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SEPT. 30
TEDBIT
 
West Catholic and Neumann-Goretti will meet tonight in a Catholic Blue regular season tilt tonight, 7:30, at Widener University. The teams first met in 1934, when then-Southeast Catholic was playing a patchwork schedule before joining the CL in '35. (The school has also been named Bishop Neumann and St. John Neumann.) West leads the series, 49-34-3, and posted blowout wins last year by scores of 28-0 and 46-0. In that latter triumph, Joshua Evans tied the city postseason record for TD passes (five) while racking up 252 yards. His top target, Craig Jones, posted 139 yards. Those are the top passing/receiving efforts on the list below, which covers 1982 through 2015.    There were also two meetings apiece in '99, '00, '02, '13 and '14 due to playoffs. There were no meetings in 2008 and '09 because the schools were in different divisions (sad, right?).  Some hot streaks: West went 11-1-2 from 1934-47; Neumann won 11 of 13 from '48 to '60; West won seven in a row from '61 to '67 and 10 in a row before falling, 31-14, in the 2014 Class AA final. That setback ended West's 52-game CL winning streak, counting playoffs. The most amazing tussle occurred in a 2002 playoff. West won, 55-48. Click here to see that boxscore along with some notes.
 
Top Performances in West-Neumann(N-G) Series, 1982-2015
RUSHING         PASSING         RECEIVING      
Name Sch. Yds Year   Name Sch. Yds Year   Name Sch. Yds Year
*Curtis Brinkley WC 240 2002   Joshua Evans WC 252  2015   Craig Jones WC 139 2015
Chris Scott-Peters Neu  215 2001   David Long WC 237   1982   Jim Sheehan WC 129 1982
Kimani Patterson WC  210 1989   Jon Brady Neu 236 2002   Joe Gionfriddo Neu 124 2006
Khalil Roane N-G 209 2014   Pat Mulvihill WC 189 1993   Rodney Blango WC 120 2006
Dennis Shaw WC 188 2005   Mark Hatty Neu 175 2006   Aamir Brown N-G 108 2014
Anthony Sheridan Neu 180 1993   Curtis Drake WC 174 2006   Chuck Lojewski WC 102 1982
Greg White WC 170 2013   Ray Lenhart N-G 164 2014   Mike Anastasi Neu 101 1989
Jimmy Porreca Neu 167 2002   Chris Abbonizio WC 153 1987   Jack Hatty Neu 99 2002
Danny Borda Neu 167 1998   Larry Barretta Neu 151 1982   Kevin Kelly Neu 88 1982
*-played in NFL                          

SEPT. 29
TEDBIT
  And just like that, sadly, the Romano family no longer will be able to make impressive contributions to Ryan's football program. Senior quarterback Matt Romano, a four-year varsity performer, suffered a serious knee injury in last week's loss to La Salle and his season is over. In all, Matt generated 3,788 yards of passing/rushing along with 46 touchdowns. His brother, Bobby, was a prominent receiver for the Raiders in the 2012 and '13 seasons. His TD output, with returns mixed in, was 12 and he offered 1,020 yards of receiving/rushing. He's now a junior infielder for Fairleigh Dickinson's baseball team and has already enjoyed two years of starting. And then, back in the early '80s, there was the guys' dad, Bob. Complete stats from those days are unavailable, but we do know Bob was Ryan's primary rusher in 1983. Despite having to sit out two games, he produced 755 yards and five TDs on 151 rushes while adding a pass-catching score. The family breakdown is below. Dad and sons ch-chinged their way to at least 5,563 yards, which is 55-plus full fields. That total also computes to 3.16 miles, which is 12-plus times around the tracks that surround football fields. Very impressive. Meanwhile, Matt will work like crazy through the rest of the fall and winter with the expectation of being able to return for his final baseball season. Best of luck, Matt!
  UPDATE: Matt was able to make it back for the Thanksgiving game vs. Ryan. He passed 12-for-16 for 218 yards and three TDs and his passing totals have been adjusted. His 3,405 yards are a school record. He had no carries vs. Washington. He finished with 4,006 yards of rushing/passing.

Bob Romano's Ryan Stats

RUSHING

  Car. Yards TDs
1983 151 755 5
  also 1 receiving TD
       

Bobby Romano's Ryan Stats

RUSHING

  Car. Yards TDs
2012 3 29 0
2013 3 31 0
  6 60 0

RECEIVING

  Rec. Yards TDs
2012 22 447 3
2013 18 513 5
  40 960 8
  also 1 kickoff TD in 2012
  also 2 kickoff TDs, 1 punt TD in 2013
       

Matt Romano's Ryan Stats

RUSHING

  Car. Yards TDs
2013 17 14 0
2014 66 123 2
2015 121 357 7
2016 32 107 3
  236 601 12

PASSING

  C-A Yards TDs
2013 8-19 142 1
2014 69-157 1,011 13
2015 102-200 1,514 15
2016 46-84 738 8
  225-460 3,405 37

SEPT. 28
TEDBIT
 
Can't imagine too many leagues can make this claim: Every starting quarterback is completing at least 50 percent of his passes. That's how things stand right now in the Inter-Ac and two guys -- SCH Academy's Matt Rahill and Episcopal's CJ McAnally are completing at least 60 percent. Below are the top 10 Inter-Ac/Catholic passers, based on completion percentage. SJ Prep's Marquez McCray tops the CL at 58.8.

Top 10 Inter-Ac/Catholic Passers, Based on Completion Percentage
Name, School G C-A Yards Pct. YPG TDs
Matt Rahill, SCH 4 40-65 555 61.5 138.8 8
CJ McAnally, Episcopal 4 33-55 489 60.0 122.3 6
Marquez McCray, SJ Prep 4 50-85 742 58.8 185.5 7
Tommy Toal, Hav, School 4 39-67 647 58.2 161.8 9
Rob King, Judge 5 55-96 907 57.3 181.4 14
Kevin Doyle, Malvern 4 46-83 621 55.4 155.3 8
Tom LaMorte, LaSalle 5 52-97 604 53.6 120.8 7
Kyle McCloskey, Germ. Acad. 3 20-38 371 52.6 123.7 4
Da’Vion Kidd-Jackson, West Cath. 5 53-104 746 51.0 149.2 7
Mike Hnatkowsky, Penn Char. 2 18-36 352 50.0 176 4

SEPT. 27
TEDBIT
 
Just five games into this season, two guys already own lofty spots on Judge's list of passing/receiving TD leaders over the last 35 seasons. QB Rob King is tied for third, seven scores behind leader Chris Fagan (21 in '87) and wideout Justin Gies is tied for second, two behind leader Prince Smith (nine in 2014).

Top Judge Guys, 1982-2016
Passing TD Leaders
Name TDs Year
Chris Fagan 21 1987
Dale Curry 15 2003
Paul Volpe 14 2007
Rob King 14 2016
Receiving TD Leaders
Name TDs Year
Prince Smith 9 2014
Frank Gubler 7 1987
Tom Ryan 7 2007
Tom Ryan 7 2008
Justin Gies 7 2016

SEPT. 26
TEDBIT
 
In the 2014 season, Inter-Ac League schools met Catholic League schools for 11 games and eked out a 6-5 advantage. In these last two seasons, the I-A has exhibited dominance. It owns a 17-4 advantage in wins-losses and 627-404 in points.
  UPDATE: On Oct. 8, GA beat West Catholic. That result has been added. Advantages are now 18-4 and 645-416.

