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November 14, 2015
Public League AAA Semifinal
Imhotep Charter 70, Murrell Dobbins Tech 0
This one was a blowout, a clear domination by the Panthers of Imhotep over the Mustangs of Dobbins. Here is the scary part; I think Imhotep could play better, maybe much better. The rushing tandem of Tyliek Raynor and Mike Waters was terrific. Raynor rushed 9 times for 148 yards. Waters was able to rush for 3 touchdowns. Also, Waters shined on defense. Naseir Upshur had two touchdown receptions and Nasir Boykin was 7-8 for 160 yards and 3 touchdown passes. Dobbins had a day that they would hope to forget. However, Divine Epps and Jazz Buxton played hard all game long.
Sidenotes- The score was 58-0 at the half…. It was cold and windy so despite the sunshine you had to be layered up.
November 6, 2015
Public League AA Semifinals
Delaware Valley Charter 48, Palumbo 6
This one was not much of a contest. The Delaware Valley Charter offensive line led by 6-5 297 pound senior tackle Mikal Cherry was very effective. The Warriors’ quarterback Shayne Smith was effective 8-13 passing for 125 yards passing with 2 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Also, Smith added 65 yards on the ground on 7 carries with a touchdown with his feet. The star of the night for the victors was junior defensive back Zamir Davis, who had two interceptions and returned one 66 yards for a touchdown. Palumbo, or should I use the formal name The Academy at Palumbo, had flashes of good play and a more than solid effort from halfback Deen Whitaker, who rushed 12 times for 112 yards, highlighted by a 62 yard touchdown run. Delaware Valley did have a few penalties and missteps that seemed to frustrate their coaches. They have a huge rematch with Prep Charter for the Public League AA title next week. The Huskies were victorious by the score of 53-8 over Strawberry Mansion.
Sidenotes- The Delaware Valley Charter cheerleaders are loud. They screamed cheers from way up in the stands and they were heard all over Mt. Airy. They offered good support for the football team… Delaware Valley took a moment of silence to honor Saleem West, who attended DVC and died tragically this week.
October 31, 2015
Archbishop Spalding (Maryland) 59, Delaware Valley Charter High School 22
As the score indicates this was not a close football game. The Cavaliers of Archbishop Spalding are a VERY good squad and they came to play and opened up a 52-6 lead at the half on their way to victory. The Warriors of Delaware Valley had their moments as their quarterback Shayne “Sugar” Smith was 13-25 for 223 yards and three touchdown tosses. Also shining for the Philly boys was wide receiver- athlete Shaheed Brown, who caught two touchdowns amongst his 6 catches for 137 yards. Brown even had a highlight reel worth block on a kickoff return. Brown’s block made a loud sound that probably could be heard all the way at Broad and Olney, which is quite a distance from Benjamin L. Johnston Memorial Stadium. For the Cavaliers, Joshua Chase rushed for four touchdowns and quarterback Evan Fochtman was 14-18 for 175 yards. They have a disciplined, physical and effective offensive line and they employ an offense that Chip Kelly would be proud of. Also, they have a cadre of receivers and backs so they are worthy of being ranked 6th in the state of Maryland by Maxpreps.com. One thing I must say, I like that Delaware Valley challenged themselves with this kind of opponent. DVC assistant coach Shawn “Shizz” Green said, “Our season starts next week. “ That is when Public League playoffs begin.
Sidenotes- Happy Halloween… Also, there was a wonderful senior day/homecoming presentation at halftime which involved parents, cheerleaders and players. As I was saying to DVC athletic director Will Cambria, MLK, Mastery North and Delaware Valley all had nice senior day/night ceremonies and I liked the fact they were a lot of parents and family present at all three.
