High School football in South Jersey started with a bang this past weekend as two Cape-Atlantic League teams that just about everyone in South Jersey is keeping an eye on opened their seasons.


Holy Spirit Quarterback Andrew Light. Photo Courtesy: Press of Atlantic City

Holy Spirit High School got things going on Friday night with a trip across state lines taking on Malvern Prep in suburban Philadelphia.

97.3 ESPN's Game of the Week started close, tied 7 - 7  heading into the second quarter, but Malvern Prep proved to be just too much for the Spartans to handle.

Despite a valiant effort from Holy Spirit quarterback Andrew Light, Malvern took the season opener 40 to 14.

Cedar Creek's Ahmir Mitchell. Photo Courtesy: Andrew Mills/The Star-Ledger

The other much-hyped local school that began its season over the weekend was Cedar Creek.

The Pirates opened the season hosting Essex County's Cedar Grove, and rising star Ahmir Mitchell did not disappoint, finding the end zone twice Saturday afternoon.

Cedar Creek's high-energy offense scored on three plays over 60 yards to accompany a staunch defense that gave up less than 50 total yards.

VIA NJ.com:

Cedar Grove junior Matt McManus was transported by ambulance to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus in Galloway Township after suffering an apparent neck injury on a kickoff with 5:16 left in the game.

"He had all his feeling and it was precautionary," Cedar Grove head coach Ed Sadloch said of McManus.