Sat. S.J. football roundup: Penns Grove's Elmer accounts for 6 TDs

Posted: October 21, 2012

Penns Grove senior Nick Elmer threw for two touchdowns, breaking the Salem County career record. That alone would have been enough for the Red Devils to get past Schalick on Saturday.

But Elmer ran in an additional four scores, putting his footprints all over the Red Devils' 60-0 win in a West Jersey Football League Diamond Division matchup.

Elmer's two touchdown passes - a 32-yard strike to Jabrail Murray and a 55-yarder to Rich Gray - put Penns Grove up by 22 and gave him 49 scoring passes for his career.

The record of 48 was set by Salem's Jay Vanuto in 1975 and equaled by Kenny Emmons of Pennsville two seasons ago.

After touchdown runs of 45, 15, 3, and 55 yards, Elmer and his offense slowed down, but two defensive scores put the exclamation point on the homecoming contest.

WJFL Classic

Pennsville 49, Clayton 18 - Elmer's coronation as touchdown king of Salem County didn't last long. Friend and rival Dylan Cummings, a year Elmer's junior, matched him score for score, Cummings' four through the air and two on the ground sending Pennsville to the victory.

Cummings gained of 100 yards rushing and 379 passing, his aerial assault putting him one score ahead of Elmer.

Drew Burdsall was on the receiving end of three touchdown tosses, hauling in passes of 54, 15, and 4 yards in the third quarter.

Curtis Carr caught three touchdown passes for Clayton.

Pitman 6, Salem 0 - Ryan Noon scurried into the end zone with eight minutes left, breaking a scoreless deadlock.

Salem hosted the flag-filled, defensive affair, and couldn't mount a consistent attack against the Panthers.

Pitman marched deep into Salem territory throughout the game. After several stalled drives, Pitman's quarterback refused to be denied, and put the game's lone points on the board.

WJFL Diamond

Woodstown 41, Gloucester Catholic 6 - Option quarterback Sean Swift sliced and diced Gloucester Catholic's defense for 123 yards and four touchdowns on the ground, leading the Wolverines to the victory.

The senior reached the end zone on rushes of 1, 12, 13, and 40 yards, helping erase an early 6-0 deficit.

Keith Johnson and Rashar Gray also had touchdowns for Woodstown. Johnson scored on a 60-yard punt return, and Gray ran 19 yards for a TD to complete the scoring.

WJFL Patriot

Willingboro 26, Pemberton 14 - Despite trailing entering the final quarter, Willingboro kept its legs churning and ground out a run-heavy, come-from-behind win.

Senior quarterback Anthony Robbins answered each of the winless Hornets' touchdowns with a rushing score of his own, keeping the Chimeras within striking distance until halfback Robert Cleveland took over.

Cleveland, 5-foot-4 and speedy, broke out for 55 of his game-high 219 yards on a touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, putting Willingboro on top for good.

Pemberton's touchdowns came on Antoine Wilson's 80-yard return of the opening kickoff, and Quincy Lambert's 55-yard run. The Hornets led, 14-13, after three quarters.

WJFL National

Shawnee 37, Winslow Township 0 - Senior running back Rob DiOrio scored twice, his younger brother Anthony reached the end zone as well, and Shawnee battered Winslow Township.

Rob DiOrio plowed in from 5 and 20 yards en route to gaining 92 yards on 29 carries. His battering ram of a brother carried the ball nine times for 66 yards, matching Rob's 5-yard scoring plunge.

Michael Welsh also scored on the ground for the Renegades, and Luke Snyder and Eric Spires connected for a touchdown through the air.

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