October 4, 2015 |
There are few things more demoralizing than going through a winless season, especially in a sport such as football. A team not only endures the losses, but often takes a physical pounding. Yet when things seem at their lowest, there is always a chance for a better day, which is what senior quarterback/defensive back Shareef Jefferies and his teammates at Salem have discovered. Jefferies was a varsity starter in the secondary as a freshman for a Salem team that went 0-10. This is a proud program that produced the likes of former NFL running backs Lydell Mitchell and A.B. Brown.
April 18, 2015 |
Kemp Carr believes Winslow Township can be one of the best football programs in South Jersey. "It's time to wake the sleeping giant," said Carr, who has been hired as Winslow Township's new coach. Carr turned Penns Grove into a South Jersey small-school power during 10 seasons as the Red Devils' head coach. His 2012 team went 12-0, won the South Jersey Group 1 title and set a state record for points with 621 (a per-game average of 51.7). Carr hopes to create the same kind of success at Winslow Township, which is a Group 3 program in football.
December 15, 2014 |
Glenn Howard entered the football season with a 246-51 record in 27 seasons as the head coach at Paulsboro High School. His teams had won 11 sectional titles and fashioned two of the three longest winning streaks in South Jersey history - the still-unfathomable, 63-game run that ended in 1998 and a separate, 37-gamer that ended in 2003. The coach was a first-ballot, inner-sanctum Hall of Famer even if he never won another game. But Howard wasn't concerned about himself or his legacy as he pondered the state of his program after the 2013 season ended with three consecutive losses, including a 12-8 setback to eventual champion Glassboro in the first round of the South Jersey Group 1 tournament.
November 16, 2014 |
Salem junior receiver/linebacker Daiquan Blake deserves some points for honesty. He gets even more for the actual points he created as the Rams scored 22 unanswered in the fourth quarter to defeat Penns Grove, 22-14, Saturday in a South Jersey Group 1 football quarterfinal. Before Blake and his teammates awoke, the fourth-seeded Rams had played a lackluster first three quarters. "It's the most lackadaisical we have been all season," said coach Dennis Thomas, a former Salem star who enjoyed a successful career at Rutgers.
September 27, 2014 |
Mike Maldonado isn't just a baseball star who has developed into an impact player on the football field. He also is a shining example of the value of second chances. "Sometimes I still can't believe it," Maldonado said of the winding route to his status as quarterback and team leader of an undefeated Glassboro team that looms as the favorite in the WJFL Diamond Division and a contender in what promises to be a loaded South Jersey Group 2 playoff field. Maldonado has helped Glassboro to a 2-0 start entering Friday night's clash with rival Schalick.
September 15, 2014 |
The Woodstown defense had just allowed a 1-yard touchdown run in overtime, but had little time to think about the play. Penns Grove, down a point, lined up for the two-point conversion and gave the ball to running back Zaire Robinson, who had scored on the previous play. This time, though, the Wolverines swarmed Robinson, and Woodstown edged Penns Grove on the road, 21-20, in a West Jersey Football League Diamond Division opener. Dillon Hill scored from 7 yards to put Woodstown ahead in the extra period.
September 12, 2014 |
Supported by two first-half goals, Penns Grove goalkeeper Justin Pharo had a solid afternoon Wednesday. The sophomore made four saves in a 2-0 shutout at Glassboro in a Tri-County Diamond boys' soccer game. Avery Killebrew and Alex Rivera scored. Tri-County Royal. Justin Fyfe scored twice in Williamstown's 7-0 rout at Triton. Justin Curtin, Dustin Dickson, Fred Durant, Ismail Kaya, and Dan Musilli each netted a goal. Nonleague. Matt Miller collected two goals and an assist in Clayton's 7-1 win over visiting Woodrow Wilson.
June 2, 2014 |
Oakcrest's Ishmael Muhammad earned more than a state championship when he won the Group 3 boys' 800 meters Saturday at the state track and field meet at South Plainfield. Muhammad's time of 1 minute, 50.65 seconds set a meet record for the group. The previous mark, 1:51.02, was set last year by Kingsway's Darrell Manhertz. The time was also the best in the state this year and the sixth best in the nation. In other Group 3 action, Louis Corgliano, of Hammonton, completed the boys' 3,200 in 9:13.32, nearly four seconds ahead of the next finisher.
June 1, 2014 |
Penns Grove's Faleesha Dowe flew through the 400-meter dash in 54.75 seconds to win the Group 1 girls' title and set a meet record Friday at the state track and field championships at South Plainfield. The previous Group 1 mark of 54.94 was set by Tiffany Weatherford of Science Park in Newark. The record had stood since 1990. The Penns Grove girls got another first-place finish when Courtney Smith took the 400 hurdles in 1 minute, 1.40 seconds. In Group 1 boys' action, the Haddon Township 4x800 team broke its own meet record with a time of 8:09.13, topping last year's mark of 8:12.
May 25, 2014 |
First, Bill Dolan of Clearview was chasing Luke Wiley of Williamstown. Then, Dolan was chasing Noah Culbreath of Kingsway. "I felt like I spent the whole race chasing people," Dolan said. In the end, everybody was chasing Dolan. A Notre Dame recruit, Dolan set a meet record in winning the 1,600 meters in 4 minutes, 12.43 seconds at the South Jersey Group 4 track and field championships Friday at Egg Harbor Township. "No way did I think that was happening," Dolan said of his time.