Southern Football Squad Upends Jackson Memorial, Boosts Playoff Chances
Bigger things may be coming for the Southern Regional football team, but the Rams’ Oct. 7 win on the road may have been the biggest thing that’s happened during the past few seasons.
Junior Joe Miele scored on a 5-yard touchdown run with 49 seconds left to cap a 19-point fourth quarter, as the Rams upended Shore Conference Class A South rival Jackson Memorial, 25-21, for their second straight victory after an 0-3 start to the season.
The Jaguars led 14-6 heading into the final 12 minutes, but a 5-yard TD run by Matt Barnett cut the deficit to 14-12. On Southern’s next possession, quarterback Sam Cammarata, who completed 9 passes for 120 yards, hit Deric Vincent on a 52-yard scoring strike to give the Rams its first lead, 18-14.
After Jackson Memorial regained the lead when Dan Barker fired a 24-yard TD pass to Mike Gawlik, who had scored on runs of 12 and 49 yards during the first half, the Rams came right back with their last scoring drive. Chris Citarella sealed the victory when he snagged an interception with 30 seconds to go.
For the game, Vincent had two receptions for 61 yards, while Jackson Donahower caught three passes for 34 yards. The trio of Miele, Barnett and John Dolphin combined for 132 yards on the ground. Miele and Citarella also led the defense with seven tackles, while Zack Hem added six tackles.
The victory not only was a huge confidence booster for the Rams, but coming off a bye week it also provided a boost in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group V power point standings. Despite a 2-3 record, the Rams are sixth with 37 points, one ahead of Cherokee (2-2) and Trenton (2-4) and two ahead of Eastern Regional (2-3).
The qualifying cutoff is Nov. 5, and power points are calculated based on the team’s first eight games. The Rams’ next three contests are against Brick on Oct. 14, Brick Memorial on Oct. 21 and Lacey on Oct. 28. —D.B.