December 10, 2013 |
Call it White Jersey Weekend. Call it a lesson in the value of perseverance, too. There were five South Jersey championship football games at Rowan and the lower-seeded, white-jersey-wearing team won all five - Cherokee in Group 5, Glassboro in Group 1, Haddonfield in Group 2, Delsea in Group 3, and Shawnee in Group 4. The first four were lopsided with the "visitors" winning by a combined score of 134-9. The last game was a near-classic, as sixth-seeded Shawnee beat top-seeded and two-time defending champion Timber Creek by 31-22 in the nightcap of a long day of football at Richard Wackar Stadium.
December 9, 2013 |
They were 3-3 after six games. They trailed by 24-0 at halftime of their second tournament game. But on Saturday night, Shawnee completed one of the most remarkable seasons in the history of the program with a 31-22 victory over Timber Creek in the South Jersey Group 4 championship game at Rowan University. Senior Anthony DiOrio ran for 140 yards, junior Jake Parola scored two touchdowns, and sophomore Mike Welsh fired a pair of TD passes for sixth-seeded Shawnee (9-3), the No. 6 team in The Inquirer's South Jersey rankings.
December 8, 2013 |
Donte Hardwick is the strong, silent type for the Timber Creek football team. Solomon Potter takes a different approach. "Ever since Little League I've always been a team leader, but I think it's because I've always been the loudest one," Potter said. Hardwick can confirm that. "He's loud," Hardwick said of his senior classmate and lineman along the defensive front for the Timber Creek football team. "We volleyball off him. " On a team with South Jersey's all-time leader in single-season passing yardage in quarterback Dan Williams and future Division I wide receivers in Adonis Jennings and Cameron Chambers, Hardwick and Potter are unsung heroes in both noisy and quiet ways.
December 1, 2013 |
Alex Padovani went to St. Joseph grammar school. Now he plays for Hammonton. Rocco Ordille went to Hammonton Middle School. Now he plays for St. Joseph. Those kinds of connections used to be typical for one of South Jersey's richest rivalries: the annual Thanksgiving weekend, crosstown football clash between Hammonton and St. Joseph. But times have changed and Saturday's 52d annual meeting at St. Joseph's Bill Bendig Memorial Field in the heart of Hammonton could be the final game between the teams for the foreseeable future.
November 26, 2013 |
Anthony DiOrio wasn't worried. Seriously. "I know it sounds hard to believe, but I never had a doubt we would come back," DiOrio, Shawnee's standout senior running back/linebacker, said of the Renegades' remarkable comeback victory over Toms River South in the second round of the South Jersey Group 4 tournament on Saturday. Down by 24-0 at halftime, Shawnee rallied for a 28-24 victory to advance to face Timber Creek in the South Jersey Group 4 title game Dec. 7 at Rowan University.
November 24, 2013 |
Dan Williams said that someday he will sit back and enjoy his place at the top of the state record book. "Maybe when I'm old and have kids," Williams said. For now, the Timber Creek senior quarterback insists he's more focused on team goals than individual accomplishments. So it was left for others to rave about Williams' performance in setting a state single-game record with 532 passing yards along with six touchdown passes in a 47-13 victory over Kingsway in the South Jersey Group 4 semifinals on Friday night.
November 23, 2013 |
Here's a closer look at five football games on Friday, all starting at 7 o'clock. No. 4 seed Kingsway (7-2) at No. 1 Timber Creek (8-1) in South Jersey Group 4 semifinals. This is a rematch of last year's sectional final, won by the Chargers, 57-27, at Rowan. Kingsway senior running back Ray Lawry is coming off a six-touchdown game in an opening-round win over Lacey Township. The Dragons also hope to get back senior running back Justin Morrison, who sat out last week with an ankle injury.
November 19, 2013 |
Ray Lawry doesn't run any faster in the playoffs. It just seems that way. "There's just way more intensity," Lawry, a senior running back at Kingsway, said of postseason play. "You know it's time to turn it up. " Lawry has become Kingsway's Mr. November. He scored six touchdowns Friday to lead the fourth-seeded Dragons to a 52-17 victory over fourth-seeded Lacey Township in the first round of the South Jersey Group 4 tournament. Lawry has scored 17 touchdowns in his last four playoff games.
November 6, 2013
In Sunday's story about the Coaches Association Tournament boys' soccer final between Washington Township and Timber Creek, the player who scored Timber Creek's goal was misidentified. Matt Wolf had the goal.
November 4, 2013 |
Like so many other sequences in the game, the play was something you'd expect to see on an ESPN highlight reel. Left of the goal, from 15 yards, Derek MacKinnon saw Lou Vilotti the whole way. MacKinnon poked the ball up and over three defenders. Vilotti was charging the net as the ball floated over his left shoulder. It was like a wide receiver being led by a long throw. Before the ball hit the ground in front of him, Vilotti, still charging, buried a shot with his left foot.