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Thanksgiving Week football rivalry records

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, November 25, 2014 12:15 pm

tgivingspirit Bill LeConey/Holy Spirit players celebrate with the Boyd-Marczyk Trophy, awarded to the winner of the Atlantic City-Holy Spirit Thanksgiving Day game, one of the oldest rivalries in New Jersey. Here's a capsule look at the Thanksgiving weekend high school football matchups, old and new. Some results reflected took place at other times during the season than Thanksgiving week.

Games played before 1918, when high school sports became organized in New Jersey, are not included in the series records.

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High school pigskin the right appetizer for Turkey Day feast

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, November 25, 2014 11:55 am

tgivingfootballart Wikipedia/Thanksgiving postcard circa 1900 showing a turkey and football player. It’s not true that the Pilgrims and Indians played a lively game of touch football just before the original Thanksgiving buffet. But somewhere, somehow, football became entwined with the traditions of Thanksgiving Day in America.

Football games on Thanksgiving are nearly as old as the game itself. The first Thanksgiving Day game took place in Philadelphia in 1869 between the Young America Cricket Club and the Germantown Cricket Club.

On the local front, the feast is preceded by a delicious appetizer that comes in the form of the traditional high school football game. We have plenty of them in this area: Atlantic City-Holy Spirit; Ocean City-Pleasantville; Absegami-Oakcrest; and Egg Harbor Township-Mainland Regional.

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EHT Jayvee Eagles win Cape Atlantic title

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Written by Staff Report Sunday, November 23, 2014 03:38 pm

ehtjayvee1 Submitted/EHT jayvee QB Ray Weed hands off to Chris Decker during the Championship Game. The Egg Harbor Township Youth Organization jayvee Eagles won the Cape Atlantic League championship on Saturday, Nov. 15, in Upper Township.

The Eagles beat Hamilton Township 19-13 in the title game. EHT was led by two first half touchdown runs by Chris Decker to take a 19-6 lead in the fourth quarter.

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Solid effort not enough for Cedar Creek in season finale

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, November 22, 2014 11:08 pm

creek1 Bill LeConey/Cedar Creek senior Nate Pauls looks for tough running room against St. Augustine in Saturday's season finale. EGG HARBOR CITY – It was not the way the Cedar Creek High School Pirates hoped, or expected, to end their season - not by a long shot. But the way they played in defeat, and the dignity they showed afterwards, will carry them into the off-season and beyond.

The Pirates held their heads high after a 21-13 loss to rival St. Augustine Prep Saturday in the season finale for both teams.

“I’m not as upset as with our (earlier) losses this year because I know we fought to the end,” said senior Nate Pauls. “That’s something to hang our hats on. Everybody gave it all that they had. There’s nothing to be down about.”

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Holy Spirit stuns Holy Cross to reach fifth straight title game

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, November 22, 2014 12:10 pm

spirit1 Bill LeConey/Holy Spirit sophomore fullback Glen Cortese celebrates the Spartans' upset of Holy Cross on Friday night. DELRAN – Friday night’s Non-Public II semifinal between parochial powers Holy Spirit and Holy Cross had everything you need for a classic high school football game: high stakes drama on a frigid, mid-November night; big plays and dizzying momentum shifts; and finally a huge upset victory by the underdog.

All it needed was a Phil Rizzuto exclamation point: Holy cow!

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Holy Spirit to face top seed Holy Cross in N-P II semifinal

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, November 19, 2014 05:49 pm

spirit1 Matt Strabuk/Oakcrest linebacker Kyle Miller tackles Holy Spirit quarterback Andrew Light in a CAL National game on Nov. 7. The Holy Spirit High School Spartans are trying to salvage a less-than-stellar season with a long run in the state Non-Public Group II playoff tournament.

That challenge began well for the Spartans on Saturday, Nov. 15 when they beat favored Montclair Kimberley on the road, 42-21, in an NP II quarterfinal contest.

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The Top 40 option for high school football playoffs

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, November 19, 2014 05:38 pm

Matt Strabuk/Holy Spirit’s Nick Cordivari tries to elude Oakcrest would-be tacklers in a Nov. 7 game. Matt Strabuk/Holy Spirit’s Nick Cordivari tries to elude Oakcrest would-be tacklers in a Nov. 7 game. Every year there are complaints about the NJSIAA football playoffs.

When they started back in the mid-1970s, the top four teams in each group with a positive win record qualified for the playoffs.

Along the way, the NJSIAA created a mathematical power rating.

In 1998, the NJSIAA started allowing eight qualifiers in each group. During the past few years, the NJSIAA dropped the requirement of a .500 record and created a fifth group for public schools.

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Cedar Creek-St. Augustine game moved up to this Saturday

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, November 19, 2014 05:20 pm

creek1 Bill LeConey/Cedar Creek junior Ahmir Mitchell runs with the ball earlier this season against Oakcrest. How anxious are the Cedar Creek High School Pirates to play a meaningful football game? So anxious that they moved the season finale against St. Augustine Prep up by a week.

The game, originally scheduled for Nov. 29, will now be played at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22 in Egg Harbor City.

