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JAN. 26
  Brent Grimes
got robbed last night! Grimes, a 2001 Northeast grad and cornerback for the Miami Dolphins, slapped together a terrific performance as Team Irvin beat Team Carter, 32-28, in the NFL's Pro Bowl. He posted one interception (in the end zone; snatched ball away from the receiver!), broke up five other passes and made three unassisted tackles. Alas, the defensive MVP award went to the Houston Texans' J.J. Watt, who played for the LOSING team. Ugh! In the four major sports, "Our Guys" guys have earned MVP honors in all-star games five times. Here's a breakdown . . .   

Products of Philly High Schools Who've Won MVP Awards in Pro All-Star Games
Name School League Year Accomplishment
Paul Arizin *La Salle NBA 1952 Shot 9-for-13 for 26 points and grabbed six rebounds as East won, 108-91
Wilt Chamberlain Overbrook NBA 1960 Shot 9-for-20 and 5-for-7 for 23 points and grabbed 25 rebounds as East won, 125-115.
Mike Richter Gtn. Academy NHL 1994 Made 19 saves and allowed two goals as East won, 9-8
Rich Gannon SJ Prep NFL #2001 Passed 12-for-14 for 160 yards and two TDs as the AFC won, 38-17.
Rich Gannon SJ Prep NFL @2002 Passed 8-for-10 for 137 yards and two TDs as AFC won, 38-30.
*-never played varsity
#-following the 2000 season
@-following the 2001 season
Note: Gannon hit Roman product Marvin Harrison for one TD apiece in '01 and '02

DEC. 17
A statistical look at Archbishop Wood's three state champs, all at the AAA level (yardage totals ch-chinged by Ed "Huck" Palmer) . . . There are 13 categories. This year, we're listing the yardage totals by average since the Hawks played just 14 games. There are 13 categories. The 2014 squad placed first in 6 1/2, followed by 2011 at 4 1/2 and 2013 at 2.

  2011 2013 2014
Overall Record #14-1 13-2 #14-1
Division Record 3-0 3-0 4-0
Points Scored 599 585 662
Points Allowed 124 173 202
Average Score Overall 40-8 39-12 44-13
Average Score in CL/CT playoffs 49-7 48-13 44-20
Average Score in state playoffs 54-12 35-13 47-14
Rushing Yards Gained 257.5 242.3 280.9
Passing Yards Gained 107.2 93.7 108.5
Total Yards Gained 364.7 336.0 389.4
Rushing Yards Allowed 95.5 123.7 93.8
Passing Yards Allowed 75.5 68.0 105.5
Total Yards Allowed 171.0 125.1 199.3
#-tied for top spot      

DEC. 16
  A statistical look at the state AAAA champs produced by archrival schools -- La Salle in 2009; SJ Prep in 2013 and 2014 (yardage totals ch-chinged by Ed "Huck" Palmer) . . . This year, we're listing the yardage totals by average since the Hawks played just 14 games. There are 13 categories. La Salle's 2009 squad fares the best with six first places. The Prep's '14 squad is next with five followed by the '13 squad with two.

  La S '09 SJP '13 SJP '14
Overall Record *14-1 12-3 11-3
Division Record 5-1 4-0 3-0
Points Scored 30.4 29.4 37.3
Points Allowed 11.9 19.8 24.6
Average Score Overall 30-12 29-20 37-25
Average Score in CL/CT playoffs 32-23 28-17 47-14
Average Score in state playoffs 25-9 31-14 40-26
Rushing Yards Gained 161.7 172.1 226.1
Passing Yards Gained 164.6 168.7 154.6
Total Yards Gained 326.3 340.8 380.7
Rushing Yards Allowed 137.3 178.1 115.9
Passing Yards Allowed 99.3 137.9 173.2
Total Yards Allowed 236.5 316.1 289.1
*Lone loss to SJ Prep, 24-17  


DEC. 14
  Final totals for highly productive seniors whose careers have ended . . .

Name School(s) Carries Yards TDs
Jarrett McClenton Wood 434 4,529 73
Olamide Zaccheaus SJ Prep 345 2,361 28
Name School(s)


Yards TDs
John Reid SJ Prep 92 1,564 21
Olamide Zaccheaus SJ Prep 71 1,122 9
Name School(s)


Conv. Points
Jarrett McClenton Wood 84 1 506
Olamide Zaccheaus SJ Prep 38 2 232
John Reid SJ Prep 33 0 198
Name School(s)


FGs Points
Dan McDonald Wood 149 3 158

DEC. 13
SJ Prep 49, Pine-Richland 41
(At Hersheypark Stadium)

