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SEPT. 30
TEDBIT
 
Under coach Phil Gormley, Northeast is off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 2005. Like Germantown Academy, the Vikings have posted six 4-0 starts over the last 35 seasons. Below are the final scores and rushing/passing/receiving leaders for each squad through game No. 4. Check this out: In '87, the 4-0 start was followed by nothing but losses. That squad finished 4-7. The current Vikings are definitely not a follow-the-trend ballclub as they've averaged only five passes per game so far. On the flip side, waaaaaaay back in '84, QB Cary Boyd averaged 131 yards per game through the first four while also racking up eight TDs.

Results/Stats Leaders for Northeast's 4-0 Teams Over the Last 35 Seasons
Year Opponent Score Rusher Car Yds TD Passer C-A Yds TD Receiver Rec Yds TD
2015 Abington 21-14 Amir Paulk 102 592 6 Keith Moore 4-20 78 1 Nahzir Wilson 1 52 1
  Judge 14-13                        
  Franklin 44-42                        
  Washington 28-13                        
2005 Gratz 16-6 Lamone Fox 59 466 8 Charles McGinn 5-13 64 0 Sean Evans 2 27 0
  Judge 28-14                        
  West Phila. 38-6                        
  Roxborough 28-0                        
2004 Franklin 7-6 Jeremiah Pitt 45 349 5 Cordia Mosley 26-51 296 4 Rockeed McCarter 12 223 2
  Roxborough 22-8                        
  Lincoln 28-18                        
  Mastbaum 35-18                        
2001 Univ. City 41-0 Chris Poindexter 46 342 7 James Franklin 6-16 82 2 Dave Montgomery 3 46 2
  Bok 26-8                        
  Frankford 3-0                        
  Lincoln 42-6                        
1987 Gtn. Academy 23-12 Jayson Leith 31 222 2 Dennis Larson 18-45 176 0 Corky Hillen 5 107 1
  Franklin 16-6                        
  Germantown 14-0                        
  Olney 24-12                        
1984 Bartram 15-6 Dave Clarke 34 219 2 Cary Boyd 21-42 525 8 Richard Goode 6 210 4
  Mastbaum 47-20                        
  Olney 28-0                        
  King 17-6                        

SEPT. 29
TEDBIT
 
Under coach Matt Dence, Germantown Academy is off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1999. This is the sixth 4-0 start for the Patriots over the last 35 seasons. Below are the final scores and rushing/passing/receiving leaders for each squad through game No. 4. The last 5-0 start was achieved in '96. The Patriots hammered Pennington (NJ), 58-0, as Matt Blewitt rushed 21 times for 235 yards and four TDs.

Results/Stats Leaders for Germantown Academy's 4-0 Teams Over the Last 35 Seasons
Year Opponent Score Rusher Car Yds TD Passer C-A Yds TD Receiver Rec Yds TD
2015 Shanahan 16-13 KJ Cartwright 50 209 1 Kyle McCloskey 36-77 460 6 James McAfee 11 228 3
  Prep Charter 28-20                        
  Hill School 30-15                        
  Academy NC 39-12                        
1999 Dougherty 43-6 Alex Smith 61 446 4 Jim Slattery 33-66 608 5 Steve Holmes 17 297 2
  Wood 21-7                        
  Hun (NJ) 47-0                        
  Hill School 56-0                        
1996 Chestnut Hill 24-0 Matt Blewitt 93 509 3 Rob Heleniak 32-62 420 4 Jay Jordan 15 254 2
  Wood 7-6                        
  Spring. Montco 14-0                        
  Peddie (NJ) 36-6                        
1991 Caravel (DE) 40-0 Larry Leith 68 451 6 Coley Murphy 22-45 364 3 Denis Kane 5 138 2
  Wood 12-7                        
  Blair (NJ) 40-0                        
  Hill School 35-27                        
1990 Mercersburg 41-6 Michael Turner 54 316 4 Steve Luxton 10-22 169 4 Michael Turner 6 119 1
  Blair (NJ) 14-0                        
  Hill School 31-7                        
  Peddie (NJ) 28-7                        
1989 Penncrest 21-0 Phil Brown 63 523 5 Michael Gerber 10-18 208 4 Frank Lynch 7 151 1
  Hill School 28-6                        
  Kenrick 36-6                        
  Peddie (NJ) 23-14                        

SEPT. 28 (Evening)
TEDBIT
  Christian Connor
(251 yards passing in 2012) was not the only McDevitt player to lose a one-game school record Saturday in the 35-32 loss to Steinert (NJ). And the other mark went waaaaaaay back. In 1973, in a 13-10 win over Wood, junior Matt Welsh made seven catches for 191 yards. That record was erased Saturday by sr. Dontae Mason, who turned 10 snags into 236 yards and three TDs. Matt's record was the city's second oldest among receivers, topped only by the 252 yards posted by future NFLer Don Clune (O'Hara) in 1969. The '73 football season was my third as a sports writer for a chain of weekly newspapers in Montgomery County and I often covered McDevitt/La Salle in addition to Springfield Montco, Cheltenham, Wissahickon, etc. That McDevitt-Wood game was covered by Jim DeStefano, who's now a desk editor in the Daily News sports department, but I wrote a feature story (posted right below) on Matt and his older brother, Tom, for that next week's edition. Why was Tom included? Because he did the throwing that day. And guess what? Matt outgained him! Tom finished 8-for-13 for 188 yards because his other completion resulted in a 3-yard loss for fullback Charlie Heiland. I'd forgotten all about that! (Charlie did score twice on short runs.) Matt finished his Lancer career with 68 catches for 1,179 yards and seven TDs. He also played basketball and baseball at McDevitt and played the latter sport at Temple. He played seemingly forever in the Pen-Del League and is that organization's lifetime leader, by far, in home runs. In fact, each season's home run leader now receives a trophy named for Matt. Matt's son, also named Matt, played football for St. Joseph's Prep (class of '04), primarily serving as a kicker (18 PAT in '03)-punter and part-time d-back. He also played some offense, but in his senior year had to settle for 17 yards on two catches. He then attended Gettysburg and . . . became a star! He finished his career with 68 catches for 1,019 yards and seven TDs. I tried reaching Matt Sr. last night, but his family had spent much of the weekend stalking Pope Francis (smile). He called me back today and we had a great talk about the good, ol' days. Matt mentioned that McDevitt's Class of '75 will soon have its 40th reunion. Here's hoping everyone has a great time!      

SEPT. 28
TEDBIT

  You knew this would happen at some point. Likely sooner rather than later, right? Drew Gordon, formerly an offensive coordinator (1994-97, 2005) and head coach (2006-14) at La Salle, is now the offensive coordinator at his alma mater McDevitt (Class of '68), and once again a quarterback has REALLY filled the airwaves. Saturday, in a 35-32 loss to Steinert (NJ), junior lefty Max Bryson passed 19-for-32 for 411 yards and five touchdowns. The 411-yard outburst ranks No. 2 among Catholic League QBs (Roman's Phil DiWilliams posted 415 last year in a non-league game vs. Downingtown East) and this is the ninth time a Gordon-guided QB has reached at least 300. Drew's son, Brett, was the first to do so in '97 and Brett later served dad as OC at La Salle. McDevitt's top receiver on Saturday (that group is mentored by Colin Leach) was Dontae Mason, who turned 10 snags into a school record 236 yards (Matt Welsh had 191 in 1973) and three TDs. Jaron Macon added four catches for 119 yards and one score. Bryson passed for 204 yards in the fourth quarter! Meanwhile, because reports from newspapers and websites in NJ listed different totals for Bryson, stat guru Ed "Huck" Palmer decided to watch the game tape on Hudl (thanks to Colin for providing access) to break down the stats . . . then he did so again to make SURE the numbers were correct. Thanks, Huck. With the ball on the 3 in the last few seconds, McDevitt decided to try for a win. That pass was broken up . . . Please check back tonight for a Tedbit about Matt Welsh's special day in '73.
UPDATE: Here are McDevitt's grunts, as provided by Colin . . .
Ts Sean Campbell (jr.) and Daniel Church (sr.); Gs Robbie Brett (sr.) and Darien Hilliard (so.), C Giancarlo Kelly (so.)

Drew Gordon's 300-Yard Passers
NAME SCHOOL Yards Year
Max Bryson McDevitt 411 2015
Kyle Shurmur La Salle 384 2013
Drew Loughery La Salle 378 2008
Kyle Shurmur La Salle 353 2014
Kyle Shurmur La Salle 345 2014
Chris Kane La Salle 328 2012
Brett Gordon La Salle 323 1997
John Harrison La Salle 323 2007
Drew Loughery La Salle 318 2008

SEPT. 27
TEDBIT

  As his team, Father Judge, thumped SCH Academy, 38-0, in a non-league game yesterday, Yeedee Thaenrat became the fifth player in city history to rush for 300 yards for at least a second time. As tabulated by Aaron "Ace" Carter, Thaenrat ch-chinged his way to 313 yards (and four TDs) on 18 carries. We're still in September, of course, so Yeedee will have more chances to join the Triple Club or even the Quadruple Club.
UPDATE: Here are Judge's O-linemen, as provided by assistant Tony Heffner (thanks!) . . .
C Mike Marchei (jr.), Gs Dom Carey (jr.) and Andy Wilson (so.), Ts Brendan Clark (sr.) and Kevin McGranaghan (sr.) and Es Anthony Heffner (sr.) and Brian Giampietro (jr.).

 

NAME SCHOOL Yards Year
*-Curtis "Boonah" Brinkley West Catholic 399 2003
    337 2002
  314 2003
  306 2002
Samir Bullock Ryan 373 2014
    345 2013
    301 2014
Troy Gallen Malvern 372 2013
    333 2013
Andrew Guckin Wood 345 2012
    304 2012
Yeedee Thaenrat Judge 377 2014
    313 2015
*-played in NFL      

SEPT. 26
TEDBIT

  Thanks to a 21-14 success last night at Upper Dublin, La Salle now owns five consecutive wins over Malvern. The streak began in '09 and the last four wins have come since 2012; the teams did not play in '10/'11. During the five seasons, basically, La Salle has won four of every five games (45-10, .818) while Malvern has won two of every three (30-16, .652). Below are the stats for La Salle's QBs during the five-pack. In '08, when Malvern won, 47-21, Friars QB Billy Conners was terrific while going 9-for-11 for 192 yards (17.5 yards per attempt!) and three TDs. 

Performances by La Salle's QBs in 5 Wins vs. Malvern
Year Score QB C-A Yards TDs
2009 28-7 Drew Loughery 10-16 120 0
2012 38-6 Chris Kane 12-19 145 2
2013 23-17 Kyle Shurmur 13-27 276 3
2014 27-8 Kyle Shurmur 20-29 243 3
2015 21-14 Chris Ferguson 9-15 147 1
  137-52   64-106 931 9

SEPT. 25 (Evening)
TEDBIT

  It's doubtful Matt Romano will ever forget the date of Sept. 24, 2015. On the rough end, Ryan's junior quarterback was guilty of six turnovers (four interceptions, two lost fumbles) in a non-league game vs. Roman. On the decent end, he was also involved in all three of his team's touchdowns as the Raiders snapped a 14-game losing streak against the Cahillites. In 2001, Ryan beat Roman, 17-6, as Kyle Gallagher and Scott Downey scored the TDs and Chris Weber added five points with a field goal and two PAT. Ryan then dropped two meetings, including a playoff, in 2002 and one per season from '03 through '14. In all, Ryan was outscored by 400-160, an average score of 28.6 to 11.4. Oddly, this game, with Roman as the "home" team, was played at Bensalem High because the visiting stands at Conshohocken's A Field have been condemned. Romano passed 4-for-9 for 86 yards and one TD. He rushed 17 times for 39 yards and two scores. His passing TD went to Jeremy Smith while Ryan Stock kicked three PAT. Coach Frank "Five" McArdle's club overcame a 14-7 deficit and Pat Jurgelewicz ended Roman's last possession by posting an interception.

Ryan's 14 Consecutive
Losses vs. Roman
Year Ryan Roman
2002 14 21
 "  " *20 42
2003 13 14
2004 14 34
2005 0 28
2006 7 35
2007 7 30
2008 14 47
2009 6 19
2010 0 36
2011 26 28
2012 7 14
2013 16 28
2014 16 24
  160 400
  *-playoff

SEPT. 25
TEDBIT

  Weeks Three and Four were especially ugly in Public League play. In five games, all shutouts, the margin of victory was at least 52 points. The worst blowout was Del-Val's 71-0 stomping of Palumbo and Mark "Frog" Carfagno, when time permits after the weekend, will present a breakdown of a particularly disturbing late-game moment in his report.

