the distance to 100) vs. Dougherty when he picked off a fade pass in one corner and zigged/zagged/zoomed
to score in a diagonal corner. McDevitt linebacker Ed McGowan walked 1 yard into the end zone vs. Carroll
after catching a desperation heave that followed a bad snap on a punt. This TD gave Holloman six varieties of
TDs on the season -- rush, pass, returns of kickoff, punt, interception and fumble. You could say he had
tallied in seven ways; one of his reception scores came on a hook-and-lateral play.
Most amazing first pass of a varsity career -- Steve Garrett, Franklin (9/11/08)
Garrett, a backup tight end wearing No. 88, lined up at tailback in OT of the Electrons' 12-6 win over
Roxborough and fired a 22-yard, fourth-down scoring pass to slotback Marquis White, normally the tailback.
Why was Garrett given such responsibility? Earlier that day, Garrett had been spotted firing a Nerf ball in a
gym class. "One of my fellow teachers told me, 'That kid has a really strong arm,' " said coach Ken Geiser.
On the play preceding the TD, Garrett was going to pass. Roxborough players broke through the line and
Garrett was forced to keep, gaining 1 yard. Thus, the element of surprise was still in effect. On his TD catch,
White was double-covered and, if he had not made the catch, interference would have been called.
Most yards lost on six consecutive plays by one team -- 84, Edison (9/18/08)
Against Southern, due to NO blocking, Bryant Keal was sacked on six consecutive plays spread over three
series. He lost fumbles on plays No. 1 and 3. The losses, in order: 18, 9, 29 (fired the ball backward while
being thrown to turf), 10, 5 and 13. Sean Allen notched four of the sacks and forced both fumbles. In all,
Keal carried 12 times for minus-103 yards.
Shortest kickoff return for a TD -- 30 yards (10/10/08)
After a safety, and trailing by eight points with just over a minute remaining, King tried an onside kick against
Southern from the 20. Andrew Auer, in the second line of returnees, moved up as he saw what was
happening, caught the bouncing kick chest-high, eased through two would-be tacklers and ran to the end zone.
Most yards kicked for one PAT -- 100, Tim Freiling, Northeast, 11/13/08
After James Rosseau ran 1 yard for a TD, Northeast was hit with a dead-ball personal foul. Freiling hit the
PAT from 35 yards, but Olney had been called for offside an instant beforehand. Freiling hit the next kick from
30 yards, but Northeast was guilty of procedure. He hit the next kick from 35. Total distance of the kicks -- 100!
Best escape from the minus-yardage column -- Keith Page, FitzSimons, 2008
As the Rams entered their last game vs. Future, Page, a quarterback had carried 27 times for minus-6 yards
and seemed destined to finish the season below zero. Instead, he ran nine times for 172 yards and two scores in
a 30-0 win. (He also passed for 67 yards and two TDs).
Most members of a team's starting lineup to earn first-team all-league honors -- ALL!!! Communications Tech, 2008
All 15 of CT's starters were named first team All-Public in the Class A division. CT's Rob DiMedio was the only
one of the division's five coaches to show up for the selection meeting. With the approval of PL football chairman
Joe Stanley, DiMedio placed his starters in assorted spots on the 25-player list and then, over the next day, filled in
with players whose stats he found on this website. He was unsuccessful in reaching anyone from the other schools.
Only players to earn first team all-league honors at three different positions -- Ed Monaghan, Bonner, (class of 1985)
and Daniel Jones, Imhotep (class of 2009).
Monaghan earned All-Catholic laurels at DE in '82, LB in '83 and OL (and DE) in '84 (later played at Penn State);
Jones earned All-Public laurels at OL in '06, DL in '07 and LB in '08.
Most years between direct coaching influence on a City Title victory -- 43, John McAneney.
Johnny Mac was the offensive coordinator for Washington in 2008 (23-14 over La Salle) and the head coach for
West Catholic in 1965 (34-18 over Southern).
Most tackles behind the line of scrimmage -- 10, Ackeeno Jolly, Communications Tech, 9/4/08
Jolly, an end, made three sacks and seven other TFLs in a game vs. West Philadelphia. The 10 stops resulted in
27 yards in losses.
Best way to keep a drive going -- keep punting.
In 2009 vs. King, Edison twice kept a drive alive by recovering fumbles by punt returners. The recoveries went to
Joaquin Melendez at King's 37 and to Tim Torres at the 9. Two plays later, Edison's Luis Ortiz dropped the ball
while handing off and King's James Colburne recovered at the 10 . . . Wait, there's more. On third down, Torres
was in the process of sacking Donavan Bowman in the end zone when Bowman tossed the ball forward. The play
appeared to be a clear case of intentional grounding in the zone, and that would have resulted in a safety. The refs
met and met some more and decided to call it a fumble. Melendez had made the recovery at the 2. Ortiz surged
forward to score on the first play.
Most fair catches of kickoffs, game -- 3, Ryan vs, O'Hara, 10/18/09
Lineman Jim Grbas made a fair catch at the 28 to start the game. He later did so again at the 35 (and was
hammered by an O'Hara player, resulting in a 15-yard penalty) and Tom Price followed suit at the 30 in the fourth
quarter. This record was broken in 2013. See below.
Most fumbles by one team, with none of them recovered by the opposition -- 8, Dougherty vs. West Catholic, 10/16/09
Yes, the Cardinals dropped the ball eight times on a rainy night at Widener, but notched recoveries every time. (Also
in that game, Dougherty mounted a 19-7 lead, then lost, 57-19.)
Weight of the heaviest player to score an offensive touchdown (maybe ANY kind of TD) -- 347, Jamil Morgan, Gratz,
Late in what became a 62-14 non-league win over Boys' Latin, coach Erik Zipay put center Morgan at fullback and
guard Tamaric Richardson at tailback. Richardson ran four yards to the 2, then Morgan rumbled in for the TD.
Richardson, a mere 230 pounds, added the conversion run. (Morgan ran for another TD in the 2010 season, when
his listed weight was 345.
Only family to total 199 yards (205, actually) on return TDs -- West Catholic's Hollomon brothers, Rob and Brandon.
In 2007, in a regular season game vs. Dougherty, Rob returned an interception 106 yards for a TD (though scoring
rules limit distances to 100). In 2009, in a playoff game vs. Dougherty, Brandon returned a punt 99 yards for a TD.
Most yards covered on two long playoff TDs in same weekend -- 188, Week Nine of the 2009 season.
Brandon Hollomon had his 99-yarder on a Friday night, and that broke a city playoff record (95) that had stood since
1922. The next day, Del-Val Charter's Brad Wilson caught an 89-yard TD pass from Sean Williams, and that broke
a city record (86) that had stood since 1992.
Best trifecta of kicking moments -- Tim Carroll, West Catholic, 2009
In a 44-22 subregional win over McDevitt, Carroll hit a PAT after the Burrs' first TD to claim the city career record
with 158. He capped the Burrs' next possession with his first career FG (a 25-yarder) in just three attempts, then
powered the kickoff into the end zone for just the second time all season.
Most men on the field -- 13, Edison, 2009
During a 14-10 win over Boys' Latin, the Owls' offense was hit with the too-many-men penalty on consecutive plays.
After the first flag, one guy came off and no one went on. So, yes! That meant there were 13 guys on the field for the
Best rushing play that didn't start out as one -- Zeferino "Ziggy" Albino, Public, 1995.
In the City All-Star Game, Albino, of West Phila., punted a ball almost exactly straight up. He then caught it, evaded
some tacklers and posted an 11-yard gain.
Most completions/passes in back-to-back game by a Public League QB -- 36/67, Troy Johnson, Prep Charter, 2010.
