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|*-scoring rules limit
distances to 100; INTs made 9 yards deep in EZ
teammate's fumble 8 yards deep in end zone; original line of
scrimmage was Future's 5 . . . credited with 95 yards, but no rush.
||SCH Acad. 50
||775 PF/222 PA
Most rushing yards, back-to-back games: 713, Curtis Brinkley, W.
2003 (399 vs. North Cath., 314 vs. Carroll)
Highest percentage of plays directly involved: 92.5, Brian Mitchell,
Catholic vs. Conwell-Egan, 2002 (62 of 67 -- 15 runs, 47 passes). He
finished the game by being directly involved in 42 consecutive plays (and
all 40 in the second half). He passed for 166 yards; ran for 85. North
snapped the ball 77 times, counting conversions. He was directly
involved in 72 -- he also punted seven times for a 34-yard average (long
of 50), tried a 34-yard field goal (blocked) and was successful on two PAT
Highest percentage of plays directly involved to start a game: 95.7, John
Harrison, La Salle vs. SJ Prep, 2006 (44 of 46 -- 42 passes, 2 "runs" on
sacks.) La Salle ran only three more plays after Harrison and the first
left the game -- all losses by backup RBs.
Most consecutive points scored, when available: 74, Justin O'Brien,
2001 (he scored the 74 points before and after missing two games with a
Most TD passes, back-to-back games: 12, Sean Grieve, Gtn. Academy,
2002 (five vs. Central, seven vs Hun)
Most defensive TDs, game: 5, Episcopal, vs. Chestnut Hill, 2004 (47-yard
interception by Tim Ivory; 21-yard fumble by Peter
fumble by Brian FitzPatrick; 22-yard interception by FitzPatrick;
99-yard interception by Jim Byrne).
Longest interception TD: 109, Tyrek Smith, West Catholic, vs. Penn Wood,
2004; and Dishon Solomon,
Dobbins, 2011 vs. Lincoln. (rules covering high
school stats do not permit TDs of more than 100 yards, but this was the
Longest rushing TD: 108, Robert Hall, Future, vs. Central, 2013 (rules covering
high school stats do not permit rushing TDs of more than 99 yards, but
the official distance. The play began at Future's 5. QB Ron Wade fumbled
trying to pass and Hall picked up the ball eight yards deep in the end
official scoring: one carry for no yards for Wade; no carry for 95 by
"Shortest" interception TD: minus-9, Brandon Chatmon, Imhotep, vs. Comm
Tech, 2012. (In a AA semifinal, on a play that began at the 4, CT QB
Jamison was chased by three Panthers to the back of the end zone.
before stepping over the end line, Jamison whipped a shovel pass that
hit Chatmon, barely still on the field of play, in his belly. He gained
an instant before HE stepped over the end line and was credited with a
Only player to throw a TD pass to himself: Jim McCormick, SJ Prep, 2004
(Against La Salle on Thanksgiving, on a play starting at the 5, he threw and
then caught a pass that was batted by a defensive end. By rule, he was
credited with a TD pass and reception.)
Most years between titles, coaches: 18, George Stratts and John
(Stratts won in 2000 at O'Hara, '82 at Dougherty. McAneney won in '83
Northeast, '65 at West Catholic).
Most rushing yards for a QB, game: 265, Dan McCormac, Wood, 1987
Most rushing yards for a QB, season: 1,512, Brian FitzPatrick, Episcopal,
BROKEN IN 2008
. . . 1,639, Curtis Drake, West Catholic, 2008 (West played
16 games that season; Episcopal played 10 games)
Most consecutive games scoring: 48, Pat Kaiser, SJ Prep, 1999-2002
(Kaiser made his varsity debut in the Hawks' 3rd game of the '99
missing a PAT. The next week, he hit FGs of 19 and 28 yards to
6-3 win over La Salle, then scored in every game thereafter. He
career with 525 total points, including 306 as a senior.)
Most rushing yards by a non-RB asked to run the ball for the first time all
281, Pat Devlin, Wood vs. Conwell-Egan, 2006
(With Matt Little unavailable with a broken arm, Devlin switched
from WR to
RB and broke the school record of 265).
Most punt-return TDs in a game and season: 3 and 6, Ramon Odom,
returned three punts for TDs vs. Freire in 2006, finalizing his
season total at 6.
Fewest passing yards in a season, team: 46, Communications Tech, 2007
Three players combined to go 6-for-41 for 46 yards over nine games.
Jolly led the Phoenix in receiving with two catches for 43
Most fumble-return TDs in first game under new rule: 2, Chris Rhone,
In 1988, new rules permitted the defense to return fumbles. In
Gratz' opener vs.
U. City, won by the former, 20-8, Rhone scored the game's first TD
on a 39-yard
return and the last on a 43-yarder. In that era, Pub teams did not
start game action
until the next-to-last weekend of September. Rhone was the first
player in city
history to score on a fumble return. (Judge's Dave Stauffenberg
came close to a
fumble-return TD one week earlier, but was tackled at the 2 after a
Most players scoring the same number of points in one game: 10, Gtn. Academy,
In its '09 opener, GA beat Boys' Latin, a future Pub school making
its varsity debut,
by a score of 60-8. Ten players scored six points apiece. Austin
Kevitch, Ryan Crane,
Keith Braccia and Marcus Anthony ran for TDs; Jake
Beil, Brian Erb, Noah Kennedy
and Joe Nebiolo caught TD passes; Ryan Dolan scored
on a punt return; and Voltaire
Escalona did his part by hitting six of his nine PATs. (Kevitch
threw two TD passes.
Braccia and Joe Taylor fired one apiece.)
Fewest pass plays called by a former star receiver making his coaching debut: 0,
Drayton, Central, 2009.
In rain, wind and mud, Drayton, a first-magnitude pass-catcher for
Central (class of
'87), allowed DeVonne Boler to throw no passes as the
Lancers edged Dobbins, 6-2,
in their opener.
Most points scored in overtime in a game that was 0-0 as regulation ended: 46,
Dobbins and Roxborough, 2009
As regulation ended, Dobbins' Kevin Gransby missed a 36-yard
field goal. The teams then
scored 6, 6, and 8 points apiece through the first three OTs.
Roxborough went first in the
fourth and Martin Culbreth posted an interception. On third
down for Dobbins,
Terrance Stafford ran 3 yards to end it. (Roxborough again
played a scoreless regulation
the next week vs. Penn, then won in two OTs, 14-8.)
Most TD receptions in OT: 3, Martez Lyles, U. City, vs. Overbook, 2009
Regulation ended at 12-12. As UC won, 40-34, in four OTs, Lyles
made leaping catches
of left-corner fades from Michael Adens in the second, third
and fourth OTs. (He owned
just two catches for the season before the OTs began. Also, Adens
had just two TD passes.)
Most meetings between teams in one season: 3, McDevitt vs. West Catholic, 2009
These teams actually met THREE times in a FOUR-week period --
regular season, semifinal
playoff, first round of subregional playoffs. West won all three.
Only coach to retire with a perfect record: Dennis Ginenthal, Olney
In 2010, with the regular coach, Barry Strube, out on
administrative leave, Ginenthal, an assistant
for 38 seasons at Olney, Northeast, then Olney again, guided the
Trojans to wins over King
and Edison. He then retired, leaving the team to another assistant,
Most consecutive years that a school's kicker wore the same number: Dougherty,
These guys all wore No. 21 -- Greg Cowhey
(1976 to '78), Bob Hudoka (1979 to '80), Bill Wright
(1981 to '83), Bob Wright (1984 to '85) and Bill
Eddis (1986 to '88). Don Greenleaf wore 20 in 1989.
Shortest time span for interception return TDs by one player: Brian Rodgers,
McDevitt vs. Judge, 1996
Rodgers' fun began with a 29-yarder. On Judge's next
possession, on play No. 3, Rodgers scored
on a 42-yarder. (In this game, McDevitt coach Pat Manzi
notched his 100th career win.)
Here are some other things that MIGHT be records . . .
Best performance on onsides kicks: 3-for-3, Sean Mitchell,
(The Eagles recovered his kicks vs. Carroll, McDevitt and Truman.)
Most yards to go on fourth-and-goal in an overtime period: 40, King, 2003
(Against Lincoln, an offensive interference call and a 15-yard loss on a
pass, tackle by Joe DiGrazio, helped to give King
fourth-and-goal from the 40!