Results for Inter-Ac Schools vs. Catholic League Schools, 2015-16
2016 RESULTS   2015 RESULTS
EPISCOPAL         EPISCOPAL      
Conwell-Egan W 30 22   O'Hara W 14 12
          Conwell-Egan W 42 14
GTN. ACADEMY         GTN. ACADEMY      
Judge L 14 35   McDevitt W 41 6
Neumann-Goretti W 44 0          
West Catholic W 18 12          
HAVER. SCHOOL         HAVER. SCHOOL      
West Catholic W 37 34   Ryan W 45 28
          West Catholic W 35 13
          Judge W 29 22
MALVERN         MALVERN      
La Salle W 21 12   La Salle L 14 21
          SJ Prep W 33 21
          Roman W 28 21
          O'Hara W 49 7
PENN CHARTER         PENN CHARTER      
Lansdale Catholic W 35 14   Lansdale Cath. L 6 21
          Neumann-Goretti W 40 14
SCH ACADEMY         SCH ACADEMY      
Roman W 28 21   Judge L 0 38
Judge W 42 28          
  7-1 251 166     10-3 376 238

SEPT. 25
TEDBIT
 
For the second consecutive season, the Inter-Ac League has posted a 6-0 sweep in non-league games in a week. The details are below. The average score in Week Two in 2015 was 32-17. This time the average score was 36-16.

INTER-AC'S 6-0 SWEEPS IN 2015 & 2016
School Week 2, 2015 Result Week 5, 2016 Result
Episcopal Conestoga W, 24-20 Hill School W, 23-19
Germantown Academy Prep Charter W, 28-20 Academy NC W, 54-20
Haverford School Ryan W, 45-28 Penn Wood W, 48-28
Malvern Holy Spirit (NJ) W, 34-0 Gilman (MD) W, 21-0
Penn Charter Neumann-Goretti W, 45-28 Interboro W, 27-0
SCH Academy Central W, 13-6 Judge W, 42-28
    6-0, 189-102   6-0, 215-95

SEPT. 24
TEDBIT
 
Last night, Penn Charter sr. lefty Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky became the Inter-Ac's career leader in passing yardage thanks to a 12-for-26, 202-yard effort in a 27-0 win at Interboro. The former record holder, John Loughery, also played for PC (2011 grad) and is now a graduate assistant at Temple, where he finished his college career after first playing for Elon, in North Carolina. (John is also a first cousin of PC product Matt Ryan, a 2003 grad and the long-time QB for the Atlanta Falcons.) Meanwhile, you might want to write down this name -- James Biggs-Frazier. Perhaps you'll win money in a future trivia contest. He was the only guy to catch passes from Hnatkowsky (as a senior in the 2013 season) and Loughery (freshman in 2010). He now plays DB for Fordham. For the moment, five Catholic League guys own career yardage totals that are higher than Neeko's. Those numbers are below the career breakdowns for Neeko/John. . . Congrats to Neeko and click here for a pic that shows him with former PC QB Chris Rahill, who's now the offensive coordinator under coach Tommy Coyle.

Career Stats: Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky
Year Com. Att. Yards TDs
2013 48 102 710 5
2014 127 225 2,066 15
2015 107 199 1,771 23
2016 18 36 352 4
  300 562 4,899 47
53.4 pct. -- 8.7 YPA -- 16.3 YPC
         
Career Stats: John Loughery
Year Com. Att. Yards TDs
2008 88 189 999 6
2009 177 312 2,066 18
2010 127 239 1,715 15
  392 740 4,780 39
53.0 pct. -- 6.5 YPA -- 12.2 YPC

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Top 5 CL Career Passing Leaders
Name School Yards  Year
Brett Gordon La Salle 6,837 1997
John Harrison La Salle 5,810 2007
Drew Loughery La Salle 5,355 2009
Kyle Shurmur La Salle 4,996 2014
Mike Mitros Bonner 4,929 1994

SEPT. 23
NON-LEAGUE
Penn Charter 27, Interboro 0

  Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky stands alone. And right now, understandably, he's also standing quite tall. After passing for 150 yards back on the Saturday before Labor Day, Hnatkowsky and his teammates had to wait and wait and wait to get back into full-fledged action due to a cancellation (Mastery Charter) and a bye. The sr. QB, a lefty and four-year starter, also had to exhibit patience while awaiting the opportunity to become the Inter-Ac's all-time leader for career passing yardage. In 2010, PC's John Loughery, the first cousin of Atlanta Falcons QB (and 2003 PC grad) Matt Ryan, finished his career with 4,780 yards. Neeko entered this contest, played in Interboro's stadium maybe a half-mile from the school in Prospect Park, Delaware County, with 4,697 yards. He owned 55 after the first quarter and a 22-yard TD connection with jr. SB Terence Thompson 8:49 before halftime lifted his total to 77. Oh, baby! Just seven more yards to go! How will the record get broken? Who will make the catch? How many yards will the play produce? On the Quakers' next possession, on second and 11, Hnatkowsky targeted sr. TE Luke Stansfield down the middle. Ahhhhh. The ball was just a little high and no connection was made. Third down. Neeko dropped back, looked to his right and completed a swing pass close to the sideline to soph RB Edward Saydee for 15 yards from PC's 10 to 25. The time remaining was 6:23. There it is! Bingo! Record! Let the celebration begin! . . . Not (smile). At least two assistants were aware of Neeko's feat, but this wasn't the time to go berserk and a decision, understandably, was made to not tell the players at halftime, either, since a victory had not been clinched and there was still much work to be done. Afterward? Coach Tommy Coyle had me announce the particulars to the team and then present Neeko with a game ball (as assistant Tauren Barker snapped pics). Damn, being on the other side of the camera made me nervous like crazy. Ha, ha. Neeko then posed for a pic with former PC QB Chris Rahill, the offensive coordinator, and much later he shared a pic moment with his parents, Mike and Christine, and his aunt/uncle, Lisa and Gary Dombrowski. Fun times galore. In all, Hnatkowsky passed 12-for-26 for 202 yards and the one TD, raising his yardage total to 4,899. MANY more yards were lost due to flat-out drops and couldn't-quite-catch-'ems. Penalties were also a gigantic pain in the butt. Flags cost PC three scores and two came on the same series, though that one did fiiiiinally produce six points on a 6-yard keeper by Hnatkowsky to the right corner. The halftime score was 20-0, thanks to the TDs by Hnatkowsky and Thompson and two field goals (33, 28 yards) by sr. Adam Kuper. Interboro did not get a first down until the waning moments and big defensive plays were numerous -- TFL by sr. CB Denarii Beard, recovery of an untouched kickoff by soph Demetrius de Ramus, recovery of a botched handoff by sr. DT Bill Costello, broken-up pass by jr. CB John Washington, tipped pass on a rush by sr. DL Kevin MacCabe, then a force/recover combo by MacCabe/Beard. The second half began in mighty strange fashion. Though the Bucs were down by three scores, their first 13 plays of the third quarter were runs. When they finally did take to the air . . . Washington registered a pick in the end zone. PC's final TD came with 9:50 remaining on Hnatkowsky's 1-yard sneak. On that series -- geeeeeeezus! -- a 65-yard TD pass was dropped and a 50-yard rush was negated by a penalty. The three big plays were a 13-yard run by Saydee and passes for 15 and 37 yards to Stansfield. Some folks no doubt found this final score surprising because 'Boro owned a 10-2 advantage over PC all-time. Plus, as mentioned earlier, PC was coming off a long visit to Cobweb City. But things mostly clicked for the Quakers on both sides of the ball and that was good to see. So was an effective outing by jr. DE Casey Nicastro, a sub. Two plays apart in the fourth quarter, he notched a sack and a TFL. Cool! Among the witnesses was Interboro product Tom Davidson, who last spring wrapped up a long stint as a teacher/administrator in Philly's public schools. In his last job, he served as Constitution's principal and supported the school's basketball program as enthusiastically as humanly possible. Best of luck in retirement, Tom! (Though he is working at two part-time jobs -- smile). One of Interboro's assistants is Lou D'Alonzo. His dad, also Lou, was a long-time head/assistant coach in assorted Philly schools and never a bad moment was experienced in his presence. Sobering thought: I covered a game in this stadium 40 years ago for the ol' Philadelphia Bulletin. Talk about ancient. Interboro's Tim Keyser scored five TDs and the last two were outrageously impressive: 85 yards with a kickoff, 100 with an interception.

