By TOM WILLIAMS
Four weeks of high school football are in the books. For most teams that is half the season. And some players have put up some impressive numbers.
Leading the way is Patrick Smith of Holy Spirit. He leads all Cape-Atlantic League backs in rushing with 1,038 yards. And he leads everybody with 66 points. In a normal season, Smith would be on track to challenge the CAL records – 2,286 yards by Millville’s Alquann Jones and 37 TDs by Spirit’s William Washington and Calvin Cass of St. Augustine.
Smith led CAL rushers last year with 1,440 yards and he gained 629 yards as a freshman at St. Augustine Prep before transferring to Peddie School for his sophomore year. He added 649 yards at Peddie for a career total of 3,756 yards. The CAL career record is 5,380 by Kevin Sinclair of Ocean City and, subtracting the 649 yards at Peddie, Smith is 2,273 yards away from the CAL record with four games left.
Smith also leads CAL runners this year with 119 carries and junior JoJo Bermudez of Cedar Creek leads in average yards per carry (13.2).
Ocean City senior Jake Schneider leads the CAL with 325 receiving yards and four TD receptions. He has 100 career catches, 17 short of the CAL record set by Bo Melton at Cedar Creek four years ago. Schneider has 17 career TD catches, a new school record and eight short of Melton’s league record. And Schneider’s career receiving yardage is 1,564, just 146 yards away from tying Scott Lipford’s school record. The CAL record is 2,073 by – you guessed it – Bo Melton.
Among other 2020 receiving leaders, LaQuint Allen of Millville has the most catches (20), Absegami’s Jordan Marcucci ties Schneider with four TD catches and JaShon Teller of Holy Spirit has the highest average yards per catch (44.0) with two catches for 88 yards.
The most passing yards this season is 693 by Nate Robbins of Millville. Robbins also has the most attempts (128) and the most completions (67). Eric Strecker of Atlantic City has the most TD passes (nine) and Rob White of Lower Cape May, a running back moved to quarterback, has the highest efficiency rating (217.2) and completion percentage (.873).
Among kickers, Brendan McGonigle of Ocean City leads CAL kickers with 28 points on 22 extra points and two field goals. He has 66 career extra points and 84 career kicking points, both well within school records, though he is just a junior.
Cedar Creek’s Taylor Manning actually has the most career points of active CAL kickers. He has 106 kicking points, 15th best all-time in the CAL. He kicked his 10th career field goal last Friday to tie the school record by Pat Moran. But Moran’s 152 kicking points, the CAL career record, might be out of reach.
Among other scoring numbers, Marcucci has returned four kicks for TDs this year – two punts and two kickoffs. And Schneider has returned three interceptions for touchdowns.
You can see all the CAL leaders in stats and scoring HERE – plus standings, schedules and the current ONLINE 25 ranking of South Jersey teams.