October 30, 2015
Public League AAA
Murrell Dobbins Technical 30, Mastery North 14
This was a fun football game to watch. The Mustangs of Dobbins despite low numbers have some good athletes namely quarterback- defensive back Brandon Smith and halfback-defensive back Divine Epps and they were prominent in this victory. The Mustangs scored first with Epps rumbling in on a 9 yard run in the 2nd quarter. The Pumas responded with Dejason Ellis taking a short pass from junior quarterback Kyleem Cunningham and scoring from 57 yards out. The Pumas, hungry for postseason action, were able to take the lead when junior halfback Khalil Nelson took a short pass from Cunningham and scored from 50 yards out. The Mustangs tied the score right before the half with Smith scoring on a ten yard run out of a field goal formation. After a scoreless 3rd quarter, the Pumas drove deep into Dobbins territory, the Pumas fumbled and Epps jetted 96 yards for a fumble return touchdown in the early stages of the 4th quarter. The Pumas once again got into Dobbins territory and committed an error. This time on a 3rd down with roughly five minutes remaining, they threw an interception; Dobbins’ Briheem Alexander made the big pick and returned the ball to the Mastery North thirty yard line. Then Epps made a twenty-five yard run in which he used two spin moves in traffic. Smith scored the touchdown on a three yard run and the Mustangs sealed the victory. Epps carried 14 times for 114 yards. Smith carried 12 times for 72 yards and passed 6-14 for 106. They both shined on defense as well. For Mastery, Cunningham passed 8-14 for 192 yards. Nelson had two receptions for 92 yards and ran twelve times for 66 yards.
Sidenotes- This was Mastery North's senior night and there was a nice ceremony with parents, white roses and an announcer at halftime… The Mustangs are coached by Damond “Smash” Warren, former head coach at Martin Luther King, Chester and John Bartram.
October 23, 2015
Public League AAAA-Independence
Martin Luther King High 28, Olney Charter 0
Martin Luther King High expanded on a 6-0 lead at halftime to win this one in a somewhat convincing shutout on their Senior Night. The star for the Cougars of King tonight was senior two-way back Paul Sanchez, who rushed 8 times for 97 yards and 3 touchdowns. Sanchez was also active on defense with some timely tackles. Also, shining was senior quarterback Rob Harris who was 5-13 passing for 127 yards and ran 9 times for 65 yards. The Cougars received consistent defensive play from seniors Tyler Ragsdale and Nate Sutton. The game’s highlight was an ESPN worthy touchdown pass play from Harris to junior receiver Isaiah Jones. Jones made a Reggie Bush like stutter-step move after catching the pass on a bubble screen and eluded tacklers on the crowd-pleasing play. The Trojans were able to advance the ball but could not get in the end zone. Running backs Josh Singleton (11 carries for 80 yards) and Cam’ron Izzard were productive.
Sidenotes- A wonderful senior night presentation at halftime with the parents and the players on the field and the players receiving roses… Olney had a touchdown negated when a penalty occurred during an interception return. It was nice return by Daqwan Jordan-Rodgers.
October 17, 2015
Public League AAA
West Philadelphia High 44, Mastery Charter North 20
This was a pleasant football experience as both teams competed non-stop and the game had an excellent atmosphere. West Philadelphia senior Peter Hutton rushed 10 times for 232 yards and 4 touchdowns. Hutton is speedy and he was helped by a dominant offensive line. Here are the grunts for the Speedboys: LT- Kwadere Fleming; LG-Rafiq Stanton; C-Donte Dillard; RG- Devante Stuckey and RT- Mustafa Owens. Add tight end Damell Martinez and you have a line that accounted for 371 yards on the ground today. All of the West Philly line participants are seniors. Owens and Fleming were also disruptive on defense contributing sacks and tackles for losses, as the Speedboys had a 24-0 lead at the end of the 3rd quarter. The Pumas of Mastery Charter North fought back in the final period with three touchdowns coming from senior halfback Khalil Nelson. Nelson brought the sizeable home crowd to cheers with a majestic 64 yard touchdown run. Nelson carried 11 times for 149 yards. Both teams recovered onsides kick during the game and when Mastery recovered their onsides kick late in the 4th quarter they trailed by sixteen with only two minutes and seven seconds remaining. The Speedboys ended their hopes of a tremendous comeback with an interception from defensive back, Arthur Williams. Hutton would then cap this game with a 71 yard touchdown run.
