Timber Creek rumbles past Seneca, 19-6

Timber Creek's Bryce Shade is tripped up by Seneca's Matt DiCroce during the Chargers' 19-6 win.
Timber Creek's Bryce Shade is tripped up by Seneca's Matt DiCroce during the Chargers' 19-6 win. (DAVID M WARREN / Staff)
Posted: November 03, 2012

It would have been difficult for Timber Creek's football team to live up to all the preseason hype. The Chargers were coming off a 12-0 season and simply were expected to be better.

It's hard to improve on perfection, and it didn't take the Chargers long to find that out after they lost to Camden Catholic on opening night.

What we've seen this season is a strong team, just not the monster of last season.

Timber Creek improved to 6-2 on Friday night with a 19-6 victory over visiting Seneca in a West Jersey Football League Constitution Division game. It also showed that no one in Group 4 will be overly eager to line up against a team with ample size and speed, plus experience.

The win clinched at least a share of the division title, but the Chargers are looking for much more.

This is a team that is lauded for its five Division I recruits, but also one that still looks as though it is attempting to find its way, especially offensively.

The Chargers led by 6-0 at halftime, courtesy of a 1-yard scoring run by West Virginia recruit Zaire Williams, who has been playing at less than 100 percent with a back injury.

Four players have played quarterback for Timber Creek this season, although junior Dan Williams played most of the game and could be settling in. He threw a 25-yard scoring pass to North Carolina recruit Dajaun Drennon that extended the lead to 13-0 in the third quarter.

In addition Bryce Shade, among the most versatile players in South Jersey, took some snaps in the Wildcat formation.

"Bryce has been our MVP," coach Rob Hinson said of the senior, who is attracting interest from Football Championship Subdivision and Division II schools

Timber Creek's Greg Webb, the 6-foot-1, 300-pound North Carolina recruit, saw about 20 snaps at defensive tackle in his first action of the season.

Webb had been sidelined after undergoing knee surgery in February.

"It felt great to be back, but I played suspect," Webb said. "I have some work to do."

So do teams that have to block him.

Seneca fell to 3-5, but the Golden Eagles are still alive in South Jersey Group 4, although they will need a lot of help.

Seneca has fought every opponent until the finish.

"Normally a 3-5 team wouldn't deserve to make the playoffs, but we have been in every game in the fourth quarter and our kids just keep battling," Seneca coach Bill Fisher said.

The Golden Eagles cut the lead to 13-6 when Allen Seigler made a leaping, 20-yard touchdown reception from T.J. Johnson with 9 minutes, 46 seconds left in the fourth quarter. However, Williams put it out of reach with a 52-yard touchdown run with 4:07 left.

Timber Creek is still looking for consistency on offense, but the defense will keep the Chargers in every game. This might not be the flawless model of 2011, but the 2012 version is good enough to compete with anyone in the loaded South Jersey Group 4 field.

Seneca   0006 - 6

Timber Creek   067 6 - 19

T: Zaire Williams 6 run (kick failed)

T: Dajaun Drennon 25 pass from Dan Williams (Kevin Casey kick)

S: Allen Seigler 20 pass from T.J. Johnson (kick failed)

T: Williams 52 run (kick failed)

Contact Marc Narducci at 856-779-3225, mnarducci@phillynews.com or @sjnard on Twitter.

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