Philadelphia High School Football
A Look at
the First 19 Years of Brian Fluck's
Coaching Career at West Catholic High
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Brian Fluck has coached West Catholic High's football team for 19 seasons (1999-2018), winning 169 games and 16 championships (nine Catholic, six City, one State). In 2006, the Burrs beat Archbishop Wood, 20-12, to capture the Blue Division crown and end a drought that started in 1966. Here is that story . . .
By Ted Silary
Sleep came fitfully for Isiah Edmond after the biggest sporting success of
his life. Then again, it didn't exactly start at a normal hour.
SEASON BY SEASON
history; Conwell-Egans Kevin Schafer
this year had thrown for 281 yards in a Blue first-round game.
McCartney hit Chris Lorditch (6-99) for two scores, finalizing the latter's career total at a city record 27 TDs, while Pat
Devlin (9-133) also had a wonderful pass-snaggin' night. McCartney suffered three picks, however, as Marquese Sanders,
Dennis Shaw and Haleem "P-Nut" Hayward did the honors.
The Burrs' early scores came on runs of 55 yards by Raymond Maples and 44 by QB Curtis Drake. Both are sophomores.
TD No. 3 went to junior Rodney Blango on a 17-yard pass from Blake.
Twelve underclassmen started.
"It feels like we started a dynasty," Edmond said, referring to the seniors. "It'll be nice to see these guys be good for years."
Edmond, who is hearing consistently from Villanova and La Salle (Wagner and James Madison are also possibilities), hopes to
someday take over the business, Ludlow Auto Repair, that is run by his father, Donald Tillman. Dad, mom Doreen Edmond
and sister LaTisha are his biggest fans.
"I've been working at the auto body since I was 12 years old," Isiah said. "Painting, checking out dents, taking off bumpers
to see what's wrong inside . . . I fix lots of stuff."
Included: a school's longstanding inability to claim a championship.
This story was written in 2010 after
Brian steered the Burrs to the Class 2A state
championship in 2010 . . .
By Ted Silary
HERSHEY -- West Catholic High win a state football championship, Anthony Reid proved to be a masterful gum-flapper.
Back in the summer, we're talking, after Reid had already enrolled at West in the aftermath of North Catholic's shuttering,
but had yet to convince any fellow Falcons to join him.
"I kept telling them, 'Follow me. I'm gonna take you somewhere,' " Reid said.
By them, the 6-1, 185-pound senior quarterback was referring to senior defensive back David Sherman, junior guard Mike
Makor and sophomore tailback David Williams.
"They kept saying they weren't sure," Reid said. "Kept saying they didn't know if they'd like West. Didn't know if they'd get
on the field. I kept pushing.
"Back then, when I was talking about 'somewhere,' I was just referring to a Catholic League championship. But then we
won the city and did our conquering through the state playoffs and then, hey, there was only one more game to go. Pretty
cool. 'Somewhere' wound up being the state title!"
Long after he passed for two scores and ran for one, and hugged everyone within three zip codes immediately after the
Burrs' 50-14 swamping of South Fayette was complete, and helped change the final line of the famous sports chant from "I
believe that we will win" to "I believe that we have won," and held up a giant Hershey bar as coach Brian Fluck spoke to the
team, and posed for group shots with players and cheerleaders in Hersheypark Stadium's south end zone, Reid made his
comments near the restraining fence in front of West's stands, with admirers still calling out praise and congratulations.
A short time earlier, outside West's locker room, Makor had made note of Reid's recruiting skills.
Makor said his original plan was to transfer to Roman Catholic or Haverford School. But Reid kept yapping to Mike and the
Davids about how West would be best and one day, well, Mike decided to attend an offseason session and see for himself.
"I loved it," he said. "I saw the hard work and the drive, and how hungry everyone was. They had that motivation."
Makor signed up, and then he did more than block.
Friday, West held a pep rally. The far-and-away highlight was a video, assembled/produced/everythinged by Makor, that
as displayed on a big screen at the back of the stage. It showed plays from every game. Featured music and lots of special
ffects. Included the cheerleaders.
