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                                                         Football 2009

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  Mark "Frog" Carfagno is yet another of our trusty statisticians/observers. He's fun to be around and very thorough. He's also loyal to the schools in South and Southwest Philly, but if you're from someplace else and can play, he'll admit it.
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MAY 13
Non-Public 16, Public 15   
How often in a High School football game, yet alone an All-Star game, will the kicker score the most points? About as often as a team comes from a 0-3 deficit in a playoff series. Congratulations to kicker Will Huff of Neumann-Goretti, who was named offensive MVP for the Non-Pub in an exciting contest held at Lincoln Financial Field. Huff was perfect on all three of his field goal attempts. They went for 27, 28 and 33 yards. He also nailed his only PAT kick to bring his point total to a game high 10. Huff  booted his initial 3 pointer with 1:51 to go in the first quarter. The Non-Pub squad started a 14 play drive from their own 13 yard line but was halted just inside the Pub 10 when Father Judge scatback Curt Wortham couldn’t shake free for a first down after grabbing an 8 yard pass from West Catholic’s Jarred Evans. Wortham was indeed a worthy MVP candidate, rushing for 115 yards on 21 carries. The Non-Pub would make it 6-0 courtesy of a Huff 28 yard kick. The 11-play drive was highlighted by a 16-yard completion from Calvary Christian’s Mike Reichenbach to SJ Prep’s Pete Hurley. The Pub answered right back when Northeast’s Malik Stokes completed his only pass of the evening on three tries, a 77-yard TD  to Germantown’s Ramadan Abdullah.  Central’s Joe Guarnieri PAT gave the Pub a brief 7-6 advantage with just under 5 minutes to go in the second quarter. Huff completed his 3 point scoring and closed out the first half arithmetic by punching a 33 yard field goal with 1:14 showing before intermission. After a nice return of 23 yards by Northeast’s Tyleel Taylor put the ball near midfield, two Stokes passes fell short and the Pub entered their locker room trailing, 9-7. An early third quarter turnover by the Non-Pub gift wrapped a Pub TD. Roxborough’s Kwame Bell recovered a fumble on the Non-Pub one yard line. University City’s Tyriuq “Pop Tart” Gordon ran it in from there and Abdullah completed a 2-point conversion pass to Central’s Siddiq Cornish as the Pub took the lead 15-9 at the 10:21 mark of the third stanza. Wortham would factor in the evening’s most critical excursion. The Non-Pub would mount an 82-yard, 11-play drive as the little man from Judge accumulated almost half of the yards running 7 times for 40 yards. Evans completed 3 passes on the series, 11 yards to both North Catholic’s Julian Huggins and the Prep’s Bobby D’Orazio and a huge TD strike of 17 yards to Hurley to tie the game before Huff added the game winning PAT with 2:15 to go in the third quarter. Led by George Washington QB Aaron Wilmer the Pub would penetrate Non-Pub terrain several times but strong defense from the Non-Pub’s defensive MVP, North Catholic’s David Williams, disrupted any Pub scoring chance. Williams would throw Dobbins’ RB Karon James for a  loss late in the game at the Non-Pub 28 and then force Wilmer to throw an incomplete pass with just over a minute to play. The Non-Pub when then take 3 kneel downs before Huff punted 35 yards where the Pub would have one last chance from the 50 yard line with time for just one final play. Wilmer threw downfield along the right sideline to Northeast’s Erick Brundidge, where he was tackled by a host of Non- Pub’s at the 23 as time expired.
  ALL-STAR NOTES: Evans passed 8 for 11 for 94 yards. He threw one interception, which was picked by Frankford’s Taron Mills. Wilmer tossed 7-17- 75 and ran 7-60. Brundidge caught 3 passes for 48 yards. Taylor returned 3 balls for 59 yards. Zaire Anderson from Frankford was the Pub defensive MVP. He recorded 13 tackles, including a sack and 2 TFLs. Abdullah was the Pub’s offensive MVP. Sportsmanship awards went to the Pub’s Al-Hajj Shabazz of John Bartram and the Non-Pub’s Brendan Plunkett from Chestnut Hill Academy. Bok’s Jacqual Dobbs had 8 tackles with a sack and 2 TFL’s. Huff punted 3 times for an average of 38.3 yards. Huff is considered a legitimate Division 1 kicker by some experts. Cardinal Dougherty’s Hovard Harrison, West Catholic’s John Ruppert and Plunkett all registered 5 tackles and a TFL for the Non-Pub. North Catholic’s Eugene Byrd ran 11-60.

DEC. 20
  Well, it may be time to join the other side. Put that pigskin in the air, baby. It doesn’t matter what the score is . . . 30, 40, 50, or 60 to nothing. Yeah, man, give it a nice long heave. No time to feel sorry for the other guy. Just throw it!  Just throw it! Yes, that’s the consensus I got after talking to some of the teams and coaches who were victimized. Most of you who know me know that this has been a major pet peeve of mine. I’ve been critical of the coaches who order it and also very consistent since I’ve been reporting on this site. In fact, I’ve even blasted some of my coaching FRIENDS that have done it. Even as a kid I remember attending a CYO game and not realizing until a friend of mine said to me, “Frog, do you know that you just cursed out loud to make your point?” No I didn’t. The words just came out. Yes, I was embarrassed but my stand on the issue has never changed. You do not show up your opponent. That’s what my father taught me and all the coaches that I have ever played -- well tried to play for [smile] -- instilled in my brain. So why change now? According to the teams that were the victims, it’s basically the old theory of; what goes around comes around. Or as my mom used to say; “Son, every dog has its day.” I guess since the advent of the run and shoot, spread, shotgun, pistol and wildcat offenses, the pass has become a predominant play.  Some of the scores at the high school level are off the charts. Not just in Philly, but all across the country. What in the name of Vince Lombardi is going on here? The fact of the matter is, it's going on and I’d like to know how you feel about it. So let’s hear from the coaches, players, students, parents or just average football fan. What do you think? Is there point in the game where one should say, “All right, enough is enough?" Or do you just continue the game plan until the clock expires. Just remember a few things. When a ball goes up in the air it must come down for a landing. Well, remember the Hindenburg. And finally there must be plenty of carpet removers among us since the only thing that should be “rolled up” is a wet carpet. I guess you can call me old school.  Happy Holidays.

NOV. 26
Neumann Goretti 12, Southern 8
The Rams posted their only score early in the first quarter when Sean Allen picked off an Anthony Mastrando pass at the Southern 48 and raced untouched for the 52 yard TD. Allen caught the 2 point conversion pass from QB Shaquille Gaskins for a quick 8 to zip lead. Ironically the pick came immediately after Mastrando had intercepted a Gaskins pass. The Saints would come right back as they marched 60 yards on 9 plays capped by a 24 yard Mastrando run with 3:52 left in the first quarter. Standout kicker Will Huff was wide on the extra point attempt. Huff also showed off his punting skills booting 3 times for a 41.3 average. After both teams exchanged punts the Rams had the ball first and ten from their own 18 early in the second quarter. On first down the athletic Gaskins sprinted around the right side into N-G territory but the play was wiped out because of a holding penalty. In fact the yellow flag hurt the Rams all morning resulting into 10 penalties totaling 75 yards. The Saints threatened midway through the second quarter but Mastrando was picked off again, this time by Ken Johnson in the end zone.  Johnson would hijack another Mastrando toss later in the contest. Along with Johnson and Allen, Gaskins joined the South Philly pick parade. Mastrando threw 8 times and completed 3 for 89 yards. Employing two QB’s, Mastrando’s teammate Mark Stinsman aired 4 -8-51. Snatching the passes was: Louis Coles 2-35, Jesse Kinsey 3-37, Eric Neill 1-22 and John Snyder 1-46. Snyder’s catch was made on the Saints winning drive. As did Mastrando, Stinsman also had a Saints pick. Come to think of it, has there ever been a game where three participating Quarterbacks all made interceptions in the same game? Led by their Middle Linebacker Stanley "Buddy" Visack 10 tackles, 5 solo, 2 losses, the Saints gave Gaskins and his squad fits all morning. They held the Rams to just 4 first downs and 93 yards of total offense. Southern rushed [30-64] while Gaskins passed 2-13-2-29 yards. Chris Coffie caught one ball for 29 and Allen snagged one for zero yards. Still trailing 8-6 the Saints began their winning drive from their own 15 with 4:22 showing on the fourth quarter time piece. After a Stinsman incomplete pass on first down Mastrando hit Snyder for 46 yards moving the ball into Ram territory at the Southern 39. With 3:28 to go the Rams went offside as N-G now operated from the 34. Pat Balmores [15-70] picked up a first down after gaining 7 yards to the Ram 27. Following a Faheem Williams rush of minus 3 yards Stinsman hit Kinsey for an 11 yard gain to the 19 with 2:37 to go. Mastrando, Balmores and Sinclair Whiteman then produced 8 yards on 4 runs surrounded by a timeout. Now stopping the clock for a second time the Saints faced a third and 6 from the 11. Balmores then came up huge when he bulldozed ahead for 8 big time yards and a Saint first down to the 3 yard line. The Saints called time again with 1:09 showing on the clock. Williams then gained 2 and Balmores finished the job from the one giving the Saints their TD with just 42.9 seconds remaining. The Rams needed a miracle at this point as they had no timeouts left. The clock finally expired after Gaskins was taken down by Benedict Coppola at the Saints 42. Coppola and Salvatore Di Francesco combined to sack Gaskins at the Ram 42 prior to him spiking the ball with 3.8 seconds to go.  Gaskins last sprint produced 16 yards when Coppola caught him.  Helping out Visack on the defensive side of the ball were: Coppola 8-4-1- ½  sack pass bat down, Di Francesco 6-3-1- ½ sack, Kinsey 5-3, Chad McPherson 5-3-1, Shane Thomas 4-2-hurry and Eric Holt 4-2-2 pass def.  The Southern defense was paced by Laquan Sims 11-7-2-sack, Tyree Parks 9-6-3/ 2 sacks, Terrell Wilkinson 9-5-3/sack fumble recovery, Richard White 8-5-2 sacks, Donavan Wilson 6-3 and Andrew Auer 5-3. Anthony Mitchell claimed a sack and Allen a sack and a TFL.