Sidenotes- Once again excellent halftime performance by a Mastery North dance troupe… A beautiful fifty-eight yard pass play happened when MN’s Kyleem Cunningham found Tysheed Stwords… Da’Quan Bard is a big bruising back for the Speedboys and on one play he seemed to move a pile for several yards.
October 16, 2015
Public League AAAA-Independence
Martin Luther King 47, Thomas Edison 0
This game ended at halftime after a coaches' decision to end the game. Edison suffered major injuries to two of their players in the 1st quarter so there was reasoning behind the decision. During the brief game action, King was impressive. Senior tailback Paul Sanchez carried 5 times for 80 yards and two touchdowns. The first of Sanchez’s scores was a 6 yarder; the second was a crowd pleasing 53 yard run. King quarterback Rob Harris ran for a touchdown and was 4-4 for 75 yards and excited the sizeable King crowd with a 31 yard scoring pass play to Ryleigh Mathis. Also, impressive was Jann Gunter-Scott, who ran for two touchdowns. The King crowd was delighted whenTileem Yates snagged an interception and Phil Williams ran for a 33 yard scorie. Edison had two impressive blocks of extra points. They were done by Cameron Scales and Wendell Burton-Forrest.
Sidenotes- Before the game, I asked an adult observer a question. "If only the Public League voted, would Meek Mill be mayor?' We all know the answer is yes. Every team in the Public League plays Meek Mill before the game.
October 10, 2015
Public League AAA
Mastery North 54, School of the Future 6
Mastery North was able to use a superb rushing attack and a stingy defense to win this game convincingly. Junior tailbacks Khalil Nelson and Yassar Windle dominated on the ground. Nelson rushed 12 times for 96 yards and Windle rushed 13 times for 224. Nelson added a 6 yard touchdown reception and 2 touchdowns. Once Nelson dragged a pile of defenders for a few yards. Windle electrified the sparse crowd with a 98 yard touchdown run in the early stages of the 4th quarter. Also contributing was junior quarterback Kyleem Cunningham, who was 7-13 for 99 yards with two touchdown tosses. A highlight was a 20 yard interception return for a touchdown from Christopher Rivers right before halftime. The Pumas intercepted four SOTF passes. The Firebirds did struggle at times and turned the ball over five times but they have some athletes. I liked what I saw from crafty receiver Marvin Dozier and speedy halfback Tysheem Anderson.
Sidenotes- This game began at 6:01 and the handshake line began at 8:51 pm. One reason was some poor judgment by several players at the 9:39 mark of the 2nd quarter. Some players were ejected. Hopefully, everybody will learn from the poor judgment and not repeat that poor judgment. .. It was great hanging with clock operator Steve Kupsov between games. His granddaughterEmilie Kupsov has nineteen goals and ten assists for the Owen J. Roberts High School team. Those are some impressive numbers for a season and this is early October… I told an official, I was cold and he said, “This is football weather.” He was right but it was still cold.
October 10, 2015
Delaware Valley Charter 37, West York 29
This was an entertaining contest. Delaware Valley gave up the game’s first score and then rang off the game’s next 31 points. And then West York with the aid of the onsides kick got back into this game and we had a nice finish. Delaware Valley was led early by the solid play of quarterback Shayne Smith. In the 1st half Smith had beautiful touchdown pass plays of 41 and 35 yards toShaheed Brown and Kyeef Williams, respectively. For the day, Smith was 7-10 for 199 yards through the air and twice had impressive scrambles for 1st downs. Jahmir Nuble had three touchdown runs. After West York got within ten points at 31-21 with 9:23 remaining, Delaware Valley received a huge play from captain and athlete Shaheed Brown. Brown had an eighty-two yard touchdown run. That got the energetic crowd for the Warriors delighted. Then the Warriors got a great interception from senior defensive back Nysair Allen. It appeared with less than eight minutes to go this game was over. Not in the least. The pesky Bulldogs of West York would add a score and then stop the Warriors on defense. Then the Warriors showed some true grit. On defense, they first saw an incomplete pass play from the Bulldogs; then a tackle on a short pass play from Richard Lytle; then a tackle on a run play from Zi’ Tear Wilson; and finally pass defended by junior lineman Christian Davis-Stukes on a 4th down play. That ended this one, folks. This game was packed with phenomenal catches from Delaware Valley and West York, I mean highlight reel stuff. Shaheed Brown had 4 receptions for 125 yards and carried 9 times for 113 yards. He had a big day.