Winner Pts Loser Pts Margin
Del-Val 71 Palumbo 0 71
Gratz 55 Fels 0 55
Southern 54 Kensington 0 54
Imhotep 54 Boys' Latin 0 54
Gratz 52 Bartram 0 52
Frankford 56 Mastbaum 12 44
KIPP DuBois 52 Straw. Mansion 29 23

SEPT. 24
NON-LEAGUE
Interboro 19, Penn Charter 17

  When PC holds its next practice, MUCH time will be spent, one can assume, on playing better defense against counters and avoiding drops on what appear to be very catchable passes. The Quakers lost to Interboro for the fifth consecutive season and those aforementioned nuggets were prominent among the reasons for the defeat. These days, you can go entire games, even weeks, without seeing a vintage counter play. But Interboro used that play to provide spark after spark as sr. RB Chris Hummel gained at least 11 yards on six carries; he had 92 total on those half-dozen jaunts. On the other side of the ball, PC had three definite drops and perhaps a fourth. There were certainly positives, however. Sr. RB Jake McCain picked up 87 yards on 12 carries and twice escaped/bulldozed multiple tacklers while chugging for gains of 25 and 23 yards. The 25-yarder produced a TD, 1:09 prior to halftime, and the successful kick by sr. K Colin Mattice created a 7-6 lead. That drive began at 2:05 and, of course, gave jr. QB Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky an opportunity to show his 2-minute skills. Highlighting the drive until McCain's scoring run, a right-side sweep, were completions of 27 yards to jr. WR Denarii Beard and 15 to soph WR Owen Pighini. The third quarter began well as PC marched itself into position for Mattice's 28-yard field goal. Later in that session, there were lost fumbles two plays apart with sr. DE Kenny Bergmann (forced by jr. DL Harold Anderson) making PC's recovery. The offense experienced a three-and-out possession and the Bucs took over on their own 41. Just five plays were required. Three netted at least 10 yards and a 15-yard personal foul didn't help. Beard knocked down the conversion pass, by the holder off a fake kick, and Interboro owned a 12-10 lead. The Bucs seized a 19-10 lead with 7:37 left on the second, 1-yard sneak (more like 5 inches, actually) by sr. QB Danny Mea. PC soon was facing fourth and six from its own 34 when a timeout was called. The punt team was summoned back to the sideline, but Hnatkowsky's attempt to hit sr. TE Evan Ferrell was unsuccessful. Luckily for the Quakers, Interboro lost a fumble three plays later and jr. DB Brendan Pell recovered on PC's 25. Again Hnatkowsky had some enjoyable moments as the Quakers slapped together a hunt-and-peck drive. At 2:39, sr. handyman Cody Sweeney made a nice, over-the-shoulder grab in the right corner for a 10-yard TD and Mattice's PAT made it 19-17. Jr. Adam Kuper, the backup kicker, was tabbed to try the onside kick. It had decent direction and bounce, but PC did not recover and Interboro took over at its 49. PC had only one timeout remaining. Quite the uphill battle. 'Boro earned one first down, then ran out the clock. Interboro did an excellent job of muffling PC's passing game. Hnatkowsky averaged just 4.7 yards per attempt (12-for-25, 118 yards) and only one completion yielded more than 15 yards. The Quakers won't play again on the new turf until Oct. 24 vs. SCH Academy. Next week's "home" game vs. Lawrenceville (NJ) will be played at the A Field, in Conshohocken, because work is about to begin on the track surrounding the football field. Today's coolest visitors were former PC quarterbacks John Loughery Sr. (OPC '78) and John Jr. (OPC '11). Having transferred from Elon, Jr. is now playing for Temple. McCain is part of their wonderful football family. Other legends on site: Jon "The Original Gerry Sasse" Kinley (as in, the former assistant AD), Constitution High principal Tom Davidson (he's an Interboro grad), Chuck McCloskey (brother of Brian, former PC QB/coach and now an assistant) and Bill Gallagher (former PC coach, again worked on the chain crew). UPDATE: I was also informed that Ray Didinger, former Bulletin-DN sports writer, current radio host and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame), was in attendance. PC assistant Rick Mellor is crestfallen (smile) because his character wasn't included in the season-opening episode of "The Goldbergs." Don't worry. He'll be creating many more laughs along the way. Star sr. T Sean Foley is out with a shoulder injury. The O-line has been hit again and again with injuries. It's almost eerie. Anderson departed early in the third quarter, but thankfully he was back in action shortly thereafter.

MORE FIRSTS FOR PC PLAYERS . . .
Field goal -- by Colin Mattice, 28 yards
Onside kick -- by Adam Kuper, traveled 11 yards (possession to Interboro)

PC's starting offense . . . 
QB Mike "Neeko Hnatkowsky
TB Jake McCain
FB Luke Stansfield
WR Hammad Harris
WR Cody Sweeney
TE Evan Ferrell
T Bill Costello
T Tchaz Balthazar
G Harold Anderson
G Kevin MacCabe
C Hayden Knighton
PC's starting defense . . .
E Kevin MacCabe
E Kenny Bergmann
L Ronnie Ross
L Harold Anderson
OLB Trajan Womack
OLB Terence Thompson
ILB Jake McCain
ILB Luke Stansfield
CB Denarii Beard
CB John Washington
S Owen Pighini

SEPT. 24
TEDBIT

  Haverford School senior quarterback Kevin Carter suffered season-ending injuries in last week's game vs. West Catholic. After seeing partial duty in four games as a soph, he made 13 starts as a junior-senior and his numbers were quite impressive (62.8 percent, 175.6 yards per game, 25 TDs). His complete stats are below. HS coach Michael Murphy reports that Kevin received an offer from Delaware State and was receiving interest from several schools apiece in the Patriot League and Colonial Athletic Association. Best of luck, Kevin, as you recover from the injuries and here's hoping these schools, and others, appreciate your skills set and character.

KEVIN CARTER'S STATS
Season Games Comp. Att. Yards TDs
2013 4 11 38 250 1
2014 10 94 161 1,531 16
2015 3 51 70 752 9
  17 156 269 2,533 26

SEPT. 23
TEDBIT
  Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky
is only a junior, and he's only three games deep into the 2015 campaign, so plenty of fun is still to come. Yet, already, he has joined the passers' 3,000 Yard Club. With a 175-yard effort last week vs. Bishop Shanahan, Hnatkowsky raised his career total to 3,125. In his career, the lefty is 195-for-371 (52.6 percent) for 26 TDs. Eleven Inter-Ac QBs have reached 3,000 since 1981. (And maybe ever?) If you know of any way-back-in-the-day guys . . .
 tedtee307@yahoo.com. Thanks. 

THE INTER-AC'S 3,000-YARD PASSERS
Name School Yards Sr. Yr.
John Loughery Penn Charter 4,780 2010
Bryan Savage Hav. School 4,250 2003
Paul Dooley SCH Academy 3,992 2014
Hayes Nolte Gtn. Academy 3,886 2013
*Sean Grieve Gtn. Academy 3,801 2003
Ryan Whayland Episcopal 3,715 2014
*Alex Hornibrook Malvern 3,411 2014
Rob Heleniak Gtn. Academy 3,226 1997
Mike Samuel Penn Charter 3,193 1993
*Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky Penn Charter 3,125 2016
Coley Murphy Gtn. Academy 3,107 1993
 *-lefty      

SEPT. 22
TEDBIT
 
Jayda Davenport, a 5-4, 140-pound sophomore, played seven snaps at safety yesterday for KIPP DuBois in a win last week over KIPP (DC). She almost notched an interception, according to Daily News statman Keith Hines. Coach Keary Dias later said Jayda also made an appearance in an earlier game vs. Boys' Latin and in scrimmages, and that she has made "a few" tackles so far. Below are details on the five other female varsity players that come to mind. If you know of others, please speak up and I'll add their details. tedtee307@yahoo.com. Thanks.

Robin Selbst


 
Washington


 
1990


 
K


 
  Went 1-for-3 on PAT. Her successful kick came against Olney in a 48-6 win on Oct. 18. She also hit one vs. Frankford on Nov. 2, but encroachment right before the snap caused the play to be nullified. The re-kick was blocked. She was a multi-sport star at Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey) and has been a long-time assistant there in field hockey and lacrosse.
Andrea "Nikki" Williams


 
Roxborough


 
1991


 
WR


 
  Saw action on one play vs. Southern; a run called to the opposite end of the field. Experiened no contact and lightning then sent everyone home. Was summoned to enter the game against Gratz a  few weeks later, but declined to play. She said she was hesitant because she hadn't been allowed to experience contact in practice, not even against the blocking pads. Left the team one week later.
Syrieta Bard



 
Univ. City



 
1997-98



 
LB



 
  Played on special teams as a junior (while also starring for the JV). In a JV game, she rocked a Gratz player so hard that he quit the team in embarrassment. Saw action in five games at LB as a senior before leaving the team. In her last appearance, she was assessed a 15-yard penalty for a late hit out of bounds. A great student, she was honored by the Eagles with many other top-ranked kids. Click here for a story about that wonderful day for Syrieta. 
Christiana Morales Edison 2007 L   Made several appearances along the line. She got a kick out of being called a "linelady" (smile).
Michelle "Mickey" Grace


 
Germantown


 
2009


 
DL/RB


 
  Made her first appearance, for one play on the defensive line, in an early game vs. O'Hara. On Sept. 25, was given two shots at scoring in a 48-0 win over Boys' Latin. Lost a yard on a carry near the goal line, then was stopped short moments later on the conversion after Tyrone Jones ran 3 yards for the final TD. Made a tackle in a late October game vs. Lincoln. Recently served as an assistant with King.

SEPT. 21
TEDBIT

  Note to Chip Kelly: Rick Knox may be able to help you. Like yours, his team lost its top rusher, passer and receiver (among others) from the end of the 2014 season to the beginning of this one. Unlike yours, his is still managing to rack up impressive yardage and win games (3-0 start). You could make the argument that SCH Academy returned just 15 of the 4,505 yards -- gained by Ryan Murray on five carries -- it racked up in 2014. Yes, Matt Rahill (22 catches, 231 yards) is also still around, but he's now the quarterback, so his receiving yards did not exactly "return." The Blue Devils' outrageously productive offensive players in '14 were QB Paul Dooley (graduated), running back Syaire  Madden (transferred to La Salle), receiver Dylan Parsons (graduated) and handyman Jordan Johnson (transferred to Wood). Those guys sparked a unit that produced 450.5 yards per game. Thus far, the almost completely new offense is averaging 388.7 (1,1166 in three games). Not bad, right? Thanks to Huck for the current stats, via assorted sources. Here are the names/positions of the grunts (via coach Knox):
RT Darian Bryant (Temple commit), RG Jacob Purcell, C Sean McCann, LG Sean Edling, LT Anthony Marrone.
On the chart below with the 2014 stats . . .
G - graduated
T - transferred
R - returned
SA - stepped away to concentrate on other sports

SCH ACADEMY 2014   SCH ACADEMY 2015
RUSHING Car Yds TD     RUSHING Car Yds TD
Syaire Madden 155 1259 9 T   Jordan Young 55 529 5
Paul Dooley 147 699 13 G   Justin Telemaque 17 124 0
Jordan Johnson 27 193 1 T   Matt Rahill 27 36 3
Ryan Murray 5 15 0 R   Ryan Murray 6 26 1
Kyle Williams 2 12 0 SA   Jack Cucinotta 5 12 0
Dylan Parsons 1 2 0 G   Matt Hoffman 1 4 0
  Totals 337 2180 23     Rob Gentile 3 4 0
PASSING C-A Yds TD     Jack Elliott 2 0 1
Paul Dooley 119-220 2325 27 G     Totals 116 735 10
Matt Rahill 0-1 0 0     PASSING C-A Yds TD
  Totals 119-221 2325 27     Matt Rahill 19-46 431 4
RECEIVING Rec Yds TD     RECEIVING Rec Yds TD
Dylan Parsons 47 1001 12 G   Matt Hoffman 11 228 3
Jordan Johnson 31 768 9 T   Conor McAdoo 3 108 0
Matt Rahill 22 231 3 R   Jack Cucinotta 3 66 1
Syaire Madden 9 81 0 T   Tyson Hugee 1 28 0
Samier Madden 8 192 2 G   Jordan Young 1 1 0
Nick Lawlor 2 52 1 G     Totals 19 431 4
  Totals 119 2325 27            

