Saddled with a protracted dropping streak and a under-.500 file, the Burlington Township High School football crew on Friday started its postseason run with one of many greatest upsets within the Garden State.
The seventh-seeded Falcons scored 34 unanswered factors within the opening spherical of the South Jersey Group 3 Playoffs en path to a 34-7 win over second-seeded Ocean Township.
“We came into this game knowing we were going to be able to run the ball,” operating again Naquan Jones stated.
Burlington Township, who improved to 4-6, will journey to third-placed Hopewell Valley for a semifinal match subsequent Friday. The Falcons entered the postseason on a four-game dropping streak.
Baron Davis threw two first-half landing passes to David Schley and Jordan Barclay, whereas Naquan Jones had two dashing TDs to energy Burlington Township.
“The offensive line has really strengthened this year,” Jones stated. “We got here into this sport as a result of we knew we needed to dominate and we did. Great props to my O line. They actually dominated. It’s not simply me It’s my O-line that did the job for me.”
Ocean Township played without starting quarterback Tyler Douglas due to injury.
In another Group 3 action in South Jersey:
Delsea 48, Deptford 13
27 Eastside, 6 South Plainfield
Hopewell Valley 34, Matawan 21
South Jersey Group 5
Cherokee 45, Williamstown 14: Quarterback Ryan Bender had two rushing touchdowns and two passing TDs, both to Cameron Burti, to take the lead.
Williamstown’s Harold Hill had a touchdown on offense and an interception that was returned for a goal on defense to round out the Braves’ scoring.
Cherokee will travel to Kingsway in the second round of the South Jersey Group 5 Playoffs next week.
Royal Route 35, South 6: Quarterback Nate Maiers threw for four touchdowns and ran for a fifth score as the defending champion Dragons opened their defense in impressive fashion.
Maiers connected with Darrell Brown Jr. three times in the first quarter with TD passes of 7, 10, and 15 yards, and hit Benny Liles III with a 10-yard hit in the second quarter. Maiers added a 30-yard TD run in the third quarter.
Central Jersey Group 5
Lenape 40, Freehold Twp. 0: Zyaire Goffney-Fleming had 15 rushes for 144 yards and two points, adding a third point on a pass reception as the No. 1 dominated in their quarterfinal-round win.
Macon Lincoln added 57 yards and a score on the floor for Lenape, who improved to 5-5. Quarterback Jaelin Mims threw for three touchdowns to Goffney-Fleming, Javier Best and Ty Smith.
Atlantic City 32, Rancocast Valley 28: Sah’nye Degraffenreidt hit two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, including one for the decisive goal 47 seconds from time as the Vikings recorded their first postseason win in a decade.
Edison 10, Hillsborough 7
North Brunswick 45, Hunterdon Central 31
South Jersey Group 4
Hammonton 48, Hightstown 6: Lucas Goehringer and Kenny Smith each rushed for two touchdowns as the top seeded Blue Devils pushed effortlessly with a stunning home win.
Josh Camargo ran for a touchdown and Nakeem Powell pulled in a TD pass from Billy Way as Hammonton built a 31-0 lead in the first half.
Shawnee 42, Ocean City 7: Joe Papa threw two touchdown passes to Ethan Krauss in the first quarter and charged for a third in the second as the Renegades rolled out a big lead and sailed to a home win over the Raiders.
Papa completed 16 of 19 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns, adding 108 yards on 17 carries on the ground.
Krauss clinched seven catches for 110 yards, including TD grabs of 20 and 46 yards in the opening quarter.
49 Millville, 6 Lacey: Junior quarterback Jacob Zamot fired five touchdown passes as the second-placed Thunderbolts rolled to a home win in the opening round.
Zamot faced Lotzeir Brooks, Freddie Lavan III and Donte Smith as Millville took a 21-0 lead just 14 minutes into the game. He also had TD throws to Ta’Ron Haile and Smith, who were pinched around an 84-yard TD run by Naeem Sharp.
Central Jersey Group 4
Mainland 63, Moorestown 10
Long Branch 13, Pennsauken 6 (OT): Pennsauken bid farewell to the postseason with an overtime loss that ended the team’s eight-game unbeaten streak.
Smith finished the evening in 13 of 22 for 167 yards and 10 rushes for 56 yards, Alim Parks had 3 grabs for 80 yards and a score, Zaire Pilgrim grabbed 4 for 52 and a TD, and Justin Castillo came down in the endzone and had an interception on defense. Cedar Creek will visit No. 2 Camden in the semifinals next week.
47 Seneca, 33 Somerville: The top-seeded Golden Eagles overcame two early deficits to defeat Somerville and extend their unbeaten streak to nine.
Brayden Davis hit Kyle Stickel with a 26-yard touchdown pass to give Seneca his first lead of the game with 2:06 in the first half, and Zac Fearon’s pick-6 gave the Golden Eagles a 27-14 lead the break.
Seneca awaits Saturday’s Highland/Manasquan winner for a semi-final showdown next Friday night.
Camden 41, Nottingham 0
Central Jersey Group 2
Gloucester 14, West Deptford 0: Jake Zearfoss carried 36 times for 180 yards and a touchdown as Gloucester advanced in Central Jersey Group 2. Zearfoss capped the Lions’ opening run with a five-yard run. Jake Seibert added a 1-yard sneak in the third quarter.
Meanwhile, the Lions defended West Deptford for 100 yards of offense and seven first downs. The Eagles’ final possession of the day ended with an incomplete pass in the red zone. Gloucester ran Zearfoss in seven straight games to finish it.
Haddonfield 35, Cinnamon 12: Patrick Kane recorded a pick-6 and blocked a punt that turned into another touchdown as the second-seeded Haddons earned an opening-round win. Haddonfield host third-placed Gloucester in Friday’s semifinals.
52 Willingboro, New Providence 7
Point Pleasant Boro 62, Overbrook 27
South Jersey Group 2
Pleasantville 25, Johnson 7: Marlon Leslie’s 77-yard touchdown rush put the Greyhounds ahead in the third quarter with 10 minutes to go, and they ran away from Johnson from there to advance to the semifinals.
Fourth-placed Pleasantville will travel to top-seeded Raritan next Friday.
The Greyhounds broke the game up in the fourth quarter when Dasan Brown Jr. caught a 69-yard touchdown pass from Samir Miller before Gabriel Rodriguez had a pick-6.
South Jersey Group 1
Maple Shadow 31, South Hunterdon 7: The Wildcats gave their fans plenty to celebrate during the program’s first home playoff game in 44 years.
Central Jersey Group 1
Glassboro 18, Keyport 0: Zaivon Burt-Graves ran for a goal and Jhaisir Harden struck twice in the end zone as the Bulldogs recorded the program’s first postseason win in seven years.
Woodstown 45, Schalick 8: James Hill rushed for three touchdowns as the top-seeded Wolverines opened their postseason in dominating fashion with a home win.
Woodstown took the excitement out of the game early, scoring 24 points in the first quarter thanks to TD runs from Hill and Bryce Belinfanti and a Max Webb touchdown pass to David Harvey.