  Talk about new-school! This all-timer featured every possible element, and showed why modern-day games can make you excited and exhausted to equal degrees. If some guy does an investigation, here's what he'll find: Both teams were coached by Chip Kelly (smile). The teams combined for 1,138 scrimmage yards and the all-purpose total was 1,329. The Hawks lost those battles, 591-547 and 731-598, but here's guessing they don't mind even a little since the end result was their second consecutive state crown. When was it secured? Not until, literally, the scoreboard clock showed 0:00. The final play began at 2.9 and the ball was stationed at the Prep's 25. The Hawks' defensive alignment featured four guys across the goal line and three more across the 10 -- a 4-3-4 covering 25 yards. Sr. QB Ben DiNicci, who will have all kinds of fun while directing Penn's offense, could only launch a jump-ball throw toward the end zone, and hope. Up the pigskin went. Down it came in the arms of sr. DB Olamide Zaccheaus. After the players and coaches rushed out to the end zone to celebrate, assistant Keita Crespina, the former Lincoln/Temple star, could be heard saying again and again to Zaccheaus, "All you do is make plays!! . . . All you do is make plays!!" Quite often in this one, there were defining moments. After scoring on its first four possessions of the second half, coach Gabe Infante's Hawks appeared -- repeat, appeared -- to be in command at 42-21 early in the fourth quarter. However, the Rams had the wind and DiNicci's arm in their favor and, well, here they came! Surrounding two three-and-outs by the Hawks, P-R scored at 8:05, 4:34 and 2:15 (13 total plays, 157 yards) to storm within 42-41. Though it still had two timeouts remaining, P-R went the show-brass route and opted to try for two points. Located on the right side of the Prep's defense was sr. OLB Shaun Harris. He dashed in untouched to DiNicci's blind side and almost brought him down right then and there. DiNicci spun away, but was still under pressure and the pass was whipped off target. P-R's onsides kick was mishandled by sr. RB James Bell, but Zaccheaus (surprise, surprise) had his teammate's back and made the recovery at the Prep's 49. Zaccheaus then lost a yard and P-R used timeout No. 2 at 2:05. Soph RB D'Andre Swift then picked up three yards and P-R used timeout No. 3 at 1:58. Next, Swift lined up in the wildhawk, took up the snap and zipped right up the middle for a 47-yard TD at 1:49. Sr. K Nick Bill added his seventh PAT and the Hawks were up by eight. After a 15-yard return placed the ball at the 26, the Rams needed to cover 74 yards. They ran off 10 plays -- four completions for 43 yards, four incompletions, one sack for a yard, one flushout for seven yards -- to advance the ball to the 25. You already know what happened next. If you saw that last play, and are a Prep loyalist, it's likely you'll never forget it. OK, it's now time to backtrack. The Prep's first-half scores went to Zaccheaus on a 56-yard screen pass from sr. QB Jack Clements (as the play began, a backup along the Prep's sideline correctly yelped, "We out!") and a 28-yard, over-the-middle flip to Bell (as that play ended, two P-R defenders were looking at each other with expressions that seemed to say, "I thought YOU had him.") Just four plays into the third quarter, D'Andre was his usual swifty self with a 58-yard run for a score. Somehow, Bill mishit the kickoff and it wound up having the look of an onsides. Not so. However . . . Bill scrambled straight ahead and saved himself major embarrassment by making the recovery. Then came the play of the night. The Prep opted for a screen left and set up a tremendous wall of blockers, the kind you'd see on a kickoff return. Swift was the receiver and had no trouble getting past everyone, despite a tight fit along the sideline, for a 49-yard TD. Six-plus minutes later, the Hawks added the next score on a 3-yard wildhawk run by Zaccheaus, thus seizing a 35-14 lead. P-R responded at 2:01 before the Hawks again expanded their edge to 21 points on Swift's 1-yard leap into the end zone shortly into the fourth quarter. The amazing stretch run has already been detailed. Shortly after beginning the drive back home, I called Huck, who'd watched the game on PCN. Knowing that Swift had finished with 22 carries for 220 yards (and three TDs), Huck had already done some research (smile). He found that Swift was the first Prep rusher to post at least 200 yards in 68 games. That performance (279 vs. Judge) was posted by soph Desmon Peoples in 2009. Later, he transferred to Wood and led that school to the 2011 Class AAA state title. Also, Swift's 22 carries marked the first time in 33 games that a Hawk had carried the ball at least 20 times. Swift also notched 56 receiving yards, so his scrimmage output was 278. Zaccheaus had three snags for 123 yards. For P-R, DiNicci went 33-for-47 for 385 yards and four TDs while adding 81 yards on the ground. He has great feet/presence and throws rockets out of a slinging delivery. Lots of fun to watch this guy! Sr. WR Michael Merhaut had 14 catches for 112 yards while jr. WR Anthony Battaglia added eight for 119. At safety, Merhaut was also quite the whirlwind on defense. Huck had him for 18 tackles (12 solos). In a 22-play sequence spanning the third and fourth quarters, he made 14 stops with 10 solos. For the Prep's defense: jr. LB Nick Vandevere had an interception along with 14 tackles (11 solos); sr. DL Jake Strain had nine and eight; Harris (sack), Zaccheaus (INT) and sr. CB Justin Montague all had seven and six; sr. DL Alec Dirks and sr. S Dillon DeIuliis made five stops apiece; and jr. DB Benny Walls recovered a fumble (as forced by sr. DB Thomas Johnson).
  TITLE TIDBITS: Though Johnson, an inspirational leader, was able to make it back from injury to play in this one, star sr. WR-CB John Reid (knee) was not. He did suit up, however, and Infante acknowledged him very early in the post-game, goal-line session  . . . P-R's band featured 259 members, according to one of its leaders, and I counted nine tubas . . . Athletic director Jim Murray said the Prep supplied two buses for fans. One left from the school, the other from the Plymouth Meeting Mall. There was a great turnout. Most kids got to Hershey on their own . . . P-R won the toss and opted to receive. Nice! These days, so many teams defer even when wind is not a factor . . . To perform website duties, I use two laptops. The one I use for uploading photos was acting up and causing major frustration. I then tried the other one and somehow deleted most of the game pics and ALL of the postgame pics. That happened at about 2 a.m. A million apologies. Lots of lensmen were there, however, including some with Prep ties, so hopefully I'll be able to link to someone else's photos and/or receive a few for posting on the Tribute Page. This wraps up season No. 44. Thanks for paying attention.

DEC. 12
Wood 33, Central Valley 14
(At Hersheypark Stadium)
"It's the state championship game. Gotta be aggressive, right?" Those words were spoken by coach Steve Devlin a shade after 10 o'clock, well after his Vikings had claimed a second consecutive state championship as well as their third in four years. He was talking about a play call 6.9 seconds prior to halftime that, unfortunately, led to a shocking outcome that could have brought a lesser team to its knees -- for good. Jr. QB Anthony Russo tried a hook to the right, to jr. WR James Gillespie, and the hope was that star sr. RB Jarrett McClenton (Villanova) would then receive a lateral and race to the end zone. Instead, sr. DB Brandon Wilson jumped the route and, snap, HE was in the end zone celebrating a 48-yard return TD at 0:00 that drew the Warriors within 12-7. Oh, baby. After student fan Tommy Rosenbaum easily won a halftime contest (more on that later), neither team made noise two thirds of the way through the third quarter. Then, Wood faced fourth-and-one from its own 47. What to do? Be aggressive, baby! And the guy Devlin tabbed was Russo. On a sneak, with lots of help from the grunts, Russo surged ahead for two yards and the juice being displayed along Wood's sideline was high-level. Hey, why not maintain the momentum? Seeeee yaaaaa!! On the very next play, McClenton took a dive right up the middle for a 51-yard TD. And it was easy. Once he got to the second level, there was no one within a zip code and no Warriors remotely tried to run him down; not that such an attempt would have come even close to working. There'd be other important goings-on, of course, but for my money the fact that Devlin retained his brass and was rewarded by the guy who'd caused big consternation was pretty darn special. Quick note: As the Vikings returned to the field after halftime from their below-ground-level locker room, Russo was greeted by assistant Vernard Abrams at pretty much the instant he reached the top step. Vernard put his arm around Anthony and offered non-stop encouragement all the way to the sideline. By the way, that carry was Russo's only one of the evening. Like always through six postseason games, the Vikings' offense was the Jarrett & Alex Show. McClenton finished with 233 yards and four TDs on 26 carries while sr. FB Alex Arcangeli added 131 yards and the last score (with 1:33 remaining) on 16 rushes. That last carry enabled Arcangeli to eclipse 1,000 yards for the season. In six postseason games, McClenton racked up four TDs in all but one. And he still had three in that one, so it wasn't as if he slacked (smile). Tonight, he also notched a conversion run, so his point output in those six games was 140 (23.3 average). Jarrett had quite the interesting outing. Once in the first quarter and again in the second, he was picked up and body slammed by CV's franchise back, Pitt commit Jordan Whitehead. Also, on McClenton's first TD, a 12-yarder just 88 seconds into the game, Whitehead was grabbing his jersey and complaining to the refs that he'd been held at pretty much the instant McClenton entered the end zone. Before the game began, CV's fans broke out the "I Believe" chant. Hey, at least the Wood kids waited until play No. 2 (smile). On that one, McClenton zipped for 48 yards to place the ball at CV's 18. Arcangeli then bulled for six to set up the TD play. Wood scored another TD in the first quarter (also with 1:33 left; weird) on McClenton's 12-yard sweep to the right corner. Gillespie made a helpful block on that one. With 4:09 left in the second quarter, CV had a great chance to reduce the 12-0 deficit. On fourth-and-goal from the 1, sr. QB John George lined up in a shotgun formation and tossed a left-side swing pass. The wide-open receiver, Whitehead, could not hang on. OK, now for the halftime festivities. In 2013, against Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt, Wood finished the first half scoreless and things weren't looking good. Sr. basketball player Matt Funk then whipped a McDevitt kid in a punt-and-pass 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. This year's Viking was Rosenbaum, a sr. baseball player, and he was chosen at a pep rally by Matt's brother, Tommy, now a junior hoopster. The CV kid went first and his punt was quite poor. He then fired his pass way over the banner. Rosenbaum had a decent punt and then -- bingo! -- hit the banner with his throw. Vikings rule! On the second play of the fourth quarter, CV moved within 20-14 as George made a perfect pass to jr. WR Kurt Reinstadtler for a 55-yard score on a right-sideline streak pattern. The Warriors followed with an onside kick, but star sr. L-DL Ryan Bates (Penn State) recovered and Wood went, mostly, the little-by-little route, using nine plays to cover 58 yards. McClenton scored that one on a 15-yard, right-side toss. He was slightly stopped at roughly the 10, but then broke free and breezed from there. CV's next possession was destarched when Bates posted a 6-yard sack and jr. LB Mack Schwartz registered a 15-yarder. Plus, the Warriors were hit with a personal foul and the half-the-distance markoff placed the ball at the 14, bringing about a fourth-and-45 situation. Whew! No wonder the Warrior settled for a punt despite the 26-14 deficit.
  TITLE TIDBITS: Wood's grunts were sr. C Ryan Neher, sr. Gs Shawn Scroger and Tom Cardozo, Bates and sr. T Kurt Stengel . . . McClenton ended his career with 434 carries for 4,539 yards and 73 TDs. He added 11 other TDs and ch-chinged his way to 506 points, counting tonight's conversion . . . Jarrett's final score enabled him to claim the city record for rushing TDs in a season with 37 (West Catholic's Rob Hollomon had 36 in '08) and his 42 total TDs tied Hollomon's city mark from that same season . . . Because of the early deadline, Ace had to watch the game from the press box. He then scurried downstairs and did some quick interviews before polishing off his story . . . Huck watched PCN's telecast and compiled defensive stats. Bates had two sacks and a TFL among six tackles. Schwartz' eight-tackle effort included two sacks. Sr. DL Devon Cobb was in on seven stops. Included were 1.5 sacks and two TFLs. He also recovered a fumble. Sr. LB Justin Rubin was in on seven tackles while sr. LB Nafeez Brown-Carter and jr. LB Sebastian Silva had five apiece . . . Athletic director Joe Sette said Wood used 13 buses to get its students to the game . . . Bates and sr. LB Jake Cooper, who made it back from injury to play in this game, exchanged quite the emotional postgame hug. They'll be teammates at Penn State . . . Wood finished 14-1 with the only blemish being a 35-31 loss to La Salle. Devlin is 98-17 (.852) through eight seasons . . . During the postgame celebration, sr. holder Cody Fitzpatrick was sporting a mini-recording device on his head. CodyCam, of course . . . Assistant Mike Carey received a cold-water dousing right after arriving down on the field from the press box. Long after the game ended, the other coaches kept waiting and waiting with the hope that someone could find him for the group shot. Finally, the stadium's lights were dimmed and the photo shoot had to proceed without him. Here's hoping he was warm, somewhere . . . Assistant Kevin "Boooooch" Bucher, a website stalwart in a previous life, did yeoman scouting work via tapes . . . What are the chances? The first and third quarters ended with the ball at the 50? . . . In two years as Wood's kicker, Dan McDonald racked up 158 points on 149 PAT and three field goals . . . Rumor has it soph Mark Webb will not be playing basketball this season. He's a lefty, as is sr. Christian Lohin, the punter and a two-way lineman. "My mom really wants me to play," Lohin said. Ditto. I want many more lefties to join the squad, so Wood can really crush the acknowledged city record (six by Southern in 1981-82). Wood now has six, but two are on the JV.