Sidenotes- West York had some impressive players. One was receiverTerry Cains, who had 4 catches for 84 yards and one was a Sportscenter worthy one-handed catch. Also, impressing were halfback Ryan Narber (18 carries for 93 yards) and defensive lineman Dondi Odom, who caused some havoc… Great crowds for both schools… Delaware Valley Charter has a big game coming up with their rival, Prep Charter.
October 9, 2015
Public League AAA
Imhotep Charter 44, Overbrook High 0
The Temptations once sang “I Wish It Would Rain.” Great song, but I do not want to hear it for a long, long time. Once again on a Friday night it rained and this time it was accompanied by thunder and lightning. This game had two weather delays. One before the game started and the second happened right after the opening kickoff. When it resumed it was all Imhotep. Imhotep junior quarterback Nasir Boykin was electric as he passed 7-8 for 167 yards and 3 touchdowns. He opened the scoring with a 46 yard pass play to Nasir Lewis. The game’s second score was on a screen pass to Mike Waters, who scored from 36 yards out. Waters then ran for three touchdowns from 8 yards, 49 yards and 8 yards again. Naseir Upshur (Florida State) ended the scoring with a 25 yard reception from Boykin. All of the scoring happened in the 1st half. Waters carried 11 times for 117 yards. Senior safety Shyeem Shaw had two interceptions. The Panthers of Overbook (both schools have Panthers as a nickname) showed some flashes. Quarterback Gary Hawes and receivers Clifford Brinkley, Jonathan Hodges and Quincy Fairy have lots of potential.
Sidenotes- The press box was entertained during the rain delays by Jake “The Voice” Schwartz, who had a lengthy discussion on announcers fromMarty Glickman to Vin Scully to Red Barber to Howard Cosell…. Nice sized crowd on hand for Imhotep’s homecoming.
October 3, 2015
Public League AAA
Imhotep Charter 46, Mastery Charter North 0
Imhotep took control early and never let up. Mike Waters turned in a wonderful performance in only a half of play. The senior running back had 5 touchdowns on only 6 carries and amassed 264 yards. Waters’ only carry that did not register in the end zone was his first carry which was for two yards. Waters had two majestic touchdown runs – one was 73 yards and the other was 95 yards. Add touchdowns of 7, 36 and 51 yards to his total for the night. Junior quarterback Nasir Boykin was 6-7 for 163 yards and a 70 yard touchdown play to Nasir Lewis. Naseir "Pop" Upshur registered 4 receptions for 77 yards. Mastery North struggled but did receive nice contributions from Khalil Nelson, who carried 13 times for 36 yards, and Merrill Chappell Jr. (nifty, 30 yard kickoff return).
Sidenotes- Nowhere near as horrid weather as the night before but get this: It was cold. It is early October and fifty degrees…. Large crowd on hand and they were loud and animated. .. Mastery freshman Tarik Bey played the second half at quarterback and was able to advance the Pumas to the Imhotep one yard line. As the score indicates they did not score.
