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JULY 7
TEDBIT
 
Assuming no snags get in the way, Bonner-Prendergast this fall will be playing its home games on campus. This will be season No. 61 for the Friars as a Catholic League member and field No. 3. The first one was Villanova Stadium for 16 seasons (1956-71), followed by up-the-street Upper Darby High for 44 (1972-2015) . . . Not the longest Tedbit ever. Smile. Just wanted to throw it out there.
  UPDATE JULY 14: B-P officials say the breakdown will be 2-2 -- two games on campus, two at Upper Darby.    

JUNE 25
TEDBIT
 
Once we get to the 2016 season, St. Joseph's Prep will own a city record that will likely be unbreakable . . . Longest Distance Between All-Time Home Fields: Roughly 32 Miles. After playing for 25 seasons at Plymouth-Whitemarsh, the Prep, located at 17th & Girard, will play its home games at Widener University, in Chester. That word came this morning via email from assistant Bill Morris. In the 1984 and '85 seasons, before spending '86 through '90 at A.A. Garthwaite Field, in Conshohocken (commonly known as "The A Field"), the Hawks traveled all the way to the Far Northeast to play its home games at George Washington High. Google maps indicates the shortest distance from Washington to Widener is 32 miles. Interestingly, the Prep is almost exactly halfway between those two spots -- 15.5 to Washington and 16 to Widener. During my four decades as a Philly sports writer, the Prep has also played home games at Roxborough and Central (and maybe for a season or two at Lower Merion? Not completely positive on that one. Vague memory, though.)

MAY 28 (Afternoon)
TEDBIT
 
If you're a fan of pass plays, the City All-Star Game has been your dream event over the last 13 years. Reason: The Dandy Dozen performances, in terms of yardage, have all occurred since 2004. In Thursday's track meet, Del-Val's Shayne Smith and Wood's Anthony Russo claimed the No. 2 and No. 3 spots. Thanks to Huck for the 2016 numbers. As oldheads realize, back in the day both teams had two QBs and sometimes three.

Top Passing Performances, by Yardage, in City All-Star History, 1975-2016
Name School Year Team C-A Yds TDs
Kevin Caldwell Franklin 2015 Pub 11-19 347 3
Shayne Smith Del-Val 2016 Pub 10-19 305 3
Anthony Russo Wood 2016 N-P 22-36 261 2
Joseph Walker King 2014 Pub 7-24 183 1
Mark Giubilato SJ Prep 2009 N-P 8-13 175 2
Andre Sloan-El Roman 2004 N-P 13-16 175 1
Jerrick Jenkins Gratz 2007 Pub 6-17 167 1
Anthony Reid West Cath. 2011 N-P 7-15 154 0
Justin DeCristofaro Judge 2006 N-P 12-22 149 0
Mike Mattei Chestnut Hill 2008 N-P 7-9 148 3
Mark Hatty Neum.-Gor. 2007 N-P 9-18 135 2
Marcel Quarterman Central 2004 Pub 7-20 134 1

MAY 28
TEDBIT
 
Thursday's 58-34 victory by Public over Non-Public claimed the No. 6 spot on the the list of all-time blowouts in City All-Star Game history. The record was set in 2008, when Non-Pub dominated, 48-7. 

Most One-Sided Games in City All-Star History
Year Winner Score Margin
2008 Non-Public 48-7 41
2009 Non-Public 40-0 40
2005 Public 30-0 30
2006 Non-Public 42-13 29
1991 Non-Public 34-6 28
2016 Public 58-34 24
1989 Non-Public 36-15 21
1985 Public 33-13 20
1978 Non-Public 26-8 18

MAY 16
LUKEBIT
  The following was provided by Luke Dougherty, a 2011 graduate of the The Haverford School and now a football assistant there . . . Thanks for this, Luke!
 
I was at the Inter-Ac Challenge Lacrosse Championship game last night and started thinking of how amazing the Fords' senior class of Football/Lax guys were and when I did research this morning I was blown away! I am a math teacher so numbers get me fired up!
  Here are some stats for the senior lax/football guys during their two "upperclassmen" years at Haverford School:
  Overall Record in Football and Lacrosse for 2014-2015/2015-2016: 65-6
  Inter-Ac Championships in that stretch: Four (2 in each sport)
  Record vs. Inter-Ac teams from football 2014 through Lax 2016: 34-0 (30 straight regular season league wins and 4 wins in the Inter-Ac Challenge over IA teams)
  National Championship in Lacrosse (2015) and Best Record in school history in football (2015)
  This senior class of guys that play these two sports last lost a league game on May 19th, 2014 in the Inter-Ac Challenge Final to Malvern before reeling off 34-straight!
Just thought you might enjoy that since you're a big stats guy.
  The seniors are as follows:
  Tommy McNamara
  Forry Smith
  Keyveat Postell
  Dox Aitken
  Andrew Fine

  Also, Brendan O'Neill was a major contributor on the football field as a junior before an injury sidelined him from football as a senior.

MAY 15
TEDBIT
 
For the 16th time in this century, the winner of the 100-meter dash in the Catholic League track championships was a guy who also played football in the fall of that same school year. The only non-football player was McDevitt's Julian Edwards, the '04 winner. O'Hara product Corey Brown, one of the two double winners (and the record holder at 10.65), is now in the NFL. Judge product Matt Smalley, also a double winner, recently received an invite to the New York Giants' mini-camp. Below are offensive stats for the 100 winners from the previous fall in that school year. Neumann-Goretti's Dane Davis, the 2006 winner, had no rushes/catches in the 2005 season. He did post an interception. In the spring of '99, O'Hara soph Kevin Jones won the 100. He did not repeat in '00 or '01. He was an all-time rusher for the Lions (5,728 career yards, now No. 4 in city leagues history) and played in the NFL. Yesterday's winner, La Salle's Charles Headen, also triumphed in 2014. He's bound for Shippensburg. Many football guys have also won the 200 and/or 400 in this century. Carroll's Maurice Stovall, who won the 400 in 2002, also advanced to the NFL.

Primary Offensive Stats for Winners
 Of CL 100-Meter Dash in This Century
(From the Previous Fall)
Year Name School Time Car/Rec Yards TDs
All Totals Are for Rushing Except for Those in Gray (Receiving)
2000 Jamal Huff West 10.91 64 280 4
2001 James Jefferson Dougherty 10.89 8 14 0
2002 James Jefferson Dougherty 11.03 45 235 2
2003 John Shaw SJ Prep 11.32 30 220 4
2004 Julian Edwards McDevitt 11.23 - - -
2005 Jeff McClenton C-E 11.00 30 611 3
2006 Dane Davis N-G 11.13 0 0 0
2007 Charles Gladman Dougherty 11.02 12 63 1
2008 Kevin Eckel Carroll 11.01 65 399 4
2009 Corey Brown O'Hara 11.03 68 662 9
2010 Corey Brown O'Hara *10.65 159 1,146 11
2011 Matt Smalley Judge 11.28 16 103 1
2012 Matt Smalley Judge 10.86 127 984 17
2013 Lamont Veal O'Hara 11.04 100 453 3
2014 Charles Headen La Salle 10.81 29 276 2
2015 Yeedee Thaenrat Judge 11.07 175 1,457 23
2016 Charles Headen La Salle 10.88 17 163 1
    Totals     945 7,066 85

MAY 12
TEDBIT
 
As you may have noticed on the homepage yesterday, former La Salle football star Paul Colistra will soon become West Catholic's president. His dad, Joe, was his coach and that circumstance got me to thinking . . . How many sons of Catholic League football coaches have earned All-Catholic honors in that sport? I've gone back to the mid-'50s for coaches. Those coaches with asterisks also earned A-C honors during their careers. Some of these men fathered sons who earned A-C honors in other sports. There's a three-generations line on the list (the Gordons). The hope is that no one was missed for this list and that the assorted details are spotless. The reality? Probably not (smile). So, please speak up with additions and/or corrections. Thank you! tedtee307@yahoo.com 
  UPDATE at 10:15 a.m.: Had to remove one combo. I jumped to a wrong conclusion. Thanks to La Salle coach John Steinmetz for speaking up. 