Daniel Tucker intercepted a Hail Mary pass at the 4.)
Most unsuccessful conversions, game: 7, Central, 2003
(In a 42-0 win over West Phila., the Lancers failed on every conversion
The first two failures came on kicks. Then it was pass, pass,
run, pass, run.)
Highest percentage of TD catches, career: 67.9, Akil Stokes,
(Nineteen of his 28 career receptions went for TDs.)
Only D-lineman to post a "dream-game performance": Matt Brazil,
(Against McDevitt, he had at least one stat in five major categories --
interception, fumble recovery, forced fumble.)
Most yards to go on fourth-and-goal: 70, Overbrook, 2002
(The opponent was Edison. The sequence began on the 9. A procedure call
the ball to the 14. Quarterback Neil Fisher then kept
retreating and bobbing and
weaving and retreating some more and finally dumped the ball, drawing an
intentional-grounding penalty. The ball was placed on the 'Brook 45.
an incompletion, then was dropped by Brad Parker for a
15-yard loss. On fourth
down, coach Ken Sturm declined to show all-time brass. Keenan
Longest interception return not resulting in a TD: 99, Jorrell Durham,
(In a 2000 PL quarterfinal vs. Franklin, Durham made a goal-line
was tackled on the Franklin 1 by Maurice Samuels.)
Biggest weight differential from starter to substitute: 210
(In a 2000 PL game vs. Washington, 355-pound Job Lawson
started at nose guard
for Frankford. His replacement was 145-pound Stephen Skinner.)
Strangest TD by a "receiver": Jose Pagan, Edison
(In a 2000 game vs. University City, Edison QB Antwine Robinson
threw a pass to
Jose Pagan. Troy Berry
intercepted 7 yards deep in the end zone and tried to
return the ball. He got to the 3, was hit and fumbled. The
ball rolled a yard deep
into the end zone where Pagan recovered for a TD.)
Highest number of TD passes that went to only one guy: 11, Kareem Jeffreys,
(In 2000, all 11 of Jeffreys' TD passes went to Ramon Mills.)
Most TDs in an eight-touch span: 4, Franklin vs. Bartram, 1999
(Bartram's Billy Dougherty threw a 20-yard pass
to Antoine King. Jermaine Smith
returned the kickoff 88 yards. Bartram went nowhere and Ernest
the punt 63 yards. The next scrimmage play produced Dougherty's 57-yard
to Rashan Brown.)
Most consecutive fumble returns for TDs: 2, William Waters, Franklin,
1999; and Elijah
Akbar, Gratz, 2007.
(In a game vs. West Phila., Waters returned fumbles on consecutive
for TDs of 7 and 19 yards. Akbar's TDs, vs. Chester, covered 12 and 36 yards.)
Most varieties of TDs in a five-game span: 6, Ricky Lannetti, Judge,
(He scored eight TDs in six manners -- three rushes, a reception and returns
fumble, kickoff, interception and punt. It's possible Lannetti is the
only player in
city history to score four varieties of return TDs in the same season).
Most total yards on six TDs in a six-minute span: 308, King vs. Roxborough, 1998
(The fun began with a 55-yard pass from Mark Barnett to
Obi Abara (Roxborough),
then continued with a 75-yard kickoff return TD by Andre "Smurf''
a 90-yard punt return TD by Rasheim "Feet'' Wright
(King), a 44-yard kickoff return
by Abara and a 44-yard interception return by Christopher Dorman
Most drops of the coin for a pre-game toss: 3, Bill Dougherty, 1997
(Yes, he dropped the coin three straight times before the Conwell-Egan/North
Catholic game. The next week, he let the coin fall straight to the ground.)
Only QB to earn more receiving yards than passing yards on play: Joe Tyer,
(Against Wood, Tyer threw a left-side hitch pass to Jim McKenna.
circled into the backfield and handed off to Tyer at the 40. Tyer raced along
sideline and was bumped out of bounds at Wood's 24. McKenna was credited with
catch for minus-5 yards. Tyer was credited with 36 receiving yards with no
a completion for 31 yards.)
Most actual yards covered on a conversion: 44, Penn Charter, 1995
(Against Gtn. Academy, after a penalty, Mike Soens was
ready to kick a 35-yard extra
point when a bad snap forced a change in plans. Soens scrambled back,
the ball and heaved a pass from GA's 44. Steve Ley
caught it on the 2 and walked into
the end zone.)
Heaviest player to kick a FG and compete a pass, same season: Joe Torrente,
1995 (260 lbs.)
(The pass completion, off a fake punt, was a 10-yarder to Austin
Tallest/heaviest player to throw a pass and rush for a TD, same season: Mike
Penn Charter, 2012 (6-9, 275)
(In the final moments of a loss to Malvern, the Notre Dame commit,
a first cousin of
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan, took a shotgun snap and
whipped an incompletion far
downfield. Two weeks later, vs. SCH Academy, he carried three times
for 26 yards
and posted a 1-yard TD. He'd started the season at tackle, then had
moved to TE.)
Fewest TD passes in season after great start: 0, Tim Karamis, Wood,
(He threw four in the opener, a 35-6 frolic past Germantown Academy, but none
Best example of late hustle in midst of disaster: Kevin Czaban, Gtn.
(With GA trailing Penn Charter, 44-0, in the waning moments, Czaban, a
center, hustled 27 yards behind the line of scrimmage and outbattled two
players to recover a fumble.)
Players who've thrown a TD pass, caught a TD pass and run for a TD in same game:
Mahan, West Catholic, 1962; Scott Mangini, McDevitt, 1990; Kevin Averette,
Washington, 1991; Kendell Thomas, Edison, 2007; John Harrison, La Salle, 2007;
La Salle, 2012: Jimmy Herron, La Salle, 2012 for a second time
semi); Jylil Reeder, Fels, 2013.
(Mangini and Averette
were RBs; Thomas and Harrison were QBs. Herron served
in all three spots.)
Most varieties of jerseys worn for a varsity game: 6, University City, 1992
(Against West Phila., the Jaguars wore two varieties of black, three of
gold and one
blue jersey, by freshman lineman Omar Lewis. It was a
Jim Kelly Buffalo Bills replica
jersey. "They said to wear what we wear to practice," said
Lewis, who, like the guys
in gold, saw no action. They were JV callups.)
Most dropped TD passes in a five-play span: 3, Roxborough, 1991
(Against Central, Christian Sedgwick threw
perfect passes for would-be touchdowns
of 35, 35 and 23 yards. All were dropped in the end zone.)
Best punting performances by left-footers wearing No. 87: Mike Roberts,
Harry Binck, Bonner.
(In a 1991 game, Roberts punted four times for 176 yards (44-yard
average) and Binck
punted seven times for 256 (36.6).)
Only player to post TDs of 90-plus yards to open and close a game: Rick Burns,
(Against Neshaminy, Burns took the opening kickoff 92 yards for a score
again with 0:17 left on a 99-yard interception return . . . In
2011, Ryan's Mike Palmer
came close to equaling this feat vs. Roman. He returned the opening
kickoff for a 90-yard
TD and caught a 95-yard pass from Mike Anusky with 1:27
Most TDs in final 2 seconds of a game: 2, Central vs. Roxborough, 1983; and
vs. West Catholic, 2001
(Roxborough took a 15-14 lead with 2 seconds remaining when Matt
Hanson ran 1 yard
for a TD and then passed for two points to Steve Rodgers.
Roxborough opted for a
squibbed kick. Jon Irvine picked up the ball and ran 53
yards for a TD as time expired.)
(Conwell-Egan's Vince Salvatore caught a
9-yard TD pass from Derrick Savage with 0:02
left vs. West Catholic. C-E tried an onside kick. Robert Ramsey
stepped forward, caught
the bouncing ball and ran 47 yards untouched for a TD, ending the
game (West 33, C-E 14)
Youngest player to score a TD: Scott Hunter, Northeast, 1989
Hunter, a freshman wingback, was 13 years, 9 months, when he ran 3 yards
for a TD
on Sept. 8 vs. West Philadelphia.
Most players named Johnson used by a team in a game: 6, Germantown, 2003.
The Bears used six Johnsons vs. University City on Nov. 21. Akeem
ran for 46 yards
and two TDs. Jarell started at guard. Christen
caught a 50-yard scoring pass. Gabriel
had an interception. Justin had a fumble recovery. Phillip
played special teams. All six
were unrelated. (In 1963, West Philly's team included seven
players named Williams.
