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OCT. 31
Penn Charter 42, Episcopal 35

  Excuse the baseball reference, but today felt as great for the Quakers as a last-day, doubleheader sweep to win a pennant. The morning featured a walk-through practice on the new turf field by Notre Dame -- and OPC '13 Mike Glinchey, a starting offensive tackle -- in preparation for the nationally televised game (8 o'clock start) against Temple. The afternoon offered a stirring victory that featured vintage performances by. jr. QB Mike "Neeko" Hnatkoswky and jr. WR Chris Tucker along with erasures of 14-0 (very early) and 35-34 (very late) deficits. The folks who were around for both events will never this special combo. Wearing special T-shirts prepared for the occasion, PC's players watched ND's practice from the new stands across the way from the main building. The practice ended at about 11 and that meant time had to be killed. Once the game began, one had to wonder whether the Quakers were still basking in the Fighting Irish glow and/or a shade wiped out because they'd been on campus for roughly five hours. EA sr. handyman Christian Feliziani caught the opening kickoff next to the left-side hash mark and . . . 90 impressive yards later . . . scored in the right corner of the end zone. Then, with 3:02 left in that first stanza, Feliziani recorded a 75-yard TD on a pass from jr. QB CJ McAnally (like Neeko, he's a lefty; his final stats were 10-for-15 for a 253 yards). Talk about wrecking a good day. Luckily for PC, the bad vibrations didn't last. The Quakers seized the second quarter by 21-7 and their three scores were posted within 7 minutes. Hnatkowsky hit sr. TE Evan Ferrell (11 yards) and Tucker (70 and 14 yards) for the three scores and a fumble recovery by soph DB Terence Thompson set up that last one; jr. DE Luke Stansfield had knocked the ball free in the aftermath of a bad-snap scramble. EA scored at 0:23 on a 39-yard, jump-ball catch by Feliziani. All he did was finish the half with 255 yards on six touches! (And 306 on 10 for the game. OutSTANDing!) To start the third quarter, PC notched a 29-yard TD catch by jr. WR Denarii Beard (right-side swing pass; quality tight-roping along the sideline) and the Churchdudes answered with a 3-yard run by sr. RB Dee Barlee. The Quakers scored again 98 seconds into the fourth quarter as Hnatkowsky hit Tucker, who was maybe the third (or even fourth) option, on a 4-yard toss into the near left corner. Alas, the kick by sr. Colin Mattice sailed wide and the door was left ajar. And here came EA! Sixty-five yards were covered in 12 plays. A correct interference call on fourth and 10 placed the ball on the 12. Barlee barreled right up the middle for a 10-yard TD on second down and the PAT by jr. Connor Ringwalt made it 35-34 with 5:52 showing. Sr. RB Jake McCain, one of McGlinchey's MANY cousins, provided quick hope with a 17-yard burst. Two plays later Tucker went long and -- yes! -- made a soaring snatch worth 42 yards to EA's 3. McCain gained one yard, then another. But on third down, Neeko was stopped just short of the goal line -- roughly four inches -- and Mattice trotted onto the field to try a field goal. Toot! The Quakers called time and switched gears to the classic, power-straight-ahead quarterback sneak. One yard officially. Four inches really. Touchdown! The conversion yielded two points thanks to Neeko's flip to Jake. All day, pretty much, PC was victimized by passes straight down the middle and, truthfully, most were misplayed by defenders who didn't turn around in time and/or didn't execute proper jumps. Fiiiiiiinally. Twenty-seven yards downfield, Beard exhibited perfect timing and ball-hungryness (is that a word? smile) and made what turned out to be a clinching interception at 1:36. So now, after having lost 10 consecutive I-A games over three seasons, PC owns two wins in a row. Thanks largely to a 14-of-15 stretch, Hnatkowsky finished 17-for-21 (81 percent) for 327 yards (10 short of his school record) and five TDs. While honoring the memory of his grandfather, Stephen Greene, who passed away this past Monday, "Tuck" ("We were VERY close") turned six catches into 163 yards and three TDs and came within three yards of a fourth. Sr. handyman Cody Sweeney racked up 70 yards on four snags and McCain rushed 18 times for 104 yards. Right after Feliziani returned the opening kickoff for the 90-yard score, a PC fan bellowed, "They just punched you in the mouth on your home field! How you gonna respond?!" Answer: Pretty darn well . . . eventually. Among the legends on campus in the morning and/or afternoon: Jim Burner, Bill Gallagher (played for Notre Dame; coached PC and EA; quite the hat trick), Ed Malandro, Bob Rosania, Jim Rullo and Armand Vanore (reporting for a football website). Special congrats to Ed Foley for doing the heavy lifting involved with assuring ND would visit PC.

