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   Ryan "Goose" Nase, a TedSilary.com "Random Thoughts" legend and moving force behind our Fan Basketball Tournament, starred for Judge at tackle in the 2001 season. He is now doing a prep school year at Peddie School, in New Jersey, with the hope of earning a Division I scholarship. Goose will check in every so often about his experiences at Peddie, and he hopes that others might see the benefit of following a similar path.
   He may be reached at freaksport@aol.com.


NOV. 11
   Well it's finally over, this time I'm positive, no more high school football.  This past Saturday we defeated Blair Academy 29-27 in the 99th annual meeting between the two prep schools (longest rivalry in New Jersey).  It is tough to explain to city kids what this game was like.  All week the school has been decorated and Anti-Blair sheets hang from all the dorms, some funny, some pretty lame.  The school with the most points at the end wins the $25,000 Potter/Kelly cup (Peddie won).  But anyway, it was different than anything I ever experienced at Judge.  The week of pre game activities culminated on Friday night, with a HUGE pep rally in which many of the activities and sports teams on campus, put on skits.  At the end of the pep rally there was a huge barbecue and bon  fire.  Also every sport varsity and JV play at the same time each win for the respective school earns a point.
   As far as the actual game, we dominated the first half physically, but due to special teams breakdowns (a Blair punt hit sr wr/db Bilal Morris while he was making as block, and then one of our punts was blocked and returned for a TD) we were up 22-14 at half.  Half way through the 3rd quarter, Blair scored again to cut the lead 22-21.  After the getting the ball back, we drove the rest of the quarter, and on the first play of the 4th quarter sr Fb Ryan Kaiser plunged in from 2 yds out making it 29-21.  Blair returned the kickoff top around the 40, and continued to drive until they again scored cutting the lead to 29-27.  With 5 minutes left Blair decided to go for two.  Blair rolled the quarterback out to the right and he was chased down by 3 Peddie defenders but just before he was taking down he heaved the ball into a receivers leaping hands.  However, before the receiver could come down with  ball he was rocked [Ted's note: Goose did this!!!!!] and dropped the ball.  Showing confidence in their defense, Blair decided to kick off rather than try an on-side kick.  We got the ball at our own 20 and for the next 4:30 minutes ran the ball successfully until time expired.
  This game marked the end of what was a shaky season.  We started out 0-3 but bounced back to win four of our last 6 games.  We also finished 4-1 in the league which tied us for 1st.  But due to our loss to Lawrenceville, they won the championship.  Unlike the Inter-Ac there are no co-Champions.  Once again the recruiting process starts again, which I am looking forward to, and preparation begins for next year.  All in all it was a pretty good year, and I feel as if I definitely made the right decision taking the extra year.  This is all from Goose right now, again if anyone has even the slightest interest in taking this year to better themselves academically or athletically (not only football players) don't hesitate to e-mail me rnase@peddie.org or freaksport@aol.com if you really need to talk to me e-mail Ted and he will give u my number.  Good luck to everyone in the playoffs and on Thanksgiving.

