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APRIL 1
 
Here are some notes from coach Bill Gallagher (Episcopal Academy) about the contributions of Pub/Cath/Int players to Team Stars & Stripes' recent 54-6 win over Catalunya Representative, 54-6, in Barcelona, Spain . . .
  Kevin Kovacs (Judge) -- MVP, Threw for TD, ran for TD and stripped ball from kickoff return man and scored TD
  James Biggs-Frazier (Penn Charter) -- 14 carries for 128 yds and TD. Had TD and two long runs called back.
  Hank Adens (Roxborough) -- returned opening KO for TD; called back for ???; Had another called back; 100 yds receiving and a TD
  Cody Russell (Episcopal) played great at LB and scored TD as FB
  Patrick Cawley (Gtn. Academy) started the game with two huge hits from LB
  Kevin Fabien (Roxborough) -- played great at NG and OT
  Connor Foley (Judge) -- kicked 5-6 extra points OUT OF THE STADIUM! OOHS and AAHS from crowd!!
  Riley Kordek (Gtn. Academy) -- received award as Best Traveler (got involved with everyone and speaks pretty good Spanish)
  Freddie Perri (Penn Charter) at WR, Matt Cunningham (Judge) at SS, Jon Rava (Malvern) at FS and RB, Nick Lucchetta (O'Hara) and Nick Helber (Haverford School) both at OL and DT ---- ALL started and made big contributions!!
  We practiced first thing in the morning then toured areas and visted museums. It was awesome.

DEC. 20
TEDBITS
 
Two long streaks were terminated today. Maybe you're saying, "How's that? The season ended last Sunday." Well, the Daily News' all-star football teams -- as crafted for the first time, in fine fashion, by Aaron "Ace" Carter -- were released and no players from West Catholic/Washington earned first team honors. West had placed guys on the first team for 11 consecutive seasons (2002-12) while Washington had done so for nine (2004-12). The longest active streak now belongs to Wood with 11 (2003-13), and we can't see it ending any time soon. La Salle is next at six (2008-13) and Roman claims third at four (2010-13). 

DEC. 19
TEDBITS
  A statistical look at the state AAAA champs produced by archrival schools -- La Salle in 2009, SJ Prep in 2013 (yardage totals ch-chinged by Ed "Huck" Palmer) . . .

  La S '09 SJP '13
Overall Record *14-1 12-3
Division Record 5-1 4-0
Points Scored 456 441
Points Allowed 179 297
Average Score Overall 30-12 29-20
Average Score in CL/CT playoffs 32-23 28-17
Average Score in state playoffs 25-9 31-14
Rushing Yards Gained 2,426 2,581
Passing Yards Gained 2,469 2,531
Total Yards Gained 4,895 5,112
Rushing Yards Allowed 2,059 2,672
Passing Yards Allowed 1,489 2,069
Total Yards Allowed 3,548 4,741
*Lone loss to SJ Prep, 24-17    

DEC. 18
 
Look below for an updated list of the highest scoring teams in city history. West Catholic's Rob and Brandon Hollomon are brothers. SJ Prep's Pat Kaiser reached his outrageously lofty total (306, then a state record) thanks to 37 TDs, one two-pointer, 52 kicks and 10 field goals. All leading scorers were primarily rushers except for La Salle receiver Jimmy Herron and Imhotep receiver/kicker Denniston "DJ" Moore. Fifteen of the top 21 efforts have occurred from 2007 forward.

Year School Points Leading Scorer Points
2008 West Catholic 775 Rob Hollomon 254
2011 Wood 699 Desmon Peoples 138
2013 Imhotep 662 Denniston "DJ" Moore 128
2012 Imhotep 651 David Williams 138
2013 Wood 585 Jarrett McClenton 192
2000 Carroll 584 Brian Mattaway 144
2010 West Catholic 548 Brandon Hollomon 110
2012 Wood 536 Andrew Guckin 180
2010 Wood 511 Desmon Peoples 150
2002 SJ Prep 499 Pat Kaiser 306
2008 Wood 482 Sean Cunningham 162
2009 West Catholic 477 Brandon Hollomon 116
2010 La Salle 471 Jamal Abdur-Rahman 174
1997 Frankford 457 Eddie Gaskins 195
2009 La Salle 456 Jamal Abdur-Rahman 122
1987 Frankford 454 Sean Parish 122
2004 Washington 452 Jerry Butler 148
2007 West Catholic 444 Raymond Maples 124
2012 La Salle 441 Jimmy Herron 96
2013 SJ Prep 441 Olamide Zaccheaus 90
1966 Egan 438 unavailable  

DEC. 17
  Final career totals for highly productive seniors . . .

RUSHERS        
Name School(s) Carries Yards TDs
Greg White West Cath. 397 3,051 49
Troy Gallen Malvern 254 2,230 27
PASSERS        
Name School(s)

C-A

Yards TDs
Hayes Nolte Gtn. Acad. 283-564 3,886 32
Dashawn Darden O'Hara 262-478 3,812 47
Joseph Walker Mast/King 229-559 3,795 48
Cedric Wright Gtn/Wash 229-520 3,784 30
Chris Martin SJ Prep 249-429 3,414 39
RECEIVERS        
Name School(s)

Rec.

Yards TDs
Delane Hart Dobb/Gtn/King 93 2,038 24
Jamal Custis Neum.-Gor. 74 1,790 23
Jylil Reeder Fels 84 1,624 17
Thaddius Smith O'Hara 78 1,289 22
Jermaine Norris Mastery N. 74 1,105 12
Jawan McAllister SJ Prep 81 1,102 13
Kyle Donahue Gtn. Acad. 64 1,082 7
Curan Simmons Prep Char. 69 1,076 11
Nydair Rouse N-G/Gratz 51 1,059 12
Zaire Shoemake Olney 58 1,043 14
Evan Butts Episcopal 55 1,026 14
Bobby Romano Ryan 40 960 8
OVERALL SCORING      
Name School(s)

TDs

Conv. Points
Greg White West Cath. 50 14 328
Walter Pegues Central 39 7 248
Troy Gallen Malvern 38 0 228
Delane Hart Dobb/Gtn/King 31 9 204
Jylil Reeder Fels 32 6 204
KICK SCORING      
Name School(s)

PATs

FGs Points
Connor Foley Judge 121 21 184
Steve Weyler O'Hara 123 7 144
Jon Dollfus Malvern 68 6 86
Phil Isaac Roman 79 0 79
Joe Stock Ryan 56 6 74

DEC. 15
PIAA CLASS AAAA FINAL
SJ Prep 35, Pittsburgh Central Catholic 10
(At Hersheypark Stadium)

