Philadelphia High School Football
Wonderful at Wood!!
A Look at Steve Devlin's 11 Seasons
As the Coach at Archbishop Wood
11 seasons (2007-17) as the football coach at Archbishop Wood High, in
Warminster, Steve Devlin compiled an overall record of 132-22-1 (winning
percentage of .857) and won 22 championships (eight Catholic, nine City, five
state). He stepped down in March 2017 to take a job as the defensive
coordinator at Ursinus College. On this page: Story about first state
championship in 2011, All-City players, All-Catholic players, assistants,
season-by-season records, top rushers/passers/receivers.
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| Steve Devlin |
On Dec. 16, 2011, by a score of 52-0, Wood beat Harrisburg McDevitt to win
the first of coach Steve Devlin's five state championships. That team
finished 14-1, outscored its opponents by 699-124 and produced five first
team Daily News All-City players, tops in the Devlin era. Below is
the story written after that game.
SEASON BY SEASON
CATHOLIC LEAGUE TITLES
"Hard to say," coach Steve Devlin commented. "They complement each other so
much. We get a big turnover and then,
boom!, we hit you with offense."
Expanding on the latter part of that comment, he added, "McDevitt had nine starters back on defense from a team that lost in
last year's state championship game by one point. You never would have convinced me we'd put up 52 points."
The grunts were center Brandon Arcidiacono (Rutgers), guards Nick Arcidiacono (his brother) and George Griffin, tackles
Frank Taylor and Fran Walsh and honorary member Colin Thompson (Florida), the tight end. Occasionally, depending on play
calls, Nick Arch and Walsh switched places.
Over the latter part of the fourth quarter, snapshot moments were everywhere.
One of the most poignant involved Jon Vicari, a two-way, 3-year contributor. Even with the game going on, he spent a long
time crying uncontrollably along the sideline. For a while, he dipped down into a crouch.
"It was all just hitting me," he said later. "The fact that we finally did it, and that this is going to be my last football game. I've
been playing with such great guys."
In Vicari's left hand was a giant-sized Hershey bar.
"I stole this from somebody out here," he said, laughing. "And they're not getting it back. I'm keeping this forever."
Before the game, a handful of recent players interacted with these Vikings during their journey up the steps from the locker
room toward the field. Later, those guys, at least 50 strong, with some wearing only their old jerseys and the others decked out
in football-themed jackets, occupied a section of the stands. Among those viewers was Scott Adkins (class of 2010), older
brother of Kyle, a senior linebacker and receiver.
"I know he's feeling great," Kyle said. "They all have to be."
When Kyle was asked what had made this wildly successful season possible, he looked around the stadium, repeated the
question to himself in a whisper and then said, "The coaches. They're awesome. They created such an environment of
competitiveness at practice. We had to practice hard every day."
Aside from his pick six, Guckin notched a sack among six solo tackles. Smith recorded four solos and the Vikings broke up
McDevitt's best chance at a score came right before halftime. On a completed pass over the middle, Smith absolutely
crushed a receiver at the 4 and an attempt at a spike went awry due to a faulty snap as the clock ran out.
In the Vikings' postgame meeting, held on the field prior to the trophy presentation, Devlin spoke glowingly of his players'
talent and camaraderie, and then reached an emotional wall.
"I've never seen anything like this," he said. The next sentence did not follow in rapid fashion . . . "And it's chokin' me up."
Later, Devlin was being asked whether the 2011 Vikings, due to all the size and speed and depth, and the fact that six players
have already made Division I commitments, should be under consideration for Best Team in City History honors.
"I think it's gotta be close, right?" he said.
Maybe 20 feet away, Brandon Peoples was focused on something else.
"At my old school," he said, "I felt like an outsider. Here, I'm part of a family. We're not just 61 players. We're a team. With
Wood football, there's an expectation of winning championships and everyone works toward that goal. The whole Wood
community cares about us and that's what makes this place great.
"It's so cool, what we've done. Desmon and I played together in pound ball, then later we'd always say, 'We should be doing
this in high school. ' We did it and . . . look . . . what . . . happened! We did this together as part of one great Wood family."
