Schedule announced for NJSIAA football

By TOM WILLIAMS

The schedule for post-season football games was announced today, a couple of days before the expected date. And there are some interesting games involving Cape-Atlantic League schools.

Instead of a couple dozen of the four-team competitions – called PODs – the schedule has just four PODs and a large schedule of additional games.

The top POD has four undefeated teams – Cherokee seeded No. 1, Holy Spirit at No. 2, Winslow Township No. 3 and Lenape No. 4. On Friday, Spirit will host Winslow. Lenape will play at Cherokee on Sunday because Lenape is currently under a COVID lockdown. The winners and losers will play on Nov. 20.

St. Augustine is the No. 1 seed in the third POD and will host Nottingham on Friday. In the other game in that POD, Hammonton will be at Williamstown. The winners and losers will play on Nov. 20.

Undefeated Ocean City is also in a POD. The Raiders will host St. Joseph Academy on Friday. The other two teams are undefeated Burlington Township and Camden. The winners and losers will play on Nov. 20. If OCHS and Burlington Township are matched up on Nov. 20 in would be in Burlington. If the Raiders get Camden on Nov. 20 it would be at Carey Stadium,

There are a bunch of other games involving CAL teams.

On Friday, Nov. 13, Bridgeton is at Glassboro, Millville at Delsea, Egg Harbor Township at Vineland, Penns Grove at Buena, Atlantic City at Mainland, Lower Cape May at Holy Cross and Pennsville at Middle Township. In the most interesting game of that night, Absegami will play at Pleasantville where Absegami coach Chris Sacco will take on the team he previously coached for five seasons.

The following weekend, Friday, Nov. 20, will find Vineland at Notre Dame, Glassboro at Buena, Gateway at Middle Township, Pleasantville at Haddonfield, Mainland at Oakcrest, Egg Harbor Township at Seneca, and Highland at Millville.

On Saturday, Nov. 21, Bridgeton is scheduled to go to Cherry Hill East, Atlantic City to Penns Grove and Lower Cape May to Overbrook.

Cedar Creek has the most interesting pair of post-season games. The Pirates will host Oakcrest on Nov. 14 and travel to Absegami on Nov. 20, finishing the season against their rivals from the same school system.

These games replace the traditional NJSIAA playoff games. The schedule is subject to change. The reason why only 16 schools play in PODs and the rest just play independent games was because many schools indicated they did not want to play in a POD and others are limited by COVID concerns.

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