PC's starting offense . . . 
QB Mike "Neeko Hnatkowsky
TB Jake McCain
SB Denarii Beard
Chris Tucker
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 . . .
Luke Stansfield
E Kenny Bergmann
Ronnie Ross
L Harold Anderson
OLB Trajan Womack
OLB Terence Thompson
ILB Jake McCain
ILB Brendan Pell
CB Zahmir Murray
CB John Washington
S Denarii Beard

OCT. 31
Much fanfare is being directed Will Fuller's way and that's great to see/hear. The star jr. WR for Notre Dame is a full-tilt class act and during his career at Roman (2013 grad) I never heard one person say anything remotely negative about him. However, this is not the first time in this century that one of "Our Guys" has done very well at pass-catching for the Fighting Irish and I feel it's time to again show some respect for Maurice Stovall. Young bucks won't know much, if anything, about him, but he was quite the wideout for Carroll (2002 grad) and Notre Dame before spending seven seasons in the NFL. The high school and college stats for Fuller and Stovall are below. While slapping the numbers together, I kept wondering, "Is Will a whole lot more productive than Maurice was?" Keep in mind: Just over the last decade, passing numbers have increased like crazy in most (all?) levels of football. How do the numbers compare? Here we go . . . At ND so far in three seasons, the QBs during Will's career have combined to pass for 8,874 yards. Will has racked up 1,956 yards, so his percentage is 22.0. Maurice -- known as "Bird" to many because he was very thin as a little guy -- posted 2,195 yards for QBs who totaled 10,993 yards over four seasons. That percentage is 19.97, which rounds up to 20. Pretty darn close. Plus, Maurice's 2004 season was limited to nine games. Bird's dad, also named Maurice, was a quality lineman at Bartram, earning second team All-City honors in 1978. I hope all in the family are doing well! Ditto for Will and his people. It'll be so cool to watch him play vs. Temple tonight! (On TV. Not in person -- smile).

Maurice Stovall's Carroll/Notre Dame Stats
Year Cat. Yards YPC TDs
2000 19 433 22.8 6
2001 31 743 24 9
  AC 50 1,176 23.5 15
2002 18 312 17.3 3
2003 22 421 19.1 3
2004 21 313 14.9 1
2005 69 1,149 16.7 11
  ND 130 2,195 16.9 18
  180 3,371 18.7 33
Will Fuller's Roman/Notre Dame Stats
Year Cat. Yards YPC TDs
2010 32 692 21.6 9
2011 46 758 16.5 10
2012 57 930 16.3 8
  RC 135 2,380 17.6 27
2013 6 160 26.7 1
2014 76 1,094 14.4 15
2015 32 702 21.9 8
  ND 114 1,956 17.2 24
  249 4,336 17.4 51

OCT. 30
The Duke-out of Delco will again take place tonight -- 7 at Upper Darby High -- and Bonner-Prendie will be looking to extend its recent mini-run of success. After losing 20 of the previous 23 meetings through the 2013 regular season, the Friars captured the '13 playoff by a score of 41-38 and the '14 contest in the regular season by a score of 33-13. The series began in 1965 and O'Hara owns a 39-20 advantage. Due to playoffs, the teams have met twice in nine seasons. Three times have tables been turned in the second meeting (by O'Hara in '81, by Bonner in '89 and '13). In the games in '78 and '79, only five total points were scored! O'Hara won by 3-0, then by 2-0. The Lions also claimed a 2-0 victory in '75. In the teams' first 10 meetings, Bonner went 7-3. O'Hara swept six straight from 1975-80, then eight in a row from 1983-89 (one playoff mixed in). In three games vs. O'Hara, 2015 B-P grad Collin DiGalbo rang up 1,059 yards and 14 TDs! He passed 44-for-75 for 765 and nine while rushing 50 for 294 and five. At 6:30 tonight, B-P will hold a ceremony to retire the No. 6 jersey worn by 2008 grad Dave Garrison. Dave, then a freshman at the University of West Virginia, died in January 2009 of injuries suffered in an automobile accident. Click here for a Tribute Page from this website. RIP, Dave . . . Here are the top performances in rushing/passing/receiving from 1982-2014:

Top Performances in O'Hara/Bonner(B-P) Series, 1982-2014
RUSHING         PASSING         RECEIVING      
Jeff Morelli Bonn 238 1991   Collin DiGalbo B-P 326 2013   Chris Hemmert Bonn 155 1993
*-Kevin Jones O'H 222 1998   Mike Mitros Bonn 286 1994   Mike Ockimey B-P 136 2013
John Dempsey O'H 192 2005   Collin DiGalbo B-P 273 2014   Joe Oquendo B-P 127 2014
*-Kevin Jones O'H 172 1998   Mike Mitros Bonn 243 1993   Chris Hooper Bonn 125 2007
Max Ferguson O'H 161 2014   Mike Mitros Bonn 219 1994   *-Anthony Becht Bonn 118 1994
Drew Schiller Bonn 153 2003   Iggy Schmitt Bonn 197 2007   Kyle Dawson B-P 110 2013
Art Condodina O'H 152 1984   Keith Cadden O'H 189 1991   Rich Toal O'H 109 1985
J.T. Blyden O'H 152 2013   Dashawn Darden O'H 188 2011   Chris Morrell O'H 104 1986
Collin DiGalbo B-P 143 2013   *Tom Savage O'H 178 2007   Frank Serratore Bonn 98 1994
*Corey Brown O'H 142 2008   *Tom Savage O'H 167 2008   Chris Hemmert Bonn 94 1994
  *-played in NFL

OCT. 29
Penn Charter 39, SCH Academy 12
First MS Game on New Turf Field

  Casey Jones is providing more than good assistant coaching to PC's varsity. His son, Kyle, is an eighth grader for the middle school team and he turned in quite the performance as the Quakers rolled to victory. Kyle was the starting QB for coach Ed "Bumper" Foley, but he also played some running back (and even fullback close to the goal line). End result: He turned 11 carries into 171 yards and two TDs while racking up three runs of 40-plus yards -- 44, 52 for a TD, and 42. At LB, he blocked a PAT, was involved in three stops behind the line of scrimmage and, while dropping back in pass coverage, made a deflection that helped to produce a 90-yard pick-six for seventh grader Marvin Harrison. Wait. Marvin Harrison? Yes, he's the son of the future NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver from Roman. Lil' Marvin had two interceptions on the day. PC's other TDs were scored by eighth grader Isaiah Meyer on a 36-yard pass from seventh grader Cameron Pygatt and by eighth grader Marcellus "Warsaw" Poland on a 61-yard run and 44-yard interception return. Eighth grader Noah Evans had an interesting first quarter. After the first TD, he was lined up to kick when a shaky snap ruined those plans. All he did was gain possession and power ahead for one point. After the next TD, out of Pygatt's hold, he did nail the PAT for two points. (Those are the rules in middle school games -- two for kicks, one for runs/passes.) SCH's TDs were scored by Zion "Hank Aaron" Spearman on a 77-yard kickoff return (he was a member of the famous Taney Dragons in the summer of 2014) and by KeShawn Williams on a 9-yard run. SCH is now being guided by Ed Aversa, formerly a long-time varsity assistant. Ed is Mr. Energy and it was great to see him!

SCH Academy           0    6    6    0 -- 12
Penn Charter            15  12  12    0 -- 39
PC: Kyle Jones 2 run (Noah Evans run)
  PC: Isaiah Meyer 36 pass from Cameron Pygatt (Evans kick)
  PC: Jones 52 run (kick blocked)
  SCH: Zion Spearman 77 kickoff return (run failed)
  PC: Marvin Harrison 90 interception return (kick failed)
  SCH: KeShawn Williams 9 run (kick blocked)
  PC: Marcellus Poland 61 run (kick failed)
  PC: Poland 44 interception return (pass failed)
  RUSHING: Kyle Jones 11-171, Marcellus Poland 5-72,
Cameron Pygatt 7-0, Marvin Harrison 1-0.
  PASSING: Pygatt 1-2-0 -- 36. Jones 0-1-0 -- 0.
  RECEIVING: Isaiah Meyer 1-36.
  INTERCEPTIONS: Harrison 2, Poland.