SEPT. 19
NON-LEAGUE
Penn Charter 19, Bishop Shanahan 12
(First Varsity Football Game on PC's New Turf Field)
  In the first varsity football game on PC's new turf field, the Quakers topped Bishop Shanahan, 19-12. This game was played at PC because Shanahan's new field is not yet ready. Otherwise, next Thursday's game with Interboro would have been PC's first on the new field. Varsity quarters at 12 minutes. The game began at 1 p.m. and ended at 3:38. PC's coach was Tommy Coyle. His assistants: Rick Mellor (OPC '69), Brian McCloskey (OPC '82), Chris Rahill (OPC '99), Fran Costello, Casey Jones, Ryan Nase, Steve Nejman, Joe Spera, Bill Black and Tauren Barker. Athletic department representatives: John Thiel (head), Ed Foley (associate) and Gerry Sasse (assistant). Strength & conditioning: John Estok. Trainer: Jessica Rawlings. PA announcer: John Burkhart (OPC '72). Video crew: Malcolm Ford and student intern Andy Nguyen (Class of '16). Ballboys: Dan Stevenson, Erik Grady and Dean Bergmann (they're students at St. Monica, in South Philly, and play for the South Philly Warriors). Game officials, as assigned by Jim DeCarlo: Paul Mastropietro (ref), Brian O'Doherty (umpire), Bob Zanneo (head linesman), Joseph Zawatwicz Jr. (line judge), Fran King Jr. (back judge), Mark Warner (clock operator). Chain crew: Bill Gallagher (former PC coach), Jim Burner and Mayra Arroyo (down marker).
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  Imagine if the Quakers had lost this game. The JV players, triumphant last Monday over Conwell-Egan in the first football game of any variety on PC's new turf field, would have been busting chops forever. But win the main Quakers did and the game included all kinds of interesting nuggets. Among the best: After racking up just 28 rushing yards on 16 attempts (counting two sacks) through three quarters, PC preserved the win with an 18-play possession that lasted almost the entire fourth quarter and featured 16 rushes for 78 yards. (A pair of kneeldowns, starting from Shanahan's 2 1/2, ended the game. We're not counting them as part of the drive.) Most amazing about that last possession was that the grunts were quite the patchwork unit. Yes, frosh C Hayden Knighton and jr. G Harold Anderson had started in those positions. But jr. G Kevin MacCabe had started only on defense, T Luke Stansfield had started at fullback and soph T Tchaz Balthazar had started at guard. Luckily for the Quakers, they overcame the hard-biting injury bug. As the quarter began, Shanahan was perched at PC's 5. Three huge defensive plays followed. Sr. LB Jake McCain notched a 2-yard TFL, soph DB John Washington broke up a slant pass and sr. DE Evan Ferrell, on defense for only the second series in this game, batted down a pass shortly it left the quarterback's hand. PC began its possession at the 7 and drove and drove and drove while notching eight first downs. Just one play earned as many as 10 yards (a pass from jr. QB Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky to frosh WR Hammad Harris), but it's doubtful anyone minded. On a hot, humid day, this game required 2 hours, 38 minutes, and the fourth quarter didn't start until 3:13. The first TD occurred with 1:55 remaining in the first quarter as Ferrell reeled in a 28-yard, right-side fade from Hnatkowsky. Then, amazingly, Ferrell was penalized 15 yards (enforced on the kickoff) for unsportsmanlike conduct/excessive celebration. What'd he do? Toss the ball slightly into the air. PC coach Tommy Coyle was thoroughly grumpy. At one point he yelled toward the official who'd made the call, "Ever score a touchdown!? It's a happy time!!" Ha, ha, ha. Jr. Adam Kuper, filling in for injured sr. Colin Mattice, added the PAT. Shanahan responded on the second play of the second quarter with a 52-yard scoring run by sr. RB Jake Guinan. Stansfield powered right up the middle and blocked the PAT. Hnatkowsky's 1-yard sneak put PC on the scoreboard again 2:37 prior to halftime. The big play of the drive was a 50-yard screen connection between "Neeko" and frosh RB Marqui Johnson. The Eagles needed just four plays to revisit the end zone -- jr. QB Nick Skulski to sr. TE Dan Neuhaus for 34 yards. Again the PAT was snuffed out, this time by Ferrell. Four more plays. Another TD! Jr. WR Chris Tucker, who's new to PC by way of William Bodine, streaked down the left sideline and caught a 55-yard score from Hnatkowsky. Chris, expected to be quite the track star, said he hadn't played football since his before-Bodine stint at Roman. There was lots of activity in those final few minutes of the first half. As the teams headed inside for halftime, PC went first and was mostly subdued. The Eagles followed pretty much right behind and many were howling/screaming/whatevering. These dudes were pumped! One couldn't help but wonder whether Shanahan would win the second half's intensity battle. Didn't happen. Shanahan did move the ball much better than PC in the third quarter, but a 7-yard sack by sr. DE Kenny Bergmann ended one series (after two first downs) and a broken-up pass by soph DB Owen Pighini (after three first downs; ball got as close to the goal line as PC's 5) ended the other. Primary details of Shanahan's final series have already been provided . . . Ferrell punted six times for a 42.2-yard average with longs of 60 and 45. Hnatkowsky's eight completions were spread among seven receivers. Former PC coach Bill Gallagher and former Bonner coach Jim Burner worked the chains. One of the ballboys, Erik Grady, is a quite distant relative. His late grandfather, Walt Grady, and my wife, Anne, are first cousins. Injured PC lineman Jeremy Bass spent part of the game wearing a T-shirt from SJ Prep's 2007 rugby team. Violation! (smile). He wound up wearing it inside out. One PC player was ejected in the third quarter after getting involved in a brief dustup. Early in the fourth, two members of PC's offense got involved in a brief, slap/thump-each-other fight. Scheeeeeez. Had a hot dog at halftime, as prepared by The Grill Squad. Very tasty!

BOXSCORE
PENN CHARTER
19, BISHOP SHANAHAN 12
Bishop Shanahan      0   12   0   0 -- 12
Penn Charter
           7   12   0   0 -- 19

  PC: Evan Ferrell 28 pass from Mike Hnatkowsky (Adam Kuper kick)
  BS: Jake Guinan 52 run (kick blocked; by Luke Stansfield)
  PC: Hnatkowsky 1 run (kick failed)
  BS: Dan Neuhaus 34 pass from Nick Skulski (kick blocked; by Ferrell)
  PC: Chris Tucker 55 pass from Hnatkowsky (kick failed) 
PC'S STATS
RUSHING
  Jake McCain 10-41, Marqui Johnson 10-32, Cody Sweeney 5-19, Mike Hnatkowsky 7-14.
PASSING
  Mike Hnatkowsky 8-19-0 -- 175.
RECEIVING
  Denarii Beard 2-22, Chris Tucker 1-55, Marqui Johnson 1-50, Evan Ferrell 1-28, Owen
Pighini 1-13, Hammad Harris 1-10, Jake McCain 1-(-3).
INTERCEPTIONS
  Terence Thompson, Denarii Beard.

PENN CHARTER'S FIRSTS
 
Player to walk onto the field -- injured lineman Jeremy Bass (as the Quakers took the
field for unofficial workouts)
 
Player to sit in window of old gym -- Kenny Bergmann (as the Quakers waited to return
to field for official warmups)
 
Player to walk onto the field for official warmups -- lineman Sean Foley.
  Coin toss -- Shanahan won with tails and opted to defer. (PC was represented by one of
the captains, Jake McCain. For the official CT right before the game, all four captains --
McCain, Sean Foley, Evan Ferrell, Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky -- were part of the ceremony.
  Players to walk onto the field after last prep session in old gym -- Foley and Ferrell.
  Kickoff return -- by Terence Thompson, 18 yards.
  Rush -- by Jake McCain, two yards.
  Pass -- Hnatkowky to McCain for minus-three yards. (Slipped after reaching high to reel
in a swing pass).
  Punt -- by Ferrell, 54 yards.
  Downing of punt -- by John Washington.
  Tackle -- by McCain and Kevin MacCabe, on a 12-yard pass play.
  Defensive penalty -- encroachment.
  Interception -- by Thompson.
  Lost fumble -- by Thompson, to end his 50-yard interception return.
  Incompletion -- by Hnatkowsky, dropped by McCain on a swing pass.
  Touchdown -- by Ferrell, 28-yard pass from Hnatkowsky (fade to right corner).
  Offensive penalty -- by Ferrell, unsportsmanlike conduct for excessive celebration (after
his TD)
  Kickoff -- by Adam Kuper, from PC's 29 to PC's 49; fair catch.
  Tackle for loss -- by Luke Stansfield/Thompson, for three yards.
  (Jake Guinan scored Shanahan's first TD on a 52-yard run).
  Blocked PAT -- by Stansfield.
  Rushing loss -- by Cody Sweeney, three yards.
  Tackle for loss on special teams -- by Thompson, six yards off punt.
  Punt return -- by Chris Tucker, for no yards.
  Rushing touchdown -- by Hnatkowsky, one-yard sneak.
  Sack suffered -- by Hnatkowsky, two yards.
  Forced fumble -- by Zahmir Murray, on a 65-yard pass play.
  Fumble recovery -- by Owen Pighini, in the end zone for a touchback.
  Fumble recovery on special teams -- by McCain, on a mishandled punt return.
  Pass knocked down -- by Denarii Beard.
  Sack -- by Bergmann, for seven yards.
  Recovery of offensive fumble to prevent a turnover -- by MacCabe.
  Batted down pass -- by Ferrell.
  Victory kneeldown -- by Hnatkowsky, from Shanahan's 2 back to the 5.
  (One more kneeldown ended the game.)

PC's starting offense . . . 
QB Mike "Neeko Hnatkowsky
TB Jake McCain
(FB Luke Stansfield)
SB Terence Thompson
WR Denarii Beard
WR Owen Pighini
TE Evan Ferrell
T Sean Foley
T Ronnie Ross
G Tchaz Balthazar
G Harold Anderson
C Hayden Knighton
PC's starting defense . . .
E Kevin MacCabe
E Kenny Bergmann
L Ronnie Ross
L Harold Anderson
OLB Trajan Womack
OLB Terence Thompson
ILB Jake McCain
ILB Luke Stansfield
CB Denarii Beard
CB John Washington
S Owen Pighini
 
  Other PC players in uniform: Brendan Pell, Marqui Johnson, Ryan Maloney, Zahmir Murray, Hammad Harris, Dalton Murphy, Will Samuel, Dylan Dykstra, Jordan Wilson, Jalon Jones, Gavin Tygh, Kieran Smith, Cody Sweeney, Brendan Thomas, Nick DiCicco, Colin Bleier, Wayne Derkotch, Shane Weitz, Carson Marano, Casey Nicastro, Luke Mattice, Chris Tucker, Owen Peters, Harrison Drebin.
  Unavailable PC players (due to injury/illness): John Grace,
Bill Costello, Jeremy Bass, Colin Mattice.

SEPT. 19
TEDBIT

  Franklin's Nyeem Jones might be the greatest kid ever, but for the moment I'm not his biggest fan (smile). Why? He "wrecked" what would have been one of the coolest happenings in city football history. Check out the boxscore below and see if you can figure it out . . . Wait, go back and look again. You can do it . . .  See what I'm talking about? While edging Franklin last night, Northeast scored all six of its TDs via rushes. Meanwhile, Franklin scored five of its six through the air. The Electrons' first TD was scored by Jones on a 4-yard run, but the next five came on passes from Devin Darden. Six runs vs. six passes in the TD category. That would have been very cool, right? Also, check out the teams' approach to conversions. Though Franklin's Ismaila Saka went 6-for-6 on kicks, Northeast exclusively tried runs/passes and succeeded four times for eight total points. In almost every other season in those schools' history, Northeast would have kicked and Franklin would have gone for two. 