All students were inside the auditorium. They roared upon watching some of the plays. Even exploded out of their seats.
Truly a Makor-able moment.
"Miss DeMasi [Mary, cheerleader coach, pep-rally organizer] heard about my video skills and asked me to do it," said
akor, whose brother, Bob, played basketball at North and is now a freshman at Widener. "She knew I do highlight tapes for
"It was going to be for the season. I worked on it for weeks and weeks. How long? Maybe 48 total hours. But then she
asked if I could have it ready for the pep rally. I was happy to do it. It was pretty cool [to see the reaction]. A lot of guys
said they were ready to play right then."
Already, Makor is working on a title-game video. And there's much to show.
The Burrs exploded for 533 yards of offense and, truthfully, the pedal wasn't pushed too hard after the first touchdown of
the second half made it 42-14.
Reid went 3-for-7 for 124 yards and scores of 75 and 25 yards to Jaelen Strong-Rankin; his own TD was a 7-yarder. The
shared-time tailbacks - Williams (14-182, two), Brandon Hollomon (14-113, one) and Joshua Mathis (8-61, one) - combined
for 356 yards and four TDs behind the blocking of center Dom DiGalbo, guards Makor and T-J Waters, tackles Rodney
Linder and Eric Wyant, tight end Jim Lynch and fullback Dion Givens.
If you don't know Givens' name, join the club. Until midway through the season, the 5-11 190-pound senior was a backup
defensive end and special-teamer. An injury created a fullback opening and Fluck asked Givens one day at practice, "Are
you able to hit? " Givens said yes and, presto, became the fullback.
His career total shows one carry for 1 yard. He got his chance midway through the fourth quarter.
"I was nervous," Givens said. "I didn't want to fumble" - he did bobble briefly - "and let down my coaches.
"I never cared about carries. I was just happy to be a part of it. To help us move the ball."
Like so many others, Givens all too well remembers what happened in 2008. That squad crushed the city record for points
in a season (with 775), but fell to Wilmington, 35-34, in a double-OT state final.
"That was painful," Givens said. "This is a great honor. We weren't able to have the feeling in '08, but now we do."
Said Fluck: "I really took that loss to heart these last 2 years. I didn't have them prepared. Allowed too much overconfidence.
It turned into a dogfight that we couldn't win."
Not this time. Anyone thinking West might lose was barking up the wrong tree.
"This was wonderful," said Reid, who is hearing from Central Connecticut, Norfolk, Stevenson and Wagner. "Obviously, we
all wished we could have stayed together at North. We didn't want our school to close. But then we came here and look what
happened. Just four of us, but we were important.
"I was getting lots of e-mails and Facebook notes from my coaches at North. They were wishing me good luck. Telling me
to stay strong and bring it home, not just for me and my team but for everyone who supports it.
"And look what we did. Went out with a bang. "
TITLE TIDBITS: Linebacker Kevin Burns led West with 13 tackles, including nine solos and four on kick coverage. End
Jim Lynch had eight, with three behind the line for 21 yards . . . Final career totals: 3,264 rushing for Brandon Hollomon;
1,561 receiving for Quran Kent . . . Hollomon and his brother, Rob (class of '09, now at Kent State), combined for 6,423
. . . West's 50 points are the most in 23 years of AA finals. Jeannette had 49 in '07 . . . West scored twice in the final 1
minute, 7 seconds of the first half on Hollomon's 16-yard run and Anthony Reid's 25-yard pass to Jaelen Strong-Rankin.
This story was written in 2008 after
Rob Hollomon broke the city record for
touchdowns in one season . . .
By Ted Silary
IT WAS only a matter of when and how.
After all, Rob Hollomon had already frolicked into assorted end zones 37 times this fall and there was no way he wasn't going
to do so again.
Then it happened . . .
Hollomon caught a punt on his own 25, near the right-side hash mark. Numerous thrills and chills later, he scored in the left
corner of the west end zone at Northeast High to claim the city record for touchdowns in a season.
Pat Kaiser, of St. Joseph's Prep, who notched 37 in 2002, was the guy who had to step aside. If someone shows him the
tape, no doubt he'll also rise out of his seat and cheer, all the while shaking his head in amazement.