In the Huskies' first two games, Johnson, a sophomore, passed 18-for-31 for 233 yards and 18-for-37 for 202 yards
in losses to Del-Val and Bok. BROKEN IN 2014
Most games decided by late fumble returns in the same stadium on the same day -- 2, at Germantown's Benjamin Johnston
Memorial Stadium, Sept. 24, 2010
In the afternoon game, Gratz defeated King, 34-28, as frosh DE Daqwan Freeman ran 84 yards on the game's last play
with a stolen ball! In the night game, Del-Val beat Imhotep, 30-22, as sr. DE Heleaince "HG" Gates ran 66 yards with
9:49 left to break a 22-22 tie.
Most visits by different ambulances to service injured members of the same team -- 3, Del-Val vs. Bok, 2010.
Right before and right after halftime, DB Aaron Baker and DE Rasheed Cade suffered concussions. DT Khalif Smith
did likewise on the final play of the game. All three wound up at Children's Hospital. Also, offensive coordinator Sean
Groce received a call at halftime saying his son, Syree, 10, had suffered a concussion while playing for the Ivy Hill Saints'
75-pound squad. Dad left to join son, also at CHOP.
Fewest kicks tried during a Catholic League game with numerous TDs -- 0, N-G vs. C-E, 2010
This one ended with N-G on top, 26-20, after two OTs. Regulation ended 14-14. Though seven TDs were scored, neither
team tried to kick an extra point.
Best average distance for TDs to finish a disappointing season -- 98.3, Gratz, 2003
The Bulldogs scored one touchdown in each of their final three games, all losses, but distance was not a problem. Eugene
Wright returned a kickoff 100 yards vs. Dobbins, Richard Sheppard caught a 96-yard pass from Kyle Whiting vs. Franklin
and Vondell Parson ran 99 yards from scrimmage vs. West Philly.
Most consecutive plays on defense -- 30, Carroll vs. Academy Park, 2010
Academy Park had the ball for the final 17 plays of the second quarter (missed field goal) and the first 13 of the third
quarter (turned it over on downs).
Most points scored by running back in two-week period . . . with no yards gained! -- 10, Rob Davis, Del-Val, 2010.
In Weeks 5 and 6 combined, vs. Bok and Future, Davis carried just one time for zero yards. But he ran for two conversions
in Week 5 and for three more in Week 6 for 10 total points (conversion plays do not count in stats.) . . . Davis finished the
season with eight conversions runs and no TDs and added three more conversions in 2011 before scoring his first TD, on a
15-yard run, in Week Nine.
Shortest time between interceptions -- 8 seconds, Mark McLean, Prep Charter, 2010
McLean made picks on consecutive plays vs. Mastbaum. He lost a fumble after the first one.
Most long-distance city records tied on the same weekend -- 2, Week One, 2011
Against Lincoln, Dobbins' Dishon Solomon intercepted a pass at the back of the end zone and zoomed 109 actual yards for a TD.
Against Ridley, Malvern's Blake Gunter picked up a blocked field goal and covered 87 yards for a score. (Other respective record- holders in those categories: West Catholic's Tyrek Smith and McDevitt's Scott Yancey.)
Fewest combined rushing yards by guys who teamed to post five TDs -- 32, Washington vs. Overbrook, 2011
In a 40-0 win, Haleem Sillman (three) and Alfonso Augustine (two) teamed forces for five rushing TDs. Sillman's totals: six
carries for 22 yards. Augustine's: 5-10.
Biggest "lake" at side of the field -- approximately 100 yards by 10 yards, Week Two, 2011
Major rainstorms overnight and that morning left a lake at 29th Street Stadium extending from end zone to end on the south
sideline. The water was 3 to 5 inches deep from the west end to the opposite 30, then thinned out slightly from there. The home
team, Franklin, was made to stand on the visiting sideline, with Boys' Latin. All game, just one play ended up in the lake as Franklin
QB Michael Dixon was tackled by Chris Hudson and Mark Bowser. Click here for a pic.
Biggest weight differential between a team's kicker and punter -- 175 pounds, Olney Charter, 2011
Dontae Angus, who kicked off for the Trojans, weighed 310 pounds. The punter was 135-pound Valsky Auguste.
Most lost fumbles in one half by one team -- 6, Olney Charter, 2011
Against Mastbaum, the Trojans lost fumbles on six of their first seven possessions. No. 3 ended with a punt by Valsky Auguste.
The ball bounced against Mastbaum returner Frank Quiles and Olney's John Whitehead recovered.
Worst decision by a punt-coverage team -- Southern, 1986
With the ball on his team's own 1 yard line, Germantown's Rod Artwell popped up a punt that landed three yards deep in the end
zone. Instead of recovering the ball for a TD, a group of Rams allowed it to trickle back to the 1, then they downed it. (And here's
what happened thereafter: QB Ty Bradley fumbled the snap for a four-yard loss, was sacked for a nine-yard loss and threw a
pass on which interference (for an automatic first down) was called at the 9. Fred King lost two yards and Bradley threw two
more incompletions before connecting with Dondi Garrett for an 11-yard touchdown.)
Worst decision by a kickoff-receiving team -- Olney Charter, 2011
Dobbins' Daquan "Day-Day" Brown hammered the kickoff deep and the nearest Olney return man never bothered to touch it.
The ball was touched by Dobbins at the 5 and squirted into the end, where Mike Jones recovered for a TD.
Most disastrous possessions in one half -- 8, Mastbaum, 2011
In the second half of a loss to Furness, the Panthers experienced disaster on all eight of their possessions (three interceptions,
four lost fumbles, one punt blocked).
Fewest yards gained by a guy who ran for three TDs -- 7, Will Parks, Germantown, 2011
Parks, normally a wideout, moved to tailback in the Bears' goal-line package in a 24-12 win over Northeast. He carried five
times for seven yards and TDs of 1, 1 and 3 yards. BROKEN IN 2013; SEE BELOW.
Most games in one weekend with back-to-back TDs on kickoff returns -- 2, Northeast/Washington and McDevitt/SJ Prep, 2011
On Friday of Week Seven, at Washington, Washington's Donald Smith (86 yards) and Northeast's Anthony Quail (82)
exchanged kickoff-return TDs. On Saturday night, at Plymouth-Whitemarsh, SJ Prep's John Reid opened the second half
with an 89-yard return. McDevitt's Keith Young followed with an 86-yarder.
Shortest time span between two unusual TDs by the same player -- 23, by O'Hara DE Shane Johnson, 2011
Against Carroll, Johnson blocked a punt, recovered the ball at the 1 and stepped into the end zone. On Carroll's second play
thereafter, QB Sal Bello was preparing for a stretch-play handoff. Johnson snatched the ball right out of Bello's hands and
cruised 28 yards for another TD.
Craziest conversion sequence -- Lincoln vs. Northeast, 2011
Lincoln holder Sincere Merced completed a pass to James Baldere, but kicker Amir Albarouki was called for a chop block at the
12. From the 27, a pass from QB Miguel Sanchez was intercepted by Missiah Mason, but that play was negated by roughing
the passer. From the 13, Albarouki was a shade right with a 30-yard kick.
Worst location for a trick play -- 3 yard line, Frankford vs. Washington, PL AAAA final, 2011
With 9 minutes remaining and the score tied, 13-13, Frankford had the ball on its 3. A miscommunication caused a punt snap to
go to up-man Aaron Allison instead of punter Eric Salguero. Allison's pass to no one was incomplete and Hakeem Sillman ran 3
yards for the winning TD two plays later.
Entries for 2012 . . .
Only pregnant woman to see action (almost) -- King trainer Mary Keller, vs. Gratz, 2012
Right before halftime, as Gratz was preparing to run a play, coach Erik Zipay could be heard saying, "They've got a pregnant lady
lined up at linebacker!!" Say what? Thinking that King DE Darnel Moore was looking a little groggy, Mary hustled out onto the
field. One problem: She didn't alert the refs or ask anyone to call time and, somehow, no one seemed to notice her. Bingo! There
she was, on the defensive side of the ball. Luckily, time was finally called and Mary, who's six months preggers, escorted Moore
off the field. Mary wasn't carrying a trainer's bag and wasn't wearing anything that would ID her as a medical staffer, so all the
Gratz people thought she was some overzealous mom protecting her son.