N: Amir Paulk 2 run (Keith Moore run)
BF: Nyeem Jones 4 run (Ismaila Saka kick)
N: Moore 1 run (Paulk run)
BF: Rasheem James 48 pass from Devin Darden (Saka kick)
N: Sameen Thompson 57 run (Nazir Wilson pass from Moore)
BF: James 51 pass from Darden (Saka kick)
N: Paulk 18 run (pass failed)
BF: Javier Buffalo 14 pass from Darden (Saka kick)
N: Paulk 61 run (Kevin Prosper run)
BF: Buffalo 53 pass from Darden (Saka kick)
BF: Jones 54 pass from Darden (Saka kick)
N: Moore 5 run (run failed)

SEPT. 18 (Evening)
TEDBIT

  In the 2001 football season, West Catholic finished 3-9 and lost six times by as many as 22 points. In a non-league game this afternoon vs. Haverford School, the visiting Burrs suffered a loss by as many as 22 points for only the 10th time over the last 14 seasons. HS triumphed, 35-13. The list below shows the losses of at least 22 points. Most have come against larger schools.

West Catholic's Losses of 22 Points or More, 2002-15
Opponent Pts Burrs Pts Margin Description Year
Wood 54 West Catholic 6 48 Non-league 2013
Imhotep 48 West Catholic 8 40 AA City Title 2013
Imhotep 40 West Catholic 8 32 AA City Title 2012
St. John's (DC) 37 West Catholic 6 31 Non-league 2014
La Salle 42 West Catholic 12 30 Non-league 2013
Wood 42 West Catholic 12 30 Non-league 2014
Wood 29 West Catholic 0 29 CL Blue Final 2004
Wood 28 West Catholic 0 28 Non-league 2011
La Salle 24 West Catholic 0 24 Non-league 2011
Haver. School 35 West Catholic 13 22 Non-league 2015

SEPT. 18
TEDBIT

  Fans of competitive football were dealt a major blow yesterday. Three games were played and the total score was . . . 152-0! Ouch. In this century, this three-pack is by far the worst. In Week 4 of 2007, the total score of three Thursday games was 115-12 (103-point margin). The list includes the 10 highest margins for Thursday three-packs since 2000. Five of the schools are now closed (Bok, FitzSimons, University City) or longer offer football (Esperanza, Furness). I'm going to list this 152-point margin as a city record. If you can find a worse example of dominance, you know the deal.
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Year Week Winner Pts Loser Pts W L Margin
2015 Week 3 Washington 44 Roxborough 0 152 0 152
    Southern 54 Kensington 0      
    Imhotep 54 Boys' Latin (PA) 0      
2007 Week 4 Southern 38 Univ. City 6 115 12 103
    Bok 48 Prep Charter 0      
    Franklin 29 Furness 6      
2011 Week 4 Lincoln 28 Southern 2 108 8 100
    Furness 32 Olney 6      
    Bok 48 Future 0      
2004 Week 6 Washington 48 King 16 116 22 94
    Northeast 42 Olney 0      
    Bok 26 Franklin 6      
2009 Week 7 Southern 40 Fels 0 96 12 84
    Bok 34 Franklin 6      
    FitzSimons 22 Esperanza 6      
2000 Week 5 Frankford 33 King  0 104 24 80
    Northeast 37 Overbrook 6      
    Haver. School 34 Boys' Latin (MD) 18      
2000 Week 6 Bok 42 Univ. City 0 85 6 79
    Franklin 13 King 6      
    Mastbaum 30 Overbrook 0      
2002 Week 10 Northeast 27 Olney 6 84 6 78
    Franklin 18 Overbrook 0      
    Bartram 39 Univ. City 0      
2005 Week 10 Franklin 32 Olney 8 98 22 76
    Bartram 46 Mastbaum 14      
    Bok 20 Southern 0      
2011 Week 3 Mastbaum 27 Olney 0 81 8 73
    Furness 30 Edison 6      
    West Phila. 24 King 2      

SEPT. 17
TEDBIT

  This has already been a terrific decade for black quarterbacks in the city leagues. And since we're only halfway through, the fun isn't close to being over. The Daily News began tracking stats in the 1981 season. The list below shows the Top 21 yardage totals (there was a tie for No. 20) for black QBs from '81 through 2014. Only five were achieved before 2010. To boot, the highest three totals were posted last season! Through just two games, Haverford School's Kevin Carter is averaging 308 yards. The Fords are scheduled to play 10 games, so Kevin Caldwell (Franklin in '14) could be challenged for his No. 1 spot. That's also the overall No. 1 spot -- La Salle's Brett Gordon had rung up 2,647 yards in 1997. For a long time, the city yardage record for black QBs belonged to Frankford's Warren Mays, who was credited with 1,875 yards in 1969. West Catholic's Jarred Evans topped that in 2009 (1,882), Fels' Tyree "Bam" Rucker followed suit in '10 (1,994) and the top three guys listed below raised the bar even higher in '14. Boykin, a junior, can now be found at Imhotep.   

Top Yardage Totals for Black QBs, 1981-2014
Name School Yards Year
Kevin Caldwell Franklin 3,051 '14
Andre Dreuitt-Parks Imhotep 2,103 '14
Nasir Boykin King 2,075 '14
Tyree "Bam" Rucker Fels 1,994 '10
Jarred Evans W. Catholic 1,882 '09
Kevin Caldwell Franklin 1,744 '13
Joseph Walker King 1,698 '13
Spencer Whetts Germantown 1,644 '94
Jerrick Jenkins Gratz 1,643 '06
Andre Dreuitt-Parks Imhotep 1,618 '13
Dashawn Darden O'Hara 1,607 '12
Daquan Bohannan Northeast 1,593 '12
Davone Cornish Gratz 1,587 '12
Antwain McCollum W. Catholic 1,558 '12
Vian Dolo Prep Charter 1,544 '13
Cedric Wright Germantown 1,541 '11
Troy Hester Boys' Latin 1,540 '14
Kevin Carter Haver. School 1,531 '14
Andre Sloan-El Roman 1,498 '03
John Erby Southern 1,443 '84
James Johnson Mast. North 1,443 '12

SEPT. 16
TEDBIT

  Well, we're through two weeks of the 2015 season and the Inter-Ac is sittin' pretty. Its record is 11-1 and the scoring advantage is 385-191. That comes to an average score of 32-16. Malvern, by far, is leading the way with a combined score of 71-0. In Haverford School's two games, 157 points have been scored. If you're keeping stats, bring a few extra pencils (smile).

INTER-AC'S RESULTS THROUGH WEEK TWO
School First Game Result Second Game Result
Episcopal Wyoming Seminary W, 48-14 Conestoga W, 24-20
Germantown Academy Shanahan W, 16-13 Prep Charter W, 28-20
Haverford School Del-Val W, 50-34 Ryan W, 45-28
Malvern St. Rita (IL) W, 37-0 Holy Spirit (NJ) W, 34-0
Penn Charter Lansdale L, 21-6 Neumann-Goretti W, 45-28
SCH Academy Washington W, 39-7 Central W, 13-6

SEPT. 14
JV FOOTBALL
Penn Charter 35, Conwell-Egan 0

  In the first football game of any variety on PC's new turf field, the Quakers' JV squad blanked Conwell-Egan, 35-0. JV games are played with 10-minute quarters. The game began at 4:11 and ended at 5:31. Below is the boxscore, assorted firsts and PC's starters/participants. Varsity head coach Tommy Coyle coordinated PC's defense. Fran Costello guided the offense. Other coaches on hand: Casey Jones, Tauren Barker, Chris Rahill and Malcolm Ford (video). Coyle's son, Quinn (fifth grader at PC), was the ballboy. C-E's coaches were John Mascione and Merdic Green. The game officials were Paul Kubach (ref), Gregg Asman (umpire), Rocco DiSangro (head linesman) and Steve Tidey (line judge).

PENN CHARTER 35, CONWELL-EGAN 0
Conwell-Egan
  0   0   0   0 -- 0
Penn Charter
   7 14   7   7 -- 35

  PC: Marqui Johnson 50 pass from Jordan Wilson (Adam Kuper kick)
  PC: Johnson 5 run (Kuper kick)
  PC: Hammad Harris 36 pass from Will Samuel (Kuper kick)
  PC: Ryan Maloney recovered blocked punt in end zone (Kuper kick)
  PC: Carson Marano 43 pass from Samuel (Kuper kick)
RUSHING
  Conwell-Egan: Terome Mitchell 10-23, Maleek Crooks 4-13, Brad Mullen 3-(-3), center snap 1-(-5),
Alex Goldsby 5-(-24). Penn Charter: Jordan Wilson 2-22, Carson Marano 7-22, Marqui Johnson 5-19,
Kieran Smith 2-4, Will Samuel 1-(-7).
PASSING
  Conwell-Egan: Goldsby 3-6-0 -- 11. Penn Charter: Samuel 4-5-0 -- 100, Wilson 2-3-0 -- 76.
RECEIVING
  Conwell-Egan: Mitchell 3-11. Penn Charter: Brendan Thomas 2-34, Johnson 1-50, Marano 1-43,
Harris 1-36, Nick DiCicco 1-13.
INTERCEPTIONS
None
.

PENN CHARTER'S FIRSTS
  Coin toss -- C-E lost and PC chose to receive (PC's captains were Kevin MacCabe
and Jordan Wilson
).
  Kickoff return -- by Zahmir Murray, 17 yards.
  Rush -- by Wilson, the QB, on a left-side keeper for seven yards.
  First down -- by Wilson on a 15-yard, right-side keeper.
  Pass/reception/TD -- Wilson to Marqui Johnson for 50 yards. (The pass was actually
a short forward lateral, following some confusion.)
  PAT -- by Adam Kuper (snapper Shane Weitz; holder Will Samuel).
  Kickoff -- by Kuper to the 29. An official inadvertently blew his whistle to end the play.
  Tackle/TFL -- by Ryan Maloney for a 4-yard loss.
  Offensive penalty -- procedure, pushing back the ball from C-E's 45 to the 50.
  Tumbling reception -- by Brendan Thomas (from Samuel) on a left-side fade for 26
yards.
  Incompletion -- by Samuel.
  Rushing TD -- by Johnson, five yards right up the middle.
  Kickoff into the end zone -- by Kuper.
  Sack -- by MacCabe/Wayne Derkotch for eight yards.
  Defensive penalty -- encroachment, pushing up the ball from C-E's 31 to 36.
  Blocked punt -- by Weitz (line of scrimmage was C-E's 13).
  Defensive TD -- by Maloney, who recovered the blocked punt in the end zone after the
ball took a high bounce.
  TFL for double-digit yardage -- Derkotch, for 11 yards.
  Fair catch -- by Hammad Harris at C-E's 37.
   
No other firsts.

PC's starting offense . . . 
QB Jordan Wilson
RB Zahmir Murray
FB Nick DiCicco
WR Brendan Thomas
WR Hammad Harris
TE Ryan Maloney
T Kevin MacCabe
T Ronnie Ross
G Casey Nicastro
G Owen Peters
C Shane Weitz
PC's starting defense . . .
E Owen Peters
E Ryan Maloney
T Casey Nicastro
T Ronnie Ross
OLB Gavin Tygh
OLB Kieran Smith
ILB Nick DiCicco
ILB Shane Weitz
CB Zahmir Murray
CB Marqui Johnson
S Brendan Thomas
PC had 19 players in uniform. The others . . .
 
Dalton Murphy, Will Samuel, Wayne Derkotch, Carson Marano,
Adam Kuper. All saw action. 

SEPT. 14
TEDBIT

  Tonight in Atlanta, Penn Charter product Matt Ryan will lead the Falcons into battle vs. the Philadelphia Eagles in the teams' first game of the 2015 NFL season. Passing yard No. 17 will raise his career total, counting Penn Charter and Boston College along with the Falcons, to exactly 23 miles! That's the equivalent of 92 laps around the track at Penn's Franklin Field, site of the Penn Relays). Or look at it this way. The Broad Street Run begins just a few footsteps from Central High's field and ends about a quarter-mile into the old Navy Yard in the deepest portion of South Philly. Run down there, run back (20 total miles) and then do 12 laps around Central's track. Or how about a trip on the Pennsylvania Turnpike? It's almost exactly 23 miles from the Delaware Valley Exit (Levittown/Bristol; Route 13) to the Mid-County Exit (Plymouth Township; I-476, takes you up the Northeast Extension or over toward Chester). "Matty Ice" has already experienced quite the journey and all who know him, and all members of his wonderful family (PC sr. RB Jake McCain is one of his many sports-playing cousins), are extremely happy for his success.
  UPDATE: On the Falcons' first series, after a running play, Ryan completed a short slant to Julio Jones and the gain was . . . exactly 17 yards! Perfect!            

