On the Trail
The 2018 City Titles are in the books and three looooong touchdowns have earned spots on the list below. The longest was achieved by Conwell-Egan's Patrick Garwo, who returned a kickoff 91 yards and just missed tying the overall record. The coolest nugget dates back to the 2014 3A tilt between Wood and Imhotep. The final three TDs, in order, were scored by Wood's Jarrett McClenton (80 run), Imhotep's Denniston "D.J." Moore (88 reception) and Moore again (71 reception). If you follow the NFL, Moore's name should ring a bell. After starring at Maryland for three years, he was selected in the first round of the 2018 draft by Carolina. He's off to an impressive start and he'll soon be featured in another Tedbit. One weird fact: Six kickoffs of at least 80 yards are on the list. There are none from 70 to 79.
|Long Touchdowns in City Titles|
|1958||Vic Gittens||La Salle||Overall||88||Kickoff|
|2008||Sam Feleccia||La Salle||4A||81||Reception|
|2015||Winston Eubanks||La Salle||4A||80||Reception|
|1953||*Dick Christy||St. James||Overall||79||Run|
|2012||Jimmy Herron||La Salle||4A||77||Reception|
|2017||James Cherry||SJ Prep||6A||71||Punt|
|1939||Bill Brady||SJ Prep||Overall||70||Run|
|*advanced to NFL|
Bet you never thought you'd see this: La Salle, a k a Quarterback High, and SJ Prep now have the same number of 2,000-Yard, One-Season Passers. The total is five and Kyle McCord, only a soph, expanded the Prep's number Saturday in the Class 6A City Title vs. Northeast. He passed 15-for-20 for 182 yards and four TDs, raising his total to 2,140. The Hawks could wind up playing three more games, so Frank Costa's school record (2,547) could be in danger. OK, now for the kicker. La Salle's five guys have combined for nine two-grand efforts. Brett Gordon (three), Drew Loughery and Kyle Shurmur (two apiece) were multi-doers.
One of these years (or decades), West Catholic and Wood will no longer be the only Catholic League schools that have scored at least 55 points in all varieties of postseason contests. But to this point they are, and they've combined for 17 such outbursts. WC leads, 9-8, and Wood moved within one by dropping a 57-point bomb on Gratz in yesterday's Class 5A City Title. All explosions of at least 50 points are below. Just one dates back to the previous century. In the 1959 City Title, Bonner blitzed Central, 54-0.
|Postseason Outbursts of at Least 50 Points by Catholic League Teams|
|2016||West Catholic||65||Straw. Mansion||8||CT||2A|
|2016||West Catholic||58||Valley Forge MA||7||State||2A||sub final|
|2010||West Catholic||55||Northern Lehigh||14||State||2A||quarter|
|2015||West Catholic||55||New Hope-Sole.||14||State||2A||first|
|2010||West Catholic||50||South Fayette||14||State||2A||final|
|2017||West Catholic||50||Bristol||6||State||2A||sub semi|
Sam Brown sniffed rare air this week. The La Salle running back was the 12th freshman in this century to earn a spot on the Coaches' All-Catholic Team. He was a second-teamer and there have been seven on that squad. That means five have appeared on the first team. Sam, a k a "Touchdown Sammy Brown," finished his first varsity season with 43 rushes for 438 yards and five TDs. Yes, that means he averaged a first down per carry! He also made 13 catches for 164 yards and two scores. Last year for the nationally famous Little Quakers, he carried 48 times for 466 yards and six scores. . . The first frosh A-C of the 2000s, Conwell-Egan's Steve Slaton, wound up playing in the NFL. The second, Ryan's Joe Zeglinski, is now his alma mater's basketball coach.
|All-Catholic Freshmen in the 2000s|
|2011||John Reid||SJ Prep||DB||2nd|
|2018||Sam Brown||La Salle||RB||2nd|
The Catholic League coaches began naming MVPs (by division) in 1971 and, so far, 107 guys have received the honor. Wait, let's make that 101. The reason: Six guys have received the honor twice and the latest is Conwell-Egan sr. RB Patrick Garwo, a Boston College commit. Patrick was tabbed by the Blue Division's coaches in '17 and '18. The first five double awardees are listed below along with some details on their college careers. And NFL career in the case of West Catholic product Curtis "Boonah" Brinkley.
Catholic League's First Five Double MVPs
Steve Kettelberger, Wood, Northern Division, 1980-81, QB
Started at quarterback for Brown in the 1984 and '85 seasons. Passed 187-for-368 for 2,299 yards in those campaigns. Totaled 2,956 scrimmage yards.
Curtis "Boonah" Brinkley, West Catholic, Blue Division, 2002-03, RB
Rushed for 2,132 yards and 11 TDs at Syracuse while adding 33 catches for 321 yards and one score. Did some kick returning through sophomore year, posting 802 yards on 38 returns. Played 23 games over three NFL seasons. Rushed for 227 yards and caught passes for 118. Scored one TD (ground).
Chris Whitney, SJ Prep, Red Division, 2005-06, QB-DB
Led Villanova to a 34-10 record as QB starter and the '09 squad won the I-AA national championship. Passed for 6,241 yards and 55 TDs. Added 2,160 rushing yards and 25 TDs.
Desmon Peoples, Wood, AAA Division, 2010-11, RB/RB-DB
Carried 121 times for 463 yards and three TDs at Rutgers. Also produced 135 yards on nine catches. Career cut short due to injury.