Shortest kickoff -- 1 yard, Mike DiFrancesco, Neumann-Goretti, 2012
Against Furness, on an onside/squib kick, DiFrancesco stubbed his toe/instep right before making contact with the ball. The
ball barely made it off the tee and stopped dead at the 41 yard line. Everyone stood silently, unsure what to do. Finally,
DiFrancesco picked up the ball and gave it to the nearest referee. BROKEN IN 2013 (see below).
Best kicking doubleplay with no help from the wind -- Phil Isaac, Roman, 2012
Against Malvern, in Wildwood, N.J., Isaac hit a car parked across the street (north end of Maxwell Field) with a PAT. His ensuing
kickoff landed on the back line of the end zone. (There was very little wind. Plus, it was blowing bay to ocean across the field.)
Biggest turnaround in a two-week period -- 105 points, Germantown, 2012
The Bears lost their opener to Emmaus, 40-0, then dismantled Edison, 65-0, in Week Two.
Largest point swing in just over one quarter -- 66, West Catholic vs. Bonner
The Burrs trailed at halftime, 24-0, then stormed to a 42-24 victory . . . and all 42 points were scored in the first 13:42. Tailback
Greg White rushed for five TDs. The other went to Shaquille James on a pass from Antwain McCollum.
Shortest time span for three TDs by one team -- 33 seconds, Prep Charter vs. Roxborough
With 2:46 left in the first quarter, Dian Volo scored on a 1-yard sneak. There was a fumble on the kickoff and Ronald Stokes ran
it back 13 yards at 2:23. Roxborough's next scrimmage play produced another fumble and Anthony Wyche returned the ball 25
yards for a TD at 2:13. BROKEN IN 2013 (see below)
Most amazing lengths of first quarter and second half in one game -- 46 and 32 minutes.
On the night when O'Hara beat McDevitt, 57-7, the first quarter lasted 46 minutes. O'Hara roared to a 40-0 lead in the first
10 minutes, 58 seconds, thanks to six TDs and four PATs. The halftime score was 43-0. With the mercy rule in effect, the
second half zipped by in 32 minutes. O'Hara's first six TDs came on drives that required just 14 plays. Total distance of
the scores: 174.
Shortest time span for four scores -- 49 seconds.
The scores occurred early in the second quarter of Prep Charterís 59-6 pasting of Future -- a safety at 10:57 for PC; Anthony
Wyche returned the free kick for a 64-yard TD at 10:45; Futureís Khalir Blount returned the kickoff 78 yards for a TD at 10:31.
On the next scrimmage play, Wyche ran 48 yards for a TD at 10:08.
Most consecutive unplanned forfeit victories -- two, Lincoln
The Railsplitters topped Edison in Week Five after there were too many eligibility questions about those Owls attending Bracetti
and playing for Edison via a cooperative sponsorship. That same week, the Olney-Southern game was cut by a brawl. Four Olney
players were thrown off the team and the principal decided to forfeit the Week Six game with Lincoln.
Most turnovers in game involving city's top-ranked teams -- 12
In Week Seven, No. 2 St. Joseph's Prep beat No. 1 La Salle, 24-16. Each team committed six turnovers, with three apiece of
interceptions and lost fumbles. For Prep, John Reid (two) and Todd Jones posted interceptions while Tim Rafter (two) and Dan
Sherry recovered fumbles. Jones returned his pick for a TD. For La Salle, Mike Eife, Jimmy Herron and Trent Simmons
posted interceptions while Mike Koller, Herron and Ryan Coonahan recovered fumbles. Eife returned his pick for a TD.
Highest number of games involved in simultaneous endings of streaks -- 43.
On Saturday night of Week Seven, while losing to SJ Prep, 24-16, La Salle parted company with a 21-game Catholic AAAA
winning streak (counting playoffs) and Ryan beat Judge, 32-31, to leave behind a 22-game losing streak in that same division.
Highest number of forfeits resulting from brawls in a two-week period -- three.
In Week Six, Southern's 32-8 win over Olney was halted with 7:50 left in the fourth quarter. In Week Seven, Overbrook's 22-0
win over Bartram was halted with 2:05 left in the third quarter. Olney forfeited its next game to Lincoln; it was determined
Southern's players had not only acted inappropriately (only in defense mode). Overbrook (to King) and Bartram (to Dobbins) also
forfeited their next games.
Most frustrating debut for a head coach -- Jim Chapman, Bartram.
In Week Seven, after serving unofficially as co-coach through the first six games with Mark Effendian (listed on School District
records as the head coach), Jim Chapman took over and the Braves' 22-0 loss to Overbrook was halted by a brawl with 2:05 left in
the third quarter. They also forfeited their next game (to Dobbins).
Largest player to throw a pass and run for TDs (two) -- Mike McGlinchey, Penn Charter.
Listed at 6-8, 275, McGlinchey, a cousin of Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan, took a direct snap in shotgun formation and whipped
a long incompletion on the next-to-last play in the Quakers' 27-20 loss to Malvern. The Notre Dame commit split time in this game
between tight end (four catches for 100 yards) and slotback. He then ran for one TD apiece in games vs. SCH Academy and Gtn.
Academy to end the season.
"Shortest" interception TD -- minus 9 yards, Brandon Chatmon, Imhotep Charter.
In Week Nine, Chatmon and two teammates rushed Comm Tech quarterback Zaki Jamison on a play that began at the 4. At the
very back of the end zone, just before he stepped over the line, Jamison whipped a shovel pass right into Chatmon's belly.
Chatmon gained possession just before HE stepped over the line and he was credited with an interception TD.
Most amazing quick burst of points -- 23 in 48 seconds, Carroll vs. McDevitt.
Sal Bello passed 25 yards to Christian Ritter, Evan Harvey returned an interception 33 yards, Ryan Boornazian tackled the
punter (bad snap) for a safety, Steffen Ramondo returned the free kick (a kickoff) 65 yards and Max Frederick hit three PATs.
Biggest yardage difference between a team's kickoff return TDs -- 46, Roman vs. Judge.
William Fuller returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a TD. Later, Chris Cruz went 51 yards with an onside kick.
Only players in city postseason history to account for TDs rushing/passing/receiving -- Bob Mahan, West Catholic, 1962 City Title vs.
Southern; Jimmy Herron, La Salle vs. Roman, AAAA semi.
Herron caught a 25-yard pass from Chris Kane, threw a 68-yard pass to Mike Eife and ran nine yards. (It was the second time in
2012 he accomplished the feat; also vs. Ryan in regular season.)
Only line-playing brother combo to score 1-yard TDs -- Roman's Kerry and Collin Shields.
In 2010, Kerry rushed 1 yard for a TD vs. Roxborough. Against that same opponent in 2012, Collin, playing defense, picked up a
loose ball on the 1 and stepped into the end zone for a TD.
Best record by members of one family in their senior seasons -- 34-1, the Tracz family.
In 1973, Brian Tracz starred at linebacker as O'Hara went 12-0. In '03, his son, Brian, did likewise as SJ Prep matched that
record. In '12, David, Brian Jr.'s cousin, starred at tackle as SJ Prep went 10-1. (The lone loss came in OT, vs. La Salle, in the
Catholic AAAA final. That was game No. 10. A Thanksgiving win over Malvern concluded the season.)
Entries for 2013 . . .
