

Young Chiefs. Cherokee is 1-3 and in danger of missing the playoffs for the second year in a row.

But the Chiefs have a loaded junior class, led by quarterback Trevor Osler, tight end Jake Powell and running back Matt Stickney, all of whom were major factors in Friday night's 22-18 loss to Washington Township.

Osler was 19-for-19 passing for 200 yards. Powell caught six passes for 53 yards and also caught a two-point conversion. Stickney ran 18 times for 73 yards and a touchdown.

"They're young and they are going to be very good," Washington Township coach Mark Wechter said of Cherokee.

Scary moment. Glassboro's 39-10 victory over Schalick Friday night was cut short after an injury to Bulldogs' senior linebacker Quinton Rothmiller.

Glassboro coach Mark Maccarone said Rothmiller was able to walk out of South Jersey Healthcare-Elmer hospital late Friday night and should be able to make a "full recovery."

The injury caused a 40-minute delay. Officials decided to run out the clock on the final 5 minutes, 31 seconds of the game.

"Bruised up. No major injury," Maccarone said. "He took a helmet to an unprotected part of his back."

Reloading, not rebuilding. Haddonfield is 3-1 with a young team that is starting eight sophomores and also features a freshman kicker.

The Bulldogs were 32-4 the previous three seasons, reaching three South Jersey Group 2 title games and winning the crown in 2011.

"We're starting 11 new on defense and 10 new on offense," Haddonfield coach Frank DeLano said. "The kids are starting to play well."

Haddonfield faces a tough challenge Saturday at 3-1 Woodbury, which features Alabama-bound quarterback/defensive back Anthony Averett.

"He can fly," DeLano said.

Rushing race. With 1,270 yards in five games, Wildwood senior Wesley Hills is on pace to break Glassboro senior Corey Clement's one-year-old South Jersey single-season record of 2,510 yards.

Hills is averaging 254 yards a game. Clement has 995 yards in four games this season, so he's averaging 248.7 yards per game.

Barring injury, both will play at least 10 games. The edge could go to the running back whose team advances further in the South Jersey Group 1 tournament.

Langerman file. South Jersey football historian Chuck Langerman notes the following:

Pennsville junior quarterback Dylan Cummings has thrown 44 career touchdowns. The South Jersey record is 69 by St. Augustine's Dustin Thomas in 2009.

Of the 81 schools in traditional seven-county South Jersey playing high school football, just three have never qualified for the playoffs: Wildwood, Cedar Creek, and Cherry Hill West. Wildwood (4-1) in Group 1 and Cedar Creek (4-0) in Group 2 look like they could make the state tournament this season.

St. Joseph has won 23 in a row. That is the second-longest active streak in the state behind Madison of Morris County, which has won 29 in a row.

Delran is 5-0 for the first time in 22 years. The last time the Bears were 5-0 was in 1990, when they went 10-1 and defeated Hammonton to win the South Jersey Group 2 championship.

This and that. West Deptford (4-0) has won 13 in a row and 26 of its last 28. . . . Pennsauken (2-3) has been getting good work from senior running back Marlin Finley, who ran for 192 yards in an 18-0 win over Winslow Township on Saturday. Finley, who sat out last season, has 370 yards in his last two games. "He's finally getting his legs back," Pennsauken coach Clint Tabb said. . . . Bishop Eustace senior Conner Bor put together a big game in the Crusaders' 35-34 loss to Deptford on Friday night. Bor was 10-for-19 passing for 157 yards and a touchdown; ran 18 times for 102 yards and a touchdown, plus a two-point conversion; was 2 for 2 in field-goal attempts and 2 for 2 on extra points; and averaged 47 yards on four punts, according to Bishop Eustace coach Rob Cormier. . . . Holy Spirit (2-2) has won two in a row, and the Spartans' defense has allowed just 13 points in the last three games. . . . Behind senior two-way lineman Mauro Correnti, Holy Cross (3-2) has won three in a row. "He's been rock solid," Holy Cross coach Frank Holms said of Correnti. The Lancers face a tough challenge Friday at home vs. undefeated Allentown (5-0), a Central Jersey Group 3 power. . . . Atlantic City (3-1) has won three in a row behind senior wide receiver Dayshawn Reynolds and senior quarterback Jarren McBride. If the Vikings get past Buena (3-2) on Friday, they will be 4-1 when they host No. 1 St. Joseph (5-0) on Oct. 19.


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

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