Ryan Quigley, Lansdale Catholic, AA Division, 2014-15, RB-DB
His third Princeton season is one game away from ending. So far has rushed 122 times for 709 yards and eight TDs. His receiving totals show 31 catches for 197 yards and one score.
Since joining the Inter-Ac League for football in 1950, Malvern Prep has finished with unbeaten records eight times. Of course, the scores can be influenced by many factors -- from strength of schedule to late TDs allowed by the second-string defense -- but I thought it would be interesting to rank the teams by average margin of victory. The 2008 squad leads the pack at 30 and this year's team, one of only two in I-A history to finish 11-0 (also Germantown Academy in 1903), checks in at No. 6. The 1978 team tied Woodrow Wilson. The 1972 team beat Chestnut Hill by forfeit, so only eight games are included in the scoring totals. Congrats to coach Dave Gueriera and the history making '18 Friars!
UPDATE: Starting lineup for SCH game now below the list. Thanks to Coach Gueriera for providing it.
|Malvern's Unbeaten Teams, Ranked by Average Margin of Victory|
|*-Average Rounded Off Score|
|*-Average Margin of Victory|
C Brendan Flynn
G Buck Walsh
G Harry Stinger
T Jake Hornibrook
T Will Redden
TE Mike Hussey
WR Lonnie White
WR Ryan Iacone
WR Keith Maguire
QB Drew Gunther
RB Quincy Watson
K Sebastian Constantini
P Sebastian Constantini
LS Brendan Flynn
H Jack Boyle
L John Turley
L Domir Brown
L Joe Carpenter
L Harry Stinger
LB Nick Gueriera
LB Keith Maguire
LB Mike Hussey
LB Ryan Iacone
B TyGee Leach
B Caimin Hayes
B D'Angelo Stocker
Their high school careers have ended and their stats have been finalized . . . Edward Saydee's stats are broken twice, overall and Penn Charter. He played for Prep Charter, of the Public League, as a freshman. His Penn Charter total (3,514) ranks fourth in Inter-Ac history. Malvern's Drew Gunther (4,936) ranks second in I-A history for passing yardage.
|Final Totals for Productive Players Whose Careers Have Ended|
|Edward Saydee||Prep Char./Penn Charter||540||3,837||51|
|Edward Saydee||Penn Charter only||520||3,514||45|
|Aaron Angelos||SCH Academy||215-383||3,189||31|
|Pat Elliott||SCH Academy||90||1,313||13|
|Edward Saydee||Prep Char./Penn Charter||56||917||8|
|Edward Saydee||Penn Charter only||50||849||8|
|Nate Whitaker||Haverford School||51||791||7|
|Edward Saydee||Prep Char./Penn Charter||66||1||398|
|Edward Saydee||Penn Charter only||58||0||348|
|Manny Quiles||La Salle||20||1||122|
Another successful season. Another trip in the Way-Back Machine. Last fall, Penn Charter (9-1) finished with nine wins for the first time since going 9-1-1 in 1905. The loss was to Hill School, 23-0, and the opponent in the 6-6 tie was Central. This year, coach Tommy Coyle's Quakers finished 8-2 and 17 wins had not been collected over consecutive seasons since 1905-06. That latter squad went 8-2-2 with losses to Northeast Manual (5-0) and Hill School (21-0) and ties vs. Central Manual (6-6) and Swarthmore Prep (0-0). The Quakers stormed to a 6-0 record to finish the season while outscoring their opponents, 156-6. The season concluded with a 40-0 thumping of archrival Germantown Academy. In today's football world, that score would be 45-0. Back then, TDs were worth five points and field goals were four. Then, like now, PAT were one (though they were called "goals from touchdown"). The TDs were scored by Fred Christine (three), Harold Ogden, Gordon Christine and Bill Campbell. Ogden drilled the field goal and Campbell, a tackle, hit the PAT. The story in the Inquirer mentioned that GA's players averaged 123 pounds before the game and 118 afterward. It also noted that GA's Riley and G. Christine were "disqualified for slugging." There was also this: "The comparson of the two players was laughable when they walked off the field. Riley is about the size of a pygmy while Christine tips the beam in the neighborhood of 160 pounds." . . . Meanwhile, PC has won 23 games over the last three seasons (6-9-8). That's tied for the second-best, three-season total in school history, matching 1967-69 (8-7-8), 1913-15 (8-8-7), 1905-07 (9-8-6) and 1899-01 (9-8-6). The far-and-away leader: the 1890-92 squads totaled 27 wins (9-10-8).