Hollomon's special moment - one of many for him, and his squad - occurred in a Class AA quarterfinal, in which West
Catholic overwhelmed Dunmore, 49-21. The Burrs already owned a 14-0 lead, thanks to a pair of scintillating, 53-yard plays
from Penn State-bound quarterback Curtis Drake - a pass to Eric Young and a keeper for the ages.
When Hollomon hit the end zone, the scoreboard showed 3:57 left in the first quarter. His face showed happiness, sure, but not
the unabashed variety you might have expected.
"The record thing didn't come into my mind right then," he said. "I was into the game. Just concentrating on what we had to do
to make sure we'd win. I thought about it later . . . 'That punt return was the record.' "
As he made the catch, Hollomon broke to his left. At first he appeared headed for West's sideline, and that strategy might have
succeeded, too. A shade before the left hash mark, he spotted an opening and zipped straight ahead between two pursuers.
"Drake was making a lot of plays. It was my turn to make one," he said, smiling. "I got a lot of great blocks.
"Once I got to the open field, I did what I always do - make people miss and use my speed. I thought the one Dunmore
defender was trying to get an angle on me for the sideline. Had to give him a cutback."
As a rusher, Hollomon finished with 14 carries for 77 yards and one TD. That came on a 17-yard burst to the right corner on
the first play of the fourth quarter. Another long punt return, good for about 40 yards, was ruined by a holding call just 3 yards
after its start.
Thirty-four of Hollomon's 39 TDs have come on rushes. Kaiser still owns that mark with 35.
Hollomon, who has been offered scholarships by Navy and Georgia State (many others are intrigued), also ended the first half
with a leaping end-zone interception of a desperation pass and, midway through the third quarter, uncorked a wicked hit to
prevent what would have been about a 35-yard completion.
Listen closely. You still might be able to hear the echo.
"That was my favorite play," Hollomon cracked. "When I came to the sideline, I was telling all the guys, 'That was the play of
the night! ' They were kidding with me, saying how much they were lovin' it. I just waited for him to get his hands on the ball,
then delivered the hit."
Given his choice, would Hollomon have preferred a punt return for his special TD?
"Any play would have been fine," he said. "That was really my first chance to show my skills."
Coach Brian Fluck said he was thrilled for the 5-8, 160-pound Hollomon, mostly because he's such a hard worker and truly
deserves his success.
He added: "Determination and heart. He has a tremendous amount of that. Plus there's his vision. And his feet. I don't know
if they ever hit the ground. They're all over the place. If you're a defender, how can you tackle something that's not there?"
Mostly with the exploits of Hollomon and Drake in mind, Mary DeMasi, who coaches the cheerleaders and serves as
co-athletic director with Fluck, has convinced the school to begin pedaling white T-shirts with West Catholic Football (and a
pigskin, of course) on the front and "Enjoy the Show" on the back. She thought of that slogan with an assist from football
assistant Albie Crosby.
They go for $7. Many Burr fans were sporting them last night. Hollomon has not yet sprung. Won't have to, either.
"Oh, he'll be getting one," DeMasi promised.
"I like the shirts," Hollomon said. "We do come out here to have fun and put on a show."
West (13-1) has scored a city record 741 points in its 14 games (52.9). Also, it has become the first team in Philly scholastic
history to boast three rushers with more than 1,000 yards. Maples joined Hollomon and Drake in that club with an 80-yard,
third-quarter scoring dash that lifted his total to 1,001.
He finished with eight rushes for 160. Drake turned 11 carries into 182 yards and two TDs. Passing, he was 3-for-5 for 96
yards and two scores (both to Young). Maples also had an interception while Devir Moody forced a pair of fumbles.
Sprinkled among the West fans wearing the T-shirts were about 15 very energetic guys in red jackets. Hollomon knew them
well. They're coaches with the Mount Airy Bantams.
"That was big. Seeing and hearing them all night," he said. "They've been there for me since Day 1. They got my game to
where it is now. I thank them for supporting me like that."