  As the final seconds ticked away, coach Gabe Infante took a quick walk along the Prep's sideline and yelled, "Who's the underdog!?!" He then added, "The schedule we play?" Yes, many people seemed to think the Hawks would emerge from this one as the loser, and the fact that PCC (15-0 going in) had allowed just an average of 110.6 yards per game in its previous five playoff outings (that tidbit was posted in the game program) was mighty impressive. The Hawks owned that many yards by early in the second quarter, however, along with a 7-7 tie. Though they later surrendered a field goal and headed for the locker room facing a 10-7 deficit . . . wow, how things changed over the final 24 minutes!! The Prep owned that span! It kicked serious heiny! It racked up four TDs and came within inches of a fifth. The best part about the dominance was that so many players contributed. This guy. That guy. This guy. That guy. It was a true TEAM effort. PCC began the second half with the ball and a 16-yard sack by jr. DL Jon Daniel Runyan, a star T who saw all kinds of productive time on defense tonight, helped to create a three-and-out. The Hawks took over on their 41 and sr. QB Chris Martin immediately hit jr. WR John Reid along the left sideline for what became a 59-yard TD. On the next series, sr. LB Ryan McNulty almost notched a third down interception and then came the all-timer. Jr. DB Dillon DeIuliis broked through to block the punt and the ball squirted sideways toward PCC's sideline. Sr. Jawan McAllister picked it up at roughly the 20 and scampered toward payturf. He was stopped at just about the goal line and -- oh, no! -- the ball popped free and bounced toward the back of the end zone, where PCC recovered for a touchback. Ed "Huck" Palmer was at home, watching the telecast and keeping defensive stats, and he said the replay strongly indicated McAllister's knee hit the ground an instant BEFORE the ball came loose. Rough. The rest of the quarter featured no scoring, but PCC did lose sr. QB Joseph Cosentino to an ankle injury; he was hurt on a decent keeper that wound up being a non-gain because of a holding call. Also, over the last seven plays of that session, the Hawks moved from their 20 to the Vikings' 14 and the last play was a 25-yard completion to jr. RB Olamide Zaccheaus. On that one, Martin appeared to check out 3-4 different guys before seeing that Z was by his lonesome in the middle. It was a fine example of maintaining focus and making the right decision. Then came a great call by Tim Roken, the offensive coordinator. Martin connected with Joe DuMond for a TD. Pretty sure DuMond wasn't touched until the last instant, when he made a leap into the end zone. Where had he been at the start of the play? My guess was fullback only because he'd been completely ignored by PCC's defenders. A quick check revealed that DuMond had lined up at TE on that play, and had neatly slipped a short distance to his left off the line of scrimmage. It was his third catch of the season, and first TD. Classic moment! An 18-yard gain off a fake punt helped PCC sustain a drive that eventually placed the ball at the Prep's 38, but on fourth down Reid registered a 5-yard sack. Fifty-seven yards to another score. Only four plays needed to get 'em. All runs by frosh D'Andre Swift -- 11, 9, 2 and 35 yards. Another quick TD? Sure, why not? On PCC's third play, Runyan bullied his way into the backfield and knocked the ball free from the hand of the backup QB, jr. Graham Adomitis. Jr. DL Jake Strain, who was terrific all night, made the recovery at the 19 and had strong thoughts of posting a scoop-and-score. Didn't quite work out, so the next line of scrimmage was the 16. Ch-ching. Sr. RB Vince Moffett immediately added six more points with a 16-yard journey to the left corner, and sr. K-P Pat Walsh nailed his fifth PAT. One more highlight? Definitely. Moffett stripped the ball from a receiver and sr. CB Rob DiSanto pulled off the pounce-on-it job. What a half of multipronged dominance. And to think it all began with Dan Koenig. Who? He's a senior at the Prep and was chosen to compete in an on-field, halftime contest against a student from PCC. Stand at the goal line. Punt the ball to one spot, then throw it from there to a target at midfield. The PCC kid's punt was ridiculously poor, so Koenig had no trouble winning. Take note: Wood was also trailing at halftime Friday night when basketball player Matt Funk won the exact same contest. Just sayin'. The Prep's student rooters, who showed up in large numbers and exhibited wonderful game-long energy despite the wicked cold/wind combo, owned the stretch. First they chanted, "This is OUR state!!!!! . . . This is OUR state!!!!!" Then they crooned the "We Are the Champions" song and altered the chorus to: "We are the champions . . . of the STATE." Ha, ha, ha. Good stuff, guys. There were many great visuals during the postgame moments. The best involved Infante. Pretty much the instant the game ended, he was grabbed by TV folks, and then others, for interviews. So he was not on hand when the Hawks mad-dashed from midfield toward the south end of the stadium so they could pose for team pics with the still-lit scoreboard in the background. Finally, Infante appeared at the edge of the scene and roared, "Aren't you forgetting somebody?!?!" He then ran the short distance toward the group and slid/flopped into a spot in the middle of the front guys. Legendary. Later, a handful of players ventured beyond the field at that same end to make a bunch of snow angels. One player, soph long-snapper John Coppinger, even ran over and made a full-out leap onto the snow-covered grass. Later, when he trotted back toward the field, he quipped, "Man, that really hurt." Later, a player was handing the trophy to a coach and noted, "Feel this. It's heavy as hell." Congrats to all Prep folks! It was a wonderful season and major effort was put forth by everyone.
  TITLE TIDBITS: By courtesy of Huck, McNulty numbered seven solos among 10 tackles while Moffett had five among nine . . . Jr. Tom Johnson made seven stops . . . Strain posted a two sacks, a TFL and the fumble recovery . . . Runyan's two sacks totaled 28 yards . . . Reid broke up three passes . . . Martin finished 13-for-21 for 195 yards and three TDs. In the final three playoff games, after returning from a knee injury, he passed 37-for-63 (58.7 percent) for 673 yards and seven TDs. For the season, despite missing two games, he went 152-for-240 (63.3 percent) for 2,208 yards and 27 TDs . . . The Prep's first TD went to Moffett on a 27-yard pass from Martin. Vince slipped out of the backfield down the middle and was wide open . . . The attendance was announced as 2,486 . . . The Hawks finished 12-3 . . . Ryan, coached by Frank McArdle, can now brag that it beat two state champs (Wood, Prep) in addition to the Pub's AAAA runnerup, Washington. State tidbits are not my strength, so I have no idea whether any other team beat two state champs in the same season. Does anyone? State titles only go back to '88 . . . This concludes my 43rd season of covering high school football. Great fun, as always. Thanks for paying attention. And big props for our website contributors/DN statkeepers.

DEC. 15
PIAA CLASS AA FINAL
South Fayette 41, Imhotep 0
(At Hersheypark Stadium)
  There are no words . . . There's no way this really happened, right? Imhotep, so strong and often dominant all season, actually got thrashed? Was it overconfidence? Can't be sure about that, but there's no doubt the Panthers were out of sync from the very beginning and caused many of their own problems with serious lapses in concentration. On the game's first series, SF drove 64 yards in 13 plays. Jr. QB Brett Brumbaugh threw short, pinpoint passes again and again, but the Lions also received major help from Imhotep's line-of-scrimmage lapses. How many? Four. That's right. Imhotep was called for encroachment four times and the last violation moved the ball from the 6 to 3. Two plays later, with the ball inches from the goal line, SF was called for procedure. A mere blip. Brumbaugh immediately hit sr. WR Justin Watson for an easy, fade-right touchdown. Imhotep followed with a three-and-out and SF did not -- excuse my French -- fart around. Brumbaugh  delivered a lengthy strike to a wide-open jr. TE Logan Sharp and the result was a 53-yard TD. If you think eyebrows were beginning to soar then . . . SF added three more TDs before halftime and since jr. Brian Coyne made all of the kicks, the mercy rule was in effect for the entire second half. Even worse, the final two prior-to-intermission scores occurred 28 seconds apart in the final 56 seconds -- a 4-yard run was followed by a 46-yard pick six. In that first half, 'Tep was guilty of nine official penalties and two more happened on conversions. All were 5-yarders (or less, due to half the distance). Once, while setting up to RECEIVE a kickoff, the Panthers were guilty of an infraction. So the ball was moved up to the 45 and the kickoff carried to the end zone. When the Lions came out for warmups, I immediately noticed something. Many of their players were not wearing sleeves, or even long socks, as if they thought the calendar read August or September. They were trying to send a message: We're here to play football, not worry about freezing our buns off. In that first half, Brumbaugh passed 16-for-23 for 270 yards and those are very uncommon numbers for 24 minutes even for great weather, let alone in frigid temps with lots of wind. Meanwhile, I'll take a strong guess and say the Lions tried to target the sides of the field in an attempt to keep star S Deandre Scott (Arizona commit) from being much of a factor. On one of the passes Brumbaugh did throw down the middle (or thereabouts), Scott posted an interception. Imhotep did almost nothing on offense. Some people like to kid around and call the school IHOP after the pancake restaurant. That's usually a good fit during football season because the linemen are known to post lots of pancake blocks. Not today. The Lions' D-linemen stood their ground and were quick to the ball. The ultimate downer occurred on the first series of the third quarter. Thanks to three big completions by jr. QB Andre Dreuit-Parks -- 46 yards to jr. WR Denniston "DJ" Moore, 16 to jr. RB Nasir Bonner, 20 to soph RB Tyliek Raynor -- the Panthers set themselves up for first and goal at the 2. Then got stuffed! Oh, my goodness. How does THAT happen? D-P gained 1 yard, then Bonner (he tried to get in with a leap), D-P again and sr. FB Craig "CJ" McCollum were stopped inches short in succession. There was one other highlight for the Panthers. Sr. DL Tyrone Barge, who left with an ankle injury late in the third quarter, returned midway through the fourth and powered through the line to block a PAT. Some of the Panthers were crying even before game's end and a few more let loose with the liquid once the clock hit 0:00. Nothing wrong with that. In fact, everything's right with that. It shows that you care, and that you understand the impact of true devastations. Coach Albie Crosby, all members of his staff and the players accepted the loss with class and even posed for team pics with the runnerup trophy. Undoubtedly, that was the LAST thing they wanted to do at that juncture. In consecutive years, the Panthers, who'd not been blanked since the 2010 Pub AA final (by Bok, also by 41-0), have fallen in a state semi and final. Many high-quality players will return. The march toward a breakthrough 2014 season will undoubtedly start immediately.