C Ryan Wreath
G Rocco Palazzo
G Gavin Zavorski
T Ty Needham
T Jameson Ford
TE Ryan Maloney
WR Marcellus Poland
WR Brendan Thomas
*WR Aaron Maione
QB Kyle Jones
RB Edward Saydee
RB Andre O'Neal
K Ryan Bradby
P Ryan Holmes
LS Gavin Zavorski
H Aaron Maione
*significant playing time
E Ryan Maloney
E Gavin Zavorski
T Nick Zuccotti
#T/NG Wayne Derkotch
LB Kyle Jones
LB Muhammad Harris
LB Andre O'Neal
*LB Dean Bergmann
B Edward Saydee
B Matthew Marshall
B Brendan Thomas
B Aaron Maione
#-depending on alignment
*-significant playing time
How high did your eyebrows soar when you saw the final score of Saturday night's Catholic League Class 4A final? Nine total points? How often does that happen in today's football world? Anyway, O'Hara beat Carroll, 9-0, thanks to a safety (combo tackle by John Caponi/Joe Kelly), Quasir Cottman's 8-yard run and Mike Levy's kick. In CL history, eight championship games have produced no more than 10 total points. The wait for this one was 25 years. Carroll has been blanked in the last three lowballs. The 1921 qualifier was part of two championship games. The regular season finished in a three-way tie. After beating West Catholic, 7-0, Villanova Prep fell to St. Joseph's Prep, 21-10.
|Catholic League Championship Games With No More Than 10 Total Points|
|1921||Overall||Villanova Prep||West Catholic||7-0||J. Whalen recovered BP in end zone|
|1934||Overall||North Catholic||Salesianum||0-0||(Tie not broken)|
|1935||Overall||North Catholic||West Catholic||9-0||Reception by John "Buzz" Howlett|
|1946||Overall||West Catholic||North Cattholic||8-0||Recception by Emory McCourt & safety|
|1959||Overall||Bonner||La Salle||6-0||80-yard run by Russ Hendricks|
|1988||Overall||Ryan||Carroll||6-0||Two FGs by Matt Knowles|
|1993||Overall||Ryan||Carroll||10-0||Run by Bill McVey on TE reverse; FG by Kevin Wyszynski|
|2018||4A||O'Hara||Carroll||9-0||Run by by Quasir Cottman & safety|
This report on the Little Quakers' opener comes from Kevin Burke . . . Thanks!
In All Star action, the Little Quakers began their 66th season with a 16-0 win over the Southwest Philly Gators Sunday morning at William Penn Charter School. QB Harrison Susi was involved in all points as he threw a TD strike to WR Kelby Hampton for 53 yards then added another score on a 10-yard scamper to seal the deal. He was also the sure-footed PAT place-kicker, adding the remaining points (2 pts. per kick).
The boys were determined to honor founder Bob Levy on a day when his memorial service took place after his passing earlier this week. This season is dedicated to Mr. Levy’s incredible generosity and contagious enthusiasm, which launched lifetime memories for more than 2,000 talented young scholar-athletes.
The LQ clash next Sunday, Nov 18, 10:00 AM. with the Delaware Elite Jaguars at Franklin Field.
CLASS 2A DIST. 11/12 SUBREGIONAL FIINAL
WEST CATHOLIC 34, McDEVITT 33 (2 OTs)
(Saturday Night at South Phila. Super Site)
Bishop McDevitt 13 7 0 0 7 6 -- 33
West Catholic 0 7 7 6 7 7 -- 34
BM: Jon-Luke Peaker 1 run (Austin Alcorn kick)
BM: Peaker 2 run (kick failed)
WC: Jacir Savoy 27 run (Natan Fantahun kick)
BM: Peaker 1 run (Alcorn kick)
WC: Zahir Booker 31 run (Fantahun kick)
WC: Damen Studstill 5 pass from Zaire Hart-Hawkins (kick failed)
BM: Lawrence Richardson 5 pass from Lonnie Rice (Alcorn kick)
WC: Hart-Hawkins 1 run (Fantahun kick)
WC: Hart-Hawkins 1 run (Fantahun kick)
BM: Jordan Drew 9 pass from Rice (run failed)
RUSHING -- BM: Lonnie Rice 19-155, Jon-Luke Peaker 20-35. WC: Zahir Booker 17-95, Jacir Savoy 18-73, Tre Johnson 2-9, Nelson Mandala Mensah 4-7, Seth Degree 1-(-2), center snap 1-(-5), Zaire Hart-Hawkins 8-(-24).
PASSING -- BM: Rice 4-8-0 -- 30. WC: Hart-Hawkins 10-20-1 -- 103.
RECEIVING -- BM: Lawrence Richardson 2-22, Jordan Drew 1-9, Peaker 1-(-1). WC: Savoy 5-56, Julio DaSilva 2-14, Degree 1-17, Booker 1-11, Damen Studstill 1-5.
INTERCEPTIONS -- BM: Richard Cotton.
