December 9, 2014 |
It was the near-perfect ending to the perfect season. With an airtight defense and a dominating ground game, Haddonfield rolled to 27-0 victory over archrival West Deptford in the South Jersey Group 2 championship game Sunday at Rowan University. "We left no doubt," said Haddonfield senior tight end/defensive end Ty Klaus, who made big plays on both sides of the football. Haddonfield stamped an exclamation point on the first 12-0 season in program history with a dazzling display on a bright, brisk afternoon at Richard Wackar Stadium.
December 8, 2014 |
Dick Eastwick remembers his twin brother helping him with the plays. Bob Eastwick remembers his twin brother helping him in other ways. "It would be hot at practice, say in September," Bob Eastwick recalled. "They didn't let you drink water back then. You would be feeling sorry for yourself and I'd see my brother looking at me like, 'What the hell is the matter with you?' " Bob Eastwick would tough it out, thanks to his brother, Dick, thanks to legendary Haddonfield coach Russ Spicer and his assistants, and thanks to the sense of responsibility and camaraderie that swirled around that special football team.
December 7, 2014 |
Sometime on Sunday afternoon, if things go right, Mike Alberto might let his emotions get the best of him. The Haddonfield senior has spent the football season on the tightrope - walking the thin line between playing the game with fire and keeping his cool. "I'm the quarterback. I know I have to stay poised," Alberto said on the brink of his last game for the Bulldogs. Alberto has led Haddonfield to an 11-0 record and a spot in the South Jersey Group 2 title game against archrival West Deptford at noon Sunday at Rowan University.
December 6, 2014 |
Paulsboro threw 53 passes last Friday night. "We used to throw 50 to 60 passes all year," Paulsboro coach Glenn Howard said. "Now, we throw that many in one game. It's crazy. " The Red Raiders' remarkable reliance on the passing game in a 36-33 overtime victory over rival West Deptford on a cold, damp night did more than underscore their complete commitment to the no-huddle, spread offense. It also served as a showcase for junior quarterback Carlton Aiken. "He's the real thing," West Deptford coach Clyde Folsom said.
December 5, 2014 |
Luke Cornelius says his older brothers used to knock him around a little bit. "I guess that's what brothers do," Cornelius said. Ben and Josh Cornelius also set a standard for their kid brother and inspired him to make a name for himself with the West Deptford football team. "I wanted to do better than them," Cornelius said. The third of three brothers who have been mainstays for highly successful West Deptford teams in recent seasons, Luke Cornelius has made an impact as a senior on offense, defense, and special teams.
November 30, 2014 |
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.
November 23, 2014 |
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.
November 23, 2014 |
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.
November 21, 2014 |
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.
November 17, 2014 |
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.