Longest "non-rush" -- 95 yards,
Robert Hall, Future vs. Central, 8/30
The play began at Future's 5. Ron Wade tried to pass, but the ball was knocked free. Hall recovered it eight yards deep in the
end zone and raced 108 yards for a TD. Officially, Wade was credited with one carry for no yards while Hall netted 95 yards on
NO carry. (He also scored on an 18-yard fumble return.) . . . In Week Four, vs. Boys' Latin, Hall scored four TDs -- in different
manners: rush, reception, returns of kickoff and interception.
Most rushing yards in first game for new school -- 345, Samir Bullock, Ryan vs. O'Hara, 8/31
In his first game for Ryan, after transferring from Judge, Bullock carried 27 times for 345 yards and three TDs. The Raiders
posted just one other yard (on a pass by Mark Ostaszewski, who went 2-for-6).
Quickest two TDs by one team to start a game -- 19 seconds, Penn Charter vs. Fels, 9/7
Freddie Perri returned the opening kickoff 77 yards for a TD. Fels' Michael Turnage caught the ensuing kickoff on Fels' 20 and
began to backtrack while being swarmed. The ball popped into the air. It was caught on the 10 by Denarii Beard and he ran into
the end zone.
Craziest last play of a first half -- La Salle vs. O'Hara, 9/14
From O'Hara's 42, La Salle QB Kyle Shurmur whipped one long into the end zone. Thaddius Smith intercepted and tried to
uncork a return. TE Charlie Hemcher, on the field for the first time all night (though he'd lined up in the slot), poked the ball free
and WR Charles Headen recovered for a TD.
Most exciting performance by an opponent in the moments surrounding halftime -- Omar Truitt, St. John's (D.C.) vs Roman, 9/14
On the next-to-last scrimmage play of the first half, Truitt returned an interception 98 yards for a TD. He then zoomed 95 yards
for another TD with the second-half kickoff.
Only team to record three interceptions in consecutive-numbers order -- Roman vs. Bonner-Prendie, 9/20
The Cahillites' picks, in order, were made by No. 1 (AJ Frazier), No. 2 (Dimetri Kelly, for a 22-yard TD) and No. 3 (John
Chaney, for an 80-yard TD on the final play of the game).
Only team to register interception TDs on consecutive scrimmage plays -- Gratz vs. Mastery North, 9/20
The first guy was linebacker Jaylem Sanders and the distance was 21 yards. Next up was end Skylar Wilkerson, and he
covered 29 yards. Elapsed time: 17 seconds.
Fewest yards gained by a guy who ran for three TDs -- 3, Cedric Wright, Washington vs. Furness, 9/21
With the ball at the 1 three different times, Washington's coaches opted for sneaks and Wright powered the ball into the end zone.
He had no other carries. In 2011, Wright, then a sophomore, was Germantown's season-long QB starter. It was Wright who
handed the ball to Will Parks, the previous owner of this record (7 yards on three TDs, vs. Northeast).
Most amazing very late comeback -- 27 points in final 3:15, Northeast vs. Fels, 9/27
The Vikings, trailing by 19-0, got their first score with 3:15 left on Hakim Coles' 1-yard run. At 1:36, Natwan Curtis scored on
an 8-yard pass from Coles, who then hit Gladimir Paul with the conversion pass. At 0:33.8, Curtis scored on a 25-yard pass
from Coles and Tyler Gormley hit the PAT. At 0:00, Brian Green scored on a 61-yard interception return, finalizing the score at
27-19. (Note: the TD passes were Northeast's only completions of the game.)
Fewest games played on grass fields -- Three, Week Six
Incredibly, all 12 games involving Pub teams were played on turf. (Two games canceled due to forfeits -- Roxborough-Mastbaum
at Northeast; Imhotep/Del-Val at Northwest Super Site -- also would have been played on turf). Played on grass: Penn Charter at
Valley Forge MA, Episcopal at Lawrenceville (NJ) and Judge vs. La Salle at Springfield Montco.
Most visits to the end zone in one game -- 11, Greg White, West Catholic vs. Carroll, 10/12
White scored five TDs and added three conversions in the Burrs' 50-21 win. He also lost three TDs to penalties. The yardage on
the scores was 5, 13, 24, 9 (rushes) and 56 (reception). The conversions came on two rushes and a conversion. Lost to flags were
a 96-yard kickoff return and rushes of 43 and 62 yards. The Burrs did not score on those three possessions, and those were the
only times their offense failed all game.
Most penalty yards incurred by one team after setting up for first and goal -- 50, McDevitt vs. Conwell-Egan, 10/19
"Only" 35 were marked off, however, because of offsetting personal fouls. Here we go: Stephen Leach ran for 3 yards to the 7;
Leach ran for 1 yard to the 6 but three dead ball personal fouls (two vs. McDevitt) were called after a brief dustup, moving the
ball back to the 21; Max Bryson passed for 18 yards to Vincent DiLeo, but a hold in the vicinity of the tackle moved the ball
back to the 13; procedure moved it back to the 18; Bryson hit Gary Meakim for 15 yards to the 3; another procedure moved it
back to the 8; Brendan Hanagan booted a 25-yard field goal.
Shortest time span for three TDs by one team -- 32 seconds, Southern vs. Fels in AAAA first-round playoff, 10/25 (breaking 33 by Prep Charter in 2012)
With 7:20 left in the third quarter, Qazi Jones ran 20 yards for a TD. On Fels' first scrimmage play, Michael Riley returned a
fumble for a 42-yard score. Jones recovered a fumble on Fels' next scrimmage play, then Terrell Miles followed with a 20-yard
rush to the end zone.
Most passes batted down at/near the line of scrimmage by one team -- 9, Haverford School vs. Gtn. Academy, 10/26
Niles Easley led the way with three. Mike Gindhart posted two while Mickey Kober, Eric Follman, Nick Helber and Chris
Sabia had one apiece.
Most consecutive first downs posted on pass interference calls -- 3, Future vs. Olney, 10/31
In the fourth quarter, the Firebirds gained first downs on three consecutive plays, thanks to pass interference calls. Overall, they
gained four first downs via PI and had just five total first downs for the game. Their QBs combined to pass 0-for-9.
Craziest line of scrimmage penalty sequences on the same day -- 2, Del-Val vs. Northeast and SJ Prep vs. La Salle, 11/8
In a non-league afternoon game at Northeast, Del-Val was guilty of false starts three straight times, pushing the ball from
the 5 to 2 1/2 to the 1 1/4 to the 22 1/2-inch line. At night, in the CL AAAA final at P-W, SJ Prep was guilty of encroachment
on three straight plays. The ball moved from the 2 to the 1 to the 1/2-yard line to the 9-inch line.
Most impressive coming out party for a receiver -- Jordan Johnson, SCH Academy vs. Malvern, 11-9
Entering this game, the Blue Devils' final game of the season, Johnson owned one catch for three yards. He then exploded for
13 receptions for 240 yards (school record) and four TDs (tying the city record).
Most long-gain plays by one team ending at the 1-yard line -- 4, Imhotep vs. West Catholic, 11/15
In the Class AA City Title, the plays were passes from Andre Dreuitt-Parks for 30 yards to Denniston "DJ" Moore (4-119),
29 to Naseir Upshur and 45 to Moore, and a 21-yard run by Mike Waters (125 total yards). TDs followed.
Most fair catches of kickoffs, team -- 4, King vs. Wood, 11/16
In the Class AAA City Title, Delane Hart (3) and Michael Lynch combined to set the record. Hart could have had four. He
dropped the ball on one fair catch, but side judge Art "Chappy" Chapman inadvertently blew his whistle. Wood kicked off
again and a bouncing ball was covered by a King player. In this same game, Hart (2-87) became the first Pub player to reach
1,000 receiving yards in a season (1,073).
Shortest kickoff -- minus-4 yards, Joseph Walker, King vs. Wood, 11/16
After King scored its lone TD late in the Class AAA City Title, star QB Joseph Walker, also the kickoff man, tried an onsides
kick. He barely hit the ball and it spun backward to his right, where it was recovered by a teammate at the 36.