Catholic League Football Coaches and Sons Who've Earned All-Catholic Honors
Coach School Years   Son School Pos. Team Year
*Dick Bedesem Egan 1963-70   Greg Bedesem Wood RB 1st 1975
  Wood 1971-72            
Jack Boyle Dougherty 1971-73   Jack Boyle McDevitt DB 2nd 1992
*Bill Brannau Judge 1960-69   Matt Brannau SJ Prep DB 2nd 1981
  SJ Prep 1978-79            
  Neumann 1981-85            
*Leo Broadhurst O'Hara 1965-72   Dan Broadhurst St. James LB 1st 1991
*Joe Colistra La Salle 1985-05   Joe Colistra La Salle E/OLB 2nd 1994
        Paul Colistra La Salle DB 2nd 1998
            DB 1st 1999
Stump Coyne Bonner 1988-03   Pat Coyne O'Hara OL 2nd 1989
*Steve Devlin Wood 2007-15   Mike Devlin Wood WR 2nd 2015
Bubby DiCamillo W. Catholic 1984-89   Ed DiCamillo Judge LB 2nd 1990
  Neumann 1991-93            
    1995-96            
    2000-03            
*Bill Edger Judge 1986   Bill Edger SJ Prep WR 1st 2005
        Tim Edger SJ Prep K 1st 2005-07
            P 2nd 2006
            P 1st 2007
            WR 2nd 2007
*Gerry Feehery O'Hara 1991-93   Jerry Feehery O'Hara C 1st 2004
*Tex Flannery La Salle 1956-84   Jack Flannery La Salle QB 1st 1972
*Andy Gordon SJ Prep 1952-53   Drew Gordon McDevitt QB 2nd 1966
            QB 1st 1967
        Jim Gordon McDevitt WR 1st 1976
*Drew Gordon La Salle 2006-14   Brett Gordon La Salle QB 1st 1995-97
            K 2nd 1997
Chuck Knowles Egan 1985-90   Mike Knowles Egan LB 1st 1980
  Egan 1994-98   Chuck Knowles Egan LB 2nd 1995
Jeb Lynch N. Catholic 1976-81   Brett Lynch Wood RB 2nd 1992
Frank McArdle Neumann 1994   Frank McArdle Ryan TE 1st 1998
  Dougherty 1995-97       TE 2nd 1999
*George Stratts McDevitt 1970-73   George Stratts Carroll DL 2nd 1985
  Dougherty 1974-84       DL 1st 1986
  O'Hara 1994-03   Chris Stratts Carroll DL 1st 1991
Paul Strus O'Hara 2014   Casey Strus O'Hara OL 1st 2010
Jack Techtmann Egan 1991-93   Kyle Techtmann C-E DB 1st 2011
  C-E 2011-15       QB 2nd 2011
            DB 1st 2012

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A pic of Cliff Roberts
from a Wikipedia page




















 

MAY 2
TEDBIT

  In 2001, with help from many, I published a record book on Philadelphia's scholastic football history. Since then, the assorted files in that book have been updated on this website. One of the original/updated files includes info for "all" Philly guys who've played in the NFL or the old AFL. All is in quotes because, all these years later, word occasionally comes about someone who was missed. One day last week, I stumbled upon an online list of Pennsylvania’s pro football guys that included Cliff Roberts. Who? How had I never heard of him? Why had no one ever spoken up? Was this legit? The search was on! (smile) . . . And here's what it found: Clifford Ubert Roberts Jr. (some sources list his middle name as Hubert) graduated in 1952 from Dobbins. Tom Taylor, who has long been a major help with basketball scoring, is a member of one of those yearbook websites. He found Dobbins' 1952 yearbook online and sent along some info. Roberts lived at 1833 W. Fontain Street (not far from 19th and Diamond), majored in auto maintenance, played cadet (10th grade team) and JV football (there was no mention of varsity football; Dobbins was 1-7-1 in the '51 season) and listed "to succeed" as his ambition. In the 1961 season, as a rookie, Roberts played 10 games as a rookie tackle for the Oakland Raiders. Hmm. What happened in all those years in between? Here's what a search revealed: After graduating from Dobbins, Roberts spent five years in the Marines and rose to the rank of sergeant. According to an article, he also made his way onto an All-Sea Service football team comprised of Naval/Marine "gridders from all over the world." Some were former All-Americans. That article also noted, "Following his discharge, Cliff was persuaded by a native Illini, present teammate Darrell DeDecker, to come north to visit the Champaign-Urbana campus. He's been here ever since." That's right. Roberts played major college football for the University of Illinois. (That story appeared in Illinois' student newspaper.) Roberts, listed at 6-3, 256 pounds, played three seasons of varsity ball. He was a starting tackle in the final two, 1959 and 1960, then was drafted by the AFL's San Diego Chargers in the 1961 draft (which was actually held in November 1960). In late August of 1961, a blurb I found claimed Roberts was performing so well in training camp, he'd moved all-NFL selection Ron Mix out of a starting job. Not sure what happened thereafter, but Roberts did not remain with the Chargers and played instead for the Raiders. Also, his pro career was limited to just that one season. Remember, he was almost a decade out of high school by then. According to Illinois archives, Roberts earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communications, so maybe he pursued a job in TV/radio after football came to an end? Now for something very cool: In his Illinois career, Roberts kicked at least one field goal. It was a 30-yarder and was hammered against Penn State on Oct. 24, 1959. In that era of straight-on kicking, it was not uncommon for big guys (even in the pros) to handle PAT and field goal duties. But I have to wonder, how many black guys were given a chance to kick at the pro or college level back then? Though I've found some offensive stats for Illinois' football teams during Roberts' time there, full scoring breakdowns were not included. On Friday I contacted a member of the school's sports information department and he said he would plunge into some archives and try to nail down scoring stats and perhaps some background info from old media guides. Now for the big question. Is Cliff Roberts still alive? I found a listing for someone in California that I thought might be him, but the man who answered the phone said he was not Cliff Roberts and was unaware of him. No profile pages for Roberts list a date of death, so here's hoping he's still with us. (Those pages are not specific for a DOB, either. But since he graduated in 1952, it's likely he was born in 1933 or 1934.) Along the way through this short journey, I've been in email contact with Carolyn Monson, who does a great job handling alumni matters for Dobbins. She wasn't aware that Dobbins had produced another pro football player (aside from Kevin Ingram and Raheem Brock). She did reach out
to some 1952 grads and found one who remembered Cliff as being a nice young man. Anyway, that's where things stand for now. Cliff Roberts' name has been added to the list of Philly's pro football guys and I'm so glad I found out about him. If other info is discovered, this story will be updated.
  UPDATE, May 6: I received an email this afternoon from Carolyn Monson. It's posted here with necessary notes to explain certain entires . . . I have a clearer picture of Cliff's Dobbins life. He entered 10th grade 2/3/49. (**Back then, junior highs went through ninth grade and high schools started with 10th.**) He was dismissed 3/10/52 on a D3 (**Carolyn thinks that designation was used for students who withdrew to enter the Armed Forces**). He was readmitted 5/17/54 to complete the second half of his 12th year (12b) in those days. (**Also back then, there were TWO graduating classes each school year -- A in the winter and B in the spring.**) He got his diploma in 1954. His picture is in the 1951-52 yearbook. That is the yearbook that includes his picture on page 71. On page 84 under athletics he is on the JV football team #35 (standing near Coach Warren Conrad, who is now 93 years young). His parents were William and Jesse. DOB 10/2/34. School records also listed him as being in the armed services in '61 (interesting that they would still have contact 6 years later). Maybe he re-enlisted. I saw two individuals in his yearbook who are still with us. I am checking to see if either remember him. Donald McMichael, who played varsity, JV and cadet football, and a cheerleader, Joan Brownlee." . . . Thank you again, Carolyn! Perhaps Cliff played that one AFL season, then immediately went back into the service? Or was briefly in the service again BEFORE the training camp preceding the 1961 AFL season? Truly amazing, either way. As mentioned above, his varsity seasons at Illinois were '58, '59 and '60. And we'll assume he played freshman football in '57. 
  UPDATE, May 5 (evening): I spoke early this afternoon, via telephone, with Darrel De Decker and his wife, Henrietta "Hank" De Decker. They live in Atkinson, Illinois, and could not have been nicer. (I asked Mr. De Decker about his name because I'd seen different versions. He said there's only one "l" AND that there's a space between De and Decker.) Mr. De Decker, a center who was drafted by the AFL's Boston Patriots in 1961, is battling health problems and it wasn't easy for him to speak. He fought hard, however, and his wife provided great support. I asked Mr. De Decker about Cliff Roberts' field goal and he said the kicking duties were a one-time thing due to the regular kicker's injury. He also said he and Mr. Roberts served together for three years in the Marines and that he indeed suggested to Mr. Roberts that Illinois would be a great place to play college football. When I asked whether those guys were roommates, I could hear laughter from both. Mrs. De Decker then repeated her husband's answer. "No, we were both married by then." Later, the De Deckers said they'd remained friends with Mr. Roberts and his family for many years, but had not been in touch since both families experienced assorted changes. Mr. De Decker said he still had old phone numbers, though, and he then provided them with help from his wife. I called both numbers early this evening. The home number was out of service. The work number was answered and the man said he knew Mr. Roberts. Alas . . . "He passed away," the man said. "At least 10 years ago, I'm thinking." The man said Mr. Roberts, at least later in life, when they were co-workers, had worked as an advertising agent in California. The man declined to be recognized for his help. Like the De Deckers, the man described Mr. Roberts as being "a great man." Thank you to all three for their help.      
  UPDATE, May 5 (morning): Derek Neal, of the University of Illinois' sports information department, checked old boxscores/stats and found that Cliff kicked no other field goals during his college career. Thank you, Derek.   
  UPDATED, May 4: According to school records found by Carolyn at Dobbins, Cliff was born 10/2/34 and lived for a while at 2020 N. 18th Street. That's around the corner from his eventual home on Fontain Street. Thank you, Carolyn.