Below are the players who earned first or second team Coaches' All-Catholic honors during Steve
Devlin's 11 seasons as the coach at Archbishop Wood.
|FIRST TEAM||FIRST TEAM||SECOND TEAM|
|Joe Makoid||C||(continued)||Joe Makoid||DL|
|Adam Citko||OL||Andrew Guckin||RB||Mike Maxwell||E/OLB|
|Bob DeLucas||RB||Josh Messina||FB||Shane Miller||DB|
|Nick Devine||FB||Nick Visco||K||2008|
|James McFadden||K||Tyler Smith||DL||Not selected|
|Sean McCartney||P||Andrew Guckin||LB||2009||Pos.|
|Bob DeLucas||ILB||Anthony Roakes||DB||Dan Grimes||C|
|Sean McCartney||DB||Kendall Singleton||DB||Kevin Shaw||WR|
|Dan Grimes||C||Ryan Neher||C||Kevin Murt||FB|
|Adam Citko||OL||Ryan Bates||OL||Chris Albu||DL|
|Anthony Narisi||TE||Deion Oliver||OL||Brian Butler||E/OLB|
|Sean McCartney||QB||Jarrett McClenton||RB||2010||Pos.|
|Sean Cunningham||RB||Josh Messina||FB||Sam McCain||WR|
|Nick Devine||FB||Luke Spahits||MP||Joey Monaghan||QB|
|Mike Maxwell||MP||Chris Gary||DL||Nick Visco||K|
|James McFadden||K||Devon Cobb||DL||Michael Downs||P|
|Scott Kajmo||DL||Jake Cooper||LB||Brian Butler||DL|
|Sean Cunningham||ILB||Josh Messina||LB||Frank Taylor||DL|
|Sean McCartney||DB||Kendall Singleton||DB||Kyle Adkins||DB|
|Chris Knott||OL||2014||Nick Arcidiacono||OL|
|Frank Taylor||OL||Ryan Neher||C||Nate Smith||WR|
|Colin Thompson||TE||Ryan Bates||OL||Kyle Adkins||WR|
|Scott Adkins||RB||Tom Cardozo||OL||Kevin Sullivan||P|
|Sam McCain||MP||Jarrett McClenton||RB||Brandon Peoples||DL|
|Nick Visco||K||Alex Arcangeli||FB||Desmon Peoples||DB|
|Matt Hoch||DL||Mark Webb||MP||Joey Monaghan||DB|
|Charlie McCairns||E/OLB||Dan McDonald||K||2012||Pos.|
|Pat Glemser||ILB||Devon Cobb||DL||Chris O'Connor||OL|
|Scott Adkins||DB||Christian Lohin||DL||Anthony Roakes||WR|
|Jerry Rahill||DB||Mack Schwartz||DL||Chris Rahill||WR|
|2010||Jake Cooper||LB||Nick Visco||P|
|Brandon Arcidiacono||C||Justin Rubin||LB||Fran Walsh||DL|
|Frank Taylor||OL||Gianna Cruel||DB||Nick Arcidiacono||DL|
|Chris Knott||OL||2015||Josh Messina||LB|
|Colin Thompson||TE||Kurt Stengel||OL||Jarrett McClenton||DB|
|Desmon Peoples||RB||Mark Webb||WR||2013||Pos.|
|Brandon Peoples||FB||Anthony Russo||QB||Christian Lohin||TE|
|Kyle Adkins||MP||Raheem Blackshear||RB||Kendall Singleton||WR|
|Colin Thompson||DL||Mack Schwartz||MP||Tom Garlick||QB|
|Rory Clark||DL||Dan Zanine||K||Dan McDonald||K|
|Sam McCain||LB||Omar Peterkin||DL||Nafeez Brown-Carter||DL|
|James Messina||LB||Sebastian Silva||LB||Tyrone Dean||DL|
|Michael Downs||DB||Gianni Cruel||DB||Luke Spahits||DB|
|Brandon Arcidiacono||C||Anthony Diodato||OL||2014||Pos.|
|Frank Taylor||OL||Kyle Pitts||TE||Shawn Scroger||OL|
|Fran Walsh||OL||Mark Webb||WR||James Gillespie||WR|
|Colin Thompson||TE||Rasheem Blackshear||RB||Anthony Russo||QB|
|Joey Monaghan||QB||Shawn Thompson||FB||Jarrett McClenton||DB|
|Desmon Peoples||RB||Dan Zanine||K||Mark Webb||DB|
|Brandon Peoples||FB||Anthony Diodato||DL||2015||Pos.|
|Nick Visco||K||Matt Palmer||LB||Mike Hoelsworth||C|
|Frank Taylor||DL||Nasir Peoples||DB||Omar Peterkin||OL|
