Staff Report

Each week on Thursday, Glory Days Magazine will bring you some of the latest South Jersey high school sports headlines and also get you set up for key games coming up on the weekend. We’ll also fill you in on what we plan to cover the next few days so you can check out what is happening at glorydaysonline.com and at our social media: facebook.com/acglorydays; @GDsullysays on Twitter; @glorydaysmag on Instagram.

WHERE WE’LL BE FOR FOOTBALL

Friday 6 p.m. Ocean City at Mainland (Sully)

Friday 6 p.m. St. Joseph Academy at St. Augustine Prep (Mark Trible)

Glory Days photo/Sully

Surprising NJSIAA proposal

The state’s governing body for high school sports is considering allowing high school athletes to start making money of NIL (or name, image, likeness). If you’re not familiar with this, it’s new this year at the collegiate level, where athletes — instead of working part-time jobs which take away time for their sports and studies — can instead make money by promoting products or companies. For instance, University of Alabama quarterback Bryce Young reportedly already has signed nearly $1 million worth of NIL endorsements.

“I have two high school student athletes,” NJSIAA Executive Director Colleen Maguire said, according to bollyinside.com, speaking of her daughters. “I can see what’s going on in their world and this is the reality. Whether I agree with it or not can be debated, but this is the reality. This proposal will provide opportunities to student athletes that are afforded to their peers that are not athletes.”

The proposal was formally introduced at a meeting this week and the NJSIAA is targeting a date of Jan. 1, 2022, should the proposal be approved. The proposal says that high school athletes could be paid for commercial endorsements, promotional activities, social media presence, product or service ads and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Also according to the proposal, coaches, teachers and administrators would not be allowed to be involved with any athlete’s NIL, and there would be certain restrictions placed upon athletes, such as no promotion of alcohol or controlled substances, casinos or gambling, etc.

Hot start

The Cedar Creek football team has gotten off to a great start this year, going 3-0 in its first three games while not allowing a single point. A team that went 3-5 last year has been blitzing opponents, outscoring the teams they’ve played by a staggering margin of 130-0. The Pirates have some tough tests coming up, though, including at Woodrow Wilson on Sept. 25, at Holy Spirit on Oct. 1 and at Winslow on Oct. 15. Senior linebacker C.J. Resto has been leading the way with 18 tackles and 13 assists, including five tackles-for-loss, and an interception. Another senior linebacker, Elijah Usher, has 25 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Offensively, senior quarterback J.C. Landicini has been on fire, completing 35-of-51 passes for more than 700 yards and eight touchdowns. Running back Ja’Quan Howard has nearly 300 yards rushing and seven scores.

Unstoppable

So far, Millville and senior running back LeQuint Allen have been dominant and scored some seriously tough wins over teams like Union and Shawnee. During last week’s win over Shawnee, Allen racked up six total touchdowns and more than 300 yards in the best performance so far this season by a South Jersey running back. The Syracuse commit already has more than 500 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, and also has 52 receiving yards and a score.

GAMES TO WATCH

It’s a big rivalry weekend in high school football, as Ocean City comes into Mainland on Friday night and St. Joseph Academy travels to St. Augustine Prep. Last year, Ocean City handed Mainland one of its worst losses ever, racking up more than 60 points in a shutout win, so the Mustangs will be looking for some payback (Sully coverage). Over in Richland, QB Trey McLeer has Prep firing on all cylinders after a season-opening, out-of-state loss, so we’ll see if the Wildcats can keep up (Mark Trible coverage).

In field hockey, EHT travels to Ocean City on Friday at 4 p.m. in what should be a tough early season test for the Red Raiders. In cross country, Saturday morning features the South Jersey Shootout at Dream Park in Logan Township, and in girls volleyball on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. two of the top teams in the CAL go at it as ACIT travels to Pleasantville.

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