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High School Football Regional Championship Games at SHI Stadium – Day 2

South/Central Group 3 Regional Championship

Woodrow Wilson (12) vs. Wall (7)- Playing the first game on a frigid Sunday morning, it was Woodrow Wilson that struck first with three minutes and twenty-five seconds remaining in the first quarter with quarterback Devon Kargman throwing a 16-yard touchdown pass to Malik Harvey. The PAT attempt was no good leaving the score at 6-0.

Seven seconds into the second quarter, Wall responded on a 31-yard scoring pass from quarterback Logan Peters to Matt Dolive as the Crimson Knights regained the advantage at 7-6. That score would hold up until the fourth quarter as a defensive battle ensued.

Starting out at the Wall 32-yard line, the Tigers offense managed to advance the ball deep inside the red zone where Kargman plowed ahead for a one-yard score with less than eight minutes to go. Once again the PAT was no good leaving the score at 12-7. Wall had one last opportunity to not only take the lead but also keep their hopes of an undefeated season but Harvey dashed those dreams recovering a fumble with a little over a minute left to go. Kargman completed 22 of 32 passes for 221 yards while Harvey caught 8 passes for 71 yards. Muheem McCargo rushed for 62 yards on 18 carries.The Tigers defense sacked Peters six times.

Head Coach Preston Brown on the win, “We turned the ball over, very uncharacteristic of us and 12 points not what we’re used to but I’ll take the win at all times. I told our defense that defense wins championships. Fadill Diggs, Muheem McCargo and Malik Harvey are some of the best players around. We call Muheem the McCargo Express and said we are going to ride you all the way down and stamp your legacy.”

“We knew that it was going to be a tough competitive games, we had a good game plan and proves we are one of the best programs in the state of New Jersey and a tremendous effort.”

South/Central Group 2 Regional Championship

Hillside (25) vs. Cedar Creek (3)- A low scoring contest in the first half with the only points coming off the leg of Cedar Creek placekicker Taylor Manning booting home a 22-yard field goal in the first quarter.

In the third quarter, Cedar Creek gambled going for it on 4th and 1 from their own 10 but quarterback Louie Barrios was stopped short of the first down marker. On 3rd and 10 at the six-yard line, Comets quarterback Nahree Biggins threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Fatir Bell with less than seven minutes left but PAT attempt was no good.

After the Hillside defense forced a quick three and out, the running game took over with running back James Louis finishing off the drive with a five-yard score with just about a minute and half to go. The conversion pass failed leaving the score at 12-3. Louis was not finished scoring, barreling ahead for a 11-yard tally with seven minutes left in the fourth quarterback.

Jahon Moore sealed the victory with a seven-yard burst two minutes later as the Comets completed an undefeated season at 12-0. Hillside had a lopsided margin in total yards, outgaining the Pirates 444-196 with 271 rushing yards. Louis had 112 yards on 15 carries while Biggins rushed 14 times for 108 yards and completed 16 of 18 passes for 173 yards.

James Louis on the victory, “Something we worked for, had a 9-3 record in 2017, last year 11-1 and this year (12-0) feels good. It’s great to have two touchdowns here and love that. Me and Jahon love sharing the ball and carry it the whole game and we did it.”

Non-Public Group 2 Final

Holy Spirit (38) vs. St. Joseph (Hammonton) (0)- The Holy Spirit defense came up with the first big play of the game as Ahmad Brown recorded a safety in the first quarter. Nine seconds into the second quarter Spartans quarterback Trevor Cohen threw a 16-yard pass to Elijah Steward. Capping off an impressive first half running back Patrick Smith scored on a three-yard run as Holy Spirit led 16-0 at halftime.

The Spartans put the game away good in the third quarter scoring two more times with CJ Egrie recovering a blocked punt in the end zone with less than 11 minutes remaining. Elijah Gray made it a 32-0 margin with about four minutes to go scoring on a 12-yard run. Holy Spirit’s defense harassed Wildcats quarterback Jayden Shertel all game long sacking him seven times while holding leading rusher Jada Byers to 35 yards. Gray led a Spartans rushing attack gaining 106 yards on 19 carries. Holy Spirit thoroughly dominated in total yards 349 to 47.

Patrick Smith on the win, “Today was all for Coach Walsh and said it all week. The first day I came in when I transferred we knew that this was a special group. Despite our record early on we knew that we were going to go all the way. We were practicing hard all week, making sure where we had o be and it showed. The offensive line did a great job and stressing in practice where to block and holes opened up.”

“Elijah is a leader and I just try to follow in his footsteps right behind him. The days I stepped on campus he said we’re going to win it together.”

South/Central Group 1 Regional Championship

Willingboro (50) vs. Penns Grove (14)- The first half turned out to be an aerial show with Willingboro quarterback Au-Shaun Davis finding favorite targets in Chris Long and Demie Suto. The Chimeras jumped out to a 16-6 advantage with less than 10 minutes left in the second quarter.

However, Penns Grove Jamar Johnson provided a highlight reel moment returning a kickoff 93 yards to the house combined with a two-point conversion run from Nasir Robinson trimmed the Chimeras advantage to 16-14 at the eight-minute mark. Just about three minutes later Davis launched a 61-yard strike to Long. Willingboro kept pouring it on with Davis airing out a 49-yard touchdown pass to Sumo.

With the clock about to hit zero, Davis finished a spectacular first half throwing a 26-yard scoring pass to Chance Bennett as the Chimeras led 36-14 going into the locker room. Davis completed 14 of 19 passes for 305 yards and five touchdowns. The second half would be no different with Long and Sumo each tallying a score. Long caught seven passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns. On the ground, Zaire ran for 124 yards on 18 carries.

Defensively, the Chimeras shut down a potent Red Devils offense that had scored 141 yards in three playoff games to 14 points and 196 yards and ending Penns Grove 25-game undefeated winning streak.

Au-Shaun Davis on the victory, “We just kept pushing and pushing and did a great job keeping our foot on the gas pedal. We spread the ball around with a lot of crossing routes. A good week of practice, real intense and this is the outcome. I’m not the reason, the wide receivers, lineman and defense are great. It’s just a straight up brotherhood, we all have love for each other and playing with each other for seven plus years and that bond ain’t going nowhere.”

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Sunil Sunder Raj

Since July of 2014 Sunil Sunder Raj has been with In The Zone. Sunil has experience covering minor league baseball, high school and college sports. A beat writer for the Rockland Boulders for six years, Ramapo College men’s basketball for four years, NJIT men’s basketball and Seton Hall women’s basketball. Now focusing on feature articles about athletes, coaches and sports media professionals. A graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism.
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