PC's starting offense . . . 
QB Mike "Neeko Hnatkowsky
TB Edward Saydee
SB Terence Thompson
WR Chris Tucker
WR
Denarii Beard
TE
Luke Stansfield
T
John Grace
T
Ronnie Ross
G Harold Anderson
G Kevin MacCabe
C Hayden Knighton
PC's starting defense . . .
E
Hayden Knighton
E
John Grace
L Ronnie Ross
L Harold Anderson
OLB Trajan Womack
OLB Terence Thompson
ILB
Luke Stansfield
ILB Brendan Pell
CB
Denarii Beard
CB John Washington
S
Edward Saydee

SEPT. 23
TEDBIT
  The game I've come to call the Duke-out of Delco will again take place tonight -- 7 at Cardinal O'Hara -- and, as noted last year, Bonner-Prendie will be looking to extend its mini-run of success.  After losing 20 of the previous 23 meetings through the 2013 regular season, the Friars captured the '13 playoff by a score of 41-38, the '14 contest in the regular season by a score of 33-13 and then last year's regular season meeting by a score of 20-0. It was only the third shutout by Bonner/B-P vs. O'Hara and the first since 1969! The score that year was 30-0. The Friars also posted a blanking (14-0) in 1967. Last year's shutout -- Shaun Douglas helped to make it happen with two interceptions; Joe Hartley-Vittoria paced the offense with 206 rushing yards -- was dedicated to the defensive coordinator, Jeff Connell, who missed the game due to health issues. Jeff is still part of B-P's staff under the new coach, Jack Muldoon. Greg "Bubba" Bernhardt, the former boss, is now assisting at Sun Valley under Ray Gionta, a star lineman at the ol' St. James and later the coach at CL schools. Bubba is guiding the wideouts and linebackers and works with Ray in calling the offensive plays. SV is off to a 4-0 start for the first time in 15 years, so all's going great! The O'Hara/B-P series began in 1965 and O'Hara owns a 39-21 advantage. In the games in '78 and '79, only five total points were scored! O'Hara won by 3-0, then by 2-0. The Lions also claimed a 2-0 victory in '75. In the teams' first 10 meetings, Bonner went 7-3. O'Hara swept six straight from 1975-80, then eight in a row from 1983-89 (one playoff mixed in). In three games vs. O'Hara, 2015 B-P grad Collin DiGalbo rang up 1,059 yards and 14 TDs! He passed 44-for-75 for 765 and nine while rushing 50 for 294 and five. Here are the top performances in rushing/passing/receiving from 1982-2015:

Top Performances in O'Hara/Bonner(B-P) Series, 1982-2015
RUSHING         PASSING         RECEIVING      
Jeff Morelli Bonn 238 1991   Collin DiGalbo B-P 326 2013   Chris Hemmert Bonn 155 1993
*-Kevin Jones O'H 222 1998   Mike Mitros Bonn 286 1994   Mike Ockimey B-P 136 2013
Joe Hartley-Vittoria B-P 206 2015   Collin DiGalbo B-P 273 2014   Joe Oquendo B-P 127 2014
John Dempsey O'H 192 2005   Mike Mitros Bonn 243 1993   Chris Hooper Bonn 125 2007
*-Kevin Jones O'H 172 1998   Mike Mitros Bonn 219 1994   *-Anthony Becht Bonn 118 1994
Max Ferguson O'H 161 2014   Iggy Schmitt Bonn 197 2007   Kyle Dawson B-P 110 2013
Drew Schiller Bonn 153 2003   Keith Cadden O'H 189 1991   Rich Toal O'H 109 1985
Art Condodina O'H 152 1984   Dashawn Darden O'H 188 2011   Chris Morrell O'H 104 1986
J.T. Blyden O'H 152 2013   *Tom Savage O'H 178 2007   Frank Serratore Bonn 98 1994
Collin DiGalbo B-P 143 2013   *Tom Savage O'H 167 2008   Chris Hemmert Bonn 94 1994
  *-played in NFL

SEPT. 22
TEDBIT
 
Here are the city leagues' top football families from the 1971 through 2015 seasons. How are they ranked? We used a point system based on All-City selections -- four points for first team, two for second and one for third. In the No. 1 clan, the Persons, Andy, Brian, Dan, Fran and Joe all earned first team honors. Andy was also a third teamer as a junior while Chris was a second teamer as a senior. Click here for a website Tribute Page that was posted in 2006 as Joe finished his (and the family's) football career. Tied for second are the Mayock quartet (yes, Mike is now the NFL draft expert) and Stinson-Campbell trio. Special mention must be made of the Downs and Hemmert crews. They were able to generate 14 points apiece with only two brothers -- Derrick and Chris Downs, Mike and Chris Hemmert. Of course, some of these brother groups would have earned even more points if not for injuries. Same for those that came close to making the Top 15.

The City Leagues' Top Football Families, 1971-2015
Surname First Name School Last Yr. Points Total
PERSON Andy Episcopal 1990 5 23
  Brian Episcopal 1996 4  
  Dan Episcopal 1997 4  
  Fran Episcopal 2000 4  
  Joe Episcopal 2001 4  
  Chris Episcopal 1992 2  
MAYOCK Mike Haverford School 1975 10 20
  Dan Haverford School 1981 4  
  Matt Haverford School 1984 4  
  Mark Haverford School 1979 2  
STINSON Aquil Chestnut Hill 1994 4 20
  CAMPBELL Rashad Chestnut Hill 2007 8  
  CAMPBELL Ibraheim Chestnut Hill 2008 8  
NANNI Tito Chestnut Hill 1977 5 17
  Chris Penn Charter 1987 6  
  Dave Penn Charter 1988 4  
  Paul Roxborough 1980 2  
DOWNS Derrick Malvern 1995 6 14
  Chris Malvern 1997 8  
HEMMERT Mike Bonner 1992 8 14
  Chris Bonner 1994 6  
ARCIDIACONO Mark SJ Prep 2008 4 13
  Brandon Wood 2011 4  
  Nick Wood 2012 5  
CONLIN Chris McDevitt 1982 4 13
  Keith La Salle 1990 4  
  Kevin La Salle 1992 4  
  Ken McDevitt 1979 1  
FORSTER Jack La Salle 2006 6 13
  Kevin La Salle 2010 5  
  Rob La Salle 2003 2  
HOLLOMON Rob West Catholic 2008 8 13
  Brandon West Catholic 2010 5  
MOONEY CJ Malvern 2008 4 13
  Sean Malvern 2010 4  
  Michael Malvern 2011 5  
AMBROGI Kyle SJ Prep 2001 8 12
  Greg SJ Prep 2003 4  
BURKE Andrew Chestnut Hill 1988 6 12
  Paul Chestnut Hill 1990 4  
  Jim Chestnut Hill 1982 1  
  Mark Chestnut Hill 1985 1  
REGAN Neal Ryan 1999 8 12
  Dennis Roman 2010 2  
  Kevin Roman 2009 2  
REID George St. James 1986 8 12
  Scott St. James 1991 4  

SEPT. 21
TEDBIT
  Bishop Egan (now Conwell-Egan) began playing Catholic League football in the 1963 season and Cardinal O'Hara joined the organization two seasons later. Over the years, how many times do you think they've met? . . . It's a low number. VERY low. As in zero. Hard to believe, right? The CL had divisions based on geography from '63 through '98, then on enrollment (in two different forms) from '99 through '15. Now the league has switched back from three to two divisions -- still based on enrollment -- and since O'Hara's enrollment has dipped in recent  years,  the school now finds itself in the smaller-schools Blue Division. That's where C-E is entrenched and the schools will meet Friday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m., at nearby Truman. While hosting a completely unfamiliar opponent that night, C-E will also celebrate Homecoming. Also listed below are other matchups that haven't occurred too often through the years.

