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COUNTY GRID PREVIEWS: Ocean City, Middle & Wildwood are all at home this week

This Weekend’s High School Football Previews


If you were so inclined, you could see all four Cape May County high school football teams this week because they play on three different days. Here is a bit of information about all three of the games.

Harry Pfeifle, Art Spackman, Issac Robertson and Tom Meehan are OCHS captains.  (photo by Juliet Evangelista)

West Windsor-Plainsboro South (0-3) at Ocean City (1-1)

Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. on Thursday

Place: Carey Stadium, 6th & Boardwalk

Coaches: Ocean City’s Kevin Smith, is 24-38 in his seventh season as a head coach. WW-P South’s Skip Edwards is 6-36 in his fifth season with the Pirates. Edwards overall coaching record is 89-157-3, including stops at Holmdel, Lakewood, Hightstown, Dunellen and St. John Vianney.

Last Week Ocean City lost to Cedar Creek, 22-13. WW-P South lost to Hamilton, 30-7.

Points Per Game: OCHS 19.5, WW-P South 9.0.

Points Allowed: OCHS 14.0, WW-P South 39.0.

Stats: The Raiders played No. 10 ranked Cedar Creek tough last week, holding the lead until the fourth quarter. QB Harry Pfeifle and running backs Liam Bergman and Issac Robertson have combined for nearly 400 rushing yards in two games. Brandon Lin has made 23 tackles, including eight solos; Travis Stoerrle has two sacks; and Pfeifle has forced three fumbles. Xavier Smith averages more than five yards a carry for the Pirates and QB Max Bruno has thrown for nearly 200 yards.

History: The Raiders won, 35-0, last season in the first meeting between the schools. The two-hour trip to Princeton Junction was the fifth longest trip an OCHS football team has ever made.

What’s at Stake: Ocean City is 11th in the current Group 3 power ratings but all the other teams have played three games. The Raiders need the win to advance in the wide-open Group 3 field. WW-P South is not likely to qualify for the playoffs but would surely like to end its seven-game losing streak over two seasons.

Live Radio: The game can be heard on 106.3-The Shore and online at

Live Video Stream: Matt Ulmer and Bill Shallcross will stream live video of the game at

Next Up: Ocean City goes to Absegami (1-2) next Friday night for an Independence Division game. West Windsor-Plainsboro South will travel to Nottingham (3-1) next Saturday in a Valley Division game.


Gloucester Catholic (2-0) at Middle Township (2-2)

Kickoff: 6 p.m. on Friday

Place: Memorial Field, Route 9 & W. Pacific Avenue, Cape May Court House

Coaches: Middle’s Frank Riggitano is 73-84 in his 17th season. He is 21st among active South Jersey coaches in career wins. The Rams’ Casey Murphy is 8-24 in his fourth season.

Last Week: The Panthers lost to Buena, 40-14. Gloucester Catholic defeated Clayton, 34-0.

Points Per Game: MTHS 16.3, GCHS 31.5.

Points Allowed: MTHS 32.0, GCHS 11.0.

Stats: Cameron Hamer has thrown for 200 yards, most of them to Mack Selby. Hamer leads Cape-Atlantic League football teams with four two-point conversions. Gary Nagle has led the defense with 31 tackles, including three for losses. Sophomore Dashaun Harris has run for over 300 yards and four TDs in two games for Gloucester Catholic. Mike McAleer has made 21 tackles for the Rams.

History: Middle edged the Rams, 18-13, last season in what was probably the first meeting between the schools.

What’s at Stake: Middle is currently No. 1 in Group 2 power points, though the Panthers are the only team in the group to have played four games. The Rams are No. 7 in Non-Public 2, though most of those teams have played one more game than the Rams. So this game could impact the NJSIAA playoffs.

Next Up: Middle Township will travel to Triton (2-1) next Friday night. Gloucester Catholic will host Wildwood (0-3) on Saturday.


Lower Cape May (0-3) at Wildwood (0-3)

Kickoff: noon on Saturday

Place: Maxwell Field, Park Boulevard

Coaches: Lower Cape May’s Brian Hindle is 2-11 in his second season. Wildwood’s Ken Loomis is 0-13 in his second season.

Last Week: Lower lost to Holy Spirit, 46-7. Wildwood lost to Gloucester City, 47-6.

Points Per Game: LCMR 6.3, WHS 4.0.

Points Allowed: LCMR 43.7, WHS 48.7.

Stats: Lower QB Brennan Ray has run for 230 yards and two touchdowns. Khamar Matthews has made 14 tackles, three for losses. Vito Hernandez has a rushing touchdown for the Warriors and Christian Tyson hit Nate Lopez for the other score.

History: Lower won, 21-0, last season in their first meeting since 2011. The Caper-Tigers have won the last 15 meetings. Wildwood’s last win was in 1981.

What’s at Stake: Neither team is going to qualify for the NJSIAA playoffs and they are not contenders in their WJFL divisions. But after this game, which used to be played on Thanksgiving up until 1983, one of the two teams will have a victory. For the players involved, and the alumni, that makes this a very important game.

Live Radio: Brian Cunniff and Scott Wahl will have the play-by-play on 98.7-The Coast and online at

Live Video Stream: Matt Ulmer will stream live video of the game at CoastSportsToday on Facebook.

Next Up: Lower Cape May is off next weekend and will host Oakcrest (0-3) on Oct. 13. Wildwood will go to Gloucester Catholic (2-0) next Saturday.