FB Players of the Week, '02
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    Every Wednesday, we will name six Players of the Week in this space -- two apiece from Catholic, Public and Inter-Ac schools (one offense, one defense). We will take nominations through Tuesday night.
    We have a lot of fun on this site in other areas, but here it'll be all business. Goofy nominations won't be posted.
    We encourage coaches to make nominations, especially to make sure we are aware of special line play ("anonymous" is fine). Players can win just once through the regular season; everyone will again be eligible in the playoffs.
    Send nominations, with the reason you're nominating the player to silaryt@phillynews.com.
    As always, thanks for your interest/help. Also, thanks to Kevin Laukaitis for the suggestion.

    As you can imagine, maintaining this site requires large chunks of time. For that reason, we will NOT post e-mails after the fact concerning the Player of the Week choices, positive or negative. Of course, we will accept nominations each week. Once the results are posted, the nomination e-mails will be deleted. Performances by players in competitive games, and/or those considered upsets, will generally carry more weight. Thank you, Ted.


WEEK 15
PUBLIC LEAGUE
OVERALL
Arnold Mullins, Frankford, Rec.-DB
   Blocked a PAT, caught a conversion pass and made an interception as the Pioneers topped Washington, 14-6, for the championship.

THANKSGIVING (WEEK 14)
CATHOLIC LEAGUE
OFFENSE
Fred Estrada, Dougherty, G-T
   Ran 45 yards for a TD on a trick play to cap a 26-6 win over Olney, enabling the Cards to avert an 0-10 season.

Steve Sizer, SJ Prep, DB
   Made three interceptions as the Hawks muffled La Salle, capping a 13-0 season and extending their winning streak to 23 games.
PUBLIC LEAGUE
OFFENSE
Andre Pettus, West Phila., WR
  His first varsity TD came on a 52-yard reception with 1:20 left and gave the Speedboys a 12-6 win over Overbrook. 
DEFENSE

Sharif Nash, Frankford, DB
  Made two interceptions, knocked down four other passes and scored on a blocked-punt return as the Pioneers topped North
Catholic, 41-12, in the teams' 75th meeting.

WEEK 13
CATHOLIC LEAGUE
OFFENSE
Pat Kaiser, SJ Prep, RB-K
   Set city playoff records for rushing yardage (316) and points (32) as the Hawks downed Roman, 38-7, for Red title.
DEFENSE
Mike Cutone, Carroll, LB
   Made 10 tackles as the Patriots won their third consecutive Blue title, downing West Catholic, 22-7.

PUBLIC LEAGUE
OFFENSE
Joselito Cruz, Frankford, FB
   Ran for 103 yards on 13 carries as the Pioneers waffled Central, 53-6, in a quarterfinal. (At LB, also scored on a 58-yard
fumble return).
DEFENSE
Sean Kelly, Washington, NG
   The 5-4, 195-pound dynamo made six tackles, with a sack among them, as the Eagles muffled Gratz, 29-0, in a quarterfinal.

WEEK 12
CATHOLIC LEAGUE
OFFENSE
John "Byrd" Pendergast, Roman, K
    Converted a 29-yard field goal with 12.5 seconds left to trim La Salle, 9-6, and earn the Cahillites a spot in the Red title game. Also had a catch at WR.

DEFENSE
James "Big Rig" Roderick, Carroll, DL
    Made 11 tackles -- including all three on a late possession (with a sack mixed in) -- as the Patriots downed C-E, 21-14, to give themselves a chance for a Blue threepeat. (Also starred on offense with two TDs and 140 yards).

PUBLIC LEAGUE
OFFENSE
Akil Stokes, Germantown, WR
    Caught four TD passes, tying a city record, as the Bears swamped Southern, 45-8. The effort raised his season total to 12, a PL record.

DEFENSE
Leon "PoPo" Richardson, Central, LB

   Posted seven tackles (two for losses) and a late-game interception as the Lancers topped Bok, 23-14, in a quarterfinal. Also recovered a fumble.
INTER-AC LEAGUE
OVERALL
Ryan Regan, Malvern, LB

   While playing an unfamiliar position, he made an interception to set up a field goal and had a key, late-game sack as the Friars ended their season with a 24-21 win over Wyoming Seminary.