October 2, 2015
Public League AAAA-Independence
Benjamin Franklin High 33 Martin Luther King High 12
I made a comment to somebody that it is days like this that when people complain when it is sunny and hot, I cannot understand it. The weather was horrible. I mean rain, rain and more rain. And wind, wind and more wind. Anyway, Ben Franklin was caught in traffic so this game scheduled for 6:00 pm did not start until 6:44 pm. The game began and neither team was able to make much of a dent on offense until very late in the 1st half. On a 4th down play in the waning moments of the 2nd quarter, King quarterback Rob Harris found receiver Ryleigh Mathis, who made a nifty catch in the end zone. Mathis’ touchdown occurred with only 25 seconds left in the half. Ben Franklin would answer as soon as the 3rd quarter began with senior Rasheem James taking the halftime kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown. After a King three and out, King shanks the punt leaving the Electrons great field position inside the King thirty yard line. James hauled in a short pass from junior quarterback Devin Darden and jetted for a 27 yard touchdown reception. Franklin would score again in the 3rd quarter with Darden finding Jermaine Wilson for a score from 15 yards out on a 4th down play. The Cougars responded with Paul Sanchez taking a short pass from Harris and racing down the sideline for an eighty-four yard scoring play. The score was 20-12, Ben Franklin on top heading into the 4th quarter. Then the Electrons showed their class with two more scores in the 4th quarter and solid defense to give us the final score. Ben Franklin has a bunch of athletes -- two of them Javier Buffalo (3 catches for 86 yards) and James are really fun to watch. Darden, a promising junior, was 6-14 for 164 yards. Harris was 7-15 for 134, so both quarterbacks did okay in non-ideal passing conditions. It must be mentioned a King kid made a poor judgment and referee Ernie Gallagher was correct to eject him. Both teams have room for improvement but both have some potential.
Sidenotes-It was great to see the best clock operator in the city,Steve Kupsov, on hand… Sparse crowd but there were some loud supporters for Ben Franklin giving support throughout the game.
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy 41, Mastery Charter North 6
There was a nice crowd on hand for this one and they witnessed an offensive explosion from the Blue Devils of SCH Academy. Sophomore halfback Jordan Young exploded for 281 yards and five touchdowns on only 13 carries as he shared the rushing duties with junior halfback Justin Telemaque, who carried 14 times for 108 yards. Interestingly enough, the Blue Devils led only 14-6 at the half. The Inter-Ac squad were leading 14-0 and threatening to score when the Pumas of Mastery Charter North had a huge play in the form of a 90 yard interception return for a touchdown from Merrill Chappell Jr. Chappell Jr. showed some serious ” jets” in racing for the touchdown. Speaking of “jets” Young displayed them on some of his majestic carries for big gains. In the third quarter, Young outraced the Puma defense for touchdown runs of 46, 30 and 15 yards. In the 4th quarter, he had a 48 yard scoring run. Add those second half scoring plays with a two yard touchdown in the 2nd quarter and there you have his five touchdowns. On his first carry, Young had his longest run, a 61 yard jaunt. SCH quarterback Matt Rahill completed 4-12 for 142 yard,s highlighted by a 75 yard pass play to Conor McAdoo and a 39 yard pass play to Matt Hoffman. Also, contributing to the Blue Devil cause was Kevin O’Donnell with an interception and Darian Bryant (6’6 330), who did yeoman work on the lines. MCN did not have a great night but they have some athletes in running back Khalil Nelson and quarterback Kyleem Cunningham.
Sidenotes- Nice dance troupe that performed at halftime.
Friendship Collegiate Academy (DC) 26, Delaware Valley Charter 14
There were a bunch of athletes on the field in this one. This team from DC had some players and they took a 14-0 lead into the halftime break. One play that stood out for the DC squad was a 100 yard interception return from Thomas Riddick. They also had some good quarterback play from 6-4 junior Quan Vines. The Warriors competed hard and got the score to 14-8 in the 3rd period with a two yard run from Zamir Davis followed by a conversion pass in which senior Shayne Smith found Nassir Coleman. During the early stages of the 4th quarter, Friendship scores with Vines connecting with receiver Corey Brooks over two Delaware Valley defenders. Then the Warriors answered right back with Smith finding one of the team’s top athletesShaheed Brown on a 22 yard scoring playing to get the Philadelphia team within six with a little over eight minutes remaining. After a defensive stand the Warriors took over and advanced the ball. However, they were unable to convert a key 4th down play. The DC team took over and added a late score with 1:22 remaining and held on from there. Before the game began DVC Head Coach Troy Gore said his squad was battling the injury bug and in this one several times the Warriors had injuries. IF healthy this squad has some athletes to make things interesting in AA in District 12, so don’t let their 0-3 start ruin your judgment of them.
