Washington Township was down by 14-7 at the half but rallied behind senior all-purpose star Andrew O'Neill.
"He was amazing," Wechter said of O'Neill. "He's an amazing leader, always knows when to be serious and when to have fun."
Washington Township is in rebuilding mode. At one point, the Minutemen had three sophomore linebackers in the game.
"I don't think we've ever had that [situation] here," Wechter said. "But this is a great group of kids. We're going to be in a lot of close games this year. We're going to have a lot of fun."
Good sign. A fumble on the first play. An interception on the fifth. St. Joseph was behind Holy Spirit by 12-0 just 3 minutes, 45 seconds into Friday night's showdown.
"Ninety-nine teams out of 100 would have panicked with this many young kids," St. Joseph coach Paul Sacco said.
St. Joseph kept its poise, battled back, and even held a 20-19 lead at halftime. The Wildcats lost to the Spartans by a 31-28 score, but Sacco saw positives in his team's resilience on the road against a quality opponent in a big-game atmosphere.
"Our goal is always the same: keep getting better," Sacco said. "This game will help us."
Air Chargers. Timber Creek put up some remarkable passing numbers in a 50-41 loss to Eastern on Friday night.
Senior quarterback Dan Williams set the South Jersey record for passing yards in a single game with 488. Williams was 20 for 32 passing with four touchdowns. The old record was 471 yards, set in 2002 by Audubon's Joe Flacco.
Senior wide receiver Adonis Jennings caught 10 passes for 288 yards on Friday night. That was the second-highest single-game total in South Jersey history behind the 290 put up by Holy Cross's Issac Irby in 1999.
Unlikely quarterback. Cinnaminson senior Brad Hawthorne stepped in at quarterback because of an injury to starter Nick Thevanayagam and led the Pirates to a 19-13 win over then-No. 19 Northern Burlington on Friday.
Hawthorne, normally a running back, ran 36 times for 178 yards. Cinnaminson (1-1) bounced back from a loss to Ewing on opening night.
"The kids played well," Cinnaminson coach Mario Patrizi said.
This and that. Penn State and Temple coaches were in attendance at the Eastern-Timber Creek game. They saw Eastern senior quarterback Tom Flacco, Joe's brother, put up these numbers: 14 for 24 passing for 301 yards and four touchdowns with 13 rushes for 83 yards and another touchdown. Eastern senior wide receiver Keshawn Segers caught nine passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns.
Wildwood was inches from canceling the season a couple of weeks ago. On Friday, Jose Valentin ran for 174 yards and three touchdowns in a 20-16 win over Riverside. . . . Woodstown (2-0) has outscored opponents by 83-16. The Woodies' senior running back, Semaj Thomas, has 161 yards on just eight carries (20.1-yard average) and five touchdowns. . . . St. Augustine Prep is 2-0, and junior running back Lamont Harris has 374 rushing yards. . . . Pennsauken sophomore Marquan Jones ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-7 win over Cherry Hill East Saturday. . . . Absegami senior running back David Hood, a Temple recruit, went for 211 yards and two touchdowns in a 26-7 win over Middle Township.
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