Not Exactly Hot Football Rivals
Series Leader Series Loser W-L Total
Conwell-Egan O'Hara 0-0 0
Bonner-Prendie McDevitt 1-0 1
Bonner-Prendie Conwell-Egan 2-0 2
*La Salle Carroll 2-0 2
Carroll Judge 4-1 5
*-Second meeting took place this past weekend

SEPT. 20
TEDBIT
 
Here's a fact you'll find hard to believe: Over the last 35 seasons, Carroll quarterbacks have passed for 200 yards in a game just 10 times. Here's another: The number was six before this season began and Stephen Honick has reeled off four in a row. The breakdown is below.

Carroll's 200-Yard Passing Performances, 1982-2016
Name Yards Opponent Year
Pat Brochet 277 North Schuylkill 2001
Sal Bello 256 McDevitt 2011
Stephen Honick 237 Conwell-Egan 2016
Sal Bello 229 West Catholic 2012
Stephen Honick 228 Penn Wood 2016
Stephen Honick 211 Marple-Newtown 2016
Chris Olivieri 208 Bonner 1982
Mike Wusinich 203 O'Hara 1986
Pat Curtin 202 Roman 1997
Stephen Honick 200 La Salle 2016

SEPT. 19
TEDBIT
  Manny Quiles
has experienced quite the "rush" to high school fame. Well, the TS.com version anyway (smile). As this season began, the 5-8, 165-pound soph, though also a starting cornerback, was only a backup wide receiver on offense. In time, he also became the second-string running back and Friday night vs. Carroll all he did was become just the second La Salle player to rush for four TDs in one game over the last 35 seasons. Syaire Madden, the starting RB, departed with an injury after just four carries. Quiles wound up being given 17 carries, and he collected 164 yards in addition to the four scores. This was the ninth four-TDs outing by an Explorer since 1982 and the breakdown is below. The grunts were soph C Brian Grady (making his first start), sr. Gs Cole Lerch and Garrett Zobel, jr. Ts Brendan O'Brien and Chris Maloney and jr. TE Liam Trainer. The guys are position-coached by Dom D'Addona and Dan Pfeiffer and thanks to head coach John Steinmetz for providing all names.

La Salle Players With Four TDs in One Game, 1982-2016
Year Name Opponent How He Scored . . .
2016 Manny Quiles Carroll 4 rushes
2014 Jimmy Herron Wood 4 receptions
  Nick Rinella Roman 3 rushes, 1 reception
2012 Sean Coleman SJ Prep 4 receptions
2011 Colin Buckley North Penn 4 receptions
2010 Jamal Abdur-Rahman Roman 3 rushes, 1 kickoff
2008 Jamal Abdur-Rahman Roman 2 rushes, 1 reception, 1 punt
  Jamal Abdur-Rahman O'Hara 4 rushes
1997 Chickwere "Obi" Amachi McDevitt 3 receptions, 1 kickoff

SEPT. 18
TEDBIT
 
Every team would prefer to pitch a shutout instead of a "sixout," and Conwell-Egan's defense did so Friday night while earning a 28-6 win over West Catholic in a Catholic Blue opener. That's because the Burrs' lone TD was scored by their defense (on a fumble recovery). On Sept. 16, 2011, West was blanked by La Salle, 24-0, in a non-league game. Thereafter, it scored at least one offensive TD in 63 consecutive games before the Eagles accomplished shutdown mode Friday night. Right below are the names of C-E's defensive players and coaches, courtesy of head coach Jack Techtmann, and underneath that is a breakdown for West's single-TD-on-offense games within the streak.

Conwell-Egan's Defense vs. West Catholic
Pos. Name   Coaches Name
E Quameer Francis   Coordinator Jim Jenkinson
E Pat Brennan   Interior Line Tony Dragani
E *Gino Turchi   Ends Pete Dragani
T Keanan Baines   Linebackers John Mascione
T Dwayne Majors   Backs &Merdic Green
LB Danny Bentley   &-played in 1985 Big 33 game
LB Brandon Cohen      
LB Patrick Garwo      
CB Jonathan Bennett      
CB #Kendall Jones       
CB #Kyree Bronson      
SS Danny Green      
FS Tom Reilly      
*-also part of rotation      
#-share the position back and      
forth series by series      
West Catholic's Games With Single Offensive TDs, 2011-2016
(Following Shutout Loss to La Salle on 9/16/11)
Year Opponent Pts Scored by . . . Variety
2016 Conwell-Egan 6 None  
  Roman 7 Supreme Kemp rush
2015 Wood 6 Calil Wortham rush
  Lansdale Catholic 7 Craig Jones reception
2014 St. John's (DC) 6 Antwain McCollum rush
2013 Wood 6 Greg White rush
  Imhotep 8 Calil Wortham rush
2012 Wood 6 Greg White rush
  Imhotep 8 Greg White rush

SEPT. 17
TEDBIT
 
The day was Oct. 5, 2006, and the final score was 26-12. The occasion was a Catholic Blue regular season game and the winner was Conwell-Egan. The loser was West Catholic and the Burrs did not lose another regular season division game until . . . last night. The occasion again was a Catholic Blue regular season game -- yes, the CL is back to names of colors for its divisions (and back to two instead of three) and the score was 28-6. In between, coach Brian Fluck's Burrs rolled to 43 consecutive regular season victories and the average score was 41-8. The city record for consecutive regular season league wins belongs to St. Joseph's Prep, which captured 55 from 1999 through 2007. That wonderful run also ended with a first game. In their '08 division opner, the Hawks fell to La Salle, 31-17. Meanwhile, back in that '06 win over West, C-E was led by rushers Ray O'Hara (21-154, one TD) and Jim Domzalski (12-92, one), passer Kevin Schafer (6-for-16, 106, two) and receiver Ryan Golin (5-86, two) . . . In last night's win, Danny Bentley (8-85), Kendall Jones (15-62) and Dwayne Majors (6-27) rushed for one TD apiece and Patrick Garwo, also a rusher, threw a TD pass to Jonathan Bennett off a fake punt. In all, the Eagles turned 55 carries into 296 yards.