MAY 1
TEDBIT
 
Here's a different look at "Our Guys" drafted by NFL teams over the last 43 years. YAG to the right stands for Years After Graduation. In this year's draft, Roman's Will Fuller and Penn Charter's Daryl Worley became the fourth and fifth guys to get picked just three years out of high school. Of course, there have been many fours (straight through) and fives (redshirted just because / suffered an injury / perhaps attended a prep school first). There have also been two sixes. Egan's Len Lynch suffered a severe knee injury in the spring of his senior year while playing in the Bucks County All-Star Game. He did not immediately enter college. His active seasons were 1981-82 and '84-'85. He missed '83 due to another injury. Joe Klecko played semi-pro football right out of St. James ('71). His active Temple seasons were '73 through '76, according to the school's media guide.

How Long After High School Graduation "Our Guys" Were Drafted, 1974-2016
Year Player School College NFL Team Rd. No. Pos. YAG
2016 Will Fuller Roman Notre Dame Houston 1 21 WR 3
2016 Daryl Worley Penn Charter West Virginia Carolina 3 77 DB 3
2013 Sharrif Floyd Washington Florida Minnesota 1 23 DL 3
2008 Steve Slaton Conwell-Egan West Virginia Houston 3 89 RB 3
2004 Kevin Jones O'Hara Virginia Tech Detroit 1 30 RB 3
2016 Jihad Ward Bok Illinois Oakland 2 44 DE 4
2016 Carl Nassib Malvern Penn State Cleveland 3 65 DE 4
2016 Will Parks Germantown Arizona Denver 6 219 DB 4
2015 Jaelen Strong West Catholic Arizona St. Houston 3 70 WR 4
2015 Ibraheim Campbell Chestnut Hill Northwestern Cleveland 4 115 DB 4
2006 Maurice Stovall Carroll Notre Dame Tampa Bay 3 90 WR 4
1999 Roderick Coleman Gratz East Carolina Oakland 5 153 LB 4
1993 Frank Wycheck Ryan Maryland Washington 6 160 TE 4
1987 Rich Gannon SJ Prep Delaware New England 4 98 QB 4
1987 Harry Swayne Dougherty Rutgers Tampa Bay 7 190 OL 4
1987 Chris Conlin McDevitt Penn St. Miami 5 132 OL 4
1985 Gerard Phelan Carroll Boston College New England 4 108 WR 4
1983 Mike McCloskey Judge Penn St. Houston 4 88 TE 4
1982 Emil Boures Kenrick Pitt Pittsburgh 7 182 OL 4
1981 David Martin Bartram Villanova Detroit 9 240 DB 4
1981 Carlos Bradley Germantown Wake Forest San Diego 11 300 LB 4
1980 Walt Bellamy Olney Virginia Mili. Inst. Atlanta 10 257 DB 4
1979 Tony Petruccio Egan Penn St. San Diego 10 265 DL 4
1979 Dave Jacobs Washington Syracuse Denver 12 325 K 4
1977 Jim Cooper Dougherty Temple Dallas 6 164 OL 4
1977 John Mastronardo La Salle Villanova Philadelphia 10 259 WR 4
1976 Gary Shugrue Carroll Villanova Detroit 11 307 DE 4
1976 Steve Ebbecke Frankford Villanova Philadelphia 13 358 DB 4
1975 John Zimba Judge Villanova Cleveland 5 109 DE 4
1974 John Cappelletti Bonner Penn St. Los Angeles 1 11 RB 4
1974 Don Clune O'Hara Penn    NY Giants 5 107 WR 4
1974 John Givens Carroll Villanova Atlanta 14 356 OL 4
2014 Tom Savage O'Hara Pitt Houston 4 135 QB 5
2013 Ryan Nassib Malvern Syracuse NY Giants 6 110 QB 5
2013 Earl Watford Gratz James Madison Arizona 6 116 OL 5
2013 Nick Moody Roman Florida St. San Francisco 6 180 DB 5
2008 Matt Ryan Penn Charter Boston College Atlanta 1 3 QB 5
2006 Jahri Evans Frankford Bloomsburg New Orleans 4 108 OL 5
2004 Bruce Perry Washington Maryland Philadelphia 7 242 RB 5
2003 Victor Hobson SJ Prep Michigan NY Jets 2 53 LB 5
2003 Bryan Anderson Bartram Pitt Chicago 7 261 DL 5
2002 Raheem Brock Dobbins Temple Philadelphia 7 238 DE 5
2000 Anthony Becht Bonner West Virginia NY Jets 1 27 TE 5
1996 Marvin Harrison Roman Syracuse Indianapolis 1 19 WR 5
1996 Lance Johnstone Germantown Temple Oakland 2 57 LB 5
1996 Jon Clark Bartram Temple Chicago 6 187 OL 5
1996 Keith Conlin La Salle Penn St. Indianapolis 6 191 OL 5
1995 Rich Owens Lincoln Lehigh Washington 5 152 DE 5
1995 Charles Way Northeast Virginia    NY Giants 6 206 FB 5
1992 James Brown Mastbaum Virginia St. Dallas 3 82 OL 5
1991 Erik Williams Bartram Central St. Dallas 3 70 OL 5
1990 Blair Thomas Frankford Penn St. NY Jets 1 2 RB 5
1990 Dwayne White Southern Alcorn NY Jets 7 167 OL 5
1989 Burt Grossman Carroll Pitt San Diego 1 8 DE 5
1982 Frank Naylor Wood Rutgers Seattle 12 313 OL 5
1981 Mike Mayock Haver. School Boston College Pittsburgh 10 265 DB 5
1979 Jim Ronan Carroll Minnesota Cleveland 6 163 DL 5
1974 Harvey McGee Dougherty Mississippi St. Dallas 11 280 WR 5
1974 Mike Dennery Dougherty Mississippi St. Oakland 13 330 LB 5
1986 Len Lynch Egan Maryland NY Giants 11 295 OL 6
1977 Joe Klecko St. James Temple NY Jets 6 144 DL 6