All seven -- Columbus, Craig, Floyd, Joe, Karvin, Leroy and
Robert -- were unrelated.
Just can't be sure whether all appeared in the same game. This
coincidence was sent out
by the Associated Press and tidbits appeared in newspapers
around the country.)
Most ambulances in action at one time: Two.
In a 2004 PL semifinal at Northeast, Dobbins' Cedric Graham
suffered a broken arm.
While Graham was about to leave the premises in an ambulance,
play resumed and
Dobbins' Michael Harris suffered a broken ankle. A
Dobbins assistant ran toward the
first ambulance yelling, "Yo, don't go! Wait! Another's kid
hurt!" A second ambulance
arrived and drove in as the first one waited to leave. Both players were
to nearby Jeanes Hospital.
This record was tied in a 2008 opener in Ocean City, N.J. Late in a
loss to O'Hara,
Carroll's Dillon McClernon and Sean Crossen banged
helmets while trying for a sack.
They rode to Shore Memorial Hospital in separate ambulances.
Only offensive player to gain yardage with a punt "reception": Robert
Bettis, Edison, 1992.
In a game vs. Mastbaum, Edison's Steve Wallace chased
down a bad snap, avoided a
rush and punted a low line drive. About 10 yards away, the ball drilled
Bettis in the
stomach. He held on, turned upfield and wound up with a 6-yard gain.
Punt "return" of zero yards for a TD: Forrest Pearson,
In that same game -- yes, the SAME GAME -- Edison's Raul
Valentin saw a snap sail
far over his head. He picked up the ball in the end zone and punted it
sideways into the
far corner. Pearson fell on the ball for a touchdown. (This made
national news. USA
Today mentioned the play, then Pearson and Mastbaum coach John
interviewed by Jim Lampley on a national radio show
. . . The same thing happened in
2001. Edison's Keenan Nelson punted the ball at the goal line. It
popped straight up and
bounced a yard deep, where Franklin's Bryant Jennings recovered for
a TD.) . . . The
same thing happened in 2011. Southern's Sandy Little punted the
ball from the end zone.
It popped up, to Little's left, and was caught on one bounce, in
the end zone, by Franklin
DT Demetrius Town.
Most long TDs lost to penalties in one game: 3, Antoine Brown,
Again in a game against Edison, Brown lost a 58-yard score on a punt
return, a 29-yard score
on a run from scrimmage and another 58-yard score on a punt return. He
did score on an
89-yard kickoff return. (Note: two plays after Brown's 29-yard run was
wiped out, a motion
penalty nullified a 27-yard scoring pass from Mike Glover
to Morris Kennedy. Another
note: Brown had two more TDs nullified by penalties in a 1994 game vs.
Most total turnovers in games at refurbished stadiums with new artificial surfaces on
back-to-back days: 25, 2005
On a Thursday night at Germantown's Ben Johnston Memorial Stadium, there were
Imhotep's 8-6 win over Southern. The next night, at Widener's Quick
Stadium, there were
11 as O'Hara beat West Catholic, 14-12. Those were the first
games on the new surfaces.
Successful PAT kick with something other than a football: Dan Juliano,
As Juliano swung his leg to kick a PAT vs. Bartram, his right cleat flew
off. He barely made
contact with the ball, which dribbled toward the line of scrimmage. The
cleat soared into the air
and perfectly split the uprights.
Fewest yards gained on drive with numerous plays: 17 on 16, Kennedy-Kenrick vs. West
The Wolverines' drive, which began at their 30 and died out at West's 6,
was kept alive by penalties.
West was hit with 47 yards in penalties, including a double personal
foul on a punt that moved the
ball 30 yards to the West 29.
Fewest number of tackles on scrimmage plays through three quarters: 0, Freire
Franklin ran just four plays through the first three quarters of a 36-16
win. All went for TDs.
In order, Franklin scored on two runs by Maurice Dantzler
(45, 54 yards) and one apiece by
Rodreen "Chief" Howell (60) and Frank
Anderson (18). Also, after the first score, the
scoreboard clock inexplicably ran non-stop and Franklin ran just 10
plays for the game (all
rushes). Freire ran 37.
Craziest game (for many reasons): Wood 35, Conwell-Egan 0, 2005
This one was played on a Monday night at the Northampton Twp. athletic
complex. It rained
very hard throughout and the winds were strong. Twice the lights went
out in the first half,
causing delays of 12 and 14 minutes. Wood's Chris Lorditch
scored thrice on returns, going
76 and 32 yards with back-to-back punts and 75 yards with the second
half kickoff. Wood's
Ryan Dolan came within 1 yard of a fumble-return TD
(his run began at the 28). The QBs
combined to go 0-for-6; Wood's Joe Kosich was 0-for-2,
C-E's Kevin Schafer was 0-4.
Most surname syllables involved for guys on a touchdown pass: 9, Father Judge, 2005
In a game vs. Roman, Justin DeCristofaro (five) threw a
scoring pass to John
Most yards covered on a successful conversion run: 23, David Allen,
In a game vs. Freire, a personal foul and procedure ball moved the ball
to the 23. Allen went
the distance on a keeper.
Best clutch performance by a VERY late arrival: Pat Creighton,
Northeast, vs. Bok, 1998
Creighton, a midfielder, began his afternoon by helping Northeast tie
Central, coached by his
father, Jack, in a soccer game. Then he ran down the
steps to find two minutes left in the football
game. As time wound down with the score tied, at 6-6, coach Harvey
"Brew" Schumer told
Creighton to go get dressed. Creighton said later, ``I went up to the
locker room with a backup
running back; I don't even know his name. I put on his football pants.
He put on my soccer shorts.
My soccer jersey was under my football jersey." Bok went first in
OT and lost a fumble. On fourth
down, Creighton ended the game with a 23-yard field goal.
Longest distance between a guy's best-worst punts in a game: 91 yards, Jeff
In a semifinal vs. King, Capriotti uncorked an 81-yard punt with
the wind and one for minus-10
yards against it.
Weirdest results on consecutive passes: In a '91 playoff vs. Ryan, Judge's
Joe Affet caught his own
deflected pass on one play, then had his next pass, a middle
screen, caught illegally by lineman Mike
Ries. When Ries came off the field, assistant Bill Koch
told him, "At least you were open."
Most unsuccessful conversion attempts after a TD: 3, SJ Prep, vs. Carroll, 1993
This happened after Prep took a 12-6 lead in a game it lost, 13-12.
A defensive penalty negated
Scott Palanjian's missed kick. An offensive penalty negated
Jess Sodaski's successful run. Then,
on an unplanned double-pass play out of a scramble, Palanjian threw
incomplete to Pat Pluck into
the end zone.
Most consecutive scrimmage plays producing TDs: 3, Gratz vs. Overbrook, 2001
Overbrook's Omar Sanders ran 20 yards, Gratz' Tyree
Watson ran 59 yards and Sanders passed 54
yards to Tariyk Joseph. Gratz's Robbie "Beano" Spivey
then returned the kickoff 75 yards (to make
it four TDs in a 76-second span.)
Most interesting kickoff sequence: Orlando Okebata, Univ. City, 2001
Against Edison, Okebata first caused a 5-yard penalty because his
mouthpiece wasn't in (also, his chin
strap wasn't buckled), then kicked the ball out of bounds for
another 5-yarder. Then, from his own 30,
he sent a kickoff over Keenan Nelson's head and into the end
zone for a touchback.
Best performance on two-point conversions: Frankford, 8-for-8, 2001
Kicker Shane Kelly was off playing soccer as the Pioneers
played Southern. So, Frankford went for
two every time and never failed. The other two points (of 66) came on a
Most disastrous decision for a final play-call (almost): Northeast coach
Harvey "Brew" Schumer, 2002
Because a kneeldown would have stopped the clock sooner and given
Franklin a chance for one more
play, Schumer ordered a run by fullback Mark Pasley. As
Pasley struggled for extra yardage, Franklin
d-back Jestin Brisbon, also his team's top runner, stole the
ball and took off. He was tackled about 70
yards later, a step from the end zone, by tailback Stanley Ebron.
Northeast won, 17-14. Said Schumer:
"I would have hung myself in the locker room. Next time we'll take
the knee and take our chances."