Details of West Catholic's 43-Game CL Regular Season Winning Streak
2006         Opponents W-L PF PA
Kennedy-Kenrick 39 0     Carroll 6-0 236 83
Neumann-Goretti 28 27 OT   Conwell-Egan 7-0 307 29
Carroll 10 0     Dougherty 3-0 169 26
Wood 13 12     McDevitt 9-0 390 93
2007         Neumann-Goretti 8-0 274 58
McDevitt 35 6     Lansdale Catholic 4-0 143 44
Kennedy-Kenrick 57 0     Kennedy-Kenrick 4-0 208 0
Conwell-Egan 48 7     Wood 2-0 34 24
Neumann-Goretti 48 6       43-0 1,761 357
Dougherty 48 0            
Carroll 29 21 OT          
Wood 21 12            
2008                
Carroll 63 12            
Kennedy-Kenrick 50 0            
Dougherty 64 7            
McDevitt 62 7            
2009                
Carroll 42 7            
Kennedy-Kenrick 62 0            
Dougherty 57 19            
McDevitt 28 12            
2010                
McDevitt 35 14            
Conwell-Egan 49 0            
Neumann-Goretti 41 12            
Lansdale Catholic 45 13            
2011                
McDevitt 45 7            
Conwell-Egan 50 0            
Neumann-Goretti 39 0            
Lansdale Catholic 40 8            
2012                
McDevitt 46 14            
Conwell-Egan 52 16            
Carroll 42 22            
Neumann-Goretti 42 0            
2013                
McDevitt 52 14            
Conwell-Egan 44 0            
Carroll 50 21            
Neumann-Goretti 18 0            
2014                
Lansdale Catholic 40 21            
Neumann-Goretti 30 13            
McDevitt 39 6            
Conwell-Egan 41 0            
2015                
Lansdale Catholic 18 2            
Neumann-Goretti 28 0            
McDevitt 48 13            
Conwell-Egan 23 6            
                 
Total Points For/Against 1,761 357            
Average Score 41 8            

SEPT. 16
TEDBIT
 
It's doubtful St. Joseph's Prep's D'Andre Swift will ever forget tonight's Catholic Red football opener vs. Archbishop Wood, set for 7:30 at William Tennent High, in Warminster. Aside from the fact it will be televised on ESPNU, there's this: Swift will achieve three career milestones. He needs 90 yards to reach 3,000 for rushing and 48 to reach 1,500 for receiving. Don't bet against him, folks. If the breakdown doesn't quite work out, 138 combined yards will give him 4,500. To this juncture, no city rusher with 3,000 yards has also accumulated as many as 1,600 receiving yards. D'Andre will soon accomplish that feat. For now, the record for receiving yards by a 3,000-yard rusher belongs to 2011 La Salle grad Jamal Abdur-Rahman (78 for 1,120 and 12 TDs). Also tonight, there will be a big halftime moment when Wood's Mark Webb announces hic college choice. His final six includes Georgia, Penn State, Temple, Maryland, North Carolina and Alabama. Almost all recruiting experts are predicting Mark, D'Andre's good buddy, will decide to join him at Georgia. As things turned out, Mark announced his decision prior to the game. Verdict: Georgia. Not to the same extent, but Mark also had nice football moments as a freshman. His stats are also below. As you'll notice, each of his two catches in 2013 went for TDs -- a 44-yarder vs. North Penn and a 98-yarder vs. Lansdale Catholic. That second one missed tying the city record by one yard.
  UPDATE: Swift suffered an injury on the Prep's first series and made only a brief appearance thereafter. He rushed once for six yards and caught two passes for 22. Webb made one catch for 27 yards.

D'Andre Swift's Career Stats for Rushing/Receiving
Year Car. Yards TDs   Rec. Yards TDs
2013 113 635 4   33 424 5
2014 137 1,045 13   33 495 6
2015 164 1,029 12   22 321 4
2016 22 201 4   7 212 2
  436 2,910 33   95 1,452 17
Mark Webb's Career Stats for Receiving
          Rec. Yards TDs
2013         2 142 2
2014         11 198 5
2015         22 559 10
2016         10 145 1
          45 1,094 18

SEPT. 15
TEDBIT
 
The Catholic League, no doubt, offers quality football, but that doesn't mean it storms through every season without hiccups. Last weekend, for the third consecutive year, the CL suffered at least eight losses in one week of non-league games. (N-L games in which CL teams played each other are not included). There were 10 losses in Week Two in 2015 and that same number in that same week in 2014. In the 10 seasons from 2004 through 2013, there were four weeks with at least eight N-L setbacks. There were also more teams through the 2009 season. Dougherty, Kennedy-Kenrick and North Catholic closed in June 2010.

2016 WEEK THREE (8)

Academy Park 28, Bonner-Prendie 8
Episcopal 30, Conwell-Egan 22
Interboro 36, Neumann-Goretti 0
Salesianum (DE) 16, Judge 13
Haverford School 37, West Catholic 34
Malvern 21, La Salle 12    (at Franklin Field)
Penn Wood 14, Carroll 7  
Downingtown East 28, Roman 7

2015 WEEK TWO (10)

Northeast 14, Judge 13
Garnet Valley 40, Bonner-Prendie 22
Upper Moreland 27, Carroll 6   (on Carroll's campus)
Cheltenham 19, McDevitt 13
North Penn 40, West Catholic 24
Haverford School 45, Ryan 28
Downingtown East 35, Roman 21
Penn Charter 40, Neumann-Goretti 14
Don Bosco (NJ) 55, SJ Prep 21
Salesianum 42, O'Hara 7

2014 WEEK TWO (10)

Washington 15, O'Hara 6
Haverford School 31, Ryan 14
Upper Moreland 35, Carroll 17
Cheltenham 24, McDevitt 7
North Penn 19, West Catholic 16 (OT)
Penn Charter 18, Neumann-Goretti 13
Bergen Catholic (N.J.) 42, La Salle 34
Don Bosco (N.J.) 35, SJ Prep 7  halted 2:33 before halftime by persistent lightning
Springfield Montco 29, Lansdale Catholic 7
Downingtown East 40, Roman 38 (OT)  game did not end until 10:58 (lightning delays)

2011 WEEK TWO (10)

Phoenixville 37, Neumann-Goretti 7
Cheltenham 34, McDevitt 14
Haverford School 2, O'Hara 0   forfeit due to teachers' strike
Chestnut Hill 27, Bonner 21
Council Rock South 35, Judge 34
Bergen Catholic (NJ) 41, La Salle 17
Malvern 17, Roman 0
North Penn 36, Lansdale Catholic 6
St. Elizabeth (Del) 41, Conwell-Egan 18
McDonogh (MD) 29, Carroll 7

2008 WEEK ONE (8)

Upper Moreland 21, Conwell-Egan 0
U
pper Merion 41, Neumann-Goretti 0
Coatesville 16, N. Catholic 6
U
pper Darby 28, Bonner 7
Pennridge 43, Wood 42 (3 OTs)
Pennsbury 21, Ryan 20
Bristol 27, Kennedy-Kenrick 14
Chestnut Hill 45, Dougherty 0

2006 WEEK ONE (9)

Upper Moreland 27, Conwell-Egan 21
Washington 27, Dougherty 12
Council Rock North 20, Judge 14
Wissahickon 12, McDevitt 6 (OT)
Pennsbury 10, Ryan 7
U. Darby 20, Bonner 14
Easton 6, O'Hara 0
Coatesville 21, Carroll 6
St. Pius X (Pottstown) 21, Kennedy-Kenrick 12

2005 WEEK THREE (9)

Council Rock North 39, Conwell-Egan 0
Tennent 58, Dougherty 14
N. Penn 41, Carroll 21
O'Hara 14, West Catholic 12
Pennridge 33, Bonner 0
Episcopal 33, Neumann-Goretti 13
Valley Forge MA 14, Roman 6
Absegami (N.J.) 35, Judge 7
Gilman (Md.) 22, SJ Prep 19 (OT)

SEPT. 14
TEDBIT
 
Below you'll see a list that includes seven Catholic/Inter-Ac quarterbacks. Five have already passed for 3,000 career yards and two more are on the doorstep. What sets them apart? They're lefties. Two have baseball ties. Sean Grieve pitched in the minors and Alex Hornibrook (now at Wisconsin) is the nephew of ex-MLB catcher Ben Davis (Malvern), an analyst on Phillies broadcasts. Kyle McCloskey's dad, Mike (Judge), played tight end in the NFL.