APRIL 30 (Evening)
TEDBIT
 
Four of the five "Our Guys" selected in this year's NFL draft were productive receivers during their high school careers. Roman's Will Fuller will still be a wideout in the pros, but Bok's Jihad Ward (DE), Penn Charter's Daryl Worley (CB) and Germantown's Will Parks (S) will spend their time on defense. (The fifth OG, Malvern's Carl Nassib, was a lineman in high school.) Check out the receiving stats in high school . . .

High School Receiving Stats for 2016 "OG" Draftees
Name School Rec. Yards TDs
Will Fuller Roman 135 2,380 27
Daryl Worley Penn Charter 84 1,373 13
Will Parks Germantown 51 841 8
Jihad Ward Bok 33 596 9
  Totals   303 5,190 57

APRIL 30
TEDBIT
 
Quite the two nights! Since 1974, 19 "Our Guys" have been selected in the first three rounds of the NFL draft. Four enjoyed going through that experience in the last two nights . . . 21 percent! Below are the details for the first-three-rounds guys. The Catholic League leads the way with 10 players, followed by the Public (six) and Inter-Ac (three). Four schools have produced two apiece -- Bonner, Carroll, Penn Charter and Roman. How cool is this? Roman wideout sensations Marvin Harrison (19) and Will Fuller (21) were picked two spots apart.

"Our Guys" Selected in the First Three Rounds of the NFL Draft, 1974-2016
Year Name School College NFL Team Rd. No. Pos.
1990 Blair Thomas Frankford Penn St. NY Jets 1 2 RB
2008 Matt Ryan Penn Charter Boston College Atlanta 1 3 QB
1989 Burt Grossman Carroll Pitt San Diego 1 8 DE
1974 John Cappelletti Bonner Penn St. Los Angeles 1 11 RB
1996 Marvin Harrison Roman Syracuse Indianapolis 1 19 WR
2016 Will Fuller Roman Notre Dame Houston 1 21 WR
2013 Sharrif Floyd Washington Florida Minnesota 1 23 DL
2000 Anthony Becht Bonner West Virginia NY Jets 1 27 TE
2004 Kevin Jones O'Hara Virginia Tech Detroit 1 30 RB
2016 Jihad Ward Bok Illinois Oakland 2 44 DE
2003 Victor Hobson SJ Prep Michigan NY Jets 2 53 LB
1996 Lance Johnstone Germantown Temple Oakland 2 57 LB
2016 Carl Nassib Malvern Penn State Cleveland 3 65 DE
2015 Jaelen Strong West Catholic Arizona St. Houston 3 70 WR
1991 Erik Williams Bartram Central St. Dallas 3 70 OL
2016 Daryl Worley Penn Charter West Virginia Carolina 3 77 DB
1992 James Brown Mastbaum Virginia St. Dallas 3 82 OL
2008 Steve Slaton Conwell-Egan West Virginia Houston 3 89 RB
2006 Maurice Stovall Carroll Notre Dame Tampa Bay 3 90 WR
Note: TE Mike McCloskey (Judge/Penn State) was picked in the 4th round by Houston in 1983, at spot No. 88

APRIL 29
TEDBIT
 
How cool would this be? Next fall, you're watching a Houston Texans' game on TV and the offense is moving down the field thanks to THREE members of the "Our Guys" posse!! Roman's Will Fuller at one WR spot. West Catholic's Jaelen Strong (Jaelen Strong-Rankin during his high school days) at another. With O'Hara's Tom Savage doing the throwing. Since 1974, Strong, Fuller and Savage are the first OG trio to be selected by the same team in consecutive years. In that time frame, there have been three duos in back-to-back years and three in same years. The most productive guys were James Brown (Mastbaum) and Erik Williams (Bartram). Alas, they were not teammates during their NFL careers. Though Brown was selected by the Cowboys, he did not make the roster. Thankfully, he found another opportunity and spent the '92 season on the Jets' practice squad. He then made his official debut in '93 and wound up playing 114 career games (86 starts) for assorted teams, mostly as a right tackle. Guess who blocked his path in Dallas? Williams. Erik was tabbed in the previous draft and he also was a right tackle. He had a great career -- 133 starts in 146 games -- and for a time was considered the NFL's very best lineman. Click here for a story about the day Erik returned to Bartram to be honored. And, yes, the Mike Mayock selected in 1981 is THE Mike Mayock (smile).      

Year Name School College Team Rd. No. Pos.
2016 Will Fuller Roman Notre Dame Houston 1 21 WR
2015 Jaelen Strong West Catholic Arizona St. Houston 3 70 WR
2014 Tom Savage O'Hara Pitt Houston 4 135 QB
             
1996 Marvin Harrison Roman Syracuse Indianapolis 1 19 WR
1996 Keith Conlin La Salle Penn St. Indianapolis 6 191 OL
             
1992 James Brown Mastbaum Virginia St. Dallas 3 82 OL
1991 Erik Williams Bartram Central St. Dallas 3 70 OL
             
1990 Blair Thomas Frankford Penn St. NY Jets 1 2 RB
1990 Dwayne White Southern Alcorn NY Jets 7 167 OL
             
1982 Emil Boures Kenrick Pitt Pittsburgh 7 182 OL
1981 Mike Mayock Haver. School Boston College Pittsburgh 10 265 DB
             
1977 John Mastronardo La Salle Villanova Philadelphia 10 259 WR
1976 Steve Ebbecke Frankford Villanova Philadelphia 13 358 DB

APRIL 28
TEDBIT
 
Will two "Our Guys" -- Notre Dame WR Will Fuller (Roman) and Illinois DE Jihad Ward (Bok) -- be selected in the first round of the NFL draft?
  Your predictions, as of 7:30 p.m. . .
  Paul Valcukas won the Fuller contest. Will was picked at No. 21 by Houston. Paul had him going 22nd.
  Jihad was not picked in the first round.