Most rushing yards over three consecutive games -- 955, Troy Gallen, Malvern, 2013
The senior posted 372 vs. Episcopal, 333 vs. SCH Academy and 250 vs. SJ Prep. He also racked up 107 yards for 1,062
scrimmage yards. (West Catholic's Curtis "Boonah" Brinkley had rushed for 951 in 2003).
Most interceptions by a defensive end in one season -- 6, John Nassib, Malvern, 2013
The 6-6, 255-pound senior put his huge hands to good use, posting two picks in one game and one apiece in four others.
Strangest play to end a game -- Gratz vs. Fels, 11/7/13
On its final play vs. Fels, down by 38-36, Gratz had the ball on its own 27. A hook-and-lateral play was tried. Nydair Rouse
caught a pass from QB Musa Al-Sulaimani on the 31 and latereled to Shyheed Brown, who was standing on the 21. Brown
threw backward to Al-Sulaimani, who was standing on the 3. Al-Sulaimani threw another forward pass, which was illegal, and
the ball hit the ground, ending the play and the game. (Unaware that a play-ending whistle had blown, Fels' Khalif Whitaker
picked up the loose ball and took it into the end zone, thinking he'd scored a TD. Repeat: The play was dead. The game was
over. The score was originally posted as 44-36 because DN statman Keith Hines insisted he saw one of the refs signal a TD.
Al-Sulaimani did not receive credit for two pass attempts on the play, but that would have been legendary, right?
Only player to score twice on kickoff returns of identical distances in the same game -- Luke Spahits, Wood vs. Berwick, 2013
In a Class AAA state semifinal, Spahits scored twice on 75-yard kickoff returns. (It's likely he is the only player to score
twice on kickoff returns of any distance in Catholic/Public postseason history, and the only Catholic League player to do so in
any game over at least the last 35 seasons.)
Best late-season performance by a team that should have been downtrodden -- Ryan, 2013
After losing to Judge in Week Seven, the Raiders were eliminated from playoff contention in Catholic AAAA. They finished the
season with a 4-0 run. Therein, they beat two teams -- Wood in AAA, SJ Prep in AAAA -- that would go to on capture state
titles, as well as the Pub's AAAA runnerup (Washington).
Most return TDs in a career -- 14, Deandre Scott, Imhotep, 2010-13
He totaled two as a frosh, five as a junior and seven as a senior. Breakdown: two apiece with kickoffs/fumbles, four with punts
and six with interceptions.
Entries for 2014 . . .
passes thrown by losing team in a rout -- 0, Strawberry
In a 42-0 loss to Olney, the Knights attempted no passes.
Most passing yards in back-to-back games -- 698, Kyle Shurmur, La Salle, 2014
In the first two weeks, he threw for 345 vs. North Penn and 353 vs. Bergen Catholic (N.J.)
Fewest yards gained on four receptions -- 8, Derek Mountain, Haverford School, 2014
Against West Catholic in Week Two, quick-hitters were well covered and Mountain had to settle for minimal gains. (In the next
week, vs. Downingtown East, he turned three catches into 104 yards and two TDs.)
Most games played in Kentucky in one weekend -- 2, Week Two, 2014
Imhotep played Trinity, in Louisville, and Mastery North played Johnson Central, in Paintsville.
Best display of sportsmanship -- Gratz coach Erik Zipay, 2014
In the second half of what became a 53-0 win over Fels, the Bulldogs scored three TDs. Each time, on the conversion, Zipay
ordered his backup QB to take the snap, then take a knee.
Most overdressed ballboy in city history -- Timmy Weal, SCH Academy, 2014
A deep sub not scheduled to see action, he served as the ballboy for the Blue Devils' Week Three game vs. Mastery North
while wearing a full uniform/equipment, including his helmet.
Biggest scoring differential in back-to-back days of Public League games -- Thursday and Friday, Sept. 11-12
Eight league games were played. Winners outscored losers, 321-6. Mastbaum was the only loser to score. (One more game was
played on the 13th. Franklin beat Northeast, 39-20.)
Only team to turn five completions into five TDs; all to different receivers -- King, Sept. 12, vs. Lincoln
The starting QB was Nasir Boykin, who finished 4-for-8 for 173 yards and four TDs. His TD grabbers were Mark McCray
(65 yards), Jayni Harris (35), Dominque McNeil (39) and Nasir Monroe (34). The backup QB was Terrell Pegues. His only
pass yielded a 2-yard score to Nate Sutton.
Slimmest "breakage margin" of a 40-year-old record -- 1 yard, Joe Ruggiero, Conwell-Egan, 2014
Against Upper Moreland, he posted 178 receiving yards to snap the school record (177) set by Jerry Riley in 1974.
Most yards gained on rushing TDs -- 286, Yeedee Thaenrat, Judge, vs. SCH Academy
Overall, he ran for 377 yards (first 300-yard rusher in a losing effort). His five TDs covered 57, 35, 63, 56 and 75 yards.
Most consecutive times the ball was placed at the same yard line -- 6, Frankford vs. Gratz, Week Five, 2014
After Gratz' Javon Whitfield was stopped at the 1, Frankford took over at its 1. Sequence: procedure, no gain for Mikey
Morell, procedure again, no gain for Jermar Allen, procedure yet again, 1-yard loss and fumble for Ralph Hyland. Steve
Reynolds recovered the ball for a TD.
Fewest games for a QB to reach 20 TD passes in one season -- 5, Kevin Caldwell, Franklin, 2014
In a 40-6 win over King, three TD tosses gave him 20 for the season.
Most yards gained on TDs on consecutive plays that were nullified by penalties -- 153, Neumann-Goretti vs. Conwell-Egan, Week Five, 2014
Aamir Brown lost a 73-yard rushing score due to a hold. Emil Moody lost an 80-yard receiving score because he grabbed a
defender's face mask at C-E's 13.
Longest game in a which a program collected its first varsity win -- Palumbo, 2014, Week Five
The Griffins needed three OTs to best Kensington. Dontez Jolly won it with a 10-yard run on first down after Kensington
had been halted to start that session.
Only team to go 6-for-6 on two point conversions -- Del-Val, 2014, Week Five
The Warriors posted six eight-spots for 48 points vs. Strawberry Mansion. Nasir Bonner, Shayne Smith, Dwine Walls
and Davik Miller ran for conversions. Walls added a pair of conversion catches.
Only team with three lefties in prominent spots -- Malvern, 2014
QB Alex Hornibrook throws lefthanded. Center Dave Lynch snaps lefthanded. Kicker Dan Giannascoli boots leftfooted.
Widest gap between conversion performances on same night -- seven, 2014, Week Five
In a 62-14 win over Overbrook, Imhotep went 7-for-8 on two-pointers -- runs for Andre Dreuitt-Parks (two), Tyliek
Raynor, Mike Waters and Amin Black; catches for Naseir Upshur and D.J. Moore. In a 30-13 win over Neumann-
Goretti, West Catholic went 0-for-5 (all on two-pointers).
Most points scored in defeat -- 51, Penn Charter, 2014
In Week Seven, the Quakers fell to SCH Academy, 53-51. In '13, SCH fell to Malvern, 63-50.
Weirdest pre-game penalty -- Prep Charter, 2014, Week Seven
The Huskies were penalized 15 yards because coach David Hand was not present for the coin toss. The Huskies kicked off
from their 25 and Palumbo's Dontez Jolly returned the ball 82 yards for a TD. PC stormed back to win, 48-6.
Only time Public League records were broken in back-to-back moments -- Imhotep, 2014, Week Seven vs. Dobbins
With 11:21 left in the third quarter, Andre Dreuitt-Parks, off a 50-yard TD to Denniston "DJ" Moore, claimed the Pub
record for career passing yards with 4,194. 2010 Northeast grad Malik Stokes had 4,170. Moore then kicked the PAT to
raise his career total to 101 and broke a Pub mark, too. 2009 Washington grad Will McFillin had 100.
