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Football 2018, September and earlier

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 Observations, notes, etc., on games I've seen during
 the 2018 season . . . Plus some Tedbits.


September 2017 (and earlier)
October, 2017
November, 2017

SEPT. 23
One week after surrendering 58 points to La Salle, which entered the game with an 0-3 record, Haverford School exploded for 69 of its own in yesterday's non-league game with Chester. This was just the third time in this century that an Inter-Ac League team scored as many as 60. The list below includes all outbursts by I-A and Catholic League teams. In 2008, West Catholic's 'Enjoy the Show" squad racked up at least 60 five times and did so in three consecutive games. Carroll twice surpassed 70 in 2000.

Catholic/Inter-Ac Teams With 60-Point Outbursts, 2000-18
Year School Pts Opponent Pts
2000 Neumann 61 Southern 6
  O'Hara 62 North Catholic 0
  Carroll 77 Wood 0
  Carroll 74 West Catholic 7
2001   None      
2002 Neumann 68 Southern 0
2003 O'Hara 62 Ryan 6
  Neumann 64 Dougherty 6
2004   None      
2005   None      
2006   None      
2007 SJ Prep 61 Paul VI (VA) 7
2008 West Catholic 63 Carroll 12
  West Catholic 64 Dougherty 7
  West Catholic 62 McDevitt 7
  West Catholic 63 Kennedy-Kenrick 21
  West Catholic 63 Palisades 20
2009 West Catholic 62 Kennedy-Kenrick 0
  Germantown Acad. 60 Boys' Latin 8
2010 La Salle 63 Neumann-Goretti 0
  O'Hara 60 Neumann-Goretti 0
2011 O'Hara 60 Carroll 24
  Wood 70 Allentown CC 14
  McDevitt 60 Conwell-Egan 21
2012 Wood 62 Carroll 7
2013 Malvern 63 SCH Academy 50
2014 Judge 63 Fels 22
  Wood 63 Somerset 20
2015 Wood 62 Allentown (NJ) 21
2016 SJ Prep 63 La Salle 35
  Wood 61 Gratz 18
  West Catholic 65 Strawberry Mansion 8
2017 Conwell-Egan 63 Bonner-Prendergast 21
2018 Haverford School 69 Chester 34
Top 10 Outbursts
Year School Pts
2000 Carroll 77
2000 Carroll 74
2011 Wood 70
2018 Haverford School 69
2002 Neumann 68
2016 West Catholic 65
2003 Neumann 64
2008 West Catholic 64
2008 West Catholic 63
2008 West Catholic 63
2008 West Catholic 63
2010 La Salle 63
2013 Malvern 63
2014 Judge 63
2014 Wood 63
2016 SJ Prep 63
2017 Conwell-Egan 63


SEPT. 22
What are the chances? In back-to-back weeks, two of the Top 15 passing yardage performances by Catholic/Inter-Ac quarterbacks have been posted. Last week, SJ Prep's Kyle McCord racked up 369 yards vs. Our Lady of Good Counsel (MD). Then came last night. As confirmed late last night by Ed "Huck" Palmer, who watched the tape, Malvern's Drew Gunther fired fir 386 yards in a 42-32 win over Berks Catholic. Drew's main snaggers were Ryan Iacone (6-111), Ryan Maguire (4-126, two TDs) and Lonnie White (4-106, one TD).

Name School Yards Opponent Year
Paul Dooley SCH Academy 498 Malvern 2013
Paul Dooley SCH Academy 422 Malvern 2014
Phil DiWilliams Roman 415 Downingtown East 2014
Max Bryson McDevitt 411 Steinert (NJ) 2015
Kevin Carter Haverford School 392 Germantown Academy


Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky Penn Charter 390 Germantown Academy 2015
Drew Gunther Malvern 386 Berks Catholic 2018
Kyle Shurmur La Salle 384 Imhotep 2013
Sean McGovern Dougherty 379 McDevitt 2000
Anthony Russo Wood 378 Ryan 2015
Drew Loughery La Salle 378 SJ Prep 2008
Frank Costa SJ Prep 370 O'Hara 1989
Anthony Russo Wood 369 Bonner-Prendie 2014
Kyle McCord SJ Prep 369 OL Good Counsel (MD) 2018
Chris Fagan Judge 368 Wood 1987

SEPT. 21
Eastern Regional 60, Washington Township 28

  Despite the kid's last name, HELLUVA performance is the only acceptable way to describe what happened tonight. As the Vikings, before a large crowd and two great bands, rolled and then roared to what became an easy victory, sr. QB Andrew Heck (click here) enjoyed an all-time outing. You had to figure something good was in the offing when he completed his first seven passes and notched two touchdowns. He was just getting started, folks. In 39 minutes -- he threw no passes thereafter -- Heck bagged 19 completions in 26 attempts for 399 yards and five scores. According to South Jersey historian Chuck Langerman, that performance ranks No. 2 all-time in Eastern history behind Tom Flacco's 443-yarder in 2012. He hit six receivers and aside from showing hands, those guys often displayed nifty moves and/or breakaway speed to get the job done. The headliner was sr. WR Dante Kiett, who turned seven snags into 217 yards and two TDs. He also had a conversion catch. Soph handyman Jordan Diaz was right behind with six receptions and one score, though his yardage total was 39. Also scoring via passes were sr. Chase Stafford, the backup QB, and sr. WR Jalen Egan. Those distances were 27 and 45, respectively. Offensive coordinator Nick Strom realized early that the Vikes could benefit from deep balls AND quick hitters and, at times, the game almost had a 7-on-7 feel when Eastern had the ball. Oh, and before you get the wrong impression that this was strictly an aerial circus, be advised . . . Eastern also rushed for 216 yards and three TDs, raising the total offense number to 615 yards! Jr. Mike Suarez carried 22 times for 162 yards and two scores while sr. TJ Franden went 7-55-1. Remember what we're talking about here. Up and down the complete field three total times with 15 more yards for good measure. Early, the game was looking like both teams had a shot at scoring, say, in the 40s or even 50s. Back, forth, back, forth . . . Thanks to hard (and even decent footwork) running by jr. RB Andrew Nocille and tremendous ballhandling by sr. QB Roger Baldacci, the Minutemen also had little difficulty moving the ball through a 21-28 first half. But Eastern stood tall on defense in the third quarter and a 22-0 edge made it 50-21 through three quarters. Early, thanks to some vintage rock-'em, sock-'em pops, Egan (at E) was Eastern's most impressive defender. As the game went on, Franden often imposed his will as a linebacker. He finished with three TFLs and two more stops at the line of scrimmage. Sr. Kevin Lynch and soph Kyaire Segers paced the secondary by making interceptions. Lynch made his at the end of the first half and it was one of those perfect, step-in-at-exactly-the-right-time pilfers. Plus, it kept WT from heading into halftime with momentum. Eastern's record for points in one game is 63, achieved against WT in 2013. That total was posted in the opener and was followed by 50 points vs. Timber Creek. Last week featured a 52-point effort vs. Cherry Hill East. So, 113 points in those consecutive 2013 games and 112 in these two. Sr. John Fulleylove contributed 10 points in this one, thanks to perfection (7-for-7) on PAT and a late, 22-yard field goal. Had a great time interacting with the Inquirer's Marc Narducci, the very definition of work ethic, and former Daily News sports writer Ryan Lawrence, who is now working for assorted weeklies in South Jersey. Just this week he wrote a story about Andrew Heck's amazing field hockey sisters, Kara and Ryleigh. Something tells me he'll soon be profiling Andrew in the good, ol' Voorhees Sun.

Eastern's offense
C Jake LaRosa
G Rocco Tursi
G Ben Sperling
T Jermaine Donaldson
T Matt Chaves
*TE Jalen Egan
WR Dante Kiett
WR Jordan Casseus
WR Stevie Benson
WR Jordan Diaz
QB Andrew Heck
RB TJ Franden
*depending on formation
Eastern's defense
E Jalen Egan
E Ben Sperling
T Ryan Lombardi
LB Joe Del Palazzo
LB TJ Franden
LB Michael Wall
CB Dante Kiett
CB Kevin Lynch
FS Dom Harris
WS Korre Kerrin
SS Moe Howard


SEPT. 20
As long-time, even medium-time, followers of Catholic League football know, most league games were played on Sundays. These are details for the "last" Sunday games played by the CL's current 14 members and the three that closed in 2010. Sunday at 3 p.m., West Catholic is scheduled to host Lansdale Catholic on Maguire Field at Drexel's Vidas Complex. 43rd and Powelton Avenue. So details for those two schools will be updated. Among the current schools, La Salle has gone the longest without playing on a Sunday. On Oct. 8, 2006 vs O'Hara, the Explorers' last TD was scored by Joe Perese. The school's then-baseball coach and long-time AD particularly enjoyed it. His name? Joe Parisi. No one scored for Roman, Neumann-Goretti and Dougherty in last Sunday games. So last TDs come from earlier Sunday tilts.
  UPDATE: The info in gray comes from the Sunday game played Sept. 23. The info in black is no longer relevant.

