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November 30, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
All game, Paulsboro threw the football. De'Shaun Burgess had other ideas in overtime. "I even got into a little argument with Coach [Glenn] Howard," Burgess said. "I wanted to run the football. " Burgess carried the ball three straight times for 25 yards in overtime, scoring a 3-yard touchdown to lift Paulsboro to a 36-33 victory over West Deptford in a wild game between annual Thanksgiving-week rivals. "The whole game, we had been passing," Burgess said. "In overtime, I said, 'Let's run the ball.' " The dramatic victory on a frigid Friday night in front of a large crowd at West Deptford improved Paulsboro to 9-2 and sent the Red Raiders into the South Jersey Group 1 title game with a big boost of confidence and momentum.
NEWS
November 23, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Frank DeLano said he gives the same preseason speech as every other coach. "Every coach stands up there and says, 'This is our year,' " DeLano said. DeLano made that mission statement to his Haddonfield football team this past summer. His senior quarterback went back a little further than that. "I remember talking about this in the backyard when we were six years old," Mike Alberto said after helping Haddonfield to a 38-7 victory at Buena in the semifinals of the South Jersey Group 2 tournament on a frigid Friday night.
NEWS
November 23, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
West Deptford's special-teams unit had already done most of the work. All Kevin DeCeasar needed to do was make up the last three yards. DeCeasar came through and ran in a 3-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter, and fifth-seeded West Deptford held on for a 7-0 victory over visiting No. 8 Collingswood in a South Jersey Group 3 football semifinal Friday night. Three plays earlier, Nick Diaco blocked a punt and Mike Keller returned it 25 yards to the 3. Matt Novak grabbed a fourth-quarter interception to seal the victory.
SPORTS
November 21, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Here's a closer look at seven South Jersey football games on Friday night, with predictions. All games are scheduled to kick off at 7 o'clock. Haddonfield (9-0) at Buena (10-0), South Jersey Group 2 semifinal. The second-seeded Chiefs will be the fourth undefeated team that third-seeded Haddonfield has met in its last five playoff games. The Bulldogs beat the other three en route to the sectional title in 2013. Buena has been one of the surprise teams of the season. The Chiefs have been led by junior running backs Quadir Albright and Sam Crouch, who have combined for 29 touchdowns.
SPORTS
November 17, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Collingswood coach Jack McConnell knew his team was the No. 8 seed. He knew Camden was the No. 1 seed. He also knew this was a special season in South Jersey Group 2. "That's one of the things we told the kids, that this wasn't a typical 8 vs. 1," McConnell said. "South Jersey 2 this year, the whole group had seven losses. We were the 8 and they were the 1, but this wasn't a typical year. " The first game of the 2014 postseason was the shocker of the 2014 postseason, as Collingswood stunned Camden, 18-7, in an opening-round clash that started at 6 p.m. Friday.
NEWS
November 16, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kevin DeCaesar kept seeing the same thing, play after play: room to run. "Every time I got the ball, there was a hole for me to run through," DeCaesar said after leading West Deptford to a 45-16 victory over Glassboro on Friday night in the first round of the South Jersey Group 2 football tournament. DeCaesar, a senior fullback, carried the ball 26 times for 246 yards and a career-high five touchdowns as the fifth-seeded Eagles improved to 8-1 and advanced to face surprising Collingswood in the second round.
NEWS
November 16, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
Some losses linger longer than others, but they also can lead to wins and even championships. That was certainly the case with the Cinnaminson boys' soccer team. The Pirates (18-4-2) soothed a two-year ache with Thursday's 4-0 win over Audubon in the South Jersey Group 2 final. Two years ago, the Pirates advanced to that same sectional final and ended up losing in penalty kicks to visiting West Deptford, after the teams played to a 2-2 draw through 100 minutes of regulation and overtime.
SPORTS
November 13, 2014 | By Avery Maehrer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Woodstown entered Wednesday's NJSIAA Group 1 semifinals matchup against Collingswood with a five-game winning streak. Rachel Galante, Dominique Hunt, and Molly O'Neill helped break it. The three Collingswood players each scored a goal, leading their team to a 3-0 win at Robbinsville. Collingswood will face Shore Regional in the state final at Bordentown on Saturday at 6 p.m.   State Group 2 Semifinals For the second straight season, West Deptford came one game short of the state final, falling 2-1 to Rumson-Fair Haven at Eastern.
SPORTS
November 11, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tony Barchuk remembers the thrilling victories and agonizing defeats. But when the veteran Kingsway coach recalls the defining moments of his career, he focuses on the relationships. "That's what it's all about," said Barchuk, who will lead his team into the South Jersey Group 4 playoffs on Friday night with a career record of 199-149-5 in 36 seasons at the Gloucester County school. Kingsway (5-3), the No. 4 seed, will host fifth-seeded Clearview (4-4) in the first round of the tournament.
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