Matt Ryan's Stats in High School/College/NFL
Team Seasons Comp. Att. Yards TDs
Penn Charter 2000-02 204 407 2,984 22
Boston College 2004-07 807 1,347 9,313 56
Atlanta Falcons 2008-14 2,508 3,916 28,166 181
  Totals 14 3,519 5,670 40,463 259

SEPT. 13 (Evening)
TEDBIT

  This morning, Washington assistant Kyle Benzio received a text from Frank "Roscoe" Natale, Southern's coach and the guy Kyle formerly assisted at Bok. The message read, "Who did your pitching in yesterday's game?" Roscoe was kidding, and the joke certainly made sense. Despite what the final score will indicate, when Washington beat visiting Mastery North, 5-0, in a non-league tilt Saturday, the sport was NOT baseball. It was football, folks, and that score was VERY uncommon. You can only imagine how many games have been played by Public, Catholic and Inter-Ac schools since the scoring rules for football changed the value of touchdowns from five to six points for the 1912 season. This is season No. 104 in that time frame. This 5-0 game was likely only the SECOND. In this one, Washington notched a first quarter safety when MN punter DeJason Ellis, as confirmed by coach John Davidson, wisely kicked the ball out of the end zone after a snap sailed over his head. Shortly thereafter, also at the Bustleton Avenue end of Washington's stadium, Chris Schlegel, according to Daily News statman Keith Hines, kicked a 28-yard field goal. (His snapper and holder, respectively, were Keshawn Richardson and Jeff Davis.) Two plays earlier, Benzio said, roughly a 2-yard TD run by Nigel Sealey had been wiped out by a procedure call. The field goal followed another play. The other confirmed 5-0 game occurred on Oct. 6, 1990, at Southern's field (it then ran east-west, parallel to the highway), as West Catholic topped Neumann in the ol' Catholic League Southern Division. No one seems to be positive about the details of the safety, but the field goal definitely was kicked by Greg DeFelice, whose dad, Tom, was Bok's long-time coach prior to Natale. Website stalwart Ed "Huck" Palmer is friends with Greg, who now lives in the Atlanta area, and sent him a text. Greg recalls that the kick was roughly 20 to 22 yards and came after the Burrs were stopped quite close to the goal line. I do know another element because I wrote a blurb about it as part of a Tuesday notes column three days later: The Pirates' 5-0 loss almost became a 6-0 win. Neumann had one last chance from West's 7 with 10 seconds remaining, but John Ahearn and Jerome Pointer combined for an 8-yard sack as the clock hit 0:00. Some other 5-point notes: In 2012, in a non-league game, Haverford School beat Penn Wood, 21-5. In 1993, also in Catholic South, St. Joseph's Prep bested O'Hara, 7-5. The Prep started the scoring with Dorian Henry's 77-yard return of the opening kickoff. Scott Palanjian kicked the PAT. Andrew Gosseaux kicked a 27-yard field goal for O'Hara and the safety was notched late in the fourth quarter when Prep QB Jess Sodaski ran out of the end zone. In 1913, it's possible West Philadelphia beat Atlantic City (NJ), 6-5, in a non-league game. One problem: I can't be positive that listed score is correct. Anyone out there have a WP or AC yearbook from 1914? (smile) Two other times in lengthy research earlier today, I came upon results with 5 in the score -- West Philly over Mastbaum, 12-5, in a Pub game in 1969, and Episcopal over Montgomery, 5-0, in a non-league game in 1930. (Montgomery was in the Inter-Ac in '29 and '31, but NOT in '30). One problem with those scores: On other lists, the scores were recorded as 6-0, so it's possible the 5-0 scores were typos. In 1911 -- again, that was the last season in which TDs were worth five points -- I found 12 games with 5 before or after the hyphen. Penn Charter was involved in three -- beat Friends' Central, 26-5, and Swarthmore Prep, 5-0; lost to Chestnut Hill, 5-0. Thanks to everyone who helped make this nugget possible.
  UPDATE: The 5-0 score was later erased. Washington suffered a 2-0 forfeit loss because it used an ineligible player.

SEPT. 13
TEDBIT

  Last night's 44-30 win over Gratz was quite the milestone for Wood coach Steve Devlin. Not only did the triumph give him win No. 100, it enabled him to claim the all-time city leagues record for Fastest to the Century Mark. He has notched 100 wins in just 117 games (.855 winning percentage) over nine seasons. The previous owner of this record, Frankford's Tom Mullineaux, needed 125 games to reach 125. He was in his 12th season (1999) when the Pioneers topped Northeast, 18-0, to give him win No. 100. These days, of course, teams can play many more games per season if they're fortunate enough to make a deep run into the state playoffs. Devlin is only two games into season No. 9. Below are the top 15 members of the Fastest to the Century Club.

Fastest City Leagues Coaches to 100 Career Wins
Name School(s)  Games Record
 to 100 at 100
Steve Devlin Wood 117 100-17-0
Tom Mullineaux Frankford 125 100-24-1
Ron Cohen Washington 129 100-27-2
Al Angelo Frankford 132 100-28-4
Bob Cullman Central 141 100-38-3
Gil Brooks SJ Prep 141 100-39-2
Moe Weinstein Roxborough/Lincoln 141 100-38-3
Tom DeFelice Bok 145 100-44-1
Bill Gallagher Penn Charter/Episcopal 146 100-44-2
Whitey Sullivan Judge 147 100-45-2
Odie Surrick Frankford 148 100-42-6
Brian Fluck West Catholic 149 100-49-0
Glen Galeone Ryan 149 100-46-3
Bob Ewing O'Hara 149 100-45-4
Joe Colistra La Salle 152 100-51-1

SEPT. 12
NON-LEAGUE
Penn Charter 40, Neumann-Goretti 14

  PC scored one point every 3.925 minutes. Take your time. We'll wait while you do the math . . . Yes, this baby lasted 2 hours and 37 minutes, thanks to lots of cramps and many (hopefully) minor injuries to the N-G guys. Across the highway, the Phillies, formerly general managed by PC grad Ruben Amaro ('83), were playing the Chicago Cubs. On this side, at the South Philly Super Site, the Quakers were receiving quality work from sr. RB Jake McCain, the cousin of PC grad ('03) and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who will face the Eagles Monday night in Atlanta. McCain contributed two TDs and set a nice early tone, rushing the ball seven consecutive times (for 55 yards) on the game's first series. With the ball at the 5, it was time for a switch. Lined up at TE was Evan Ferrell, who'd been forced to play tackle in last week's opener vs. Lansdale Catholic due to injuries. On this play, he easily slipped off the line of scrimmage and made an uncontested catch in the end zone to notch a six-pointer. The thrower? The Man With the Adjusted Nickname! (smile). So far on this ever-goofy website, Mike Hnatkowsky's handle had always been spelled "Niko." Guess what? That's wrong! He spells it "Neeko" and that's how it will appear forever and ever, amen. Sorry for the blunder, dude. Tonight you could have called him "Nifty Neeko" because he finished 7-for-11 for 121 yards and four TDs. Ferrell posted two, McCain had one on a 16-yard screen pass (great downfield block by frosh C Hayden Knighton) and soph WR Terence Thompson notched the most impressive score on a 69-yarder off a wheel route. The pass, toward the left sideline (at the Bigler Street end of the stadium) was slightly underthrown, but that was a good thing because the N-G defender overran the play. McCain's rushing contributions included 92 yards and one TD on 17 carries while help came from frosh Marqui Johnson (12-62) and sr. Cody Sweeney (6-10, one TD). The defensive headliner was jr. LB Luke Stansfield, who mixed one full TFL and half of another with a fumble recovery and an interception. The Quakers owned a 19-14 lead at intermission, then got a big play five minutes into the third quarter as sr. DE Kenny Bergmann stormed through the line to block a punt. His dad, Ken, perhaps had mixed emotions. Reason? He played for the ol' Neumann (smile). Anyway, PC needed to cover just 16 yards and those came on the aforementioned screen pass to McCain. The next two scores resulted from turnovers. Stansfield recovered a fumble on the 21 (forced by soph DT Tchaz Balthazar) and Ferrell snagged his second TD pass five plays later. Jr. DT Harold Anderson forced the next cough-up and sr. DE Colin Bleier did the pouncing at the N-G 4. Sweeney scored immediately. Coming off an easy-as-pie 38-0 win in their opener, the Saints had a rough night. After all, that's a large swing in the wrong direction -- win by 38, lose by 26. First-year coach Dan Concannon employed a spread look almost exclusively, often with trips to one side. Star rusher Khalil Roane wound up with just six carries for 12 yards while jr. QB Brandon Pridgen, a lefty and transfer from Northeast, passed 19-for-34 for 252 yards and one TD (to Roane). Jr. Emil Moody, who had some terrific moments in '14, snagged seven passes for 96 yards. A guy who looks like his twin, in terms of body and potential, jr. Gregory Fuller, added 58 yards on four catches. Helping out were soph Maurice Mazzccua (5-51) and Roane (3-47). Fuller made a leaping interception in the end zone while sr. LB Amire Tyler had the night's best pop. Carl Arrigale, N-G's celebrated basketball coach, was on hand and he came over to the PC sideline beforehand to chat with assorted coaches. He was a hoops star for PC ('84). Ed Foley, one of PC's associate athletic directors, was feeling pretty good tonight. He also coaches the nationally famous Little Quakers and one of his former QBs, Central Bucks South grad Matt Johns, had a terrific outing today (289 yards, three TDs) vs. Notre Dame. The Irish won that one on a late TD catch by Roman product Will Fuller. Ed's son, Sean, is a star tackle for PC. Another son, Ted, is a PC grad and his presence assured I could be only the second coolest Ted in the stadium (smile). Meanwhile, Casey Murray (PC '89) came down from the stands at halftime to say hello. Very nice of him. His dad, John "Hench" Murray, was one of the greatest people you could ever hope to meet. He was one of my teachers at PC and spent eight seasons (1970-77) as PC's coach. Casey always popped up on the sideline to serve as a ballboy/waterboy. The first football game on PC's new turf field will be played Monday after school as the JV hosts Conwell-Egan. The varsity will get its first crack next Saturday, 1 p.m., vs. Bishop Shanahan. It will be fun recording all of the various firsts.

PC's starting offense . . . 
QB Mike "Neeko Hnatkowsky
TB Jake McCain
(FB Cody Sweeney)
SB Terence Thompson
WR Denarii Beard
WR Owen Pighini
TE Evan Ferrell
T Sean Foley
T Bill Costello
G Tchaz Balthazar
G Harold Anderson
C Hayden Knighton
PC's starting defense . . .
E Kevin MacCabe
E Kenny Bergmann
L Ronnie Ross
L Harold Anderson
OLB Trajan Womack
OLB Terence Thompson
ILB Jake McCain
ILB Luke Stansfield
CB Denarii Beard
CB John Washington
S Owen Pighini

SEPT. 12
TEDBIT

  Earlier this week, via email, I received a new version of Conwell-Egan's roster from assistant Jim Jenkinson. Jim noted he'd sent it because two new players had joined the team. One of the new guys was Ameir Uzzell, a senior. I knew that name from baseball (he's an infielder) and wrote back to Jim, "Good to see Ameir is trying something else." Jim responded, "Give him a few weeks and he will start to see time as a receiver with us - great attitude and has some skill." Then came last night. (After what must have been a few more impressive days in practice.) The Eagles topped King, 14-6, at the Northwest Super Site and the winning TD was scored by . . . Ameir Uzzell. On a fourth-and-10 play from King's 34. Gotta love it. There's still time, kids. Do you think YOU could help your school's football team? Are you regretting your decision to limit yourself to one sport? Go have a talk with the coach. Ask if you can give it a whirl. Your high school experiences will never be repeated. Enjoy everything possible. Congrats to Ameir. Hopefully, he'll inspire others.
  UPDATE: Billy Everett, C-E's No. 1 fan/supporter, reports that the clinching interception was made by James Thompson. He's primarily a basketball player (rotation member for last year's state champs) and is new to C-E football as well.

SEPT. 11
GIRLS' SOCCER
Penn Charter 2, St. John's (DC) 2

  This was the first game, of any variety, to be played on PC's new turf field. The field, mostly known as the Quakers' football home, is located at the east end of the campus. The game began at roughly 4:45. Below are some details . . .

