Eastern Regional High School
(This New Jersey School in the Eastern Section of
Camden County Serves Berlin Borough,
Gibbsboro Borough and Voorhees Township)
Recaps of Playoff Games (Top of Page;
Followed by Starters for 2003 Group 4 Champions)
Details of Conference/League Championship Seasons (Middle of Page)
Statistical Accomplishments (Bottom of Page, as Provided by Chuck Langerman)
Details obtained from stories in the
Camden Courier-Post and Burlington County Times.
Thanks to Sean McAleer for his help with 2003 lineup.
To reach Ted Silary -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: The playoffs involving Eastern included four teams through 1996. They expanded to eight teams in 1998.
Moorestown 7, Eastern 6
Sterling 24, Eastern 0
Though the Vikings entered the game with an 8-0 record, the negatives turned out to be numerous -- five turnovers and two blocked punts. The best drive ended at the 12.
Cherokee 18, Eastern 13
Once again, entering a playoff with an 8-0 record proved to be a bad luck charm. Four interceptions were prominent among the problems. A 26-yard pass to Jim Gregory moved the Vikings within five points in the last two minutes, but late miracles did not take place.
Eastern 41, Mainland 27
The Vikings ended their playoff frustration in rather easy fashion as the first three possessions produced TDs. Mike Murphy tallied twice, first on an 8-yard pass from Steve Yates and then on a 50-yard return of a punt that was blocked by Bob Pilkauskas. In all, Eastern picked up 351 yards. Murphy also scored on a 50-yard reception. The lead reached 35-7 when Herb Hanson raced 69 yards on the first play of the second half.
Delsea 42, Eastern 0
Ralph Sadler managed to gain 56 yards on 12 carries. The Vikings ran just 25 plays. Coach Jon Batchelor praised his opponent by saying, "They could have scored 100 points."
Cherokee 3, Eastern 0 (2 OTs)
After regulation ended at 0-0, the rules called for 10-minute sudden death overtimes. Cherokee kicked a 27-yard field goal with 4:34 remaining in OT No. 2. QB Bob Pilkauskas ran 20 times for 76 yards. The Vikes' best drive, in the third quarter, stalled out at the 12.
Eastern 42, Moorestown 17
The Vikings rebounded nicely from a 10-0 deficit and wound up scoring 28 consecutive points in the second half. Twenty-two were posted in a 5-minute stretch in the fourth quarter. Fred "Chip" Kron surpassed 1,000 rushing yards for the season by churning for 183 (and three TDs) on 21 carries. The grunts were John Brown, Mike Dube, Ken LeBlanc, Dan McDuff and Rich Maddox.
Cherokee 24, Eastern 15
In temps approaching 70 degrees, the Vikings' running game could never get hot. It gathered just 27 yards on 26 rushes. Fred "Chip" Kron scored one TD apiece via rush/reception.
Eastern 42, Williamstown 26
Skip Papale bulled for 166 yards and three TDs on 21 carries to pace a 488-yard, total-offense effort. Rick Kerr ran for one score and passed to Brian Lamon for another. Williamstown saved face by scoring the final 14 points.
At Toms River South
Toms River South 17, Eastern 14 (OT)
The Vikes lost this one on a field goal with five seconds left in the extra session. In raw weather conditions, they were guilty of six turnovers (four fumbles, two picks). Eastern tied the score with 1:35 left in regulation as Rick Kerr hit Charlie Seitchick for a 40-yard score.
Eastern 14, Cherry Hill East 6
In their first playoff appearance since 1983, the Vkings used an 82-yard TD run by Chris Canty (9-143) with two minutes remaining to claim the school record for wins with nine. Kimatni Rawlins ran 21 yards for the other score. Jason Montgomery sealed the deal with a late interception.
Toms River North 24, Eastern 6
Two early fumbles enabled the visitors to jump to a 10-0 lead. Eastern scored on the final play, trick variety, as Andy Cipollono made the catch and Kimatni Rawlins raced the final 25 yards after gathering in the lateral.
