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Stunning comeback highlights our Week 3 South Jersey HS football rankings

/ by Chris Melchiorre
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Instant classics are slowly trickling in.

The final game of this weekend proved to be something of a grand finale of Week 3: Winslow erased a double-digit fourth quarter deficit to stun higher-ranked Woodrow Wilson on Saturday night. That’s no easy task against one of the most electric offenses in New Jersey. 

It’s an early contender for regular-season game of the year, while most of the rest of the top-10 felt like business as usual. Burlington Township saw its contest with Highland cancelled because of a COVID-19 issue with Highland. That’s a bit of sobering reminder of the actual reality we’re all living in — something this high school football season has done a great job of distracting us from to this point. It’s been a fun season. It still just feels good to be back. And it’s just getting started. 

Check our updated NBC Sports Philadelphia South Jersey High School Power Rankings every Sunday morning to see how it plays out throughout the season. Rankings from last week are in parentheses.

1. St. Augustine 2-1 (1)

The gauntlet hasn’t felt like much of a gauntlet yet. Classic South Jersey powers appear up and down St. Augustine’s schedule. This week it was Williamstown. And the Hermits brushed the Braves aside by a score of 28-0. The game, though, was worth watching just for running back Kyle Udoh’s monster performance. He rushed for 242 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries. 

 

2. Holy Spirit 2-1 (2)

Holy Spirit eased past a talented Camden team on Friday night by a score of 34-8. Quarterback Trevor Cohen connected with receiver Elijah Steward for two touchdown passes in the win. The Spartans won’t see the field again until a Sept. 24 meeting with Pleasantville. 

3. Millville 3-0 (3)

Millville continued to showcase why it just might be South Jersey’s most fun team to watch this season. The Thunderbolts topped Shawnee 49-39 on Friday night. On a team filled with stud athletes, it was LeQuint Allen’s turn to steal the spotlight. The senior Syracuse recruit carried the ball 35 times for a whopping 304 yards and five touchdowns. He has more than 500 yards rushing through three games. 

4. St. Joseph 2-1 (4)

It was the perfect way to silence a hot team: Jump out to a 21-0 lead. That’s what St. Joseph did Friday night in a 38-21 win over a Cherokee team coming off an opening-night trouncing of Lenape. Senior running back Cohl Mercado scored twice in the game, giving him four touchdowns in the young season.

5. Shawnee 1-1 (9)

Shawnee lost a shootout with Millville on Friday night, but the Renegades' athleticism was on full display, and senior quarterback Matt Welsey again showed why he’s widely considered one of the most talented and poised veteran players in the state. He rushed for 48 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 226 yards and a score. 

6. Winslow 2-1 (10)

Winslow stole one on Saturday night over fellow top-10 team Woodrow Wilson. The Eagles were trailing by 10 points in the fourth quarter before quarterback Hamas Duran — and, really, everyone on the field for Winslow — delivered some late heroics. Duran threw three of his four touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, including the game-winner, a 28-yard connection to Trey Thorpe. 

7. Woodrow Wilson (1-1) (5) 

Wilson dropped a thriller to a deep, talented Winslow team, but that doesn’t mean the Tigers don’t have all of the pieces they need on both sides of the ball to win games like this in the future. Naz’sir Oglesby again rushed for more than 100 yards and has gained nearly 300 yards on the ground through two games.

8. Salem 2-0 (6)

After topping Gateway 35-0 on Saturday, Salem has outscored its previous two opponents by a combined score of 75-0 — not easy regardless of opponent. Quarterback Jahki Coates, who has plenty of ways to hurt an opponent, rushed for two touchdowns against Salem. 

9. Burlington Township 1-0 (7)

The Falcons' game with Highland was cancelled this weekend when Highland announced its team could not take the field because of a COVID-19 issue. The Falcons’ scramble for a replacement game came up empty-handed. The team will be back in action Sept. 17 against Shawnee.  

10. Cherokee 1-1 (8)

The Chiefs registered a tough loss to St. Joseph this weekend, but its young core continued to flash serious promise. Sophomore quarterback Ryan Bender connected with junior Brandon Boria for a 51-yard score in the second quarter. The two connected on a 45-yard score last week. Both players are off to a hot start. 

 

Check back every Sunday morning for NBC Sports Philadelphia's South Jersey High School Power Rankings. For more, check out our High School Football hub page. For comments or questions, or if you have a high school sports story that needs to be told, email Chris Melchiorre at cmelchiorre11@yahoo.com.