DEC. 12
(This is a repeat posting from last year; with updates to make things current)
Last week District 12 lifted its record in state semifinals to 12-7 (.632) with victories by SJ Prep in AAAA and Wood in AAA. Thus far in championship games, D-12's  record is 5-5 and its scoring advantage is 238-196.

  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 W, 35-10   Wood Harrisburg McDevitt W, 22-10   Imhotep South Fayette L. 0-41
2013 SJ Prep Pine-Richland ??   Wood Central Valley ??   None    
    59-38       95-68       84-90

DEC. 11
(This is a repeat posting from last year; with updates to make things current)
Below are YPG averages for all top receivers for teams over the last seven 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 in '12 and '13 were rushers, Josh Messina ('12) and Jarrett McClenton ('13). When we did this list last year, before the state finals, SJ Prep's top receiver was Jawan McAllister. He finished with 249 yards for a 41.5 average. John Reid eclipsed him by one yard (250, 41.7). This year, Wood's leader, Christian Lohin, racked up all 95 of his yards in one game. The Vikings have thrown just 28 passes in the postseason. 

Name School Class Year G Yards Avg.
Sean Coleman La Salle AAAA 2012 5 339 67.8
Aamir Brown Neum.-Gor. AA 2014 5 323 64.6
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
John Reid SJ Prep AAAA 2014 3 144 48.0
Sam McCain Wood AAA 2009 5 228 45.6
John Reid SJ Prep AAAA *2013 6 250 41.7
Joseph Clayborne Washington AAAA 2008 5 198 39.6
Denniston "DJ" Moore Imhotep AA 2013 7 263 37.6
Nate Smith Wood AAA *2011 6 221 36.8
Sam McCain Wood AAA 2010 4 140 35.0
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
Christian Lohin Wood AAA 2014 5 95 19.0
Jarrett McClenton Wood AAA *2013 6 96 16.0
*-state champ            

DEC. 10 (Evening)
(This is a repeat posting from last year; with updates to make things current)
Below are YPG averages for all top rushers for teams over the last seven 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 fourth spots. WC's Brandon and Rob Hollomon are brothers. Wood's Desmon and Brandon Peoples are cousins. For the moment, two 2014 guys are near the top of the list. Check out the postseason rushing totals for SJ Prep's guys this year: James Bell has 339, Olamide Zaccheaus has 338 and D'Andre Swift has 332.

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
Jarrett McClenton Wood AAA 2014 5 800 160.0
David Williams W. Catholic AA 2011 5 767 153.4
Khalil Roane Neum.-Gor. AA 2014 6 739 147.8
Brandon Hollomon W. Catholic AA *2010 6 862 143.7
Jarrett McClenton Wood AAA *2013 6 829 138.2
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
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 6 473 78.8
Jamal Abdur-Rahman La Salle AAAA *2009 6 463 77.2
Nasir Bonner Imhotep AA 2013 7 488 69.7
James Bell SJ Prep AAAA 2014 5 339 67.8
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. 10
(This is a repeat posting from last year; with updates to make things current)
Below are YPG passing averages for all quarterbacks over the last seven 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.

Name School Class Year G Yards Avg.
Chris Kane La Salle AAAA 2012 5 995 199.0
Chris Martin SJ Prep AAAA *2013 5 992 198.4
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
Jack Clements SJ Prep AAAA 2014 5 614 122.8
Ray Lenhart Neum.-Gor. AA 2014 5 559 111.8
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 7 618 88.3
Tom Garlick Wood AAA  *2013 6 389 64.8
Tom Garlick Wood AAA 2012 5 380 63.3
Andre Dreuitt-Parks Imhotep AA 2012 6 363 60.5
Anthony Russo Wood AAA 2014 5 298 59.6
*-state champ            

DEC. 9
(This is a repeat posting from last year; with updates to make things current)
Here are District 12's top rushing/passing/receiving performances in state quarterfinals/semifinals/finals. The guys from SJ Prep and Wood will have one final 2014 chance to pop onto the list in state finals this weekend.

