Delsea football shows toughness to Penn State coach James Franklin

Delsea's Jared Schoppe celebrates with teammate Wayne Adair, right, after Schoppe scored a touchdown during the second quarter of the Delsea-Winslow Township football game played at Delsea Regional High School in Franklinville on Friday, March 9. September 2022.

FRANKLIN TWP. – The helicopter flew over the airspace of Delsea Regional High School around 7:10 p.m. Friday night.

Penn State University football coach James Franklin was aboard the plane and arrived on the field minutes before Winslow wide receiver and Nittany Lions recruit Ejani Shakir caught a 5-yard touchdown reception to just a few feet away.

A smile spread across Franklin’s face, and understandably so.

However, the boys in red were furious.

“That gives you motivation. That excites you,” said Delsea senior Jared Schoppe. “If you want to go to a team, go see them on their own pitch. If you want to come to our field, come and see our players”.

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Schoppe and the Crusaders, No. 3 in the latest South Jersey Mean 15 rankings, made sure Franklin and the rest of South Jersey took notice by earning a hard-fought 35-21 win over the ninth-ranked Eagles, with Schoppe leading the way with 136 scrimmage yards and 3 rushing touchdowns.

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