Sometimes a 25-0 lead is not a good idea: In Week Four of 2006, Carroll mounted
a 25-0 lead against
Wood, then lost, 26-25, as backup Mike Cattolico threw a
7-yard TD pass right after Carroll's 95-yard
interception return for a TD was nullified by a penalty. A day
earlier, University City rolled to a 25-0
edge over Southern, then had to hang on to win, 25-20. UC's
Derrick Boggs scored once on a fumble
return and came within 2 yards of doing so a second time.
Shortest time span for a three-TD sequence: 25 seconds.
In 2006, in the waning moments of the first game played on the new
artificial surface at Gratz' Marcus
Foster Memorial Stadium, Gratz' Brandon Baxter ran 20 yards;
Frankford's Ervin Goodson returned
a batted/bobbled onside kick 65 yards; and Gratz' Rasheed
Bulknight returned the kickoff 83 yards.
(This feat was almost equaled in 2011, as Northeast played host
Washington. The outburst began with
a Northeast TD on a 40-yard pass from Harold Alexander to
Christopher Gary. Washington's Donald
Smith (86 yards) and Northeast's Anthony Quail (82) then
exchanged kickoff-return TDs.)
Most yards accumulated with three early TDs of different varieties: 192,
Brian Brinkmann, SJ Prep, 2006.
On his first three touches in a 55-0 win over Bonner,
Brinkmann went 76
yards with a kickoff, 62 with
a punt and 54 with a reception.
Most consecutive TDs scored from same yard line: 4, Imhotep vs. Freire, 2006
Imhotep's first four TDs in a win were scored
from the 5-yard line - Khalief Evans' run, twin
run, Khalief's run, and a pass from
Gerald Bowman to Andreas Roberts. The odds? One in
million! There was almost a fifth consecutive 5-yard
TD. Khalief Evans lost a yard on a run, then
passed 6 yards to Khalief.
Fewest punts attempted in a gigantic loss: 0, Freire vs. Imhotep, 2006
With punter Isaac Yorro
unavailable and no backup trained, Freire coach Nelson Walker
fourth-down conversions no matter what. So, Imhotep took
over after non-punts on its 40 and on
Freire's 31, 34, 42, 30,
40 and 27 en route to a 50-0 win.
Most return TDs by someone returning punts/kickoffs for only the third game in
his career: 3, Courey Burrell,
Lincoln, 2006. Against U. City, Burrell went 84 and 70 yards
with kickoffs and 62 yards with a punt.
He also scored on a 34-yard pass from Charles Boyd.
His 70-yard return came on an onsides kick that
bounced too far downfield.
Best emergency performance by someone brand new to football: Chris Webster,
At 3:30, 2 1/2 hours before Ryan was scheduled to play La
Salle, while working at a Soccer Post store
in the Far Northeast, Webster received a telephone invitation
from injured kicker Bill George to be his
replacement. Webster, a deep sub sweeper on the soccer team,
received permission from his boss to leave
early (with pay), rushed over to Ryan (the team buses were
late; the game didn't start until 6:40) and then
hit two PATs in the Raiders' 14-12 upset victory. Also, he
averaged 49 yards on his four kickoffs and sent
one into the end zone.
Fewest yards passing in a four-game period: 0, Penn, 2006.
Daniel Philpot and David Allen combined to go
1-for-3 for zero yards. No passes were thrown in two
of the games.
Shortest time span for sequence involving two TDs/two safeties: 96 seconds, Penn
Charter vs. Malvern, 2006.
Seventeen seconds apart before halftime, PC tallied on
Sean McNally's 3-yard run and a safety.
Nineteen seconds apart after halftime, Malvern notched
a safety and Joe Hoban's 10-yard TD reception
on a pass from Ryan Nassib.
Worst act of treason by an animal: A rabbit, West Phila., 2006
A rabbit, living in weeds behind the baseball batting
cage in the southwest corner along West's sideline,
spent the entire game roaming University City's
sideline. The instant the game ended in UC's favor, 8-0,
he/she/it scrambled back across the field to the weeds.
Best performance by someone brand new to returning: Courey Burrell,
Burrell, a tight end, was given return duties for Game
No. 6 of the season. Over the next four, he scored
four times on kickoff returns and once on a punt
Easiest kickoff assignment: Pat Guerin, Egan, 1979.
After scoring a late TD against Bensalem, Egan watched
in amazement as Bensalem was hit with FOUR
consecutive personal foul/unsportsmanlike conduct
penalties. After the PAT, the refs marched the ball
from Egan's 40 to Bensalem's 45, then 30, then 15, then
7 1/2. We're guessing Guerin had no trouble
reaching the end zone.
Most turnovers in a 12-play span, especially in beautiful weather: 5, Bok at
The sequence began with 9:58 left, when Bok's Ackeem
Clarke forced and recovered a fumble. Two
plays later, Imhotep's Daniel Jones recovered a
fumble. Three plays later, Bok's Calvin Moultrie made
an interception. Three plays later, Bok had the ball on
the 1 and QB Darnell Goddard tried a sneak. The
middle was jammed up, so he stepped back and headed for
the right corner. He did a flying leap, but lost
the ball and Imhotep's Jeremiah Kendrick
recovered on the 1. Three plays later, Bok's Daquon Johnson
made an interception. FIVE turnovers in 12 snaps
and 5 minutes, 5 seconds!! (Wait, there's more. Bok went
three-and-out and punted. On Imhotepís second play,
Andreas Roberts fumbled and Bok's Anthony Rivers
recovered. So, thatís SIX turnovers in 18
snaps and 7:53!!)
Look below to see how this record was smashed just a
short time later . . .
Most points averaged with almost no offensive output: 8.3, Neumann-Goretti, 2007
Through three games of the season, N-G had a higher
scoring average (8.3) than its total average number of
rushing yards (8.0) and passing yards (7.3). Hakeem
Johnson owned all four of the Saints' TDs (two on
rushes, two on kickoff returns).
Most other varsity sports played, fall season, by football player: 2, Michael
Gorman, SJ Prep, 1992; and Matt
Shervin, McDevitt, 2007
Gorman was the starting right fullback for the
Catholic League Southern Division soccer playoff champs,
a part-time wide receiver and early-season kicker in
football, and in cross country he helped the Hawks win
the Pennsylvania prep
Kicker Pat Doyle suffered an injury in the
opener and Shervin was given the job after a short tryout. He was
already a stopper on the soccer team and one of the top
three performers on the golf team. (This was the CL's
first year as a paper member of the PIAA; golf had
moved from spring to fall.) Shervin's first point came 9/15
on a Game Three PAT vs. North Catholic.
Most consecutive plays producing turnovers: 5, Gratz vs. Mastbaum, at Northeast,
This was a true all-timer. Maybe even a WORLD
record for any level of football. Think about it: turnovers
(all lost fumbles, by the way) on FIVE
consecutive plays. And the weather was beautiful. Here we go . . .
On the gameís third play, Mastbaum's Rasheen
Tookes dropped a pitchout and Gratz' Muhammad Dudley
recovered. Next play: Gratz' Hal Chambliss
dropped the ball and Mastbaum's Jamil Thomas recovered.
Next play: Mastbaum's Hason Franklin you-know-whated
and Gratz' Elijah Akbar made a scoop and return
for 15 yards to the 10. Next play: No fumble. Woo-hoo!!
But, a 10-yard scoring run by Dudley, on a reverse,
was wiped out by a holding penalty (Because the
penalty was behind the line of scrimmage, that play did not
count as a "play." Next play: Mastbaum's Donald
Vodopija sacked Dominic Marrow for an 11-yard loss and
Mastbaum's John Turner recovered. Next
play: Tookes coughed up the rock and Dudley recovered again.
It was craaaaaaazy! But the lunacy was hardly
over. Five plays later, Vodopija again caused a fumble and
teammate Andrew King recovered. So, thatís
six lost fumbles in 10 official plays. You want more? Four plays
later, against the wind, with the line of
scrimmage the 14, Mastbaum's Robert Fitzhugh sent a punt pretty
much straight up. The ball bounced backward and
settled on the 1 for a minus-13-yarder. Chambliss ran 1
yard for a TD. Oops. There was motion and the
ball was placed at the 6. Chambliss carried four more times
in a row and finally scored from the 1 on fourth
Longest actual distance between interception TDs on the same day -- 104 yards
Catholic d-back Rob Hollomon covered 105 (and at
least 150 in all; though official stat rules limit
the distance to 100) vs. Dougherty when he
picked off a fade pass in one corner and zigged/zagged/zoomed
to score in a diagonal corner. McDevitt
linebacker Ed McGowan walked 1 yard into the end
zone vs. Carroll
after catching a desperation heave that
followed a bad snap on a punt. This TD gave Holloman six
TDs on the season -- rush, pass, returns of
kickoff, punt, interception and fumble. You could say he
tallied in seven ways; one of his reception
scores came on a hook-and-lateral play.