OCT. 20
   Throughout my years of Catholic League sports, I have been a part of some great times.  I played in Judge's first play-off game and victory in the last 5 years this past November, I sat and cheered as Bill Fox won his 500th career game last season, but there was just something about today that I will never forget.  Football games here still have the feel of the old Ivy League games in the early 1900's.  All of the athletic teams here play at once, and after all of the other games, everyone congregates and watches the football game.
        Today we played our 3rd MAPL league game of the year, in Princeton against The Hun School.  After starting our season 0-3, we have come together as a not only a team but a family.  This was evident by how we finished the game.  We no longer have any individuals on our team, and are truly playing the type of football we are capable of.  After our win against The Hill two weeks ago, everyone thought it was a fluke.  The Hun was playing their last MAPL game, and if they won, the title was theirs.  All the papers were picking them to win for they have an All-State, All-East Coast, All-etc. Defensive tackle who is going to Notre Dame, Penn State. wherever he wants.  They have a D1 QB and wide receiver, and we we're 1-4.  Despite that record we were 1-1 in the league and if we can win out still have a shot at wining the championship.
        First play of the game we came out and scored on a 55yd td pass from Sr. QB Matt Wolf to sr. WR Chase Muesser.  The Hun answered back a few series later and that was all of the scoring in the first half.  However the 2nd half we came out excited and ready to play building our lead up to 23-12 with about 4 mins left to play in the game.  The Hun drove down and scored with a little over 2 mins left and planted us deep in our territory.  We drove the ball out and brought it to their 30 with a little over 2 mins to go when we fumbled and Hun came out with the ball.  We stopped them twice and on 3rd down their QB threw the ball up which was deflected by two of our defenders and into the hands of The Hun wide receiver.  1st and goal with a minute left from the 10.
        This is where the sequence began that I as well as every other member of this years football team will remember for the rest of their lives.  1st play Hun runs trap 1 yd gain.  Next play the run option for 8 yds and bring it inside the one.  The Hun used their final time-out after this play to make sure everything was right.  They had 3rd and goal from the half yard line, another foot and a half and the Championship was theirs.  They ran their sneak behind their big tackle but I met him head on got a piece of the QB and held on for dear life as my Defensive end and Linebacker came in for the stop.  With no time-outs left and the clock running they scrambled and got their final play off with ten seconds left.  This time they snuck away from the tackle and the qb was met at the 6inch line and as he spun was hit again and a pile up began.  The biggest part of this pile up was a referee waiving his hands side to side violently.  He didn't get in.  We stopped them 2 times inside the one.  Emotion poured out of both sidelines.  They had just lost the championship and we stayed alive.  BARELY.  We play another MAPL game this Saturday against Mercersburg Academy and then 2 weeks after that we play our final game against huge rival (comparable to Judge-Ryan or Prep-Lasalle) Blair Academy.  If we can continue to play together and as one, hopefully the next couple columns will be about being one step closer to our dream. BACK TO BACK MAPL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS.

OCT. 10
         Well this weekend we started to get back on track.  After dropping our first 3 games of the season the Peddie Falcons came back to defeat previously undefeated Hill School 28-14.  We really came together on all cylinders today.  Sr. RB/DB Tajiddin Morris rushed for a touchdown and threw another to his brother WR/DB Bilial Morris.  This week re really cam together as team, and if we can continue to make positive strides our goal of winning the Mid Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) is still intact.  We have a tough non league game coming up this weekend against Wyoming Seminary.  Again if anyone would like to come up and experience the tradition, and success, let me know.
        Now on to my next point.  I'm sorry I didn't see this earlier, but I don't know who could possibly consider criticizing Judge's coaches.  How soon we forget what a rebuilding effort they made.  2 years ago Judge was 3-8.  Last year 9-4 and Coach Coyle won coach of the year.  Do you know who the first people he credited wa? His staff.  I obviously know every one of them and have a close relationship with each.  Let's take a minute to think who you are criticizing.  First when you criticize these coaches means you are talking about Mr. Bill Koch, one of the all-time great Catholic league guys in both basketball and football.  Talk to anyone who has ever played or coached a PCL game and they know and RESPECT Mr. Koch.  Can he coach?  Look at his JV basketball record sometime; I believe he is the winningest coach.  Also coaches in the City All Star game every year.  Next the main man, Coach Coyle, an all-time neighborhood guy.  Coach Coyle will do whatever he can not just for Judge but for the neighborhood.  He holds at least 4 camps a year for grade school kids to try and give them a head start on some high school technique.  He will do anything for his players past or present.  Last year he and his staff sent 11 kids to college to play football.  That is one person less than half of his seniors.  That is pretty good for any school but people who know Judge football knows that just doesn't happen.  Almost 50%.  Coach Coyle before coming to Judge, was a coach at a successful Penn Charter program.  Next we have Mike Groves.  Not only a coach but moderator and teacher.  He spends his entire life helping kids.  As far as coaching he was a coordinator on Roman's 1999 championship team and had success as a player at Roman and then Lycoming.  Every coach at Judge has a similar story.  Ed Gallagher was a coach at Washington, helping teach them the techniques and skills to become back to back champs.  Tony Leneghan another all time neighborhood guy, willing to help anybody.  He has been at Judge during the glory days as both a coach and player.  Casey Jones, awesome career at Judge then at Temple.  Coach Steve was a scout and coach for numerous colleges and in the XFL.  Jim Kauterman, a North grad who I sometimes think literally lives at Judge, he is always around in the weightroom.  Rich Maley, is the main reason I am where I am now.  He helped me to take risks and always believed in his players, even when there was question marks.  Mike Mulherrin is one of Judge's best linemen ever.There are so many others including freshman coaches who have unbelievable credentials.  Coach Burger made Liberty Bell huge.  Coach Szydlik made Frankford pound ball a dynasty.  Mr. Budd, Coach Smitty, Coach Burke, everyone at Judge lives and breathes high school football. There are so many great guys at judge, I'm sorry if I forgot any of you, and I would love to know who had the...  Well to be blunt [you-know-whats!!] to criticize them so harshly.   For every ignorant person such as this there are 20 kids in Mayfair who owe judge coaches everything  and one in Hightstown, New Jersey.