District 12's Top Performances by Rushers/Passers/Receivers (Quarters/Semis/Finals)
RUSHING         PASSING         RECEIVING      
Name Sch. Yds Year   Name Sch. Yds Year   Name Sch. Yds Year
Jarrett McClenton Wood 238 '13 F   Matt Magarity La S 281 '11 Q   Bruce Mapp West 142 '11 S
Brandon Peoples Wood 230 '10 Q   Jack Clements Prep 266 '14 Q   Olamide Zaccheaus Prep 125 '14 Q
Jarrett McClenton Wood 230 '14 S   Chris Kane La S 265 '12 S   Sean Coleman La S 114 '10 S
Brandon Hollomon West 208 '10 S   Jerry Rahill Wood 245 '09 Q   Tim Wade La S 131 '11 Q
David Williams Imho 200 '12 Q   Chris Martin Prep 243 '13 S   Aamir Brown N-G 129 '14 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   Chris Martin Prep 195 '13 F   D'Andre Swift Prep 107 '14 Q
Desmon Peoples Wood 182 '11 S   Ray Lenhart N-G 191 '14 Q   Jaelen Strong-Rankin West 100 '10 F
Andrew Guckin Wood 178 '12  F   Matt Magarity La S 184 '11 S   Sam McCain Wood 97 '09 S
Raymond Maples West 177 '08 F   Matt Magarity La S 180 '10 S   Eric Young West 96 '08 Q
Sean Cunningham Wood 175 '09 Q   Chris Kane La S 167 '12 Q   Jimmy Herron La S 95 '12 S
Jarrett McClenton Wood 173 '14 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

DEC. 8
For the second time in three seasons, a Wood player has racked up at least 100 points over a five-game span. In fact, the point totals for the two guys -- Andrew Guckin in 2012, Jarrett McClenton this time around -- are identical at 114. The top spot belongs to SJ Prep's Pat Kaiser, who was also that team's very productive kicker. The list below includes players from this century. Not sure whether anyone did so beforehand. A few guys listed below had other five-game stretches with at least 100 points in the same season (including some games from these efforts). Only the top totals are listed.

Players With 100 Points over Five Games, 2000-14
Year Name School Points 1 2 3 4 5
2002 Pat Kaiser SJ Prep 144 18 36 32 26 32
2003 Curtis "Boonah" Brinkley West Catholic 120 38 30 34 6 12
2008 Rob Hollomon West Catholic   120 36 30 12 18 24
2014 Jarrett McClenton Wood 114 24 24 24 24 18
2012 Andrew Guckin Wood   114 36 24 24 6 24
2013 *Troy Gallen Malvern   114 12 18 30 36 18
2012 Greg White West Catholic 108 24 32 6 20 26
2005 Maurice Dantzler Franklin 106 20 22 16 36 12
2006 Alex Holcombe Gtn. Academy 104 26 18 24 24 12
2011 Hakeem Sillman Washington 102 12 18 12 30 30
2007 Rashad Campbell Chestnut Hill   102 18 18 18 18 30
*-sat out one game in this stretch with an injury (between games 1 and 2)

DEC. 7
This is a second version of last night's offering . . . It details the AAA "East" finals. Wood has posted four of the top five blowouts, and it was victimized for Nos. 5 (in a tie) and 9.

Most Lopsided Games in Class AAA "East" Finals
Year Winner Loser Score Pt. Diff.
2011 Wood Allentown CC 70-14 56
2014 Wood Somerset 63-20 43
1997 Berwick Manheim Central 37-0 37
2012 Wood Allentown CC 36-6 30
2013 Wood Berwick 42-14 28
2009 Selinsgrove Wood 28-0   28
2002 Strath Haven Lower Dauphin 38-13 25
1992 Berwick Manheim Central 29-6 23
2010 Allentown CC Wood 49-27 22
2000 Strath Haven Manheim Central 21-0 21

DEC. 6
LQ 38, San Jose Police Athletic League All-Stars 0
***Report by Kevin Burke***
  Dec. 6, San Jose, CA -- The Philadelphia Little Quakers All-Star youth football team scored 5 unanswered touchdowns and amassed 260 rushing yards to dominate their California hosts, the San Jose Police Athletic League All-Stars, 38-0.
  With the East Foothills of Santa Clara county as its backdrop, Shoeplace.com Stadium, permanent home of the Greater San Jose P.A.L., served as an idyllic venue for the Little Quakers 249th all-time victory to conclude its 62nd season (3-1-0; 249-36-7 all-time).
  Michael Dickey churned out 46 hard-earned second effort yards, 3 first downs and a touchdown to lead the Quakers’ punishing cadre of running backs who together netted 260 rushing yards and 30 rushing points. Jimmy Burke connected on 4 of 5 (one block) kicked extra points to add another 8 points(kicked PATS at the youth level = 2pts.). Will Samuel led the aerial game (5 attempts, 46 yds.) and helped fuel the Quakers' 8 first downs of its 8 series. Both the Offensive and Defensive lines created push and penetration that frustrated the San Jose fronts all afternoon. Overall, the Quakers' execution in all three phases of the game was well-orchestrated and merciless.
Shamar Edwards, Zahmir Murray, Marquis Johnson and Tyler Berghaier each notched one TD apiece. The Quakers' stingy defense allowed runs of no more than 5 yards and zero first downs while consistently swarming to the ball with multiple tacklers. The San Jose All-Stars could not gain traction even with the Quakers’ 11 penalties, and even lost yardage on half of their 8 series. Forced to punt repeatedly, the San Jose team also lost time of possession by a wide margin to the clock-eating attack of the Quakers.
  Gathering players, parents, cheerleaders, coaches and fans at mid-field afterwards, Head Coach Ed Foley and President Bob Rosania lauded the San Jose community for their sportsmanship and gracious hospitality. Gifts were exchanged and embroidered police patches were traded. The players (35 Little Quakers, 38 San Jose) enjoyed lunch and camaraderie following the game. Temperature at kickoff was 66 degrees under sunny and pristine blue skies, rewarding the boys with temperate climate after three chilly and rainy days of touring conditions that greeted the entourage upon arrival. Visits and activities included in this five day trip were: Alcatraz, Stanford University, Golden State Warriors basketball game, Cable Car rides, bus rides, In And Out Burgers, Wind Tunnel Sky-Diving and a banquet with two current Stanford football players.
The Greater San Jose P.A.L. All-Stars were formed with the best players from 9 P.A.L. local leagues within the East Bay area that lies between the Santa Cruz and East Foothills south of San Francisco.
  The Philadelphia Little Quakers are a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) founded in 1958 by Mr. Bob Levy, entrepreneur and sports enthusiast. Although retired, his legacy lives on through the alumni and friends he inspired with his love of the game and the lifetime memories he endowed to each boy. Each fall, the best players in the Delaware Valley are selected from among hundreds of talented youth who try out at the William Penn Charter School in East Falls. Home games are played at historic Franklin Field and one travel trip always highlights each season. Besides San Jose, some other destinations through the years have been New Orleans, Dallas, Atlanta, Long Island, several locations in Florida and even Hawaii and Kuwait. www.PhilaLittleQuakers.com

DEC. 6 (Evening)
Though the geography of the schools assigned to each side doesn't always make sense, the PIAA officially has East and West champions in all four playoff brackets. State football playoffs go back to 1988 and -- hey, check it out -- Catholic League schools own the most convincing wins in Class AAAA East finals. Before today, La Salle's 28-point win over Ridley in '09 was tops. But the No. 1 spot now belongs to SJ Prep, a 37-7 winner over Pennsbury. Here are the Top 10 most lopsided games in AAAA East finals.