Most amazing first pass of a varsity career -- Steve
Garrett, Franklin (9/11/08)
Garrett, a backup tight end wearing No. 88,
lined up at tailback in OT of the Electrons' 12-6 win
Roxborough and fired a 22-yard, fourth-down
scoring pass to slotback Marquis White, normally
Why was Garrett given such responsibility?
Earlier that day, Garrett had been spotted firing a Nerf
ball in a
gym class. "One of my fellow teachers told
me, 'That kid has a really strong arm,' " said coach
On the play preceding the TD, Garrett was
going to pass. Roxborough players broke through the line
Garrett was forced to keep, gaining 1 yard.
Thus, the element of surprise was still in effect. On
his TD catch,
White was double-covered and, if he had not
made the catch, interference would have been called.
Most yards lost on six consecutive plays by one team --
84, Edison (9/18/08)
Against Southern, due to NO blocking,
Bryant Keal was sacked on six consecutive plays
spread over three
series. He lost fumbles on plays No. 1 and
3. The losses, in order: 18, 9, 29 (fired the ball
being thrown to turf), 10, 5 and 13.
Sean Allen notched four of the sacks and forced both
fumbles. In all,
Keal carried 12 times for minus-103 yards.
Shortest kickoff return for a TD -- 30 yards (10/10/08)
After a safety, and trailing by eight
points with just over a minute remaining, King tried an
onside kick against
Southern from the 20. Andrew Auer,
in the second line of returnees, moved up as he saw what
happening, caught the bouncing kick
chest-high, eased through two would-be tacklers and ran
to the end zone.
Most yards kicked for one PAT -- 100, Tim Freiling,
After James Rosseau ran 1 yard for a TD,
Northeast was hit with a dead-ball personal foul.
Freiling hit the
PAT from 35 yards, but Olney had been
called for offside an instant beforehand. Freiling hit
the next kick from
30 yards, but Northeast was guilty of
procedure. He hit the next kick from 35. Total distance
of the kicks -- 100!
Best escape from the minus-yardage column -- Keith
Page, FitzSimons, 2008
As the Rams entered their last game vs.
Future, Page, a quarterback had carried 27 times for
and seemed destined to finish the season
below zero. Instead, he ran nine times for 172 yards and
two scores in
a 30-0 win. (He also passed for 67 yards
and two TDs).
Most members of a team's starting lineup to earn
first-team all-league honors -- ALL!!! Communications
All 15 of CT's starters were named first
team All-Public in the Class A division. CT's Rob
DiMedio was the only
one of the division's five coaches to show
up for the selection meeting. With the approval of PL
Joe Stanley, DiMedio placed his
starters in assorted spots on the 25-player list and
then, over the next day, filled in
with players whose stats he found on this
website. He was unsuccessful in reaching anyone from the
Only players to earn first team all-league honors at
three different positions -- Ed Monaghan, Bonner,
(class of 1985)
and Daniel Jones, Imhotep (class of 2009).
Monaghan earned All-Catholic laurels at DE
in '82, LB in '83 and OL (and DE) in '84 (later
played at Penn State);
Jones earned All-Public laurels at OL in
'06, DL in '07 and LB in '08.
Most years between direct coaching influence on a City
Title victory -- 43, John McAneney.
Johnny Mac was the offensive coordinator
for Washington in 2008 (23-14 over La Salle) and the
head coach for
West Catholic in 1965 (34-18 over
Most tackles behind the line of scrimmage -- 10,
Ackeeno Jolly, Communications Tech, 9/4/08
Jolly, an end, made three sacks and seven
other TFLs in a game vs. West Philadelphia. The 10 stops
27 yards in losses.
Best way to keep a drive going -- keep punting.
In 2009 vs. King, Edison twice kept a drive
alive by recovering fumbles by punt returners. The
recoveries went to
Joaquin Melendez at King's 37 and to
Tim Torres at the 9. Two plays later, Edison's
Luis Ortiz dropped the ball
while handing off and King's James
Colburne recovered at the 10 . . . Wait, there's
more. On third down, Torres
was in the process of sacking Donavan
Bowman in the end zone when Bowman tossed the ball
forward. The play
appeared to be a clear case of intentional
grounding in the zone, and that would have resulted in a
safety. The refs
met and met some more and decided to call
it a fumble. Melendez had made the recovery at the 2.
forward to score on the first play.
Most fair catches of kickoffs, game -- 3, Ryan vs,
Lineman Jim Grbas made a fair catch
at the 28 to start the game. He later did so again at
the 35 (and was
hammered by an O'Hara player, resulting in
a 15-yard penalty) and Tom Price followed suit at
the 30 in the fourth
This record was
broken in 2013. See below.
Most fumbles by one team, with none of them recovered by
the opposition -- 8, Dougherty vs. West Catholic,
Yes, the Cardinals dropped the ball eight
times on a rainy night at Widener, but notched
recoveries every time. (Also
in that game, Dougherty mounted a 19-7
lead, then lost, 57-19.)
Weight of the heaviest player to score an offensive
touchdown (maybe ANY kind of TD) -- 347, Jamil Morgan,
Late in what became a 62-14 non-league win
over Boys' Latin, coach Erik Zipay put center
Morgan at fullback and
guard Tamaric Richardson at
tailback. Richardson ran four yards to the 2, then
Morgan rumbled in for the TD.
Richardson, a mere 230 pounds, added the
conversion run. (Morgan ran for another TD in the 2010
his listed weight was 345.
Only family to total 199 yards (205, actually) on return
TDs -- West Catholic's Hollomon brothers, Rob and
In 2007, in a regular season game vs.
Dougherty, Rob returned an interception 106 yards for a
TD (though scoring
rules limit distances to 100). In 2009, in
a playoff game vs. Dougherty, Brandon returned a punt 99
yards for a TD.
Most yards covered on two long playoff TDs in same
weekend -- 188, Week Nine of the 2009 season.
Brandon Hollomon had his 99-yarder
on a Friday night, and that broke a city playoff record
(95) that had stood since
1922. The next day, Del-Val Charter's
Brad Wilson caught an 89-yard TD pass from Sean
Williams, and that broke
a city record (86) that had stood since
Best trifecta of kicking moments -- Tim Carroll,
West Catholic, 2009
In a 44-22 subregional win over McDevitt,
Carroll hit a PAT after the Burrs' first TD to claim the
city career record
with 158. He capped the Burrs' next
possession with his first career FG (a 25-yarder) in
just three attempts, then
powered the kickoff into the end zone for
just the second time all season.
Most men on the field -- 13, Edison, 2009
During a 14-10 win over Boys' Latin, the Owls'
offense was hit with the too-many-men penalty on
After the first flag, one guy came off and no one
went on. So, yes! That meant there were 13 guys on the
field for the
Best rushing play that didn't start out as one --
Zeferino "Ziggy" Albino, Public, 1995.
In the City All-Star Game, Albino, of West
Phila., punted a ball almost exactly straight up. He
then caught it, evaded
some tacklers and posted an 11-yard gain.
Most completions/passes in back-to-back game by a Public
League QB -- 36/67, Troy Johnson, Prep Charter,
In the Huskies' first two games, Johnson, a
sophomore, passed 18-for-31 for 233 yards and 18-for-37
for 202 yards
in losses to Del-Val and Bok.
Most games decided by late fumble returns in the same
stadium on the same day -- 2, at Germantown's Benjamin
Memorial Stadium, Sept. 24, 2010
In the afternoon game, Gratz defeated King,
34-28, as frosh DE Daqwan Freeman ran 84 yards on
the game's last play
with a stolen ball! In the night game, Del-Val
beat Imhotep, 30-22, as sr. DE Heleaince "HG" Gates
ran 66 yards with
9:49 left to break a 22-22 tie.
Most visits by different ambulances to service injured
members of the same team -- 3, Del-Val vs. Bok, 2010.
