Staff Report

It’s nearly midseason even though the calendar hasn’t yet flipped to October, and we’re starting to see what West Jersey Football League teams are made of.

The South Jersey Football Frenzy Show, hosted by longtime South Jersey high school sports reporter Mark Trible and in conjunction with South Jersey Glory Days, puts out its “Best 11” rankings each week of the prep football season, and after five weeks we have a pretty good idea of who the best of the best are.

Here’s a look at the current rankings with records in parenthesis:

11. Camden Eastside (3-1): Their only loss came in Week 2 against Shawnee and since then they’ve taken down Pennsauken and Cedar Creek. They’ve got a couple of big tests coming up, as the next three weeks see Willingboro, Burlington Township and St. Augustine Prep on the schedule.

10. Shawnee (3-2): The Renegades started out great but have been slipping in recent weeks, as they’ve suffered losses against Cherokee and Winslow. The schedule doesn’t get any easier with St. Augustine Prep, Millville, Washington Township and Williamstown on the horizon.

9. Holy Spirit (4-1): Sparty saw its perfect season come to an end with a 14-0 shutout loss against St. Augustine Prep last week. Friday night’s tilt at Clearview could end up deciding the WJFL Continental Division champion. Sophomore Ty Costabile has been having a solid season after taking over for Sean Burns, as he’s passed for nearly 700 yards and nine touchdowns against just three interceptions.

8. Timber Creek (5-0): The Chargers survived a couple of scares in mid-September, slipping past Willingboro and Rancocas Valley, before blanking Cherry Hill West 43-0 last weekend. They’ll get a week off before taking on Hammonton on Oct. 6. Junior Amir Reason-Dallas leads the defense with an astounding 47 tackles, including 41 of the solo variety.

7. Camden (4-1): The Panthers have won four straight since a season-opening, out-of-state loss, and have allowed just 19 points in those four wins. A big matchup on Oct. 7 vs. Haddonfield looms for coach Rob Hinson’s group.

6. Delsea (3-1): The Crusaders stumbled early in September against Winslow, but have gotten back on track with two straight wins against Ocean City and Kingsway. They have a big matchup with Cedar Creek in early October.

5. Winslow (4-1): How often does a freshman quarterback throw for nearly 1,000 yards in four games and get taken out of the lineup? That’s how good and deep the Eagles are. Camden transfer Deante Ruffin became eligible to play last week and he was solid in a 27-14 win over Shawnee. For now, Jalen Parker is his backup and may see time at other positions, but that’s a nice 1-2 combination to have at quarterback.

4. Cherokee (3-1): The Chiefs were idle last week and are coming off a big win over Shawnee in mid-September. They host Williamstown on Friday night before road games at Lenape and Kingsway ahead of a huge matchup with No. 1 Millville on Oct. 20.

3. St. Augustine Prep (3-2): The Hermits survived a rough matchup against Holy Spirit last Friday night, grinding out a 14-0 win behind two rushing touchdowns from Julian Turney. They have a tough schedule to close out the season with matchups against Shawnee, Williamstown, Camden Eastside and Lenape.

2. Mainland Regional (5-0): The Stangs are undefeated and only Atlantic City has scored more than a touchdown against them all season. Stephen Ordille has been a monster, averaging nearly eight yards per carry, and he already has 10 rushing touchdowns. Defensively, seniors J.J. Sinclair and Hunter Watson have combined for 62 tackles, including 21 TFLs.

1. Millville (3-1): The Bolts were idle last week and return to action this week against Lenape as Millville opens up its new turf field. The Bolts have won three straight since a season-opening loss against Toms River North at the Battle at the Beach. Defensively, Millville has been solid, especially in the secondary as DB A’Cear Cornish leads the team with 37 tackles and DB Kashon Jones has chipped in with 20.

Also under consideration: Cedar Creek (4-1), Paul VI (3-1), Middle Township (5-0), Cinnaminson (5-0), Notre Dame (5-0), Haddonfield (4-0), Woodbury (3-1), Atlantic City (4-1), Hammonton (3-2), Willingboro (3-2), Washington Township (3-2), Rancocas Valley (4-1).

FRIDAY GAMES TO WATCH: Lenape at Millville, 6 p.m.; Holy Spirit at Clearview, 6 p.m.; Rancocas Valley at Hammonton, 7 p.m.

SATURDAY GAMES TO WATCH: Willingboro at Camden Eastside, 1 p.m.