Most scrimmage and all-purpose yardage -- 1,139 and 1,324, SCH Academy vs. Penn Charter, 2014
In Week Seven, in a game won by SCH, 53-31, the winners racked up 554 from scrimmage and 82 on returns for 636. PC
had 585 and 103 for 688. (In a game in '13, won by Malvern over SCH, 63-50, the teams combined for 1,080 from
scrimmage and 232 on returns.)
Strangest conditions above the playing surface -- West Catholic vs. McDevitt, at Cheltenham, Week Seven, 2104
In the first half, smoke from nearby fireworks displays (one at a carnival on Cheltenham's property; another across Easton
Road at Arcadia University) created a haze in the stadium. In the second half, a dense fog rolled in and stirred memories of
the Eagles-at-Bears Fog Bowl playoff in 1988.
Biggest point differential in games covered by Ted on back-to-back days -- 91, Week Seven, 2014
On Saturday, SCH Academy beat Penn Charter, 53-51 (104). On Sunday, Lansdale Catholic beat Conwell-Egan, 7-6 (13).
Longest would-be field goal -- Jack Soslow, Haverford School, 2014
In Week Eight vs. SCH Academy, Soslow hit the left upright with a 47-yarder. HS has college-type goalposts and the ball
hit halfway up. It would have been good from the mid-50s.
Most players to end a game with season yardage stats that were multiples of 100 -- 3, Episcopal/Penn Charter, 2014
After a Week Eight game, Episcopal QB Ryan Whayland owned 1,300 passing yards. PC brothers Patrick and
Jake McCain owned 500 and 200 receiving yards, respectively.
Longest game that did not end with an outrageously high score -- SCH Academy vs. Haverford School, 2014
In Week Eight, HS triumped, 32-16, in 2 hours, 58 minutes. There were no major injuries.
Most TD passes in one half -- 7, Anthony Russo, Wood, 2014
In Week Eight, playing only in the first half, he went 11-for-15 for 369 yards and seven TDs. Did not play thereafter.
Only time all schools in a league produced 1,000-yard passers -- Inter-Ac, 2014
After Week Nine, all six I-A schools could boast of having 1,000-yard passers -- PC's Mike "Niko" Hnatkowsky (1,785),
Malvern's Alex Hornibrook (1,711), SCH Academy's Paul Dooley (1,693), Episcopal's Ryan Whayland (1,357),
Haverford School's Kevin Carter (1,225; off a 392-yard outing) and Germantown Academy's Kyle McCloskey (1,041).
Shortest two punts returned for TDs by same team -- Imhotep, Week Nine, vs. West Phila. (specifics to come)
Most completions/passes in back-to-back game by a Public League QB -- 44/72, Nasir Boykin, King, 2014.
In Week Six, the sophomore passed 25-for-40 for 384 yards vs. Northeast, then 19-for-32 for 276 in a non-league game
Worst week for competitive playoff games -- Week 10, 2014
In a Class AA semi, West Catholic beat Conwell-Egan, 54-0, in the CL's biggest playoff blowout. In a Class AA semi, Prep
Charter beat Palumbo, 62-0, in the PL's biggest playoff blowout. (Franklin's 63-6 win over Fels in a Class AAAA quarterfinal
took the No. 2 spot, at 57. Del-Val's 52-0 win over Strawberry Mansion took the No. 4 spot, at 52.)
Most yards/TDs posted by a quarterback in games against the same opponent -- 920/12, Paul Dooley, SCH Academy, 2013-14.
In '13 vs. Malvern, Dooley passed 31-for-43 for 498 yards and seven TDs. As a senior, he passed 21-for-33 for 422 and five.
They rank as the top two yardage performances in city history.
Most conversion passes in a playoff game -- 5, Andre Dreuitt-Parks, Imhotep, Week 12
In a 62-0 win over West Philadelphia in the AAA final, hit Khalif Clemons twice and these guys once apiece -- Tyliek
Raynor, Naseir Upshur and Denniston "DJ" Moore.
Only time city records were broken by teammates in the same game -- Franklin, 2014, Week 12 vs. Gratz
In the Public AAA final, Kevin Caldwell's second of three TD passes gave him 34 for the season, one more than Brett
Gordon posted for La Salle in '96. His third TD toss went to Rapheal "Macho" Rodriguez and that was No. 17 of the
season for him; Dougherty's Mickey King had 16 in 2000.
Fewest plays run by one team in second half of a non-blowout -- 4, Mastery North, 2014, Thanksgiving week vs. Gratz
The Pumas ran three plays in the third quarter (followed by a punt) and one (resulting in a turnover) in the fourth.
Gratz won, 8-6. Gratz ran nine plays in the third quarter and 17 in the fourth.
Fewest passes in holiday game -- 3, Mastbaum vs. Future, Thanksgiving week
On Thanksgiving Eve, at Northeast, Mastbaum beat Future, 30-20. Mastbaum's Derrick McLean went 0-for-1. Future's
Jathan Jones went 0-for-2.
Most postseason points -- 140, Jarrett McClenton, Wood, 2014
The Vikings played six games. McClenton scored four TDs in Nos. 1 through 4 and No. 6. He scored three TDs in No. 5.
He also had a conversion run in No. 6.
Entries for 2015 . . .
Highest victory margin in three-pack of Thursday games -- 152, Week Three, 2015
On Sept. 15, the scores were . . . Southern 54, Kensington 0; Imhotep 54, Boys' Latin 0; Washington 44, Roxborough 0.
Most Up and Down Night for a Quarterback -- Matt Romano, Ryan, Week Four, 2015
In a game vs. Roman, Romano was guilty of six turnovers (four interceptions, two lost fumbles). But he also ran for two
scores and passed for another as the Raiders won, 21-14, ending a 14-game losing streak vs. the Cahillites.
Weirdest First Win for a Coach -- B.J. "Butch" Hogan, O'Hara, Week Four, 2015
These are some of the things that happened, via a story in the Delco Times . . . O'Hara topped Neumann-Goretti, 39-36
on a 3-yard sneak by Tommy O'Hara with 1:29 left. Sixty-three of the points were scored in the second half. The teams
combined for one first down in the first quarter. Right before halftime, with the ball on O'Hara's 6, N-G quarterback
Brandon Pridgen had a brain cramp and knelt down instead of spiking the ball. In the second half, N-G's Amire Taylor
notched a TD on a zero-yard punt "return." Ryan Taylor, stationed in the end zone, punted the ball straight up. Taylor
jumped on it after the bounce. (Yes, both players were named Taylor. And, yes, O'Hara's QB was named O'Hara.)
Highest Yards-Per-Carry Average for a Guy Claiming a School Record -- Mike Waters, Imhotep, Week Five, 2015
Against Mastery North, Waters carried six times for 264 yards. His first carry produced two yards. In order, his last five
yielded seven, 73, 95, 36 and 51 -- all for TDs and all before halftime. His YPC average was 44.0, MUCH better than
the No. 2 spot on that list -- 23.5 by O'Hara's Kevin Jones in 1998 (13-305).
Most Unusual Safety Sequence -- Lansdale Catholic vs. West Catholic, Week Five, 2015
LC had the ball on its 16. Marlen Fenstermacher boomed an 82-yard punt to WC's 2. On third-and-11 from the 1, WC was
called for holding in the end zone as Joshua Evans attempted a pass. Automatic safety.
Most Combined Plays for Direct Involvement for Quarterbacks -- 100, Tommy Toal (Haverford School) and Mike "Neeko"
Hnatkowsky (Penn Charter), Week Seven
In a 41-40 game, won by HS in three OTs, Toal passed 24-for-42 for 268 yards and two TDs while rushing 14 times for
49 yards and three TDs (56 plays). Hnatkowsky passed 19-for-31 for 243 yards and four TDs while rushing 13 times for
47 yards (44 plays).
