Friday, December 9, 2011
West Deptford won a shootout, 42-28.
The Cedar Creek High School football team advanced to the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 2 final in just its second year as a program, but fell short to the defending champion Saturday afternoon at Rowan University. Check out Patch's photo gallery from the game, and come back on Sunday for even more photos. Did you take photos at the game? Add them to our gallery! Click on "upload photos and videos," above.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Final: Cherokee scores 34 to Absegami's 20.
A week after scoring six times, Zaire Williams found the end zone just once against Absegami High School. However, Cherokee High School showed that it has plenty of other players capable of scoring in a 34-20 win in a NJSIAA consolation round football game against the visiting Braves. Cherokee improved to 6-3 while Absegami is now 4-5 after dropping its second consecutive game. Williams, who rushed for more than 200 yards, opened the scoring with a 5-yard touchdown run. Absegami bounced back with a 2-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 7-7 after the first quarter. Braves sophomore quarterback Mike Dolan put Absegami ahead in the second quarter, 13-6, with a 4-yard run. It would be the last lead the Braves had all night. Cherokee reeled …
Saturday, November 5, 2011
The Braves have plenty to play for this season.
Former NFL coach Bill Parcells famously said you are what your record says you are. The Absegami High School football team seemingly has more talent than a .500 team, but the Braves are 4-4 after last night's 33-7 loss. It is clear that the Braves are in a position they don’t want to be in: they are better than the bad teams in the Cape-Atlantic League, but not as good as the top tier. That leaves the Braves out of the playoffs waiting to find out who their NJSIAA consolation game opponent will be. Not all is loss for Absegami, which is still a relatively young squad. The team won two of its past three games, and the roster is full of juniors and sophomores. "We are young. We have to grow as a team," Absegami coach Dennis Scuderi Jr. said…
Friday, November 4, 2011
Braves fall to 4-4 and out of playoff contention.
The Absegami High School football team just isn’t ready. The Braves weren’t ready to be a playoff team this season or beat a team like Hammonton on Friday night. Absegami turned in a lackluster performance in a game it desperately needed to win to have any chance of making the Group IV South playoffs. Hammonton exhibited why it is among the best teams in South Jersey with a 33-7 win at Robert Capoferri Field. The loss ends the Braves’ two-game winning streak, and gives them a 4-4 record. Hammonton improves to 7-1 and secures a No. 2 seed in the Group III South tournament. “We didn’t hit anyone, we were misaligned and we didn’t cover the things we went over all week,” Absegami coach Dennis Scuderi Jr. said. “It’s frustrating. At the end of …
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Braves have rebounded with two stellar performances.
Give Absegami High School defense some accolades. The much-maligned group took some lumps this season, especially after the Atlantic City and Millville losses. To their credit, the players and coaching staff didn't make any excuses. The defense simply didn't play good enough in those games, but have rebounded the last two weeks. The Braves have allowed seven points the last eight quarters, and Mainland didn't even crack the 100-yard mark in Absegami's 3-0 win on Friday night. The Mustangs didn't register a first down until 3:52 into the third quarter. "We are not getting this win without the defense," Absegami quarterback Mike Dolan said. Absegami's performance couldn't have come at a better time. The Braves needed wins to stay alive for …
Friday, October 28, 2011
Absegami stays in playoff hunt with 3-0 win.
Not even wild horses can pull the Absegami High School football team apart. A week ago the Braves won even after star quarterback Rashad Kinlaw went down with a season-ending injury early in the first quarter. This week it was the defense and kicker Nick Della Vecchia who took center stage, picking up a struggling offense. Absegami kept its playoff chances alive with a 3-0 win over the visiting Mainland Mustangs on Friday night in Galloway Township. Both teams needed the win to stay in playoff contention, but it was Absegami that improved to 4-3 with a matchup against Hammonton next Friday. Next week is the last game for teams to compile power points. Mainland drops to 3-4. “We had to come out and make a statement,” Absegami linebacker …
Friday, October 14, 2011
Braves couldn't slow down Bolts' high-powered offense.
A slow start, turnovers and poor tackling cost the Absegami High School football team a chance to get back into the playoff race. Millville used a balanced, but explosive offense en route to a 49-34 victory over the visiting Braves at John Barbose Stadium at Wheaton Field. The Thunderbolts improved to 5-0 while the Braves dropped to 2-3. Both teams are playing for a spot in the Group IV playoffs. “It was the little things,” said Absegami quarterback Rashad Kinlaw. "We will get over this,” Absegami’s David Hood said. Many figured the matchup would be a shootout, but the Thunderbolts had more firepower, at least on this night. The Thunderbolts feature All-South Jersey candidate Alquann Jones at running back, but the Millville offense proved …