(Chronological Order)

  Kickoff: Noah Evans
  Special teams tackle: Dean Bleier (for 6-yard loss)
  TFL: Isaiah Meyer and Marcellus Poland (for 6-yard loss)
  Punt return: Poland (for 4-yard loss)
  Rush: Poland (no gain)
  Rush for loss: Kyle Jones (errant backward pass for 8 yards)
  Rush for gain: Jones (for 8 yards)
  Incomplete pass: Jones.
  Interception: Marvin Harrison
  Touchdown: Jones (2-yard run)
  Conversion: Noah Evans (successful run)
  Fumble recovery: Bleier (on kickoff)
  Completion: Cameron Pygatt to Meyer for a 36-yard TD.
  PAT: Evans (successful)
  Pass breakup: Evans
  Kickoff return: Pygatt (for 4 yards)
  Sack: Jameson Ford and Jones (for 8 yards)
  Lost fumble: Colin Michener (on kickoff)
  Blocked PAT: Jones
  Conversion pass: Evans to Bleier (incomplete)
  Recovery of own fumble: Pygatt (rushing play) 

PC's starting offense . . . 
Kyle Jones
RB Marcellus Poland
SB Marvin Harrison
FL Cameron Pygatt
SE Blake Beauvais
TE Dean Bleier
T Jameson Ford
T Kelsey Kline
G Akeel Blake
G Isaiah Meyer
C Noah Evans
PC's starting defense . . .
Akeel Blake
E Isaiah Meyer
T Kelsey Kline
T Jameson Ford
NG David Rosania
LB Kyle Jones
LB Noah Evans
CB Cameron Pygatt
CB Marcellus Poland
SS Dean Bleiler
FS Marvin Harrison

OCT. 29
It's one thing to be a good passer. Penn Charter's John Loughery was competent enough at that skill to earn coaches' All-Inter-Ac honors in 1976 and '77, then earn a starting job at Boston College. He was also able to pass along his love of football to his sisters, especially the three youngest -- Bernie Ryan, Mary Jane McCain and Janet McGlinchey. In this century, Loughery's son, John, and his seven nephews -- two Ryans, three McCains, two McGlincheys -- have ch-chinged their way to 14,545 yards and 124 TDs on high school plays from scrimmage. And that total has been reached despite injuries (especially to PC's John Ryan in '08) and the fact that brothers Mike and Frank McGlinchey were mostly linemen during their PC careers. The most noteworthy guy is Matt Ryan, who's now an upper level NFL QB for the Atlanta Falcons. Also creating quite the stir is Mike McGlinchey, an O-line starter for Notre Dame at 310 pounds and just short of 6-8. Mike and Roman product Will Fuller, a wideout, will be back in Philly this weekend to pop pads with Temple; John Loughery Jr. is a backup QB for the Owls. Can you imagine how many members of the greater Loughery/PC families will be in attendance? The breakdown below includes all stats from 2000 forward. The oldest Ryan brother, Mike, was Malvern's starting QB in 1998 and '99 before having a brief stint at Widener that was ended by injury. Rushing numbers are unavailable, but he passed 139-for-300 for 2,521 yards and 20 TDs. Also unavailable are whatever scant stats Mike and Matt Ryan might have posted in very brief QB appearances in the seasons before they became starters. In all, the guys below have racked up 125 TDs and 752 points. The non-offensive TD was scored by Mike McGlinchey on a fumble return in 2012. Matt Ryan notched the lone conversion run in 2002.

