"Our kids need to find out what it's like to compete against the best teams in the state," Reardon said.
On Tuesday at 11, Holy Spirit will host St. Joseph of Montvale, which is No. 44 in USA Today's national rankings.
Holy Spirit was 8-4 last season under first-year coach John Iannucci. The Spartans won the Non-Public 2 state title, their third state championship in a row.
"It's going to be a good test for us to see where we stand," said Holy Spirit senior linebacker Jeff Steeb, who has an offer from Villanova.
On Aug. 24 at 1, St. Joseph of Hammonton will travel to Ramsey, N.J., to face perennial national power Don Bosco Prep.
St. Joseph is coming off a 10-1 season that included championships in the Cape Atlantic American Division as well as the state Non-Public 1 tournament.
"It'll be nice to see how the big North Jersey teams play ball," St. Joseph junior quarterback C.J. LaFragola said.
Powell to Delaware
Cherokee senior tight end/defensive end Jake Powell committed on Sunday to attend Delaware on a football scholarship.
"I loved the atmosphere down there," said Powell, a 6-5, 200-pound athlete who also had offers from Bucknell, Buffalo, William and Mary, Colgate, and Lafayette.
Powell was recruited as a tight end. He had 35 catches for 440 yards and five touchdowns last season.
Powell's older brother Tyler is a junior baseball player at Delaware.
Timber Creek got a big boost from the addition of sophomore wide receiver Cameron Chambers, a transfer from St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia. The 6-3, 190-pound Chambers already has offers from Rutgers and Purdue and is regarded as a top prospect in the class of 2016.
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