L to R -- QB Montrell Stewart, WR Stanley Baylis, QB Khalil Brown

No Problem Catching On

  On Friday Sept. 18, 2009, Gratz sr. WR Stanley Baylis, a lineman when he began his organized football career just two years earlier, broke the Public League record for receiving yards in one game with 224 vs. Communications Tech. Look below for Ted's note detailing the accomplishment and below that for a pic of Stanley, his QBs and the linemen who helped make it happen.


  Just 2 years ago, in his first year of organized football, Stanley Baylis was an offensive lineman for the
Nicetown Titans' youth squad.

  Friday night, he justified his childhood nickname.

  Baylis, a 5-10, 160-pound senior wideout, broke the Public League record for receiving yards in a game
- 224, on just four catches - as Gratz dumped visiting Communications Tech, 42-6.

  He caught an 85-yarder from Montrell Stewart (tackled at 5) and a 95-yarder (for a score) from Khalil
Brown (the QBs rotated) in addition to tosses worth 23 and 21.

  "I played o-line for Nicetown because they needed help there," he said. "When I signed up for Gratz
last year, I told the coach [Erik Zipay] I played wideout and he said, 'OK, we'll give you a shot.' From
there I just did my best. I always caught lots of passes in [street/playground] football. They called me
'Little TO.'"

  Rich Drayton, now his alma mater's first-year coach, totaled 213 yards on seven catches as Central
bombarded Northeast, 60-3, on Thanksgiving morning 1986, and quarterback Mike Roche set the
still-standing city mark for passing yardage (409).

  "I knew I was doing a lot of running and piling up yards, but I didn't think I was breaking any records,"
Baylis said. "The offensive line was great. Really stepped up.

  "I was a little mad about not getting [the 90-yarder], but I kind of expected to be caught. I was doing
a lot of running at free safety, too."

  Baylis attends Engineering and Science and plays for Gratz as part of a cooperative sponsorship (as
does star lineman Tamaric Richardson). It works out great because he lives on Sydenham Street, within
footsteps of Gratz' stadium.

  "We always played around over there," he said. "I caught lots of passes...Montrel, Khalil and I were
on Nicetown together, too, so we all get along."

The linemen join in . . .
L to R -- TE Kareem William-Womack, T Qualef Edwards,
G Tamaric Richardson, C Jamil Morgan, G Naim Williams, T Laquan Everett.







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