Name Fuller Ward
Ernie Gallagher No. 28 No. 25
Dan Solis-Cohen No. 24 (2nd rd.)
Kevin Lauer No. 24 (2nd rd.)
Paul Valcukas No. 22 No. 11
Ken Woodring (2nd rd.) (2nd rd.)
Pat McLoone No. 23 (2nd rd.)
Kieran Trainer No. 24 (2nd rd.)
Mark "Frog" Carfagno No. 28 (2nd rd.)

APRIL 19
TEDBIT

  Yesterday's nugget highlighted the fact that five "Our Guys" are projected by cbssports.com to be picked in the upcoming NFL draft. Now for Part II: All five played sports aside from football in high school and you should, too. Jihad Ward (Bok), Carl Nassib (Malvern) and Will Parks (Germantown) all made contributions in basketball while Will Fuller (Roman) and Daryl Worley (Penn Charter) did so in track. Some of those contributions were significant. Have you limited yourself to one sport? Not good. Roman product Marvin Harrison will soon be officially inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In high school, he was the basketball MVP of the Southern Division in 1991 and I remember that college football coaches routinely came to watch his hoops contests to get an appreciation for his overall athletic skills. And then there's Matt Ryan, the Atlanta Falcons' quarterback. While at Penn Charter, he was a third team All-City baseball honoree (infielder) and a starting forward for the Inter-Ac's 2003 championship basketball squad. By the way, that team included four future pros: Sean Singletary and Rob Kurz advanced to the NBA. The sixth man was Tony McDevitt and his sport for pay was lacrosse. Click here for a story that details the benefits of playing multiple sports. . . . UPDATE: As pointed out by Gerry Sasse, an assistant to PC's athletic directors, Tony played four varsity sports at Penn Charter. He was a wrestler and basketball player in the same season. Also, he never played lacrosse before entering PC. Beforehand, his spring sport was baseball. Sean was a great football player as a junior, but opted not to play as a senior. Rob dabbled as a shot-putter . . . As pointed out by website legend Jon "Duck" Gray, Will Parks was also a track mainstay at Germantown.

APRIL 18
TEDBIT
 
On cbssports.com, there are mock predictions for all seven rounds of the upcoming NFL draft. The list includes five "Our Guys" (two from schools that, sadly, no longer exist) and that many Pub/Cath/Int products have not been tabbed since 1974. The five current guys are listed right below. Below them you can see details on the years, from 1974-2015, in which at least three were picked. That has happened in seven years. In five years, at least one of the draftees was from a now-closed school.

Five "Our Guys" Projected by cbssports.com to Go in This Year's NFL Draft
Name School College Pos. Ht. Wt. Rating *Round
Will Fuller Roman Notre Dame WR 6-0 186 6.26 1st
Jihad Ward Bok Illinois DE 6-5 297 5.67 3rd
Carl Nassib Malvern Penn State DE 6-7 277 5.65 3rd
Daryl Worley Penn Charter West Virginia CB 6-1 204 5.35 6th
Will Parks Germantown Arizona S 6-1 194 5.18 5th
*-projected              

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Years With at Least Three "Our Guys" Draftees, 1974-2015
Year Name School College Team Rd. No. Pos.
2013 Sharrif Floyd Washington Florida Minnesota 1 23 DL
Ryan Nassib Malvern Syracuse NY Giants 6 110 QB
Earl Watford Gratz James Madison Arizona 6 116 OL
Nick Moody Roman Florida St. San Francisco 6 180 DB
1996 Marvin Harrison Roman Syracuse Indianapolis 1 19 WR
Lance Johnstone Germantown Temple Oakland 2 57 LB
Jon Clark Bartram Temple Chicago 6 187 OL
Keith Conlin La Salle Penn St. Indianapolis 6 191 OL
1987 Rich Gannon SJ Prep Delaware New England 4 98 QB
Harry Swayne Dougherty Rutgers Tampa Bay 7 190 OL
Chris Conlin McDevitt Penn St. Miami 5 132 OL
1981 David Martin Bartram Villanova Detroit 9 240 DB
Mike Mayock Haver. School Boston College Pittsburgh 10 265 DB
Carlos Bradley Germantown Wake Forest San Diego 11 300 LB
1979 Jim Ronan Carroll Minnesota Cleveland 6 163 DL
Tony Petruccio Egan Penn St. San Diego 10 265 DL
Dave Jacobs Washington Syracuse Denver 12 325 K
1977 Joe Klecko St. James Temple NY Jets 6 144 DL
Jim Cooper Dougherty Temple Dallas 6 164 OL
John Mastronardo La Salle Villanova Philadelphia 10 259 WR
1974 John Cappelletti Bonner Penn St. Los Angeles 1 11 RB
Don Clune O'Hara Penn    NY Giants 5 107 WR
Harvey McGee Dougherty Mississippi St. Dallas 11 280 WR
Mike Dennery Dougherty Mississippi St. Oakland 13 330 LB
John Givens Carroll Villanova Atlanta 14 356 OL

APRIL 16
TEDBIT
  The release that accompanied this list . . .
    April 16, 2016 --- The Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association (PSFCA) in conjunction with the Big 33 Classic, has released its annual listing of top high school football prospects for the class of 2017. This list of 105 student athletes who are rising seniors from across the state, compiled for the sixth straight year, represents a cooperative effort on the part of representatives from PSFCA — district directors, coaches and other functions of the association. It is the only list of its kind to be compiled exclusively by high school coaches.
    This year’s list reflects balance in every position, reinforcing that Pennsylvania consistently turns out quality student athletes who are solid college prospects," said PSFCA member and Philadelphia area coach Mark Schmidt. "We look forward to seeing them excel both on and off the field in the coming year."

PENNSYLVANIA TOP HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PROSPECTS
"CLASS OF 2017"
  Compiled by: Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association (PSFCA)
in conjunction with the Big 33 Football Classic
First Name Last Name School Position Height Weight
Quarterback/Athlete      
Nasir Boykin Imhotep Charter QB 6'1" 192
Kevin Doyle Malvern Prep QB 6'3" 210
Rob King Father Judge QB/Ath. 6'1" 180
Kyle McCloskey Germantown Academy QB 6'4" 210
Running Backs      
Amir Lewis Imhotep Charter RB 5'9" 180
Syaire Madden La Salle RB 5'10" 205
D'Andre Swift St. Joseph's Prep RB 5'10" 205
Wide Receivers/Defensive Backs      
Dajone Averett West Catholic DB 6'3" 200
Amadou Barry West Catholic WR/DB 5'10" 170
Aamir Brown Imhotep Charter WR 5'9" 179
Mike Crawford Imhotep Charter DB 6'0" 188
Mark Webb Archbishop Wood WR 6'3" 200
Tight Ends/Defensive Ends      
None          
OLine/DLine      
None          
Linebackers      
Amin Black Imhotep Charter LB 5'11" 224
Kickers          
None          

APRIL 15
TEDBIT
 
In the April 18-25 issue, Sports Illustrated published its predictions for the first two rounds of the upcoming NFL draft. SI feels Notre Dame WR Will Fuller (Roman) will go to the Vikings at No. 54 in the second round and that Illinois DE Jihad Ward (Bok) will go to the Packers just three picks later, at No. 57. In drafts from 1974-2015, only two "Our Guys" were tabbed in the second round. Eight, meanwhile, were first-rounders. Here's hoping Will and Jihad wind up on this list!

Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac Products Selected in the NFL Draft's First Two Rounds, 1974-2015
Year Name School College Team Rd No. Pos
2013 Sharrif Floyd Washington Florida Minnesota 1 23 DL
2008 Matt Ryan Penn Charter Boston College Atlanta 1 3 QB
2004 Kevin Jones O'Hara Virginia Tech Detroit 1 30 RB
2003 Victor Hobson SJ Prep Michigan NY Jets 2 53 LB
2000 Anthony Becht Bonner West Virginia NY Jets 1 27 TE
1996 Marvin Harrison Roman Syracuse Indianapolis 1 19 WR
Lance Johnstone Germantown Temple Oakland 2 57 LB
1990 Blair Thomas Frankford Penn St. NY Jets 1 2 RB
1989 Burt Grossman Carroll Pitt San Diego 1 8 DE
1974 John Cappelletti Bonner Penn St. Los Angeles 1 11 RB

FEB. 8
TEDBIT
 
O'Hara product Corey Brown now owns the record for most receiving yards by an "Our Guy" (Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac) in a Super Bowl. Unfortunately, the play that gave him the mark also ended his night. With 8:18 left in the third quarter, Brown zipped downfield and made a leaping/backward catch for a 42-yard gain. But the back of Corey's helmet crashed hard against the ground as the play wrapped up and, soon, he was heading to the locker room and being diagnosed with a concussion. His Carolina Panthers wound up losing to the Denver Broncos, 24-10. Only three "Our Guys" have made catches in Super Bowls. Roman's Marvin Harrison, who was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday night, and Ryan's Frank Wycheck made five snags apiece, but their yardage totals were not as high as Brown's. Great performance, Corey. Hope you feel better soon.

"Our Guys" With Catches in Super Bowls
Name School No. Team Opponent Rec. Yds TDs LG W-L Score
Corey Brown O'Hara 50 Carolina Denver 4 80 0 42 L 24-10
Marvin Harrison Roman 41 Indianapolis Chicago 5 59 0 22 W 29-17
Frank Wycheck Ryan 34 Tennessee St. Louis 5 35 0 13 L 23-16

JAN. 26 (Late Morning)
TOMBIT
 
This tribute to the late Vince McAneney was written by Tommy DeFelice, who starred at quarterback for Vince at West Catholic and later enjoyed much coaching success at Bok Tech. It was posted on the Facebook page of Tommy's daughter, Natalie DeFelice Maher, and offered to us by website legend Mark "Frog" Carfagno, Tommy's long-time friend.

DREAMING BEYOND THE END ZONE
COACH MAC
  There is a lot of quiet pride in our hearts today. The passing of our coach, Vince McAneney, has rallied numerous teammates and friends to share their treasured moments. Though time and distance has separated us, the intangible values that were instilled upon us during our high school careers will remain with us forever.
  People come in and out of our lives on a daily basis but the effect they have on us is permanent. Coach Mac had the ability to transfer his love and knowledge to all. To coach, to teach, to discipline and then continue to lead is a gift. Coach had that gift. Our coach had the skill to develop leaders and make a tremendous difference in our lives. He would raise the bar and awaken everyone around him to rise above their failures. These experiences enabled everyone to gain strength through their adversities.
  The Quiet Pride that we have at this moment is what Coach Mac was all about. The confidence we possess in who and what we are without the need to say a word is a reflection of the beliefs he demonstrated both on and off the field.
  Some people live a lifetime in a minute. For my teammates and I, our time with our Coach was an eternity. Our coach was a disciplinarian whose role was to guide, direct, comfort, console and then discipline. He always said that most students come to school with an equal dose of potential. What made the difference was opportunity. He provided every student athlete that opportunity.
  Coach Mac always created high expectations and set numerous standards for all of his student athletes. These demands helped us develop poise and self-confidence. He allowed us to dream and become the most positive and enthusiastic person possible. His philosophy was, “Life is a series of contests and teamwork is the essence of life.” This philosophy resonates in all of his players. He always told us that life is not a race, but indeed a journey. He believed that dreaming was a necessity, because dreaming allowed you to become that which you aspired to be.
  Coach Mac was our teacher and coach on and off the field. He was our beacon of hope and our guide to follow the correct principles in our journey of life. He would never diminish one's self-esteem, only enhance it. As our coach, he taught us how to block and tackle, more importantly, he inspired and motivated us to reach our potential and believe in the power of love and respect for all.
Our Coach Is The Ultimate Model Of Consistency.
Vince McAneney, thank you for being COACH MAC and allowing us to DREAM BEYOND THE END ZONE!
With Admiration and Appreciation,
Tommy DeFelice

JAN. 26
TEDBIT
  Corey Brown's
feat in Sunday's NFC final provided inspiration for more research. His 86-yard TD catch was the longest in the post-season by a Philly guy, but perhaps you were wondering, "Is it the longest overall, as well?" The answer is no, but it does claim the No. 4 spot. No. 1 happened just two seasons ago when Northeast grad Brent Grimes returned an interception 94 yards. All seven TDs of at least 80 yards are listed below. The most amazing guy on the list is Irvin "Bo" Roberson, a product of John Bartram ('53). While there, he starred in football, basketball (first team All-Pub with Wilt Chamberlain and Guy Rodgers) and track and performed so well in the classroom that he earned his way to Cornell, of the Ivy League. He pulled off the three-sport feat while there as well, then concentrated on track. How'd that go? He placed second (by one centimeter) in the long jump in the 1960 Summer Olympics, in Rome!! In '61, Bo embarked on a grid career in the ol' American Football League, which later merged with the NFL. He posted his 87-yard kickoff return in '62. According to numerous sources, he is the only person to earn an Ivy League degree, an Olympic medal and a doctorate (at age 58) while also having a pro football career. In '65, he played wideout for the Buffalo Bills, the AFL champs. The Bills blanked the San Diego Chargers, 23-0, in the final and Roberson made three catches for 88 yards. Click here for a wonderful story about Bo's memorable life. You know the deal. If I missed someone . . . tedtee307@yahoo.com.  