Most Lopsided Games in Class AAAA "East" Finals
Year Winner Loser Score Pt. Diff.
2014 SJ Prep Pennsbury 37-7 30
2009 La Salle Ridley 35-7 28
1998 Central Bucks West Parkland 34-7 27
1995 Lower Dauphin Ply.-Whitemarsh 33-6     27
1988 Cedar Cliff Neshaminy 24-0 24
1991 Central Bucks West Easton 34-12 22
1994 Downingtown Cumberland Valley 28-7 21
2002 Parkland North Penn 33-13 20
2003 North Penn Easton 38-21 17
2013 SJ Prep Neshaminy 37-21 16
1992 Cumberland Valley Coatesville 22-6    16

DEC. 6
SJ Prep 37, Pennsbury 7
(At Northeast)

  Because the forecast called for non-stop rain (with downpours mixed in), I decided to watch this tilt from the press box. One unmanned open window (good for pics) happened to be in a spot next to some of SJ Prep's assistants and it was quite fascinating to watch them operate and listen to assorted comments. Among the sights: the use of modern technology! (smile) While the entire game was being filmed elsewhere, the guys also broke out a tablet and recorded pretty much every play. Often, they'd quickly look at the replay and perhaps make adjustments in defensive alignment or blocking schemes for the very next play . . . or, OK, for maybe the play two down the line. Pretty cool, right? Among the guys in the press box were offensive coordinator Tim Roken, defensive coordinator Shawn Stratz, O-line coach John Connors, tight ends coach Patt Evans and handyman assistant E.J. Moyer. Overall, their job wound up being a lot easier than it could have been. Thank the Falcons for that. The Prep entered this game with 436 points in 12 games for an average of 36.3. So, the last thing Pennsbury wanted to do was give the Hawks multiple short fields. But that was exactly what happened. The Prep did "score" once in the first quarter on a 38-yard screen from sr. QB Jack Clements to sr. RB James Bell. Alas, a hold erased the six-pointer and that possession, the first of the game, wound up in the fruitless category. Then, on the final play of the quarter, Pennsbury lost a fumble and sr. DB Justin Montague recovered on the 32. Play No. 5: 22-yard scoring dash to the left corner for soph RB D'Andre Swift. Two plays later, Pennsbury again was in early-Christmas-present mode and jr. LB Nick Vandevere recovered at the 28. Play No. 4: 4-yard scoring burst right up the middle by Swift. Three plays later . . . you can guess what's coming, right? Jr. S Zachary Goss recovered at the 45. Play No. 4: 26-yard TD run for sr. RB James Bell. Those scores came in roughly 4 1/2 minutes and the drives averaged just 35.3 yards. Almost like freebies! (smile) . . . And the first-half scoring wasn't over. Pennsbury's next possession featured a three-and-out and sr. DE Jake Strain had a big, 4-yard TFL on second down. This time the Hawks took over on their 34 with 4:06 left. They then showed, "Hey, if necessary, we can also slap together an impressive drive." Sr. QB Jack Clements contributed a pair of completions and, soon, Roken was reaching into his tricks bag. On first-and-goal from the 6, Montague lined up as the right-side slot and got a running call -- his first of the season -- on a jet sweep. Touchdown! Pennsbury earned three first downs to start the third quarter and appeared poised to get on the scoreboard. Nope. Vandevere, sr. DL Armen Ware and sr. DL Alec Dirks/soph DL Taron Hampton made tackles for minus one, plus one and minus one on consecutive plays and the Prep took command at its 21. Play No. 3: outta here! Jr. Benny Walls maneuvered his way to a 73-yard TD, getting help at two locales from blocks by Montague. The Hawks' final score was a 29-yard field goal by sr. K Nick Bill two snaps into the fourth quarter. The Falcons fumbled AGAIN (recovery to sr. DB Dillon DeIuliis), but this possession, with backups in action, was unproductive. That gave Pennsbury a chance to break the shutout on a 56-yard scamper by star sr. RB Charles Snorweah (Rutgers), who finished with 171 yards on 19 carries (70 yards in the last quarter). He entered with more than 2,600 rushing yards for the season. And he'd racked up 1,100-plus in four playoffs! . . . For the Prep, backup soph RB Christian Waller had a strange outing. His five carries went like this: lost one, gained 18, lost one, gained 18, lost one. To my left in the press box, handling stats for a webcast done by the Prep, was freshman Daniel Avington. His good-dude dad, Bill, is the Prep's director of alumni and public relations. Pennsbury's band put on a great halftime performance, then vanished. Can't fault that decision. In today's semis, the Prep and Wood (63-20 over Somerset) combined to average 50 points. Whoa! Also had nice pre-game talks with two guys who've helped us with football stats through the years -- Bill Kenny and Rick Woelfel. Keep it rollin', guys!

DEC. 6
(This is a repeat posting from last year; with updates to make things current)
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 Franklin receiver Rapheal "Macho" Rodriguez, La Salle receiver Jimmy Herron and Imhotep receiver/kicker Denniston "DJ" Moore. Nineteen of these top 25 efforts have occurred from 2007 forward. Later this afternoon, during its AAAA semi with Pennsbury, SJ Prep will earn a spot on the list. The 2014 Hawks own 436 points.
UPDATED through state finals.

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
2014 Imhotep 655 Mike Waters 140
2014 Wood 652 Jarrett McClenton 254
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
2014 SJ Prep 522 D'Andre Swift 126
2010 Wood 511 Desmon Peoples 150
2002 SJ Prep 499 Pat Kaiser 306
2014 Franklin 488 Rapheal Rodriguez 170
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
2014 Del-Val 454 Nasir Bonner 146
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. 4
Below are the Great Eight performances for rushing/passing/receiving in holiday clashes. Imhotep managed to claim No. 1 in passing and Nos. 1-2-5 in receiving. Still amazed that Malvern/Bonner-Prendie and Del-Val/Bartram never bothered to play their games. I mean, the kids/coaches were out there putting in hours of practice time in preparation, right? Not good.

RUSHING         PASSING         RECEIVING      
Name Sch. Yds Opp.   Name Sch. Yds Opp.   Name Sch. Yds Opp.
Samir Bullock Ryan 178 Wash   Andre Dreuitt-Parks Imho 229 King   Khalif Clemons Imho 87 King
Divine Epps Dobb 178 Fkn   Kevin Caldwell Fkn 158 Dobb   Naseir Upshur Imho 82 King
Sultan Johns Oln 176 BL   Matt Romano Ryan 108 Wash   Clayton Rush NE 62 Cent
Tysheem Anderson Fut 163 Mast   Naim Franklin Fkd 105 PrCh   Prince Smith Jud 61 Linc
Quadir Strothers PrCh 154 Fkd   Nykolis Rodriguez Ovb 92 West   DJ Moore Imho 60 King
Ahmir Lewis Gtz 136 MN   Troy Hester BL 86 Oln   Clarence Rowland BL 58 Oln
Quadir Cobbs Wash 134 Ryan   Zack Carroll Jud 76 Linc   Michael Kane Fkn 57 Dobb
Jymere Toney Fkn 133 Dobb   Nasir Boykin King 73 Imho   Devontae Lee Fkd 48 PrC
                  John Miller-Ellis Rox 48 Rom
                  John Davis PrCh 48 Fkd

DEC. 3 (Evening)
(This is a repeat posting from last year; with updates to make things current)
Time for a look at the Inter-Ac . . . The accompanying lists shows, in order, how each current school has fared through the years at posting a winning record. Malvern leads the pack. Episcopal now trails it (has dislodged Chestnut Hill/SCH Academy).