PC's starters . . .
Goalie -- Mackenzie Listman, Soph
Left defender -- Brigitte Gutpelet, Jr.
Center defender -- Dominique DeMarco, Sr.
Center defender -- Alexis Hnatkowsky, Jr.
Right defender -- Maggie Boyes, 8th
Left midfielder -- Giovanna DeMarco, 8th
Center midfielder -- Hannah Fox, Sr.
Center midfielder -- Jlon Flippens, Sr.
Center midfielder -- Emma Maley, Fresh.
Right midfielder -- Macaul Mellor, Jr.
Forward -- Allyson Paul, Fresh.
Head coach: Darci Borski

ASSORTED FIRSTS BY PC PLAYERS
Listed in Order
Kick -- by Brigitte Gutpelet (off a steal shortly into the game;
  SJ had the first possession)
Throw-in -- by Gutpelet
Head ball -- by Allyson Paul
Corner kick -- by Dominique DeMarco
Save -- by Mackenzie Listman
Shot -- by Allyson Paul
Goalie kick -- by Mackenzie Listman
Shot on goal -- by Jlon Flippens (via a head ball)
Substitute -- Alex Kuper
(The games' first goal was scored by St. John's frosh Megan
O'Donovan; approximately 13 minutes into the game)

First goal -- by Jlon Flippens, off an assist by Hannah Fox
  (Flippens accepted a pass in the middle of the field, pulled off a
  spin move and used her left foot to fire a bullet into the net;
  approximately 17 minutes into the game)
First to score multiple goals -- Jlon Flippens, this time she used
  her right foot; approximately 35 seconds left in first half to
  create a 2-2 tie)

SEPT. 11
TEDBIT

  We're only two weeks into the 2015 season and Strawberry Mansion's Ben Collins has already outperformed 10 Public League schools from the 2014 season. OK, so the category isn't exactly as important as TD passes or rushing yards, etc., but for my money it's still cool and here's hoping Collins, a 5-8, 172-pound sophomore and first-year varsity player, can keep things going. Collins kicked one PAT apiece in Mansion's first two games and that oh-so-grand total of two is more than 10 Pub schools (including his own) posted through all of '14. Three managed one. Seven had none. Collins is a straight-on kicker for now, but also tries soccer style in practice and perhaps will make a switch over time. Mansion coach Steven Quigley said Collins has not yet tried a field goal, but would be capable of hitting one from inside the 20. Meanwhile, the holder is QB Nysiem Parks and the snapper is C Rasheed Schenck or G Dontae Hardy. In an email this morning, Quigley added this. "We don't have uprights at our practice field so when we practice kicking we stand two kids on top of a trailer and kick over a trailer that is about the size of the field goal posts. My assistant stands in the street and blows a whistle when cars are coming." Classic! (Back in the day, I remember Dobbins worked on PAT by kicking the ball between a pair of perfectly spaced trees at the Lehigh Avenue end of the practice field.)

Pub Schools With Extremely Low
PAT Numbers in 2014 Season
School PAT Kicker
Central 1 Soosung Whang
Palumbo 1 Tyreese Clark
Southern 1 Moed Gervini
Boys' Latin 0 --
Del-Val 0 --
Future 0 --
KIPP DuBois 0 --
Mastbaum 0 --
Overbrook 0 --
Straw. Mansion 0 --

SEPT. 9
TEDBIT

  As the 2010 season began, Franklin's school records for passing and receiving yards in one game belonged, respectively, to Dwayne Lilley (181) and Rodney Hicks (125). Those numbers, admittedly not exactly earth shattering, had been posted in 1998. Then, on Oct. 29, in a 44-0 blitzing of University City, the records were claimed by Anwar "Huddy" Mathis (198) and Willie Battle (153). Since Mathis and Battle did their thing, the Lilley-Hicks numbers have been surpassed all KINDS of times. Twenty-eight, to be exact. Under coach David Carter, who played QB for the Electrons (Class of 1996) and then was a linebacker at West Virginia, Franklin has become quite the pass-happy outfit. In last week's opener, Devin Darden (300) and Javier Buffalo (193, school record) had all kinds of aerial fun. Here's guessing they're not close to being finished. 

FRANKLIN'S BIG PASSING PERFORMANCES, 2010-15
Name Yds Opponent Year
Kevin Caldwell 382 Northeast 2014
Kevin Caldwell 359 SJ Prep 2014
Kevin Caldwell 313 Olney 2014
Kevin Caldwell 309 Pottsgrove 2014
Devin Darden 300 Pottsgrove 2015
Kevin Caldwell 295 Gratz 2014
Kevin Caldwell 293 Washington 2014
Kevin Caldwell 257 Roxborough 2014
Kevin Caldwell 255 Dobbins 2013
Kevin Caldwell 213 Fels 2014
Kevin Caldwell 207 Boys' Latin 2013
Kevin Caldwell 205 Bartram 2013
Anwar "Huddy" Mathis 198 University City 2010
Anwar "Huddy" Mathis 198 Fels 2010
Mike Edwards 186 Bartram 2012
Kevin Caldwell 183 Mastbaum 2013
FRANKLIN'S BIG RECEIVING PERFORMANCES, 2010-15
Name Yds Opponent Year
Javier Buffalo 193 Pottsgrove 2015
Rasheem James 169 Northeast 2014
Javier Buffalo 163 Olney 2014
Rapheal "Macho" Rodriguez 155 Gratz 2014
Willie Battle 153 University City 2010
Javier Buffalo 151 SJ Prep 2014
Javier Buffalo 150 Dobbins 2013
Rapheal "Macho" Rodriguez 146 Northeast 2014
Rapheal "Macho" Rodriguez 141 SJ Prep 2014
Jonathan Parker 135 Fels 2010
Rapheal "Macho" Rodriguez 134 Gratz 2014
Michael Kane 128 Roxborough 2014



 

SEPT. 8
TEDBIT

  In football, it's not always easy for the Catholic League's five smallest schools to gain respect. But lots of chests are puffed out right now thanks to the results of Week One Games. Conwell-Egan, Lansdale Catholic, McDevitt, Neumann-Goretti and West Catholic combined to post a 5-0 record and three of those schools -- Conwell-Egan, McDevitt  and West Catholic -- bumped off opponents from higher classifications. The total score for all five games was 125-39. Congrats, guys!

Week One Results for the Catholic League's Five Smallest Schools
CL School Class Opponent Class Score
Conwell-Egan AA Carroll AAA 6-0
Lansdale Catholic AA *Penn Charter AA 21-6
McDevitt A Pope Paul II AAA 25-17
Neumann-Goretti AA Valley Forge MA AA 38-0
West Catholic AA Roman AAAA 35-16
*not a PIAA member        

SEPT. 7
TEDBIT

  As mentioned in yesterday's Tedbit, Dan Concannon, first-year coach at Neumann-Goretti, made quite the first-game splash. Down in Wildwood, N.J., he steered the Saints to a 38-0 win over Valley Forge Military Academy (coached by his brother, Michael). Early yesterday afternoon, the mind began spinning. When was the last time a Catholic League or Inter-Ac coach (the I-A guys were also included in the posting) won his first game by that many points? The answer? Hard to believe! You must go way back to 1966 or way, way back to 1930, depending upon your point of view. In 1966, in Wood's first year as a CL member, the Vikings opened their season by crunching Morrisville, 40-0. The coach was Dominic "Mick" Pileggi (and one of his assistants was Ted Taylor, who writes a monthly sports-hobby column for this website). One "problem." Pileggi was also Wood's coach in 1965, when the school played a patchwork varsity schedule in preparation for its CL debut. So, '66 wasn't his first year as the school's coach. If we discount Pileggi, the journey takes us back to 1930. In game No. 1 of that season, a non-league affair, North Catholic pummeled Camden Catholic (N.J.), 50-0. The Falcons' coach was Ken Simendinger, who'd starred in football and baseball at La Salle and Holy Cross and had even played one season (1926) in the NFL. That squad was the Hartford (Conn.) Blues, who existed for just that one campaign. In recent years, the best debut by a CL coach belonged to Kevin Kelly. In 2002, his Conwell-Egan squad blasted Bristol, 35-0. Meanwhile, in the Inter-Ac, a first-year coach hasn't won his initial outing by as many as 38 points since 1951. In that season, his first and only in the position, "Indian" Joe Nejman guided Germantown Academy past Solebury, 51-7. Nejman was also quite the local legend. He starred at Frankford and Temple. In the 1940 season, he passed for one score and ran for another as the Pioneers bested West Catholic, 13-0, for the City Title. He'd done likewise on the final day of the Public League regular season in Frankford's 14-6 win over Germantown, which locked up the championship. Nejman was Temple's MVP in 1947 -- his career had been interrupted by military service -- and he also earned honorable mention All-American honors. In the interim, Jim Auch Jr., who later coached at Haverford School and Episcopal, led Malvern over Mastbaum, 34-0, in his first game with the Friars in 1964.

SEPT. 6
TEDBIT
  Dan Concannon
will never forget his coaching debut for his alma mater, Neumann-Goretti. (Officially, he graduated from what was then all-boys St. John Neumann). Not only did Dan face off against his older brother, Michael, likewise a Neumann product and the coach at Valley Forge Military Academy. He also steered his squad to a 38-0 victory. There are 20 schools in the Catholic/Inter-Ac leagues and no other current coach has debuted in such impressive fashion. The breakdown is below. For guys who coached elsewhere, we listed the result for their current school. For guys in second stints at the same school, we listed their back-in-the-day debut. The total record is 10-10.      

Debuts by Catholic/Inter-Ac Coaches at Current Schools
School Coach Year Opponent W-L Score
CATHOLIC          
Bonner Greg "Bubba" Bernhart 2012 Downingtown East Lost 42-18
Carroll *Joe Powel 2011 Radnor Won 30-20
Egan #Jack Techtmann 1991 Neshaminy Lost 35-0
Judge Mike McKay 2013 Episcopal Lost 30-22
La Salle John Steinmetz 2015 North Penn Won 24-12
Lansdale Tom Kirk 2012 Prep Charter Won 27-26
McDevitt #Pat Manzi 1982 Cheltenham Lost 14-7
Neumann-Goretti Dan Concannon 2015 Valley Forge MA Won 38-0
O'Hara B.J. "Butch" Hogan 2015 Marple-Newtown Lost 34-7
Roman #Jim Murphy 2000 Strath Haven Lost 42-14
Ryan Frank McArdle 2009 Marple-Newtown Lost 31-0
SJ Prep Gabe Infante 2010 Washington Won 36-25
West Catholic Brian Fluck 1999 Penncrest Lost 26-20 (OT)
Wood Steve Devlin 2007 Paul VI (Va.) Won 35-7
INTER-AC          
Episcopal Todd Fairlie 2011 Prep Charter Won 16-0
Gtn. Academy Matt Dence 2012 Hill School Won 7-6
Haverford School Mike Murphy 2005 Boys' Latin (Md.) Lost 38-27
Malvern Aaron Brady 2014 Roman Lost 38-27
Penn Charter *Tommy Coyle 2013 Fels Won 48-20
SCH Academy *Rick Knox 2006 Dobbins Won 40-14
*-previously coached at another Catholic/Inter-Ac school
#-in second stint at this school

SEPT. 5
NON-LEAGUE
Lansdale Catholic 21, Penn Charter 6
(At Ocean City High School, NJ)