TDs of at Least 80 Yards by Philly's NFL/AFL Players
Name School Occasion Date Team Opponent Dist. Kind W-L Score
Brent Grimes Northeast Reg. Season 10/31/13 Miami Cincinnati 94 Int. Won *22-20
Wendell Tucker Franklin Reg. Season 11/9/69 Los Angeles San Francisco 93 Rec. Won 41-30
Irvin "Bo" Roberson Bartram Reg. Season 9/30/62 Oakland San Diego 87 KO Lost 42-33
Corey Brown O'Hara Conf. Final 1/24/16 Carolina Arizona 86 Rec. Won 49-15
Angelo Coia #Northeast Reg. Season 11/15/64 Washington Pittsburgh 80 Rec. Won 30-0
Marvin Harrison Roman Reg. Season 11/28/05 Indianapolis Pittsburgh 80 Rec. Won 26-7
Herb Adderley #Northeast Reg. Season 10/26/69 Green Bay Atlanta 80 Int. Won 28-10
#-old location, 8th & Lehigh
*-overtime

JAN. 25
TEDBIT
 
If you're going to break a record, might as well smithereens it. In last night's NFC final vs. the Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers wide receiver Corey Brown (O'Hara) used a speedy dash to turn a medium-distance catch into an 86-yard touchdown. That's the longest receiving TD ever posted in a playoff by a Philly guy, breaking 46 by future Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison (Roman) in a 2003 wild card game. Coincidentally, Corey is still called "Philly" in some circles because that was his nickname at Ohio State. That school's squad included another player named Corey Brown and he went by "Pittsburgh" based on his hometown. As you'll see below, all playoff receiving TDs by Philly guys occurred in victories. Pretty cool. The only running back on the list is Gratz product Leroy Kelly, whose brother, Harold "Pat" Kelly, played major league baseball. Jack Ferrante's school remains a mystery. Wherever he went, he did not finish, never played football and reached the NFL, where he enjoyed a productive career, after turning heads in independent play. One thing I found to be very strange: Harrison scored just two TDs (in the same game) in 16 postseason outings. Overall, he made 65 catches for 883 yards for a 13.6 average, according to stats on http://www.pro-football-reference.com/. Yo, Peyton, would it have killed you to throw him the ball in the red zone? (smile) You know the deal. If I missed someone . . . tedtee307@yahoo.com. (I guess there's a possibility some big grunt scored on a tackle-eligible play.)

NFL Postseason Receiving TDs by Philly Guys
Name School Year Team Opponent Occasion Dist. Rec.-Yds W-L Score
Corey Brown O'Hara 2015 Carolina Arizona Conference Final 86 4-113 Won 49-15
Marvin Harrison Roman 2003 Indianapolis Denver Wild Card 46 7-133 Won 41-10
Leroy Kelly Gratz 1968 Cleveland Dallas Conference Final 45 2-46 Won 31-20
Jack Ferrante ?? 1947 Eagles Pittsburgh Conference Final 28 5-73 Won 21-0
Marvin Harrison Roman 2003 Indianapolis Denver Wild Card 23 7-133 Won 41-10
Anthony Becht Bonner 2004 NY Jets San Diego Wild Card 13 1-13 Won *20-17
Frank Wycheck Ryan 2002 Tennessee Pittsburgh Conference Semi 7 10-123 Won *34-31
*-overtime                  

JAN. 13
TEDBIT
 
About a week ago, six-year NFL linebacker Dan Connor, a first-magnitude star at Strath Haven and Penn State, was named Carroll's new head coach. Below are more pro players who've guided the football squads at Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac schools. It's possible more will be added. I put this together on the fly. Two rather amazing nuggets: Franny Murray was Penn Charter's coach BEFORE he played in the NFL. Jack Hinkle was Gratz' head coach WHILE he played in the NFL. He guided the Bulldogs in the 1944 season while playing halfback for the Eagles, posting an 0-7 record. He announced he was stepping down in late August of 1945 while the Eagles were holding training camp at West Chester. Jack's son, Jordy (RIP), was a feisty/entertaining quarterback at the ol' Bishop Kenrick, in Norristown. He graduated in 1975. Bill "Skip" Singletary, now the coach at Washington after many years as an assistant, earned All-American honors at Temple for his play at guard and was the first Owl to have his number (64) retired. Tony Di Midio (RIP), one of the greatest men you could ever hope to meet, played in the first Super Bowl for the Kansas City Chiefs.
  UPDATES: Late morning, 1/13. Stan Cofall has been added . . . 1/26. Thanks to Keith Hines for reminding me that Tony Di Midio also spent a stretch as the coach at George Washington.

NFL Players Who Were Head Coaches at Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac Schools
Name School College Years in NFL Coached Years League Overall
Stan Cofall East Tech (Cleve.) Notre Dame 1920 Roman 1922-24 9-2-1 21-2-4
Dave DiFilippo West Catholic Villanova 1941 St. Thomas More 1953-54 2-12 4-13
Tony Di Midio Upper Darby West Chester 1966-67 Roman 1974-76 2-19 6-23-1
        Washington 1978-81 8-9-1 15-17-1
        Gratz 1984-85 6-6 10-9
        Olney 1991-92 5-5 14-6-1
           Total 21-39-1 45-55-3
Gerry Feehery O'Hara Syracuse 1983-88 O'Hara 1991-93 7-14 7-22
Jack Ferrante None None 1941/44-50 Bonner 1956-61 34-14-4 40-14-4
Jack Hinkle Milton (Pa.) Syracuse 1940-41/43-47 Gratz 1944 0-6 0-7
Franny Murray SJ Prep Penn 1939-40 Penn Charter 1937 1-3 2-6
Al Postus St. Thomas More Villanova 1945 St. Thomas More 1948 2-6 2-7
        Bonner 1962-63 4-1-1 8-9-1
        Kenrick 1965-68 4-24 10-27
           Total 10-31-1 20-43-1
Ken Simendinger La Salle Lehigh/H. Cross 1926 North Catholic 1930-40 38-17-9 62-22-12
Bill "Skip" Singletary Wilson (Camden, NJ) Temple 1974 Washington 2015 1-6 3-9

JAN. 11
COMBOBIT (With Huck)
 
A while back, we posted a list of multiple, first-team All-City honorees. Ed "Huck" Palmer and I then got together and decided to pick the Top 10 players in this decade, based on high school performance. All went well. No arguments. No major differences. We bobbed and weaved, back-and-forthed a little and here we are . . .
Roman's William Fuller (he said he preferred William in high school; now he goes by Will -- smile) and SJ Prep's John Reid earned first team All-City honors three times. The other eight were two-timers.     

Rank Name School Sr. Year Pos. Available Stats
No. 1 William Fuller Roman 2012 Rec. 135-2,380-27, games of 276/232
No. 2 John Reid SJ Prep 2014 DB 15 interceptions
No. 3 Mike McGlinchey Penn Charter 2012 OL  
No. 4 Jimmy Herron La Salle 2014 Rec. 156-2,333-33
No. 5 Ryan Bates Wood 2014 OL  
No. 6 Matt Galambos Haverford School 2012 LB 104 tackles as sr.
No. 7 Jarrett McClenton Wood 2014 RB 434-4,529-73
No. 8 Deandre Scott Imhotep 2013 DB 13 interceptions
No. 9 Dox Aitken Haverford School 2015 *DB-Rec. 81-1,636-21, 9 interceptions
No. 10 Zaire Franklin La Salle 2013 LB  

JAN. 10
TEDBIT
 
After just one season, Dan Concannon is no longer Neumann-Goretti's football coach. Since 1970, he is the 11th coach to have a one-year stint -- or one game, in the case of O'Hara's John Ward in 2014-- at a Catholic League school. Some of these guys were filling in for others on sabbatical. Some were also head coaches at other CL schools, before or after. Some walked into difficult situations. The most memorable performance was turned in by Bob "Sparky" Faries at O'Hara in 1980. After Bob Ewing was forced to step aside due to health issues after three games, Faries led the Lions to the CL championship. Two coaches not listed below: St. Thomas More's Nick Robak in 1970 and Kenrick's Bob Wagner in 1988. Those guys were in their first season at those schools. Then, both schools dropped out of the CL for football but continued to have a varsity program. Robak and Wagner, who'd earlier been in charge at Egan and Roman, were still guiding those teams in the following season. Also not listed: Guys with one season at a school, then more thereafter at the same school.