School Entered
I-A Play
Total Seasons Winning Seasons Pct.
Malvern 1950 65 49 75
Penn Charter 1887 127 88 69
Haverford School 1888 111 60 54
Gtn. Academy 1887 128 63 49
SCH Academy 1923 32 13 41
Episcopal 1887 128 49 38
  HS not in I-A: 1905-20
  PC not in I-A: 1947
  SCH not in I-A: 1934, 1936-61, 1973-2005

DEC. 3
(This is a repeat posting from last year; with updates to make things current)
Time for a look at the Pub . . . The accompanying lists shows, in order, how each current school has fared through the years at posting a winning record. The top spot goes to Frankford. The triple newcomers, not surprisingly, can be found at the bottom. There were 26 teams this season. Just nine posted winning records (with four more going .500).

School Entered
Pub Play
Total Seasons Winning Seasons Pct.
Frankford 1916 99 74 75
Central 1909 106 76 72
Washington 1964 51 36 71
Imhotep 2005 10 7 70
Northeast 1909 104 70 67.3
Mastery North 2012 3 2 66.7
Boys' Latin 2010 5 3 60
Del-Val 2008 7 4 57
Lincoln 1951 64 34 53
Roxborough 1939 76 39 51
Prep Charter 2007 8 4 50
Dobbins 1948 67 33 49.3
Bartram 1942 73 36 49.3
King 1976 39 19 48.7
Franklin 1939 76 32 42
West Phila. 1912 103 39 38
Olney 1932 83 27 33
Southern 1909 102 33 32
Mastbaum 1948 67 21 31
Gratz 1929 86 24 28
Overbrook 1928 87 16 18
Future 2008 7 1 14
Edison 1957 57 7 12
Fels 2006 9 1 11
KIPP DuBois 2014 1 0 0
Palumbo 2014 1 0 0
Straw. Mansion 2014 1 0 0
  Edison not in Pub: 2014 (expected to return in '15)
  Northeast not in Pub: 1918, 1957
  Southern not in Pub: 1912-15

DEC. 2
(This is a repeat posting from last year; with updates to make things current)
Though some games remain, we already know which CL teams will finish this season with a winning record. Thus, it's OK to post this list . . . It shows, in order, how each current school has fared through the years at posting a winning record. Judge leads the pack, though SJ Prep is closing quickly. Lansdale trails it. Since last year, Wood has jumped ahead of Conwell-Egan and Neumann-Goretti has likewised Roman.

School Entered
CL Play
Total Seasons Winning Seasons Pct.
Judge 1956 59 39 66
SJ Prep 1920 87 57 65.5
O'Hara 1965 50 31 62
La Salle 1920 87 53 60.9
West 1920 94 57 60.6
Carroll 1969 46 26 57
Wood 1966 49 25 51
Conwell-Egan 1963 52 26 50
Neumann-Goretti 1935 80 38 48
Roman 1920 94 44 47
McDevitt 1963 52 23 44
Ryan 1968 47 20 43
Bonner-Prendie 1956 59 25 42
Lansdale 2008 7 1 14
 No CL play in 1929
 SJ Prep not in CL: 1956-62
 La Salle not in CL: 1921-22, 1928-33 

DEC. 1 (Evening)
Lots of quarterbacks throw for impressive amounts of yardage. But which ones are the most efficient at doing so? When trying to answer that question, most folks check out the yards-per-attempt average. With that in mind, here are the QBs (since 1981) who've averaged at LEAST a first down per attempt. Repeat: a first down per attempt. Pretty impressive, right? Imhotep senior Andre Dreuitt-Parks is the only guy whose name appears twice on the list. He went from 10.6 in '13 to 15.9 in '14. Take note: No one accomplished the feat from '81 through '96.

QBs Who Have Averaged a First Down Per Attempt, 1981-2014
(Minimum Attempts: 100)
Name School Year Att Yards YPA
Andre Dreuitt-Parks Imhotep 2014 132 2103 15.9
Joey Monaghan Wood 2011 109 1611 14.8
Curtis Drake West Catholic 2008 104 1354 13.0
Chris Whitney SJ Prep 2006 135 1643 12.2
Kevin Caldwell Franklin 2014 265 3051 11.5
Sean Williams Del-Val 2009 106 1211 11.4
Mike Mattei Chestnut Hill 2007 106 1194 11.3
Chuck Hughes Washington 2004 110 1228 11.2
Tyree "Bam" Rucker Fels 2010 183 1994 10.9
*Ryan Nassib Malvern 2006 130 1402 10.8
Andre Davis Dobbins 1997 104 1103 10.6
Andre Dreuitt-Parks Imhotep 2013 153 1618 10.6
Paul Dooley SCH Academy 2014 220 2325 10.6
Jarred Evans West Catholic 2009 180 1882 10.5
Harold Alexander Northeast 2011 103 1071 10.4
Vince Gallagher SJ Prep 2001 165 1720 10.4
Anthony Russo Wood 2014 151 1536 10.2
Mike Hagarty McDevitt 1999 110 1105 10.0
*-advanced to NFL          

DEC. 1
Last Tuesday night, Mastery North junior DeJason Ellis accomplished a feat that is perhaps (likely? definitely?) unmatched in city history. He kicked two field goals (21 and 30 yards) in the Pumas' 8-6 loss to Gratz and it's possible he was the first black player to do that. Also, he finished the season with four FGs and I strongly suspect that feat is a first for a black kid. I saw MN once this season, vs. SCH Academy. Ellis went 1-for-2 on PAT and tried no FGs. He kicked off four times, sending balls to the 12, the half-yard line, the end zone and the EZ again. In 2002, Mastbaum's David Pough kicked three FGs. He notched just one in '03, but that was a 45-yarder and is likely the longest. McDevitt's Brian Evans, one of the very few black kickers in Catholic League history, also totaled four FGs in his career. He had one vs. Tennent as a junior, then three more as a senior. He was also a quality punter. The list below goes back to 1979. The first one was an all-timer! Tony Singleton, a lineman wearing No. 74 (his celebration pic was in the Daily News), hammered a 31-yarder at 0:00 to give King a 27-25 Thanksgiving win over Germantown before a monstrous crowd. He had not tried a PAT in that game and had only gone 4-for-14 on the season, with eight misses in his most recent nine attempts. But despite that track record, and all the pressure, he nailed that three-pointer and it was quite the special moment. If you know of a black kicker whose name should be on this field-goal list, please speak up. Thanks. tedtee307@yahoo.com.