  Ryan Quigley (click here for pic) last year earned MVP honors in Catholic AA while overcoming two obstacles: He was only a junior and his team did not have a winning record. Guess what? He fully deserved that award, and today he again displayed magical qualities. Quigley, a sr. RB-DB, scored all three of the Crusaders' TD and the first one could stand up as the play of the year. Or at least a Top Five candidate. Just three plays into the game, PC jr. QB Mike "Niko" Hnatkowsky, a lefty, threw a pass over the outstretched hands of a leaping receiver . . . right into the mitts of Quigley. Quigley caught the ball on LC's 28 at maybe the right hash mark. He then took off toward the "boardwalk/beach end" of the field and scored in the left corner. What a journey! Zig here. Zag there. Shake off a tackle here. Give a defender the slip there. About midway downfield, he undoubtedly caused spectators to think, "He's gonna score here. Not sure how. But it IS gonna happen." On the other side, Quigley rushed 20 times for 140 yards and two more scores -- a 14-yarder early in the second quarter and a 2-yarder midway through the fourth. He reminds me very much of PC assistant/alum Rick Mellor, a classmate ('69) and crafty/brassy performer (and the school's former forever baseball coach). Sr. Ryan Carbone hammered all three PAT and that was a quality performance because the wind was blowing pretty hard from the northeast to southwest corner. Using an unbalanced line rather often, LC racked up 273 yards on 48 carries. Also effective were sr. RB Marlen Fenstermacher (14-76) and jr. QB Michael Basilii (10-50). Though they were hanging around rather deep into the game, the Quakers never completely gave off a we-can-win-this vibration. Due to a combination of injuries and inexperience, PC is not completely itself. Exhibit A: Star sr. TE Evan Ferrell, a returning first team All-Inter-Ac selection, had to play tackle today because two O-line starters, jrs. Jeremy Bass and John Grace, were unavailable due to injury. Last year, Hnatkowsky likely, at least a few times, posted consecutive completions within 15 seconds. Today, he didn't notch his first hookup until 15 minutes had flown by. In all, the Quakers definitely were guilty of four drops and that total might have been five; I didn't have a good angle on another play and couldn't tell for sure why the ball wasn't caught. The scoring drive occurred in the second quarter, advancing the ball 80 yards in 12 plays. Sr. RB Jake McCain (9-82) had the big one with a 38-yard run. Sr. FB Cody Sweeney tallied the TD on a 5-yard burst up the middle. Ferrell punted three times (long of 50) for a 43-yard average. Jr. DE Kevin MacCabe had a strong day on defense, notching a sack, two TFLs and a fumble recovery (forced by fellow DE Kenny Bergmann, a sr.). Soph S Owen Pighini broke up a pair of passes. Soph OLB Trajan Womack managed a solo TFL while sharing another. The crowd was impressive and LC had a large, energized student section. The Quakers spent Friday night at SpringHill Suites, in Voorhees, NJ, footsteps from the Flyers' practice facility (and the McDonald's where I eat almost every meal -- ha ha), and that made for a much easier commute to OC this morning. Aside from the PC folks, it was great to see LC coach Tom Kirk and assistant John McFadden, ref Bill McKeever and back judge Ernie Gallagher, and officials assigner Jim King, among others. After taking some post-game pics, I made a brisk walk out of the stadium, headed up the 6th Street ramp to the boardwalk and . . . applied the brakes at Johnson's Popcorn! Where else, baby!? I would share some caramel corn with you, but it's already gone (smile).

PC's starting offense . . . 
QB Mike "Niko Hnatkowsky
TB Jake McCain
(FB Cody Sweeney)
TE Luke Stansfield
SB Terence Thompson
WR Denarii Beard
WR Owen Pighini
T Evan Ferrell
T Sean Foley
G Bill Costello
G Tchaz Balthazar
C Hayden Knighton
PC's starting defense . . .
E Kevin MacCabe
E Kenny Bergmann
L Bill Costello
L Harold Anderson
OLB Trajan Womack
OLB Terence Thompson
ILB Jake McCain
ILB Luke Stansfield
CB Denarii Beard
CB John Washington
S Owen Pighini

SEPT. 4
TEDBIT

  Two years after retiring from the Daily News, I am scaling back this website for the 2015 football season. We will continue to update schedules, results and standings, and provide Tedbits, but my specific coverage will be limited to my alma mater, Penn Charter (reports/photos of football games; photos a couple times each week of other sports). We will no longer provide TEAM PAGES. Long-time sidekick
Ed "Huck" Palmer will keep track of stats and provide leaders each week for the Daily News (starting after Week Three, in all likelihood) and we hope to post those a day after they appear in the paper. Those days will likely be Wednesday and Thursday. On this site, updates to individual school/season/career records will be made, and postseason all-star teams/other historical info will be posted. And if long-time sidekicks still want to provide reports/lists, they'll be posted as well. Anthony Franklin is working on his annual college list. Aside from Huck and sports writer Aaron "Ace" Carter (now officially an Inquirer employee but still with ties to the DN), the mainstays of the DN's stat crew are Amauro "Amar" Austin (he also coordinates the game assignments), Mark "Frog" Carfagno, Jon "Duck" Gray, Thomas "Hockey Puck/Nutman" McKenna, Big Steve Reid and Keith Hines. Others contribute from time to time -- we also get stats from other newspapers; links on homepage -- and the work of all is greatly appreciated!
As mentioned, Huck will be handling stats. Please direct your questions/concerns to him. His email is teddycat10@aol.com. Thanks to all who have supported this site since its inception in 2000, and we hope you stick around. Enjoy the season!

SEPT. 1
TEDBIT

  Two guys --
Pat Manzi at McDevitt, Jim Murphy at Roman -- are back in the Catholic League head coaching saddle again this season, specifically at schools where they previously ran the show. In CL history, 12 guys have performed that feat and two, as you'll see on the list below, have pulled off a hat trick. This list includes only those coaches who missed at least one full season between their stints. (St. Thomas More, at 47th and Wyalusing in West Philly, closed in June 1975.)

Multiple Head Coaching Stints at the Same Catholic League School
Name School Year(s) Year(s) Years
Dan Bielli Carroll 1995 1999-2010  
Joseph "Jake" Clark Carroll 1991-1994 1996-1998  
Ed "Bubby" DiCamillo Neumann 1991-1993 1995-96 2000-2003
Chuck Knowles Egan/C-E 1985-1990 1994-1998  
Pat Manzi McDevitt 1982-2013 2015  
John McAneney West Catholic 1965 1970-76  
Jim Murphy Roman 2000-2007 2015  
Gene Oberst Roman 1925-1927 1933-1935  
John Quinn Ryan 1968-1975 1981-1984 1988-1989
Jack Techtmann Egan/C-E 1991-1993 2011-2015  
John "Whitey" Sullivan Judge 1974-1985 1987-1999  
Joseph "Tubby" Walker St. Thomas More 1937-1941 1946-1947  

AUGUST 31
TEDBIT

  Friday at Soldier Field in Chicago, in a 37-0 win over local squad St. Rita, Malvern jr. QB
Nick Maras raised eyebrows by passing 16-for-20 for a school record of 338 yards and three TDs. In fact, Maras REALLY raised eyebrows . . . those were the first passes he threw as a varsity performer. Here are some other out-of-nowhere special performances that came to mind over the weekend. (I might add to this, if others are remembered) . . .  
 
Baseball -- John Calabrese, St. Joseph's Prep, 1983 . . . In his first varsity start, made on May 13, the senior righthander pitched a no-hitter as the Hawks downed Monsignor Bonner, 2-0. He boasted a perfect game for 6 1/3 innings; an infield error ended that bid. Beforehand, Calabrese had pitched just eight relief innings. The last out was made by Mike Sundo, who's now an assistant at O'Hara. The Prep's coach was Joe Malizia, who has long filmed high school sporting events.
  Soccer --
Walt Ziolo, Frankford, 1989 . . .
After missing the entire season due to academic ineligibility, defender Ziolo joined Frankford's squad for the title game and . . . you got it, he scored the winning goal as the Pioneers bested Lincoln, 2-1, in overtime. Ziolo could have played in the semis vs. Central (report cards were issued that day), but instead was having his tonsils and adenoids removed at Northeast Hospital. In the title game, Ziolo mixed baggy, blue-and-white gym shorts with Frankford's standard tricolored jersey . . . A search in our Daily News database showed this was the first time I used "Only in the Pub" in a story.
  Basketball -- Bob Pembleton, Dougherty, 1993 . . . The freshman made his varsity debut on Feb. 5, shooting 8-for-11 (three treys) and 6-for-7 for 25 points in a victory over La Salle. Bob later was a prominent Catholic League ref and now works games at the college level.
  Basketball --
Tim Smink, Dougherty, 1999 . . . Also a freshman, and profoundly deaf since birth, Tim took only five shots in a victory over North Catholic that earned the Cardinals the fourth and final playoff berth. All were launched from beyond the arc. All were successful, so he finished with 15 points. Dougherty's JV coach that season? Bob Pembleton. Where you can find Tim these days? Refereeing CL games.
  Baseball --
Matt Altomare, SJ Prep, 1999 . . . In 1998, he was cut from the freshman team. In '99, he spent about a month as strictly a JV player. But in a playoff semifinal, as the Hawks downed the defending champion, Ryan, by a score of 1-0, the soph righty pitched a six-hitter with five strikeouts. He was just the second soph to pitch a playoff shutout in 27 years. 
  Football --
Kyle Ambrogi (RIP), SJ Prep, 2000 . . . In the season opener, he carried 26 times for 207 yards and six TDs as the Hawks buried North Penn, 55-26. Though Kyle had logged 19 carries in the '99 season, there'd been none after Week Three. Kyle could have scored seven TDs. Between his second and third TDs, he fumbled just before entering the end zone and lineman John Connors recovered for a score. John is now a Prep assistant. His twin, Rosemary Connors, is a weekend anchor for Channel 10. Their mom, Mary Flannery, was a Daily News sports writer and their late grandfather, Tex Flannery, was La Salle's long-time coach. Rosemary graduated high school a year before John. When asked about that, Mary cracked that John repeated kindergarten "because he wanted to nap and color some more."    
  Football --
Pat Devlin, Wood, 2006 . . . As the Vikings beat Conwell-Egan in a regular season game, Devlin rushed 26 times for 281 yards (at that time the school record) and four TDs. He'd been switched from wideout to RB to fill in for the injured Matt Little. He hadn't carried the ball since performing spot duty two years earlier.
  Football --
Chris Webster, Ryan, 2006 . . . An emergency replacement for the injured Bill George, Webster hit two PATs as the Raiders upset La Salle, 14-12.
At 3:30, 2 1/2 hours before the game was scheduled to begin, Webster was working at a Soccer Post store in the Far Northeast when George asked him, via a phone call, to be his replacement. Webster, a deep sub sweeper on the soccer team, received permission from his boss to leave early (with pay), rushed over to Ryan and hopped the late team bus. The game didn't start until 6:40. Aside from hitting his two PATs, Webster averaged 49 yards on his kickoffs and sent one into the end zone.
  Baseball --
John Barr, Germantown Academy, 2007 . . . John fired a perfect game with 10 strikeouts as the Patriots topped Wood, 4-0, on March 26. John, also a star outfielder, was a veteran pitcher, but here's why this performance makes the list: This was GA's first time outdoors that season. No scrimmages. Not even a practice.
  Football --
Chris Johnson-Cruz, Roman, 2011 . . . In a 45-17 win over St. Joseph's Prep in a Class AAAA, Johnson-Cruz passed 8-for-14 for 230 yards and five TDs, the most in city postseason history. Chris started that day because of an injury to Michael Keir and had thrown only one varsity pass (incomplete), the week before against Conwell-Egan. The TD catches went to Taishan Tucker (4-116, three) and William Fuller (3-69, two; now starring for Notre Dame). 

AUGUST 27
TEDBIT

  If you're a fan of watching football games played on artificial turf, you're going to be very happy in the 2015 season. A large majority of games involving Catholic, Inter-Ac and Public teams --
with those squads as the home teams -- will be played on the unnatural stuff. Now that Penn Charter has joined the turf explosion, only two games involving Inter-Ac teams against their own schools or Cath/Pub schools will be played on grass -- Penn Charter/Lansdale Catholic at Ocean City (N.J.) High in Week One and SCH Academy at Central in Week Two. For the CL, there will be two grass-dominates weeks (One and Nine). Same for the PL (Four and Eight). These are the grass fields scheduled to host home games for Catholic/Public schools this season: Bartram, Carroll (campus), Central, Cheltenham, Conshy A Field, Edison, Frankford, Olney, Roxborough, 29th & Chalmers, Upper Darby, Washington, West Phila., Wildwood (N.J.).
  *Road games at non-Cath/Int/Pub sites are not included . . . Schedules beyond Week Nine in Cath/Pub to be determined . . . Thanksgiving games not included.*

  Catholic   Inter-Ac   Public
  Turf Grass   Turf Grass   Turf Grass
Week 1 3 5   2 1   10 4
Week 2 9 3   3 1   11 6
Week 3 6 1   4 0   11 5
Week 4 6 1   5 0   5 8
Week 5 5 2   3 0   10 4
Week 6 7 2   3 0   10 4
Week 7 7 0   3 0   9 5
Week 8 7 0   3 0   6 8
Week 9 3 4   3 0   10 3
Week 10 -- --   3 0   -- --
Week 11 -- --   3 0   -- --
  53 18   35 2   82 47

AUGUST 23
TEDBIT

  One of the best things about watching the Eagles this preseason is listening to the color commentary provided by
Mike Mayock. Mike also has a great reputation as a draft analyst and it's very nice to see how much success he has achieved. At Haverford School, with his dad, Mike Sr., as his coach, Mike was the oldest of four brothers to earn All-Inter-Ac and All-City honors. In all, Mike/Mark/Dan/Matt were first team all-leaguers eight times and first team All-City guys five times. Mike starred in football (AND baseball) at Boston College and played in nine total games for the New York Giants in 1982 and '83. Mark (also BC), Dan (Virginia) and Matt (Bucknell) also played college football. Mike Sr. was a captain and tight end at Villanova and coached for 19 total seasons at Malvern (1956-62, 34-23-1) and Haverford School (1970-76/1983-87, 49-45-2). His best accomplishment: 16-0 overall record through his first two seasons at HS. In the '55 season, he was also the head coach at the long-closed St. John the Baptist High, in Manayunk. By that point, St. John's was out of the Catholic League. During my days of watching/interacting with the Mayocks, there was no such thing as a bad experience. All the best to one of the very best families in city leagues history!  