Sidenotes- Nice crowd on hand and great atmosphere for football… Nice interception and good play from Delaware Valley cornerback Quasir Hayes… This was a great receiving day for DVC’s Kyeef Williams, who had 7 receptions for 116 yards. Shayne Smith passed 11-22 for 161.
Public League Independence- AAAA
Martin Luther King High 20, Abraham Lincoln High 12
This one had me taking my hat off and scratching my head. Lincoln held the ball for over nine minutes in the 1st quarter but did not score. MLK scored first with junior quarterback Dashawn Boswell finding senior wide receiver Ryleigh Mathis from 19 yards out. King had a key sequence in the 3rd quarter. King punted and the ball was downed on the 50 yard line. However, a penalty was called on Lincoln and King punted again. Bad snap and the Railsplitters start their possession on the King four yard line. Then another penalty on King half the distance to the goal and the Railsplitters score on a two yard run from Michael Guyton. Then King began to show their mettle, they marched down the field and Mathis scored from 44 yards out on a pretty pass from Rob Harris. Harris barreled into the end zone for the ever important two-point conversion. Then Lincoln showed their resolve and marched down the field and scored on a 4th and Goal from the 16 yard line, with junior quarterback Allston Augustin finding senior Tariq Blakney for the score. King held a two point lead after denying Lincoln’s two-point conversion attempt on a rushing play. Lincoln was able to drive into King territory and threaten but senior Justin Belfield had a big interception. The Cougars scored again with Harris finding speedy junior Isaiah Jones for a 35 yard scoring pass play with 1:38 left in the game. This was a third down play and King made a gutsy call on the pass play and it worked out for their betterment. The Railsplitters could still tie with a touchdown and conversion play but the King defense led by senior captain Nate Sutton denied them with a great stand. Sutton had 4 four sacks.
Sidenotes- Terrell Pegues is out with an injury and fellow King senior Paul Sanchez wore his number 3 jersey to honor him – nice gesture...Harris completed two passes, both for touchdowns.
Imhotep Charter 40, St. Frances (MD) 16
Imhotep is currently ranked #1 by EasternPA football.com in the AAA/AAAA grouping and this team has the potential to have a special season. The Panthers of Imhotep bested the Panthers of St. Frances (Baltimore, Maryland). Imhotep started the game up 22-0 before St. Frances sandwiched two scores around the halftime break to make it 22-16. The Panthers promptly responded with a touchdown after the second score and with the help of a key interception from Mike Crawford, were able to score again and coast home from there. Imhotep’s rushing attack was led by Mike Waters, who carried 15 times for 120 yards, and Isheem Young, who carried 6 times for 124. Young exploded with a 76-yard touchdown which gave Tep the 22-0 lead. Waters scored the game’s first two touchdowns and added another in the third quarter. The Panthers have a lot of strengths and in this game one clear high point was the active and athletic defensive line. Andre Mintz, Jordan McCray, Shaka Toney (Penn State) andNaseir “Pop” Upshur (Florida State) dominated all game long. Junior quarterback Nasir Boykin was 9-19 for 160 yards and he has a bunch of quality receivers in Upshur, Amir Brown, Nasir Lewis and Prince Smith. Stay tuned…..
Sidenotes - A very nice crowd was on hand and great jobs by the Imhotep cheerleaders and drumline . . . This game was webcast by NFHS.com . . . Young, who handled the kicking, forced a fumble with a hard hit in the 1st half.