|Colin Thompson||DL||2017||Pos.||Anthony Diodato||TE|
|Kyle Adkins||LB||Tom Walsh||C||Mike Devlin||WR|
|Andrew Guckin||LB||Connor Bishop||OL||Shawn Thompson||FB|
|Nate Smith||DB||Kyle Pitts||TE||Mack Schwartz||DL|
|2012||Pos.||Ryan Loughlin||WR||Anthony Diodato||DL|
|Fran Walsh||C||Nasir Peoples||RB||Matt Palmer||LB|
|George Griffin||OL||Tyler Smith||LB||Raheem Blackshear||DB|
|Nick Arcidiacono||TE||Nasir Peoples||LB||2016||Pos.|
|Assistants||1st Year||Assistants||1st Year||Connor Bishop||OL|
|Tom Hall||2007||Chris Felton||2012||Bill Shaeffer||DL|
|Jim Manion||2007||Shon Grosse||2012||Tyler Smith||LB|
|Mike McAfee||2007||Will Eagles||2013||Dan Freeman||DB|
|Frank McArdle||2007||Jason Gatusso||2013||2017||Pos.|
|Chip Ross||2007||Rich Kelly||2013||Albert Glasgow||OL|
|Tony Saltarelli||2007||Troy Wasserleben||2013||Brett Gross||OL|
|Kurt Stengel||2007||Tom White Sr.||2013||Adrian Lambert||FB|
|Tom Sutton||2007||Vernard Abrams||2014||Kyle Pitts||DL|
|Buddy Drumm||2009||Dennis Cliggett||2014||Bill Shaeffer||DL|
|Jim Gillespie||2009||Chris Lampart||2015||Matt Palmer||LB|
|Denny Glynn||2009||Jeff McClenton||2015|
|Rob Rowan||2009||Charles Peoples||2015|
|Kevin Bucher||2010||John Shulby||2015|
|Mike Carey||2010||Kyle Adkins||2016|
|Jim Hallman||2010||Chris Meister||2016|
|Bill Laphen||2010||Vic Olear||2016|
|Steve Mangle||2010||Dave Armstrong||2017|
|Jim McCann||2011||Mike Devlin||2017|
|Roger Wright||2011||Joe Makoid||2017|
|Tom White Jr.||2011||Matt Walp||2017|
Recaps of Wins in Catholic League
Recaps of Wins in City Titles
Wood 56, Dobbins 7: Sean Cunningham turned 15 carries into 109 yards and four TDs and dislodged Bryan McCartney, the brother of Wood QB Sean, as the school's one-season rushing leader (1,498 to 1,417). McCartney passed 5-for-6 for 129 yards and the game's first score to Anthony Narisi. For Dobbins, QB Terrell "Mouse" Barringer dashed 76 yards to create a 7-7 tie.
Wood 42, Gratz 6: The Vikings stormed to 28 points in the second quarter, thus assuring the second half would be played with a running clock. Charlie McCairns sparked the outburst by logging three tackles behind the line and recovering a mishandled squib kickoff. Jerry Rahill passed 11-for-14 for 180 and one TD apiece to Kevin Murt and Scott Adkins and turned shotgun snaps into scores of 37 and 18 yards. Murt (10-55) also ran for two six-pointers. Gratz' score came on a 46-yard run by Jamir Anderson.
Wood 44, Dobbins 7: With his cousin, tailback Desmon Peoples, sidelined with a foot injury, fullback Brandon Peoples switched positions and contributed 123 yards/three TDs on 14 carries. Soph Andrew Guckin posted 79 yards and two TDs (rush/catch of three yards apiece) on his first scrimmage touches of the season while Joey Monaghan passed 7-for-10 for 121 yards, mostly to Sam McCain (5-108; back from concussion). The Vikings roared to 37 points in just over one
quarter, then Dobbins broke through (Aaron Walker's 27-yard run) against the second-team defense.