The CL's One-and-Done Club, 1970-2015
Name School Year League Overall
*-Bob "Sparky" Faries O'Hara 1980 7-0 9-1
Bill Edger Judge 1986 5-2-1 6-4-1
Paul Hackney Dougherty 1994 2-5 4-6
*-Frank McArdle Sr. Neumann 1994 4-2-1 6-4-1
Bob McNally Dougherty 2002 0-7 1-9
Jim Burner Bonner 2006 0-7 0-11
Karl Stout McDevitt 2014 0-4 3-7
Paul Strus O'Hara 2014 1-3 1-8
John Ward O'Hara 2014 0-0 0-1
*-Chalie Szydlik Neum.-Gor. 2014 3-1 9-5
Dan Concannon Neum.-Gor. 2015 0-4 2-9
*-Also served as the head coach at another CL school

JAN. 4
TEDBIT
 
West Catholic product Jaelen Strong yesterday completed his rookie NFL season with six catches for 56 yards while playing for the Houston Texans for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He finished the season with 14 snags for 161 yards and three TDs. Among Philly rookies since 1960, he ranks 10th in total catches and fourth in YPC/TDs. As you'll see on the list below, three of the top six guys in total catches played running back. At West, Jaelen was known as Strong-Rankin. His late father, John Rankin, was a basketball star for West ('85).
  UPDATED: My apologies to Corey Brown. When I first looked up his stats, I wrote down postseason stuff instead of regular season and those numbers (five catches, 61 yards) left him short. His regular season was quite productive. Thanks to Paul Strus for speaking up. Strus, formerly an assistant and head coach at O'Hara, spent the 2015 season guiding kickers/punters at Springfield Delco and Sun Valley.

Top Receiving Performances by Philly Rookies in the NFL, 1960-2015
Name School Team Pos. Year Rec. Yards YPC TD
Marvin Harrison Roman Indianapolis Rec. 1996 64 836 13.1 8
Steve Slaton Conwell-Egan Houston RB 2008 50 377 7.5 1
Kevin Jones O'Hara Detroit RB 2004 28 180 6.4 1
Angelo Coia Northeast Chicago Rec. 1960 25 478 19.1 4
Corey Brown O'Hara Carolina Rec. 2014 21 296 14.1 2
Blair Thomas Frankford  NY Jets RB 1990 20 204 10.2 1
Anthony Becht Bonner NY Jets Rec. 2000 16 144 9 2
Mike McCloskey Judge Houston Rec. 1983 16 137 8.6 1
Frank Wycheck Ryan Washington Rec. 1993 16 113 7.1 0
Jaelen Strong West Catholic Houston Rec. 2015 14 161 11.5 3

JAN. 3
TEDBIT

  As the Eagles today beat the New York Giants, 35-30, in North Jersey, they were head-coached by the father of a current or former Catholic League athlete for the third time in 41 seasons. From 1973 to '75, the Eagles were steered by Mike McCormack. In the 1975-76 school year, his son, also Mike, earned third team coaches' All-Catholic basketball honors (9.3 scoring average) as a frontcourt guy for Archbishop Carroll. (He scored in two CL games in 1974-75, totaling five points. Not positive, but I don't think he played football at Carroll. I checked the roster for '75 and he's not on it). The Birds' coach from 1999 through 2012 was Andy Reid. His son, Spencer, as a running back, played two years of varsity football for St. Joseph's Prep. As a junior in the '09 season, he rushed 65 times for 416 yards and six TDs. He had a memorable performance vs. Ryan, turning 14 carries into 176 yards and four TDs. His sophomore action was minimal: five carries, seven yards, no TDs. (He transferred to Harriton, in Lower Merion, for his senior year.) Today's coach is Pat Shurmur, formerly the offensive coordinator. He was elevated earlier this week after Chip Kelly was axed. Pat's son, Kyle, was La Salle's QB starter (plus, a star swimmer) in the 2013 and '14 seasons. All he did was pass 380-for-619 for 4,996 yards and 53 TDs while twice earning second team Daily News All-City honors. This season he appeared in five games for Vanderbilt, passing 44-for-103 for 503 yards and five TDs.

JAN. 2
TEDBIT
 
In the last two seasons, 19 players have earned first team Daily News All-City honors for a second time (or third time, in the case of 2015 SJ Prep grad John Reid). From 2007 through '13 (seven seasons), only 18 had done so. The total for 2000 through '06 was 21. Below are the names/details for all multi-first-teamers in this century. Most guys earned honors at the same position. If not, a guy's position for his first year on the team is listed to the left, followed by the second. It'll be cool to see some (many?) of these other guys advance to the NFL. Among those with major possibilities (probabilities? smile) is Roman product William Fuller, who also earned first team honors three times.

Multiple First Team All-City Honorees in This Century
Pos. Name School(s) Years
*-advanced to NFL    
SENIORS IN 2000    
Rec.-DB Steve Holmes Germantown Academy  1999-00
Rec.  Ramon Mills Edward Bok 1999-00
RB *Kevin Jones Cardinal O'Hara 1999-00
MP Joe McCourt Roman Catholic 1999-00
K Marty Higgins Archbishop Carroll 1999-00
DL Jeff Vanak Archbishop Carroll 1999-00
SENIORS IN 2001    
L John Connors SJ Prep 2000-01
L Mike "Tuna" Bucella Cardinal O'Hara 2000-01
RB Kyle Ambrogi SJ Prep 2000-01
P-K Brendan Carney Malvern Prep 2000-01
LB Maurice Bennett George Washington 2000-01
SENIORS IN 2002    
  None    
SENIORS IN 2002-03    
RB *Curtis "Boonah" Brinkley West Catholic 2002-03
LB Brian Tracz SJ Prep 2002-03
SENIORS IN 2003-04    
L Matt Lowry Cardinal O'Hara 2003-04
RB *Steve Slaton Conwell-Egan 2003-04
DL-L Marques Slocum Neumann/West Catholic 2003-04
LB Joe Rosati Episcopal 2003-04
SENIORS IN 2005    
DB John Maddox West Catholic 2004-05
SENIORS IN 2006    
QB Chris Whitney SJ Prep 2005-06
P Eric Muller Penn Charter 2005-06
DL-L Paul Ostick Malvern Prep 2005-06
SENIORS IN 2007    
RB Rashad Campbell Chestnut Hill 2006-07
DL Jewhan Edwards Roman Catholic 2006-07
SENIORS IN 2008    
MP-RB Rob Hollomon West Catholic 2007-08
SENIORS IN 2009    
L-DL *Sharrif Floyd George Washington 2008-09
Seth Betancourt SJ Prep 2008-09
QB Drew Loughery La Salle 2008-09
RB *Ibraheim Campbell Chestnut Hill 2008-09
SENIORS IN 2010    
  None    
SENIORS IN 2011    
L Frank Taylor Archbishop Wood 2010-11
L-DL Connor Mahoney Malvern Prep 2010-11
RB Desmon Peoples Archbishop Wood 2010-11
SENIORS IN 2012    
L Mike McGlinchey Penn Charter 2011-12
Rec William Fuller Roman Catholic

2010-11-12

RB David Williams West Catholic/Imhotep 2011-12
K Nick Visco