Biggest Total Point Differential in Two Games Worked by One Official on the Same Day -- 109, Harry Greer, Week Seven
Greer served as the umpire in the afternoon at 29th & Clearfield (Imhotep beat Dobbins, 56-8) and in the evening at the
Gratz Super Site (Gratz beat Kensington, 61-0).
Most Actual Yards Covered Without Scoring a TD -- 105, Todd Gregory, Boys' Latin, Week Seven
Against People's Prep, of Newark, NJ, Gregory made an interception six yards into the end zone. He then zoomed down the
left sideline and was tackled at the 1. It was the last play of the half.
Shortest Sliver of Football Action -- 6 minutes/7 scrimmage plays, Olney vs. Washington, Week Seven
On Oct. 9, Washington at Olney was halted by lightning at the end of regulation with the score at 6-6. The teams finished
the game on Oct. 20, again at Olney. The resumption started at 3:17 and ended at 3:23. Olney had the ball first. Will
Hunter ran 1 yard for a TD on third down. (After a procedure penalty, the conversion pass failed.) Washington ran four
plays and failed to score. The win gave Olney a 6-1 record for only the fourth time in school history (also '69, '75 and '06)
and assured just the school's second visit to the playoffs (also '06).
Fewest Number of Scrimmage Tackles -- 2, Roxborough vs. Franklin, Week Eight
Franklin ran just seven scrimmage plays while rolling to a 40-6 win. All three passes were completed to Javier Buffalo, who
wound up breaking the city record for TD receptions (35) and yardage (2,385). Two rushing plays -- minus-18 on a bad
snap; minus-1 on a bobbled snap -- were messups that ended with players flopping on the ball. Nyeem Jones ran twice and
was tackled both times. The Electrons' other three TDs were scored on returns.
Shortest "Complete" Game -- 9 minutes and 9 seconds, Imhotep vs. Future, Week Eight
By mutual agreement, this one was halted with Imhotep ahead, 40-0, with 2:51 remaining in the first quarter. The discussion
among the coaches and referees occurred right after Future sent a punt straight up into the air. Imhotep's Prince Smith gained
control on Future's 1 and stepped into the end zone for a TD. Amin Black had scored twice on interception returns.
Only Player to Score Seven TDs in One Half -- Raheem "Speedy" Blackshear, Wood, Week Nine
In the Vikings' 56-0 win on Carroll's on-campus field, Blackshear tallied his seventh TD with 2:09 left in the first half. The
seven TDs left him one short of the city record (Bartram's Hector Scott in 1983). Blackshear's TDs, in order, were runs of 3
and 2 yards (he picked up a bobbled snap by QB Anthony Russo and advanced it into the end zone), receptions of 17, 5 and
27 yards from Russo, a run of 3 yards and an interception return of 92 yards. Blackshear was credited with 12 yards on four
carries and 49 on three catches.
Only QB to Hit Five Different Receivers for TDs in a Playoff Game -- Joshua Evans, West Catholic, Week 10
In the Burrs' 46-0 win over Neumann-Goretti in a Catholic AA semi, Evans tied the city record for passing TDs in a postseason
game with five. The six-pointers were posted by Amir Postley (5 yards), Ahmad Kent (28), Craig Jones (77), Amadou Barry
(8) and Tahj Powell (9).
Strangest Scheduling Sequence Over a Two-Week Period -- Mastery North, Weeks 11 and 12
Before Week 11, Public League chairman Ken Geiser scheduled MN and Franklin for a non-league game. MN backed out of
that game and instead scheduled a game against Conwell-Egan for Tuesday of Week 12. It then backed out of that one.
The Only Time League Records From the Same Season Were Broken in the Same Weekend -- Week 12
On Friday, Nov. 20, Wood's Anthony Russo fired his 34th TD pass of 2015, breaking the CL record of 33 by La Salle's
Brett Gordon in 1997. On Saturday, Nov. 21, Imhotep's Mike Waters ran for his 28th TD, breaking the PL record of
Frankford's Eddie Gaskins in 1997. That was also Waters' 30th overall TD, and that one broke Gaskins' overall record of 29.
The efforts of Russo/Waters were posted in AAA championship games; Russo vs. Ryan and Waters vs. West Philadelphia.
Only Team With a Great Record to Finish With More Wins Than Completed Passes -- Northeast, 2015.
The Vikings finished 12-1. They completed nine passes. Keith Moore went 6-for-38 for 139 yards and two TDs. Amir Paulk
went 3-for-9 for 71 yards. Jaquan Amos went 0-for-1.
Only Team To Finish With Almost Twice as Many Interceptions as Receptions -- Northeast, 2015
The Vikings completed nine passes. They intercepted 17. Jaquan Amos led the way with eight.
Worst Outcome for a Transfer -- Brandon Pridgen, Neumann-Goretti, 2015
In 2014, Pridgen was Northeast's starting QB. For the 2015 season he transferred to N-G, which finished 2-9. His old school,
Northeast, went 12-1 and advanced to the Public AAAA final.
Entries for 2016 . . .
Earliest Starting Time -- Carroll at Penn Wood
On Sept. 10, a Saturday, due to a wicked forecast (mid-90s; heat index over 100), administrators decided to start this game
at 8:30 a.m. Carroll lost, 21-14, and failed to score in the first half. For many, many years, the North Catholic-Frankford
Thanksgiving game started at 9:45 a.m., almost exactly when this first half ended. In 1983, Frankford's Blair Thomas ran
72 yards for a TD on the game's first scrimmage play. That happened at 9:48. (It's likely someone through the years returned
an opening kickoff for a score, so it's possible an earlier TD was scored.)
Most Total Wins in Lengthy Winning Streaks That Ended on the Same Night -- 93, Sept. 16
West Catholic's 43-game streak in regular season league games ended with a 28-6 loss to Conwell-Egan. Wood's 29-game
streak in regular season league games ended with a 43-24 loss to SJ Prep. Haverford School's 21-game overall streak ended
with a 27-24 loss to Perkiomen Valley. (Also, West Catholic failed to score an offensive TD in that loss to C-E. It had done
so in 63 consecutive games.)
Longest Rushing Touchdown -- 99 yards, 25 inches
On Sept. 24 vs. McDevitt, Neumann-Goretti QB Salvatore Emma ran up the middle for a touchdown on a play that began
with the back end of the ball lined up over the front part of the goal line. Footballs are roughly 11 inches in length.
Craziest Finish Involving Field Goals -- Episcopal at Malvern, Week Eight, Oct. 14
Malvern's Brandon Chiazza hit a 29-yarder with 0:49 left to create a 34-34 tie. Episcopal's Connor Ringwalt hit one from the
same distance on the final play. Chiazza's hit off the right upright. Ringwalt's did so off the left upright.
Weirdest Season Result for Quarterbacks -- Lansdale Catholic.
Michael Basilii threw 111 passes for the season . . . no TDs. Mike Dutkiewicz threw one pass . . . 27-yard TD to
PJ O'Connor. They were the only Crusaders to throw passes.
Fewest Previous Yards Gained by Guys Responsible for a Team's TDs in a Playoff Game -- 15, Conwell-Egan
In Week 11, two of the Eagles' most productive players were unavailable for the Class AAA City Title vs. Del-Val Charter.
They won, 14-12, thanks to one TD apiece from rusher Terome Mitchell and receiver Daniel Green. Mitchell entered
the game with four carries for five yards. Green had one catch for 10.
Most Impressive Little-Margin-for-Error Championship -- Germantown Academy.