Last night's game pitting West Catholic vs. Bishop McDevitt was not officially a Catholic League playoff, but since it turned out to be an instant classic . . . WC won this Class 2A District 11/12 subregional final by a score of 34-33, in two overtimes. The boxscore is to the left and the conversion description after the game's final TD, though officially correct, is misleading. As reported by West statman/website stalwart Ed "Huck" Palmer, McDevitt was preparing to kick and force a third extra session. However, the snap went awry and the holder, QB Lonnie Rice, was swarmed by Aaron Jenkins. This game was extended beyond regulation when Zaire Hart-Hawkins passed to Damen Studstill for a 5-yard TD on fourth-and-goal with 16.8 seconds remaining and Natan Fantahun was unable to hit the PAT. Don't hold it against him. His kick had to cover 35 yards after West was hit with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for taunting right after the TD. Oh, baby. And then there's this: On that tying series, West had first-and-goal at the 3 and then jumped offsides THREE straight times, thus pushing the ball back to the 18. Meanwhile, McDevitt's final TD, scored by Jordan Drew on a pass from Rice, came on fourth-and-goal from the 9. Would you like to hear some more crazy facts? Huck's got your back. In the two OTs, McDevitt ran seven plays. Not counting a last-play kneeldown, it totaled just nine in the third/fourth quarters. West totaled 41 over those same 24 minutes. . . . West also played a two-OT game in the 2008 Class 2A state championship. It fell to Wilmington, 35-34, when a two-point conversion did not succeed. Though last night's game produced 69 points, it did not break the record for most points scored in a postseason overtime game involving CL teams. In a 2006 Catholic Red first-rounder, La Salle beat O'Hara, 39-38, for 77 total points. Here's the recap for that one . . . (O'Hara's Tom Savage and Corey Brown advanced to the NFL)
La Salle 39, O'Hara 38 (OT)
Expected not to play because of an injury, John Harrison passed 17-for-29 for 173 yards and three TDs and, most importantly, a two-point conversion to conclude a thrilling game. His scoring tosses went to Joe Migliarese (8-54, two) and Jack Forster (8-112, one) and the conversion went to the former, as did a 2-yard TD flip that preceded it. After O'Hara called time to ice kicker Ryan Cain (four PATs, one field goal), first-year La Salle coach Drew Gordon decided to gamble and go for two. Andrew Wood (fumble) and Matt Day (interception) scored defensive TDs for La Salle. For O'Hara, Tom Savage passed 9-for-18 for 180 yards and one TD while Chris Smith made four catches for 117 yards. Corey Brown rushed 15 times for 120 yards and two TDs, one to conclude regulation and another to start OT.
Visiting Penn Charter and Germantown Academy will be meeting for the **132nd consecutive year** this afternoon. GA won the first battle, 20-6, on Nov. 18, 1887, but PC holds a whopping lead at 84-36-1. The Quakers captured 13 consecutive meetings through 2012, though more than half of those games were close: 22-16 in '03, 14-7 in '04, 27-24 in '07, 6-0 in '08, 25-22 in '09 and 16-14 in 10. The '07 game featured an all-time ending as PC won on a last-play, 50-yard, hook-and-lateral goodie that featured QB John Ryan, Blaise Fullen and Eddie Bambino (final 33 yards). That video can be found here on Youtube. GA won the '13 and '14 contests (42-35 in '13, 40-29 in '14) and the former featured great efforts by QB Hayes Nolte (17-for-20, 279) and WR Kyle Donahue (7-141). PC rebounded in impressive fashion in 2015, claiming a 45-17 win. Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky passed 17-for-31 for 390 yards and four TDs, despite whipping winds, and his top targets were Cody Sweeney (8-165, two TDs) and Chris Tucker (3-114, one). GA won 2016's tussle, 17-14, as Kyle McCloskey, now set to play basketball at Penn State after leaving behind Villanova football, was nearly a one-man show. He was involved in 46 plays and produced 295 yards, passing 10-for-23 for 171 and one TD and producing 124 more and another score on 23 carries. Hnatkowsky, already a wave-creater at Muhlenberg, passed for 215 yards and one score. His name can be found three times on the passing list below. Tied for 10th on the receiving list is PC now-senior Edward Saydee. His primary job is rushing. Last year, he (98 yards) and John Washington (85) were the primary targets as Will Samuel passed for 234 yards and three TDs in PC's 26-17 win. This series almost was interrupted in 1947. PC dropped out of the Inter-Ac for that season and there were many doom-and-gloom stories about how the series would be falling by the wayside. But the teams, thank goodness, DID play, and PC rejoined the I-A in '48. Below are the top rushing/passing/receiving performances from 1982-2017. PC rusher Pat Delaney is the brother of actress Kim Delaney (All My Children, NYPD Blue, Army Wives, etc.). When I wrote a feature story about Pat, his pic was taken next to a TV. On the screen, but of course, was his sister, appearing in AMC. PC's Daryl Worley, No. 8 on the receiving list at 102, is now with the Oakland Raiders.
Visiting Episcopal and Haverford School will meet today at 1:30 and, like Penn-Charter-Germantown Academy, this rivalry goes waaaaay back. Judging by available records, as compiled by the late/great Dr. Roger Saylor, the teams' first "meeting" might have turned out not to be one. Dr. Saylor lists HS as a forfeit winner in 1888. Though it's possible the teams did play and EA later had to yield the win for some sort of violation, a strong guess is that Episcopal shut down its season early. After all, the Churchmen did lose to Penn Charter, 84-0! (And in 1887, they lost to Germantown Academy, 101-0!!) EA and HS have met in every season since 1919. Talk about a close series. HS leads the consecutive meetings portion by 51-46-2. Counting forfeit victories in 1888, 1891 and 1893, the Fords' total edge is 70-48-2. There's no doubt someone else might come up with different numbers, and that would be totally understandable considering how far back this series goes. Right below are the series' top rushing/passing/receiving performances since 1982. Amazing fact: Two of the schools' top rushers, EA's Chris Flynn and HS' Dave Stilley, did not crack the top 10. Chris had 154 in '82. Dave matched that number in '91. In the receiving category, Andy Person edged his brother, Chris, by one yard, 125-124. In all, six Person brothers played in the game (also Brian, Dan, Fran, Joe). HS passer Bryan Savage is the brother of Tom, an O'Hara grad who advanced to the NFL. Paul Chambers is the brother of Patrick, Penn State's basketball coach. Though neither number was high enough to make the list, Episcopal's CJ McAnally had a strong performance in a 2016 defeat. He was involved in 47 plays, passing for 137 yards and rushing for 101. In last year's 35-21 victory by the Churchdudes, DeeWil Barlee bulled for 200 yards and four TDs. He's still around. In defeat, Ben Gerber passed for 190 yards and two scores.
