In the minds of the players and coaches, the Hammonton Blue Devils probably knew they weren't going to go undefeated on the year. Unfortunately, knowing that doesn't take the sting out of last night's loss to Delsea Regional.

The Blue Devils entered Friday's highly anticipated game against Delsea with a 6 - 0 record and a defense that pitched three shutouts in those 6 games. In fact, only one opponent had scored more than a touchdown.

On the other side, despite their 3 -3 record heading into Friday's game, the defending Group 3 champion Crusaders were rebounding from a rocky start. Delsea dropped its first three games, including one to Timber Creek and another to star-packed Camden, but ventured into Atlantic County with a three-game win streak in tow.

The home team looked in control during the first half. Hammonton carried a 14 - 0 lead into halftime, thanks to scores from Tyler Armor and senior signal caller Jonathan Triboletti.

However, the second half was all Delsea.

The Crusaders scored once in the 3rd and then tied it in the fourth on a 31-yard run from Delsea quarterback Quinn Collins.

Hammonton had a shot with the game tied in the fourth, but a sack forced the Blue Devils to punt. The Crusaders then marched down the field and took the lead for good with Bronson Deckert's 23-yard field goal

Hammonton now stands at 6 - 1, while Delsea moves to 4 - 3. Be sure to check out YOUR HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL HEADQUARTERS on Monday to see how the game impacted both teams in the NJSIAA Playoff Power Point Rankings.

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