At Washington Township
Washington Township 41, Eastern 12
Eastern's highlight was Chris Canty's 80-yard touchdown on a kickoff return. He also scored on a 1-yard run.
At Washington Township
Washington Township 19, Eastern 0
The Vikings managed to rack up just 62 yards and the best play, a 28-yard burst by Raheem Halstead, did not take place until the final series.
Shawnee 38, Eastern 14
A 73-yard, bob-and-weave TD run by backup QB Andrew Dawson (Charles Robinson suffered an early injury) created a 7-7 tie. Little went well thereafter.
Shawnee 31, Eastern 13
Though the Vikings had topped Shawnee in a conference game two weeks earlier, in this one their production in the first half was limited to 28 yards on 11 plays. Adam Taliaferro scored two TDs in the second half.
Eastern 34, Shawnee 19
Adam Taliaferro roared to 264 yards and four TDs on 18 carries and tallied a fifth score on an 89-yard kickoff return. Shawnee coach Tim Gushue, a vet of two-plus decades, said of Adam, "He's by far the best player I've ever seen or coached against." Two weeks earlier, Eastern had beaten this same opponent by 61-41.
Eastern 13, Jackson 7
Darryl Scott slapped together quite the two-way performance as the Vikings upped their record to 10-0, best in school history. The quarterback's 1-yard plunge made the score 13-0 with 4:24 remaining and then, at cornerback, he made an end zone interception at 0:02. Adam Taliaferro contributed 129 yards and one TD on 24 carries.
At Rutgers University
Atlantic City 31, Eastern 29
Many hearts were pierced with eight seconds remaining when AC nailed a 31-yard field goal, thus preventing the Vikings (11-1) from winning their first sectional championship. Eastern, having scored the game's first 17 points, had zipped ahead, 29-28, on Darryl Scott's 75-yard TD pass to Adam Taliaferro with 8:54 to go. Khary Sharpe's two six-pointers came on a 71-yard punt return and a 54-yard toss from Scott.
Eastern 14, Mainland 13
Cherokee 14, Eastern 0
The Vikings, who received 117 rushing yards (62 on one play) from Jahre Cheeseman, were guilty of six turnovers in rainy/muddy conditions.
At Toms River East
Toms River East 35, Eastern 3
The Vikings yielded 398 yards of total offense and avoided a shutout when Alec Sherman booted a 21-yard field goal.
Eastern 24, Williamstown 20
Eastern scored the first 17 points, gave up the next 20 and won it with 2:02 left when quarterback Logan Ryan, thanks in large part to an early lead block by fullback Bryant White, turned a left-side keeper into his second TD, a 48-yarder. Ryan also passed 9-for-11 for 109 yards while Preston Keiffer pounded a 43-yard field goal.
Mainland 17, Eastern 16
The decisive score was a 31-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining. Bryant White turned 23 rushes into 96 yards and one TD.
Mainland 42, Eastern 14
Brent Caprio was involved in all six of Mainland's TDs. He passed for four and ran for two.
Cherokee 14, Eastern 3
Easternís Bill Long opened the scoring with a 35-yard field goal.
Eastern 41, Toms River North 38
Tom Flacco's 18 completions produced 330 yards and five TDs. Eli Apple (then known as Woodard) also had major fun, making seven catches for 157 yards.
Southern 30, Eastern 27
After using two TD passes by Tom Flacco (23 yards to Devon Nikolis, 5 to Keshawn Segers) to claim a 27-21 lead, the second-seeded Vikings were bested due to a safety and a 3-yard TD pass with 22 seconds remaining.
Eastern 32, Atlantic City 26
Tom Flacco passed for three TDs and ran for another and Eastern, the No. 1 seed, was able to survive by scoring the final nine points.
Eastern 35, Millville 18
Once again the Vikings survived thanks to late-game dominance. They scored the final 21 points thanks to rushing scores by Kingsley Ayeni and Eric Sawyer and Tom Flaccoís pass to Cinque Hill (8-137). Flacco finished 20-for-38 for 301 yards and two TDs.