|Yop Performances in PC-GA Series, 1982-2017||Yop Performances in HS-EA Series, 1982-2017|
|James Berry||PC||346||1998||Adam Strouss||EA||294||2012|
|Brandon Shepherdson||PC||344||1993||*-Kyle Eckel||EA||266||1998|
|Tony McDevitt||PC||328||2002||Brian FitzPatrick||EA||213||2004|
|James Biggs-Frazier||PC||269||2013||DeeWil Barlee||EA||200||2017|
|Eric Neefe||PC||229||2012||Carl Walrath||HS||196||2009|
|Pat Delaney||PC||226||1984||Mike Lamb||EA||195||2002|
|Eric Neefe||PC||211||2011||Paul McKinney||HS||172||1999|
|Reed Marko||GA||201||2007||Matt Bailer||EA||171||1996|
|Kolonji Smith||PC||181||2010||Paul McKinney||HS||170||2000|
|Jake McCain||PC||177||2014||Malik Twyman||HS||169||2016|
|Mike Hnatkowsky||PC||390||2015||Ryan Whayland||EA||233||2013|
|John Loughery||PC||337||2009||Jim Shanahan||EA||220||1989|
|Hayes Nolte||GA||279||2013||Mike Abate||EA||218||1992|
|Mark Skoczynski||PC||259||1986||Jeff Goane||HS||217||1993|
|Matt Basilii||GA||240||1986||Tommy Toal||HS||203||2015|
|Will Samuel||PC||234||2017||Frank DeFazio||HS||200||1996|
|Larry Storm||PC||200||1995||Bryan Savage||HS||195||2002|
|Larry Storm||PC||200||1995||Ben Gerber||HS||190||2017|
|Mike Hnatkowsky||PC||219||2014||Adam Strouss||EA||189||2011|
|Mike Hnatkowsky||PC||215||2016||Tommy Toal||HS||180||2016|
|Mick Foley||PC||178||2009||Whitney Hartman||HS||145||1998|
|Cody Sweeney||PC||165||2015||John Decker||HS||142||2004|
|Kyle Donahue||GA||141||2013||Andy Person||EA||125||1989|
|Tyrone Tolbert||PC||116||1995||Chris Person||EA||124||1992|
|Kyle Donahue||GA||112||2012||Paul Gilhool||EA||119||1986|
|Chris Tucker||PC||114||2016||Evan Butts||EA||117||2013|
|Jay Jordan||GA||111||1995||Paul Chambers||EA||113||1987|
|*-Daryl Worley||PC||102||2012||Quinn Hager||EA||109||2011|
|Eddie Bambino||PC||99||2006||Trevor Gallagher||HS||105||1996|
|Eddie Bambino||PC||96||2007||Jordan Pryor||EA||99||2001|
|Edward Saydee||PC||96||2016||*-advanced to NFL|
|*-advanced to NFL||PC||96||2016|
Doesn't it seem as if SJ Prep and La Salle have met for hundreds of Catholic League football championships? OK, not hundreds, but many, right? Not really. Though the CL's only fully-private schools waged 29 often memorable Thanksgiving wars from 1976 through 2005 (no game in '03), they never staged a title clash until 2006. La Salle won that one despite accumulating ZERO rushing yards. Weather permitting, the teams will meet again tonight, 7 o'clock, at Northeast to decide the CL's 6A title. The teams are tied, 4-4, in crown showdowns and the Prep has claimed four of the last five meetings. It also rolled to victory, 49-12, in this year's regular season meeting and now leads the overall series, 52-36-1. The list below shows Top 7 title-game performances in rushing, passing and receiving. The Prep's Olamide Zaccheaus, now a senior captain at Virginia, made the list three total times over two categories. So far this season for Virginia, he has made 60 catches for 721 yards and six TDs.
|Top Performances in SJ Prep-La Salle Finals|
|Syaire Madden||La S||167||2017|
|Chris Kane||La S||328||2012|
|Drew Loughery||La S||297||2009|
|Kyle Shurmur||La S||222||2013|
|Chris Ferguson||La S||185||2015|
|John Harrison||La S||175||2006|
|Sean Coleman||La S||138||2012|
|Jimmy Herron||La S||102||2013|
|Connor Hoffman||La S||91||2009|
The 2018 Archbishop Ryan Raiders will play at least two more games this season -- playoff tomorrow night vs. Wood, Thanksgiving vs. Washington -- and there's a chance they'll break the school record for points. The 2013 squad racked up 341 points. These guys own 303 for the the No. 7 spot. Posted on the list below are the No. 1 and 2 scorers for each team. John Zeglinski was the quarterback of Ryan's 1973 team and he's the father of the Raiders' current basketball coach, Joe Zeglinski. John's the only QB on the list. Meanwhile, the only kicker is 2018's Gavin Dionisio, who has piled up 57 points thanks to 39 PAT and six field goals. He's family to Ryan's grid boss, Frank "5" McArdle. How? Gavin is the nephew of Frank's brother-in-law. Take note: Five of Ryan's last six teams can be found in the Top 10. This is 5's tenth season. Very cool. . . Oh, almost forgot. Bobby (No. 2 in '13) and Matt Romano (No. 2 in '15) are brothers.