Right before and right after halftime, DB
Aaron Baker and DE Rasheed Cade suffered
concussions. DT Khalif Smith
did likewise on the final play of the game. All
three wound up at Children's Hospital. Also, offensive
Groce received a call at halftime saying
his son, Syree, 10, had suffered a concussion while
playing for the Ivy Hill Saints'
75-pound squad. Dad left to join son, also at
Fewest kicks tried during a Catholic League game with
numerous TDs -- 0, N-G vs. C-E, 2010
This one ended with N-G on top, 26-20, after two
OTs. Regulation ended 14-14. Though seven TDs were
team tried to kick an extra point.
Best average distance for TDs to finish a disappointing
season -- 98.3, Gratz, 2003
The Bulldogs scored one touchdown in each
of their final three games, all losses, but distance was
not a problem. Eugene
Wright returned a kickoff 100 yards vs.
Dobbins, Richard Sheppard caught a 96-yard pass
from Kyle Whiting vs. Franklin
and Vondell Parson ran 99 yards from
scrimmage vs. West Philly.
Most consecutive plays on defense -- 30, Carroll vs.
Academy Park, 2010
Academy Park had the ball for the final 17
plays of the second quarter (missed field goal) and the
first 13 of the third
quarter (turned it over on downs).
Most points scored by running back in two-week period .
. . with no yards gained! -- 10, Rob Davis,
In Weeks 5 and 6 combined, vs. Bok and
Future, Davis carried just one time for zero yards. But
he ran for two conversions
in Week 5 and for three more in Week 6 for
10 total points (conversion plays do not count in
stats.) . . . Davis finished the
season with eight conversions runs and no
TDs and added three more conversions in 2011 before
scoring his first TD, on a
15-yard run, in Week Nine.
Shortest time between interceptions -- 8 seconds,
Mark McLean, Prep Charter, 2010
McLean made picks on consecutive plays vs.
Mastbaum. He lost a fumble after the first one.
Most long-distance city records tied on the same weekend
-- 2, Week One, 2011
Against Lincoln, Dobbins' Dishon Solomon
intercepted a pass at the back of the end zone and
zoomed 109 actual yards for a TD.
Against Ridley, Malvern's Blake Gunter
picked up a blocked field goal and covered 87 yards for
a score. (Other respective record-
holders in those categories: West Catholic's Tyrek
Smith and McDevitt's Scott Yancey.)
Fewest combined rushing yards by guys who teamed to post
five TDs -- 32, Washington vs. Overbrook, 2011
In a 40-0 win, Haleem Sillman
(three) and Alfonso Augustine (two) teamed forces
for five rushing TDs. Sillman's totals: six
carries for 22 yards. Augustine's: 5-10.
Biggest "lake" at side of the field -- approximately 100
yards by 10 yards, Week Two, 2011
Major rainstorms overnight and that morning
left a lake at 29th Street Stadium extending from end
zone to end on the south
sideline. The water was 3 to 5 inches deep
from the west end to the opposite 30, then thinned out
slightly from there. The home
team, Franklin, was made to stand on the
visiting sideline, with Boys' Latin. All game, just one
play ended up in the lake as Franklin
QB Michael Dixon was tackled by
Chris Hudson and Mark Bowser. Click
here for a pic.
Biggest weight differential between a team's kicker and
punter -- 175 pounds, Olney Charter, 2011
Dontae Angus, who kicked off for the
Trojans, weighed 310 pounds. The punter was 135-pound
Most lost fumbles in one half by one team -- 6, Olney
Against Mastbaum, the Trojans lost fumbles
on six of their first seven possessions. No. 3 ended
with a punt by Valsky Auguste.
The ball bounced against Mastbaum returner
Frank Quiles and Olney's John Whitehead
Worst decision by a punt-coverage team -- Southern, 1986
With the ball on his team's own 1
yard line, Germantown's Rod Artwell popped up a
punt that landed three yards deep in the end
zone. Instead of recovering the ball
for a TD, a group of Rams allowed it to trickle back to
the 1, then they downed it. (And here's
what happened thereafter: QB Ty
Bradley fumbled the snap for a four-yard loss, was
sacked for a nine-yard loss and threw a
pass on which interference (for an
automatic first down) was called at the 9. Fred King
lost two yards and Bradley threw two
more incompletions before connecting
with Dondi Garrett for an 11-yard touchdown.)
Worst decision by a kickoff-receiving team -- Olney
Dobbins' Daquan "Day-Day" Brown
hammered the kickoff deep and the nearest Olney return
man never bothered to touch it.
The ball was touched by Dobbins at
the 5 and squirted into the end, where Mike Jones
recovered for a TD.
Most disastrous possessions in one half -- 8, Mastbaum,
In the second half of a loss to
Furness, the Panthers experienced disaster on all eight
of their possessions (three interceptions,
four lost fumbles, one punt blocked).
Fewest yards gained by a guy who ran for three TDs -- 7,
Will Parks, Germantown, 2011
Parks, normally a wideout, moved to
tailback in the Bears' goal-line package in a 24-12 win
over Northeast. He carried five
times for seven yards and TDs of 1, 1
and 3 yards.
BROKEN IN 2013; SEE BELOW.
Most games in one weekend with back-to-back TDs on
kickoff returns -- 2, Northeast/Washington and McDevitt/SJ
On Friday of Week Seven, at
Washington, Washington's Donald Smith (86 yards)
and Northeast's Anthony Quail (82)
exchanged kickoff-return TDs. On
Saturday night, at Plymouth-Whitemarsh, SJ Prep's
John Reid opened the second half
with an 89-yard return. McDevitt's
Keith Young followed with an 86-yarder.
Shortest time span between two unusual TDs by the same
player -- 23, by O'Hara DE Shane Johnson, 2011
Against Carroll, Johnson blocked a
punt, recovered the ball at the 1 and stepped into the
end zone. On Carroll's second play
thereafter, QB Sal Bello was
preparing for a stretch-play handoff. Johnson snatched
the ball right out of Bello's hands and
cruised 28 yards for another TD.
Craziest conversion sequence -- Lincoln vs. Northeast,
Lincoln holder Sincere Merced
completed a pass to James Baldere, but kicker
Amir Albarouki was called for a chop block at the
12. From the 27, a pass from QB Miguel
Sanchez was intercepted by Missiah Mason, but
that play was negated by roughing
the passer. From the 13, Albarouki was a
shade right with a 30-yard kick.
Worst location for a trick play -- 3 yard line,
Frankford vs. Washington, PL AAAA final, 2011
With 9 minutes remaining and the score
tied, 13-13, Frankford had the ball on its 3. A
miscommunication caused a punt snap to
go to up-man Aaron Allison instead
of punter Eric Salguero. Allison's pass to no one
was incomplete and Hakeem Sillman ran 3
yards for the winning TD two plays later.
Entries for 2012 . . .
Only pregnant woman to see action
(almost) -- King trainer Mary Keller, vs. Gratz,
Right before halftime, as Gratz was preparing to run a
play, coach Erik Zipay could be heard saying,
"They've got a pregnant lady
lined up at linebacker!!" Say what?
Thinking that King DE Darnel Moore was looking a
little groggy, Mary hustled out onto the
field. One problem: She didn't alert
the refs or ask anyone to call time and, somehow, no one
seemed to notice her. Bingo! There
she was, on the defensive side of the
ball. Luckily, time was finally called and Mary, who's
six months preggers, escorted Moore
off the field. Mary wasn't carrying a
trainer's bag and wasn't wearing anything that would ID
her as a medical staffer, so all the
Gratz people thought she was some
overzealous mom protecting her son.
Shortest kickoff -- 1 yard, Mike DiFrancesco,
Against Furness, on an onside/squib kick,
DiFrancesco stubbed his toe/instep right before making
contact with the ball. The
ball barely made it off the tee and stopped dead
at the 41 yard line. Everyone stood silently, unsure
what to do. Finally,
DiFrancesco picked up the ball and gave it to the
BROKEN IN 2013
Best kicking doubleplay with no help from the wind --
Phil Isaac, Roman, 2012
Against Malvern, in Wildwood, N.J., Isaac
hit a car parked across the street (north end of Maxwell
Field) with a PAT. His ensuing
kickoff landed on the back line of the end
zone. (There was very little wind. Plus, it was blowing
bay to ocean across the field.)
Biggest turnaround in a two-week period -- 105 points,
The Bears lost their opener to Emmaus,
40-0, then dismantled Edison, 65-0, in Week Two.