At Rowan University
Cherokee 38, Eastern 2
As evidenced by five turnovers, almost nothing went right on this cold/rainy night. Eastern finished 10-2 and Cherokee inflicted both losses. In non-Cherokee games, the Vikings averaged 39.3 points. Compared to 11.5 against the Chiefs. Tom Flacco finished his career with 7,386 passing yards, the No. 2 number in South Jersey history and No. 3 in state annals.
At Rancocas Valley
Rancocas Valley 57, Eastern 9
The Vikings broke the school record for points allowed and 50 were surrendered prior to halftime. T.J. Franden carried 13 times for 71 yards and Chase Stafford scored the TD on a 1-yard keeper. Eastern also racked up a safety.
|STARTERS FOR 2003 GROUP 4 CHAMPIONS|
|C||Robert Dancer||T||Sean McAleer|
|G||Sean McAleer||T||Steve Guertler|
|G||Dan Donker||E||A.J. Schneider|
|T||Phil Trautwein||E||Joey Kellum|
|T||A.J. Schneider||MB||Eric Dube|
|Rec.||Dave Kellum||OLB||Dave Kellum|
|Rec.||Andrew Kirkland||OLB||Jake Cornely|
|Rec.||Marcus Turner||CB||Brendan Moles|
|Rec.||Michael Paul||CB||Jahre Cheeseman|
|QB||Anthony Orio||S||Andrew Kirkland|
|RB||Jahre Cheeseman||S||Zach Cundiff|
OLYMPIC NATIONAL (5-0)
The Vikings won their first title with a 14-12 win at Clearview on the final day of conference action. Clutch plays by the Maiers were crucial. Bill's fumble recovery set up a 1-yard scoring run by Steve Sherwood (22-106). Bobby blocked a punt, scooped up the ball and journeyed 18 yards for six more points. Joe Hartmann nailed two PAT.
OLYMPIC NATIONAL (6-0)
In a last-game showdown between 5-0 teams, Eastern was dominant in a 34-0 road victory thanks in large part to its defense. Mitch Brown was the mainstay. He blocked two punts and each swat produced six points. He recovered the ball in the end zone the first time and Vince Palumbo needed to travel just two yards the second time. The Vikings also notched four interceptions while Palumbo added two rushing TDs.
OLYMPIC NATIONAL (4-0-1)
Five days after suffering a 3-0, two-OT loss to Cherokee in a Group 3 playoff, the Vikings roared to a 40-0 Thanksgiving win over visiting Overbrook to claim the outright title. Chip Kron (three) and Tim Walsh combined for five TDs and Bob Pilkauskas netted 109 yards on 13 completions. A perfect conference mark was prevented by a 6-6 tie with Williamstown in the third game.
OLYMPIC NATIONAL (4-1)
The Vikings clinched the title in game No. 4 by overcoming a 14-7 deficit and posting a 20-14 win at Gloucester Catholic. The decisive TD was scored with 1:17 left when Tim Walsh passed to Steve Simone for a 72-yarder. Chip Kron and Ned Kerr had rushing TDs. The chance for a 5-0 mark disappeared on Thanksgiving. Overbrook won that one, 14-8. Eastern was 9-0 overall beforehand.
OLYMPIC AMERICAN (6-0-1)
For their final conference game, the Vikings trekked to Washington Township and earned the title with a 17-17 tie. After Kevin Nicholls recovered a fumble, Mike Weissmann booted a 25-yard field goal with 7:02 remaining to tie the score. WT tried a 44-yarder at 0:02, but John Gavlick blocked it. He'd also recorded a blocked FG in the second quarter.
OLYMPIC AMERICAN (6-0)
Talk about turning the tables . . . In a Group 4 playoff, Eastern fell to Washington Township by a 19-0 score. A week later, with the conference title on the line (both teams entered at 5-0), the visiting Vikings rolled to a 21-0 success. Raheem Halstead rushed 12 times for 112 yards and all three scores and his 25-yard burst, off a fake punt, helped to set up No. 2.