|Ryan's Top 10 Teams in Total Points|
|2013||341||Samir Bullock||126||Bobby Romano||48|
|1985||338||Rick Hollawell||98||Al Settembrino||96|
|1997||318||Jeff Moore||90||Joe O'Connell||60|
|1998||307||Neal Regan||66||Joe O'Connell||54|
|2014||307||Samir Bullock||144||Seneca Williams||30|
|2016||304||Jaye McNeil||86||Shamar Edwards||48|
|2018||303||Tyreek Chappell||96||Gavin Dionisio||57|
|1973||291||John Zeglinski||80||Kevin McVey||48|
|2015||287||Jaye McNeil||66||Matt Romano||42|
|1974||257||Jay Rubino||80||Kevin McVey||48|
Every so often a hunch proves to be legit. Yes, Conwell-Egan rushing star Patrick Garwo IS on the doorstep of reaching 1,000 rushing yards just in playoff games. His total stands at 910 in just seven games for a 130.0 average and he would definitely be over had he not missed two games as a soph. Once Patrick's numbers were tabulated, I couldn't help but wonder, Which guys have REALLY racked up outrageous playoff rushing numbers. The answers: SJ Prep's D'Andre Swift, now at Georgia, and Wood's Jarrett McClenton, now at Villanova. D'Andre leads in total yards and Jarrett does so in YPG. Both trail Patrick in that category.
|---- Rushing Yards in Playoffs ----|
|Patrick Garwo, C-E||D'Andre Swift, SJ Prep||Jarrett McClenton, AW|
Included in yesterday's nugget was Larry Marshall, who as a junior in 1966 scored three varieties of touchdowns as Bishop Egan beat West Catholic, 39-6, for the Catholic League championship. He later played three seasons of varsity at Maryland (1969-71) and for seven seasons in the NFL (1972-78). He scored just one TD with the Terps. In fairness, Larry was mostly a d-back at Maryland, but he did log 22 career carries for 92 yards and scored the TD as a soph. He was selected by Kansas City in the 15th round of the 1972 draft and his orginal position was safety. He mixed in return duties, however, and along the way became a specialist. Now for some amazing facts . . .
1. Over seven NFL seasons, Larry scored NO touchdowns. He totaled exactly 300 returns, 162 on punts and 138 on kickoffs. His yardage numbers were 1,466 for punts (9.0 average) and 3,396 for kickoffs (24.6) for a grand total of 4,862 (16.2). By contrast, Darren Sproles' career averages are 9.6 for punts and 25.2 for kickoffs. Pretty darn close. He does have nine TDs -- seven on punts, two on kickoffs.
2. He NEVER touched the ball on a scrimmage play.
3. In 1977, while playing for the Eagles, he led the NFC with an average of 10.6 yards on punt returns. Then came mid-August 1978 and coach Dick Vermeil released him. Larry said he was told by Vermeil that he wanted a return man who also played another position. Larry told one reporter, "To be No. 1 and then get fired is kind of hard to take." . . . Larry played for two teams in '78, the Chiefs for a second time and the Rams. He had a 40-yard kickoff return for the former and a 38-yarder for the latter. He still had it, folks. Over his seven seasons, his longest returns in each category were 48 yards -- in '72 for kickoffs; in that notable '77 season for punts.
4. It's likely no one else in NFL history has touched the ball as many as 300 times without scoring a TD. According to Mike Lynch of pro-football-reference.com, the NFL record for most scrimmage touches without a TD is 248. It's owned by Emmett Mortell, who played for the Eagles from 1937-39. He rushed 247 times and caught one pass. He had no returns. Marshall leads the no-TDs punt return category, 162-159, and is third in the no-TDs kickoff return category behind Bruce Laird (152 from 1972-83) and Donnie Elder (150 from 1985-91).
UPDATE: This email was sent by Rich Papirio, Conwell-Egan's AD and former baseball coach. Thanks, Rich! . . . "Larry was just here for his 50th reunion. He was my wife's next door neighbor growing up in Levittown's Golden Ridge Section. My wife and his sister Cindy are best friends even today. Kind of interesting tedbit. My wife and I were in New England (in '77) and went to the Patriots-Eagles game at the old stadium as Larry's guests. It was 10 below 0. My wife will never go to another game. The Eagles were brutal, and Grogan picked them apart. What was interesting, or not, Larry broke his nose on the first return, and spent the rest of the day laying in the shower with ice bags over his nose. He is currently the Chiefs Alumni Ambassador, and spends almost every day playing golf."
And click here for a neat Twitter post from last year about Larry.
This research took a while and hopefully it's complete. Friday night, in his team's 38-0 frolic past winless Roman in a 6A semifinal, SJ Prep's Marques Mason became just the fifth player to score three varieties of touchdowns in a Catholic League playoff. And get this: He was the FIRST guy to post two of those scores on returns. He tallied on a reception, then returns of a kickoff and punt. The breakdown for the guys' assorted efforts is below. In the game in which SJ Prep's Olamide Zaccheaus accomplished the feat, La Salle's Sean Coleman made four TD catches. Quite the game for special feats!. West's Brandon Hollomon and O'Hara's Kevin Jones totaled four TDs. Jones and Egan's Larry Marshall advanced to the NFL and someday soon I'll do a nugget about some EXTREMELY strange circumstances surrounding his pro career.
|Players With Three Varieties of TDs in Catholic League Playoffs|
|2018||Marques Mason||SJ Prep||Roman||W, 38-0||13||Reception|
|2012||Olamide Zaccheaus||SJ Prep||La Salle||L, 27-28||37||Reception|
|2009||Brandon Hollomon||West||Dougherty||W, 44-0||15/16||Runs|
|2000||Kevin Jones||O'Hara||SJ Prep||W, 35-10||2/39||Runs|
|1966||Larry Marshall||Egan||West||W, 39-6||21||Run|
Forecasts calling for wicked weather convinced assorted CL honchos to postpone Friday night's Class 4A semifinal between Bonner-Prendie and Carroll. It will be played today, 1 o'clock at O'Hara, thus ending a five-year drought (plus one day) for Sunday CL playoffs. Let's hope this one even remotely approaches the entertainment value of the contest (played Nov. 3, 2013) between B-P and O'Hara. The former won that one, 41-38, and right below is the recap . . .
CL 3A SEMIFINAL
Bonner-Prendie 41, O’Hara 38: Collin DiGalbo ran/passed on 43 of the Friars’ 53 plays (30 of the last 32; plus a 23-play streak) and had direct involvement in 38 points to pace an amazing win. B-P trailed by 28-0 and 35-7 before storming back. DiGalbo passed 16-for-27 for 326 yards and three TDs (two to Mike Ockimey -- 6-136) while adding 95 yards and three scores on 16 carries. He also ran for a conversion. For O’Hara, J.T. Blyden rushed 21 times for 152 yards and one TD while Dashawn “Day-Day” Darden (two rushing TDs) passed 11-for-22 for 141 yards and one score. Ockimey preserved the win making an interception on B-P’s 4 with 17 seconds remaining. Two weeks earlier, B-P had lost to O’Hara, 36-35, in OT, blowing a 15-point, fourth-quarter lead.
SOUTH JERSEY PLAYOFFB FOOTBALL
GROUP 5 QUARTERFINAL
Rancocas Valley 22, Eastern Regional 15 (OT)
It gets no better than this: You're on the road for a playoff (as the lower seed, of course) and you jump to a 15-0 lead in the first 8:44. It gets no worse than this: You experience almost no joy the rest of the way and lose, 22-15, in overtime. That was Eastern's fate tonight and the end-game pain was severe. Some guys slumped to the artificial surface. Others cried and even wailed. We've all been there for assorted reasons. Yes, football players are supposed to be beyond tough and stoic. But I've always been a strong believer in this: If you really show that it hurts, that means you extra-care. . . . Where to begin? The stretch run, I guess. With the score at 15-15, sr. handyman Stevie Benson made a terrific, full-layout diving catch down the middle to earn a 31-yard gain and place the ball at RV's 35. Sr. QB Andrew Heck (11-for-19, 119 yards; 2,031 for the season) then kept for three yards and lost six on a sack by sr. LB Jesse "Quite the Handful" Eadric. The Vikings then went with a hook-and-lateral to the right sideline. It produced six yards for sr. WR Dante Kiett and six more for the trailer, sr. RB TJ Franden. A fourth-and-1 rush did not succeed and RV needed to cover 74 yards in 1:54. The Red Devils did get two major gains on runs of 15 and 22 yards by sr. RB Tai Matlock. The possession fizzled, however, and frosh K Joe Bryson, somewhat new to the varsity, was asked to hit a 43-yard field goal with no time on the clock. Didn't happen. He left the kick decidedly short and Eastern, according to major South Jersey historian Chuck Langerman (also now a website stalwart), was headed to OT for the first time since Thanksgiving Eve in 2008. In that one, the Vikings beat Washington Township, 27-21. Eastern won the coin flip and, like almost all teams do, opted to play defense to start the extra session. Run for no gain. (Tackle by sr. DE Jalen Egan.) Incomplete pass to the right corner. (Breakup by Kiett.) One-yard keeper by sr. QB Bryce Mangene. Nine-yard pass to sr. WR Cerrone Hill. (But probably not!!! He had to come back for the ball and make the catch at ground level. Yes, the catch was clean, but the ball appeared to be almost a foot short of the 15 yard line as he reeled it in.) RV rode that momentum, big time. Matlock ran for a 15-yard, left-side TD on the very next play and Bryson nailed the PAT. Eastern's possession went like this: 1-yard run for Franden; 4-yard pass to sr. WR Chase Stafford, who had to make the snag at almost ground level; 6-yard sack by jr. LB Jarrett Colon; bomb to the right corner that was just a shade beyond the reach of soph WR Jordan Diaz. Yes, the RV players and coaches stormed the field. They had every right, considering how poorly the evening had started and how much "bouncebackedness" they'd shown . . . OK, let's return to the early moments. Eastern's two TDs followed fumble recoveries. Soph DL Amiel Davis made the first off a sack. The Vikes covered 47 yards in eight plays and Franden scored on a 14-yard bull rush out of a WildViking setup. He absolutely plastered a guy near the goal line. He then notched a conversion run on a trick play after taking a quick shovel from sr. Ryan Lombardi, not the normal center. Sr. John Fulleylove then delivered a perfect pooch kick and sr. Dom/Dominic "Your Choice" Harris recovered at RV's 19. On play No. 6, Franden (16-75) wound up running four yards for a sccore. Fulleylove added the PAT. As in last week's loss to Kingsway, Eastern had major difficulty on offense after a decent beginning. The Vikings gained 12 yards on the first play of the third quarter, then managed double digits just twice more -- the 31-yarder to Benson and 12-yard H-and-L. The defense did have some nice moments aside from the aforementioned fumble recoveries. Kiett and sr. CB Kevin Lynch made interceptions and Franden had a late fumble recovery after sr. LB Joe Del Palazzo and Lombardi, at DT, combined to dislodge the ball. One thing that was NOT good by the defense: Allowing up-man Danny Myers, a sr., to pick 61 yards on a fake punt. That play set up RV's first score. . . . One last thought: Praise to all Eastern players who got an extra hour of non-sleep. Again, you really care and that means everything.