Conwell-Egan Catholic 14, Martin Luther King 6
All of this game’s scoring was contained in the 1st half. The Eagles of Conwell-Egan began the game by scoring on the game’s first possession. The Eagles dominated on the ground on that drive and junior quarterback Kendall Jones scampered in from five yards out to get the Catholic League squad on top 6-0. In the early stages of the second quarter the Cougars responded with a touchdown pass from senior quarterback Terrell Pegues to senior wide receiver Ryleigh Mathis from 23 yards out. On the next possession, the Eagles, led by Jones and senior halfback Jarrett Patman, were able to drive into King territory. A huge showdown occurred between the Eagles offense and the King defense as Conwell-Egan faced 4th and 10 on the King 34. Jones responded with an excellent pass play to Ameir Uzzell for a 34 yard touchdown play. On the conversion play, Jones found junior tight end Brandon Cohen for two points. MLK struggled after that. Their starting quarterback left the game with an injury and Conwell-Egan was more than solid on defense. Those two factors contributed to zero scoring in the second half. Two huge interceptions in the 4th quarter came from senior defensive backsVince Dubzak and James Thompson as the Eagles were victorious. A bunch of quality performances were put together for Conwell-Egan. A major one belonged to Patman, who rushed 19 times for 80 yards and had three crucial catches. MLK received some nice catches from senior Rob Harris (3 for 48 yards).
Sidenotes- Nice crowd with active fans on both sides of the field. .. Nice catch in the second half from CEC’s Patrick Garwo.
Springside Chestnut Hill 39, George Washington 7
This game began at 1:00 p.m and ended at 3:34 p.m. Yes, it was that long. There were a lot of penalties. The Eagles scored first when sophomore quarterback Cameron Gontek sneaked in from the one yard line in the 2nd quarter on 4th down. The Blue Devils responded promptly with solid running coming from Jordan Young, which led to a one yard score for Ryan Murray. The Blue Devils scored again before the half when junior quarterbackMatt Rahill connected with junior wide receiver Matt Hoffman. The score at the half was 12-7, Blue Devils. In the 3rd quarter, SCH scored three more touchdowns including two more Rahill to Hoffman connections. The Blue Devils could call Rahill/Hoffman the “Matt Attack.” Young had a huge day on the ground as he totaled 226 yards on 33 carries. SCH’s lines were led by Darian Bryant, a massive senior who goes 6 foot 6 inches and 330 pounds. GW is not the same team of the last quarter century. They appeared very small on the lines and not overwhelmingly athletic like teams of the past. First-year Head Coach Bill “Skip” Singletary is rebuilding the program. One Eagle who had an impressive day was junior nose guard Keshawn Richardson, who blocked two extra points and made 8 tackles. Richardson plays nose guard at a listed 5’9 170 lbs.
Sidenotes: Maguire Field is a beautiful stadium and a nice place to watch a football game.
Coatesville 42, Martin Luther King 14
The season began with this matchup between MLK and a talented Coatesville Red Raiders squad. Coatesville is impressive as they have a cadre of talented skill position players on offense. They were led by senior quarterback Jordan Young who is 6-3 215 and threw 10-16 for 171 yards and two touchdowns. J. Young started the game off by completing his first seven passes. Also, Jordan ran for two touchdowns. Two other electrifying players were named Young in wide receiver Avery and freshman tailback Aaron. Aaron ran for two touchdowns and Avery hauled in a 35 yd touchdown pass to make the score 21-0 in at the end of the 1st quarter. I wonder if they are related? Martin Luther King had their moments; senior quarterback Terrell Pegues connected with senior wide receiver Shaheed Ross on a beautiful 41 yard pass play for a score before the half. Rob Harris was amazing in the return game he had a highlight reel worthy 92 yard kickoff return in the 3rd quarter. Earlier in the game he had a 66 yard punt return that was crowd pleasing as well. Harris had 6 kickoff returns for 202 yards with the punt return for 66 yards for 268 yards of return yardage. On one of his early kickoff return he fumbled so he did not let that linger in his head. Also impressive for King are tight end Nate Sutton and defensive back Desmond Trail. Trail had a nice interception. The Cougars were hit hard by graduation and some players transferred as well, so it will be interesting to see how some of the more inexperienced players mature during these non-league games.
Sidenotes: Great marching band from Coatesville…. As always it was great to see clock operator supreme Steve Kupsov at the game… Coatesville receiver Jaden Hudson had 6 receptions for 105 yards.