OLYMPIC AMERICAN (6-0)
On the night after Thanksgiving, the Vikings overcame rain, mud and host Washington Township, 13-7, to lift their records to 6-0 (conference) and 11-0 (overall). Omar Miles and Adam Taliaferro (18-116) ran for scores of 27 and eight yards, respectively.
BURLCO/OLYMPIC AMERICAN (4-2)
This time the decisive game was played on Thanksgiving Eve, again in crappy conditions. Eastern triumphed over visiting Washington Township, 13-7, thus leaving four teams with 4-2 records (also WT, Cherokee and Pennsauken). Phil Hook preserved the victory by recovering a fumble on Eastern's 5 in the final half-minute. Steve O'Keefe, the backup QB, replaced the injured starter, Andrew Daley, in the first half and wound up leading his team to the winning score, Bryant White's 1-yard run.
WEST JERSEY AMERICAN (4-1)
The Vikes needed a win in the final league game to earn a share of the title, and they posted it emphatically, 34-14. The victim was Lenape, by 34-14. Tom Flacco passed 13-for-23 for 166 yards and four TDs and two of those scores were racked up by Keshawn Segers (5-102). Cherokee and Williamstown also finished 4-1.
Statistics offered by Chuck Langerman,
noted South Jersey sports historian. Thank you, Chuck!
(Entering the 2017 season.)
1. Four Eastern players have played in the NFL:
Eli Apple (Giants, DB; known as Eli Woodard during his Eastern
career), Chris Canty (Patriots, Seahawks, Saints, DB),
Logan Ryan (Patriots, DB), and Phil Trautwein (Rams,
2. Logan Ryan is the only Eastern player to play in Super Bowls. (XLIX and LI).
3. In 1999, Adam Taliaferro scored 176 points which is 38th best all-time in South Jersey.
4. In 2010, quarterback Antony Robbins threw a 99-yard touchdown pass to receiver Mark Burwell. Of course, that ties the South Jersey, state, and national record for longest TD pass.
5. Kicker Todd Spirt kicked 52 PATs in 2013 to tie for 13th best all-time in South Jersey for a season.
6. Todd Spirt had 70 kicking points in 2013 for ninth place for most kicking points in a season. (After his junior season in 2013, Todd Spirt transferred to Upper Dublin for his senior year of school.)
7. Kicker Ed Kehoe booted 8 field goals in 2012 to tie him for 13th place for most field goals in a season in South Jersey.
8. Kicker Will Carney finished his career in 2004 with 22 field goals which puts him third in SJ history for field goals in a career.
9. Will Carney booted 11 FG in 2004 which ties him for fourth-place for FG in a season in SJ history.
10. Wide receiver Keshawn Segers had 246 receiving yards in a game in 2013 which is 7th all-time in South Jersey history.
11. Keshawn Segers had 1,116 receiving yards in 2013 for 11th highest single-season total in SJ history.
12. Keshawn Segers had 62 receptions in 2013 which is the 18th highest single-season total in SJ History.
13. Keshawn Segers had 100 career receptions which places his 24th all-time in SJ history.
14. Tom Flacco threw for 6 TDS. in a 2012 game. That ties him for second-place for most TD passes in a game.
15. Tom Flacco threw for 59 career TDs which is tenth all-time in South Jersey history.
16. Tom Flacco had 188 completions in 2013 for 5th-place for completions in a season. In 2012, Flacco had 185 completions which is 7th. highest in a season.
17. Tom Flacco had 304 attempts in 2012 for 8th highest in a season, and 299 in 2013 for 13th highest in a season.
18. Tom Flacco had a high game of 443 yards in 2012 for sixth highest game total in SJ history, and he threw also for 378 yards in 2012 for 22nd best all-time.
19. Tom Flacco threw for 2,957 yards in 2012 for 7th best in a season and for 2,782 yards in 2013 for ninth best in a season in South Jersey history.
20. Tom Flacco threw for 7,397 career yards which is currently second best in South Jersey history and fourth best in state history. (Flacco played his freshman season at Camden Catholic).