DEC. 13
PIAA CLASS AAA FINAL
Wood 22, Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt 10
(At Hersheypark Stadium)

  Here's guessing you never expected to see these two names -- Steve Devlin, Wilt Chamberlain -- in the same sentence. Footsteps beyond the scoreboard end of the football field is the arena where Wilt created a worldwide buzz in 1962 by dropping a 100-point bomb on the New York Knicks for the ol' Philadelphia Warriors. Well, folks, this was Devlin's 100th game as Wood's coach and he created a statewide buzz by claiming his second AAA crown in three years. As any hoops fan knows, Wilt, a wickedly bad foul-shooter over his career, somehow went 28-for-32 (87.5 percent) at the line en route to those 100 points. Steve is in that ballpark because he now owns an .840 winning percentage. Two years ago, also in the final, the Vikings sliced and diced this opponent by 52-0. This victory came in much more difficult fashion, witness that Wood went scoreless in the first half. Somehow, the almost always explosive Vikings gained at least 10 yards on just ONE play in those first 24 minutes and that didn't happen until the final 11 seconds as jr. RB Jarrett McClenton took a left-side sweep 18 yards to McDevitt's 38. At halftime, though of course the players didn't see it because they were in the locker room, sr. basketball player Matt Funk offered a good example of how to rally from a deficit. One rooter from each school was chosen for an on-the-field contest: Punt the ball from the end zone to wherever it lands, then throw it from there to a target at midfield. Closest throw wins. Matt punted second and his effort was shorter than the McDevitt kid's. But his throw came within a few yards of the target and the other kid's -- whoa -- sailed way past it. Vike wins! Vike wins! So, what happened when the real football guys returned to the field? You got it. The Vikings came out of their Funk (smile). They opened the second half with an 11-play, 72-yard drive that was capped by McClenton with a 4-yard run. Three times within the first six plays, all to the left side, McClenton reeled off biggies of 22, 10 and 12 yards. Most teams are righthanded, of course, but the Vikings often chose the left side and made no secret of what they were doing. Again and again, the top two grunts -- jr. G Ryan Bates and sr. T Deion Oliver -- were switched back and forth from right to left to right (and even between the G-T spots) and a few times McDevitt's defenders could be heard calling out their location shortly before snaps. Also, jr. TE Jake Cooper often lined up as a wingback -- sometimes going in motion -- to the side where the play would be headed, so he could take out guys on the edge. Hey, if you play with passion and skillfully carry out your assignment, it doesn't matter if the opponent knows what's coming. The best thing about Wood's second-half production was that the drives ate major clock. The first drive took 5 minutes, 11 seconds. After the Crusaders were limited to one first down, Wood took over again with 4:11 left in the quarter and maintained possession for more than a quarter! Twelve minutes and 6 seconds, to be exact. This drive started on the 3 and featured 21 plays. On the second play of the fourth quarter, McClenton raced 39 yards with a draw, placing the ball at McDevitt's 40. Thanks in part to a hold, Wood soon faced third and 13. To that point, soph QB Tom Garlick had thrown just one pass all night (incomplete). Would Devlin knock on the youngster's door? Indeed. And Garlick would respond. On a right-side out, he hit sr. WR Kendall Singleton for a 15-yard gain. Next, just before what would have been a fourth-and-2 play, a procedure penalty moved the ball back to the 25. Garlick then faked a handoff to McClenton and completed a short, left-side flip to sr. FB Josh Messina, who netted nine yards. Rejuiced, the Vikings continued on their merry way. With Cooper leading the way, McClenton zipped 12 yards to the 4. McClenton added two yards, Messina bagged 1 (officially), then Garlick surged ahead a half-yard for the score. The kick by jr. Dan McDonald made it 14-3 at 4:05 and Wood's rooters offered a trifecta -- the it's-all-over chant, the goodbye song, and the I-believe-that-we-will-win ditty. McDevitt's three-and-out included two incomplete passes, a 6-yard sack (for sr. DE Chris Gary) and another incompletion on fourth and 16 from the 24. McDevitt's own 24. It was desperation time, folks. McClenton carried four consecutive times and a 15-yarder got the ball into the end zone. Then came what some would call the play of the night -- a conversion pass by jr. Cody Fitzpatrick. Who? Fitzpatrick, a mad-bomber guard for the basketball team, is the the holder and if a story relayed to me earlier this season is correct, he came out for the team only to be the holder for his best buddy, McDonald. Well, on this occasion, the snap went a shade awry. Fitz controlled it, scrambled to his right and, under pressure, lofted a flip toward the back part of the end zone. The ball was a little short, but jr. TE Christian Lohin lunged turfward to make the catch. What a moment. It was Wood's first two-point conversion of the season. Owning a 19-point lead with only 1:35 remaining, the Vikes were in early-ecstasy mode and star jr. RB Andre Robinson -- strangely, he was given just eight carries after totaling 42 yards on his first six -- took advantage to return the kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown. Uh-oh time? Were the Vikings setting themselves up for the all-time Friday the 13th experience? Hardly. Cooper gathered in the bouncing onside kick and kneeldowns ran out the clock. As Devlin and the players/assistant coaches surged onto the field to celebrate, they all felt as tall as Wilt.
  TITLE TIDBITS: McClenton carried an outrageous 40 times for 238 yards (both numbers are records for AAA title games, according to numerous sources) and the two TDs. The yardage total is the best by a D-12 rusher in quarters/semis/final, topping 230 by Wood's Brandon Peoples in a 2010 quarterfinal . . . Wood's other grunts were jr. C Ryan Neher, jr. T Tom Cardozo and jr. rotating Gs Jack Kenney and Shawn Scroger . . . The Vikings caught an early break when Robinson's 12-yard TD run was nullified by a procedure penalty (only six men on the line of scrimmage). Singleton then broke up a pass, Lohin made a tackle that limited Robinson to a 1-yard gain, Gary broke up another pass, then McDevitt settled for a 33-yard field goal by sr. Bobby Zwigart . . . Late in the second quarter, Zwigart made a leaping, one-handed snag of a way-too-high snap, preventing sure disaster . . . Wood's students turned out in force with the help of 12 buses . . . Overall, Wood's crowd was not as big as McDevitt's, but that was entirely understandable. Harrisburg is Hershey's neighbor . . . Because of he way-too-early deadline, Ace Carter had to watch this one from the pressbox and craft parts of his story while the game was unfolding. He hustled downstairs to get some quotes at game's end, then bustled back upstairs to pump out the final version . . . Huck Palmer watched the game on TV and kept defensive stats . . . Gary had two sacks and four other stops. Sr. LB Tyrone Dean logged a sack among four tackles. Cooper (at LB, six tackles) and jr. DL Devon Cobb split a sack. Spahits (six) and Justin Rubin (five) combined for five stops . . . Wood ran 62 plays to McDevitt's 34 . . . McClenton carried 64 times in Wood's final two games. He needed the previous seven games to log that many totes. Six of the seven games, save a 22-7 loss to Ryan, were blowout wins . . . Sr. DE Mike Perloski, one of McDevitt's captains, is related to Tom Taylor, who has helped us (for decades) to keep track of city basketball scoring. Mike is headed to Princeton. He's the son of Tom's wife's cousin.