The Patriots tied Malvern for the 2016 Inter-Ac title with a 4-1 record. They were outscored in league play, 93-78, and
notched their wins by 15 total points -- 3 over SCH Academy (in OT, a TD by QB Kyle McCloskey followed a field goal
by SCH), 2 (vs. Episcopal, on a last-second field goal by Vince Capone), 7 (vs. Haverford School, McCloskey ran for all
three TDs) and 3 (vs. Penn Charter, on a FG by Capone with 2.4 seconds left). They lost to Malvern, 45-15. That game
took place between EA and HS.
Entries for 2017 . . .
Quickest Four-TD Outburst by One Team -- 1:49, Neumann-Goretti, Week Three.
Against Interboro, the Saints overcame a 25-6 deficit to win, 54-25. The four TDs (with a two-point conversion mixed in)
were scored by Jaron Macon (12 pass from Charles Britt at 3:33), Leddie Brown (9 run at 3:11), Tre'Sean Bouie (23 pass
from Britt at 2:26) and Kharon Lloyd (18 fumble return at 1:44). Britt had a conversion run after Bouie's TD, so the
outburst included 26 points.
Fewest Total Yards Covered in Three Consecutive Scoring Drives by One Team -- 19, SJ Prep, Week Three
Against St. Peter's Prep (NJ), the Hawks scored on "drives" of 5, 8 and 6 yards -- run by Kolbe Burrell (5 yards), run by
Marquez McCray (1 yard) and reception of Brandon Sanders (12 pass from McCray; one of the plays in the "drive"
produced a 6-yard loss). The TDs were set up by a blocked punt, a bad snap and a 33-yard punt return.
Earliest Start for a 300-yard Passing Performance -- 1st, Danny Solecki, La Salle, Week Three
With Isaiah Jones (knee injury) unavailable, Solecki made his first start vs. Malvern and passed 24-for-33 for 327 yards
and four TDs. (If you know of other eligible feats, please speak up.)
UPDATE: This ties the accomplishment of St. James' Tom McNeely, who passed for 329 yards in his first start in 1984.
Longest Play Resulting in an Intentional Safety -- 18 seconds, Kyrin Jackson, Bonner-Prendie, Week Six
Against McDevitt, holding a 20-14 lead with 56 seconds remaining, B-P decided to take an intentional safety. Jackson,
primarily a receiver, wound up with the ball off a snap, retreated and raced around the end zone before being tackled at
0:38. McDevitt's final possession ended with Ian Edwards' end-zone interception at 0:00.
Fewest Yards Gained on a Decent Number of Pass Completions -- 60 on 14 (4.3), Roman/Carroll, Week Six
As Roman won, 6-0, Roman's Jeffrey Grosso passed 8-for-11 for 24 yards and Carroll's Kamal Gray passed 6-for-17
for 36 yards. The game was played on turf in perfect weather.
Most TDs "Scored" by One Player on the Same Drive -- 4, Frankford's Jordan Price vs. West Philadelphia, Week Six
In the fourth quarter, Price ran for TDs of 54, 5, 18 and 15 yards on the same drive. The first three scores were wiped
out by penalties.
Most Amazing Number of TDs in Quick Order -- 5 in 6 touches/6 in 8 touches, SJ Prep vs. Roman, Week Seven
Kolbe Burrell ran 31 yards for a TD with 8:14 left in the first quarter. Marques Mason, 41-yard run, 6:32; James
Cherry, 48-yard punt return, 3:58; Cherry 53-yard TD catch (wiped out by penalty 10-yards downfield); Marquez
McCray, 53-yard run, 2:53; Phil O'Connor, 25-yard punt return, 1:06; Vaughn Hines, lost 1 yard on rush; Brandon
Sanders, 32-yard TD catch, 11:43 left in second quarter.
Most Holding Calls Against an Offense on One Series -- 4, Haverford School, Week Nine
Against Penn Charter, the Ford were flagged for 14, 17 and 18 yards, setting up third-and-54 from their 30. They held
again on the next play, but Ben Gerber was sacked for five yards and PC declined the penalty. Facing fourth-and-59,
Most Consecutive Defensive TDs of Different Varieties -- 3, SJ Prep vs. Ryan, Week 10
With 55.8 seconds remaining in the second quarter, Dawson DeIuliis recovered a blocked punt in the end zone. (Cooper
Kim blocked it). With 9:03 left in the third quarter, Ryan's next possession ended when Bradley Cobaugh blocked a punt
and Jeremiah Trotter Jr. returned it 23 yards for a TD. On Ryan's next possession, Gavin Dionisio tried a 33-yard
field goal. All in one motion, Zach Bougess blocked/caught the ball and ran 78 yards for a TD with 11:46 left.
Most Interceptions in One Game by a Freshman -- 4, Tysheem Johnson, Neumann-Goretti, Week 11
In the Class 2A City Title vs. Strawberry Mansion, the 5-11, 171-pound Johnson made four interceptions.
Most Amazing Coincidence Involving Receivers -- Bob Rosania and John Washington, Penn Charter
In the last two games of the 1981 season, Rosania posted 160 receiving yards vs. Haverford School and 144 vs.
Germantown Academy. In 2017, Washington posted 115 vs. SCH Academy in Week 10 and 122 vs. Episcopal in
Week 11, thus becoming the first PC player to rack up double-100s in consecutive Inter-Ac games since Rosania. On
the day of the Episcopal game, via Athletes Helping Athletes, PC's honorary captain was . . . Dan Rosania, Bob's son.
John was brought to PC's attention when he played for the nationally famous Little Quakers youth all-star team. Bob is
the LQ's executive director.
Longest Wait to Tie a School Record -- Penn Charter, 112 Years
PC won nine games in 2017. It had not reached that number since 1905.
Most Interceptions by a Freshman -- 8, Tysheem Johnson, Neumann-Goretti
He finished with eight, including four in one game (see three entries above) and seven over the last four games.
Entries for 2018 . . .
Most Unusual Late-Game Rally to Produce a Victory -- West Catholic, Week Two
Against Paramus Catholic (NJ), West scored two late safeties to reverse a 16-14 deficit and claim an 18-16 win. Damen
Studstill blocked a punt through the end zone for the first two-pointer. West's possession went nowhere and Tre Johnson
launched a 50-yard punt to a spot slightly inside PC's 1. On second down from the 4, Johnson tackled the quarterback
for another two-pointer. Respective times remaining for the safeties: 6:06 and 3:58.
Very Strange Two-Week Results Sequence -- Weeks Four and Five
La Salle entered Week Four with an 0-3 record, then scored 58 points vs. Haverford School. The Fords bounced back
in Week Five by scoring 69 points vs. Chester.
Most Consecutive Starts for Different Schools in City Titles -- Charles Britt, 3
He started at quarterback for Del-Val Charter in 2016, Neumann-Goretti in 2017 and Northeast in 2018.
Longest Wait to Tue a School Record -- Penn Charter, 112 Years (Again)
PC won 17 games over the 1905-06 seasons. It also won 17 over the 2017-18 seasons (nine, then eight).
Most Unusual Sequence to Wind Down Regulation in a Playoff Game -- West Catholic, Week 11
In a Class AA District 11/12 subregional final, played vs. fellow Catholic League member Bishop McDevitt, the Burrs
created a 20-20 tie with 16.8 seconds remaining in regulation when Zaire Hart-Hawkins passed to Damen Studstill
for a 5-yard TD on fourth-and-goal. Natan Fantahun was unable to hit the PAT. Don't hold it against him. His kick
had to cover 35 yards after West was hit with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for taunting right after the TD. On
that tying series, West had first-and-goal at the 3 and then jumped offsides THREE straight times, thus pushing the
ball back to the 18. West won in two OTs, 34-33.
Longest Gap Between a League's Best Overall Records -- Inter-Ac League, 115 years.
Malvern finished 2018 at 11-0. Germantown Academy had posted that same record in 1903. (GA posted 10 shutouts
and yielded just five points on a field goal. (Yes, FGs were worth five points back then.)