First Downs: N-G 13, SP 4. Rushes- Yards N-G 40-84, SP 30-64 
Passing Yards: N-G 140, SP 29. Total Offense: N-G 223, SP 93.
Comp-Att-Int. N-G 7-16-4  SP 2-13-2. Return Yards N-G 54, SP 110
Punts-Avg. N-G 3-41.3  SP 6- 29.6. Fumbles Lost N-G 1, SP 0.
Penalties-Yards: N-G 5-50.  SP 10- 75.

NOV. 25
Furness 20, Comm. Tech 0  
The Falcons scored quickly when head coach Anthony Pastore called for a Sharif Smith [13-88] halfback pass on the games first play from scrimmage. Smith’s toss was laid out perfectly to a wide open Ryan Johnson for a 59 yard TD strike. QB Anthony Ings ran for the PAT and an 8-0 Furness lead with 11:40 showing on the first quarter clock. Incredibly Smith’s pass would be the only one thrown all day by the Falcons. Smith would impact again, when he blocked a Comm. Tech punt at the Tech 23 after the Phoenix went three and out. Four plays later Ings scored from the 6 putting the 2 Street squad ahead 14-0 midway through the initial stanza. The Phoenix threatened late in the second quarter but their drive stalled when Rolando Ransom [32-77] was denied on a fourth and one at the Falcon 33. The final TD arrived with 7:02 left in the third via an Ings one yard sneak. After Tech’s Shaneal Lovett recovered a Falcon fumble at the Furness 46 the Southwest Philly gangs sideline became alive as little man Ransom ran 4 straight times putting the pigskin on the 29 yard line. Unfortunately the Phoenix would go backwards from there with the big play being a Ransom stop of minus 5 yards by the Falcons Victor Pastore and Chaz Slaughter on third down as the third quarter closed. The Phoenix who dressed 22 just players would never enter the red zone the entire game. Robert Jenkins led the Furness defense with 10 tackles, 6 solo and 1 for a loss. Jenkins also recovered a fumble. Pastore 8-4, John Glenn 7-4-1-fumble recovery, Kevin Hayes 7-6-3-force fumble, Devin Walker 6-3 and Dontay Holder, Smith and Nadim Harris all 5, aided Jenkins. Peter Ly had a TFL. The resilient Ransom paced the Phoenix defense with 9-6-2-ff. William Bates 8-5, Kyle Quinn 6-3-1, Lovett 6-3-1, Kareem Robinson 5-2 and William Dennis 5-3-1 also pitched in. Falcon coach Pastore said that this games ends a nine-year run of coaching his son Victor. There was a brief interruption when Victor played his freshman year at Cardinal O’Hara. The father and son duo have been together since Victor donned his spikes in the fourth grade. In what I thought was a nice touch the older Pastore allowed his son to run the ball 5 consecutive times as time expired. For the day Victor ran 8 times for 31 yards. The All-Public player hopes to attend West Chester University and try out as a walk-on. Here’s wishing him all of the best.

NOV. 14
Bok 42, Lower Moreland 0
On Bok’s first play from scrimmage QB Andre Frazier fumbled the ball and it was recovered by Lower Moreland at the Bok 46. The Lions couldn’t take advantage of the miscue as they were forced to punt after retreating back 4 yards to midfield after 3 running plays. Bok’s Manny Gregory blocked Jeff Mermeisten’s punt giving his Wildcats the ball on the Lions 42.  Bok struggled on this possession and was forced to punt themselves after a 3 and out. Walravens Daniel 37 yard punt was downed at the LM 3. The Lions managed 2 first downs before QB Frank Gleason was stripped of the ball by Marqui Alfriend where it was pounced on by teammate Kevin Thompson at the Lion 19. On first down Khalil Neal gained 2 yards and Faison Perry netted 5 on second down. Facing a third and three from the 12, Bok head coach Tom DeFelice called a timeout with 2:23 showing on the first quarter clock. DeFelice went with “old reliable”, a QB keeper and Frazier moved the pigskin to the 3 for the first down. On second and goal Neal busted in from the 2 putting the ‘Cats on top. The PAT run was unsuccessful and Bok’s lead was 6-0. Bok again forced the Lions to punt on their next possession and took over at their own 37 yard line. The Men from Mifflin Street moved the ball to the Lion 32 however DeFelice called for a Daniel punt on fourth and 5. It turned out to be the right call when Gregory tipped the back to the one yard line after it was about to settle in the end zone for a touchback. Lower Moreland punted again and an ugly 6 yard boot gave the Wildcats a short field taking over on the Lion 16. On first down Neal ran for 9 yards and Frazier got the first down on a 2 yard keeper. Neal finished the brief drive walking in from the 5 and a 14-0 lead after he ran for the conversion with exactly four minutes to go in the first half. The ‘Cats would score again before intermission on an 11 yard TD pass from Frazier to Jihad Ward. Ward set up the score with a spectacular 34 yard grab at the Lion 10. Robert Quarterman’s interception right before the halftime, terminated any Lion threat for an opening half score. The teams entered their locker rooms with the Wildcats ahead 20-0. Frazier would again add to the point’s parade with a 16 strike to a wide open Gary Jackson with 6:07 to go in the third quarter. Daniel would kick the PAT and a 27-0 scoreboard read. Gregory capped an 8 play drive late in the quarter with a 6 yard TD run. Daniel again would convert the PAT with 1:28 showing and a 34-0 lead. Daniel’s ensuing kickoff was returned by the Lions main threat Mike Trentalange at the Lower Moreland 5. Bok’s Shane Solomon smacked Trentalange almost immediately at the 7 where the ball squirted free and Solomon fought off several Lions [hey that sounds neat “Fought off Several Lions”. He must be really, really tough.] and recovered the ball at the 4. Faison Perry ran it in on first down and after Omar Bashir’s PAT run the score closed at 42-0 at the 1:13 mark of quarter number three. Trentalange, the Lions season leading rusher with over 1,200 yards was held to 17 on 8 carries. In fact the tough Wildcat defense limited the Lions to 32 yards on 28 rushes. Gleason had some success when he was able to avoid the Wildcats rush, throwing, 5-11-2- 51 yards. Quarterman was everywhere on defense garnering 9 tackles, 5 solo, 1 for a loss and interception and 2 passes defended. Neal was right behind posting 9-5-2-hurry. Both Kevin Thompson 8-6-3 along with Jaquil Dobbs 7-5-3/ 2 sacks seemed to take up residence in the Lion backfield with their 6 combined tackles behind the line of scrimmage. For fun, Dobbs threw in 2 sacks. Gregory 6-3-1, Naeem Nunnally 6-3-1, Jackson 4-3-2/sack, Alfriend 4-2-forced fumble and Chris Sherrod 4-3-sack, all pitched in. Seldom used sophomore RB/ DB Olutobi Lediju’s tackle for a loss late in the game saw DeFelice step onto the field near the sideline and high five Lediju.
Rushing; LM: Trentalange 8-17, Founds 2- [-3], O’Connell 1-13, Duffy 8-22, Gleason 9-[-17]. Total 28-32. Bok: Neal 8-31, Cook 3-8, Frazier 10-36, Gregory 3-5, Perry 4-16, Sammons 8-29, Lediju 1-6, Robinson 1-5, Bashir 3-4. Total 41-140.
Passing: LM: Gleason 5-11-2-51. Bok: Frazier 7-9-0-76.
Receiving: LM: Founds 1-13, Turetsky 1-8, Trentalange 2-19, O’Connell 1-11. Bok; Ward 4-56, Jackson 1-16, Neal 1-3, Perry 1-1.
Total Offense: LM; 83, Bok 216
Returns: LM: Vega 2-33, Trentalange 2-21. Total 4-54. Bok; Jackson 4-52, Quarterman 1-19, Sammons 1-3. Total 6-74.
First Downs: LM 4, Bok 12.
Punts: LM 5-25.4 avg. Bok 2-34.0 avg.
Fumbles Lost: LM 2, Bok 1
Penalties: LM 7-65, Bok 4 -25.
Interceptions; LM: none, Bok; Quarterman and Sammons

NOV. 13
West Phila. 38, William Penn 0
This one was somewhat easy to analyze. West Philly recovered 7 fumbles. Three of the pickups led to a Speedboy TD and two resulted in a score. The two most bizarre scores were when Dave Brown took the ball right out of the hands of RB Keyon Dennis at the Penn 18 yard line and went untouched into the end zone. The other was a botched kick return by Kharon Lewis, who lost control of the ball at his 31 yard line. The ball was picked up by West Philly’s Bryant Howard, who advanced it to the 7 where he lost the ball. Ending the relay was Ayub Ferron going the final 7 yards for the score. In total there were 9 lost fumbles and not one was forced by an opponent's hit. The ball may have been a little wet or damp, but nothing too disconcerting and the Lions had a difficult time fielding several kickoffs.  Robert Andrews did most of the running for West, logging 19 times for 133 yards and 2 TDs of 1 and 41 yards. QB Lawrence Richardson was successful on his lone pass attempt, a 19-yard toss to Khalil Summers. Another interesting thing was the fact that there were 107 yards of returns by West Philly. However none came off the so-called conventional variety -- kickoff or punt returns, but after a fumble recovery or an interception. Speaking of interceptions WP’S Yusuf Jackson had one and returned it 65 yards on the game's last play. He almost took it the distance but was caught from behind at the Penn 30 by Lawrence Inman as time expired. I really liked Penn QB Andre Mathis, especially when he stayed in the pocket. He threw some nice crisp passes both with and against the wind. On the afternoon his stats read; 7-15-1 int. 135 yards. The recipients of he passes were; Chris Sullivan 3-44, Simone Mitchell 1-15, Inman 2-55 and Da’quan Smith 1-21. The Lion defense was led by Tyriek Glass 7-5-2/sack, George Burgess and Rashan Harris both 6-3, Sumawau Cooper 4-2-1 and Darrell Dyches 4-2. Sullivan and Rashan Harris both recovered fumbles for Penn. Ferron paced the Speedboy defense with 8-6-1. Greg “Grasshopper” Richie 7-4-1-2 pass defenses, Brown 6-3, Jaleel Smith 5-3-pass def., Juan Kelley 5-3-1 and  Summers 4-2-1 helped out. Michael Glover had a tackle for a loss. The list of fumble recoveries looked like this. Brown 2, Jackson 1, Andrews 1, Ferron 1, Bryant Howard 1 and Summers 1. West Philly’s Duane Coppage scored the game's first TD zig-zagging 70 yards for the score.

NOV. 12
Imhotep 36, Comm. Tech. 0
If I were to put a headline on this report it would read; “Refs Pitch Shutout, Not the Panthers!” Yes, some bad judgment and feel for the game by the officials resulted in some ugly and sickening football. Comm. Tech., suiting up just 18 players, was a huge underdog going into this contest. Imhotep listed 52 players on their roster. Early in the fourth quarter the Panthers were leading 30-0. After just stopping the Phoenix on fourth and goal Imhotep took over possession at their own 10 yard line. On first down Panther QB Christopher Lewis pitched the ball to his left. The problem was that there was not a ‘Tep player in sight. The ball rolled towards the end zone where it appeared to be recovered by Tech’s Rolando Ransom in the end zone for 6 Comm. Tech points. NOOOO!!!  The refs claimed that Ransom’s knee was down at the 1 yard line. I didn’t see it that way and neither did Furness head coach Anthony Pastore, who was sitting up in the press box with me and Phoenix assistant Roy Fantroyal, who was video taping the game for Tech. Now needing just a single yard the Phoenix was once again denied end zone access, turning the ball over on downs to the Panthers at their own 9 yard line. What happened next made me sick along with Pastore and Fantroyal. The Panthers' Leland Smith, a very good athlete took the snap out of a shotgun. He shouldn’t have been in the game at this point. This was Smith’s first play at QB and also the first time that the Panthers used that formation. Smith then threw a pass over the middle to a very wide open Devin Sanders who went untouched for the 91 yard strike. That was the ultimate punch in the gut. Whoever is responsible for calling that play should be embarrassed.   That’s a huge pet peeve of mine and I’ll let you know it. Don’t you dare show up your opponents.  Geez Sanders probably should have run in reverse after catching the ball sticking his tongue out and yelling; “Na na na na na na, you’re not gonna catch me.” Yes it was that bad. If those damn refs would have used common sense and ruled that Ransom was in the end zone this probably wouldn’t have happened. You may think I’m crazy, but I don’t care. When the score is that lopsided I say rule a “Mercy Touchdown or a Feel Good Touchdown”. I’m sure that the Panthers would have not protested. After the TD, Head Official Bob Bush and his crew most likely were ecstatic. Yep, the mercy rule was now in effect with 8:02 left in the contest. Keep that clock running baby! Well it still was running after the TD during the PAT try. Good-guy timekeeper Tom Kelly said that Bush told him to wind the clock. According to Kelly the clock stops after a score even when the mercy rule is applied. Do you want more embarrassment? How about when Tech’s William Dennis returned the ensuing kickoff to his own 45 where he was hit out of bounds not once, but twice and still no flag. Perhaps the Phoenix could have used the extra yardage since their final pass play ended at the one yard line as time expired. After catching the ball from Ransom, Terrance Brown reached for the pylon before he was ruled out of bounds at the one. Yes, he may have nicked it for a touchdown. But for some reason on Thursday November 12, 2009 the Phoenix was not allowed any scoreboard arithmetic. Shame on all involved. As for the game, the Panthers' Maurice Palmer ran 5 times for 87 yards and one TD of 28 yards. He also ran for a 2  PAT’S. Jeraal Boone caught a 9 yard TD pass from Lewis who threw, 6-14-1int-3TD. He also tossed scores of 10 and 8 yards to both Dasir White and Devin Sanders respectively. James Stroud also ran for a PAT. Along with his 91 yard reception Sanders caught 3 other passes giving him 4 for 123 yards. He also intercepted 2 passes and had 3 returns totaling 66 yards. Smith led the ‘Tep defense with 8 tackles, 6 solo. Trailing right behind were; White 7-4-1 for a loss, Anwar Raines 6-3, Vince Jones 6-4. Making tackles for losses were; Andrew Devitt, Sanders, Ryan Darren, Kendrick Lewis, Derron Thompson and Devon Williams. Williams also recovered a fumble. Ransom played his butt off for the Phoenix busting for a hard earned 101 yards on 27 rushes. He returned 3 balls for 36 yards completed a 14 yard pass to Brown and had a fumble recovery. Kyle Quinn also recovered a fumble for CT. Brown had an interception while Eric Dickerson 5-3-pass def., Christopher Miller 5-3, Khalil Abdul Ali 4-2-1 and Darius Sanders 3-2-2 pass def., all contributed on defense. Dennis rushed 8-29 and returned 3 for 54.

NOV. 5
Southern 18, Furness 12 {OT}
The Falcons began the game's first drive from their own 18 leaving 82 yards of real estate to the end zone. Sharif Smith [25-125] negotiated 63 of those on 7 carries, capping the 11 play drive with a 13 yard TD run to put the visitors ahead 6-0 after a failed PAT. Southern’s Shaquille Gaskins took the ensuing kickoff 63 yards down to the Furness 20. But on second down QB Gaskins threw a pass that was intercepted by Tyreece Brown at the Falcon 10. The best field position either team could manage after 24 minutes of play was the advancement by the Falcons to the South Philly 32. As a result of some stingy defense the half ended 6-0. Aided by the running of former tight end turned running back Sean Allen [17-94] the Rams knotted the contest on a 2 yard Gaskins run. The lead lasted for all of 16 seconds after Smith ran the Ram kickoff 90 yards for a 12-6 lead with 4:38 to play in the third quarter. Allen tied the game early in the fourth by snatching a 7 yard Gaskin TD pass at the 9:58 mark of the fourth quarter. With 1:41 remaining in regulation Smith intercepted a Gaskins pass at his own 40 and returned it 22 yards to the Southern 38. On both first and second down Smith ran for 6 yards to move the ball to the 26 and a first down. Two mishandled snaps and an incomplete pass resulted into two lost yards. On fourth down Smith ran from a wildcat formation but could only muster 3 yards and the game would now head into overtime knotted at 12. The Falcons had the ball first and on first and goal from the 10 Maurice Harris ran for no gain. On second down Smith attempted to get outside on the right sideline but was tackled behind the line of scrimmage by Freshman Linebacker Terrell Wilkinson and Nose Guard Richard White at the 12. A procedure penalty against Furness moved the pigskin back to the 17 where on third down an Anthony Ings pass intended for Ryan Johnson was knocked down by Ken Johnson at the 2. The Fourth down play featured a strong South Philly rush climaxed by Dorrell Wise forcing Ings into an intentional grounding flag thus surrendering the ball to the Rams. It was now Southern’s turn and they wasted little time. Allen went right up the gut for 10 yards and the end zone celebration began. Gaskins ran the ball 7 times for 41 yards and had 2 returns for 75 yards while Lamar Williams also returned 2 for 40 yards for the Rams. White dominated on defense with 12 tackles, 7 solo, 2 for losses and a fumble recovery. Contributing along with White were: Wise 9 -5, Andrew Auer 8-5, Wilkinson 8-6-2, Williams 6-3, Izeem Sims 5-3, Tyree Parks 5-3, Laquan Sims 5-3-1 and Johnson 4-2-1 pass defended. For Furness in addition to his rushing yards Smith returned 4 balls for 135 yards giving him 260 all purpose yards. The Falcon defense was led by Aaron Cooper 8-5-1, Dontay Holder 8-4, Victor Pastore 6-4; Harris 5-3 and Smith 4-2-2 pass def.

OCT. 31
Bok 32, Imhotep 8
This was a good one so the score is no indication of how close the game really was. After 3 quarters Bok led by the count of 14-8. The Wildcats scored first on an Andre Frazier 41 yard pass to Jihad Ward with 6:52 to go in the second quarter. Fullback Khalil Neal ran for the conversion the giving the ‘Cats an 8-0. The deepest penetration the rest of the half was by Imhotep to the Bok 40. However the drive stalled when Robert Quarterman picked of a Christopher Lewis pass at the Wildcats 29 yard line with just over a minute to go before halftime. Having the choice in the second half, the Panthers elected to defend the North goal so that they would have the wind at their back in the fourth quarter. On the opening second half kickoff, Bok’s Shaquil Sammons fumbled the ball without being touched and it was recovered by the Panthers Raynard Wilkes on the Bok 21. After Lewis passed 13 yards to Devin Sanders on fourth and 3 the Panthers had the ball on the Bok 1 yard line. On first down Dasir White ran for the score and Maurice Palmer the 2 point conversion to tie the score at 8. Good coverage by the Panthers on the ensuing kickoff had the Wildcats starting their next drive from their own 17. On third and 9, Imhotep’s Leland Smith stopped Frazier behind the line of scrimmage for a 2 yard loss. Despite Walraven Daniels 31 yard punt the Panthers started their next possession in Bok territory at the Wildcat 47 yard line. On first down DB Gary Jackson tackled Palmer for a 1 yard loss. Second down saw Lewis misplay the snap and he recovered his own fumble at the 50 yard line. A 7 yard pass from Lewis to Sanders advanced the ball to the 43 resulting into a fourth down and 6 to go for a first down. On the crucial play Smith took the snap out of the wildcat formation and sprinted to his left but Bok’s Marqui Alfriend read the play perfectly and nabbed Smith for a 4 yard loss. The Wildcats took the lead for good when Frazier passed 40 yards to a very wide open Jackson for a TD. The PAT run failed and Bok led 14-8 with 1minute and 30 seconds to go in the third quarter. Sammons would then redeem himself on the next kickoff with a thunderous hit on Palmer at the 20 yard line forcing Palmer to fumble the ball which was recovered by Bok’s Quarterman .After a Neal run of 6 yards on Bok’s third play of the drive the Wildcat’s had the ball first and goal at the Imhotep 8. On first down Neal was tackled behind the line by Vince Jones at the 11. Frazier got 4 back on a sneak and a pass to Neal picked up 6 more but the Wildcats still faced a fourth and goal from the Panther one yard line. With 9:34 showing on the fourth quarter clock Bok coach Tom DeFelice called a timeout. It was then pointed out to me by Bok assistant Paul Noon that DeFelice called time to make sure that his linemen were all aware of the snap count and to tell center Mike Clark [filling in for starter Anthony Longo who broke his wrist earlier in the season, Longo can play defense but can’t snap the ball] that the biggest play of the game was “Right Now”. I think Clark already knew that but DeFelice indirectly was sending his offensive line a message. The pep talk paid off when Frazier followed Clark for the one yard score. Sammons ran for the PAT and Bok led 22-8 at the 9:28 mark. After the score Bok assistant Greg Frangipani said to no one in particular, “I can’t believe after all of these years that we are still able to run that play successfully. Everyone knows that we do it, but can’t stop it.” Well the primary reason they can’t stop it is because of the offensive line. For this contest they were: Clark, Guards Josh Garnett and Dandre Coffer, Tackles Khasiem Sledge and the rotating duo of Kendall Johnson and Vincent Jones. Another disaster on the next kickoff for the Panthers when Anwar Raines misplayed the ball and Bok’s Manny Gregory recovered at the ‘Tep 16. Faison Perry finished the days TD scoring bursting 15 yards for a TD. Frazier’s conversion pass to Jackson put the Wildcats ahead 30-8. Bok would later add a safety when a high snap flew past Panther punter Palmer and rolled into the end zone. Hey that sounds cool!  “Past Panther punter Palmer”. Now say that as fast as you can. While on the lighter side I now introduce you to “Rain Rite”. This is a paper that can be used in the rain without being covered. That’s right baby, no more plastic coverings for Frog’s writing material. Rain Rite tablets or notebooks are used primarily on construction sites by people who must write in the rain. After years of standing on various sidelines and trying to keep all my stats and notes dry during those miserable rainy days I said to myself and my wife, "Ain’t this almost 2010?  Man there’s got to be something out there on the internet that I can purchase that will fulfill my wishes." Yes there is and it’s Rain Rite. Chris DeFelice, the son of Tom and head soccer coach of Edison was hysterical when I showed him the completely dry paper after the game which had been played in an off and on rain all day.
  First Downs: Imhotep 5, Bok 9. Rushes- Yards: Imhotep 18-[-17] Bok 39-129. Passing Yards: Imhotep 98, Bok 100. Total Offense: Imhotep 91, Bok 139. Comp-Att-Int: Imhotep 9-20-1, Bok 5-8-1. Return Yards: Imhotep 73, Bok 53. Punts-Average: Imhotep 5-19.0, Bok 2-26.0. Fumbles Lost: Imhotep 2, Bok 1. Penalties-Yards: Imhotep 10-86, Bok 9-67.
  Rushes-Yards: Imho: Palmer 11-16, Smith 1-[-4] White 1-[-4], C. Lewis 3-[-16], K. Lewis 1-[-5]. Bok: Neal 13-40, Perry 3-17, Robinson 2-4, Frazier 7-35, Sammons 4-18, Gregory 8-18, Bashir 2-[-3].
  Passing: Imhotep: C. Lewis 7-16-1-71, Smith 2-4-0- 27. Bok: Frazier 5-8-1-100.
  Receiving: Imhotep: Smith 2-31, K. Lewis 3-20, Sanders 3-33, White 1-14. Bok: Ward 1-41, Neal 2-16, Jackson 2-43.
  Returns: Imhotep: Raines 1-27, Palmer 1-30, Sanders 1-16. Bok: Jackson 2-14, Quarterman 1-39.
  Interceptions: Imhotep: Raines, Bok: Quarterman.
  Fumble Recoveries: Imhotep: Wilkes, Bok: Quarterman, Gregory.
  Tackle Leaders: Imhotep: Hambright 8, smith 7, Barren 7, White 6, Jones 6, Howard 5. Bok: Quarterman 6, Sherrod 5, Garnett 4, Jackson 4, Dobbs 4, Ward 4
  Tackle for Losses: Imhotep: Smith, Jones and Raines 1. Bok: Quarterman 2, Dobbs 2, Alfriend 2, Sherrod 1, Jackson 1 Gregory 1.

OCT. 30
Fels 20, Prep Charter 15
  When Fels' Nijay Kelly intercepted a Troy Johnson pass on his own 19  with 1:18 showing on the fourth quarter clock all that was left for the Panthers was to run one play and then two kneel downs after a Prep Charter timeout. On the first play Terry Brown [11-75] ran the ball for 13 yards. The second play was a kneel down, but it was out of a shotgun formation. Why, I don’t know? I guess Panther Head Coach Bill Harrigan wasn’t around for the Miracle of the Meadowlands. The final snap squirted through the hands of QB Tyree Rucker who passed [3-7-53], rushed [8-42] and for a brief second it appeared that Rucker wouldn’t retrieve the pigskin, but thankfully for Harrigan and the Fels troops Rucker pounced on the ball at the 21 yard line as time expired. It was great to see the Prep’s Tariq Reid back in uniform after missing a week as a result of a neck injury. Reid, who is only a sophomore, caught six passes for 53 yards and made 5 tackles, 3 solo and 1 for a loss. In fact of the 40 players listed on the Huskies roster only 3 are seniors. If coach Tony Beaty can keep this squad together they should make some noise in the upcoming years in the Pub’s Class A division. Fels got on the scoreboard first when Jared Hines [11-41] scooted in from the 5. As for the PAT, well this is one that should be cherished by all. “Quick Kick”. That’s right, Charles Quick a 6’2’’ 285 lb senior OL/DL does the kicking honors on PAT’S for the Panthers. After Hines’ run, the Huskies' Marquan Middleton grabbed a 15 yard TD pass from Johnson with 2:19 left in the first quarter. On the Panthers next possession Hines mishandled the snap out of the wildcat and fell on the ball in his own end zone for a safety giving PC an 8-6 lead at the 1:33 mark of the first stanza. As a result of the safety, the Panthers kicked off from their own 20. On the kick, Jovan Matthews fumbled the ball and it was recovered by the Panthers Travis Worrell at midfield. Three plays later Hines caught a 3 yard scoring pass from Rucker giving Fels the lead for good at 14-8 after Quick kicked. The TD came with 0:00 showing on the first quarter time piece. The score would remain the same until early in the fourth when Brown raced 13 yards at 10:35. The games most exciting play came when Johnson dropped back to pass from the Panther 35. After standing in the pocket for a few seconds, he decided to take off. After passing the line of scrimmage it appeared the Johnson would be taken down at the 30. He somehow managed to escape and went untouched the rest of the way for the games final TD. Soloman Zoegar’s kick cut the deficit to 5 points with 8:35 remaining. The Huskies had one final chance but were denied when Kelly picked off Johnson’s last pass. Johnson passed [7-13-1-68] and rushed [13-80]. Matthews ran [14-59] and returned 4 balls for 82 yards. He also shined on defense posting 7 tackles, 5 solo, 3 for losses including a sack. Totey Boley 10-6-pass def and Kendal Edwards 8-5- pass def. also contributed. Jahmarley Samuels had a TFL. Charles Barber, who excelled last week for PC did not play because of the flu. Dontae Bacon 10-6, Chris Miller 8-6-2, Akeem Small 7-4-sack-2 hurries, Kendall Shields 6-3-2/sack-2 def, Kyree Westbrook 5-4-2, Dwayne Grinnage 4-2 and Jamal Barsdale 4-2 numbered for Fels on defense. Along with Worrell, Michael Moya, Steven Cenesca and Quamee Townsend recovered fumbles. Townsend and Barsdale also forced fumbles.

OCT. 29
Furness 27, Comm. Tech 0
Big day for Sophomore RB Sharif Smith. Smith ran for 256 yards on 26 carries. He galloped for 3 TD’s scoring from 18, 28 and 67 yards. Victor Pastore [8-41] ran for the other Furness TD, going in from the 3 yard line. The Falcons picked off 4 of Comm. Tech QB Terrance Brown’s passes.  Trailing 20-0 early in the fourth quarter the Phoenix were facing a fourth and three from the Furness 9 when Kevin Hayes intercepted Brown’s pass at the 2 yard line. A few plays later Smith iced the game with his 67 yard burst. Charles Pullett guaranteed the shutout by hijacking a pass at his own one yard line with just 8 seconds remaining in the contest. Aaron Cooper and Tyreece Brown also intercepted passes for the Falcons. Brown threw 16 passes and completed 8 for 56 yards. Impressive Freshman WR/TE/CB, Tirik Trent caught half the passes for 44 yards. Trent, formerly of Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania, has relocated to Southwest Philadelphia and now resides at 69th St. and Dicks Ave. The baby faced 6’ 1”, 165 pounder showed raw athleticism especially when he leaped above three defenders to snatch a 23 yard pass from Brown. Trent also returned 4 kicks/punts for 60 yards but had some tentativeness as far as which time to slash, cut or accelerate. This should come with experience. Furness WR Ryan Johnson made the play of the day with a highlight reel diving catch of a 37 yard Anthony Ings [2-3-50] pass. Johnson caught Ings’ other completion for 13 yards. Cooper and Pastore each registered 9 tackles. Cooper made 3 behind the line of scrimmage while Pastore notched 1. Devin Walker [7-4-1], Keith Hunter [6-3-1] and Montez Brown [5-2] also contributed on defense. Smith, Xavier Swift and Wendell Thompson all had tackles for losses. Phoenix tough guy William Dennis earned all of his 61 yards on 18 carries. Dennis who stands 5’4’’ and weighs 150 was resilient all afternoon bouncing back many times after taking some serious hits from the Furness defense. The CT defense was paced by Kyle Quinn [8-6-3-sack]. Khalil Abdul Ali [7-4-sack] Trent [6-4], Darius Sanders [6-4-pass def.], Jason Holmes [5-3], Dennis [5-3-pass def.] and Lawrence Jackson [5-3-2]. Sanders also forced a fumble which was recovered by Abdor Saaba.

OCT. 24
Future 28, Prep Charter 6
It was GREAT to see PC’s Tariq Reid on the Huskies sideline prior to the game. Reid suffered a neck injury last week and lay motionless for several minutes before being taken off the field via ambulance. Reid showed up in civilian clothes but said he’ll be ready to go next week. Here’s wishing all the best to Tariq the rest of the season. The Firebirds defense was led by Naeem Brogdon. Brogdon had 8 tackles, 5 solo, 2 for losses including a sack. However it was what he did on offense that had me and a few others hysterical in the third quarter. Future RB Khalil Hobson [12-68] sprinted around the left sideline from his own 49 yard line. Leading the interference was Brogdon who absolutely POUNDED the Prep’s Marquan Middleton with a gorgeous block at about the 25. Knowing that the block was all Hobson needed Brogdon strutted over to the Future sideline pounding his chest and nodding his head as if he had just dunked a basketball on someone. Yes he did leave the field before the play was over.  Ahhh,… BEE-U-T-FUL ! Prep’s Charles “CB” Barber was the man of the day for my money. Although on the losing end, he was the Huskies leading rusher [9-30], leading receiver [4-49], including a 44 yard TD reception and leading returner [3-62]. However what he did on defense was sick. 12 tackles, 7 solo, 1 for a loss, 2 passes defended and THREE interceptions. Holy Bugs Bunny, the man was everywhere! Sticking with the Huskies defense Totey Doley 10, Mark Mc Lean 9, Middleton 8, Keith Jenkins 6-2 losses and Jovan Matthews 5-1- loss were the leaders. Jim Cao recovered a fumble. Yes Future did win the game with Sterling Taylor [12-79] running 45 and 3 for scores and Amir Martin [12-53] 3. Martin also ran for 2 conversions. Firebirds QB Kamel Powers tossed [2-15-3-41] and Martin went behind center posting [2-2-27] Martin also caught a pass for 23 yards. Hobson snatched 2 for 27 yards and Allen McPhearson one for 18.  Along with Brogdon, David Rogers 7-4-2-sack, Shaquille Johnson 6-4-2-sack and interception, Terrell Young 5-3-sack of 17 yards and Robert McDonald 5-3-sack, led the Future defense. Qaadir James recovered a fumble while Malik Reeves and Lorenzo Bridges recovered fumbles. Future will now take on Del Val Charter for the Public League A title this weekend. The win was Future’s first ever playoff victory.

OCT. 24
Bok 45, Franklin 2
After a Willie Battle return of just 6 yards on the opening kickoff the Electrons started the first drive of the game from their own 14 yard line. Star RB Marquis White [20-68] ran the ball 4 straight times advancing his squad to the Franklin 43. Two holding penalties now had BF facing a third and 23 from their 30. Coach Desmin Daniels then called a reverse to Battle, who was lined up as a wide out. Battle lost control of the ball and Bok’s Manny Gregory scooped it up at the 22 and went into the end zone untouched. Khalil Neal ran for the PAT and the scoreboard read 8-0 with 7:09 to play in the first quarter. Franklin was forced to punt on their next possession and the Wildcats needed just 4 plays to negotiate 44 yards capped by a Faison Perry 12 yard TD run. Impressive sophomore Shaquille Sammons [5-35] exploded for 26 on one play. The PAT failed and the Cats led 14-0 with 2:34 to go in the first quarter. The tough Blue and White defense did not allow a first down the rest of the half while the offense scored 2 more TD’S and entered the locker room ahead 29-0. Neal scored from the 11 and Sammons from the 3. Gregory ran for a 2 point PAT and Walravens Daniel booted the other. Don’t you just love that name ? Seems backwards to me. Bok would go on to score 2 other times when QB Andre Frazier [6-10-114] bootlegged from 19 [6-50] and Gregory [6-30] went in from the 6. Antoine Cook and Omar Bashir would both run for PAT’s. The Electrons only points would come when Jeff Neal tackled Bashir in the end zone for a safety. Sammons [72 yds] Jihad Ward [21] and Gary Jackson [21] each caught 2 Frazier passes. The Wildcat defense was led again by Jacquil Dobbs, 8 tackles-5 solo-2 losses-sack. Other helpers were: Naeem Nunnally 6-4, Marqui Alfriend 5-3, Robert Quarterman 5-3, Neal 4-2-sack and Gregory 4-2-1. Battle paced the Electrons with 7 tackles while Steve Garrett 6, Aaron Edwards and Neal 5, Malik Johnson and Demetrius Town 4 and Clarence Cohen and White both with 3 pitched in. Next up for the ‘Cats a rematch with Imhotep for the Pub AA crown. They prevailed earlier in the season, pitching a 30-0 shutout.

OCT. 16
Imhotep 8, Furness 0
The game's only TD came early in the first quarter. Imohtep’s Maurice Palmer [14-142] grabbed a quick pitch to his right from JV callup QB Tyler Stone and then, after a brief delay, cut back to the middle of the field and then accelerated 90 yards for the TD. Palmer also ran for the conversion to close out the day's scoring. The Panther defense held the Furness offense to just 131 yards on 31 carries. The Falcons would enter Panther territory just twice all afternoon. Big stops by the Imho defense were by; Dasir White, Darius Williams, Maurice Howard and Kyle Hambright. Williams and Palmer also had interceptions, while Nicholas Johnson recovered a fumble. Robert Jenkins led the Falcon defense with 10 tackles, 6 solo and 3 for losses including a sack. Victor Pastore 9-6, Henry Greene 7-4-hurry and Aaron Cooper also headlined. Also contributing with 5 tackles each were: Sharif Smith, Devin Walker, Nadim Harris and Ryan Johnson. Maurice Harris recovered a fumble that was forced by Smith.   

OCT. 15
Bok 34, Franklin 6
Well first of all congratulations to Tom DeFelice and his entire Bok staff on their 42 league and division game winning streak. Hey, but what about mine? Do you know that since the inception of the South Philly Super Site in 2008, this game was my 23rd in a row of covering games dating back to October 30 of last year at this location? That’s right, nowhere else for Frogman but good old South Philadelphia. Hey, and I haven’t gotten a parking ticket. Speaking of this site, I’d like to mention the various names this place has been called throughout the years. When people ask the question, where’s the game being played you most likely have heard these responses. The game is at 10th Street or the game is at 10th and Bigler.  The game is at Neumann, the game is at Southern or  the game is at Bok. How about the game is at 11th Street or 11th and Bigler. The same holds true for the next two blocks. 12th Street, 12th and Bigler, 13th Street or 13th and Bigler. Holy three square block area !!  What about the people coming from Jersey. “Yeah, it’s that field on the right just after you  pay the toll." Something tells me that this place needs an official name.  Well, that’s enough on that topic. As for the game itself, it really had no impact on the AA standings. These two teams are going to square off next Saturday, same place, October 24th at 11 a.m. in a semifinal match up. Bok as the number one seed and Franklin number four.  Imhotep [2] will take on Furness [3] in the other semi final contest. Date, time and place are yet to be determined. The Wildcats scored first when QB Andre Frazier tossed a 20-yard TD pass to Gary Jackson with 4:19 showing on the second quarter clock. Fullback Khalil Neal ran for the conversion, giving the ‘Cats an 8-0 lead. Bok would score right before halftime when Neal crossed the goal line from the one, with 13 seconds remaining before intermission. The PAT failed and the teams exited with Franklin trailing 14-0. Bok’s third TD came after Faison Perry recovered teammates Shaquil Sammons' fumble in the end zone. Sammons had difficulty with the exchange from Frazier at the 1 yard line, but Perry fell on the ball for the 20-0 lead. Sammons, who is just a sophomore, ran the ball on six consecutive plays starting from the Franklin 26 to set up the score. He ran 9 times for 49 yards on the evening. Jackson set up Bok’s next score when he intercepted an Evander Barkley pass at the Electron 25 yard line. On first down Jackson ran for 9 and then Neal [18-86] went the final 16 on the next play for a 26-0 Wildcat lead. Another sophomore, Omar Bashir [5-15] scored the Wildcats final TD, running in from the 8 yard line. Good guy Chase Dykes ran for the conversion to complete the Bok scoring. Franklin would score on the game's final play when Marquis White [28-180] went 85 yards on a busted play. Unfortunately on that play Barkley  was injured and no PAT attempt was tried. Let’s hope that the young man is healthy for next week's contest. Bok’s defense was led by Neal, who registered 9 tackles, 6 solo and 1 for a loss. Marqui Alfriend impacted with 8-5 and a big 4 behind the line of scrimmage. Jackson 7-5-sack- int,  Josh Garnett 6-3-1, Bobby Ross 5-3-1 and Chris Sherrod 5-3-1 contributed. The Electron defense was paced by Alphonso Poindexter 9-5-1, White 7-4, Damon Hudgins 6-4, Corey Maxey 6-3, Willie Battle and Jeff Neal both with 5-3

OCT. 9
Prep Charter 12, Comm. Tech 0
Can you say underclassman? I can, especially after reviewing both rosters. Here’s the breakdown.  Comm. Tech suited up 28 players with just 6 being seniors. They listed 5 juniors, 6 sophomores and 11 freshmen. Prep Charter logged 38 members to its squad with 3 seniors, 8 juniors, 16 sophomores and 11 freshmen. A total of 66 combined players with only 9 seniors. Well that’s it for census survey. Prep Charter QB Troy Johnson recorded all the points for the evening scoring on runs of 3 yards and 1 yard. With just over 3 minutes remaining in the first half of a still scoreless game the Phoenix was facing a fourth and 18 from their own 41. Instead of punting they elected to go for the first down. It turned out to be a bad decision when QB Terrance Brown was sacked way back at his own 28 yard line by Tommy Tann. Four plays later Johnson put the Huskies on the board with 50.8 seconds remaining in the first half.  PC’s other score was set up by a 25 yard punt return from Charles Barber. Barber’s run to the CT 25 created a short field for the Huskies as Johnson completed the scoring at the 10:58 mark of the fourth quarter. Comm. Tech’s main problem was holding on to the ball. Midway through the first quarter the Phoenix was knocking on the end zone door. On first and goal from the Huskies 2 yard line the ball just squirted loose from the hands of Gameel Strange and was recovered at the 4 by Prep’s Kendall Edwards. At that point the Southwest Philly boys should have known that it wasn’t going to be their night. In fact they went on to fumble 3 more times and also had a ball picked off. A total of 5 turnovers really gave CT no chance at all. Along with Edwards; Mark McLean, Barber and Marquise Hurtt were the beneficiaries of the loose balls. Anthony Wyche made the interception for PC. Jason Holmes and Kyle Quinn recovered fumbles for Comm. Tech.  William Dennis of Tech was the games leading rusher gaining 87 yards on 13 carries. Prep’s leading ground gainer was Wyche [8-35]. Also Jovan Matthews [6-31] and Barber [5-30] contributed. Matthews also was on the receiving end of Johnson’s only two completions totaling 13 yards. Barber completed a 9 yard pass to Marquan Middleton. Tech’s QB Terrance Brown failed to complete a pass in 4 attempts. The Phoenix defense was led by Lawrence Jackson who registered 8 tackles, 6 solo and 3 for losses. Helping him out was; Eric Dickerson 6-4-2, Shaneal Lovett 6-4-2, Tylik Guilford 6-3-pass defend, Dennis 5-3-1, Marquice London 5-3, Christopher Miller 3-2-1 and Tyrik Trent 2-1-1. Prep’s defense was led by Tariq Reid 7-5, Matthews 7-4-TD saving tackle, Barber 6-3-2 pass defend, Kyreese Burris 6-3, Quran Gay 5-4-2, Middleton 5-3 and Tann 3 tackles including a sack.

OCT. 8
Furness 16, Ben Franklin 14
This was a very good and entertaining high school football game, with 24 of the 30 total points coming in the fourth quarter. The Electrons scored first in the initial stanza when Marquis White [25-195] ran in from the 9 yard line completing a 10 play drive that was set up after White intercepted an Anthony Ings pass at his own 35. The PAT run failed and it was 6-0. Furness thought they had tied the game when Ings connected with Ryan Johnson for an apparent 7 yard TD reception. However, a holding penalty nullified the play. Ings’ fourth down pass to Charles Pullett fell incomplete with just under 7 minutes remaining before halftime. Franklin penetrated all the way to the Falcon 19 but Victor Pastore stripped the ball from Jeff Neal and it was recovered by Wendell Thompson with 44 seconds to go. Furness dominated the third quarter clock with the help of a roughing the kicker penalty. The Falcons had the ball for all but 3 plays. The drive ended when Sharif Smith’s 14 yard pass to Johnson was incomplete. On the play Furness lined up trips left but Smith threw to the weak side just missing on the one on one coverage. The Falcons did finally score on an Ings one yard keeper. They took the lead after Ings passed to Montez Brown for the 2 point PAT with 8:08 left in the contest. The Electrons came right back as White scored from the one and ran for the conversion giving his squad a 14-8 advantage at the 4:51 mark. The game became more intense when Maurice Harris did his best “Dancing with the Stars” and ballet routine, pirouetting away from tacklers with a ridiculously crowd pleasing 28 yard prance. It was now Wildcat or Wild Falcon time for Furness. Smith took a direct snap and threw a 32 yard TD to Johnson deadlocking the score at 14 with 1:06 showing on the fourth quarter clock. Not to be outshined by Harris, Smith worked his magic from the same formation on the conversion attempt. After a penalty moved the ball back to the 8 yard line, Smith again took the snap. This time Smith was met almost instantaneously in the backfield by several Electrons. He retreated back to the 18 where he shook off tacklers near the right sideline in front of the Furness bench. He somehow broke loose and raced to the left side of the field. He then found a small seam and sprinted his way for the game deciding points. On Franklin’s final play from midfield, QB Evander Barkley broke from the pocket but was tripped at the 40 by Pastore. Barkley maintained some of his balance but not enough before he was finished off by Nadim Harris and Henry Greene at the 35 yard line.
Furness Defensive Leaders:                                    Ben Franklin Defensive Leaders:
Aaron Cooper: 11 -5-1                                                Jeff Neal: 7-4-sack
Victor Pastore:  10-5- force fumble                            Ronald Jones: 7-4
Ryan Johnson:   9-5                                                     Ronique Felton: 7-4
Henry Greene:    7-4                                                    Alphonso Poindextor: 6-2
Sharif Smith: 7-4- pass def                                          Kairi Mace: 6-3
Dontay Holder: 7-4                                                    Willie Battle: 5-3
Devin Walker: 5-3                                                      Malik Johnson: 4-2
Robert Jenkins; sack                                                  Marquis White: 4-2-pass def- Int
Nadim Harris: sack                                                       Stephon Fulton: 4- sack
Maurice Harris: interception
Wendell Thompson: fumble recovery

OCT. 2
Future 20, Prep Charter 7
Although the Huskies weren’t victorious it’s always a pleasure to see the “Little Guys” excel, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Yeah baby! Linebacker Tariq Reid listed at 5’9” and LB Kendal Edwards 5’9/ 155 tallied up these numbers respectively; 13 tackles-7 solo -1 loss and an interception and 12-6-2. Reid also read a screen pass perfectly and went untouched for a 33 yard TD. He totaled 72 yards on 3 returns.  Their efforts weren’t enough to overcome the offense of Future’s RB, Khalil Hobson [29-100- TD], and replacement QB, Amir Martin, taking over for the injured Kamel Powers.  Martin rushed 11-56 and passed 5-8-1-78-1TD. Jermaine Kirby was the recipient of a 12-yard TD toss. Kirby caught 3 balls overall for 39 yards. Lorenzo Bridges ran 12-95- TD. The Firebirds weren’t too bad on the other side of the ball, limiting PC to 27 rushing yards on 24 tries and just 27 passing yards. Malik Reeves, Jaleel McCray, David Rogers and Naeem Bridges [2] notched sacks for the Firebirds. Martin had a pick for Future. Jahmarley Samuels 10-6-1, Jovan Matthews 9-6-2, Kyreese Davis 8-5-2, Keith Jenkins 6-4, Marquan Middleton 5-3-1-hurry, Quran Gay 5-3-1 and Joseph Lind TFL were defensive contributors for the Huskies.

OCT. 1
Bok 26, Furness 0
The Wildcat defense was just too big and physical for the Furness offense. The Falcons' top runner, Sharif Smith, would only tally 32 yards on 14 carries. Overall Bok limited Furness to just 55 rushing yards on 25 attempts. The Wildcats picked off all three Falcon pass attempts, 2 by Khalil Neal and the other by Robert Quarterman. Neal also notched 9 tackles at linebacker with 6 being solo and 1 for a loss. He punished the Falcon defense carrying 19 times for 109 yards out of the fullback position while piggybacking would be tacklers numerous times. Bok’s Jihad Ward made the play of the evening, leaping high into the sky to snatch an Andre Frazier 28-yard pass in the left corner of the end zone while dragging one foot in bounds for the ‘Cats' second TD. Bok’s other TDs were runs by Neal (1 and 16 yards) and Shaquil Sammons (1 yard). Bok converted just 1 PAT, a Frazier pass to Gary Jackson. Frazier threw the ball 12 times, completing 5 for 50 yards. He also had a pass picked off by the Falcons Smith. Jacqual Dobbs [6-4-3-2 sacks], Chris Sherrod [6-3], Quarterman [5-3] and Jackson [5-2-1]  keyed the Bok defense. Bobby Ross TFL & fumble recovery, Kevin Thompson TFL and Marqui Alfriend forced fumble also helped. The Furness defense was led by LB Victor Pastore [10-7], Dontay Holder [8-4- fumble recovery], Smith [6-4-1], Maurice Harris 2 TFL’s, Aaron Cooper TFL and Kevin Hayes forced fumble.

SEPT. 25
Neumann-Goretti 34, Prep Charter 7
Prep’s Jovan Matthews forced and recovered a Saints fumble in the end zone to give the Huskies an early lead and after Solomon Zoegar’s PAT it was 7-0 Huskies. Unfortunately for PC that would close out their scoring for the evening. The Saints' Sinclair Whiteman [11-125] scored 3 TDs on runs of 4 and two 18 yarders. QB Anthony Mastrando threw for the game's other TD when he connected nicely on a 27-yard toss to Jesse Kinsey. Kinsey also grabbed a 17-yard pass from Mastrando. Mastrando connected one other time to Louis Coles for 6 yards. Overall he passed 3-5-50. Will Huff nailed 2 field goals of 25 and 23 yards. He also converted 4 PAT boots. Huff, according to the NG staff, is considered a Division I kicker.  Stan "Buddy" Visack and Kinsey paced the Saints' defense with 7 tackles apiece. Mastrando 6, Chad McPherson 5- 2 sacks also helped. Visack, Kinsey, Mastrando and John Snyder logged tackles for losses. Shariff Curtis (brother of '08 franchise Kadeem, now at Temple) claimed a sack. Justin Rey had 2 returns for 64 yards. Troy Johnson passed [4-10-55] for Prep Charter. Charles Barber caught 3 for 31 yards. Tariq Reid 1 for 24.  The Saints held the Huskies to just 41 rushing yards on 26 tries. Matthews [10-6-2], Barber [8-5], Reid [7-4-2], Kendal Edwards [5-3-1], Marquan Middleton [5-3-sack] and Tyron Cleveland [5-3] were the PC defensive headliners.

SEPT. 24
Furness 46, Esperanza 0
It’s great that Esperanza is maintaining its football program, but with lots of underclassman. Well, that’s what I was told, {I was given a game jersey distribution list with names and numbers only.} The Toros should play a JV schedule only. No surprise as the Falcons' Sharif Smith rushed for 3 TD’s and totaled 233 yards on just 11 carries. Victor Pastore had 12 tackles, 7 solo and 1 for a loss. For Esperanza Joseph McClain returned 6 balls for 109 yards. This kid has good hands and fielded some balls while backpeddling. He caught the only pass that was thrown to him for a 24-yard pickup, but some reason he didn’t get much playing time. How come? I spoke to him and he said that he was a senior. So what! Let him play. I understand that the Toros are looking towards the future but don’t deny the young man an opportunity to compete. I’ll give him credit as he shouted words of encouragement to his teammates while on the sideline.  Now back to the Falcons. A few weeks back head coach Anthony Pastore mentioned to me that his offensive line needs to improve. That may still be an issue. In spite of gaining 320 yards on just 26 rushing attempts the Falcons didn’t have much luck between the tackles against a weak defense. Most of Smith’s yardage came after he was met almost instantaneously at the line of scrimmage but had the ability to free himself and get to the outside. There may have been a few quick bursts here and there but not many. This Thursday evening at the South Philadelphia complex the Falcons will face Bok Tech with the winner claiming first place in the division. If you’re in the mood for some old school High School football then stop by and watch 2 native Southwest Philadelphia coaches go head to head and try to beat each other at the line of scrimmage. Bok’s Tom DeFelice along with Pastore LOVE to employ the run as their main offensive weapon. No spread or run and shoot offensive here, just grind it out football. Staying with offense for a minute I read where former NFL coach Jon Gruden attended a 7 on 7 football tournament with 75 high school teams. John said that all but one squad operated out of the shotgun and that at one point he asked a QB to get behind the center and take a conventional snap. The young man replied; I really don’t know how because I was never taught it.   WOW!!!

SEPT. 24
Southern 28, West Phila. 26 OT
With 2:49 remaining on the fourth quarter clock West Philly QB Charles Walton tossed a 16 yard TD to Yusuf Jackson giving the Speedboys their first lead of the game at 20-14. Things were looking awfully bleak on the Southern sideline. Ram head man Stosh Tunney encouraged his squad to keep playing. “Let’s go guys; it ain’t over, keep your heads up." Even Athletic Director Mike Jackson got into the act, shouting out "Let’s go down the field and score a touchdown. We can’t let this one slip away.” However it was assistant Craig Scioscia who shouted the word that always catches my ear. Craig added the usual motivating words but he ended with; “All we need is for someone to make a PLAY.” Ahhh. Make a play. In other words make something happen. Smack somebody hard, force a fumble, intercept a pass or make a great catch. Make a game changing play. Well how about an instant request granted by Shaquille Gaskins. Gaskins took the ensuing kickoff 81 yards and tied the game at 20. In fact Gaskins made several “plays”. On the Rams' first TD, serving as the Southern QB, Gaskins sprinted to his left and, as he was about to be tackled, made a perfect end-over-end pitch to Sean Allen, who sprinted 76 yards for the score. Later in the contest, Gaskins scooted in the same direction and faked a one-handed pitch and then grabbed  the ball with two hands and double-pumped the pigskin, undressing several Speedboys for a 19-yard gain. Shaq saved his best for the overtime. Facing a fourth and goal at the 2 on their first OT possession, offensive coordinator Fran Mackin called for a QB sneak. Gaskins was at least a yard short on the initial push but kept moving his legs when suddenly he found a seam and lunged in for the score. I was standing in the end zone for this play to get a good view when almost simultaneously myself and referee Ernie Gallagher hollered, “Wow, what a great effort!” Izeem Sims would run for the points after, giving the Rams a 28-20 advantage.  There was one other big play and that came after Walton mirrored Gaskins with a TD sneak of his own to put the score at 28-26. Going for the two points to knot the game WP’s Robert Andrews [23-121] ran to his right, but before he could get to full speed corner man Donavan Wilson ankle tackled Andrews at the 4 to seal the victory resulting into a big celebration by the Southern contingent. Wilson excelled on defense with 9 tackles but it was Simms who punished from his linebacker post with 11 tackles, 7 of the solo variety. Tyree Parks [8-5-sack] and Richard “where have you been for the past few weeks” White. White knows that he hasn’t played up to par this year, but he said, "Watch me today, Frog. I got smaller shoulder pads on than I’ve had before and that’ll make a difference." White, a force at nose guard last year, has moved to defensive end and jumps periodically to tackle or linebacker. I guess the new pads worked. White registered 8 tackles- 6 solo- 2 for losses with sack and 3 hurries. Hey maybe next game he won’t wear any pads. Other Ram players who aided on defense were; Lamara Williams, Allen, Andrew Auer, Juwan Bennett and Ken Johnson.  Allen ran 16 times for 119 yards Mac Stokes caught 2 balls for 60 yards with one being a 29 yard TD. West Philly’s Ayub Ferron bagged 10 tackles-7 solo- 1 for a loss. He also recovered a fumble which he returned 42 yards for a TD. GregGrasshopper” Richie [9-7-1- Int] Diontre Harrison [9-6] Jaleel Smith [7-4-1] Bryant Howard [6-4-1] and Michael Glover [5-3] contributed for the Speedboys.

SEPT. 18
Future 40, Edison 6
With 31 rushes netting 442 yards, 5 pass receptions totaling 67 yards and 5 returns worthy of 51 yards, the Firebirds accumulated 41 touches for 567 yards. The average yard per touch was 13.8 yards.  Khalil Hobson [14-232] had 2 long TD runs of 57 and 82 yards. Sterling Taylor [9-142] ran 45 for a score. Kamel Powers [5-9-1-67-TD] tossed a 16 yard TD pass to Amir Martin. Martin also ran for a 39-yard score. Future’s Naeem Brogdon impressed for the second week in a row with 10 tackles, 7 solo, 2 for losses and a sack. Edison QB Terrell Lee passed, 6-17-1-109 and ran 1 yard for the Owls only TD. Dom Boseman led the Edison defense with 9 tackles, 6 solo and a TFL. Jose Claudio pitched in with an Owl interception.

SEPT. 18
Central 14, Southern 0
The outcome of this game was a result of three ingredients or, in this case, three players all wearing Lancer uniforms -- Miles Henry with 11 carries for 55 first half yards combining with teammate Ravone Cornish's 69 yards on 12 rushes in the second half. Add Linebacker Kevin Pfeifer (12 tackles- 8 solo) and an interception to the mix and you have a 14-0 Lancer victory. Southern’s Juwan Bennett, playing both Linebacker and Defensive End, made 10 tackles, 6 solo with 2 for losses and a sack.

SEPT. 17
Bok 48, Fels 16
The Panthers scored first and last but what happened in between was the difference. 48 Bok unanswered points. Jared Hines started the scoring on the game's first play from scrimmage when he went 80 yards to give Fels a very short lead. How short? How about 12 seconds. After Hines scored at the 11:35 mark of the first quarter, Shaquil Sammons returned the ensuing kickoff 81 yards and the score was knotted 8-8 after Khalil Neal ran for the conversion with 11:23 left to go in the initial stanza. Neal 63, Faison Perry 17 and 14 and Antoine Cook 1 yard all rushed for Wildcat TDs. Gary Jackson returned a punt 42 and an interception 75 for TDs. Deric Ware notched the other Fels score sneaking in from the 1. Ware passed [8-16-2-73]. Hines ran 9 times for 118 yards. Bok head coach Tom DeFelice was happy that 11 players officially ran the ball for the Wildcats. Backup QB Quadir Robinson had a kneel down at the Fels 2 yard line right before halftime. He would have been scooter number 12 had he attempted to run. Jackson had another interception along with his TD Int. Jihad Ward also made a pick for the 'Cats.

SEPT. 11
West Phila. 20, Future 14
In a game that featured some highly intense first quarter action and produced 32 total points, making leaders out of the Speedboys, 20-12, this affair appeared to be headed for some high numbers. Unfortunately all we got was a damn layup -- oops, I meant a safety -- the rest of the way.  On the opening kickoff WP’s Josh Southern returned it 44 yards to the Firebirds' 36 yard line. He was caught from behind by Xavia Witherspoon. Amazingly Witherspoon would do the same thing to Southern, grabbing him again from behind after Southern returned another kickoff 59 yards to Future’s 16. The second return took place less than 3 minutes later after HSF’s Khalil Hobson [21-175] went right up the gut for an 81-yd sprint to the end zone. Ayub Ferron scored the game's first points, bouncing in from the 1 for the Speedboys. Robert Andrews [26-166] ran for the PAT. Leading 8-6, Andrews would tack on 6 more from 3 yards out giving the West Philly guys a 14-6 advantage with 4:58 to go in the first quarter. After Greg "Grasshopper" Richie recovered a fumble for the Speedboys at the Future 35, Andrews wasted little time and covered the 35 yards on the second play after the fumble. Sterling Taylor completed the first period arithmetic by prancing in from the 5 for the Firebirds. The game's only other points came early in the final quarter when Naeem Brogdon tackled WP punter Tauren Henderson in the end zone after Henderson scooped up a bad snap from center.  The game's final significant play came with 1:50 showing on the clock. Facing a 4th and 13 from the Firebird 40 and perhaps fearing he'd permit the opposition one more scoring opportunity and a chance to come from behind, WP Head Coach Pat O’Hara called for a reverse that caught the Firebirds off guard. Christian Southern did the honors with his only carry, resulting in a first down and a gain of 18 yards. With no timeouts left for the 'Birds, it was time to take a knee and go home. Ferron paced the Speedboy defense with 9 tackles, 6 solo and 1 for a loss. Richie 8-5-2, Aaron Young 7-4, Diontre Garrison 6-3 and Mateen Giddings 5-3 helped. Richie along with Michael Glover and Howard Bryant recovered fumbles.  For the Firebirds the numbers looked like this. Witherspoon 9-7, Shaquille Johnson 9-6-1, Brogdon 8-5-2 and a fumble recovery and David Rogers 7-5. Malik Reeves had a TFL.

SEPT. 10
Bok 38, Univ. City 8
This one is hard to figure out. In the first quarter with a strong wind in his face, University City Jaguars QB Michael Adens [5-19-1-89] threw 9 passes and completed 3 for 24 yards. Using the spread offense Adens should have had at least 2 or 3 more completions but his receivers failed to hold on to a couple of his tosses.  The Jags trailed just 10-0 after the first quarter and had a strong wind at their back in the second quarter. For some reason, UC coach Lou Williams elected to line up in a tight run formation and Adens threw 3 just times, all incomplete. Why? I’m still baffled along with about 6 or 7 people seated in the South Philly Supersite Press Box. The Wildcats would lead at the half, 16-0. Khalil Neal [22-129-2] bulldozed 44 yards for the first score. He also would run for the 2 point conversion. Josh Garnett blocked a UC punt out of the end zone for 2 points while QB Andre Frazier sneaked in from the 1 to complete the first half scoring.  Bok did their typical game playing, rushing 48 times for 248 yards, all to the delight of Head Coach Tom DeFelice and especially to offensive line coach Frank “Roscoe” Natale. In DeFelice’s pregame speech he told his team to win the game so that he could present the game ball to injured Center Anthony Longo. Longo broke his wrist last week in a game against Southern. Bok’s offensive line featured Center Michael Clark. The Guards were Garnett at the right and D'Andre Coffer at the left. The RT was Kashiem Sledge and LT Kendall Johnson. The Wildcats went on to score 22 additional points in the second half to take a 38-0 lead. The Jags didn’t get on the board until just 16 seconds remained on the fourth quarter clock. The score would come on a 50 yard Adens pass to Tariq “Pop Tart” Gordon. Adens would add the PAT run. Bok’s second half scores came on a 1 yard plunge by Neal and a 12 yard burst by Gary Jackson. Jackson also grabbed a 33 yard pass from Frazier for a TD. Faison Perry and Omar Bashir ran for PAT’s. Bok held UC to just 13 yards rushing on 20 carries. In addition to his 50-yard snag, Gordon caught 2 others to give him 3 for 70. Kasheem Johnson snatched 2 for 19 yards. Maruis Day had an interception and Martin Monroe recovered a fumble for U City. Number 61 (not listed on the UC roster) had a terrific day on defense with 10 tackles, 7 solo and 1 for a loss. I didn’t realize that the number was not listed until UC had left the complex. My bad. Gordon made 7 tackles with a TFL. Parrish Shoatz, 7- 4 and Monroe, 6-3-1 contributed. Bok’s Jaquil Dobbs hounded all day on defense to the tune of 9-7-2 and 2 hurries. Chris Sherrod, 6-3-1- 2 fumble recoveries and Marqui Alfriend, 5-3 aided the Bok defense. Shane Solomon recovered a fumble for the Wildcats.
  Note: Here’s a rather bold prediction on my part. Based on what I saw on the high school performances of now Atlanta Falcon and former Penn Charter QB Matt Ryan and former O’Hara star and now at Rutgers Tom Savage, Savage will be a better NFL QB than Ryan. Now go tell that to all of your blogger friends!

Episcopal 28, Furness 6

  Furness’s Malik Jordan picked off a Taylor Wright [6-9-2-103] pass with 1:42 left in the first quarter. On the Falcons' next play “Triple S” Sweet Sharif Smith [13-65] lost control of the football at his own 23 yard line where Brian Ruditys  [26-121]  scooped it up and went to the Church for EA. German exchange student Lukas Roggendorff added the PAT for a 7-0 lead. After stopping Furness on the next series, EA went 52 yards on seven running plays, capped by Brian Taylor’s [12-64-2 TD] 3-yard run with 4:45 to go in the half. The PAT attempt failed and it was 13-0.   Smith took the ensuing kickoff 85 yards to the house and suddenly it was 13-6. The Churchmen answered right back when Wright, the son of Villanova hoops coach Jay Wright, hit Shane Morrell for a 19-yard strike with 43 ticks to go before intermission. Carl Lampe added the conversion run and it was 21-6. The scoring would end late in the contest when Taylor scooted in from the 8 at the 1:02 mark of the final quarter. Jake Butts was the man on defense for EA posting 10 tackles with 7 being of the solo variety and 1 for a loss. Brian Taylor, 7-5, Miguel Acevedo, 7-4, Erik Klein, 5-3 and Ruditys 5-3-1 pitched in. Morrell caught 4 balls for 68 yards while Taylor grabbed 2 for 35. For Furness, Robert Jenkins, who appeared to labor all afternoon with the heat, toughed it up for 10-6-1 on defense. Henry Greene 8-5, Victor Pastore 7-5, Devin Walker 6-3-1 and Aaron Cooper, 5-3 also spotlighted on the defensive side of the ball. Smith made an interception and also ran 13 times for 65 yards and returned 3 balls for 129 yards. QB Ryan Johnson completed 5 tosses for 47 yards.  Colin Wright the brother of Taylor is a back up QB for EA.
  Notes:  The Churchmen listed 13 coaches on their staff. I counted 11 from the press box including the staff inside the box. I guess the other 2 were out scouting . . . Although the Furness roster read 32 players it looked like in the mid 20ss.