DEC. 12 (Evening)
TEDBITS
 
Below are YPG averages for all top receivers for teams over the last six seasons that have reached the quarterfinal round in the AAAA/AAA/AA state playoffs. Due to injuries, not every guy played in every game. Included are league playoffs, City Titles, subregional semis and finals (only in AA), and a round of 16 game (also in AA). In 2008, incredibly, HALF of West Catholic's 16 games were playoffs. La Salle's Sean Coleman is listed three times. The Youngs, Eric and Eerin, are brothers. Wood's top receivers these past two years have been rushers, Josh Messina ('12) and Jarrett McClenton ('13).

Name School Class Year G Yards Avg.
Sean Coleman La Salle AAAA 2012 5 339 67.8
Connor Hoffman La Salle AAAA *2009 6 378 63.0
Jaelen Strong-Rankin W. Catholic AA *2010 6 374 62.3
Bruce Mapp W. Catholic AA 2011 5 285 57.0
Quran Kent W. Catholic AA 2009 7 385 55.0
Eric Young W. Catholic AA 2008 8 427 53.4
Sean Coleman La Salle AAAA 2011 5 264 52.8
Jawan McAllister SJ Prep AAAA 2013 5 249 49.8
Sam McCain Wood AAA 2009 5 228 45.6
Joseph Clayborne Washington AAAA 2008 5 198 39.6
Nate Smith Wood AAA *2011 6 221 36.8
Sam McCain Wood AAA 2010 4 140 35.0
Denniston "DJ" Moore Imhotep AA 2013 6 206 34.3
Vince Furlong Wood AAA 2008 6 197 32.8
Sean Coleman La Salle AAAA 2010 5 171 28.5
Eerin Young Imhotep AA 2012 6 134 22.3
Josh Messina Wood AAA 2012 6 116 19.3
Jarrett McClenton Wood AAA 2013 5 96 19.3
*-state champ            

DEC. 12
TEDBITS
 
Below are YPG averages for all top rushers for teams over the last six seasons that have reached the quarterfinal round in the AAAA/AAA/AA state playoffs. Due to injuries, not every guy played in every game. Included are league playoffs, City Titles, subregional semis and finals (only in AA), and a round of 16 game (also in AA). In 2008, incredibly, HALF of West Catholic's 16 games were playoffs. One guy on the list, Wood's Jerry Rahill in '09, was a quarterback. David Williams, who transferred from West Catholic to Imhotep for his senior year, owns the second and third spots. WC's Brandon and Rob Hollomon are brothers. Wood's Desmon and Brandon Peoples are cousins. For the moment, all three 2013 guys are on the lower half of the list.

Name School Class Year G Yards Avg.
Andrew Guckin Wood AAA 2012 6 1065 177.5
David Williams Imhotep AA 2012 6 978 163.0
David Williams W. Catholic AA 2011 5 767 153.4
Brandon Hollomon W. Catholic AA *2010 6 862 143.7
Rob Hollomon W. Catholic AA 2008 8 1103 137.9
Sean Cunningham Wood AAA 2008 6 805 134.2
Tim Wade La Salle AAAA 2011 5 629 125.8
Desmon Peoples Wood AAA *2011 5 613 122.6
Brandon Hollomon W. Catholic AA 2009 7 851 121.6
Jarrett McClenton Wood AAA 2013 5 591 118.2
Brandon Peoples Wood AAA 2010 5 530 106.0
Jamal Abdur-Rahman La Salle AAAA 2010 6 636 106.0
Olamide Zaccheaus SJ Prep AAAA 2013 5 453 90.6
Nasir Bonner Imhotep AA 2013 6 479 79.8
Jamal Abdur-Rahman La Salle AAAA *2009 6 463 77.2
Jerry Rahill Wood AAA 2009 5 326 65.2
Jordan Meachum La Salle AAAA 2012 4 221 55.3
Kyle Glenn Washington AAAA 2008 5 219 43.8
*-state champ            

DEC. 11 (Evening)
TEDBITS
 
Below are YPG passing averages for all quarterbacks over the last six seasons that have led their teams to at least the quarterfinal round in the AAAA/AAA/AA state playoffs. Due to injuries, not every guy played in every game. Included are league playoffs, City Titles, subregional semis and finals (only in AA), and a round of 16 game (also in AA). In 2008, incredibly, HALF of West Catholic's 16 games were playoffs. As you'll see, SJ Prep's Chris Martin is the leader at 199.3 A knee injury caused him to miss two games. His yardage total has gone up (147, 172, career highs of 235 and then 243) in all four games. West Catholic's Curtis Drake did likewise (90, 98, 121, 169). He threw for 98 in game No. 5.

Name School Class Year G Yards Avg.
Chris Martin SJ Prep AAAA 2013 4 797 199.3
Chris Kane La Salle AAAA 2012 5 995 199.0
Drew Loughery La Salle AAAA *2009 6 865 160.8
Jerry Rahill Wood AAA 2009 5 704 140.8
Matt Magarity La Salle AAAA 2011 5 703 140.6
Jarred Evans W. Catholic AA 2009 7 881 125.9
Anthony Reid W. Catholic AA *2010 6 628 104.7
Sean McCartney Wood AAA 2008 6 615 102.5
Matt Magarity La Salle AAAA 2010 5 511 102.2
Joey Monaghan Wood AAA *2011 6 612 102.0
Aaron Wilmer Washington AAAA 2008 5 500 100.0
Joey Monaghan Wood AAA 2010 6 483 96.6
Curtis Drake W. Catholic AA 2008 8 769 96.1
Jaleel Reed W. Catholic AA 2011 5 479 95.8
Andre Dreuitt-Parks Imhotep AA 2013 6 497 82.8
Tom Garlick Wood AAA  2013 5 365 73.0
Tom Garlick Wood AAA 2012 5 380 63.3
Andre Dreuitt-Parks Imhotep AA 2012 6 363 60.5
*-state champ            

DEC. 11
TEDBITS
 
Last week the D-12 squads soared above .500 in semifinals (to 10-7) with victories in AAAA, AAA and AA. This will be Our Guys' first experience with three appearances in championship games and thus far in those the record is 3-4. Thanks largely to blowout wins by West Catholic in '10 and Wood in '11, the scoring advantage is 181-135.

  Class AAAA   Class AAA   Class AA
Year School Opponent Result   School Opponent Result   School Opponent Result
2008 None       Wood Thomas Jefferson L, 34-7   West Catholic Wilmington Area L, 35-34
2009 La Salle State College W, 24-7   None       None    
2010 La Salle N. Allegheny L, 21-0   None       West Catholic South Fayette W, 50-14
2011 None       Wood Harrisburg McDevitt W, 52-0   None    
2012 None       Wood Erie Cathedral Prep L, 24-14   None    
2013 SJ Prep Pittsburgh CC ??   Wood Harrisburg McDevitt ??   Imhotep South Fayette ??
    24-28       73-58       84-49

DEC. 10 (Evening)
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The mystery deepens. When was the last time, if ever, a Catholic League player scored twice on kickoff returns in the same game? I have stats-or-just-scoring sheets for all city teams going back to 1976 and I can find NO EVIDENCE that another CL player has pulled a Luke Spahits (see today's earlier Tedbit) since '79 (I'm still looking for the '76, '77 and '78 folders). Beyond that, it appears that no CL players have scored thrice via kickoff returns in the same season, so if Spahits returns another kickoff to da house Friday night in the Class AAA final vs. Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt, he'll also stand alone in that category over the last 35 seasons. Amazing to the Nth power, right? Again, if you can help with this search, email me at tedtee307@yahoo.com. Thanks.

DEC. 10
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The research took a while, as it involved plowing through every TEAM PAGE going back to 2000, but it turned out to be worth it. Check this out: Wood senior Luke Spahits is the ONLY Catholic League player in 14 seasons to score twice on kickoff returns in the same game. Luke pulled off that feat last Saturday in a Class AAA semifinal vs. Berwick and, amazingly, each time he covered 75 yards. It's possible (maybe even likely?) that Spahits is the only player in Cath/Pub postseason history to score twice on KO returns in the same game. I can't find evidence that anyone else has accomplished this feat. If you know of anyone else, please let me know at tedtee307@yahoo.com. Here are the CL guys who've posted two kickoff-return TDs in the same season since 2000. No one has had three. Maurice Stovall advanced to the NFL. This might be true for some of the other guys, but we definitely know that the returns by La Salle's Dan Waters occurred in consecutive games. Seventy-two yards, then 95. Waters was quite the baseball player. In '03, he whiffed 10 in a semifinal no-hitter vs. Carroll and faced just 22 batters.

