November 20, 2015 |
Kingsway and Hammonton will move up to the powerful American Division in the projected alignments for 2016 and 2017 in the revamped West Jersey Football League. Kingsway, which was a Group 1 team when Tony Barchuk took over as coach in 1979, was classified as a Group 5 program this season and will face perennial large-school powers such as Cherokee, Shawnee, Williamstown, and Washington Township in the newly formed American Division. Hammonton, which moved to the WJFL from the Cape-Atlantic League in 2014, will join perennial power Shawnee as Group 4 programs in the WJFL's big division in the projected alignment.
November 16, 2015 |
The lifelong resident and former city councilman was only slightly exaggerating in describing Camden's love for the indoor sport with the orange ball. "There are three religions in Camden," the man said. "Christianity, Islam, and basketball. "Basketball is No. 1. " On a brisk, breezy Friday night in Farnham Park, Camden looked like a football town. That's how many people gathered at the lit-up corner of Park Boulevard and Vespers Boulevard. That's how much excitement was in the air when Camden and Woodrow Wilson took the refurbished field for the first-round game of the South Jersey Group 3 tournament.
November 8, 2015 |
It was only a matter of time. Bishop Eustace Prep played sturdy defense and controlled the football and the clock with a burly offensive line and some hard work by its running backs. The Crusaders hung tough with undefeated Camden Catholic through three quarters of a West Jersey Football League Royal Division game Friday night. But eventually, Camden Catholic's big-play athletes tend to seize the spotlight. That's what happened on a warm, damp night at Shamrock Field, as senior quarterback Tyree Rodgers fueled a fourth-quarter surge that lifted Camden Catholic to a 35-0 victory over Bishop Eustace.
November 7, 2015 |
This weekend is the cutoff for the state tournaments in football. The top eight teams in each group make the playoffs, based on their power points from their top seven games. Here's a closer look at the races in Central Jersey and the Non-Public schools: Central Jersey Group 1 Palmyra (6-1, 84) will snare a top three seed with a win over New Egypt (4-3, 54) on Friday. Florence (5-3, 77) has secured a mid-level seed and Burlington City (2-5, 46) has an outside shot at the No. 8 seed with a victory over South Jersey Group 1 Maple Shade (3-5)
November 3, 2015 |
St. Augustine Prep vs. Paul VI in the first round of the Non-Public 4 state tournament? Camden Catholic vs. Bishop Eustace in the first round of Non-Public 3? St. Joseph vs. Holy Spirit or Holy Cross in the first round of Non-Public 2? It would be like a mini-version of a South Jersey non-public football showcase, if things play out a certain way in the final week of action before the start of the state tournaments. A lot can happen this weekend, both directly, in terms of results on the field, and indirectly, in terms of residual points that always seem to play a huge role in tournament seeding.
October 24, 2015 |
Camden at Bishop Eustace: The visiting Panthers have a top all-purpose player in Demian Thomas, who threw two touchdown passes as an emergency quarterback in Saturday's victory over Glassboro. Pick: Camden, 20-10. Millville at Bridgeton: The host Bulldogs have won three in a row and have one of the state's top athletes in junior wide receiver Markquese Bell, a 6-foot-10 high jumper who has offers from Michigan, Maryland, Boston College, Rutgers and Temple. Pick: Millville, 24-22.
October 11, 2015 |
The game ended with Jamal Parker running the wrong way. But this was a night when Camden Catholic took a huge step in the right direction. Parker ran out the clock and took an intentional safety on the game's final play as Camden Catholic stunned Camden, 21-16, in a West Jersey Football League Royal Division clash of top 10 teams on a wet and warm Friday night. Parker, an all-purpose senior, and junior two-way back Nazir Streater led the way for Camden Catholic (5-0, 3-0 WJFL Royal Division)
October 10, 2015 |
Demian Thomas has been happy to play multiple positions for the Camden football team over the course of his career. But he always had his eye on his favorite. Thomas has been a fullback, tight end, and emergency quarterback. He has worked at linebacker, safety, and stand-up end. He has returned kicks and he has covered them. Now a senior for the No. 4 team in the Inquirer Top 25, Thomas has returned to his roots: He's the team's featured running back. "It's like going back to eighth-grade year," Thomas said.
September 27, 2015 |
It was a high school football version of a mike drop. Camden Catholic wide receiver Anthony Richardson made the play of the game Thursday night - then abruptly left the facility. Temporarily, anyway. Richardson made a nifty running catch for a key fourth-quarter touchdown in the back of the end zone. His momentum carried him through a gate in the corner of Shamrock Field. "I tried to jump the gate but I got a cramp," Richardson said after leading Camden Catholic to a 31-12 victory over Woodrow Wilson in a West Jersey Football League Royal Division game.
September 26, 2015 |
Anthony Richardson caught two touchdown passes in the second half to power Camden Catholic to a 31-12 victory over Woodrow Wilson in a West Jersey Football League Royal Division game on Thursday night. Richardson, a 5-foot-10, 150-pound senior, caught scoring passes of 49 and 25 yards from senior quarterback Tyree Rodgers as Camden Catholic rallied from a 12-10 halftime deficit. "We needed this," Richardson said after Camden Catholic, the No. 9 team in The Inquirer Top 25, improved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the division.