Largest point swing in just over one quarter -- 66, West
Catholic vs. Bonner
The Burrs trailed at halftime, 24-0, then
stormed to a 42-24 victory . . . and all 42 points were
scored in the first 13:42. Tailback
Greg White rushed for five TDs. The
other went to Shaquille James on a pass from
Shortest time span for three TDs by one team -- 33
seconds, Prep Charter vs. Roxborough
With 2:46 left in the first quarter,
Dian Volo scored on a 1-yard sneak. There was a
fumble on the kickoff and Ronald Stokes ran
it back 13 yards at 2:23. Roxborough's next
scrimmage play produced another fumble and Anthony
Wyche returned the ball 25
yards for a TD at 2:13.
BROKEN IN 2013
Most amazing lengths of first quarter and second half in
one game -- 46 and 32 minutes.
On the night when O'Hara beat
McDevitt, 57-7, the first quarter lasted 46 minutes.
O'Hara roared to a 40-0 lead in the first
10 minutes, 58 seconds, thanks to six
TDs and four PATs. The halftime score was 43-0. With the
mercy rule in effect, the
second half zipped by in 32 minutes.
O'Hara's first six TDs came on drives that required just
14 plays. Total distance of
the scores: 174.
Shortest time span for four scores -- 49 seconds.
The scores occurred early in
the second quarter of Prep Charterís 59-6 pasting of
Future -- a safety at 10:57 for PC; Anthony
Wyche returned the free kick for
a 64-yard TD at 10:45; Futureís Khalir Blount
returned the kickoff 78 yards for a TD at 10:31.
On the next scrimmage play, Wyche ran
48 yards for a TD at 10:08.
Most consecutive unplanned forfeit victories -- two, Lincoln
The Railsplitters topped Edison in
Week Five after there were too many eligibility
questions about those Owls attending Bracetti
and playing for Edison via a
cooperative sponsorship. That same week, the
Olney-Southern game was cut by a brawl. Four Olney
players were thrown off the team and
the principal decided to forfeit the Week Six game with
Most turnovers in game involving city's top-ranked teams
In Week Seven, No. 2 St. Joseph's
Prep beat No. 1 La Salle, 24-16. Each team committed six
turnovers, with three apiece of
interceptions and lost fumbles. For
Prep, John Reid (two) and Todd Jones
posted interceptions while Tim Rafter (two) and
Sherry recovered fumbles. Jones
returned his pick for a TD. For La Salle, Mike Eife,
Jimmy Herron and Trent Simmons
posted interceptions while
Mike Koller, Herron and Ryan Coonahan
recovered fumbles. Eife returned his pick for a TD.
Highest number of games involved in simultaneous endings
of streaks -- 43.
On Saturday night of Week Seven,
while losing to SJ Prep, 24-16, La Salle parted company
with a 21-game Catholic AAAA
winning streak (counting playoffs)
and Ryan beat Judge, 32-31, to leave behind a 22-game
losing streak in that same division.
Highest number of forfeits resulting from brawls in a
two-week period -- three.
In Week Six, Southern's 32-8 win over
Olney was halted with 7:50 left in the fourth quarter.
In Week Seven, Overbrook's 22-0
win over Bartram was halted with 2:05
left in the third quarter. Olney forfeited its next game
to Lincoln; it was determined
Southern's players had not only acted
inappropriately (only in defense mode). Overbrook (to
King) and Bartram (to Dobbins) also
forfeited their next games.
Most frustrating debut for a head coach -- Jim
In Week Seven, after serving
unofficially as co-coach through the first six games
with Mark Effendian (listed on School District
records as the head coach), Jim
Chapman took over and the Braves' 22-0 loss to Overbrook
was halted by a brawl with 2:05 left in
the third quarter. They also
forfeited their next game (to Dobbins).
Largest player to throw a pass and run for TDs (two) -- Mike McGlinchey,
Listed at 6-8, 275, McGlinchey, a
cousin of Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan, took a
direct snap in shotgun formation and whipped
a long incompletion on the
next-to-last play in the Quakers' 27-20 loss to Malvern.
The Notre Dame commit split time in this game
between tight end (four catches for
100 yards) and slotback. He then ran for one TD apiece
in games vs. SCH Academy and Gtn.
Academy to end the season.
"Shortest" interception TD -- minus 9 yards, Brandon
Chatmon, Imhotep Charter.
In Week Nine, Chatmon and two
teammates rushed Comm Tech quarterback Zaki Jamison on a
play that began at the 4. At the
very back of the end zone, just
before he stepped over the line, Jamison whipped a
shovel pass right into Chatmon's belly.
Chatmon gained possession just before
HE stepped over the line and he was credited with an
Most amazing quick burst of points -- 23 in 48 seconds,
Carroll vs. McDevitt.
Sal Bello passed 25 yards to
Christian Ritter, Evan Harvey returned an
interception 33 yards, Ryan Boornazian tackled
punter (bad snap) for a safety,
Steffen Ramondo returned the free kick (a kickoff)
65 yards and Max Frederick hit three PATs.
Biggest yardage difference between a team's kickoff
return TDs -- 46, Roman vs. Judge.
William Fuller returned the
opening kickoff 97 yards for a TD. Later, Chris Cruz
went 51 yards with an onside kick.
Only players in city postseason history to account for
TDs rushing/passing/receiving -- Bob Mahan, West
Catholic, 1962 City Title vs.
Southern; Jimmy Herron, La
Salle vs. Roman, AAAA semi.
Herron caught a 25-yard pass from
Chris Kane, threw a 68-yard pass to Mike Eife
and ran nine yards. (It was the second time in
2012 he accomplished the feat; also
vs. Ryan in regular season.)
Only line-playing brother combo to score 1-yard TDs --
Roman's Kerry and Collin Shields.
In 2010, Kerry rushed 1 yard for a TD
vs. Roxborough. Against that same opponent in 2012,
Collin, playing defense, picked up a
loose ball on the 1 and stepped into
the end zone for a TD.
Best record by members of one family in their senior
seasons -- 34-1, the Tracz family.
In 1973, Brian Tracz starred
at linebacker as O'Hara went 12-0. In '03, his son,
Brian, did likewise as SJ Prep matched that
record. In '12, David, Brian
Jr.'s cousin, starred at tackle as SJ Prep went 10-1.
(The lone loss came in OT, vs. La Salle, in the
Catholic AAAA final. That was game
No. 10. A Thanksgiving win over Malvern concluded the
Entries for 2013 . . .
Longest "non-rush" -- 95 yards,
Robert Hall, Future vs. Central, 8/30
The play began at
Future's 5. Ron Wade tried to pass, but the ball
was knocked free. Hall recovered it eight yards deep in
end zone and raced 108
yards for a TD. Officially, Wade was credited with one
carry for no yards while Hall netted 95 yards on
NO carry. (He also scored
on an 18-yard fumble return.)
. . . In Week Four, vs. Boys' Latin, Hall scored four
TDs -- in different
manners: rush, reception,
returns of kickoff and interception.
Most rushing yards in first game for new school -- 345,
Samir Bullock, Ryan vs. O'Hara, 8/31
In his first game for
Ryan, after transferring from Judge, Bullock carried 27
times for 345 yards and three TDs. The Raiders
posted just one other
yard (on a pass by Mark Ostaszewski, who went
Quickest two TDs by one team to start a game -- 19
seconds, Penn Charter vs. Fels, 9/7
returned the opening kickoff 77 yards for a TD. Fels'
Michael Turnage caught the ensuing kickoff on Fels'
began to backtrack while
being swarmed. The ball popped into the air. It was
caught on the 10 by Denarii Beard and he ran into
the end zone.
Craziest last play of a first half -- La Salle vs.
From O'Hara's 42, La
Salle QB Kyle Shurmur whipped one long into the
end zone. Thaddius Smith intercepted and tried to
uncork a return. TE
Charlie Hemcher, on the field for the first time all
might (though he'd lined in the slot), poked the ball
and WR Charles Headen
recovered for a TD.
Most exciting performance by an opponent in the moments
surrounding halftime -- Omar Truitt, St. John's
(D.C.) vs Roman, 9/14
On the next-to-last
scrimmage play of the first half, Truitt returned an
interception 98 yards for a TD. He then zoomed 95 yards
for another TD with the
Only team to record three interceptions in
consecutive-numbers order -- Roman vs. Bonner-Prendie,
The Cahillites' picks, in
order, were made by No. 1 (AJ Frazier), No. 2 (Dimetri
Kelly, for a 22-yard TD) and No. 3 (John
Chaney, for an
80-yard TD on the final play of the game).
