By MARK TRIBLE
Glory Days Football Writer
CAMDEN — The hosts here on Federal Street were great on the most valuable downs Saturday. They also got a standout game from “Money Mike.”
All that led to a deposit of a huge win — one Woodrow Wilson took to the bank with a 28-12 upset of Holy Spirit.
The Spartans, who entered the game ranked No. 4 in the South Jersey Football Frenzy Show Best 11, scored on their first drive via a stop-and-go route against Tigers’ defensive back Michael Estremera.
Estremera, the senior with the wealthy nickname, more than made up for it as the game wore on.
He snagged three interceptions and returned one of them 36 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-6 in favor of Wilson (4-2) with 2 minutes, 8 seconds left in the first frame.
It served as a crucial hinge point for the Tigers at Mike Rozier Stadium.
“I was like, ‘I can’t get beat anymore,’” Estremera said. “So, I had to turn up.
“I’ve been practicing all week. I knew it was going to be a battle between me and him (Spirit star wideout Elijah Steward). I like competition and that was a fun battle, he’s a real good receiver.”
And when he made his break for the first pick-six of his high school career?
“My eyes were wide open, I was like ‘Oh snap!’” Estremera said. “All I saw was green grass.”
Coach Brandon Bather sang Estremera’s praises afterward.
“Listen man, you don’t touch the dog you don’t know,” Bather said. “You touch the dog, you might get bit.
“They tried him a few times, they got a few off, they got him and next thing you know, locked down the rest of the game. Mikey stepped up. That’s big for him.”
The contest continued to demonstrate the mentality Wilson’s maintained in the 2021 campaign. Nas’zir “NuNu” Oglesby led the way offensively and the defense thumped its way to triumph.
Per NJ.com’s Kevin Minnick, Oglesby ran 17 times for 207 yards and a score — it came on an 80-yard run the first snap of the second half. He added four catches for 58 yards and a 44-yard touchdown to put the game on ice late via a screen pass.
Oglesby has been tremendous for this bunch. He’s reliable in every sense of the word.
“I just work hard and all of that hard work is paying off for me,” he said. “Nobody knew me and nobody knew who I was and I just worked hard every day.
“Now, my name is known.”
There’s little doubt about that. Through the first half of the season, Ogelsby established himself as one of South Jersey’s better backs.
“Mr. Consistent,” coach Bather said. “We’ve got to be able to find ways to give him the ball all the time.
“He’s finishing runs, he’s still holding it down, being a positive force for us offensively.”
Oglesby also puts in time on a defensive unit that came up big in the biggest spots against Spirit (3-3). Thirteen times, the Tigers faced a fourth-down conversion attempt. They only allowed three, one via a penalty.
“It’s just great to see them not giving up, not getting down and finishing stuff they started,” Bather said. “We saw on tape these guys and they go for it on fourth down a lot. They bully guys, they run the clock and we were up for the challenge.
“We had, like, four stops inside of the 15!”
One of the most impressive came when Damir McCrary came up with a stop inside the 5-yard line in the third quarter. That served as another notice that payday had arrived for the black and orange.
“We’re connecting every week and getting better and better,” Estremera said. “It’s going to get scary in the playoffs.
“I love our defense. I love my boys. We’re starting to click. It’s going to get crazy. Watch.”
Mark Trible covers high school football for Glory Days Magazine. Check out his weekly Facebook Live show every Wednesday at 7 p.m. The South Jersey Football Frenzy Show can be seen at facebook.com/acglorydays. You can also take in Mark’s “Hat’s Off” podcast every Sunday at 9 a.m. at our Facebook page.