Catholic/Inter-Ac Lefties With at Least 3,000 Career Passing Yards
Name School Yards Sr. Yr.
Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky Penn Charter  4,697 2016
Sean Grieve Germantown Acad. 3,801 2003
Andre Sloan-El Roman 3,768 2003
Alex Hornibrook Malvern 3,411 2014
Joey Monaghan Wood 3,393 2011
On the Doorstep . . .      
Max Bryson McDevitt 2,939 2016
Kyle McCloskey Germantown Acad. 2,774 2016

SEPT. 13
TEDBIT
 
After some rough moments following the sudden death of popular coach Danny Algeo in the summer of 2014, O'Hara is again having football fun. Under second-year coach B.J. "Butch" Hogan, a first team All-City defensive back for the school's 2000 Catholic Red champs, the Lions are off to a 3-0 start and have accomplished an uncommon feat. Only five times in the school's football history -- it goes back to 1964 (joined the CL in 1965) -- has O'Hara scored at least 35 points in three or more consecutive games. The details are below. Sr. Myles Henderson and  juniors Nick Kutufaris and Te'Ron Johnson have paced the rushing attack while sr. Tommy "My Name's My School" O'Hara has done the passing. His top targets have been jr. Justin Santilla and soph Chris Kirby. The grunts, courtesy of coach Hogan: sr. C Ryan Harlow, sr. G Stephen Randazzo, jr. G Tom Wertz, sr. T Des Holmes, sr. T Stephen Brown. (Also involved: sr. Gs Colin Hickey and Pat Foster.)

O'Hara's Outburst Streaks
2016  
Dobbins 36
Mastbaum 41
Chester 41
2013  
Bonner-Prendie 36
Lansdale Catholic 41
Bonner-Prendie 38
2010  
Dobbins 35
Neumann-Goretti 60
Roman 36
Chester 35
2000  
Springfield Delco 49
Malvern 38
Pemberton (NJ) 42
North Catholic 62
1980  
Neumann  37
Roman 41
SJ Prep 37
West Catholic 49

SEPT. 12
TEDBIT
 
The 2016 NFL season is already No. 1 when it comes to "Our Guys" official debuts. Five draftees and a guy who spent the 2015 season on the Denver Broncos' practice squad, Zaire "Bam" Anderson (Frankford; he received a Super Bowl ring!), have already played. The previous record for OG debuts was four and it was accomplished six times. In 1941, Jack Ferrante, the original and much more productive Vince Papale, is included though no one seems to know his exact back story. He lived in West Philly in his teens and might have attended West Philly High and/or a trade school before dropping out early to get a job in a supermarket. Anyway, he had a nice run in the pros and later coached Bonner to a Catholic League championship. In 1961, the foursome included three guys who played in the old American Football League. In 1987, eight total guys made NFL debuts. However, four were replacement players during the strike and that was a whole different animal. It's possible at least two more guys will officially take the field this season -- Roxborough WR Rasheed Bailey and Bartram DB Al-Hajj Shabazz. If you know of others on the doorstep, please reach out via tedtee307@yahoo.com. Thanks!
  UPDATE: Having been promoted from the practice squad Oct. 8, Al-Hajj Shabazz made his NFL debut for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Oct. 9 game vs. the New York Jets. That makes seven 2016 NFL debuts for "Our Guys"!

Seasons That Featured at Least Four NFL/AFL Debuts  by "Our Guys"
School School Pos. Debuted With . . .
1941      
Jack Ferrante Undetermined E EAGLES
Dave DiFilippo West Catholic OL EAGLES
Frank Reagan North Catholic DB New York Giants
Kirk Hershey Penn Charter E Cleveland Rams
1961      
Herb Adderley Northeast DB Green Bay Packers
John Diehl Frankford DL Oakland Raiders
Bo Roberson Bartram WR San Diego Chargers
Cliff Roberts Dobbins OL Oakland Raiders
1974      
John Cappelletti Bonner RB Los Angeles Rams
Don Clune O'Hara TE New York Giants
Steve Coleman Germantown DL Denver Broncos
Mike Dennery Dougherty LB Oakland Raiders
1987      
Chris Conlin McDevitt OL Miami Dolphins
Rich Gannon SJ Prep QB Minnesota Vikings
Harry Swayne Dougherty OL Tampa Bay Bucs
George Winslow La Salle P Cleveand Browns
2008      
Jameel McClain Washington LB Baltimore Ravens
Scott Paxson Roman DT Pittsburgh Steelers
Matt Ryan Penn Charter QB Atlanta Falcons
Steve Slaton Conwell-Egan RB Houston Texans
2014      
Corey Brown O'Hara WR Carolina Panthers
Ryan Nassib Malvern QB New York Giants
Tom Savage O'Hara QB Houston Texans
Earl Watford Gratz OL Arizona Cardinals
2016      
Zaire "Bam" Anderson Frankford LB Denver Broncos
Will Fuller Roman WR Houston Texans
Carl Nassib Malvern DE Cleveland Browns
Will Parks Germantown DB Denver Broncos
Al-Hajj Shabazz Bartram DB Pittsburgh Steelers
Jihad Ward Bok DE Oakland Raiders
Daryl Worley Penn Charter DB Carolina Panthers

SEPT. 11
TEDBIT
 
The drought is over. And it ended in style. St. Joseph's Prep met Don Bosco Prep, a North Jersey power, five times from 2006 through 2015 and lost every time by a total score of 197-76. Battle No. 6 took place last night at the Prep's new home, Widener University, and the Hawks soared, 35-24. That was only the fourth time in this century that DBP had allowed as many as 35 points. The other occasions: 41 to Holy Cross in 2000, 35 to DePaul Catholic in 2013 and 50 to Miami Central (FL), also in 2013. Quarterback Marquez McCray paced the Hawks by racking up 259 yards of rushing/passing and accounting for three TDs (one/two). Senior handyman D'Andre Swift added 110 yards of rushing/receiving and two scores on the ground. The real stars, though? The grunts! It was their effective, relentless work that enabled the Prep to accumulate 356 scrimmage yards. Here are the five, all-senior starters: center Mack Grey (6-1, 280), guards Jackson Evans (6-4, 295) and Carter Lynch (6-6, 310), and tackles Salvatore Cinaglia (6-3, 265) and Taron Hampton (6-3, 290). The guys' average size is 6-3, 288. Whoa!

SEPT. 10
TEDBIT
 
Thanks to a roarback from a 26-8 deficit, Haverford School last night bested West Catholic, 37-34, thus extending its overall winning streak to 21 games. The city record belongs to St. Joseph's Prep, which won 35 consecutive games over the 2001-03 seasons. Below are the top performances by rushers, passers and receivers within the streaks.