Field Goals by Black Players, 1979-2014
Year Name School (No.) Special Notes
1979 Tony Singleton King 31-yarder at 0:00 provided TG win over Germantown
1980 Tyrone Vaughter Bok  
1986 Brian Evans McDevitt in opener vs. Tennent (first game as the kicker)
1987 Brian Evans McDevitt (3) vs. Kenrick/Wood/Dougherty
1983 Eric Henderson King  
1989 Jamal Widgins Northeast  
1992 Abu Conteh Bok 36 yards
  Kenny Pickron Dobbins (2) in back-to-back games 
1993 Lamar Murray Dobbins   
  Matt Johnson Dobbins in championship game (23 yards) vs. Mastbaum
  Omar Golden King  
1994 Matt Johnson Dobbins  
1995 Omar DeLoatch Franklin  
1996 Andre Davis Dobbins (2) one in semi (19 yards) vs. Mastbaum
  Omar Johnson Franklin  
  Derrell Green King in quarterfinal (26 yards) vs. Frankford
1997 Andre Davis Dobbins in quarterfinal (26 yards) vs. Mastbaum
  Omar Johnson Franklin  
1998 Clarence Doe Overbrook (2) in back-to-back games 
  Osmond Mbaeri West Phila. 37 yards
1999 Clarence Doe Overbrook    
2001 Khalif Boldin Dobbins  
2002 David Pough Mastbaum (3) one apiece vs. Southern/Bok/King
  Voncel Harrigan Gratz  
2003 David Pough Mastbaum 45 yards
  Seku Kamara Bartram (2)  
  Kyle Whiting Gratz  
2005 Richard "Microwave" Williams Roxborough  
2006 Ervin Goodson Frankford in final (18 yards) vs. Washington
  Darrell Archer King  
2007 Junior Weyeah West Phila.  
2008 Chris Wilson Lincoln  
  Grant Graham Roxborough  
2009 Keone Berry Frankford in semifinal (36 yards) vs. Northeast
  Emmanuel Mazue-Acquei Washington  
2011 Jim-Elkins Borfay Mastbaum  
  Oumar Diawara Boys' Latin in AAA semi (27 yards) vs. West Phila.
  Vian Dolo Prep Charter  
2012 Papa Bedell Mastery North (2)  
  Vian Dolo Prep Charter  
2014 Ismaila Saka Franklin in AAAA final (20 yards) vs. Gratz
  DeJason Ellis Mastery North (4) one apiece vs. Ovb/Dobbins, two vs. Gratz

NOV. 30 (Evening)
This is year No. 7 for the Catholic League's involvement in PIAA football and yesterday offered a quarterfinal loss for the first time as Neumann-Goretti fell to Dunmore, 30-18. In fact, D-12 teams are 19-2 in the three largest classifications and the only other loser was a Pub member, Washington. All 21 opponents have been "regular" public schools. All of D-12's winners have been CL schools (17-0) or a charter school (Imhotep, 2-0). Our Guys own a 702-315 (33-15) scoring advantage.

  Class AAAA   Class AAA   Class AA
Year School Opponent Result   School Opponent Result   School Opponent Result
2008 Washington Liberty L, 30-13   Wood WC Rustin W, 37-7   West Catholic Dunmore W, 49-21
2009 La Salle Easton W, 17-14   Wood Pottsgrove W, 30-28   West Catholic North Schuylkill W, 19-14
2010 La Salle Easton W, 19-7   Wood Strath Haven W, 24-14   West Catholic Northern Lehigh W, 55-14
2011 La Salle Nazareth W, 41-33   Wood Pottsgrove W, 41-22   West Catholic Pen Argyl W, 32-7
2012 La Salle Parkland W, 28-7   Wood Interboro W, 35-7   Imhotep Pen Argyl W, 54-7
2013 SJ Prep Parkland W, 21-10   Wood Academy Park W, 42-6   Imhotep Catasauqua W, 49-0
2014 SJ Prep Parkland W, 34-30   Wood Great Valley W, 44-7   Neum.-Gor. Dunmore L, 30-18
    173-131       253-91       276-93

NOV. 30
  Steve Devlin
is in his eighth season as Wood's coach and he's experiencing quite the run, folks. He's just four wins away from 100 and owns the best all-time winning percentage (comfortably, even) among all Catholic League coaches within their first eight seasons. Twelve CL guys have won at least seven of every 10 games during that span. That list is below. Oddly, only two schools (SJ Prep, Carroll) were in the old Southern Division.

Name School W-L-T *Win Pct. First 8 Years
Steve Devlin Wood 96-17-0 .850 2007-14
Ank Scanlan SJ Prep 48-10-7 .828 1930-37
Tex Flannery La Salle 62-13-4 .827 1956-63
Ken Simendinger North 51-12-8 .810 1930-37
Drew Gordon La Salle 83-23-0 .783 2006-13
Jack Gillespie North 56-16-2 .778 1948-55
Glen Galeone Ryan 76-22-3 .776 1990-97
Dick Bedesem Egan 68-22-4 .756 1963-70
Dan Bielli Carroll 73-27-0 .730 1995/1999-05
Whitey Sullivan Judge 67-26-4 .720 1974-81
Pat Manzi McDevitt 60-24-2 .714 1982-89
Skip Duffy Wood 62-25-2 .713 1973-80
*-ties not figured in.        

NOV. 29
Dunmore 30, Neumann-Goretti 18
(At Northern Lehigh HS, in Slatington)

  For the rest of their lives, these N-G guys will be able to feel pride over winning the school's first championships -- yes, plural -- in 60 years. After terminating West Catholic's stranglehold on Catholic AA, the Saints surged forward and bumped off Prep Charter for the City Title before besting Springfield Montco in a District 12-1 subregional final. Today? Didn't quite work out. But what a stretch run for the ages we almost experienced. With 11:37 left, the Saints trailed by 23-6, and that 17-point spread made it a three-score game. N-G stirred its maybe 60-65 fans (on a frigid day) with a 77-yard TD at 9:02 on a hookup between sr. QB Ray Lenhart and soph WR Aamir Brown. Two of Dunmore's subsequent three plays lost yardage, thanks to TFLs by frosh LB Keith Jenkins (solo) and sr. LB Michael DiFrancesco/sr. DB Joe Richardson (combo). Following the punt, N-G set sail from its 22 and three big plays -- 17-yard pass to DiFrancesco, 44-yard run by Brown on a reverse, 13-yard pass to Brown -- helped to advance the ball to the Bucks' 3. Jr. RB Khalil Roane toughed it for one yard, then two, and the deficit was down to five, at 23-18, with 4:34 left. Buckle up, folks! The Bucks earned one first down, but N-G then got stingy and two more TFLs (by Jenkins and sr. DL Joe Herrin) forced another punt. The Saints took over at their 21. Yes, they would have to cover 79 yards without the benefit of timeouts, but 2:20 did remain, so hopes were high. Alas, on first down, Dunmore registered an interception and a clinching TD was scored with 46 seconds remaining. Afterward, understandably, hearts were beyond heavy. And here's guessing the ride back to Philly seemed to take 24 hours rather than 90-odd minutes. But again, Chalie Szydlik's guys accomplished so much and here's hoping no one forgets that. Backtracking . . . On its first two possessions, N-G gained just 10 yards on eight plays. The Bucks also stayed off the board and sr. DB Takeem Ford recovered a fumble for N-G to provide chance No. 3. Yardage again in bits and pieces? Hardly! Just two plays were needed to garner 71 yards as Lenhart hit sr. WR Amir Gordon for 45 and Roane broke through two different groups of defenders for a 26-yard score. Two plays later, N-G seemed to be in great shape when star rusher Sal Marchese suffered a leg injury upon being smothered by jr. LB Miles Brewer on a no-gain play. Just the Saints' luck . . . The guy who assumed top-ballcarrier duties, soph Colin Holmes, wound up finishing with 130 yards and two TDs on 27 totes. (In all, Dunmore posted 379 total yards, with 367 on the ground.) Meanwhile, Roane had to settle for 43 yards (and two TDs) on 15 carries. Just twice did he run for more than four yards. Over the previous five games, he'd averaged 171.6 yards and at least one N-G fan (he expressed his thought at high volume) was upset that Roane didn't get more carries. I suspect the coaches felt they stood a better chance of winning by using speed on the edge. Dunmore's d-linemen were mostly thick, farm boy-looking guys with low centers of gravity and they were proving to be tough to dislodge. Sr. DT Dan Drewes, in particular, caused lots of problems. A gigantic play occurred 5:58 before halftime as Lenhart was called for intentional grounding. No doubt: Part of the call was correct. He whipped the ball at about a 45-degree angle from deep in N-G territory and no receiver was remotely close to where it sailed out of bounds. One problem: The line of scrimmage was the 9 and the refs ruled Lenhart had cut loose from inside the end zone. Thus, the play went into the books as a safety. (Not sure on that part, but I'm guessing he WAS in the end zone because that's not the kind of call a ref would make without being completely sure.) After the free-kick kickoff, Dunmore needed to cover just 45 yards and the TD was notched on play No. 6, making the score 16-6. A scoreless third quarter was quickly followed by a Dunmore pick and the first play produced a 22-yard TD on a run by Holmes. What happened from there has already been detailed. Dunmore's rooters were stationed on the home side of the field and covered about 85 percent of the stands. The band alone had 50 members, an amazing number for a Class AA school. Roane finished the season with 1,513 yards and 15 TDs on 315 carries. As for Lenhart . . . He leaves with school records for passing yards in a season and career. Final numbers: 237-for-593 for 4,076 yards and 39 TDs. This year he was 102-for-243 for 1,737 with 14 scores. Congrats, Ray. It was great to see Mike Ferris, who maintained a football website for North Catholic in its final years while also offering assorted thoughts on Philly high school football. Szydlik and some of his assistants (son C.J. included) coached at North in the school's final season ('09) and Mike came out to support them.