In his Bantam days, Hollomon was also a TD machine.
"I always scored 20 to 30," he said. "My first year, with the 65s, I had about 35."
Compared with his output in 2008, almost seems like a pittance.
Below are the players who earned first or second team Coaches' All-Catholic honors during
first 19 seasons as the coach at West Catholic.
|FIRST TEAM||FIRST TEAM (Cont.)||SECOND TEAM|
|Abdul Sesay||RB||2000||Tim Burns||C||2011||Tyhiem Gaston||E/OB||1999|
|Mike D'Elia||B||2000||Jaryd Jones-Smith||L||2011||Michael Bazemore||ILB||1999|
|Curtis Brinkley||RB||2001||Mike Makor||L||2011||Mike D'Elia||B||1999|
|Robert Ramsey||DB||2001||Bruce Mapp||WR||2011||Michael Bazemore||TE||2000|
|Will Grant||L||2002||Jaleel Reed||QB||2011||Abdulai Sesay||E/OLB||2000|
|Jonathan Jackson||WR||2002||David Williams||RB||2011||Michael Bazemore||ILB||2000|
|Curtis Brinkley||RB||2002||Tristin Freeman||P||2011||Will Grant||L||2001|
|Robert Ramsey||DB||2002||Jaryd Jones-Smith||DL||2011||Jonathan Jackson||WR||2001|
|Jonathan Jackson||DB||2002||Devante Ford||DL||2011||Ameel Johnson||ILB||2001|
|Derrell Hand||TE||2003||T-J Waters||LB||2011||Jonathan Jackson||DB||2001|
|John Maddox||WR||2003||Tristin Freeman||LB||2011||Will Grant||L||2002|
|Curtis Brinkley||RB||2003||Dalvin Newell||DB||2011||Chester Roebuck||ILB||2002|
|Matt DeMarco||L||2004||Shaquille James||DB||2011||Matt DeMarco||L||2003|
|James Smart||L||2004||Steven Wyant||C||2012||Fran Enright||L||2003|
|Derrell Hand||TE||2004||Greg White||RB||2012||Derrell Hand||DL||2003|
|John Maddox||WR||2004||Jaryd Jones-Smith||DL||2012||David Fitzgerald||E/OLB||2003|
|Chris Diaferio||RB||2004||Dom Toney||DL||2012||Tom Fontaine||DB||2003|
|Marques Slocum||L||2004||Devyn Allen||LB||2012||Marques Slocum||L||2004|
|Derrell Hand||L||2004||Shaquille James||DB||2012||Antoine Stout||WR||2004|
|Anthony Rhoades||E/OLB||2004||Steven Wyant||C||2013||Josiah Morley||K||2004|
|John Maddox||DB||2004||Khalim Hadas||L||2013||Wayne Donahue||ILB||2004|
|Isiah Edmond||L||2005||Patrick Amara||WR||2013||Harold Davis||DB||2004|
|Dennis Shaw||RB||2005||Antwain McCollum||QB||2013||Kirk Hinton||L||2005|
|Anthony Rhoades||DL||2005||Greg White||RB||2013||John Maddox||WR||2005|
|Wayne Donahue||ILB||2005||Andre Mintze||FB||2013||Wayne Donahue||RB||2005|
|John Maddox||DB||2005||Romeo Gunt||DL||2013||Marc Holloway||ILB||2005|
|Pre'Andre Watson||TE||2006||Jalil Branch||DL||2013||Victor McNair||L||2006|
|Dennis Shaw||RB||2006||Amir Postley||LB||2013||Rodney Blango||WR||2006|
|Isiah Edmond||DL||2006||Patrick Amara||DB||2013||Victor McNair||L||2007|
|Anthony Rhoades||E/OLB||2006||Rae'Quan Williams||DB||2013||Earl Griffiths||L||2007|
|Marc Holloway||ILB||2006||Jeromy Reichner||C||2014||Brandon Terrance||L||2007|