It's got to be a tough playoff season to stomach for the Pirates and coach Tim Watson. The Pirates were 6-2 at the NJSIAA playoff eligibility deadline but missed the eighth seed in the tough South Jersey Group II field by mere points.

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EHT Peewee Eagles capture second straight title

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, November 18, 2014 04:59 pm

peewee Jen Arthur/EHT’s William Clossey tries to avoid a tackle by Upper Township’s Ty Mercado. On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Egg Harbor Township Youth Organization Cape Peewee Eagles won their second straight Championship in the Cape Atlantic Junior Football League, beating Upper Township 20-6 in Marmora.

The team was led by head coach Mike Price, who stated: “The kids’ dedication, hard work, and great coaching by all of their coaches led the team to win the championship.”

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Absegami looks to end season on positive note

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Written by Bill LeConey Tuesday, November 18, 2014 04:43 pm

Bill LeConey/Absegami’s Ibn Wilkerson, left, Tyler Welch and Vinnie Nelson pose for a picture after their win over Pennsauken. Bill LeConey/Absegami’s Ibn Wilkerson, left, Tyler Welch and Vinnie Nelson pose for a picture after their win over Pennsauken. GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP - It may have been a consolation game, but the Absegami Braves played like their season was on the line in a 21-7 win over Pennsauken on Thursday, Nov. 13.

And, in a sense, it was on the line for seniors such as quarterback Tyler Welch playing in their last home game for the Braves on a cold, damp, dreary night.

"We just wanted to get our seniors a win," said junior running back/defensive back Ibn Wilkerson, who made big plays on both sides of the ball in the South Jersey Group IV consolation game for two teams that didn't make the NJSIAA playoffs.

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Oakcrest plowed under by Central in playoff opener

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Written by Bill LeConey Saturday, November 15, 2014 12:01 pm

oakplayoff1 Bill LeConey/Oakcrest coach Chuck Smith talks to his team after its playoff loss to Central Regional. TOMS RIVER - The young Oakcrest Falcons never got a grip on Mike Bickford – and they never quite got a handle on their first playoff experience.

Oakcrest, making its first playoff appearance in four years and only the fourth in the 57-year history of the school, lost to Central Regional, 28-14, in a chilly South Jersey Group III quarterfinal game Friday night. The game was played at Toms River High School East because Central’s home field in Bayville is under renovation.

Too many mistakes - critical penalties, bad snaps, and one very costly turnover - doomed the fifth-seeded Falcons (5-4).

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Oakcrest Falcons look to make most of rare playoff opportunity

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, November 13, 2014 12:09 am

oakplayoff1 Bill LeConey/Oakcrest quarterback Kendall Elliott escapes from pressure in a game against Cedar Creek earlier this season. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – It hasn’t happened very often, in fact only four times in the 57-year history of Oakcrest High School. The Falcons are in the state playoffs – and they plan to stick around for awhile.

Sixth-seeded Oakcrest (5-3) will face No. 3 Central Regional in the first round of the South Jersey Group III tournament on Friday (7 p.m.) at Toms River High School East. The game will be played in TomsRiver because Central’s home field is being renovated with an artificial turf surface.

“As long as we execute our assignments and everything we can do, we’ll be fine,” said Oakcrest’s talented sophomore quarterback Kendall Elliott, who has thrown for 11 touchdowns and rushed for nine more. “No turnovers, and we’ll come out with that W.”

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AC Vikings rise to another playoff challenge

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, November 12, 2014 03:57 pm

ACfootball1 Mike Schultz/Atlantic City's Jamir Prevard is flushed from the pocket and forced to run against Absegami on Nov. 7. The result of the run was a touchdown as time expired in the first half. The rushing touchdown gave the Vikings an 18-3 lead at halftime. Prevard has thrown for 10 touchdowns and rushed for eight more this season. ATLANTIC CITY - Another year, another first-round playoff test on the road against a higher-seeded opponent. This time, the Atlantic City High School Vikings are looking to cross that fine line between exhilarating victory and devastating defeat.

The always-dangerous Vikings are the sixth seed in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group V playoff tournament. They will travel to Williamstown High School on Friday, Nov. 14, to play the third-seeded Braves. Kickoff is 7 p.m. in Williamstown.

Last year, the Vikings almost knocked off top seed Eastern in the first round, as quarterback Jamir Prevard was stopped on the 4-yard-line with seconds to play. Prevard, now a junior and one of the most dynamic playmakers in South Jersey, remembers it well.

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After missing playoffs, EHT Eagles refocus on strong finish

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, November 12, 2014 01:45 pm

ehtfootball Bill LeConey/Egg Harbor Township coach Kevin Stetser addresses his team after last Friday’s 42-35 loss to Millville. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The Egg Harbor Township High School football team's turnaround season has hit a rough patch of late.

But despite a loss to Millville on Friday, Nov. 7 that derailed the Eagles’ NJSIAA South Jersey Group V playoff hopes, the program has clearly taken a turn toward a brighter future.

“We have great kids,” said first-year coach Kevin Stetser after the 42-35 loss to Millville, the Eagles’ fourth loss in five games after a 3-0 start. “I’m very proud of this group of kids. We had a lot of things to fix this year. There’s no doubt we’re headed in the right direction.”

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