Only team to register interception TDs on consecutive
scrimmage plays -- Gratz vs. Mastery North, 9/20
The first guy was
linebacker Jaylem Sanders and the distance was 21
yards. Next up was end Skylar Wilkerson, and he
covered 29 yards.
Elapsed time: 17 seconds.
Fewest yards gained by a guy who ran for three
TDs -- 3, Cedric Wright, Washington vs. Furness,
With the ball at the 1 three
different times, Washington's coaches opted for sneaks
and Wright powered the ball into the end zone.
He had no other carries. In
2011, Wright, then a sophomore, was Germantown's
season-long QB starter. It was Wright who
handed the ball to Will
Parks, the previous owner of this record (7 yards on
three TDs, vs. Northeast).
Most amazing very late comeback -- 27 points in final
3:15, Northeast vs. Fels, 9/27
The Vikings, trailing by 19-0,
got their first score with 3:15 left on Hakim Coles'
1-yard run. At 1:36, Natwan Curtis scored on
an 8-yard pass from Coles, who
then hit Gladimir Paul with the conversion pass.
At 0:33.8, Curtis scored on a 25-yard pass
from Coles and Tyler Gormley
hit the PAT. At 0:00, Brian Green scored on a
61-yard interception return, finalizing the score at
27-19. (Note: the TD passes
were Northeast's only completions of the game.)
Fewest games played on grass fields -- Three, Week Six
Incredibly, all 12 games
involving Pub teams were played on turf. (Two games
canceled due to forfeits -- Roxborough-Mastbaum
at Northeast; Imhotep/Del-Val
at Northwest Super Site -- also would have been played
on turf). Played on grass: Penn Charter at
Valley Forge MA, Episcopal at
Lawrenceville (NJ) and Judge vs. La Salle at Springfield
Most visits to the end zone in one game -- 11, Greg
White, West Catholic vs. Carroll, 10/12
White scored five TDs and added
three conversions in the Burrs' 50-21 win. He also lost
three TDs to penalties. The yardage on
the scores was 5, 13, 24, 9
(rushes) and 56 (reception). The conversions came on two
rushes and a conversion. Lost to flags were
a 96-yard kickoff return and
rushes of 43 and 62 yards. The Burrs did not score on
those three possessions, and those were the
only times their offense failed
Most penalty yards incurred by one team after setting up
for first and goal -- 50, McDevitt vs. Conwell-Egan,
"Only" 35 were marked off,
however, because of offsetting personal fouls. Here we
go: Stephen Leach ran for 3 yards to the 7;
Leach ran for 1 yard to the 6
but three dead ball personal fouls (two vs. McDevitt)
were called after a brief dustup, moving the
ball back to the 21; Max
Bryson passed for 18 yards to Vincent DiLeo,
but a hold in the vicinity of the tackle moved the ball
back to the 13; procedure
moved it back to the 18; Bryson hit Gary Meakim
for 15 yards to the 3; another procedure moved it
back to the 8; Brendan
Hanagan booted a 25-yard field goal.
Shortest time span for three TDs by one team -- 32
seconds, Southern vs. Fels in AAAA first-round playoff,
10/25 (breaking 33 by Prep Charter in 2012)
With 7:20 left in the third
quarter, Qazi Jones ran 20 yards for a TD. On
Fels' first scrimmage play, Michael Riley
fumble for a 42-yard score.
Jones recovered a fumble on Fels' next scrimmage play,
then Terrell Miles followed with a 20-yard
rush to the end zone.
Most passes batted down at/near the line of scrimmage by
one team -- 9, Haverford School vs. Gtn. Academy, 10/26
Niles Easley led the way
with three. Mike Gindhart posted two while
Mickey Kober, Eric Follman, Nick Helber
Sabia had one apiece.
Most consecutive first downs posted on pass interference
calls -- 3, Future vs. Olney, 10/31
In the fourth quarter, the
Firebirds gained first downs on three consecutive plays,
thanks to pass interference calls. Overall, they
gained four first downs via PI
and had just five total first downs for the game. Their
QBs combined to pass 0-for-9.
Craziest line of scrimmage penalty sequences on the same
day -- 2, Del-Val vs. Northeast and SJ Prep vs. La
In a non-league afternoon
game at Northeast, Del-Val was guilty of false starts
three straight times, pushing the ball from
the 5 to 2 1/2 to the 1
1/4 to the 22 1/2-inch line. At night, in the CL AAAA
final at P-W, SJ Prep was guilty of encroachment
on three straight plays.
The ball moved from the 2 to the 1 to the 1/2-yard line
to the 9-inch line.
Most impressive coming out party for a receiver --
Jordan Johnson, SCH Academy vs. Malvern, 11-9
Entering this game,
the Blue Devils' final game of the season, Johnson owned
one catch for three yards. He then exploded for
13 receptions for
240 yards (school record) and four TDs (tying the city
Most long-gain plays by one team ending at the 1-yard
line -- 4, Imhotep vs. West Catholic, 11/15
In the Class AA
City Title, the plays were passes from Andre Dreuitt-Parks
for 30 yards to Denniston "DJ" Moore (4-119),
29 to Naseir
Upshur and 45 to Moore, and a 21-yard run by Mike
Waters (125 total yards). TDs followed.
Most fair catches of kickoffs, team -- 4, King vs. Wood,
In the Class AAA
City Title, Delane Hart (3) and Michael Lynch
combined to set the record. Hart could have had four. He
dropped the ball on
one fair catch, but side judge Art "Chappy" Chapman
inadvertently blew his whistle. Wood kicked off
again and a
bouncing ball was covered by a King player. In this same
game, Hart (2-87) became the first Pub player to reach
yards in a season (1,073).
Shortest kickoff -- minus-4 yards,
King vs. Wood, 11/16
scored its lone TD late in the Class AAA City Title,
star QB Joseph Walker, also the kickoff man, tried an
barely hit the ball and it spun backward to his right,
where it was recovered by a teammate at the 36.
Most rushing yards over three consecutive games -- 955,
Troy Gallen, Malvern, 2013
The senior posted
372 vs. Episcopal, 333 vs. SCH Academy and 250 vs. SJ
Prep. He also racked up 107 yards for 1,062
(West Catholic's Curtis "Boonah" Brinkley had
rushed for 951 in 2003).
Most interceptions by a defensive end in one season --
6, John Nassib, Malvern, 2013
The 6-6, 255-pound
senior put his huge hands to good use, posting two picks
in one game and one apiece in four others.
Strangest play to end a game -- Gratz vs. Fels, 11/7/13
final play vs. Fels, down by 38-36, Gratz had the ball
on its own 27. A hook-and-lateral play was tried.
caught a pass from QB
on the 31 and latereled to Shyheed
Brown, who was
standing on the 21. Brown
backward to Al-Sulaimani, who was standing on the 3.
Al-Sulaimani threw another forward pass, which was
the ball hit
the ground, ending the play and the game. (Unaware that
a play-ending whistle had blown, Fels'
picked up the
loose ball and took it into the end zone, thinking he'd
scored a TD. Repeat: The play was dead. The game was
score was originally posted as 44-36 because DN statman
insisted he saw one of the refs signal a TD.
did not receive credit for two pass attempts on the
play, but that would have been legendary, right?
Only player to score twice on kickoff returns of
identical distances in the same game --
Wood vs. Berwick, 2013
In a Class
AAA state semifinal, Spahits scored twice on 75-yard
kickoff returns. (It's likely he is the only player to
kickoff returns of any distance in Catholic/Public
postseason history, and the only Catholic League player
to do so in
any game over
at least the last 35 seasons.)
Best late-season performance by a team
that should have been downtrodden -- Ryan, 2013
to Judge in Week Seven, the Raiders were eliminated from
playoff contention in Catholic AAAA. They finished the
season with a
4-0 run. Therein, they beat two teams -- Wood in AAA, SJ
Prep in AAAA -- that would go to on capture state
well as the Pub's AAAA runnerup (Washington).
Most return TDs in a carfeer -- 14,
two as a frosh, five as a junior and seven as a senior.
Breakdown: two apiece with kickoffs/fumbles, four with
and six with