Glory Days Magazine, in conjunction with The South Jersey Football Frenzy Show hosted by Mark Trible, puts together weekly “Best 11” rankings for teams in the West Jersey Football League. Here’s a look at the current rankings as of Sept. 23:
Team (record/previous ranking/+ or -)
11. Delsea Regional (3-0/NR): The Crusaders took care of business against upstart Oakcrest last week and have scored 40-or-more points in each of their three victories. True to form, the Crusaders have racked up 16 rushing touchdowns and only attempted four passes through three games.
10. Salem (4-0/11/+1): The Rams — owners of one of the coolest helmets in the WJFL — have just as much substance to go with their style. They pounded out a 41-6 win over Pleasantville last week and in the last three weeks have outscored opponents 116-6. Junior QB Jahki Coates has nearly 500 yards passing. Salem gets a big test this week with visiting Paulsboro.
9. Ocean City (4-0/10/+1): Ocean City finally allowed a touchdown last week in the waning moments of a decisive win over rival Mainland, but that’s about all the Red Raiders’ stout defense has allowed since the season began. Sean Mazzitelli racked up more than 100 yards and a couple of TDs filling in for injured running back Jacob Wilson.
8. Cedar Creek (4-0/8/no change): How bout 185-0? That’s the Pirates’ points differential this season. Creek, however, faces its toughest challenge to date on Saturday when Woodrow Wilson rolls into Egg Harbor City.
7. Shawnee (2-1/9/+2): The Renegades rebounded from a tough loss against Millville with a thorough 42-21 win over Burlington Township. Veteran QB Matt Welsey passed for 136 yards and two TDs and Shawnee rushed an astounding 52 times for 300 yards.
6. St. Joseph Academy (2-2/4/-2): The Wildcats slipped a little after a 24-7 loss at the hands of St. Augustine Prep, but this team still has a lot of talent and has an opportunity to get back on the winning side the next few weeks against Eastern and Rancocas Valley.
5. Woodrow Wilson (2-1/7/+2): The Tigers bounced back from a two-point loss against Winslow by taking down Haddonfield, 44-21, last week. QB Devin Kargman did what Devin Kargman does — 19-of-23 for 395 yards and five scores. Just another day at the office.
4. Winslow Township (3-1/5/+1): There was no letdown after an emotional, comeback win over Woodrow Wilson two weeks ago. Last week coach Kenny Scott’s crew took down Timber Creek 44-7 behind a huge performance from QB Hamas Duren (13-of-25 for 228 yards, 4 TDs) and RB Trey Thorpe (126 yards, TD).
3. St. Augustine Prep (3-1/3/no change): Prep gets its chance to make its claim for the No. 1 spot this week when it travels to Millville.
2. Millville (3-0/2/no change): The Thunderbolts can stake their claim to being the best team in South Jersey on Friday night if they can beat visiting St. Augustine Prep. Syracuse commit LeQuint Allen, a senior RB, already has more than 500 yards and seven touchdowns.
1. Holy Spirit (2-1/1/no change): The Spartans — last year’s No. 1 team in South Jersey — suffered a tough loss against national power DeMatha Catholic in the season opener but since then have been sharp, beating St. Joseph Academy 35-24 and handing Camden a 34-8 loss a week ago. Things get a whole lot tougher, though, in October, as Sparty will face teams like Cedar Creek, St. Augustine Prep, Woodrow Wilson and Winslow — all teams in The South Jersey Football Frenzy Show Best 11 rankings.
Check out The South Jersey Football Frenzy Show each Wednesday at 7 p.m. at facebook.com/acglorydays for new rankings, and catch Mark Trible’s “Hat’s Off” podcast each Sunday morning at 9 a.m. on that same page throughout the season.
Dropped out: Burlington Township.
Under consideration: Washington Township, Burlington Township, Woodbury, Cherokee, Paulsboro.