WEEK 11
CATHOLIC LEAGUE
OFFENSE
Johnny Ortiz, Roman, RB
    Carried 13 times for 212 yards and two TDs in a 42-20 Red playoff win over Ryan.
DEFENSE

Marques Slocum, Neumann, DL
    Made eight tackles and recovered a fumble, setting up a TD, as the Pirates topped McDevitt, 19-14, in a Blue playoff.

PUBLIC LEAGUE
OFFENSE
Tyree Watson, Gratz, RB
(special circumstances)
    Ran for 321 yards and five TDs as the Bulldogs jolted Central, 47-20, to earn a postseason appearance for the first time since 1955.

DEFENSE
Jose Perez, Mastbaum, NG
    Posted four sacks and one other tackle for a loss as the Panthers blanked King, 16-0, to earn a playoff spot for the 14th
consecutive season.

INTER-AC LEAGUE
OVERALL
Tony McDevitt, Penn Charter, RB-LB
(Special circumstances)
    Ran for 328 yards and four TDs and made a team-leading seven tackles as the Quakers dumped Germantown Academy, 35-21, to win the title.

WEEK 10
CATHOLIC LEAGUE
OFFENSE
(Special circumstances)
Curtis "Boonah" Brinkley, West Catholic, RB
   Topped 300 yards for the third time this season, with 337, and became the leading one-season rusher in city history, with 2,274, as the Burrs dumped McDevitt, 18-7. 
DEFENSE

Dan Concannon, Neumann, LB
   Made 11 tackles as the Pirates topped Conwell-Egan, 26-20, preventing the Eagles from winning the Blue regular season title.

PUBLIC LEAGUE
OFFENSE
Akeem "Feathers" Green, Bok, RB
   Rushed for a school record 223 yards and three TDs as the Wildcats topped Mastbaum, 20-10, to win the Div. D title.
DEFENSE
Dennis King, West Phila., DL
  His last of eight tackles stopped a Southern player inches short of the goal line on fourth down in OT and preserved the Speedboys' 3-0 win.   
INTER-AC LEAGUE

OFFENSE
Bryan Savage, Haverford School, QB
   Returned from a two-week absence (injury) to pass for 352 yards, most ever by an Inter-Ac QB, in a 34-18 loss to Blair (N.J.).
DEFENSE
Michael Meehan, Malvern
   Recovered two fumbles, participated in a sack for a safety and scored his first varsity TD on an interception return as the
Friars topped Gtn. Academy, 43-13.

WEEK NINE
CATHOLIC LEAGUE
OFFENSE
Jimmy Porreca, Neumann, RB
   Rushed 27 times for 110 yards and two TDs in a 16-14 win over Wood. Went over 1,000 yards. Carried just one time last season and tore the ACL in his left knee. (Also had seven tackles and a fumble recovery at safety in his second game of two-way duty.)
DEFENSE
Brian Tracz, SJ Prep, LB
   Made eight tackles (one sack, another for a loss) to help defeat O'Hara, where his father, Brian, was a star LB on a title team in 1973.

PUBLIC LEAGUE
OFFENSE
Omar McDonnaugh, Germantown, RB
   Carried 13 times for 118 yards and the winning TD as the Bears topped Gratz, 29-22. On the game-winning, 88-yard drive, he rushed on six of the seven plays, totaling 84 yards. He then added the conversion run. (Was also a terror at LB. Just ask him -- smile).
DEFENSE

Darrell Fincher, Franklin, DB
  Posted seven tackles and an interception as the Electrons shocked unbeaten Mastbaum, 12-6, in OT.

INTER-AC LEAGUE
OVERALL
Brian FitzPatrick, Episcopal, QB-DB-KR
   Came within four seconds of leading his team to an upset victory over Gtn. Academy. Was thrown in cold at QB after starter Garrett Wilson suffered a shoulder injury while playing defense a few minutes into the game.

