By TOM WILLIAMS
St. Joseph sophomore Jada Byers has done something this season that has only been done by two other football players at Cape-Atlantic League schools in the last 27 years.
And he has done it in seven games.
After catching a touchdown pass and returning an interception for a TD on Saturday against Cedar Creek, Byers has now scored a touchdown five different ways. He has 11 rushing touchdowns, one as a pass receiver, one returning a kickoff, three returning punts and one on defense.
The only other players to do it are Keith Marella of St. Joseph in 1998 and Zeke Ennis of St. Augustine Prep last year. Both were seniors.
St. Joe senior Qwahsin Townsel and Byers remain the two highest scorers among Cape-Atlantic League teams. Townsel has scored 18 rushing touchdowns and seven two-point conversions for 122 points. Byers has 106 points.
Holy Spirit’s Josh Zamot moved to the top in touchdown passes after throwing two against Buena. Zamot has 12, one more than Millville’s Elijah Nichols.
Flash Morgan of Atlantic City moved into a tie for the lead in TD receptions with his scoring catch on Friday. He is tied with Carlton Lawrence and Marcial Ramos of Millville.
Nate Fondacaro kicked three extra points on Friday for St. Augustine to increase his career total to 98 kicking points. Only 18 CAL kickers have scored 100 kicking points, including Absegami’s Zach Sterr, who has 110.
St. Joe and Vineland are the top two CAL football teams in both most points scored and fewest points allowed.
And Ocean City, St. Joseph and Vineland have allowed the fewest rushing TDs (four). Pleasantville has allowed only two passing touchdowns, the lowest among CAL schools.
Those are the CAL football scoring highlights after seven weekends. All the scoring leaders are online at http://www.primeevents.net/calfootballx.html.