St Joe Mater Dei Championship Football

St Joseph High School senior Qwahsin Townsel races ahead of Mater Dei defenders during the state Non-Public II championship game Sunday at Rowan University in Glassboro. Below, the victorious Wildcats celebrate with their prize. Townsel rushed for 232 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Wildcats amass more than 400 yards on the ground. Bottom, Wildcats fans fill the their side of the bleachers. Video highlights, a SEEN gallery and a gallery of game photos are attached to the game story at

Dale Gerhard / Staff Photographer

Athlete of the Week: Qwahsin Townsel, senior, St. Joseph High School

Each week, the Current will select an athlete of the week based on competition involving high schools, youth or adult sports and recreation.

Townsel, an Egg Harbor Township resident, ended his high school football career with a huge game, helping the Wildcats beat Mater Dei 30-14 to win the state Non-Public II title Dec. 3 at Rowan University. Townsel carried 32 times for 232 yards and two touchdowns despite having injured his hamstring near the end of the first quarter. The victory gave St. Joe its first 12-0 season and its 19th championship since the state Non-Public playoffs began in 1993. Townsel, who played one season at Holy Spirit before transferring to St. Joe-Hammonton, rushed for 1,606 yards and 30 touchdowns this season. He has NCAA Division I scholarship offers from Fordham, Sacred Heart and Villanova.

We welcome suggestions for this honor. Just send the name of your "nominee" along with pertinent information and a picture, if possible, to by Monday of the week of publication.

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