Top Performances in Long Streaks by SJ Prep
(35, 2001-03) and Haverford School (21, 2014-16)
RUSHING        
Name School Opponent Yards Year
Pat Kaiser SJ Prep Roman 316 2002
Danny Jones SJ Prep La Salle 251 2003
Pat Kaiser SJ Prep Judge 241 2002
Phil Poquie Hav. School Ryan 232 2014
Kyle Ambrogi SJ Prep La Salle 205 2001
Pat Kaiser SJ Prep Roman 201 2002
Kyle Ambrogi SJ Prep O'Hara 197 2001
Phil Poquie Hav. School Roman 195 2014
Malik Twyman Hav. School Penn Wood 194 2015
Pat Kaiser SJ Prep Holy Cross NJ 190 2002
Pat Kaiser SJ Prep Bonner 190 2002
PASSING        
Name School Opponent Yards Year
Kevin Carter Hav. School Gtn. Academy 392 2014
Tommy Toal Hav. School Malvern 317 2015
Kevin Carter Hav. School Ryan 317 2015
Kevin Carter Hav. School Del-Val 299 2015
Vince Gallagher SJ Prep Malvern 276 2001
Kevin Carter Hav. School Down. East 269 2014
Tommy Toal Hav. School Penn Charter 268 2015
Matt Stefanski SJ Prep Malvern 251 2002
Tommy Toal Hav. School Gtn. Academy 247 2015
Matt Stefanski SJ Prep O'Hara 244 2002
RECEIVING        
Name School Opponent Yards Year
Steve Quinn SJ Prep Malvern 184 2002
Dox Aitken Hav. School Malvern 157 2015
Dox Aitken Hav. School Del-Val 145 2015
Keyveat Postell Hav. School Malvern 139 2015
Dox Aitken Hav. School Ryan 137 2015
Pete Chromiak SJ Prep O'Hara 128 2001
Steve Quinn SJ Prep O'Hara 124 2002
Steve Quinn SJ Prep Bonner 120 2002
Dox Aitken Hav. School Gtn. Academy 113 2015
Derek Mountain Hav. School Down. East 104 2014

SEPT. 8
TEDBIT
  Early yesterday afternoon, I spent some time in a filled-with-archives room in Penn Charter's library, hoping to nail down a few more facts concerning the school's football history. That didn't quite happen, but I did stumble upon some interesting nuggets in ancient issues of Penn Charter Magazine. Here we go . . . In 1891, on a Tuesday, the Quakers traveled to St. Luke's, in Bustleton, for a game that started at 2 o'clock. How'd they get there? By train. It departed from Broad Street Station, across the street from City Hall, at one minute after noon. Must have been nice, right? Attend school for a few hours, then get dismissed because of sports at, what, maybe 11:30? Back then, PC was located downtown at 12th and Market . . . On Oct. 4, 1890, PC defeated Episcopal (and itself), 46-0. Huh? The story reported Episcopal was "missing many players" and that the Churchmen were permitted to fill out their team "with PC's subs." Classic! . . . In 1891, PC made a trip to play Delaware Field Club. DFC was "entirely composed of men" and some "had played college ball." Nonetheless, PC won, 19-0, and five of those points were scored on a drop kick by Van Dusen. That game has never been included in PC's official records, likely because DFC wasn't a school . . . On Nov. 4, 1890, PC fell to Hill School, 18-4. This one took a while, folks. The first half lasted 45 minutes. The second half lasted 30. Even if they used a running clock, the players had to be exhausted after 75 minutes because almost all players were used on offense and defense.

SEPT. 7
TEDBIT
 
As you hopefully remember, five "Our Guys" were selected in the NFL draft and, as you definitely know, the season is about to begin. This morning, I made a quick check of each team's depth chart and 60 percent of the guys are slated to start. How cool is that?! The list below breaks it down. (Also, Frankford product Zaire "Bam" Anderson is listed as a second team linebacker for Denver. He was a practice squad member last year and has not yet made an official appearance. So, hopefully, six "Our Guys" will soon make their debuts, if not this weekend.)

Player School College NFL Team Rd. No. Pos. Depth Chart
Will Fuller Roman Notre Dame Houston 1 21 WR Starter
Jihad Ward Bok Illinois Oakland 2 44 DE Starter
Carl Nassib Malvern Penn State Cleveland 3 65 DE 2nd Team
Daryl Worley Penn Charter West Virginia Carolina 3 77 CB Starter
Will Parks Germantown Arizona Denver 6 219 SS 2nd Team

SEPT. 6
TEDBIT
  Did you happen to watch (or play in) a game involving an Inter-Ac team this past weekend? If so, you witnessed/experienced history. Five of the Inter-Ac League's six teams scored at least 30 points and that had never happened since SCH Academy (then Chestnut Hill Academy) rejoined the I-A for football in the 2006 season. The scores are below and the five teams combined for 190 points. Episcopal, Haverford School, Penn Charter and SCH were winners. Malvern racked up 30 in a loss. From 2000 through '05, four of the I-A's five teams never scored at least 30 points in the same week. Going back to 1887, when the I-A began, was there ever a week when all but one of the teams stormed to at least 30 points? Can't help you with that one, folks. I like doing research, but spending so much time on that kind of project would be beyond insane (smile). Hope you understand.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 2
SCH Academy 42, Washington 6
St. Augustine (NJ) 47, Malvern 30
Episcopal 40, Wyoming Seminary 0
SATURDAY, SEPT. 3
Penn Charter 35, Lansdale Catholic 14    (Ocean City, NJ)
Haverford School 43, Del-Val Charter 6
Judge 35, Germantown Academy 14

SEPT. 5
TEDBIT
 
Ryan junior Jaye McNeil is off to quite the rushing start. He started the season by carrying 11 times for 165 yards and four TDs in a 47-7 win over Quakertown, then followed with 31 totes for 262 yards and three scores in a 33-12 success over Bonner-Prendergast. In the last 35 seasons, he ranks No. 2 among Raider rushers in first-two-game performances with 427. In 2013, fresh off his transfer from Judge, Samir Bullock exploded a for school record of 345 yards in the opener vs. O'Hara, then followed with 132 vs. Wissahickon (477 total). Joe Zeglinski, the guy who holds spots three through five on the list below, is preparing for his second season as Ryan's basketball coach. Frank Wycheck, at No. 8, had a nice career in the NFL. Thanks to coach Frank "Five" McArdle, we can shed some light on McNeil's blockers . . . center Mike O'Brien, guards Drew Obuchowicz and Brendan Ruskowski, tackles Tim Moulton and Dante Vecchione, rotating tight ends Patrick Jurgelewicz and Dan McBride and (in certain formations) fullback Jason Jefferson. You could make a strong argument that Jurgelewicz owns the best number ever to appear in a Tedbit -- 800. As a junior, the now-senior achieved that perfect score on the math portion of the Scholastic Aptitude Test. Congrats! Wait, let's make that Conpats!

Ryan's Top Rushing Performances
Through Two Weeks, 1982-2016
Name Year Game 1 Game 2 Total
Samir Bullock 2013 345 132 477
Jaye McNeil 2016 165 262 427
Joe Zeglinski 2004 115 160 275
Joe Zeglinski 2003 96 158 254
Joe Zeglinski 2005 123 120 243
Jeremiah Agrio 2012 92 150 242
Samir Bullock 2014 140 95 235
Frank Wycheck 1988 142 85 227
Chris Cavallaro 1995 123 101 224
Marcus Allen 2010 57 157 214

SEPT. 4
TEDBIT
 
In Conwell-Egan's 2016 opener Friday night, sophomore running back Patrick Garwo scored three touchdowns while totaling 234 scrimmage yards. Billy Everett, the school's biggest supporter (by far!), got pretty darn excited while watching Patrick's performance and couldn't help but share some thoughts. In a text, he noted C-E "has a soph RB that is very, very good. Has some Steve Slaton in him, but bigger." By bigger, Billy meant thicker, not taller. The roster provided to this website by C-E does not include heights and weights, but Billy thinks Patrick is about 5-9, 215. Anyway, a comparison to Steve Slaton, who went on to play in the NFL, was quite the eye-catcher, and that led to this Tedbit. Below are the Top 10 career rushers in Catholic League history and a breakdown for how they fared with rushing/receiving in the first games of their sophomore seasons. Slaton is No. 1 at 239. Garwo? He pumped out 234 yards. Impressive. Via coach Jack Techtmann, here are the names of C-E's grunts . . . C Gino Turchi, Gs Keanan Baines and Jimmy Buchanan, Ts Quameer Francis and Patrick Shire, sixth man Matt Wolf and handyman Ross Logan.