Catholic League Players With Two
Kickoff-Return TDs in One Season (2000-13)
Name School Year
Maurice Stovall Carroll 2000
Kevin McClease C-E 2011
Joe Tretter C-E 2008
Andrew McHale Judge 2006
Tim Wacker Judge 2002
Dan Waters La Salle 2001
Jason Golderer McDevitt 2007
Tyliek Raynor N-G 2012
Hakeem Johnson N-G 2007
Hiram Bowman N-G 2005
Billy Canady N-G 2002
John Chaney Roman 2013
Al Desiderio Roman 2007
Bobby Romano Ryan 2013
Brian Brinkmann SJ Prep 2006
Rob Hollomon West 2008
Chris Diaferio West 2002
*-Luke Spahits Wood 2013
Jarrett McClenton Wood 2012
*-same game    

DEC. 9
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Here's an updated list of District 12's top 15 rushing/passing/receiving performances in state quarterfinals/semifinals/finals. The players from SJ Prep, Wood and Imhotep will have one more chance to make a '13 appearance; all will play in finals this weekend.

RUSHING         PASSING         RECEIVING      
Name Sch. Yds Year   Name Sch. Yds Year   Name Sch. Yds Year
Brandon Peoples Wood 230 '10 Q   Matt Magarity La S 281 '11 Q   Bruce Mapp West 142 '11 S
Brandon Hollomon West 208 '10 S   Chris Kane La S 265 '12 S   Sean Coleman La S 114 '10 S
David Williams Imho 200 '12 Q   Jerry Rahill Wood 245 '09 Q   Tim Wade La S 131 '11 Q
Curtis Drake West 186 '08 S   Chris Martin Prep 243 '13 S   Sean Coleman La S 120 '12 Q
Curtis Drake West 182 '08 Q   Chris Martin Prep 235 '13 Q   Nate Smith  Wood 113 '11 Q
David Williams West 182 '10 F   Jaleel Reed West 204 '11 S   Jaelen Strong-Rankin West 100 '10 F
Desmon Peoples Wood 182 '11 S   Matt Magarity La S 184 '11 S   Sam McCain Wood 97 '09 S
Andrew Guckin Wood 178 '12  F   Matt Magarity La S 180 '10 S   Eric Young West 96 '08 Q
Raymond Maples West 177 '08 F   Chris Kane La S 167 '12 Q   Jimmy Herron La S 95 '12 S
Sean Cunningham Wood 175 '09 Q   Jerry Rahill Wood 159 '09 S   Sam McCain Wood 92 '09 Q
Brandon Peoples Wood 172 '11 F   Andre Dreuitt-Parks Imho 148 '12 Q   Kyle Adkins Wood 87 '10 S
Jarrett McClenton Wood 172 '13 S   Tom Garlick Wood 146 '12 Q   John Reid Prep 86 '13 Q
David Williams West 167 '11 Q   Joey Monaghan Wood 138 '10 S   Jawan McAllister Prep 78 '13 S
Raymond Maples West 160 '08 S   Jarred Evans West 135 '09 F   Quran Kent West 76 '09 S
Sam Feleccia La S 160 '09 F   Sean McCartney Wood 135 '08 S   Olamide Zaccheaus Prep 76 '13 Q
          Joey Monaghan Wood 135 '11 Q          

DEC. 8
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This is year No. 26 for PIAA state football playoffs and District 12, a member since the 2004 season, has qualified three teams for championship games for the first time. This is the 14th time that a district is sending teams to all three title games in the AAAA/AAA/AA classifications and Our Guys will be trying to become just the third group to pull off a hat trick. As highlighted in light blue below, District 7 (Pittsburgh area) accomplished the feat in '07 and '05. In '05, all three losers were also from the same district (11).

    Class AAAA   Class AAA   Class AA
Year Dist. School W-L   School W-L   School W-L
2013 12 SJ Prep  ??   Wood ??   Imhotep ??
2011 3 Central Dauphin W   Harrisburg McDevitt L   Lancaster Cath. W
2007 7 Pittsburgh CC W   Thomas Jefferson W   Jeannette W
2006 11 Upper St. Clair W   Pottsville L   Wilson Area W
2005 7 McKeesport W   Franklin Regional W   South Park W
2005 11 Bethlehem Liberty L   Pottsville L   Wilson Area L
2003 7 Pittsburgh CC L   Pine-Richland L   Aliquippa W
2002 7 Woodland Hills L   Hopewell W   Mount Carmel W
2001 7 Woodland Hills L   West Allegheny W   Washington W
1998 7 New Castle L   Moon Area L   Shady Side Acad. L
1993 7 North Hills W   Blackhawk L   Washington L
1992 7 Upper St. Clair L   Blackhawk L   East Allegheny L
1990 7 North Allegheny W   Seton La Salle L   Canevin Cath. L
1988 7 Pittsburgh CC W   Aliquippa L   Wilmington Area L

DEC. 7 (Evening)
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In this afternoon's Class AAAA state semifinal, Shawn Harris scored for St. Joseph's Prep on a 95-yard fumble return. He stripped the ball loose, then made the scoop and dashed along the visiting sideline at Northeast High . . . Now we take you back to 2006. The guy on the right below is Greg Frantz, of La Salle. That pic was snapped shortly after he victimized the Prep for a 96-yard, fumble-return TD in the Catholic Red championship game. It was also played at Northeast and Frantz likewise did his scampering along the visiting sideline. The original stop on that play was made by Jack Forster, who began to tackle the ballcarrier and tried to dislodge the ball in all-in-one-motion fashion. Pow! Rob Saraceni added a wicked hit and there the football went, flying. Frantz picked it up on the 4 and ran into immortality. La Salle, a big underdog and doubled up in scrimmage yardage, wound up winning, 14-7 . . . Moral: the looooong-fumble-return-TD gods can taketh away, then seven years later they can giveth



Prep's Shawn Harris (L) and La Salle's Greg Frantz

DEC. 7
PIAA CLASS AAAA SEMIFINAL
SJ Prep 37, Neshaminy 21
(At Northeast)

  All praise to website legend Ed "Huck" Palmer. He called it! OK, not exactly, but close enough. Early in the third quarter, with Prep in the lead at 19-14, Neshaminy was powering the ball downfield little by little and I happened to mention to Huck that this scenario was stirring memories of a game back on Nov. 2, when Roman's O-line pushed around Prep's D-line in the second half and helped the Cahillites very much get back into a Catholic League AAAA semifinal (though the Hawks did regain control while winning, 45-24). Huck agreed that things were looking shaky for the Prep and then added something along the lines of, "This would be a great time for a fumble return TD. Maybe they can get one." I responded, "I'm smelling a stolen-ball TD by (jr. CB) John Reid." A few seconds later, the ball was at the Prep's 4 and sr. Denny Lord tried a left-side sweep out of a wildcat formation. And then . . . and then . . . and THEN!! . . . The ball was on the turf!! . . . And 95 yards later, thanks to soph OLB Shawn Harris, it was entering the OTHER end zone!! From Huck's mouth to Harris' ears. The fumble return was a perfect example of strip and scoop. This happened on the visiting (Neshaminy) sideline, with Harris running away from the scoreboard, and he hugged the line the whole way up, always motoring quickly enough to avoid getting pushed out of bounds. It was a classic play at the perfect moment and Harris, undoubtedly, will remember every last bit of it forever. At 25-14, the Hawks were not completely home free and, thankfully for them, my projected hero stepped forward with two big plays. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Lord broke free once, then twice at roughly the line of scrimmage on a fourth-and-two rush that turned into a 44-yard TD. Not sure why, but the Redskins opted to kick, thus assuring they would NOT advance within a field goal of tying the game, and the score was 25-21. Soon, on first down at the Prep's 45, sr. QB Chris Martin was targeting Reid on a right-side fly pattern. The perfectly thrown ball netted a 48-yard gain, then Martin ad-libbed his way into the end zone on a 7-yard keeper. He made a nifty cut, fittingly, off his left leg, the one that features the knee he recently injured. OK, so there remains a hint of a limp, but Martin looked darn mobile on that play, which lifted the lead to 31-21. Three plays later, Reid again stepped into the hero spotlight. Soared into it, actually. Neshaminy tried a left-side fade and Reid made a leaping interception with 7:47 remaining. One more contribution from JR? Of course. This one wasn't tangible, statswise, but the Hawks gratefully accepted it. After runs by jr. RB Olamide Zaccheaus and sr. RB Vince Moffett advanced the ball to the Redskins' 29, "Z" was dropped for a 4-yard loss. Martin lofted a right-side fly to Reid and an obvious interference call placed the ball at the 18. The next play yielded the game's final TD, a left-corner fade to jr. WR Justin Montague with 4:32 left. The Hawks could have added a seventh score after a 9-yard burst by frosh handyman D'Andre Swift placed the ball at the 7. Instead, Martin was under orders to do the kneeldown thing the rest of the way. A short time later, the Hawks lined up along the east goal line and coach Gabe Infante, right before tossing the game ball toward the back of the pack, asked loudly to wild cheers, "Anybody want any chocolate!?" Later, team moms were handing out Hershey Bars. The Prep's opponent, next Saturday at 6 p.m. at HersheyPark Stadium, will be Pittsburgh Central Catholic, which crushed Lower Dauphin, 45-0, in the other semifinal . . . Harris' 95-yarder wasn't the Hawks' only long TD. On the game's very first play, sr. WR Jawan McAllister reeled in a short, right-side toss from Martin and, wow, took it 67 yards to the hizzz-ouse. Moffett did a great job providing blocks, Huck noted. Neshaminy responded with 3:17 left in the quarter on a 16-yard run by the franchise rusher, jr. D'Andre Pollard, but the Hawks responded on their subsequent possession with an eight-play, 75-yard drive. The capper was Zaccheaus' 32-yard score on a play that featured nifty footwork while going left to right. The second quarter offered one TD for each team. The Prep went first and Martin passed 3-for-3 for 67 yards. The last goodie, a 37-yarder to Zaccheaus, zipped the ball to the 2 and Moffett burst across from there. Neshaminy covered 73 yards in 11 plays, with lots of production off wildcat rushes, and Lord scored from the 9 . . . Remember how Martin last week passed for a career high of 235 yards in the state quarterfinal vs. Parkland? Well, that total now ranks No. 2 on his list. In this one he went 12-for-20 for 243 yards and the TDs to McAllister and Montague. Oh, and he now boasts more than 2,000 yards for the season (2,013, along with 24 TDs). Geez, imagine if he hadn't missed two games with the knee miseries. McAllister (2-78), Reid (2-65) and Zaccheaus (2-53) were the most productive targets. Zaccheaus carried 12 times for 75 yards. The grunts were soph C Ed Mooney, jr. G Mark Ehrlich, jr. G Shane Davis, sr. T Steve Robinson and jr. T Jon Daniel Runyan. The defensive leaders, as provided by Huck, sr. OLB Thomas Johnson and sr. ILB Ryan McNulty halved 18 tackles. Johnson led in solos, 7-5, and two of the former's went for losses. Moffett (at safety) added eight stops while jr. DE Jake Strain, Reid (five solos) and jr. S Dillon DeIuliis thirded 18. Aside from posting his pick, Reid notched two breakups. Harris managed five tackles and one gigantic strip-scoop fumble sequence.

DEC. 6
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Remember the chart we posted Nov. 30, which provided details for the 18 state quarterfinals involving D-12 teams? Our Guys' record is 17-1 and Catholic League schools are 15-0. This week, the semifinals breakdown is being posted ahead of time and, as you'll see, outrageous dominance in that round has not been copied. D-12 teams so far have made 14 semis appearances and their combined record is 7-7. Wood is 3-2, La Salle and West Catholic are 2-2 and Imhotep is 0-1. La Salle's 38-35 win over North Penn was the best game you could ever hope to see. A true classic. Wood's 49-27 loss to Allentown Catholic was highlighted by the best individual performance I have ever seen in any sport, especially considering the fact that the game was a state semi. Here's the first part of that website report . . .
DEC. 10
CLASS AAA SEMIFINAL
Allentown CC 49, Wood 27
  Letís be clear about something right away: In 40 years of covering high school sports, this ranks as the best performance Iíve seen in any sport. ACC quarterback Brendan Nosovitch accounted for 602 yards and all seven touchdowns. Yes, you that read that correctly Ė 602 yards. Just a junior, he already boasts two seasons with 2,000 passing AND 1,000 rushing yards and Gatorade recently named him Pennsylvaniaís Player of the Year. Through the years Iíve seen a gal and guy score 100 and 86 points, respectively, in basketball games. And a ballcarrier rack up six TDs. And a slugger hit four homers. And no-hitters. All impressive, no doubt. But you know how it usually goes. Outrageous numbers are almost always rung up against inferior opponents. This was a state semifinal, folks. ACCís opponent boasted a perfect record. Iím still stunned. Sometime around midnight, after submitting my DN story (more on THAT circus later), I was talking with Huck about the game. Heíd spoken with several others and had listened to part of havenfootball.net's stream. He asked me whether this game had shown signs of Enjoy the Show, a reference to West Catholicís wildly prolific offense in '08. My answer: ďMore like 'Enjoy MY Show.' " Yes, Nosovitch had help in the form of blockers and talented receivers. But out of a shotgun spread offense, with sometimes FOUR receivers to one side and one to the other, which left no one near him, this kid ran or passed on 49 of ACCís 52 plays. Think about that. Forty-nine plays with DIRECT involvement. He passed 17-for-28 for 419 yards and five scores and ran 21 times for 183 and two more tallies. Just one of those accomplishments would be impressive. By the way, the city record for passing yards in a game is 409 and that came in a 60-3 Thanksgiving blowout (Central over Northeast) back in 1986. ACCís other three plays were runs for zero and minus-3 and an incomplete pass off a trick play. So, this kid outgained his team, 602-599! After having given this extensive thought, Iíve decided Nosovitch was a cross between Brett Gordon (La Salle í98) for throwing and Curtis Drake (WC í09) for running. Is he like that all the time? Who knows? But he was tonight.  

  Class AAAA   Class AAA   Class AA
Year School Opponent Result   School Opponent Result   School Opponent Result
2008 None       Wood Selinsgrove W, 13-7   West Catholic Lancaster Cath. W, 37-14
2009 La Salle Ridley W, 35-7   Wood Selinsgrove L, 28-0   West Catholic Lancaster Cath. L, 23-21
2010 La Salle N. Penn W, 38-35   Wood Allentown CC L, 49-27   West Catholic Lewisburg W, 21-7
2011 La Salle N. Penn L, 21-14   Wood Allentown CC W, 70-14   West Catholic Lancaster Cath. L, 23-20
2012 La Salle Coatesville L, 42-35   Wood Allentown CC W, 36-6   Imhotep Wyomissing L, 35-13
2013 SJ Prep Neshaminy ??   Wood Berwick ??   Imhotep Berks Catholic ??
    122-105       146-104       112-102

DEC. 5 (Evening)
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Figured it would be good to tie the previous three postings together. So, here are District 12's top 15 rushing/passing/receiving performances in state quarterfinals/semifinals/finals. I'm guessing some guys will earn their way onto the various lists this weekend.

RUSHING         PASSING         RECEIVING      
Name Sch. Yds Year   Name Sch. Yds Year   Name Sch. Yds Year
Brandon Peoples Wood 230 '10 Q   Matt Magarity La S 281 '11 Q   Bruce Mapp West 142 '11 S
Brandon Hollomon West 208 '10 S   Chris Kane La S 265 '12 S   Sean Coleman La S 114 '10 S
David Williams Imho 200 '12 Q   Jerry Rahill Wood 245 '09 Q   Tim Wade La S 131 '11 Q
Curtis Drake West 186 '08 S   Chris Martin Prep 235 '13 Q   Sean Coleman La S 120 '12 Q
Curtis Drake West 182 '08 Q   Jaleel Reed West 204 '11 S   Nate Smith  Wood 113 '11 Q
David Williams West 182 '10 F   Matt Magarity La S 184 '11 S   Jaelen Strong-Rankin West 100 '10 F
Desmon Peoples Wood 182 '11 S   Matt Magarity La S 180 '10 S   Sam McCain Wood 97 '09 S
Andrew Guckin Wood 178 '12  F   Chris Kane La S 167 '12 Q   Eric Young West 96 '08 Q
Raymond Maples West 177 '08 F   Jerry Rahill Wood 159 '09 S   Jimmy Herron La S 95 '12 S
Sean Cunningham Wood 175 '09 Q   Andre Dreuitt-Parks Imho 148 '12 Q   Sam McCain Wood 92 '09 Q
Brandon Peoples Wood 172 '11 F   Tom Garlick Wood 146 '12 Q   Kyle Adkins Wood 87 '10 S
David Williams West 167 '11 Q   Joey Monaghan Wood 138 '10 S   John Reid Prep 86 '13 Q
Raymond Maples West 160 '08 S   Jarred Evans West 135 '09 F   Quran Kent West 76 '09 S
Sam Feleccia La S 160 '09 F   Sean McCartney Wood 135 '08 S   Olamide Zaccheaus Prep 76 '13 Q
Brandon Peoples Wood 157 '10 S   Joey Monaghan Wood 135 '11 Q   Marquis Murrey Wash 72 '07 Q

DEC. 5
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Below are top performances in Class AA state playoffs for rushing/passing/receiving. The letters next to the year indicate quarterfinals/semifinals/finals. As in AAA, we didn't include subregional semis/finals. District 12 did not participate in AA until the Catholic League came aboard in '08. David Williams transferred from West Catholic to Imhotep for the '12 season. The Youngs, Eric and Eerin, are brothers. Jaelen Strong-Rankin is starring at Arizona State, though he has dropped the hyphen and Rankin.

RUSHING         PASSING         RECEIVING      
Name Sch. Yds Year   Name Sch. Yds Year   Name Sch. Yds Year
Brandon Hollomon West 208 '10 S   Jaleel Reed West 204 '11 S   Bruce Mapp West 142 '11 S
David Williams Imho 200 '12 Q   Andre Dreuitt-Parks Imho 148 '12 Q   Jaelen Strong-Rankin West 100 '10 F
Curtis Drake West 186 '08 S   Jarred Evans West 135 '09 F   Eric Young West 96 '08 Q
Curtis Drake West 182 '08 Q   Jarred Evans West 130 '09 S   Quran Kent West 76 '09 S
David Williams West 182 '10 F   Anthony Reid West 124 '10 F   Brandon Smith Imho 57 '12 Q
Raymond Maples West 177 '08 F   Curtis Drake West 96 '08 Q   Quran Kent West 55 '09 F
David Williams West 167 '11 Q   Andre Dreuitt-Parks Imho 87 '12 S   Eerin Young Imho 50 '12 Q
Raymond Maples West 160 '08 S   Curtis Drake West 62 '08 F   David Williams West 44 '11 S
Brandon Hollomon West 146 '10 Q   Jaleel Reed West 57 '11 Q   Eric Young West 41 '08 F
Tyliek Raynor Imho 145 '13 Q             Eerin Young Imho 41 '12 S

DEC. 4 (Evening)
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Below are top performances in Class AAA state playoffs for rushing/passing/receiving. The letters next to the year indicate quarterfinals/semifinals/finals. As you'll no doubt notice, all 30 efforts belong to Wood guys from 2008 through last week's quarterfinal. No other teams have advanced as far as the last three rounds. Bok was involved in District 1-12 subregionals from '04 through '06. In '07, Bok decided to compete for the Pub's last overall championship and Franklin took its place in the subregionals. In that appearance, Anthony Stones passed for 117 yards and Jamel "Redz" Haggins, who wound up starting at TE for Lehigh (great young man!), made five catches for 107. The Peopleses, Desmon and Brandon, are cousins. The Rahills, Jerry and Chris, are brothers. Sam McCain is Matt Ryan's cousin.

RUSHING         PASSING         RECEIVING      
Name Sch. Yds Year   Name Sch. Yds Year   Name Sch. Yds Year
Brandon Peoples Wood 230 '10 Q   Jerry Rahill Wood 245 '09 Q   Nate Smith Wood 113 '11 Q
Desmon Peoples Wood 182 '11 S   Jerry Rahill Wood 159 '09 S   Sam McCain Wood 97 '09 S
Andrew Guckin Wood 178 '12  F   Tom Garlick Wood 146 '12 Q    Sam McCain Wood 92 '09 Q
Sean Cunningham Wood 175 '09 Q   Joey Monaghan Wood 138 '10 S   Kyle Adkins Wood 87 '10 S
Brandon Peoples Wood 172 '11 F   Sean McCartney Wood 135 '08 S   Brandon Peoples Wood 71 '11 S
Brandon Peoples Wood 157 '10 S   Joey Monaghan Wood 135 '11 Q   Vince Furlong Wood 67 '08 S
Desmon Peoples Wood 151 '11 F   Sean McCartney Wood 129 '08 Q   Chris Rahill Wood 62 '12 S
Jarrett McClenton Wood 145 '13 Q   Sean McCartney Wood 100 '08 F   Kyle Adkins Wood 60 '09 Q
Andrew Guckin Wood 141 '12 S   Tom Garlick Wood 82 '12 S   Anthony Narisi Wood 54 '08 F
Andrew Guckin Wood 134 '12 Q   Tom Garlick Wood 74 '13 Q   Josh Messina Wood 52 '12 Q

DEC. 4
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This is year No. 10 for District 12's participation in state football playoffs and below are the top performances in Class AAAA games for rushing/passing/receiving. The letters next to the year indicate quarterfinals/semifinals/finals.
  The teams have been: Washington ('04, '07-'08); Frankford ('05-'06), La Salle ('09-'12), SJ Prep ('13). The Catholic League did not begin competing in the PIAA until '08. Washington defeated La Salle for the City Title that year, but the CL has since executed a five-year sweep. 
  Meanwhile, there's something that should JUMP out at all veteran followers when they check out the rushing/receiving categories. I'll mention it below the lists. No peeking!! Ha, ha.

RUSHING         PASSING         RECEIVING      
Name Sch. Yds Year   Name Sch. Yds Year   Name Sch. Yds Year
Sam Feleccia La S 160 '09 F   Matt Magarity La S 281 '11 Q   Tim Wade La S 131 '11 Q
Jamal Abdur-Rahman La S 142 '10 S   Chris Kane La S 265 '12 S   Sean Coleman La S 120 '12 Q
Tim Wade La S 128 '11 Q   Chris Martin Prep 235 '13 Q   Sean Coleman La S `114 '10 S
Jerry Butler Wash 118 '04 Q   Matt Magarity La S 184 '11 S   Jimmy Herron La S 95 '12 S
Jamal Abdur-Rahman La S 118 '09 Q   Matt Magarity La S 180 '10 S   John Reid Prep 86 '13 Q
Jamal Abdur-Rahman La S 108 '10 Q   Chris Kane La S 167 '12 Q   Olamide Zaccheaus Prep 76 '13 Q
Jimmy Herron La S 93 '12 Q   Drew Loughery La S 109 '09 F   Marquis Murrey Wash 72 '07 Q
Calvin Spires Fkd 82 '06 Q   Matt Magarity La S 108 '10 F   Connor Hoffman La S 66 '09 F
Tim Wade La S 81 '11 S   Drew Loughery La S 104 '09 S   Sean Coleman La S 65 '11 S
Jordan Meachum La S 67 '12 S   Aaron Wilmer Wash 103 '07 Q   Jordan Meachum La S 64 '12 S

  Here we go . . . The top rusher, Sam Feleccia, was a receiver (he did so out of a wildcat formation) and the top receiver, Tim Wade, was a running back. Pretty neat, right?

DEC. 3 (Evening)
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If you're a fan of stability, the Pub has kept your mind spinning over the last five seasons. Eight schools have had at least three coaches and two -- Edison and Olney -- have had five. Seven of the schools combined to go 26-53 this season. Meanwhile, under Frank "Roscoe" Natale, Southern went 9-3, won a playoff game for the first time since 1965 and beat Neumann-Goretti for only the second time since 1989 (also 2004). Of course, the fact that Natale brought with him many guys from now-closed Bok helped greatly.

Bartram
Damond "Smash" Warren
Mark Effendian
Jim Chapman
Del-Val
Barry Thomas
Shelton Farmer
Jamel Newton
Edison
Larry Oliver
Brian Kelly
Wayne Jackson
Al Coleman
Paul Kabara
Future
Don Stockton
Chuck DeTaeye
Henry Hunt
Eros Uthman-Olukokun
Northeast
Chris Riley
Jim Adams
Phil Gormley
Olney
Barry Strube
Dennis Ginenthal
David DiEva
Larry Arata
Mike Andolina
Southern
Stanley "Stosh" Tunney
Scott Pitzner
Frank "Roscoe" Natale
West Phila.
Pat O'Hara
Paul Noon
Frank Steed

DEC. 3
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Look below for a list of the highest scoring teams in city history. Two teams in the Top 8 are still alive, and could play two more games this season, so hold on to your scoreboard. West Catholic's Rob and Brandon Hollomon are brothers. SJ Prep's Pat Kaiser reached his outrageously lofty total (306, then a state record) thanks to 37 TDs, one two-pointer, 52 kicks and 10 field goals. All leading scorers were primarily rushers except for La Salle receiver Jimmy Herron. He did, however, flesh out his total with seven ground TDs thanks mostly to wildcat heroics. Fourteen of the top 20 efforts have occurred from 2007 forward.

Year School Points Leading Scorer Points
2008 West Catholic 775 Rob Hollomon 254
2011 Wood 699 Desmon Peoples 138
2012 Imhotep 651 David Williams 138
2013 Imhotep *642 Denniston "DJ" Moore *126
2000 Carroll 584 Brian Mattaway 144
2010 West Catholic 548 Brandon Hollomon 110
2012 Wood 536 Andrew Guckin 180
2013 Wood *521 Jarrett McClenton *168
2010 Wood 511 Desmon Peoples 150
2002 SJ Prep 499 Pat Kaiser 306
2008 Wood 482 Sean Cunningham 162
2009 West Catholic 477 Brandon Hollomon 116
2010 La Salle 471 Jamal Abdur-Rahman 174
1997 Frankford 457 Eddie Gaskins 195
2009 La Salle 456 Jamal Abdur-Rahman 122
1987 Frankford 454 Sean Parish 122
2004 Washington 452 Jerry Butler 148
2007 West Catholic 444 Raymond Maples 124
2012 La Salle 441 Jimmy Herron 96
1966 Egan 438 unavailable  
*-total not final      

DEC. 2
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If you ever needed concrete evidence to show how important passing has become in Pub football, check out the chart below. This year, five guys have thrown for more TDs than any ONE guy did in 2003, 1993 and 1983 (figured it would make sense to go back 10 years at a time). The YPG thing shows how many yards per game were required to make the final list of leading passers.

2013 (70 YPG)       2003 (60 YPG)       1993 (60 YPG)       1983 (80 YPG)    
Name Sch. TDs   Name Sch. TDs   Name Sch. TDs   Name Sch. TDs
Joseph Walker King 24   Marcel Quarterman Cent 15   Rudy Russell Edi 13   Cary Boyd NE 11
Kevin Caldwell Fkn 22   Jeff Campbell King 12   Spencer Whetts Gtn 10   James Parker Dobb 6
Andre Dreuitt-Parks Imho *22   Lamont Brown Fkd 11   Brian Beard King 2   John Erby Sou 4
Vian Dolo Prep 17   Gerald Dove West 9                
Aasim Campbell Fels 16   Markies Tavares Mast 8                
 *-season not over                            

DEC. 1 (Evening)
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Earlier today, with the football season down to its last two weeks, and with only three teams still active, I updated a lot of the historical files on this website. One of the files lists all coaches who've attained 100 career wins, along with some other details. As you can see below, Frankford's Tom Mullineaux enjoyed the quickest journey to 100 (just 125 games). When I saw that, the mind began to spin. Do La Salle's Drew Gordon and Wood's Steve Devlin have a chance to break that record? Gordon currently owns 83 wins and 23 losses and that pace would get him to 100 in game No. 128. Devlin, meanwhile, is 82-16 and . . . whoa, if he maintains that pace, his 100th will come in game No. 122!! We'll see what happens. The pacesetter among Catholic League coaches is St. Joseph's Prep's Gil Brooks while the Inter-Ac's top gun is Bill Gallagher (Penn Charter/Malvern). He needed 146 games. Gamp Pellegrini, who'd coached beforehand at long-gone St. Thomas More (his alma mater) and SJ Prep, needed 149 games to reach 100 (100-42-7) in the Malvern portion of his career, which started in 1978. Meanwhile, it's pretty amazing that three coaches needed 141 games and three more needed 149. The complete list of Century Guys is here.

Name School(s) Years Wins    Avg.  Games Record
  Wins  to 100 at 100
Tom Mullineaux Frankford 16 145 9.1 125 100-24-1
Ron Cohen Washington 29 254 8.8 129 100-27-2
Al Angelo Frankford 21 184 8.8 132 100-28-4
Bob Cullman Central 25 163 6.5 141 100-38-3
Gil Brooks SJ Prep 18 162 9.0 141 100-39-2
Moe Weinstein Rox./Lincoln 20 116 5.8 141 100-38-3
Tom DeFelice Bok 18 129 7.2 145 100-44-1
Bill Gallagher Penn Charter/Epis. 19 104 5.5 146 100-44-2
Whitey Sullivan Judge 25 196 7.8 147 100-45-2
Odie Surrick Frankford 21 128 6.1 148 100-42-6
Bob Ewing O'Hara 16 116 7.3 149 100-45-4
Brian Fluck West Catholic 15 135 9.0 149 100-49-0
Glen Galeone Ryan 19 123 6.5 149 100-46-3
Joe Colistra La Salle 21 153 7.3 152 100-51-1
Paul Bartolomeo Neumann 33 170 5.2 153 100-47-6

DEC. 1
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Still having nice thoughts about your wonderful Thanksgiving dinner? Hopefully, the person who prepared your meal did as great a job as these guys. Below are the Great Eight performances for rushing/passing/receiving in holiday clashes. (We included the Malvern-SJ Prep game, even though it was moved up by a week because of the Hawks' involvement in the state playoffs.) Take note: Malvern's Troy Gallen (rushing/receiving) and King's Joseph Walker (rushing/passing) appear in two categories.

RUSHING         PASSING         RECEIVING      
Name Sch. Yds Opp.   Name Sch. Yds Opp.   Name Sch. Yds Opp.
Samir Bullock Ryan 280 Wash   Vian Dolo PC 318 Furn   Curan Simmons PC 168 Furn
Troy Gallen Malv 250 SJP   Jack Clements SJP 180 Malv   John Graham PC 114 Furn
Pat McCourt RC 202 Rox   Alex Hornibrook Malv 155 SJP   Delane Hart King 106 Imho
Robert Hall Fut 187 Mast   Joseph Walker King 137 Imho   Jylil Reeder Fels 101 Fkd
Eric Davis West 170 Ovb   Eduardo Sanchez Rox 131 RC   Vince Moffett SJP 96 Malv
Armani Fuller-Williams MN 147 Gtz   Kevin Caldwell Fkn 107 Dobb   Troy Gallen Malv 90 SJP
Khaaliq Shuler Furn 125 PC   Marquise Poston Fkd 96 Fels   Hank Adens Rox 82 RC
Qazi Jones Sou 120 N-G   Ron Wade Fut 91 Mast   D'Andre Swift SJP 73 Malv
Joseph Walker King 120 Imho