WEEK EIGHT
CATHOLIC LEAGUE
OFFENSE
Andre Sloan-El, Roman, QB
   Engineered two long, fourth-quarter scoring drives and ran 21 yards for the winning TD as the Cahillites topped Ryan, 21-14, rallying from a 14-7 deficit.
DEFENSE
Chaz Scott, Carroll, DB
   Had two interceptions and broke up four passes as the Patriots knocked Conwell-Egan from the ranks of the perfect, 28-21. (Also scored three TDs and had 192 all-purpose yards.)

PUBLIC LEAGUE
OFFENSE
Larry Turner, Washington, RB
   Ran for 102 yards and two TDs in a 28-14 win at Central. (Had a 78-yard kickoff return TD negated by a penalty.)
DEFENSE
Robbie Spivey, Gratz, LB
   Made 16 tackles (10 solos) as the Bulldogs topped Roxborough, getting a third win within the first five games of a season for the first time since 1989.
INTER-AC LEAGUE
OVERALL
Jarrod Williams, Penn Charter, DL
   Returned a fumble for his first lifetime TD in a 40-7 win over Haverford School. Also blocked two punts (one full, one partial) and played on the o-line.

WEEK SEVEN
CATHOLIC LEAGUE
OFFENSE
Carl Peterson, Judge, WR
   Made six catches for 113 yards and two TDs as the Crusaders topped North Catholic, 22-6. It was his third 100-yard receiving game of the season.

DEFENSE (TIE)
Rob Biernat, Conwell-Egan, LB
   Made 17 tackles, recovered a fumble and blocked a PAT as the Eagles overtimed West Catholic, 13-6, to go to 6-0 for the first time since 1967.

PUBLIC LEAGUE
OFFENSE
Jalil Harris, West Phila., QB
   Passed 10-for-17 for 176 yards in a 21-8 win over University City.
DEFENSE
Justin Digby, Southern, LB
   Made 14 stops, including a sack and TFL, and recovered a fumble as the Rams topped Edison, 6-0, to snap a 14-game losing streak.
INTER-AC LEAGUE
OFFENSE
Mike Lamb, Episcopal, RB
   Rushed for 106 yards in a 27-12 win over Lawrenceville Prep, N.J.
DEFENSE
John Samuel, Penn Charter, LB

   Made six tackles and broke up three passes, including one on the final play of the game, as the Quakers topped Malvern, 21-14.

WEEK SIX
CATHOLIC LEAGUE
OFFENSE
Brian Donohoe, La Salle, RB
   Rushed 20 times in the second half (23-101 total) for two TDs in a 14-7 win over Bonner.

DEFENSE (TIE)
Matt Brazil, Conwell-Egan, DL
   Had a D-lineman's dream game in a 21-10 win over McDevitt --
sack, tackle for a loss, interception,
fumble recovery, forced  fumble.
Dan Molyneaux, Kennedy-Kenrick, NT
   Made three sacks worth 35 yards and had six tackles total as the Wolverines blanked Wood, 7-0, to end

the longest league losing streak (29 games) in CL history.
PUBLIC LEAGUE
OFFENSE
Khalif Boldin, Dobbins, RB
   Ran for two fourth quarter TDs of more than 60 yards as the Mustangs beat Frankford, 20-13, for the first
time in 26 tries since 1944.
DEFENSE
Lateef Ferguson, Dobbins, LB
   Made 14 tackles in that same game. His most impressive play came on fourth-and-short deep in Mustangs territory
late in the game, when he burst across the line and dropped the ballcarrier for a 1-yard loss.
INTER-AC LEAGUE
OVERALL
Justin Holiday, Gtn. Academy, WR-DB
   Had an interception and three catches for 53 yards in a 34-13 win over Lancaster Catholic.

WEEK FIVE
CATHOLIC LEAGUE
OFFENSE
Charlie Squitiere, Roman, WR
   Made six catches for 121 yards and two TDs in a 12-7 win over O'Hara.