NOV. 29
It happens every year. Literally. Since the Catholic League began competing in PIAA football in 2008, Wood has posted wins in all seven of its appearances in Class AAA quarterfinals. The latest win was collected last night at Northeast as the Vikings thumped Great Valley, 44-7. Last night on the western side of the state, at the Class A level, Clairton also bagged its seventh consecutive win in a quarterfinal (by 46-14 over Avonworth). Also at that level, Southern Columbia captured 13 consecutive quarterfinals (1994-2006) and went on to win six state championships. A quick search indicates (hopefully I got this right) SC is the only school that has bettered Wood and Clairton at the quarterfinal level since the PIAA began staging football tournaments in 1988. In AAA, Berwick (1992-97) and Strath Haven (1998-2003) won six consecutive quarterfinals. Two more CL teams -- La Salle (2008-11) in AAAA and West Catholic (also 2008-11) -- grabbed four consecutive wins in quarters. As the Vikings won in 2009, Jerry Rahill ran or passed on 36 of the 42 plays while bagging 349 of their 366 yards. Quite the feat. 

Wood's Seven Consecutive Wins in Class AAA State Quarterfinals
Year Opponent Score Top Rusher Car.-Yds Other Notes
2008 WC Rustin 37-7 Sean Cunningham 23-175 3 TDs (one more on a catch)
2009 Pottsgrove 30-28 Jerry Rahill 14-94  2 TDs (also passed for 245 & 1 TD)
2010 Strath Haven 24-14 Brandon Peoples 32-230 2 TDs
2011 Pottsgrove 41-22 Desmond Peoples 8-106 3 TDs
2012 Interboro 35-7 Andrew Guckin 14-134 4 TDs
2013 Academy Park 42-6 Jarrett McClenton 12-145 1 TD (Luke Spahits rushed for 43 & 3 TDs)
2014 Great Valley 44-7 Jarrett McClenton 13-173 3 TDs (one more on punt return)
  253-91   116-1,057  

NOV. 28
Wood 44, Great Valley 7
(At Northeast)

  Now I've seen/heard everything. Roughly a half-hour before gametime, a song was playing over the sound system and I kept thinking, "Are those really curse words I'm hearing?" Finally, I mentioned something to DN reporter Aaron "Ace" Carter and he said, "Yup." Then I followed with, "How the heck can someone allow this to happen? What crazy song is that?" Ace pulled out his cell phone and said, "Hold on." He then pointed his phone toward the press box and, bingo, the screeched lyrics from the song were appearing on his phone!! Line by line. As they were being pumped through the sound system! Unbelievable. There's an app for that?! And, yes, there were some curse words, including the two most common four-letter varieties. Even on Ace's phone, however, those words weren't being spelled out. The first letters were followed by ***. The song, recorded in 1999, is called "Down With the Sickness" by Disturbed (heavy metal). Let's hope we never hear it again and, in case you're wondering, the app Ace used is called Shazam . . . Meanwhile, shortly before the game began, the PA announcer noted that a wallet had been found and that the owner could claim it in the press box. He then noted the guy's name and I could have sworn he said Michael Neher. Mike played basketball at Dougherty, later became a prominent ref and his son, Ryan, is Wood's starting (football) center. In the second half, well after the starters had been removed, I was standing near Ryan on the sideline and told him the found-wallet story and that the name MIGHT have been his dad's. Ryan cracked, "That sounds like him." Ha, ha, ha. Oh, the game, you ask? Not much of one. At all. Wood stormed to a 37-0 lead and we would have experienced a full-mercy-rule second half if GV had not scored 44.6 seconds before halftime on 56-yard gallop with a stolen ball by soph CB Ryan Hubley. On its first possession, Wood achieved first downs on four consecutive plays. The last one placed the ball at the 2, then sr. RB Jarrett McClenton (Villanova) breezed in for the TD. Following a three-and-out, McClenton gathered in a bouncing punt and -- see ya! -- dashed for a 51-yard score. Soon, GV's punter tumbled over the end line for a safety after dropping a snap and the free-kick kickoff enabled the Vikings to take over at GV's 45. Only three plays were needed for scoreboard denting to resume: 15 run for McClenton, 11 for sr. FB Alex Arcangeli and 19 for Mr. Touchdown, a k a McClenton. TD No. 4 of the quarter was posted at 39.3 on a 15-yard reverse by jr. RB Ryan Barrett. Wood's other scores were a 65-yard run by McClenton (13-173) in the second quarter -- he has posted four TDs in three consecutive games -- and a 5-yard run by Arcangeli (9-79) midway through the third. Wood's other star tonight was jr. DE Mack Schwartz. Aside from making an interception and recovering a fumble, he recorded two sacks worth 10 yards. Quite the nice, well-rounded performance. Also, in the first half, sr. DE Nafeez "Feeeeez!!" Brown-Carter mixed a sack with a TFL while sr. DT Ryan Bates added a sack. Jr. LB Sebastian Silva hustled for a sack in the second half and that was cool because in the first he'd pounced upon a loose pigskin. On the last play of the third quarter, soph RB Shawn Thompson reeled off a 37-yard gain. Frosh RB Adrian Lambert had a 21-yarder in the fourth.

NOV. 28 (Evening)
Here's a career breakdown for Imhotep sr. star Denniston "DJ" Moore, who has made an oral commitment to Maryland. He finished with Pub records for career receiving yards/TDs (2,056/32) and career kicking points (101, all on PAT). He only had two kicks this year because a change in philosophy saw the Panthers start going for two-pointers.

Denniston "DJ" Moore's
Imhotep Career


Year Rec. Yards TDs
2012 8 212 3
2013 39 832 13
2014 35 1012 16