Performances in First Game of Soph Season for Catholic League's Top 10 Career Rushers
Name School Yards Soph 1st Game of Year Rush. Rec. Total
Curtis Brinkley West Catholic 6,528 2001 Roman    22-119 none 119
Steve Slaton Conwell-Egan 5,928 2002 Bristol 17-239 none 239
Kevin Jones O'Hara 5,728 1998 Springfield Delco 21-206 1-24 230
Samir Bullock Judge/Ryan 5,209 2012 N. Dame (AZ) 8-39 none 39
Jarrett McClenton Wood 4,529 2012 Bensalem 4-58 none 58
Jamir Livingston SJ Prep 3,996 2005 Neshaminy 1-15 none 15
Jamal Abdur-Rahman La Salle 3,974 2008 Ply.-Whitemarsh 3-29 3-39 68
Kyle Ambrogi SJ Prep 3,868 1999 *Episcopal 10-22 none 22
Anthony Heygood O'Hara 3,861 2001 Haverford High 24-217 none 217
Dimetri Kelly Roman 3,676 2012 Malvern 16-159 none 159
Note: Brinkley played one season at Roxborough; overall total 7,413      
*-2nd game; DNP in opener            
Patrick Garwo Conwell-Egan   2016 Carroll 13-147 3-87 234

SEPT. 3
NON-LEAGUE
Penn Charter 35, Lansdale Catholic 14
  Look below the report for Game Firsts (This was the first game on OC's new turf field) and PC's starters

  The heck with Hurricane Hermine. How 'bout Hurricane Quaker! (Smile). A little over the top? No doubt. But PC did have some wonderful moments this morning in beyond-nutty conditions at Ocean City High (NJ), and, let's face it, your team is definitely performing well when it forces the mercy rule to take effect just 1 minute, 46 seconds into the third quarter (at 35-0). Luckily, except for some intermittent drizzle in the second half, rain was never a factor. However, it was windy like crazy. As the teams were warming up for the 10 a.m. start, the wind was coming straight off the ocean/boardwalk toward the far end zone. For most of the game, though, it whipped from the 5th & Boardwalk corner to the far, opposite corner. How hard was it blowing? Put it this way: Along the sideline, even bulky guys were occasionally nudged off their spots. Also, most of the kickoffs blew off the field across the home sideline. Now for the shocker: Despite the wild and wacky wind, PC sr. QB Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky, a lefty, was able to throw for three TDs while going 6-for-10 for 150 yards. Talk about putting the proper touch on the ball. Most completions received help from the wind and Neeko was able to successfully judge how much he needed to do and how much help he'd receive from the wind. The scores went to sr. WR Chris Tucker on two fades/streaks to the far/left corner and to sr. TE Luke Stansfield on a leak-out toward the far/right corner. That play began with an all-tight formation with, in effect, two TEs and two slotbacks. No one paid even remote attention to Luke and he looked like the only guy in Ocean City as he reeled in the ball. As for the game's early moments . . . welcome to The Edward Saydee Show! The 6-foot, 172-pound Saydee is a sophomore transfer from Prep Charter, in South Philly, and possesses a rare combination of speed and nimble feet. By the end of the first quarter, he owned 113 yards and two TDs on nine carries en route to final totals of 14-153-2. He also had a catch for 20 yards and two returns for 19. Ch, ching -- 192 all-purpose yards. Saydee's best run was a 32-yarder for the game's first six points. He was bottled up at the line once, twice, maybe even three times, but managed to wriggle free and break to the outside in part with the help of a terrific block from sr. grunt Harold Anderson. PC scored on its first five possessions and managed to keep LC in check. The Crusaders were hardly hapless, totaling six first downs during that span, but the Quakers made key plays at the right times. Shortly into the second quarter, LC earned first-and-10 just outside the 10. On fourth down from the 2, sr. QB Michael Basilii tried a right-side keeper and was swarmed by soph DT Ronnie Ross and sr. LB Brendan Pell, among others. A 60-yard hookup between Neeko/Luke fueled the following scoring drive, capped by a 12-yard pass to Tucker. LC showed some mettle on its first play of mercy-rule status as jr. RB Matt Casee sped for 29 yards. Basilii scored six plays later on a 5-yard surge up the middle. The Crusaders hit the scoreboard again with 0:59 showing as the backup QB, jr. Mike Dutkiewicz, hit jr. WR PJ O'Connor with a 27-yarder. PC coach Tommy Coyle made some interesting, and much appreciated, choices for game balls. The first was presented to popular trainer Tom Yabor, who is leaving PC to sell orthopedic braces. The next two went to players who live quite far from PC but showed major dedication all summer by showing up again and again and again for offseason training workouts . . . at 7 a.m.! They were soph lineman Hayden Knighton (Pottstown, PA), a starter, and frosh QB/DB Marcellus Poland (Sicklerville, NJ), a sub for now. Great job, guys. Hope you treasure those footballs. Drew Gordon, who enjoyed a wonderful coaching run at La Salle (and last year assisted at his alma mater, McDevitt), is now directing the offense for LC coach Tom Kirk. Great to see you, guys. Five of the six refs were Judge grads. Prominent among them: head ref Bill McKeever and his son, Bill, the head linesman, and one of the back judges, Ernie "Knows Everybody" Gallagher. A few other notables: Kevin Callahan, former sports writer for South Jersey's Courier Post, basketball ref John "Prez" Przybylinski and former PC football/baseball star Ed Malandro, who wound up holding the down marker. Last night, Ed (OPC '83) gave a well-received inspirational speech to PC's football guys at a hotel in Voorhees, NJ. They spent the night there to make the Saturday morning trip to OC less taxing. Here's hoping OC doesn't get hit too hard by the hurricane/storm, whatever it is by the time it passes by. Since very early childhood, OC has been my favorite place on earth. (Except for the part of any store where Tastykakes can be found - smile).

Game firsts . . . this was the first game played on OCHS' new turf field.

Kickoff: by LC's Mason Hall (to the 8)
Kickoff return: by PC's John Washington (18-yard return)
Tackle: by LC's Tyler Sheetz and Nick Scheetz (on Washington)
Pass: by PC's Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky (incomplete)
Rush: by PC's Edward Saydee (5-yard gain)
Tackle for loss: by LC's David Saulino (2 yards
, on Saydee)
Completion/reception/first down: by PC's Brendan Pell to Denarii Beard on fake punt (7-yard gain)
Penalty: On LC for facemask (5-yard version)
Touchdown: by Saydee on 32-yard run
Conversion: Kick failed by PC's Adam Kuper
Broken-up pass: by Beard
Successful conversion: pass from Hnatkowsky to Beard
Touchdown pass: by Hnatkowsky to Chris Tucker (12 yards)
Successful PAT: