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   Every Wednesday, we will name six Players of the Week in this space -- two apiece from
Catholic and Public (offense, defense), one from Inter-Ac schools (overall) and a best performance
in defeat from any of the schools. We will take nominations through Tuesday night.
  
Also . . . no nominations for lines/groups of players. We name an Offensive Line of the Week
each Tuesday in the Daily News (from Week 3 forward) and the members of our Offensive Line
of the Season, to be picked in December, will receive T-shirts.

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GENERAL THANKSGIVING HEROES
John Antiskay, SJ Prep, LB
  As the Hawks jolted Malvern, 35-6, he opened the scoring with a 14-yard interception return
and went on to rack up 10 tackles. Among them: 2.5 sacks and three other TFLs. Also forced
a fumble.
Elijah Hardy, West Philly, RB
  Continues his bounce-back march from rough times. After playing for the Speedboys in 2011,
an ill-advised act caused him to be sent to Glen Mills. Earned his way back to West three-plus
weeks ago and made his 2012 debut on Turkey Day vs. Overbrook. Result? Carried 17 times
for 115 yards and the winning TD, in OT, as West prevailed, 12-6.
Jovan Matthews, Prep Charter, RB-Rover
  In a 44-12 win over Furness, he rushed for 154 yards and two TDs on 15 carries and sparkled
on defense by making five tackles behind the line.
James Johnson, Mastery North, QB
  Accounted for 256 yards total offense as the Pumas surprised Gratz, 34-26, after dropping the
teams' previous two meetings this season. Passed 12-for-24 for 199 yards and three TDs while
adding 57 yards on 12 carries.
Robert Hall, University City, FB-LB
  Tied the game vs. Mastbaum at 28-28 on a 28-yard fumble return
(stripped ball from a receiver)
with 0:46 showing in regulation, then ran 3 yards for the winning score in the second part of OT.
Hall also tallied on a 1-yard fumble return and ran 19 times for 99 yards.

WEEK 12
(Just Two Honorees; Limited Schedule)

OFFENSE
Tyrone Barge, Imhotep, G

  His blocking work, as the Panthers' only two-way starter, helped David Williams rush for
191 yards and two TDs in a 40-8 win over West Catholic that yielded the Class AA City Title.
(Also returned a fumble 60 yards for a TD).
DEFENSE
Josh Messina, Wood, LB

  In just over one half of action, he totaled 14 tackles, forced a fumble and made an interception
as the Vikings bested Bok, 49-28, for the Class AAA City Title. (Also ran for a score.)

WEEK 11

CATHOLIC LEAGUE
Offense
Sean Coleman, La Salle, WR
  Established new city playoff records for catches (14) and TDs (four) as the Explorers topped SJ
Prep, 28-27, for their fifth consecutive AAAA title.
Defense
Zaire Franklin, La Salle, LB
  Made a minimum 14 tackles and set a great pregame tone in the aforementioned win. He recorded
four TFLs along with two no-gain stops and on five more plays the gain was no more than three yards.
PUBLIC LEAGUE
Offense
David Williams, Imhotep, RB
  Played a Central role -- with 16 carries for 180 yards and two TDs -- as the Panthers rolled past
Prep Charter, 32-7, in a subregional semi and broke the Pub record (486, formerly 454) for points
in one season.
Defense
Marquise Poston, Frankford, LB
  Made three huge plays as the Pioneers bested Washington, 30-16, for the AAAA crown -- turned a
midair fumble recovery into a 12-yard TD; hustled downfield to down a late punt at the 1; followed
with an interception at Washington's 10. Though Poston dropped the ball, Anthony Wright-Downing
picked it up at the 5 and strolled into the end zone for the clinching TD.
INTER-AC LEAGUE
Evan Butts, Episcopal, TE-DE
  Caught a TD pass and made 11 tackles as the Churchmen quelled Haverford School, 21-14, to
finish with a record as gaudy as 10-0 for the first time in school history.
BEST PERFORMANCE IN DEFEAT
Olamide Zaccheaus, SJ Prep, RB-KR
  Scored three TDs in as many manners -- rush, catch, 90-yard kickoff return -- in the Hawks' 28-27
overtime setback vs. La Salle in the Catholic AAAA final.