|Herman Hinton||DB||2006||Ahkil Crumpton||WR||2014||Raymond Maples||RB||2007|
|Pre'Andre Watson||TE||2007||*Antwain McCollum||QB||2014||Herman Hinton||E/OLB||2007|
|Rodney Blango||WR||2007||Kharee Ruley||RB||2014||Rob Hollomon||DB||2007|
|Curtis Drake||QB||2007||Tymir Oliver||DL||2014||Dom DiGalbo||C||2009|
|Rob Hollomon||RB||2007||Neil Satterwhite||LB||2014||Rodney Linder||L||2009|
|Marquese Sanders||E/OLB||2007||Ahkil Crumpton||DB||2014||Mike Grogan||P||2009|
|Pre'Andre Watson||ILB||2007||David Swen||DB||2014||John Ruppert||DL||2009|
|Raymond Maples||DB||2007||Tymir Oliver||L||2015||Brian Mosby||DL||2009|
|Jake Zuzek||C||2008||Charles Trabi||L||2015||Bill Tobin||ILB||2009|
|Victor McNair||L||2008||Amir Postley||TE||2015||Dom DiGalbo||C||2010|
|Quran Kent||WR||2008||Craig Jones||WR||2015||Mike Makor||L||2010|
|Curtis Drake||QB||2008||Joshua Evans||QB||2015||T-J Waters||L||2010|
|Rob Hollomon||RB||2008||Supreme Kemp||FB||2015||Jaelen Strong-Rankin||WR||2010|
|Raymond Maples||RB||2008||Tymir Oliver||DL||2015||Kevin Burns||LB||2010|
|Tim Carroll||K||2008||Amir Postley||LB||2015||Eric Wyant||L||2011|
|John Ruppert||DL||2008||Craig Jones||DB||2015||Alex Murray||RB||2011|
|Chris Williams||E/OLB||2008||Amadou Barry||WR||2016||Pat Amara||K||2011|
|Dante Dickens||ILB||2008||Calil Wortham||RB||2016||Kevin Malone||DB||2011|
|Raymond Maples||DB||2008||Supreme Kemp||FB||2016||Eric Rutherford||L||2012|
|Rob Hollomon||DB||2008||Calvin Pressley||DL||2016||Shaquille James||WR||2012|
|Jake Zuzek||L||2009||Supreme Kemp||LB||2016||Ron Womack||WR||2012|
|Jim Lynch||TE||2009||Calvin Pressley||L||2017||Antwain McCollum||QB||2012|
|Quran Kent||WR||2009||Da'Vion Kidd-Jackson||QB||2017||Dom Toney||FB||2012|
|Joshua Mathis||RB||2009||Jacir Savoy||RB||2017||Patrick Amara||LB||2012|
|Brandon Hollomon||MP||2009||Dai'Jon Brown||FB||2017||Rae'Quan Williams||DB||2012|
|Tim Carroll||K||2009||Calvin Pressley||DL||2017||Brendon Slade||DB||2012|
|Jim Lynch||E/OLB||2009||Tre Johnson||LB||2017||Tymir Oliver||L||2013|
|Dante Dickens||E/OLB||2009||Rovny Dasilva||LB||2017||Ahkil Crumpton||WR||2013|
|Anthony McDonnaugh||ILB||2009||Jahmere Crumpton||DB||2017||Tymir Oliver||DL||2013|
|Ray Manuel||DB||2009||Neil Satterwhite||LB||2013|
|Rodney Linder||L||2010||David Swen||DB||2013|
|Jim Lynch||TE||2010||Ahkil Crumpton||DB||2013|
|Quran Kent||WR||2010||Steven Wyant||L||2014|
|Brandon Hollomon||RB||2010||Jameer Bryson||WR||2014|
|Joshua Mathis||MP||2010||Amir Postley||LB||2014|
|Jim Lynch||DL||2010||Craig Jones||B||2014|
|Anthony McDonnaugh||LB||2010||Curtis Fredrick||C||2015|
|David Sherman||DB||2010||Jameer Bryson||WR||2015|
|Brandon Hollomon||DB||2010||Calil Wortham||RB||2015|
Recaps of Wins in Catholic League
Recaps of Wins in City Titles
Recap of Win in State Final