The  Mayock Brothers . . .
Name All-City Honors   All-Inter-Ac Honors
Mike Mayock 2nd, '73, DB 1st , '74, DB 1st, '75, DB   1st, '73, B 1st, '74,19 B 1st, '75, B
Mark Mayock 1st, '79. QB       1st, '79, QB     
Dan Mayock 1st, '81, DL       1st, '80, Rec. 1st, '81, DL  
Matt Mayock 1st, '84, DB       1st, '83, DB 1st, '84, DB  
  In Mike's years, the All-Inter-Ac team did not specifically name a QB and RBs. Just "backs."

AUGUST 20
TEDBIT

  With '77 grad
John Steinmetz now in charge, an alumnus is leading La Salle's varsity for the 55th time in 64 seasons. Two other Catholic League schools with grads now in charge also own spots on the dominated-by-grads trail. Judge is being coached for the 42nd consecutive season by a former Crusader. Meanwhile, West Catholic's run is 41 of the last 46 seasons. Details right below . . .
UPDATE: I messed up on the alma mater of a former West Catholic coach. Thanks to Jim Trainer for the assistance! The Burrs' numbers have been adjusted to 33 of 39.

Catholic League Teams With Long Stretches
Of Mostly/(Always) Being Coached by Grads
Judge (42 in a row) West Catholic (33 of 39) La Salle (55 of 64)

Whitey Sullivan

1974-85 

Nick Cirone 1977-83 Jim Gallagher 1952-55
Bill Edger 1986 *Bubby DiCamillo 1984-89 Tex Flannery 1956-84
Whitey Sullivan 1987-99 Ralph Rapino 1990-94 Joe Colistra 1985-05
Tommy Coyle 2000-12 Dan Harrell 1995-98 #-Drew Gordon 2006-14
Mike McKay 2013-15 Brian Fluck 1999-15 John Steinmetz 2015
    *-Neumann grad   #-McDevitt grad  
           

AUGUST 19
TEDBIT

 
Malvern, it's believed, is about to make history. On Friday, Aug. 28, at the famous Soldier Field in Chicago, the Friars will play St. Rita of Chicago in what I think will be the earliest game involving a city leagues team. To this point, Public, Catholic and Inter-Ac teams have only played games over Labor Day Weekend. This year Labor Day doesn't pop up on the calendar until Sept. 7, so this game will occur 10 days earlier. LDW activity is a rather new phenomenon. As far as I know, except for scattered games with Catholic schools playing suburban schools, the trend began in 1981 when Judge played Neumann at 11 o'clock on a Saturday (Sept. 5) at Northeast. Judge rolled to a 41-14 victory as Jerry Magallanes, now a prominent college football head referee, produced 148 yards and four TDs on 22 carries. (In an afternoon game that day, Roman fell to now-closed Darby Township, 44-36.) Very few people attended that Judge-Neumann game, so in '82 the schools decided to move the game to Wildwood, N.J., correctly figuring that the crowd would be pretty respectable since so many people were "down the shore." The first Inter-Ac school to play a LDW game was Haverford School. On Sept. 2, 2006, a Saturday, the Fords lost to Overbrook, 12-10. Fred Ferro scored Haverford's TD on a rush. Through the 2003 season, Public League schools did not begin game activity until Week Four. Heck, practice didn't even start until Sept. 1. The change occurred when the Pub joined the PIAA. The first game was played at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3, 2004. Lincoln beat Bartram, 14-8, as Robert Keels and Antonio Wessells scored the Railsplitters' TDs. Also scheduled to play at 1 o'clock were Bartram and Penn. The game was canceled that morning (forfeit win for Bartram) because Penn, fielding its first team since dropping the sport after the '84 season, did not have enough players. All together now . . . Only in the Pub. Below are the dates of the first games for all seasons in this century.

Year Date

2015 

Aug. 28
2014  *Aug. 29
2013 Aug. 30
2012 Aug. 31
2011  Sept. 2

2010 

Sept. 3
2009  Sept. 4
2008  *Aug. 29
2007  Aug. 31

2006

Sept. 1
2005  Sept. 2
2004 Sept. 3
2003 *Aug. 29
2002 Aug. 30
2001 Aug. 31
2000 Sept. 2
*-as early as possible
in LDW for a Friday;
no games have been
played on a Thursday

AUGUST 16
TEDBIT

  In a preseason game last night, for the Houston Texans vs. the San Francisco 49ers, West Catholic product
Jaelen Strong caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from O'Hara product Tom Savage. In regular season action, you have to go back to 1950 to find the last time "Our Guys" combined for a passing TD. On Oct. 7, 1950, West Philadelphia product Bill Mackrides connected with Jack Ferrante for a 35-yard score to complete the Eagles' 56-20 romp over the Los Angeles Rams. Those two also accomplished the feat in 1948. On Nov. 21, their 15-yard hookup was the Birds' last score in a 42-21 frolic past the Washington Redskins. Mackrides and Ferrante were teammates for four seasons (1947-50) with Philly. Mackrides was almost exclusively a backup. Ferrante, a star, was a walk-on in the truest sense. Some sources list his high school as West Philadelphia, and that would make sense because West Philly is listed as his neighborhood during his teenaged years (he first lived in South Philly). However, he never played sports in high school and it is widely reported that he dropped out in the 10th grade to work in a supermarket. He never returned to high school and did not go to college. Ferrante drew the Eagles' attention while starring in sandlot action. In an eight-year career (1941, 1944-50), he turned 169 catches into 2,884 yards and 21 TDs. And, yes, he's the same Jack Ferrante who steered Monsignor Bonner to Catholic League championships in 1959 and '61     

AUGUST 6
TEDBIT

  As a product of a Division III college (Delaware Valley), Roxborough's
Rasheed Bailey is facing long odds in his attempt to make the Philadelphia Eagles. Well, he already BEAT long odds when he earned a spot on the training camp roster, so who knows how this will turn out? In Eagles history, only seven products of Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac schools have caught passes for the Eagles (some others have gone catch-less) and the by-far leader, Fran Murray, was primarily a rusher. Bernie "Bert" Kuczynski, whose one catch produced a TD, also played major league baseball. One guy not on the list is Jack Ferrante, who had a terrific career with the Eagles (1941, 1944-50) and later coached Bonner to pair of Catholic League championships. One problem: he never played football for one of "Our Schools" and, according to numerous accounts, dropped out of high school (some sources list that school as West Philadelphia; that would make sense because West Philly is listed as his neighborhood during his teenaged years) in the 10th grade to take a job in an A&P supermarket. He played sandlot football and made the pros that way. His Eagles receiving totals: 169 catches, 2,884 yards, 17.1 YPC and 31 TDs. Outstanding! Meanwhile, best of luck to Rasheed!

"Our Guys" Who've Made Catches for the Eagles
Name School Years Catches Yards YPC TD
Herman "Reds" Bassman Central 1936 2 38 19.0 0
Kirk Hershey Penn Charter 1941 1 11 11.0 0
Bernie "Bert" Kuczynski Northeast 1946 1 9 9.0 1
Rick Lackman Germantown 1933-35 9 132 14.7 0
Jim Leonard SJ Prep 1934-37 8 53 6.6 1
Fran Murray SJ Prep 1939-40 25 269 10.8 1
Andy Nacrelli St. James 1958 2 15 7.5 0
      44 527 12.0 3

JULY 28
TEDBIT
  How much has Philly high school football changed in recent years? A lot, if the stats listed below can be taken as gospel. I decided to check the Top 5 Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac passers from 1984, 1994, 2004 and 2014. The total numbers for the first three years were not a whole lot different. But in 2014, the total was more than 400 yards better! Why? These days, of course, many coaches favor a pass-first offensive approach. Also part of the outburst: Many more games are played on artificial surfaces, which still makes passing possible even in crappy weather.

Top 5 City Leagues Passers at 10-year Intervals

1984

   
John Erby Southern 160.3
Rich Wesselt Kenrick 138.9
Dan Stoffere Roman 132.1
Tom McNeely St. James 108.1
Tom Colvin Bonner 107.7
  Total   647.1

1994

   
Mike Mitros Bonner 176.5
Spencer Whetts Germantown 164.4
Zeferino Albino West Phila. 120.8
Dan McNichol La Salle 112.4
Kevin McFadden Neumann 94.0
  Total   668.1

2004

   
Markies Tavares Mastbaum 140.8
Justin DeCristofaro Judge 123.6
Chris Hanson Wood 120.2
Marc Verica Bonner 118.8
Lamont Brown Frankford 113.7
  Total   617.1

2014

   
Kevin Caldwell Franklin 254.3
Paul Dooley SCH Academy 232.5
Kyle Shurmur La Salle 229.5
Alex Hornibrook Malvern 196.0
Mike Hnatkowsky Penn Charter 187.8
  Total   1,100.1

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Seneca Williams

MAY 24
TEDBIT

  Did you catch the latest example of two-sport success? And we're talking short order, not over two complete seasons. Thursday night at Northeast, Ryan's Seneca Williams and Wood's Jarrett McClenton were among the headliners as Non-Public edged Public, 34-33, in the 41st annual City All-Star Football Game. Williams made an interception and added three tackles. McClenton rushed seven times for 55 yards and a TD, made four catches for 22 yards and collected 32 yards on three returns . . . Flash ahead to Saturday at Shippensburg University. The occasion was the PIAA state track championship meet. Each guy competed in the Class AAA long jump. Seneca  claimed fourth with a leap of 22-3 1/2. Jarrett placed sixth at 22-1 3/4. Congrats, guys, and here's hoping others follow your lead by NOT limiting themselves to one sport.
 


Jarrett McClenton

MAY 23
TEDBIT

  Well, that didn't take long. Just two years into its association with the City All-Star Game, Wood has claimed one record (most TDs by one school in back-to-back games) and just missed tying another (most TDs in one game). From 1975 through '13, only schools from inside the city limits were allowed to supply players for the Non-Public squad. Players from Catholic schools became eligible in '14 and Wood coach
Steve Devlin, a Ryan grad, has made sure his players have participated. In fact, 10 of this year's 43 N-P players were Vikings. Steve was also the squad's head coach in '14 and '15. And current Wood senior Ryan Bates, a tackle bound for Penn State, is the nephew of Doug Macauley, Dobbins' former coach and a member of the City All-Star Game's executive committee.

Most TDs by One School in One Game
Year School No. Name

2015 

W. Catholic 5 Eric Young
      Raymond Maples
      Rob Hollomon
      Curtis Drake
      Juan Rozier

2015 

Wood 4 Jarrett McClenton
      Alex Arcangeli
      Christian Lohin
      John Hall
Most TDs by One School in Consecutive Games

2014-15

Wood 7 Kendall Singleton (2) '14
      Chris Gary '14
      Jarrett McClenton '15
      Alex Arcangeli '15
      Christian Lohin '15
      John Hall '15
*2009 W. Catholic 5 Eric Young
      Raymond Maples
      Rob Hollomon
      Curtis Drake
      Juan Rozier
2011-12 W. Catholic 4 T-J Waters '12
      Bruce Mapp '12
      Jaelen Strong-Rankin (2) '11