Details for Last Sunday Games Played by Current Catholic League Schools (and Three That Closed in 2010)
Team Date Year Opponent Won Score Team's Last TD Kind
West Catholic Sept. 23 2018 Lansdale Catholic Won 28-7 Shakur Smalls Inter.
Lansdale Sept. 23 2018 West Catholic Lost 28-7 Danny Dutkiewicz Run
Wood Oct. 2 2016 Ryan Won 31-6 Unavailable  
Ryan Oct. 2 2016 Wood Lost 31-6 Pat Jurgelewicz Rec.
O'Hara Oct. 18 2015 Wood Lost 50-7 Unavailable  
Bonner-Prendie Oct. 26 2014 O'Hara Won 33-13 Joe Oquendo Rec.
Lansdale Oct. 12 2014 Conwell-Egan Won 7-6 Ryan Quigley Run
Conwell-Egan Oct. 12 2014 Lansdale Catholic Lost 7-6 Jordan Burney Run
SJ Prep Aug. 31 2014 Mt. Carmel (IL) Won 28-27 Unavailable  
Carroll Oct. 21 2012 Wood Lost 62-7 Sean McMorran Run
West Catholic Nov. 6 2011 McDevitt Won 47-8 Tyler Gallashaw Inter
McDevitt Nov. 6 2011 West Catholic Lost 47-8 Gerald Fuller Run
Judge Oct. 2 2011 SJ Prep Won 21-14 Matt Smalley Run
North Catholic Oct. 25 2009 Conwell-Egan Won 19-15 Eugene Byrd Run
Roman Oct. 11 2009 O'Hara Lost 13-0 A-Troy Richardson Rec.
Neumann-Goretti Sept. 7 2008 Wyomissing Lost 35-0 B-Anthony Mastrando Run
La Salle Oct. 8 2006 O'Hara Won 24-7 Joe Perese Run
Kennedy-Kenrick Sept. 3 2006 St. Pius X Lost 21-12 Greg Santangelo Run
Dougherty Oct. 17 2004 Neumann-Goretti Lost 22-0 C-Sean Willaims Run
A-Sept. 3, 2006 vs. West Catholic      
B-Oct. 28, 2007 vs. Conwell-Egan      
C-Oct. 10, 2004 vs. McDevitt      

SEPT. 19
Roughly half a lifetime has passed for the guys on the list below. Further confirmation: nothing flies faster than time. Who are these guys? They were prominent receivers in the Catholic/Inter-Ac leagues in this website's first season, 2000, and shown are all game performances of at least 100 yards. Thirty-six of 'em. Not bad, right? Germantown Academy's Chris Jordan racked up two of the top three with 219 and 184. Two guys advanced to the NFL, Carroll's Maurice Stovall and Roman's Scott Paxson. Scott's teammate, Joe McCourt, who's also on the list, wound up serving as Roman's coach for seven seasons (2008-14).

100-Yard Receiving Performances for CL/I-A Players, 2000
Name School Rec. Yards
Chris Jordan Gtn. Academy 6 219
Leonard Hodges Dougherty 11 192
Chris Jordan Gtn. Academy 8 184
Pete Chromiak SJ Prep 3 171
Derek Talley Judge 7 169
Vernard Abrams Dougherty 6 156
Leonard Hodges Dougherty 11 148
Kevin Barr Malvern 5 141
Maurice Stovall Carroll 3 140
Pete Chromiak SJ Prep 5 139
Mickey King Dougherty 8 138
Scott Paxson Roman 6 133
Pete Chromiak SJ Prep 4 130
Joe Dumas Ryan 5 128
Kevin LeSage Bonner 8 128
Kevin Barr Malvern 5 128
Mickey King Dougherty 6 127
Chris Jordan Gtn. Academy 6 127
Vernard Abrams Dougherty 4 123
Ryan Barksdale O'Hara 4 122
Mike Gallagher North Catholic 5 121
Whitney Hartman Haver. School 7 121
Leonard Hodges Dougherty 8 120
Jim Lachman SJ Prep 5 119
Billy McKinney Penn Charter 7 117
Mickey King Dougherty 4 116
Ryan Barksdale O'Hara 5 112
Billy McKinney Penn Charter 6 111
Bill Murrin Bonner 7 110
Joe McCourt Roman 7 109
Mickey King Dougherty 5 108
Mickey King Dougherty 10 108
Mike Gimpel Judge 5 106
Brandon Smith Wood 5 106
Joe McCourt Roman 3 105
Pete Chromiak SJ Prep 4 104

SEPT. 18
If you're a fan of quality receiving performances, this is your season. On the left below are all 100-yard outings in 2017. That number was 30. Through just four weeks in 2018, that number has been reached 18 times. Let the aerial circus continue!

Name, School Rec. Yards Name, School Rec. Yards
Ke’Shawn Williams. SCH 9 170 Ke’Shawn Williams, SCH 9 156
Edward Saydee, Penn Char. 2 138 Tysheem Johnson, Neum.-Gor. 5 154
Kyrin Jackson, Bonn.-Prend. 4 136 Tyreek Chappell, Ryan 5 148
Ryan Loughlin, Wood 4 134 TyGee Leach, Malvern 3 132
Nate Whitaker, Hav. School 2 126 Ivan Thorpe, Roman 4 129
Troy Holland, LaSalle 7 126 Kyron Long, Ryan 7 126
Quinn McCahon, Malvern 8 124 Kahlil Diarrah, LaSalle 2 118
john Washington, Penn Char. 4 122 Katob Joseph, Judge 4 117
DeeWil Barlee, Epsicopal 7 122 Koran Butler, Carroll 4 116
Ryan Loughlin, Wood 4 121 Katob Joseph, Judge 3 115
Dan Whaley, Hav. School 2 121 Marques Mason, SJ Prep 8 114
Katob Joseph, Judge 8 120 Marvin Harrison, SJ Prep 11 111
Dajuan Harris, Con-Egan 4 119 Pat Elliott, SCH 8 110
Dan Whaley, Hav. School 3 118 Nate Whitaker, Hav. School 3 108
Justin Santilla, O’Hara 5 117 Seth Degree, West Cath. 3 108
John Washington, Penn Char. 4 115 Tyreek Chappell, Ryan 4 108
Pat Elliott, SCH 8 115 Johnny Freeman, SJ Prep 4 103
Pat Elliott, SCH Academy 9 114 Ke’Shawn Williams, SCH 2 101
Kyrin Jackson, Bonn.-Pren. 5 113      
Dahmir Ruffin, Carroll 4 110      
Quincy Watson, Malvern 3 110      
Katob Joseph, Judge 4 108      
Edward Saydee, Penn Char. 5 108      
Steve Arrington, Judge 6 107      
Myles Hugee, SCH 6 106      
Kyrin Jackson, Bonner-Pren. 5 103      
Brandon Sanders, SJ Prep 4 101      
Malik Griffin, Roman 5 101      
Katob Joseph, Judge 4 101      
Steve Arrington, Judge 4 100      

SEPT. 17
**Click here for video highlights of Tysheem Johnson's six-TD performance.**
  In a Catholic Blue opener Saturday night, which also happened to be his team's first game in 2018 due to a Week One bye followed by two cancellations, Neumann-Goretti's Tysheem Johnson, only a soph, became the ninth player in Catholic League history to score as many as six TDs in one game.
  Johnson is the first soph to accomplish the feat. Raheem "Speedy" Blackshear, Kyle Ambrogi and Rocco Trivarelli were juniors. The others were seniors.
  Below are some details for all nine performances . . .
  D'Andre Swift, SJ Prep (63) vs. La Salle (35), on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 -- six TDs on rushes (19-275), one on a reception (3-21).
  Raheem "Speedy" Blackshear, Wood (54) vs. Carroll (0), on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 -- three TDs on rushes (4-12), three on receptions (3-49), one on an interception return (92 yards).
  Tysheem Johnson, Neumann-Goretti (54) vs. Bonner-Prendiue (14), on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 -- one TD on a rush (3-6), three on receptions (5-154, long of city record 99 yards; caught ball at N-G's 39 on a right-sideline streak), one on a kickoff return (90 yards) and one on an interception return (52 yards).
  Kyree Bronson, Conwell-Egan (42) vs. KIPP DuBois (18), on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, in a District 1-12 subregional playoff -- four TDs on rushes (13-96, long of 35), one on a reception (1-27), one on a kickoff return (83 yards).
  Billy Canady, Neumann (64) vs. Dougherty (0), on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003 -- four TDs on rushes (9-181), one on a reception (seven yards), one on a punt return; also had a two-point reception for 38 total points.
  Dominic Rock, Dougherty (40) vs. Morrisville (18), on Friday, Aug. 29, 2003 -- six TDs on rushes (18-267).
  Kyle Ambrogi, SJ Prep (55) vs. North Penn (26), on Friday, Sept. 1, 2000 -- six TDs on rushes (26-207).
  Rocco Trivarelli, Roman (42) vs. West Catholic (17), on Saturday, Nov. 2, 1996 -- six TDs on rushes (46-329).
  Anthony Sheridan, Neumann (69) vs. Southern (12), on Thursday, Nov. 25, 1993 -- five TDs on rushes (13-155), one on a reception (26 yards); also had a two-point run for 38 total points.

SEPT. 16
Somewhere out there, Frank Costa is breathing a big sigh of relief. Reason: He still owns SJ Prep's school record for passing yards in one game . . . barely. On the final day of the Catholic League regular season in 1989, Costa passed 27-for-43 for 370 yards and three TDs as the Hawks surprised O'Hara, 25-15. That game was played at Garthwaite Field, in Conshohocken. Friday might at Widener University, the Prep staged a terrific late rally to top Our Lady of Good Counsel (MD), 34-27, and soph QB Kyle McCord was the major reason. As determined by statman Ed "Huck" Palmer, who broke down the tape, the 6-3, 190-pound McCord finished 26-for-38 for 369 yards and three TDs. Three receivers collected at least 100 yards (compared to two in Costa's performance) and one was soph Marvin Harrison, son of the NFL Hall of Famer. The breakdown for both efforts is below. When he graduated, Costa owned numerous season/career city records. He played in college at the University of Miami, passing for 4,256 yards and 22 TDs from '91 through '94. He finished the '89 Prep season with 2,547 yards along with 4,660 for his career.

Breakdown of Performances by Frank Costa and Kyle McCord


SJ Prep 25       SJ Prep 34      
O'Hara 20       OL Good Counsel 27      
Quarterback C-A Yards TDs Quarterback C-A Yards TDs
Frank Costa 27-43 370 3 Kyle McCord 26-38 369 3
Receivers Rec. Yards TDs Receivers Rec. Yards TDs
John Laumakis 13 194 0 Marvin Harrison 11 111 2
Joe Gallagher 7 106 0 Marques Mason 8 114 0
Andy Cobaugh 4 36 2 Johnny Freeman 4 103 1
Keith Delaney 3 34 1 Jack Sutton 2 29 0
  27 370 3 Kolbe Burrell 1 12 0
          26 369 3

SEPT. 15
Eastern Regional 52, Cherry Hill East 6
This report will start with one weird fact and offer another right on its heels. Ready? Here we go . . . In modern-era football, how often does a team score eight TDs exclusively on rushes? Your mighty Vikings did so today. (In the fourth quarter, a 39-yard punt return TD by sr. Dominic Harris was nixed by a holding call at the 13.) And then there's this: On its scoring drive in the second quarter, CHE began the possession on its 35 yard line. So, it needed to gain 65 yards, correct? Not even close. The Cougars needed to gain only 15 because Eastern's defense was hit with six penalties for 50 yards. The score came on a 9-yard pass to sr. handyman Isaac Jean-Baptiste. That TD drew the Cougars within 7-6 with 0:44 remaining in the first quarter and no one would have slighted you for thinking, "OK, this could be a ballgame." Alas, CHE did almost nothing thereafter and Eastern did almost everything and the mercy rule wound up coming into play with 5:02 remaining in the third quarter. Despite that fact, this tilt, which kickoff at 11 a.m., lasted a ridiculous 2 hours, 39 minutes. Aside from flags and injuries, the start of the second half was delayed because the regular scoreboard stopped working (well, the clock part of it, anyway) and a mini-scoreboard had to be brought out/set up to replace it. No need for play-by-play, so we'll stick with some factoids. Jr. Mike Suarez (four) and sr. TJ Franden (two) combined to rush for six TDs and their respective numbers for carries-yards were 12-77 and 15-142. Since sr. QB Andrew Heck, who scored on an 11-yard keeper, did not pass for any scores, you might think his passing stats were anemic. Hardly. He connected on 17 of 27 tosses for 222 yards and found EIGHT different guys. The leaders were sr. WRs Dante Kiett (4-50) and Jalen Egan (3-67). Between sacks and TFLs, 14 CHE plays lost a total of 50 yards. Prominent among the guys wreaking havoc on defense was Franden (2 1/2 BTLs, fumble recovery). Jr. S Korre Kerrin also recovered a fumble while jr. LB Michael Wall racked up the biggest loss (seven yards) while adding a stop for minus-four. Franden and soph Kyaire Segers combined for a six-yarder. Hardest hit? That honor probably goes to sub soph Tavion Corbett-Collier. He truly ka-powed some guy on a kickoff return. Fifty-two points are the most scored by the Vikes since they hit that same amount vs. Winslow Township in game eight of the 2013 season. Sr. John Fulleylove hammered most of his kickoffs to at least the 5. CHE has a gigantic, quality band. One thing, though. More tuba! (smile).

Eastern's offense
C Jake LaRosa
G Rocco Tursi
G Ben Sperling
T Jermaine Donaldson
T Matt Chaves
*TE Jalen Egan
WR Dante Kiett
WR Jordan Casseus
WR Stevie Benson
WR Jordan Diaz
QB Andrew Heck
RB TJ Franden
*depending on formation
Eastern's defense
E Jalen Egan
E Ben Sperling
T Ryan Lombardi
LB Joe Del Palazzo
LB TJ Franden
LB Michael Wall
CB Dante Keitt
CB Kevin Lynch
FS Dom Harris
WS Korre Kerrin
SS Moe Howard


SEPT. 15
In yesterday's 35-6 win at Central, sr. RB Edward Saydee became the seventh Penn Charter player to score at least four touchdowns in one game over the last 40 seasons. He's the third guy to twice accomplish the feat and the first to show major versatility . . . as in, he scored three varieties of TDs. He hit paydirt twice on rushes and once apiece on returns of a punt and interception. He mixed in a TD catch when he notched four TDs in a 2016 game. Four of the outbursts on the list below were posted in games vs. archrival Germantown Academy and two of the rushing yardage totals were outrageous -- Brandon Shepherdson had 344 in 1993 and James Berry answered with 346 in 1998. Then, in 2002, Tony McDevitt checked in with 328.

Penn Charter Players With at Least 24 Points in One Game, 1979-2018
Name Year Opponent Pts How They Were Scored . . .
Brandon Shepherdson 1993 Haverford School 30 5 rushes
Brandon Shepherdson 1993 Gtn. Academy 30 5 rushes
James Berry 1998 Gtn. Academy 30 5 rushes
Eric Neefe 2011 Carroll 30 5 rushes
Eric Neefe 2012 Peddie (NJ) 30 5 rushes
Pat Delaney 1984 Gtn. Academy 24 3 rushes, 1 reception
Kenny Devenney 1999 Episcopal 24 3 rushes, 1 int. return
Tony McDevitt 2002 Gtn. Academy 24 4 rushes
Edward Saydee 2016 SCH Academy 24 3 rushes, 1 reception
Edward Saydee 2018 Central 24 2 rushes, 1 punt ret., 1 int. return

SEPT. 14
Three recent Ryan teams have combined to walk alone. Actually, to run alone. This is season No. 51 for the Raiders as a Catholic League member and 10 times a 3-0 start has been achieved. The 2013 (132 points), 2016 (115) and 2018 teams (120) own the most points. Details for the starts are below. And since a certain guy has played a prominent role, we're gonna tag this year's offense as . . . The Chappell Show (smile). John Zeglinski was Ryan's QB in 1973. His son, Joe, is now the Eaiders' basketball coach. '88 star Frank Wycheck played in the NFL. Jim and Ken Pawloski are twins. Bob and Bobby Romano are father/son.

Details for Ryan's 3-0 Starts, 1968-2018
Year Ryan Opp. Leading Scorer


St. James 28 7 John Zeglinski 12
Judge 47 0 Bill Fulforth/Jay Rubino 12
Dougherty 21 15 John Zeglinski 18
Bonner 20 33 Paul Koestler 8
Kenrick 28 19 John Lorenzo 18
Wood 21 12 Owen O'Donnell/Ed Hughes/Jim Pawloski 6
Bonner 24 0 Owen O'Donnell/Jim &Ken Pawloski/Jim Scarpello 6
Kenrick 21 15 Owen O'Donnell/Don Bradley/Jim Scarpello 6
Wood 35 15 Owen O'Donnell 12
West Catholic 12 6 Mike Smith/Jeff McEachern 6
Egan 23 14 Trip Storey 18
Wood 21 0 Bob Romano 12
West Catholic 26 20 Al Settembrino 18
Egan 35 6 Al Settembrino 18
La Salle 24 14 Rick Hollawell 18
Judge 22 7 Frank Wycheck 12
Kenrick 43 0 Frank Wycheck 12
McDevitt 17 0 Frank Wycheck/Bill Sachs 6
Downingtown 12 0 Gene McAleer 6
Norristown 30 0 Gary Pacitti/George Clardy/Ray McFall/Adrian Dumchus 6
Wood 14 6 Gary Pacitti/Ray Sell 6
O'Hara 37 20 Samir Bullock 18
Wissahickon 42 7 Bobby Romano 24
Bensalem 53 0 Samir Bullock 18


47 7 Jaye McNeil 24
Bonner-Prendergast 33 12 Jaye McNeil 18
Lansdale 35 0 Mike Minniti 12
Bartram 38 30 Julian Jones/Tyreek Chappell 12
Frankford 41 0 Tyreek Chappell 12
Interboro 41 14 Tyreek Chappell/Kyron Long 12

SEPT. 13
Six times in the 13 seasons from 1975 through 1987, Cardinal O'Hara posted shutouts in Catholic League games while scoring no more than seven points. Oddly, five of those wins were recorded against archrival Monsignor Bonner. And just one TD was scored. Here are the details . . .
  O'Hara 2, Bonner 0:
One play after O'Hara's Steve Andrien was stopped at the 1 by Lou Tomasetti, Robert Evans broked through the line and tackled Bonner QB Dan Haley for a safety with 1:51 remaining. This game was part of a Monday night tripleheader at Veterans Stadium. After rain wiped out the Sunday games, the tripleheader was arranged in quick fashion by Carroll coach/AD Joe McNichol, also the moderator for CL football.
  O'Hara 3, Bonner 0:
Bill Mitchell hammered a 33-yard field goal on the game's final play after Jim Myers intercepted a pass at Bonner's 35, ran five yards to the 30 and watched in glee as the refs called a personal foul that moved the ball to the 15.
  O'Hara 2, Bonner 0:
In wicked mud at Upper Darby, wingback Craig Cusick tried a wingback sweep on a play from Bonner's 3. Jim Hewitt made the first hit four yards into the end zone and Mike Crowley finished the play.
  O'Hara 7, Bonner 0:
Bryan Dempsey ran 10 yards for a first quarter TD and Dan D'Orazio hit the PAT.
  O'Hara 6, Bonner 0:
The points came on field goals. Dan D'Orazio crushed a 48-yarder with 1:58 left in the first half, then added a 23-yarder in the third quarter.

SEPT. 12

  Over the last 37 seasons, four Ryan quarterbacks have thrown for as many as 250 yards and three have notched as many as four TD flings. As you'll see on the lists below, one guy has accomplished both feats and he did so this past weekend. In a 41-14 win over Interboro, senior Jahlil Sanders passed 15-for-25 for 263 yards and FIVE scores. That second number is strongly believed to be a school record, but if you know of anyone else, well, that's why e-mail exists (smile). Jahlil's top receivers were Kyron Long (7-126) and Tyreek Chappell (4-108), who scored two TDs apiece. Justin Collier had the other. Meanwhile, Jahlil was hardly a one-trick pony. He also turned 15 carries into 172 yards, which means he produced 435 yards. So, he averaged 10.9 yards per play! He suffered losses on three plays (for 12 yards total) and threw one interception, according to stats guru Ed "Huck" Palmer. His blockers -- thanks to coach Frank "5" McArdle for providing the names -- were C Chris Brown, Gs Tom Loughlin and Kyle Davis, Ts John O'Brien and Taleeq Robbins and TE Colin Boyd. One other amazing Ryan passing performance occurred in 1978. Ed Hughes, a senior and also a star pitcher, passed 55 times in a 34-23 loss to Cardinal Dougherty. He completed 25 for 298 yards and two TDs while never getting sacked and throwing no INTs. Ryan's grunts in that game were C Tom Sutton, Gs Mark O'Neill and Mike Connolly and Ts Paul Beisser and Ray Smith.
  UPDATE: Received an email from Ed Hughes on Sept. 13. He reminded me of a fact I'd mentioned in a story back then. Ed was not sacked all SEASON. He added that Jack Senske and Don Bradley, who filled in for brief stints at QB that season, also were not sacked. Absolutely amazing. Thanks for making contact, Ed. And to your younger brother, Ken, also a Ryan QB, for suggesting that you do so. All the best!

Ryan QBs With At Least 250 Passing Yards, 1982-2018
Name Opponent Year C-A Yards TDs
Rus Slawter Bonner 2006 22-25 309 3
Joe Corsanico McDevitt 1996 18-31 299 2
Rus Slawter O'Hara 2007 21-35 281 2
Jahlil Sanders Interboro 2018 15-25 263 5
Ryan QBs With At Least Four Passing TDs, 1982-2018
Name Opponent Year C-A Yards TDs
Jahlil Sanders Interboro 2018 15-25 263 5
Kyle Arpino Bonner 2007 8-12 210 4
Michael Davis Judge 2005 7-17 100 4

SEPT. 11
TEDBIT (Mostly a HUCKBIT, actually)

  Long-time website headliner Ed "Huck" Palmer is a teacher in Philadelphia and since school was closed yesterday, well, he needed to find a way to kill time. Mindful that Wood, a long-time power, is off to an 0-2 start and has scored just 14 total points -- 16-7 loss to McDonogh (MD), 21-7 loss to Bergen Catholic (NJ) -- he decided to nail down some facts.
  Here they are . . .
  In 202 games over 15 seasons from 2003 through 2017, Wood scored fewer than 10 points just six times. Once apiece in 2017 (7 vs. SJ Prep), 2013 (7 vs. Ryan), 2009 (0 vs. Selinsgrove)), 2008 (7 vs. Thomas Jefferson), 2007 (7 vs. West Catholic) and 2005 (0 vs. O'Hara). The Vikings have not been blanked since that '05 game vs. O'Hara.
Wood had not suffered back-to-back losses within the same season since 2009. They lost the opener to O'Hara, 35-14, then fell to Chestnut Hill, 29-23, in overtime.
  Wood had not scored fewer than 20 total points over back-to-back games since 2008. In the last two games of that season, the Vikes beat Selinsgrove, 13-7, then fell to Thomas Jefferson, 34-7.
  These days, Huck watches game tapes to compile individual/team stats for Catholic League teams.
  "Wood definitely faced worthy opponents in these first two games," he said. "Lots of times Wood succeeds because it's much stronger along the line of scrimmage. These teams were also very strong on the lines."

SEPT. 10
  At least in "recent times" (60-odd years), 2013 Penn Charter graduates Daryl Worley and Mike McGlinchey are the only "Our Guys" classmates (Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac) to play in the NFL. Oddly, their debuts were made two years apart. Worley, a defensive back, left West Virginia early and first saw action for the Carolina Panthers in 2016 after being a third round draftee. McGlinchey, an offensive lineman, did a redshirt year at Notre Dame and was there through last spring. A first-round pick, he made his debut yesterday for the San Francisco 49ers. In a 2012 loss to Malvern, Daryl made seven catches for 175 yards and two TDs. Mike played tight end in that tilt and wound up with four snags for 100 yards. The quarterback was Pat McCain, one of McGlinchey's many sports-playing cousins. (Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan is another.) On the list below, in addition to Daryl/Mike, you'll see info for almost-classmates combos . . . In November 1980, Central receiver Vic Bellamy hit Eric Hodges with a 28-yard scoring pass on a trick play. Vic was a senior, Eric a junior . . . In the 1955 season, Northeast's Angelo Coia and Herb Adderley were first team All-Public running backs. Angelo was a senior, Herb a junior. Adderley, also a basketball star, was a mid-year graduate in February 1957. He wound up in the NFL Hall of Fame . . . In the 2008 football season at O'Hara, Tom Savage notched 10 TD passes. Junior Corey Brown, who missed roughly half the season due to injury, caught three of them . . . Jim Cooper (Class of '73) and Florian Kempf ('74) were never teammates at now-closed Cardinal Dougherty. Cooper, also a respectable basketball player, was a star lineman and spent 10 years with the Cowboys. Kempf was a major soccer star for CD and then at Penn and never kicked for either school before earning a spot in the NFL after a brief pro soccer career. He wound up hammering 64 PAT and 29 field goals in four seasons . . . Leroy Kelly, a 1960 Gratz grad, also wound up in the HOF. Alvin Mitchell graduated in '61 and caught a TD pass from Harold "Pat" Kelly in an early November game against now-closed Germantown. Pat, Leroy's brother, had a nice career as a major league outfielder.

"Our Guys" NFL Classmates . . . and Almost Since Mid-1950s
Name School Grad Debut Pos.
Vic Bellamy Central 1981 1987 DB
Eric Hodges Central 1982 1987 WR
Jim Cooper Dougherty 1973 1977 OL
Florian Kempf Dougherty 1974 1982 K
Leroy Kelly Gratz 1960 1964 RB
Alvin Mitchell Gratz 1961 1968 DB
Angelo Coia Northeast 1956 1960 E
Herb Adderley Northeast 1957 1961 DB
Tom Savage O'Hara 2009 2014 QB
Corey Brown O'Hara 2010 2014 WR/Ret.
Daryl Worley Penn Charter 2013 2016 DB
Mike McGlinchey Penn Charter 2013 2018 OL

  Mike McGlinchey (L) and Daryl Worley were Penn Charter's captains in 2012.

Thanks to yesterday's 41-14 success at Penn Charter, Conwell-Egan is off to a 3-0 start. The Eagles are in season No. 55 as a Catholic League member and they've won their first three games just seven times. They did so thrice in their first six seasons, then had to wait 20, 14 and 10 years, respectively, for the next three visits to Triple W Land. This latest gap was only six years. The 2002 streak was powered by future NFLer Steve Slaton.
  UPDATE: Egan also won its first three games in 1966. Those details have been added. Thanks to Egan grad Joe Nawrocki ('73) for speaking up.

3-0 Starts for Egan/Conwell-Egan
Year Opponent Score Leading Scorer Points
1966 Neshaminy 41-0 Jack Lyons 12
  Woodrow Wilson 9-0 Irv Whalen 6
  St. James 31-6 Frank Yacovino 12
1967 Neshaminy 21-0 Frank Yacovino 9
  Woodrow Wilson 42-0 Mike Goetz 12
  St. James 28-0 Frank Yacovino 20
1968 Neshaminy 13-0 Lamina/McDowell 6
  Woodrow Wilson 41-0 Ed McDowell 12
  Kenrick 38-8 Bob Lamina 14
1988 McDevitt 17-7 Steve Schurr 12
  Dougherty 10-6 Steve Schurr 6
  North Catholic 7-3 John Fletcher 6
2002 Bristol 35-0 Steve Slaton 24
  North Catholic 34-14 Steve Slaton 24
  Wood  19-10 Steve Slaton 12
2012 New Hope-Solebury 28-0 Tim Bolton 8
  Olney 35-18 Chaz Cason 18
  Nativity BVM 44-7 Three with . . .  8
2018 Roman 38-20 Terome Mitchell 18
  Salem (NJ) 22-0 Alex Goldsby 8
  Penn Charter 41-14 Patrick Garwo 18

Holy Spirit (Absecon) 30, Eastern Regional 22

  In a game that's still in doubt, a team always prefers to have the final possession. Today that team was Eastern, but the problem was this: The Vikings were beginning the possession at their 21, only 1:15 remained and HS had just broken a 22-22 tie with a rushing TD and a passing conversion. A miracle would not be in the offing. Eastern gained some yardage with some dink-and-dunks toward the sideline, but the possession died out at the Eastern 41 and everyone headed home after a kneeldown. This game was scheduled for Friday night, but plenty of lightning got in the way. Today's starting time was noon and the stands were not exactly overflowing. In part due to occasional rain -- mostly light, sometimes medium -- the atmosphere was drab and the absence of the band/cheerleaders due to previous commitments didn't help. Hopefully, excitement will make an appearance for the Friday night games. (Next Saturday morning at Cherry Hill East will provide another challenge.) Eastern's primary problem today was jr. RB Elijah Gray. He's a tough nut with a low center of gravity and the Spartans called upon him again and again and again and . . . you get the idea. He finished with an outrageous 36 carries for 229 yards and two TDs and a sloppy mud surface would have been a better fit than turf for this old-school performance. Sr. QB Ryan Yost (6-4, 190) was also impressive, thanks largely to jr. TE Isaiah "Gronk" Gerena (5-94). I doubt that's his nickname, but it should be. Gerena sets up wide to make his catches and it's tough to defend him. He turned a curl into a 20-yard gain on the winning drive, putting the ball at the 2 after he bulled for about eight yards after the catch. Sr. DL Matt Chaves broke through to record a clutch 3-yard loss, but the Vikings then went offsides and Gray went up the middle almost untouched for a 2-yard TD. Yost passed to frosh Jahqir Haley for the conversion. Eastern's headliner was sr. QB Andrew Heck. Operating out of a one-back (even no-back) set, he experienced direct involvement in 48 of Eastern's 66 plays. He passed 17-for-34 for 207 yards and two TDs and rushed 14-48 for one score. That came on a 10-yarder right up the middle, moments after he appeared ready to be dumped for a loss. Good footwork/vision made the rescue happen. Heck's top targets were sr. WRs Dante Kiett (5-99, TD) and Stevie Benson (5-38, TD) and soph handyman Jordan Diaz (4-41). Junior RB Mike Suarez uncorked a 44-yard run and sr. TJ Franden had a 12-yarder. Keitt and Diaz made interceptions and the former's was especially impressive as he stepped away from his primary duty, covering another guy, and popped up out of nowhere to make the snag at the 2. Jr. Michael Wall and jr. Jalen Egan combined for a nine-yard sack. Sr. Joe Del Palzazzo had a three-yard TFL. Egan and sr. Ryan Lombardi teamed for a six-yard sack. Jr. DL Teddy Osei-Kyei had a two-yard TFL. Also, Egan was the lead guy on a five-yard sack. Spent the first half in the press box. Second half on the sideline. Shooting pics proved to be frustrating due to the rain. Plus, the battery died and, of course, Keitt caught his TD pass on the very next play before a new battery could be pumped into the camera. That has happened many times through the years. Very weird.

Eastern's offense
C Jake LaRosa
G Rocco Tursi
G Ben Sperling
T Jermaine Donaldson
T Matt Chaves
*TE Jalen Egan
WR Dante Kiett
WR Jordan Casseus
WR Stevie Benson
WR Jordan Diaz
QB Andrew Heck
RB TJ Franden
*depending on formation
Eastern's defense
E Jalen Egan
E Teddy Osei-Kyei
T Ben Sperling
LB Joe Del Palazzo
LB TJ Franden
LB Michael Wall
CB Dante Keitt
CB Kevin Lynch
FS Dom Harris
WS Korre Kerrin
SS Moe Howard


This is season No. 13 for SCH Academy (nee Chestnut Hill Academy) as a back-in-the-fold Inter-Ac League football member and the Blue Devils have racked up at least 42 points 15 times. They're 2-for-2 this season with 56 last week against Judge and 45 yesterday vs. Central. We'll add yesterday's high scorer after stats are obtained. The Campbell brothers, Rashad and Ibraheim, led the point parade four times apiece. Rashad had a 36-point outburst. Ibraheim's best was 24.

Points Opponent Top Scorer Points Year
56 Judge Pat Elliott 26 2018
53 Penn Charter Syaire Madden 20 2014
50 Malvern Jordan Johnson 24 2013
49 Pius X (Roseto) Rashad Campbell 36 2006
49 Episcopal Ibraheim Campbell 24 2009
48 Washington Aaron Rascoe 18 2017
45 Lawrenceville (NJ) Rashad Campbell 24 2007
45 Dougherty Ibraheim Campbell 18 2008
45 Penn Charter Ibraheim Campbell 18 2009
45 Central K. Williams/R. Gentile 12 2018
42 Ryan Rashad Campbell 18 2007
42 Hill School Rashad Campbell 18 2007
42 Bonner Ibraheim Campbell 12 2009
42 Washington Six players 6 2016
42 Judge Matt Hoffman 18 2016

Think about the chances of scoring the same amount of points in six consecutive games. Zero after zero after zero . . . Definitely. In fact, Edison once failed to score in 27 consecutive games from 1978 to '82. But a "regular" number? Much less likely, right? Well, in 1973, McDevitt scored 14 points in six consecutives games. Those details are below. The Lancers played nine games that season and came very close to scoring two TDs in EVERY game. They scored 13 in their opener vs. Wood, then 14 six times, then 13 again vs. Ryan and seven in the finale vs. Interboro. They were stopped inside the 5 in the second quarter of that game and lost a fumble at the 30 with 3:10 remaining. Charlie Heiland rushed for the four TDs vs. Wood/Ryan and Terry Foley scored vs. Interboro on a reception. His brother, Ed, was the long-time coach of the nationally famous Little Quakers youth squad and is currently the assistant AD at Penn Charter. Matt and Tom Welsh are brothers. Erv Antoni's dad, also Erv, was the long-time basketball coach at Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.

McDevitt's Six Consecutive Games With 14 points, 1973
Opponent Result Touchdowns Conversions
Father Judge L, 24-14 Charlie Heiland 1 run (Dan Mee kick)
    Charlie Heiland 3 run (Dan Mee kick)
Bishop Kenrick T, 14-14 Erv Antoni 11 pass from Tom Welsh (Dan Mee kick)
    Charlie Heiland 1 run (Dan Mee kick)
Bishop Egan W, 14-6 Matt Welsh 9 pass from Tom Welsh (run failed)
    Phil Rehill 12 run (Phil Rehill run)
Card. Dougherty W, 14-0 Charlie Heiland 2 run (Dan Mee kick)
    Dan Mee 12 run (Dan Mee kick)
La Salle L, 20-14 Erv Antoni 29 pass from Tom Welsh (pass failed)
    Phil Rehill 1 run (Matt Welsh pass from Tom Welsh)
North Catholic L, 24-14 Terry Foley 15 pass from Erv Antoni (Dan Mee kick)
    Phil Rehill 9 run (Dan Mee kick)

Sometimes you start some research and then come to realize, "Whoa, this needs to be expanded." Russel Minor-Shaw passed for three TDs in each of Carroll's first two games this season and the usual thought kicked in. How many times have Carroll QBs accomplished that feat? Barely 10 seconds were needed to find another time. Just last year, Kamal Gray passed for four in game No. 2 and three in No. 3. OK, this could take a while. . . Um, no. Going back through 1979, no other Carroll guy has thrown for at least three TDs in back-to-back games. In fact, three TDs have been racked up just five other times, total. It never happened in the 20 seasons from '79 through '98. Kevin Waterman did it twice in '99, in games No. 4 and 8. Meanwhile, a look at one number on the list below will no doubt cause your eyebrows to raise. Yes, in the game last year vs. Bensalem, Gray passed for three TDs . . . and only 23 yards. Dahmir Ruffin made all three scoring snags, just as he'd made all four the week before vs. Conwell-Egan. In Derek Zambino's performance, the Patriots waffled West Catholic, 74-7.

Carroll's Passing Performances
Of at Least Three TDs, 1979-2018
Year Name Opponent Yards TDs
2001 Pat Brochet North Schuylkill 277 4
2017 Kamal Gray Conwell-Egan 141 4
1994 Andrew Tamaccio O'Hara 127 3
1999 Kevin Waterman Kennedy-Kenrick 97 3
1999 Kevin Waterman West Catholic 122 3
2000 Derek Zambino West Catholic 113 3
2017 Kamal Gray Bensalem 23 3
2018 Russel Minor-Shaw Olney 87 3
2018 Russel Minor-Shaw KIPP DuBois 188 3

Father Judge handyman Katob Joseph is having all kinds of fun through two weeks of his senior season. The 5-10, 161-pounder has produced an outrageous 495 scrimmage yards and seven TDs. Last Friday, in the first game on Judge's field across the street from the school, he totaled 241 yards on the ground and 115 through the air in the Crusaders' 56-46 loss to SCH Academy. Plus, he scored five touchdowns -- two rushing, three receiving. Thanks to stats breakdown going back to 1982, I can report this: Katob is just the fifth Crusader to rack up at least 100 receiving yards in back-to-back games. The feat has been accomplished six times over these 37 seasons; Carl Peterson did it twice. No one owns three in a row. The chance to accomplish that feat will come Friday night when Judge visits Northeast. Joseph's QB, Shane Dooley, has already fired for 418 yards and six TDs.

Judge Receivers With Back-to-Back
100-Yard Games, 1982-2018
Year Name Opponents Yards
1999 Rob Citrino Neumann 102
    La Salle 107
2002 Carl Peterson West Catholic 110
    O'Hara 171
2003 Carl Peterson Upper Darby 163
    Lincoln 130
2014 Prince Smith Northeast 125
    St. Anthony (NY) 151
2016 Justin Gies Ryan 129
    SCH Academy 166
2018 Katob Joseph Ridley 117
    SCH Academy 115

  Highly unusual football occurrences make my world go 'round. Many can be found on the page that includes city records . . . There was the time in 1986 when McDevitt's Brian Rodgers (son of Jim Rodgers, of Temple sports medicine fame) scored consecutive TDs vs. Judge on interceptions. First a 29-yarder. Then, three plays later, on a 42-yarder. The Lancers won that game to give coach Pat Manzi career victory No. 100 . . . There was the time in 2010 when Prep Charter's Mark McLean, playing against Mastbaum, made interceptions eight seconds apart. He lost a fumble after the first one . . . There was the time in 2013 when Gratz, playing against Mastery North, posted interception TDs on consecutive plays. Jaylem Sanders for 21 yards, then Skylar Wilkerson for 29 yards. Elapsed time: 17 seconds . . . And then there's this: Back in 1962, a year before both schools joined the Catholic League, Egan mauled McDevitt, 68-6. It's possible Egan scored long TDs on three consecutive touches. According to a story by Tom Juno in the Bucks County Courier-Times, Al Pezzola ran 61 yards for a TD with 6:32 left in the first half. Juno then wrote that Egan added two more long TDs via interceptions before halftime. Chris Kule scored both and the reported distances were 78 and 74 yards. So, the combined distance for those three scores was 213 yards. One problem: The story was not specific about whether Egan spent some time on offense before that third TD was scored. Amazing sequence either way.

Junior Kyle Jones made his first start as Penn Charter's quarterback in the season opener vs. Lansdale Catholic and all went rather well. He passed for 159 yards (and one TD) and that total ranks No. 3 among PC QBs in 21st century openers. Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan made starts from 2000 through '02 and his best outing was 93. His brother, John, holds the No. 5 spot at 124 and their cousin, John Loughery, is No. 1 at 247. Pat McCain, another cousin, is also on the list.

Performances by Penn Charter Quarterbacks in Openers, 2000-2018
Year Name Opponent C A Yards
2010 John Loughery Penn Wood 22 32 247
2005 Brendan McNally Wood 15 19 217
2018 Kyle Jones Lansdale Catholic 6 11 159
2016 Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky Lansdale Catholic 6 10 150
2008 John Ryan West Catholic 11 20 124
2009 John Loughery West Catholic 9 17 121
2002 Matt Ryan O'Hara 7 17 93
2000 Matt Ryan Valley Forge MA 6 13 85
2014 Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky Fels 3 4 85
2012 Kevin Murphy Fels 4 6 75
2004 James Hannah O'Hara 6 15 71
2007 John Ryan Scotland School 6 11 70
2006 Eddie Bambino Wood 6 18 63
2001 Matt Ryan O'Hara 5 10 53
2015 Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky Lansdale Catholic 5 14 53
2003 James Hannah McDonogh (MD) 6 13 39
2011 Kevin Murphy Truman 2 4 28
2013 Pat McCain Fels 3 6 26
2017 Jordan Wilson Lansdale Catholic 0 1 0

No school on Tuesday for Inter-Ac football players! Just kidding. But, hey, that kind of reward would make sense, right? For the third time in four years, and sixth time since Chestnut Hill Academy (now SCH Academy) resumed playing I-A football in 2006, the I-A schools have stormed through a 6-0 weekend. The details for all five sweeps are below. This year's points scored total (208) ranks second. And the points allowed total (114) is first. SCH yielded 46 to Judge and that total is more than all six teams allowed in 2008 and 2007. No sweat. The Blue Devils dropped a 56-point bomb. That number ranks first among the 30 games.

The Inter-Ac's 6-0 Weekends, 2006-18
School Week 2, 2018 Results
Episcopal St. Mary's (MD) W, 20-0
Germantown Academy Gratz W, 36-24
Haverford School Northeast W, 12-6
Malvern Roman W, 49-17
Penn Charter Lansdale Catholic W, 35-21
SCH Academy Judge W, 56-46
    6-0, 208-114
School Week 5, 2016 Results
Episcopal Hill School W, 23-19
Germantown Academy Academy NC W, 54-20
Haverford School Penn Wood W, 48-28
Malvern Gilman (MD) W, 21-0
Penn Charter Interboro W, 27-0
SCH Academy Judge W, 42-28
    6-0, 215-95
School Week 2, 2015 Results
Episcopal Conestoga W, 24-20
Germantown Academy Prep Charter W, 28-20
Haverford School Ryan W, 45-28
Malvern Holy Spirit (NJ) W, 34-0
Penn Charter Neumann-Goretti W, 45-28
SCH Academy Central W, 13-6
    6-0, 189-102
School Week 6, 2008 Results
Episcopal Brandywine (DE) W, 31-0
Germantown Academy Perkiomen School W, 46-13
Haverford School Bonner W, 19-0
Malvern Salesianum (DE) W, 42-0
Penn Charter Valley Forge MA W, 7-0
Chestnut Hill Wyoming Seminary W, 9-0
    6-0, 154-13
School Week 4, 2007 Results
Episcopal Hill School W, 42-13
Germantown Academy Lawrenceville (NJ) W, 20-7
Haverford School Pius X (Roseto) W, 19-0
Malvern McDonogh (MD) W, 46-7
Penn Charter Peddie (NJ) W, 21-14
Chestnut Hill Washington W, 17-0
    6-0, 165-41

  Football has been around "forever" so there's little doubt such a sequence had happened before. But there's no way you'll see it very often in your lifetime. Maybe never, in fact. In a non-league game yesterday at O'Hara, West Catholic trailed Paramus Catholic (NJ) by 16-14 roughly halfway through the fourth quarter. Then the Burrs wound up winning, 18-16, and there's only ONE way that can happen. Yes, indeed. Back-to-back safeties. How often, if ever, has a game been won thanks to consecutive, late-game safeties? Long-time website stalwart Ed "Huck" Palmer was in attendance because he's West's statistician and the info for  this breakdown comes from him. PC faced fourth-and-20 from its 9 set up to punt. WC's Damen Studstill steamed across the line of scrimmage and blocked the punt, sending the ball through the end zone with 6:06 left. PC went with a free-kick kickoff and West took over at its 44. On fourth down from its 49, West's Tre Johnson hammered a darn near perfect punt. (He was kicking toward the "near" end zone, so to speak; the one closest to the stadium entrance.) The ball trickled out of bounds inside the 1 and, as Huck stated, "The back of the ball was almost touching the goal line" when PC's series started. The first play produced a 2-yard gain on a rush. The quarterback then set up in shotgun formation. The snap was low, within inches of ground level, and controlling the ball proved to be quite the challenge. Johnson, an outside linebacker, shot through a gap and made the tackle for safety No. 2. The clock showed 3:58. Two game-deciding safeties within 2 minutes, 8 seconds. Quite amazing. Congrats to the Burrs and thanks to Huck for the breakdown.


  Frankford today has a chance to accomplish a feat for just the second time in school history: Win a non-playoff game against a Catholic League opponent not named North Catholic. As many of you know, Frankford and NC met 82 times from 1928 through 2009 and all but the first two contests took place on Thanksgiving (or close to it in the event of bad weather). Otherwise, the Pioneers, who today (1:30) will host Archbishop Ryan, are 1-7 against CL teams. The lone win occurred in 1927 and the score vs St. Joseph's Prep was 15-6. The Pioneers' most noteworthy touchdown was scored by Bill Dietrich, who wound up pitching for 16 years in the majors, going 108-128 with a 4.48 ERA. He scored on a 95-yard punt return and the Inquirer reported he did so by side-stepping, strong-arming, outrunning, dodging and storming through the entire St. Joe team. The Pioneers did win a 2007 meeting with now-closed Cardinal Dougherty, but was then forced to forfeit for using an ineligible player. In City Titles, Frankford has gone 2-11-1. Its record vs. North was 35-43-4. And its overall mark against Catholic League teams is 38-61-5.

Frankford's Records vs. Catholic League Teams
Opponents W L T In City Tiles In Other Games
Carroll 0 1 0 Lost in 1971  
Dougherty 0 1 0   Lost by Forfeit in 2007
Egan/Conwell-Egan 0 2 0 Lost in 1969 *Lost in 2016 
Judge 0 2 0 Lost in 1964, Lost in 1975   
La Salle 0 2 0 Lost in 1960, Lost in 2012  
Neumann 0 1 1 Tied in 1948, Lost in 1954  
#North Catholic 35 43 4    
O'Hara 0 1 0 Lost in 1973  
Roman Catholic 0 2 0 Lost in 1947 Lost in 1914
St. James 0 1 0 Lost in 1972  
St. Joseph's Prep 1 2 0 Lost in 2013 Lost in 1926, Won in 1927
West Catholic 1 1 0 Won in 1940 Lost in 1932
Wood 1 2 0 Won in 1978 Lost in 2012, Lost in 2013
  38 61 5    
#First two early in season; 80 on Thanksgiving   *Thanksgiving

  The date was Nov. 23, 1923, and I'm thinking a world football record was set, and that it has never been threatened, let alone broken. In the final game of the Public League regular season, which decided the championship back then unless there was a tie for first place, Germantown won the crown (at 5-0) by defeating Frankford, 26-0. Now here's the amazing fact: Germantown posted NO first downs, as in none. The field was incredibly muddy, according to an Inquirer story, and one of the descriptions was presented like this: On a field that resembled a swamp and was so full of puddles that rubber boots were in vogue among the spectators . . . The fact that G-town collected no first downs (Frankford had five) was mentioned at the very beginning of the story. Bad punts, blocked punts and lost fumbles dominated the game. Joe O'Kane scored the first TD by recovering a blocked punt in the end zone. Just a couple plays later, Frankford lost another fumble. Milner (first name not listed) picked up the ball and rumbled 25 yards for a score. In the second quarter, O'Kane recovered the ball on Frankford's 8 after another blocked punt. The scoring "drive" required two plays and Johnny Gillespie tallied the six-pointer. The last TD was racked up in the third quarter when G-town blocked ANOTHER punt and O'Kane flopped on the ball in the end zone. Four touchdowns. Twenty-six total points. NO first downs. Truly amazing circumstances and maybe (definitely?) unmatched in football history.

  Kyle Detweiler
made his coaching debut for Carroll last weekend and fared very well, thank you. The Patriots stormed to a 42-8 win over Olney and that offensive point debut total ranks No. 2 for Catholic League coaches in the 2000s. Neumann-Goretti's Albie Crosby steered his team to 54 points just last year. Just two coaches on the list -- N-G's Dan Concannon in 2015, Conwell-Egan's Kevin Kelly in 2002 -- racked up shutouts. Roman's Joe McCourt was the lone boss to incur a loss (34-28 to West Catholic in 2008).

Top Point Totals for Catholic League Coaches Making Debuts, 2000-2018
Coach Year School Opponent We They
Albie Crosby 2017 Neumann-Goretti Interboro 54 25
Kyle Detweiler 2018 Carroll Olney 42 8
Ernie Covington 2003 Dougherty Morrisville 40 18
Dan Concannon 2015 Neumann-Goretti Valley Forge MA 38 0
Gabe Infante 2010 SJ Prep Washington 36 25
Mike Watkins 2016 McDevitt Lincoln 35 8
Steve Devlin 2007 Wood Paul VI (VA) 35 7
Kevin Kelly 2002 Conwell-Egan Bristol 35 0
C.J. Szydlik 2011 Neumann-Goretti Furness 34 20
Karl Stout 2014 McDevitt Pope John Paul II 33 14
Jack Muldoon 2016 Bonner-Prendie Upper Darby 30 23
Joe Powel 2011 Carroll Radnor 30 20
Drew Gordon 2006 La Salle Ply.Whitemarsh 29 6
Joe McCourt 2008 Roman West Catholic 28 34
Danny Algeo 2004 O'Hara Wood 28 12
Tom Kirk 2012 Lansdale Cath. Prep Charter 27 26

  The name of Roman Catholic's new quarterback, soph Rhyme Robinson, has a nice ring to it, right? Well, based on his debut, it appears Rhyme will be pretty productive at ringing up yardage. Against Conwell-Egan, he passed 10-for-21 for 227 yards and two TDs and that performance ranks No. 5 among RC guys in openers since 1982. The No. 1 spot belongs to Jim McGeehan, who passed for 288 yards vs. Wissahickon in 1988. You might have heard of his No. 1 receiver in that tilt. It was Marvin Harrison, who's now in the NFL Hall of Fame. He made six catches for 131 yards and two TDs in that game. Marvin was a soph and that game was his first as a varsity player.

Top Nine Efforts by Roman Catholic QBs in Openers, 1982-2018
Name Opponent C-A Yards TDs Year
Jim McGeehan Wissahickon 13-24 288 4 1988
Phil DiWilliams Malvern 15-25 279 3 2014
Walt Zakrzewski Bensalem 16-24 268 2 1986
Michael Keir West Cath. 13-22 232 2 2011
Rhyme Robinson Con.-Egan 10-21 227 2 2018
Kevin Regan West Cath. 9-20 186 1 2009
Anthony Butler Neshaminy 14-26 165 1 2016
Phil DiWilliams West Cath. 13-36 165 ? 2015
Brendan Regan Malvern 12-23 157 1 2013

Playing the same position in the same sport as your much heralded older brother isn't easy, and Shane Dooley could undoubtedly tell us some interesting stories about the assorted pressures. Know what? Shane, the senior quarterback at Father Judge, is doing a nice job of creating his OWN waves. In the Crusaders' 2018 opener, he passed 10-for-218 for 235 yards in a 35-21 win over Ridley. So he now owns a second spot on the brothers' Top 10 list and here's guessing there will be more to come. Paul did his flinging at SCH Academy and is now a redshirt junior at West Chester University. His best performance at SCH came in his junior year vs. Malvern and you could make the argument that he outdid ALL passers in NFL history. The NFL record is 554 yards by Norm Van Brocklin, who was then (in 1951) with the Los Angeles Rams. Paul passed for 498. NFL games are 60 minutes. High school games are 48. His rounded-off yardage total over 60 minutes would be 623. His No. 2 total, senior year vs. Malvern, was 422. That would figure to 528, one yard better than the No. 2 NFL total. Not bad, eh?

Top 10 Passing Totals for the Dooley Brothers, Paul and Shane
Name School Foe C-A Yards TDs Year
Paul Dooley SCH MP 31-43 498 7 2013
Paul Dooley SCH MP 21-33 422 5 2014
Paul Dooley SCH Judge 22-45 362 4 2014
Paul Dooley SCH HS 16-36 296 3 2013
Paul Dooley SCH PC 9-13 265 5 2014
Paul Dooley SCH HS 12-32 243 2 2014
Shane Dooley Judge Ridley 10-18 235 3 2018
Paul Dooley SCH Hill 15-25 214 3 2013
Shane Dooley Judge Ryan 15-25 211 2 2017
Paul Dooley SCH GA 10-24 210 2 2014

  Patrick Garwo
certainly enjoyed Conwell-Egan's 2018 opener. Last night, in a 38-20 win over Roman, the 5-9, 210-pound senior rushed 15 times for 178 yards and two touchdowns. That performance enabled the Boston College commit to blow by nine other guys on the list of top career rushers in Catholic/Inter-Ac history. As you'll see, his name appears twice on the list. Who knows how high he'll soar? One note: Curtis "Boonah" Brinkley played one year at Roxborough before transferring to West Catholic. Even without the 885 'Boro yards, his total (6,528) ranks first in overall city history. Actual total: 7,413.

Top Career Rushers in Catholic/Inter-Ac History
Name School Yards Year
Curtis Brinkley West Catholic 6,528 2003
Steve Slaton Conwell-Egan 5,998 2004
Kevin Jones O'Hara 5,728 2000
Samir Bullock Judge/Ryan 5,209 2014
Jarrett McClenton Wood 4,539 2014
D'Andre Swift SJ Prep 4,273 2016
Chris Downs Malvern 4,045 1997
Syaire Madden SCH/La Salle 4,008 2016
Jamir Livingston SJ Prep 3,996 2007
Jamal Abdur-Rahman La Salle 3,974 2010
Kyle Ambrogi SJ Prep 3,868 2001
Anthony Heygood O'Hara 3,861 2003
Alex Holcombe Gtn. Academy 3,815 2006
Ibraheim Campbell Chestnut Hill 3,810 2009
Dimetri Kelly Roman 3,676 2014
Bryan McCartney Wood  3,671 2005
Desmon Peoples SJ Prep/Wood 3,638 2011
John Shaw SJ Prep 3,530 2005
Dennis Shaw West Catholic 3,444 2006
Paul McKinney Haver. School 3,437 2000
Yeedee Thaenrat Judge 3,318 2015
Joe McCourt Roman 3,315 2000
Art Condodina O'Hara 3,299 1984
Joe Zeglinski Ryan 3,289 2005
Brandon Hollomon West Catholic  3,264 2010
Patrick Garwo Conwell-Egan 3,215 2018
*Rashad Campbell Chestnut Hill 3,200 2007
Rob Hollomon West Catholic 3,159 2008
Marty Cull O'Hara 3,151 1980
Dave Stilley Haver. School 3,119 1991
Marcas Bradley St. James 3,108 1987
Matt Blewitt Gtn. Academy 3,106 1997
Jim Casey Judge 3,085 1997
Balial Lewis Sloan-El Roman 3,066 2007
Greg White West Catholic 3,051 2013
Patrick Garwo Conwell-Egan 3,037 2017
Eric Neefe SJP/Penn Char. 3,029 2012
John Cason Roman 3,023 1979

Over the last 37 seasons, Ryan has scored as many as 25 points in opening games six times. That total has been reached three times in the last six seasons and the most recent time was . . . last night. The Raiders beat Bartram, 38-30, at the South Philly Super Site and 38 checks in at No. 2. QB Jahlil Sanders was the yardage leader with 119 yards through the air. He hit Tyreek Chappell for a TD and scored one of his own while adding 31 rushing yards. Chappell also contributed a score on a 95-yard kickoff return. (In its early years, Ryan thrice scored at least 25 points in openers -- 28 vs. North Catholic in 1976 and St. James in 1973, and 27 vs. Carroll in 1974.)

Details of Ryan's Top Scoring Outputs in Openers, 1982-2018
Year Opponent Ryan Opp. Yardage Leader Yards
2016 Quakertown 47 7 Jaye McNeil 165
2018 Bartram 38 20   Jahlil Sanders 119
2013 O'Hara 37 20 Samir Bullock 345
1982 West Catholic 27 12 Vince Pastore 70
2007 Pennsbury 26 14   Rus Slawter 98
1985 West Catholic 26 20   Pat Smith 85
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  Throughout the Catholic League this week, coaches have been saying to their players, "In this first game, we have to give EVERYTHING we've got!! This game will set the tone for the entire season. If we lose -- and worse yet, get thumped -- we run the risk of going off the deep end." Soooooo . . . Are such words of motivation correct? Are teams that lose openers looking at a long season? Over the previous 40 seasons, via assorted formats, the CL crowned 67 champions. Forty-three indeed won overall openers. Twenty-four did not. The breakdown is below. Four teams did not lose again. The most amazing nugget involves Archbishop Ryan. When the Raiders won four consecutive all-one-league titles from 1990 through '93, they lost openers in three of those seasons. Their overall record was 45-5-3, so 60 percent of the setbacks were suffered in Week One. Somehow, they found a way to bounce back. Do take note, however: From 2013 through 2017, only one champ lost its opener.

Catholic League Teams That Won Championships Despite Losing Openers, 1978-2017
Year School Coach League Overall Lost Opener to . . . Score
'79 Cardinal O'Hara Bob Ewing 7 0 0 11 2 0 Dougherty 10-7
'83 Father Judge Whitey Sullivan 4 3 1   8 6 1 Neumann 14-7
'85 Cardinal O'Hara Bob Ewing 7 0 0 12 2 0 Dougherty 27-0
'90 Archbishop Ryan Glen Galeone 7 0 0 12 1 0 Bensalem 17-3
'91 Archbishop Ryan Glen Galeone 6 0 1   9 3 2 Downingtown 20-7
'93 Archbishop Ryan Glen Galeone 7 0 0 12 1 0  Downingtown 28-0
'94 Monsignor Bonner Stump Coyne 7 0 0 11 2 0 Bethlehem Cath. 52-13
'95 La Salle Joe Colistra 7 0 0 11 2 0 West Catholic 34-33
'97 St. Joseph's Prep Gil Brooks 7 0 0 12 2 0 Gonzaga (DC) 24-12
'99 R Roman Catholic Danny Algeo 6 1 0 11 2 0 Strath Haven 21-0
'01 R St. Joseph's Prep Gil Brooks 7 0 0 10 3 0 Central Bucks West 21-17
'02 B Archbishop Carroll Dan Bielli 6 1 0   9 4 0 Pennridge 14-7
'04 B Archbishop Wood Joe Powel 6 2 0   8 4 0 O'Hara 28-12
'05 B Archbishop Wood Joe Powel 7 0 0 10 2 0 O'Hara 26-0
'06 B West Catholic Brian Fluck 6 1 0   9 4 0 Roman 22-7
'07 B West Catholic Brian Fluck 7 0 0 11 1 0 Roman 34-18
'08 3A Archbishop Wood Steve Devlin 4 0 0  12 3 0 Pennridge 43-42
'09 3A Archbishop Wood Steve Devlin 4 0 0  11 3 0 O'Hara 35-14
'10 2A West Catholic Brian Fluck 4 0 0 13 2 0 Roman 23-14
'11 2A West Catholic Brian Fluck 4 0 0 10 4 0 Roman 19-7
'11 3A Archbishop Wood Steve Devlin 3 0 0  14 1 0 Pittsburgh CC 20-17