Wood 49, Dobbins 0: Star rushers Desmon and Brandon Peoples combined for just one carry as the Vikings went to the air again and again while scoring 42 points in the first 19 minutes. Joey Monaghan finished 12-for-14 for 199 yards and four TDs, two to Kyle Adkins and one apiece to Nate Smith (also a punt-return score) and Colin Thompson (3-67). After TD No. 4, junior Nick Visco claimed the city record with his 171st career PAT. As the game wound down, Thompson poured ice cubes on John Shulby, a best buddy with Down syndrome and a three-year honorary captain. Dobbins’ best moment was Kareem Jefferson’s fumble recovery, at the 1, right
Wood 49, Bok 28: Before sitting down early in the third quarter, Josh Messina rang up 14 tackles (eight solos, four for losses) forced a fumble and picked off a pass as the Vikings captured their fifth consecutive CT. He also ran for a TD. Jarrett McClenton zoomed to 217 yards on three consecutive touches, thanks for runs of 69 and 56 yards (TD) and a 92-yard kickoff return for another score. Bok’s Antoine Whitney generated 329 all-purpose yards – 13-87 rushing, 6-138 receiving, 6-87 kickoff returns, 1-17 interception return – and tallied two TDs.
Wood 52, King 8: While storming to their sixth consecutive CT win, the Vikings scored on
eight of their nine first-half possessions and owned a 14-0 lead before King ran a play. Jake
Cooper (passes from Tom Garlick) and backup rusher Joe Dutkiewicz halved four TDs while Jarrett McClenton turned seven carries into 74 yards and the game’s first TD. Dan McDonald went 7-for-7 on PAT while adding a field goal. For King, Delane Hart made two catches for 87 yards to become the Pub’s first receiver to accumulate 1,000 yards in one season (1,073). On kickoffs, he also made three of King’s four fair catches. QB Joseph Walker ran or passed on 28 of King's 36 plays (77.8 percent), generating 117 of its 129 yards (90.7).
Wood 42, Imhotep 34: While winning their seventh consecutive AAA City Title, the Vikings finally experienced a challenge. A 20-0 lead notwithstanding, victory wasn't assured until the waning moments when Alex Arcangeli (20-105, TD) gained two yards on fourth-and-1. Jarrett McClenton ran 25 times for 157 yards and four TDs; his 80-yarder capped a back-and-forth, three-TD explosion in the final 34.7 seconds of the third quarter. For Imhotep, Andre Dreuit-Parks passed 16-for-26 for 299 yards and four TDs, thanks mostly to an electric performance by Denniston "DJ" Moore (7-200, TDs of 88 and 71 yards in the fourth quarter). The Panthers were without their main rusher, Tyliek Raynor (knee injury).
Wood 61, Gratz 18: Soph Jack Colyar broke the record for TD passes in a City Title with
five . . . and did so quite impressively, thank you. He owned the mark by the end of the first
quarter, having gone 7-for-7 for 291 yards. Also, the scores averaged 55 yards with a long of 71
and a short of 45. He finished 9-for-13 for 309, thanks primarily to Raheem "Speedy"
Blackshear (2-116, two TDs), Shawn Thompson (2-99, two) and Mark Webb (3-74, one).
Thompson paced the ground attack with seven totes for 132 yards and one score while Dan
Zanine thumped seven PAT. For Gratz, Qashah Carter produced 69 yards and one TD on
eight carries, caught three passes for 31 yards, returned a kickoff 91 yards for a score and
even completed a pass for a 62-yard gain.
Wood 36, Gratz 6: The Vikings led by only 7-0 after the first quarter, so their path to a
comfortable City Title win was uncommon. So was this: None of the touchdowns covered a long distance. Nasir Peoples rushed 23 times for 176 yards and four TDs and the longest were two eight-yarders. Chris Blackstone chipped in a seven-yarder. Bob Hennessey pounded three PAT and a field goal while Ryan Loughlin and Colin Murt posted picks. Desmen Murphy's fourth quarter rushing TD enabled the Bulldogs to avoid a shutout and Amir Gillis passed 6-for-16 for 84 yards. Wood's CT was its ninth in 10 years (lost to Imhotep in 2015).