SEPT. 24
        This weekend we learned one of the ultimate lessons in high school football, The team who commits the least amount of turnovers usually wins the game.  This being said, we committed 9 turnovers (7 in the first half).  I'm not going to bore you guys with the details of another loss, I'll just talk a little bit about Penn Charter and then about school.  I have to think that if Penn Charter can get healthy (Tony McDevitt and Zack Zeglinski) that they will make a definite run for the Inter-Ac crown.  The have a smart quarterback in Boston College-bound Matt Ryan, who can beat you with his arm and his legs. If I spotted one weakness, it is size.  They lack some size in the trenches but I will give them credit; they have heart and will hit you.

        Now about school.  We have finished our first three weeks of classes here at Peddie, and I am starting to realize that it is a different world up here.  The biggest thing is time management.  I'm sure that many of you seniors and even you younger guys have heard to use your time wisely before, but it really is true.  It is a lot tougher getting out of bed to go to class when Mommy isn't making you.  Also, take the time now during your senior year to find your rhythm for doing your work.  This way once you get to college, etc., you know the best times for you to do it.  Don't make the mistake that I and many others often do and wait until the last minute because here they don't accept "my printer ran out of ink . . . my dog ate it" excuses.  I'm not trying to scare anyone; just some advice.

        I think last week I got away from my goal, which is to present many of the seniors in the Philly leagues another option after high school.  I have received a few e-mails, but if anyone has any questions about what I am doing and may be even the slightest bit interested in taking a look at the school feel free to e-mail me a rnase@peddie.org.

       Good luck to everyone especially the Crusaders and I'll be back next week to fill you in on our game against a nationally ranked Brooklyn Poly Prep.

