Weekend whiparound: Hermits taking control in boys soccer; football stat frenzy

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Each Sunday evening, Glory Days Magazine publisher Dave O’Sullivan will recap highlights of the previous week in Cape-Atlantic League sports and give his thoughts on the different teams we cover. What do you get when you combine accurate passing, a striker who can finish, a solid goalie and a stout defense? A soccer team that is tough to beat. St. Augustine Prep has jumped out to a 5-0 start this season, including a pair of signature wins last week that have the Hermits looking like the team to beat in South Jersey. On Wednesday, the Hermits hosted Ocean City, a team that won South Jersey Group 3 last season. From the start, St. Augustine dominated possession and played to their strength, winning balls in the air and methodically moving the ball upfield. Niko Basolis give St. Augustine a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute by running onto a through ball and poking a shot over the head of the Red Raiders’ keeper. That was all the Hermits needed, as the Clark twins, Ben and Alex, held the back line in front of keeper Ryan Brown, who was only seriously threatened once, on a corner kick, in the 1-0 win. Alex Clark and the St. Augustine Prep defense held Ocean City in check during a 1-0 win over the Red Raiders last week. The Hermits are undefeated so far this season and have allowed just one goal in five games. (Glory Days Magazine photo/Dave O'Sullivan) Alex Clark and the St. Augustine Prep defense held Ocean City in check during a 1-0 win over the Red Raiders last week. The Hermits are undefeated so far this season and have allowed just one goal in five games. (Glory Days Magazine photo/Dave O’Sullivan) The shutout was the fourth straight for the Hermits. They finally allowed a goal on Friday to Vineland’s Steve Tobolski, the state’s leading scorer, but Christian Bik did him one better, scoring once in regulation and again in overtime for the game-winner in a 2-1 win over the Fighting Clan. The Prep will be back in action on Wednesday under the lights when the Hermits take on West Deptford at West Deptford Park at 7 p.m. Split decision: Saturday was varsity day at Cedar Creek, where most of the fall sports were in action, all at home. The girls soccer team edged St. Joseph 1-0 and the field hockey team took care of Pennsville 4-1 as Joelle Linstra scored a goal in each half, while the boys soccer team lost 2-1 in overtime to Pennsville and the girls volleyball team was shut out 2-0 by OLMA. Girls tennis scored a 5-0 win over Lower Cape May Regional, but the football team was knocked off 16-6 by upstart Buena Regional. New contender: We knew Ocean City would be the team to beat in field hockey this year, but what is surprising is who has risen up as a top contender in the Cape-Atlantic League’s American Conference. Egg Harbor Township and Mainland figured to be the top contenders to take down Ocean City, but Atlantic City has emerged as one of the hottest teams to start the season. The Vikings are 5-1 and I’ll be out at ACHS on Monday afternoon to see how they handle EHT, which seems to be putting things together after a tough loss to Ocean City earlier in the month. Football stat frenzy: The first two weeks of the football season have not been devoid of highlights, and Friday night was no different. Atlantic City upended Mainland Regional 44-38 in one of the wildest games in the past few years. Vikings quarterback Jamir Prevard threw for more than 300 yards and accounted for more than 400 yards of total offense. Doug DeBerry and Tyleek Jones each had more than 100 yards receiving, and Mainland had a pair of rushers – Justin Walsh (117) and Bryan Theilismond (116) – who rushed for more than 100 yards. There were 41 points scored in the second quarter alone! Oakcrest had a thrilling comeback, as the Falcons scored 22 unanswered points to beat East Orange 32-25 in overtime in Oakcrest’s season opener. Terrence Smith scored a pair of touchdowns and eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for his career during the game, and the Falcons forced overtime with a nifty two-point conversion that featured quarterback Kendall Elliott finding Kevin Stokes on a jump pass. … Stefon Bowman led Bridgeton to a 29-14 win over Holy Spirit by rushing for 112 yards on 18 carries with a pair of touchdowns. … Millville was coming off a big win over Mainland in which Rob Ennis rushed for a school record 315 yards to go along with four touchdowns, but on Friday night it was St. Augustine Prep tailback Lamont Harris who stole the show. Harris rushed for 190 yards on 29 carries and scored three touchdowns. … Keep an eye on Vineland freshman QB Isaiah Pacheco. He helped lead the Fighting Clan to a win over Ocean City on Friday night as Vineland has started the season 2-0, and he is the individual scoring leader for the entire CAL at this point. New records: Brandon Hadtke and Epiphany Grisbaum each set course records at the Osprey Open at Stockton College on Friday, Hadtke clocking in at a blistering 16:31 and Grisbaum registering an 18:01. Nice work out of the Red Raiders, as the boys and girls teams also took first place. What we know: Well, we now know that the Buena Regional football team has a pretty good defense. So far, through the first two games of the season, they have allowed just 6 points, having shut out Bridgeton in the season opener before handing a very talented Cedar Creek team a 16-6 loss on Saturday. Watch out for the Chiefs, always a scrappy bunch. … There are some serious athletes in South Jersey football. Atlantic City’s Prevard has been putting up video game numbers, and the Horne twins at St. Joseph have the Wildcats cranking on all cylinders. And how about Mainland’s Justin Walsh? Rushing for more than 100 yards while also taking a kickoff to the house from 80 yards out. … The Mainland Regional girls tennis team is good. The Mustangs have jumped out to a 6-1 start this season and have a solid lineup that could make some noise in the state team playoffs. What we need to find out: If the Egg Harbor Township football team can handle its newfound success. The Eagles are 2-0 and host another surprise undefeated team, Vineland, this week. Then it’s a pair of road games against Absegami and Ocean City. If the Eagles can continue to play well, they have a legitimate shot at going into their bye week Oct. 17 with a 5-0 record. …Who will emerge as a girls soccer power? A lot of teams are above .500, but nobody has really been running away with either the CAL American or National conference races. Should make for some interesting soccer in mid- to late October. Contact Dave O’Sullivan:; on Twitter @GDsullysays [adsense]


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