Recaps of Wins in State Finals
At Hersheypark Stadium
Wood 52, Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt 0: Leaving behind late-playoffs frustration from 2008, '09 and '10, the Vikings frolicked to give the Catholic League its third state title in as many years. First cousins Desmon (18-151, two) and Brandon Peoples (16-172, three) combined for five rushing TDs. Desmon added two interceptions while Andrew Guckin turned a third pick into a 75-yard TD and Joey Monaghan passed to Nate Smith for a score. Nick Visco added seven PAT and a 41-yard field goal. The Vikings (14-1) finished with 699 points, the No. 2 total in city history.
At Hersheypark Stadium
Wood 22, Harrisburg McDevitt 10: Jarrett McClenton set AAA title-game records for carries (40) and yards (238), and totaled two TDs, as the Vikings overcame a sleepy first half (3-0 deficit, just one play for more than 10 yards) to capture their second state crown in three years. Wood's final points, increasing its lead to 22-3, were scored when holder Cody Fitzpatrick controlled an errant snap and floated a conversion pass to Christian Lohin. Chris Gary (two sacks), Jake Cooper and Luke Spahits recorded six tackles apiece.
At Hersheypark Stadium
Wood 33, Central Valley 14: Jarrett McClenton scampered for 233 yards and four TDs on 26 carries as the Vikings seized their second straight title and third in four years. The win was No. 98 for coach Steve Devlin (in just 115 games). McClenton claimed the city record for rushing TDs in a season (37) and tied the overall mark (42) while finalizing his career rushing numbers at 4,539/73. Overall, he accumulated 506 points. In Wood's six postseason games in 2014, he scored four TDs in five and three in the other while racking up 140 points. Alex Arcangeli added 131 yards on 16 rushes and a 7-yard TD on his final carry lifted his season total to 1,004. Devon Cobb paced the defense with 1.5 sacks, two other TFL and a fumble recovery.
At Hersheypark Stadium
Wood 37, Harrisburg 10: For this one, Raheem "Speedy" Blackshear should have added nicknames such as "Brassy" and "Gritty" while carrying the ball 35 times -- often on rugged runs between the tackles -- for 243 yards and three touchdowns, thus giving the Vikings their third state title in four years and fourth in six. He added 74 yards on two returns and a 51-yarder off a punt placed the ball at the 10 midway through the third quarter. Blackshear promptly ran untouched up the middle for a 10-yard score, providing a 23-10 lead. Shawn Thompson also ran well, turning 19 carries into 133 yards and one TD. Kyle Pitts tallied the first TD on a 10-yard pass from Jack Colyar while Dan Zanine hit four PAT and a 26-yard field goal. Harrisburg's only TD, a 71-yard pass, came on the second play of the game. Matt Palmer made nine tackles while Nasir Peoples, Adrian Lambert and Tyler Smith thirded 24. Smith added a sack and a forced fumble/recovery combo. Star wideout Mark Webb, though held snagless, soared for an interception and recorded four pass deflections. Wood finished the season with 11 consecutive wins and coach Steve Devlin lifted his career record to 100 games above .500 -- 120-20-1.
At Hersheypark Stadium
Wood 49, Gateway 14: Championship games are supposed to provide non-stop challenges. Someone forgot to tell the Vikings. While claiming their third state title in four seasons and fifth in seven, Wood barged into the end zone on its first six possessions and needed to run more four plays on just two of those drives. The far-and-away headliner was Nasir Peoples, who bulled/scooted for 267 yards and four TDs on 25 carries. His longest score was a 68-yarder. Adrian Lambert added 98 yards and two scores on 10 rushes while Kyle Pitts added a six-yard TD catch to two interceptions and as many TFL. Matt Palmer made five tackles and Bill Shaeffer hustled for two sacks. For Gateway, which surrendered the game's first 49 points, Brady Walker passed 12-for-27 for 257 yards and scores of 69 and 80 yards to Travis Thompson (5-172).