SEPT. 15
    Hello again philly fans, this is Goose updating you on the Peddie Prep program.  This past Saturday the we opened with our title defense against Lawrenceville Prep.  In what was by far the wackiest game I have ever played in, we lost, 10-7, in overtime. There were many firsts for me in this game:  It was my first game ever played out of Pa.; the first time I ever went both ways; the first time I played in the rain; and my first overtime game.
    Now to the details of the game.  We did exactly what every coach dreads: we played down to a team's level and it came back to bite us you know where.  The first half we had a number of sustained drives putting us in the Lawrenceville red zone yet could not put the ball in the end zone, missing two field goals and fumbling once.  So we went in to halftime tied, 0-0. 
    In the second half we seemed to come out a little flat.  I think because we had the ball inside the 20 three times we may have been a little overconfident.  Lawrenceville came out and scored in on I believe their second drive of the fourth quarter.  Again we had a drive that put us in the red zone put after a block in the back we were forced to go on 4th down and didn't get it.
   With about 6 mins left in the game we just had one of those drives were everything clicked we run dives, quick passes, and a fades which was capped off by a 8 yd TD run by our RB Taji Morris.  After the TD our emotions and the crowds were really high.  We had a squib kick called and our kicker booted right off a first lineman's head and we recovered at their 20 and everyone was going nuts.  We followed this up with a thunderous run by FB Eric Lorman who ran over one guy and carried 2 more for about 5 yards.  We followed that with a tough 15 yd run by Myron Rolle, and we were on their 16 with 3:30 left and we could just taste it.  Then the lightning came and we had about a half hour delay and the momentum was gone.
   After the delay we again came out flat and agin missed another filed goal inside their 20.  We went in to overtime and seemed to get some of the flare back. We scored a 25 yd TD on the first play but it was called back by a block in the bask.  We were forced to settle for a 30-yd field goal attempt but again wide left.  It was unfourtunate because we have a strong leg at kicker; all of his field goals had more than enough distance.  Lawrenceville got the ball but we held, and they were forced to kick a field goal wide right.  But a running in to the kicker was called, 1st down but we again held but this time the 20 yd field goal right down the middle, game over.
    This was a tough game to lose, especailly because we had so many chances this game could have easily been a 24-7 win, but it was not to be.  Our chances of winning the MAPL are still there though, and it will all depend on how we bounce back against a tough Penn Charter team.  Hopefully there might be some Daily News coverage for that game but that depends on you know who.  

SEPT. 4
    Hello again Philly high school sports fans, this is the original legend of TedSilary.com checking in.  Many of you know me as Goose and are aware of my numerous hecklings, however this time I come to you on a serious note.  As the upcoming season in the PCL, Pub and Inter-Ac approaches, there are many seniors who a number of you have never heard of for numerous reasons whether it be injury, or because they grew over the past season, etc. Many of these same seniors will explode on the scene in the next couple weeks and make some real noise.
      This time last year I was one of those Seniors coming off a knee operation.  I knew and I think my coaches knew what I was capable of, but besides that no one else knew who I was, that is until I recieved numerous postseason awards.  At that time I knew I wanted to further my football career but did not know where.  I began looking at colleges most at the D2 and D3 levels:  La Salle, Kings, Lycoming, Bloomsburg, East Strousburg were all interested, and all nice schools, but my dream was to go higher.
      One of my coaches at Judge happened to have a brother who coached at The Peddie School in Hightstown, NJ.  Peddie is a school with one of the best academic reputations in the country and also has a Post graduate program that allows kids who already graduated from a Public or Catholic school to go there and take courses they may or may not have taken in high school.  They also have classes that help athletes and non-athletes to improve on their SATs.  They have a great reputation with The Naval Academy and send at least 20 kids every year to Ivy league schools and don't forget they only have just over 100 kids in a grade.
      Besides having the academic reputation they have just as good an athletic reputation.  I only really know the details about football but from what I understand their swimming and wrestling programs are some of the best around.  Last year their football team was 8-1 and that loss was to Brooklyn Poly Prep a team ranked in the top 10 in the country.  Last year's team was the Mid Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) champions as well as the New Jersey Prep 'A' State Champions.  In the last two seasons they have sent players to Lafayette, Temple, Purdue, Michigan State, and Tennesse.  This year they have one of the top running backs in the Area, who has scholarship offers from Hofstra, Rutgers, Temple, Boston College, and Iowa to name a few.  We also have a 1A outside linebacker candidate from Georgia, a defensive end who is drawing attention from Big 10 and Big East schools, as well as a speedy WR who was clocked at 4.36 last week.  Plenty of coaches have already been through and many more are on their way so the opportunities are unlimited.
      Knowing my dream and having the opportunity to take this extra year to further myself both on and off the football field, it was something I felt I just had to do.  Luckily I had the support of a GREAT coaching staff at Judge who believed in me and told me that I could do it.  Being a PG is also a great opportunity for those seniors like myself who are still 17 when they enter college.  This year puts me on a more level playing field when I get to college.  So far it's worked I have received large amounts of interest from top 1-AA programs such as Lehigh and Hofstra.  I have also had conversations with Columbia.  These are all schools who never knew who I was last year that I know have the opportunity to play for.  Before I didn't have the opportunity now I do and it's up to me to perform.  I will be updating my corner every week or so but if any seniors in any sport think they may be interested either now or at any time during the year feel free to e-mail me at freaksport@aol.com.
      Good luck to everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Hello again Philly high school sports fans, this is the orginal legend of TedSilary.com checking in.  Many of you know me as Goose and are aware of my numerous hecklings, however this time I come to you on a serious note.  As the upcoming season in the PCL, PUB, and Inter-AC approach there are many seniors who a number of you have never heard of for numerous reasons whether it be injury, or because they grew over the past season, etc.  Many of these same seniors will explode on the scene in the next couple weeks and make some real noise.  

      This time last year I was one of those Seniors coming off a knee operation.  I knew and I think my coaches knew what I was capable of,  but besides that no one else knew who I was, that is until I recieved numerous post season awards.  At that time I knew I wanted to further my football career but did not know where.  I began looking at colleges most at the D2 and D3 levels:  Lasalle, Kings, Lycoming, Bloomsburg, East Strousburg were all interested and all nice schools but my dream was to go higher.

      One of my coaches at Judge happened to have a brother who coached at The Peddie School in Hightstown, NJ.  Peddie is a school with one of the best academic reputations in the country and also has a Post graduate program that allows kids who already graduated from a Public or Catholic school to go there and take courses they may or may not have taken in high school.  They also have classes that help athletes and non-athletes to improve on their SATs.  They have a great reputation with The Naval Academy and send at least 20 kids every year to Ivy league schools and don't forget they only have just over 100 kids in a grade.  

      Besides having the academic reputation they have just as good an athletic reputation.  I only really know the details about football but from what I understand their swimming and wrestling programs are some of the best around.  Last year their football team was 8-1 and that loss was to Brooklyn Poly Prep a team ranked in the top 10 in the country.  Last years team was the Mid Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) champions as well as the New Jersey Prep 'A' State Champions.  In the last two seasons they have sent players to Layfayette, Temple, Purdue, Michigan State, and Tennesse.  This year they have one of the top running backs in the Area who has scholarship offers from Hofstra, Rutgers, Temple, Boston College, and Iowa to name a few.  We also have a 1A outside linebacker canidate from Georgia.  A Defensive end who is drawing attention from Big 10 and Big East schools as well as a speedy WR who was clocked at 4.36 last week.  Plenty of coaches have already been through and many more are on their way so the oppurtunities are unlimited.  

      Knowing my dream and having the oppurtunity to take this extra year to further myself both on and off the football field it was something I felt I just had to do.  Luckily I had the support of a GREAT coaching staff at Judge who believed in me and told me that I could do it.  Being a PG is also a great oppurtunity for those seniors like myself who are still 17 when they enter college.  This year puts me on a more leverl playing field when I get to college.  So far it's worked I have recieved large amounts of interest from top 1AA programs such as Lehigh and Hofstra.  I have also had conversations with Columbia.  These are all schools who never knew who I was last year that I know have the oppurtunity to play for.  Before I didn't have the oppurtunity now I do and it's up to me to perform.  I will be updating my corner evey week or so but if any seniors in any sport think they may be interested either now or at any time during the year feel free to e-mail me at freaksport@aol.com.  Good luck to everyone.