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Hammonton and Mainland meet game that will impact SJ Group IV playoff race

By on September 22, 2022 0

The first Friday of fall brings a high school football game with playoff implications.

Hammonton (4-0) plays Mainland Regional (3-1) at 6 p.m. Both teams are Group IV contenders for South Jersey, and Friday’s winner will likely win at least one home game in the first round when the playoffs begin Oct. 28-29. . Hammonton is ranked No. 4 in The Press Elite 11, while Mainland is ranked No. 10.

“It’s a giant game for both teams,” Mainland coach Chuck Smith said. “Power outlets are in play. We’re really looking forward to it. It’s a good test for us to see where we are and how far we’ve come over the past two seasons.

The reception and visit stands should be filled on Friday.

“It’s always a good environment there,” Hammonton coach Jim Raso said.

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Mainland and Hammonton are similar teams. Both promote running and both feature exceptional running backs. Mainland senior running back Ja’Briel Mace has rushed for 504 yards this season and is the Mustangs career leader with 43 rushing touchdowns. Hammonton sophomore Kenny Smith rushed for 529 yards.

“It could be a really quick game,” Chuck Smith said, “because both teams run the ball well.”

Both feature impact players on defense. Hammonton primary defensive end Kye Pressley, a Catholic transfer from Camden, has seven sacks.

“Number one is what he physically brings to the table,” Raso said of Pressley. “Being able to give the edge on that defensive line, but the most important thing is his leadership. He’s someone who came into our school and is a captain. The fact that he’s able to be that top leader there -bas has come a long way with our team.

Continent defensive back Jamie Tyson had several big plays, including a fumble return for a TD in a season-opening 37-0 win over Egg Harbor Township.

Both Mainland and Hammonton have overcome adversity this season.

Mainland have won back-to-back games after squandering a lead and losing to rivals Ocean City 21-20.

Meanwhile, Hammonton trailed Eastern by one point late in the fourth quarter last Friday, but Smith scored the game-winning TD on a 5-yard run with 54.8 seconds left in the game.

“At the end of the game, we were able to go the length of the pitch and sink it,” Raso said. “You don’t want to be in those situations, but if you are, are you able to answer the bell? The other night the kids said, ‘Let’s go. We are going to do it. ”

With ball teams favoring a ball control offense, errors and turnovers will be even more critical than they usually are.

“You can’t make a mistake,” Chuck Smith said. “They can take the ball and have it for six, seven minutes. I think the position on the pitch is going to be huge. Playing error free is going to be key.