Glory Days Football Writer

WINSLOW TOWNSHIP — There were a few objectives born out of Winslow Township’s 2020 season. They became clear after the best campaign the program had in recent memory ended with a 5-1 mark — the result, a 34-0 loss at Holy Spirit.

Coach Kenny Scott wanted to see continued improvement, consistency out of the quarterback position and the ability to put teams away.

Those traits weren’t evident in last Sunday’s 26-14 loss to Woodbridge. On Saturday night, however, the traits were clearly achieved.

The Eagles put Camden Catholic away early with a dominant first quarter — and half — in a 42-20 blowout win.

Quarterback Hamas Duren sparked the attack with a final line of 15 completions on 20 attempts, 256 yards and three scores. His first came to Jimmy Wilson on a 32-yard pass midway through the opening frame.

He went 11-of-13 in the first half. One of the incompletions was a drop.

“He’s doing the little things that we need him to do,” Scott said. “He’s efficient. He’s showing up, getting the corrections, listening to coaching, getting those intangibles that we need.

“He’s going to make the plays. I think he played well.”

Duren credited Winslow (1-1) quarterbacks coach Christian Hackenberg for his improvement. The former Penn State star and NFLer has imparted his wisdom on the 6-foot-2 senior.

“I just put a lot of work in and that’s how it comes out,” Duren said of his performance. “What I do in practice, in the game, I just show up.

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“We got (Hackenberg) as the quarterbacks coach and we just work every day on mechanics and all that type of stuff. He gets on me and I have to hit my targets.”

He did and he believes he may boast the best targets in South Jersey as a corps. Duren has a case with super frosh Cam Miller — he scored twice with more than 100 yards — to go with Jimmy Wilson and Trey Simmons.

In the backfield, Trey Thorpe put a 48-yard sprint to the end zone on the board to send the game to the second frame at 22-0. The score at halftime stood at 36-0 and the hosts had a 286-36 advantage in yards gained.

“It felt great to get the win,” Thorpe said. “It felt amazing to come back and get some payback (after the loss to Woodbridge).”

Thorpe explained that his team plays with swagger and that became clear here. Emeril Mitchell may have the most of it, for good reason.

One of South Jersey’s top linebackers, his 40-yard interception return in the first quarter led to a short Roger Brown touchdown run. In the third stanza, Mitchell took another 56 yards to the house to push the lead over the Irish (0-1) to 44-6.

“We wanted to come back and play on our home turf and finally get that dub under our belt,” Mitchell said. “I’m excited about every matchup on the schedule.”

Next week, a larger challenge will be in store. Woodrow Wilson, a 28-7 winner over West Deptford, comes to town on Saturday night at 7 p.m.

The Tigers are none too pleased about last year’s result in East Camden. That one went to the Eagles, 18-0.

“That’s a good program over there over the years, they’ve gotten better and better,” Wilson coach Brandon Bather said after the Tigers’ win over West Deptford on Saturday afternoon. “Last year was my first year losing to them, so I’m pretty pissed off. I’m definitely thinking of Winslow already.

“It will be a great game, great atmosphere and I’m ready.”

Scott let his team know of the displeasure that came with second-half penalties and miscues. Furious, he got his message across in the postgame huddle. Then, he too began to look toward next weekend.

“There’s things we have to correct in practice and at the end of the day, I’m happy with the effort and happy with the win,” Scott said. “We’ll get better and make improvements.

“Next week, we have a much, much, much, much better Wilson team. We can enjoy this for about a half hour and then get on to Wilson.”

It will be another test of what Scott wanted to see after 2020. And it’s sure to be a tougher one than Saturday’s.

Duren, Mitchell, Thorpe and Co. will try to continue to demonstrate their growth under these bright lights.

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