WEEK 10

CATHOLIC LEAGUE
Offense
Jimmy Herron, La Salle, WR-RB-QB
  Became the first player in city postseason history to account for TDs via rushing, receiving
and passing -- plus, he generated 250 yards -- as the Explorers topped Roman, 42-13, in a
AAAA semi. (Second time he achieved the special three-pack this season.)
Defense
Joe Smith, Bonner-Prendie, T
  Accumulated 10 tackles, with a sack among them, as the Friars topped Lansdale, 28-0, in
a AAA semi.
PUBLIC LEAGUE
Offense
Quinton Ellis, Frankford, RB
  Through Week Nine, his best rushing output had been 43 yards. But in a AAAA semi vs.
Northeast, he exploded for 172 yards and three TDs on 17 carries to pace a 35-15 victory.
Defense
Nydair Rouse, Gratz, CB
  Made nine tackles and became just the third player in city history to post two pick-sixes in
a playoff game (47 and 84 yards) as the Bulldogs bested Mastery North, 36-12, in a AAA
semi, thus claiming a 10th win for the first time in school history; program began in 1929.
(Also posted a receiving TD.)
INTER-AC LEAGUE
Chris Morgan, Haverford School, WR-DB
  Contributed 128 yards of rushing/receiving, one TD and two interceptions to a 14-13 win
over Malvern.
BEST PERFORMANCE IN DEFEAT
Mark Ostaszewski, Ryan, QB-DB
  Generated 176 yards of rushing/passing and scored the Raiders' lone TD in a 29-6 setback
to SJ Prep in a Catholic AAAA semi. Also had an interception.

WEEK NINE

CATHOLIC LEAGUE
Offense
Andrew Guckin, Wood, RB

  Exploded for 345 yards and six TDs on 20 carries to pace the Vikings past Bonner-Prendergast, 56-35.
Defense
James Ward, Lansdale, DB

  Notched one interception and uncorked a vicious hit to prevent a completion, at exactly the right
moment, to help the Crusaders roar back from a 21-point deficit and beat O'Hara, 33-28. (Also scored
three TDs on offense.)
PUBLIC LEAGUE
Offense
Davone Cornish, Gratz, QB
  Passed 8-for-12 for 177 yards and three TDs as the Bulldogs roared past Boys' Latin, 62-34, to claim
the AAA regular season title at 9-0.
Defense
Brandon Chatmon, Imhotep, LB
  Made seven tackles and set a city record for "shortest" interception TD -- minus-nine yards (he caught
a desperation shovel pass at the very back end of the end zone -- as the Panthers clipped Comm Tech,
41-8, in a AA semi.
INTER-AC LEAGUE
Forrest Rall, SCH Academy, RB
  Rolled to 161 yards and three TDs on 27 carries to pace the Blue Devils/Hillers past Germantown
Academy, 28-14.
BEST PERFORMANCE IN DEFEAT
Antwain McCollum, West Catholic, QB
  In the Burrs' 28-26 loss to La Salle, he passed 20-for-34 for 342 yards and two TDs.

WEEK EIGHT

CATHOLIC LEAGUE
Offense
Dan McLaughlin, Conwell-Egan, RB
  Posted 131 yards and two TDs on 18 carries as the Eagles dumped McDevitt, 28-6.
Defense
Nolan Cummings, O'Hara, LB

  Made seven tackles, blocked a field goal attempt and forced a fumble in the goal line's
shadow to lead the Lions past arch-rival Bonner-Prendie, 9-7.
PUBLIC LEAGUE
Offense
Miguel Sanchez, Lincoln, QB
  Passed 8-for-14 for 246 yards and four TDs as the Railsplitters bested Mastbaum, 32-28,
to earn a AAAA playoff spot.
Defense
Jermaine Norris, Mastery North, DB
  Recovered a fumble, picked off a pass, broke up two others and hustled for seven tackles
(five solos) as the Pumas topped Bok, 18-8, giving the Wildcats a second consecutive loss
for the first time since 2001.
INTER-AC LEAGUE
Aron Morgan, Haverford School, K
  This 4-year performer hammered two field goals, including a 48-yarder, to lift the Fords
past Germantown Academy, 20-14.
BEST PERFORMANCE IN DEFEAT
Mike McGlinchey, Penn Charter, TE/H-back/DL

  In just his second appearance as a non-tackle, he turned four catches into 100 yards to help
his cousin, Pat McCain, pass for 275 yards in a 27-20 setback vs. Malvern. Also blocked
well as an H-back and made three stops behind the line.

WEEK SEVEN

CATHOLIC LEAGUE
Offense
Michael Keir, Roman, QB
  Passed 12-for-17 for 234 yards and two TDs, while also adding a rushing score, as the Cahillites
overcame a 20-point deficit to tame O'Hara, 39-34.
Defense
Todd Jones, SJ Prep, LB

  Made eight tackles and returned an interception for a 51-yard TD in the Hawks' 24-16 triumph
over La Salle.
PUBLIC LEAGUE
Offense
Devon Dillard, Northeast, WR
  Turned five catches into 129 yards and two TDs, including the difference-maker in OT, as the
Vikings topped Germantown, 20-12. (Also hustled for three interceptions.)
Defense
Asa Manley, Prep Charter, CB
  Tied the city record with four interceptions and returned two for TDs (50 and 53 yards) as the
Huskies rolled past Comm Tech, 37-0.
INTER-AC LEAGUE
Adam Strouss, Episcopal, QB
  Accumulated for 239 yards total offense and three TDs (on rushes) as the Churchmen rolled to
6-0 by topping Penn Charter, 28-7.
BEST PERFORMANCE IN DEFEAT
Hakeem Ellis, Central, RB-LB

  Notched 102 yards and one TD on just eight carries while adding two interceptions in the Lancers'
21-14 setback vs. Frankford.

WEEK SIX

CATHOLIC LEAGUE
Offense
Chris Kane, La Salle, QB
  Continued a string of impressive performances by passing 15-for-20 for 238 yards (11.9 per attempt)
and four TDs in a 35-7 victory vs. Judge.
Michael Ockimey, Bonner-Prendie, DB
  Soared for two interceptions in a 29-8 triumph over Lansdale and one was converted into a 77-yard
TD. (Also had a TD catch.)
PUBLIC LEAGUE
Offense
Wayne Brunson, Southern, RB
  Rushed for a school record 207 yards, added 32 yards through the air and rang up 26 points as the
Rams stormed past Olney, 32-8, in a game cut short by a major brawl.
Defense
Vittorio "Vito" Goggins, Bok, DE

  Notched two sacks, one other TFL,
two tackles for no gain and a fumble recovery 34 yards
in the Wildcats' 30-6 dismissal of Franklin. (Also rushed for a TD and was a terrific lead
blocked at fullback.)
INTER-AC LEAGUE
Trevon Morris, Malvern, LB
  Was quite impressive in his first varsity start as the Friars dumped Upper Darby, 40-20. From his
linebacking spot, and as a special-team whiz, he totaled 14 tackles. Two were made behind the line.
BEST PERFORMANCE IN DEFEAT
Elijah Clark, Bartram, LB
  Hustled for nine tackles in the Braves' 12-6 setback vs. Mastery North. Six were solos and two
were made behind the line. (Also posted a rushing TD.)

WEEK FIVE

CATHOLIC LEAGUE
Offense
Ryan Mackiewicz, Judge, QB
  Passed 10-for-15 for 216 yards and one TD, and rushed for 76 yards, including the decisive
score, as the Crusaders topped Bonner-Prendergast, 25-14.
Defense
John Reid, SJ Prep, DB
  Held Notre Dame commit William Fuller to his lowest receiving yards total of the season and
recovered a fumble for a TD as the Hawks rolled past Roman, 37-7.
PUBLIC LEAGUE
Offense
Daquan Bohannan, Northeast, QB
  Racked up 328 yards and five passing TDs, while going 16-for-23, thus powering the Vikings
past Fels, 43-20.
Defense
Ben Coulibaly, Boys' Latin, DB
  Made three interceptions and returned one for a 56-yard TD as the Warriors topped West, 36-8.
INTER-AC LEAGUE
Eric Neefe, Penn Charter, RB
  Turned 27 carries into 208 yards -- his second consecutive 200-yard performance -- as the
Quakers bested Peddie (NJ), 33-8.
BEST PERFORMANCE IN DEFEAT
Jim Haley, Bonner-Prendergast, QB

  Accounted for 351 yards total offense -- 198 rushing (two TDs), 153 passing -- in the Friars'
25-24 setback vs. Judge.

WEEK FOUR

CATHOLIC LEAGUE
Offense
Thaddius Smith, O'Hara, RB-SB
  Tied the city record for TD catches, with four, as the Lions rolled past Carroll, 56-20. His seven
catches yielded 157 yards and he added 74 yards (along with a fifth TD) on seven carries.
Defense
John Berthcsi, Wood, DB
  Hustled for 10 tackles and recovered a fumble in the Vikings' 27-6 triumph over West Catholic.
PUBLIC LEAGUE
Offense
Tim DiGiorgio, Frankford, QB
  Passed 13-for-23 for 227 yards and one TD in the Pioneers' 27-6 win over Northeast, almost
certainly becoming the first guy in city history to reach 3,000 career yards in just 15 games.
Defense
Brian "Hit Stick" Harvey, Franklin, LB/DB
  This 5-6, 150-pound frosh hustled for nine tackles and forced a fumble as the Electrons topped
Bartram, 38-16. His tackles total included seven solos and two sacks.
INTER-AC LEAGUE
Hayes Nolte, Germantown Academy, QB
  Completed 11 of 20 passes for 182 yards and one TD as the Patriots topped Peddie (NJ), 21-0,
thus starting a season 2-0 for the first time since 2003.
BEST PERFORMANCE IN DEFEAT
David Pulliam, Northeast, OLB
  Made six tackles behind the line in the Vikings' 27-6 setback vs. Frankford. Four were sacks (for
26 yards) and two more were TFLs (for 13 yards). Those 39 yards were 11 more than the Vikings'
running game produced.

WEEK THREE

CATHOLIC LEAGUE
Offense
Greg White, West Catholic, RB
  Ran for 193 yards and five TDs (all in the second half) as the Burrs stormed back from a 24-0
halftime deficit to stun Bonner-Prendergast, 42-24.
Defense
Anthony Roakes, Wood, CB
  Made four tackles and broke up three passes -- against a much taller receiver -- as the Vikings topped
Frankford, 35-6. Also notched punt returns of 33 and 37 yards and a 45-yarder wiped out by penalty.
PUBLIC LEAGUE
Offense
Rashan "Twin One" Cade and Rasheed "Twin Two" Cade, Del-Val, QB and WR
  Double trouble, folks. As the Warriors surprised Carroll, 28-17, TO passed 5-for-7 for 149 yards and
two TDs while TT posted three snags for 113 yards and one score.
Defense
Saeed Sheard, Gratz, E
  As the Bulldogs edged Overbrook, 22-16, in three OTs, he mixed five tackles behind the line with two
fumble recoveries. (Also performed double duty as a rhino blocker on offense.)
INTER-AC LEAGUE
Matt Galambos, Haverford School, RB-LB
  Due to a teammate's injury, Matt was shifted to tailback. All he did was produce 206 yards and one TD
on 19 carries in a 20-13 success vs. Lawrenceville (NJ).
BEST PERFORMANCE IN DEFEAT
Kadir Chisholm, Olney, QB
  In just his second QB appearance, he broke the school record for one-game yardage (223) in the Trojans'
35-18 loss to Conwell-Egan. Went 10-for-26 and logged three TDs.
 

WEEK TWO

CATHOLIC LEAGUE
Offense
Jeremiah Agrio, Ryan, RB
  Toughed out 150 yards on 33 carries as the Raiders bested Wissahickon, 29-21. His TD output? Three.
Defense
Kevin Sabo, Lansdale, OLB
  Scrambled for 10 tackles as the Crusaders topped Upper Merion, 38-14. His two biggest stops came on
fourth and short, preventing first downs. (Also carried 17 times for 68 yards and two TDs.)
PUBLIC LEAGUE
Offense
Antoine Whitney, Bok, WR-KR-PR
  In the Wildcats' 22-14 OT success vs. Overbrook, he finished with four catches for 98 yards and one TD
while his overall output featured 166 yards on six touches.
Defense
Qaadir James, Future, LB-FS
  His performance in a 16-6 win over Southern included seven total tackles, one sack, one fumble recovery
and an interception.
INTER-AC LEAGUE
Daryl Worley, Penn Charter, WR-DB
  Logged three interceptions, one TD-saving tackle and a reception score as the Quakers deflated Fels, 30-0.
BEST PERFORMANCE IN DEFEAT
Tymere Wilder, McDevitt, WR
  Converted four catches into 135 yards and two TDs in the Lancers' 35-28 loss vs. Cheltenham.
10 broken tackles.

WEEK ONE

CATHOLIC LEAGUE
Offense
Sal Bello, Carroll, QB
  Passed for 173 yards and two TDs in a 22-21 win over Radnor. Oh, he also collected 99 yards and one score on the ground.
Defense
Nick Moriconi, O'Hara, LB
  Hustled for 11 tackles in the Lions' 13-7 triumph over Ryan. Two resulted in losses. Also posted a pilfer.
PUBLIC LEAGUE
Offense
Diquan Gilbert, Comm Tech, RB
  Needed just eight carries to ring up 145 yards and one TD in a 38-12 win over Bristol. Also caught a 40-yard scoring pass and
tacked on a conversion run.
Defense
Durell Dixon, Lincoln, DB

  Hustled for two interceptions in the Railsplitters' 13-7 setback vs. Truman, and he returned one of those for a touchdown.
INTER-AC LEAGUE
Ryan Ammerman, Malvern, TE
  Posted 142 yards and one TD on five receptions in the Friars' 28-27 loss to Roman.
BEST PERFORMANCE IN DEFEAT
Armani Fuller-Williams, Mastery North, RB
  Carried nine times for 134 yards and all three of his team's TDs in a 20-18 loss to Boys' Latin.