C Jake LaRosa
G Rocco Tursi
G Ben Sperling
T Brandon Veit
T Jermaine Donaldson
*TE Jalen Egan
WR Dante Kiett
WR Chase Stafford
WR Stevie Benson
WR Jordan Diaz
QB Andrew Heck
#RB TJ Franden
#RB Mike Suarez
*depending on formation
E Jalen Egan
E Ben Sperling
T Ryan Lombardi
LB Joe Del Palazzo
LB TJ Franden
LB Mike Suarez
WLB Moe Howard
CB Dante Kiett
CB Kevin Lynch
FS Dominic Harris
SS Jordan Casseus
In last night's 6A semi vs. Judge, La Salle became the first team in 16 years to achieve passing perfection in a Catholic League playoff. Though all seven of the Explorers' TDs in a 49-22 success came via rushes, Sean Daly did pass 4-for-4 for 50 yards. In the 2002 Catholic Blue final, Carroll's Pat Brochet passed 6-for-6 for 102 yards vs. West Catholic. Between those efforts on the list below are the occasions when a team had just one incompletion. Anthony Russo, now headlining at Temple, passed 3-for-3 in '14 vs. O'Hara and Collin Gillespie, now making hoops waves at Villanova, went 1-for-1 for a 12-yard TD. Alas, Kody Cracknell went 0-for-1.
|No Incompletions in CL Playoffs . . . and the Almosts In Between|
|2018||6A semi||La Salle||Judge||Sean Daly||4-4||50|
|2014||3A semi||Wood||O'Hara||Anthony Russo||3-3||59|
|2009||2A semi||McDevitt||Carroll||Drew Siegfried||1-2||2|
|2008||3A final||Wood||Conwell-Egan||Sean McCartney||7-8||114|
|2008||2A final||West Catholic||Carroll||Curtis Drake||3-4||98|
|2008||2A semi||West Catholic||Kenn.-Kenrick||Curtis Drake||4-5||90|
|2008||2A semi||Carroll||McDevitt||Luke Wischnowski||2-3||32|
|2002||Blue final||Carroll||West Catholic||Pat Brochet||6-6||102|
Wicked wind and/or heavy rain, rumor has it, will be in the mix for tonight's Penn Charter at Episcopal Academy game, so who knows how well the offenses will be able to move the ball? Anyway, below you can find the top performances in rushing, passing and receiving from 1982 through 2017. PC leads the series, 84-42-2. With two forfeits mixed in, along with two on-field victories in 1890, PC rolled to a 17-0 record to start the series and held EA to five total points. Twice, the Quakers reeled off 14 consecutive wins (1913-26 and 1990-2003)along with eight in a row (1971-78). EA won nine in a row once (1946-54) and five in a row twice (1927-31, 1939-43). Two of the Top 5 rushing performances were achieved by EA QBs, Brian FitzPatrick and Adam Strouss. Yes, the passing Matt Ryan is THE Matt Ryan and John Loughery is his cousin. EA receiver Jerome Allen played in the NBA, coached Penn and is now an assistant with the Celtics. In the '90 season, he was EA's quarterback. Dee Barlee is the brother of EA's current top rusher, DeeWil.
|Top Performances in PC-EA Series, 1982-2017|
What's the deal with the Inter-Ac League? For the second consecutive season, competitive games are not exactly commonplace. Each season the I-A offers 15 games; three apiece over five weeks. In 2016, two-thirds of those games were decided by fewer than 10 points and seven were decided by no more than three. Last year's under-10 total was only three and this year's is only two with two weeks remaining. And those were top-of-the-spectrum contests with nine-point margins. And get this: The average rounded-off score through nine games is 35-14. Ouch!
|How the Inter-Ac Has Changed Over These Last Two Seaons|
|1st Week||Malvern||51||Penn Charter||17|
|Haverford School||38||Gtn. Academy||11|
|2nd Week||Gtn. Academy||23||SCH Academy||14||9|
|Penn Charter||41||Haver. School||14|
|3rd Week||Penn Charter||35||SCH Academy||13|
|SCH Academy||10||Gtn. Academy||3||7|
|SCH Academy||24||Haver. School||20||4|
|Penn Charter||26||Gtn. Academy||17||9|
|Haverford School||21||Penn Charter||20||1|
|Gtn. Academy||16||SCH Academy||13||3|
|Gtn. Academy||21||Haver. School||14||7|
|Gtn. Academy||17||Penn Charter||14||3|