DEFENSE
Chris Bakos, Ryan, DB
   Set up scores with an interception and a blocked punt as the Raiders, down 10-0 early, rallied to beat Judge, 27-20.
PUBLIC LEAGUE

OFFENSE
Jovan Pratt, Mastbaum, WR
   Made five catches for a school record 176 yards and three TDs in a 32-0 win over West Phila.
DEFENSE
Dallas Cummings, King, DE
   Recovered two fumbles and dished numerous hard hits as the Cougars downed Bok, 12-7.
INTER-AC LEAGUE
OFFENSE
Tyler Yerk, Gtn. Academy, RB
   Returning from a two-week break (concussion), he caught six passes for a school record 221 yards and four TDs

(tying a city record) in a 55-44 win over Hun, of Princeton, N.J. The effort helped Sean Grieve set the city mark for
TD passes (seven).
DEFENSE
Tony McDevitt, Penn Charter, LB
   Also returning from an injury, he had an interception and double-figure tackles in a 28-14 win over Interboro.

WEEK FOUR
CATHOLIC LEAGUE
OFFENSE
Steve Cook, O'Hara, RB
   In his first extended varsity appearance, he ran 14 times for 208 yards and two TDs in a 35-14 win over Judge.
DEFENSE
Robert Ramsey, West Catholic, DB
   Made nine tackles, recovered a fumble and helped hold star rusher James "Big Rig" Roderick to 28 yards as the Burrs surprised Carroll, 28-21. The Patriots had lost just one of their previous 29 games vs. CL opposition.
PUBLIC LEAGUE
OFFENSE
Darrell "D.J." Turner, Frankford, QB
   Passed 10-for-13 for 123 yards and a TD as the Pioneers topped Germantown, 38-32, in two OTs.
DEFENSE
Stanley Ebron, Northeast, RB
   We're providing a twist on the award. With 7 seconds left vs. Franklin, FB Mark Pasley was strugling for extra yardage when Jestin Brisbon stole the ball. Running roughly 70 yards, Ebron caught Brisbon from way behind at about the 1 and kept NE from suffering what would have been one of the all-time embarrassing losses.
INTER-AC LEAGUE
OFFENSE
Sean Grieve, Gtn. Academy, QB

   Passed for five TDs, one short of the city record, in a 38-30 win over Central.
DEFENSE
Sean Singletary, Penn Charter, DB
   Made three interceptions -- one went for a TD -- in a 28-12 win over Peddie Prep, of N.J.

WEEK THREE
CATHOLIC LEAGUE
OFFENSE
Curtis "Boonah" Brinkley, West Catholic, RB
   Rushed for 306 yards, raising his career total to 3,024, in a 32-29 win over Judge.
DEFENSE
Charron Fisher, Roman Catholic, DE
   Posted three sacks in a 37-14 win over Neumann.

INTER-AC LEAGUE
OVERALL
T.J Cascio, Malvern, RB-DE
   Rushed 13 times for 86 yards and four TDs in a 42-14 thumping of West Chester Henderson. Also had an early, tone-setting sack.

WEEK TWO
CATHOLIC LEAGUE
OFFENSE
Brian Mitchell, North Catholic, QB
   Accounted for 133 yards total offense (83 rushing, 50 passing) and all the points (three rushing TDs,

one PAT) in a 19-18 win over West Catholic. Also handled the punting chores.
DEFENSE
Mike Orman, Kennedy-Kenrick, LB
   Was dominant at inside linebacker and rumbled 42 yards for a TD with an interception as the Wolverines

topped Jenkintown, 28-0, for just their fifth win in the last 43 games.
INTER-AC LEAGUE
OFFENSE
Matt Ryan, Penn Charter, QB
   Passed for 93 yards and a TD, and scored on a keeper, as the Quakers topped O'Hara, 21-7.
DEFENSE
Joe Rosati, Episcopal, LB
   Made 11 tackles for the Churchmen in a 34-14, come-from-behind win over Neumann.

WEEK ONE

CATHOLIC LEAGUE
OFFENSE
Pat Kaiser, SJ Prep, RB
   Rushed 15 times for 141 yards and three TDs as the Hawklets spanked Central Bucks West, 27-7, giving the Bucks their worst loss since 1976. Also kicked three PAT.
DEFENSE
Matt Asciutto, Bonner, LB
   Made 12 tackles as the Friars blanked their next-door neighbor, Upper Darby, 6-0.