Matt Ryan, Penn Charter (Boston College)
Year Car. Yards TDs   Year C-A Yards TDS   Year Rec. Yards TDs
2000 39 (-23) 0   2000 65-144 1048 12   2000 None    
2001 50 66 3   2001 75-139 992 5   2001 None    
2002 39 149 2   2002 64-125 944 5   2002 None    
  128 192 5     204-408 2,984 22          
John Ryan, Penn Charter (Brown)
Year Car. Yards TDs   Year C-A Yards TDS   Year Rec. Yards TDs
2006 9 31 1   2006 25-40 451 6   2006 None    
2007 68 250 4   2007 76-161 985 6   2007 None    
2008 7 11 1   2008 20-33 185 0   2008 None    
  84 292 6     121-234 1,621 12          
John Loughery, Penn Charter (Elon/Temple)
Year Car. Yards TDs   Year C-A Yards TDS   Year Rec. Yards TDs
2008 8 (-31) 0   2008 88-189 999 6   2008 None    
2009 28 (-43) 1   2009 177-312 2,066 18   2009 None    
2010 34 22 3   2010 127-239 1,715 15   2010 None    
  70 (-52) 4     392-740 4,780 39          
Sam McCain, Archbishop Wood (Sacred Heart)
Year Car. Yards TDs   Year C-A Yards TDS   Year Rec. Yards TDs
2009 None       2009 None       2009 36 504 1
2010 None       2010 0-1 0 0   2010 27 459 2
            0-1 0 0     63 963 3
Mike McGlinchey, Penn Charter (Notre Dame)
Year Car. Yards TDs   Year C-A Yards TDS   Year Rec. Yards TDs
2009 None       2009 None       2009 1 4 0
2010 None       2010 None       2010 None    
2011 0 1 0   2011 None       2011 None    
2012 6 30 2   2012 0-1 0 0   2012 7 140 0
  6 31 2     0-1 0 0     8 144 0
Frank McGlinchey, Penn Charter (post-grad at Hill School)
Year Car. Yards TDs   Year C-A Yards TDS   Year Rec. Yards TDs
2014 None       2014 None       2014 11 169 2
                      11 169 2
Pat McCain, Penn Charter (Dickinson)
Year Car. Yards TDs   Year C-A Yards TDS   Year Rec. Yards TDs
2011 3 48 0   2011 None       2011 None    
2012 29 2 1   2012 43-101 722 6   2012 None    
2013 7 (-17) 0   2013 14-39 144 1   2013 None    
2014 None       2014 0-2 0 0   2014 37 576 3
  39 33 1     57-142 866 7     37 576 3
Jake McCain, Penn Charter (PC career now complete)
Year Car. Yards TDs   Year C-A Yards TDS   Year Rec. Yards TDs
2012 6 15 0   2012 None       2012 None    
2013 6 22 0   2013 None       2013 3 29 1
2014 191 969 10   2014 None       2014 22 318 1
2015 141 700 5   2015 None       2015 17 125 1
  344 1,706 15               42 472 3
  671 2,202 33     774-1,526 10,251 80     161 2,324 11
14,777 yards, 124 TDs

OCT. 28
  Just last season, Franklin sr. QB Kevin Caldwell set the city record for passing yards per game with 254.3. Now it's being threatened by Kevin Thomas Carter-Toal? Say what? Hey, you can definitely make the argument. Kevin Carter, off a strong junior season, was the Fords' starter as the season began. Alas, in game No. 3 vs. West Catholic, he suffered serious injuries that ended his high school career. Stepping right in, and definitely up, was jr. Tommy Toal. Toal had thrown no passes this season prior to Carter's departure, so we don't think it's a stretch to combine their numbers. Together in seven games, they're 125-for-185 (a gaudy 67.6 percent) for 1,760 yards and 21 TDs and the yards-per-game average is 251.4. That puts them right on Caldwell's heels. The Fords have three games remaining -- vs. SCH Academy, Germantown Academy and Episcopal. Their top three receivers have been Dox Aitken (32-636-9), Keyveat Postell (17-389-4) and Micah Sims (33-307-2). Thanks to Huck for all numbers. We'll see where this goes, folks. 

Name School YPG Year
Kevin Caldwell Franklin 254.3 '14
Kevin Carter/Tommy Toal Haver. School 251.4 '15
Brett Gordon La Salle 240.6 '97
Paul Dooley SCH Academy 232.5 '14
Frank Costa SJ Prep 231.5 '89
Kyle Shurmur La Salle 229.5 '14
Kyle Shurmur La Salle 224.7 '13
Anthony Russo Wood 222.8 '15
Drew Loughery La Salle 219.0 '08
Tim DiGiorgio Frankford 214.2 '11
Sean McGovern Dougherty 208.6 '01
John Loughery Penn Charter 206.6 '09
Sean Grieve Gtn. Academy 202.3 '02
Larry Storm Penn Charter 201.1 '95
Alex Hornibrook Malvern 196.0 '14

OCT. 27
Father Judge sr. RB Yeedee Thaenrat is making the slow climb up the chart. With 3,231 career rushing yards, he now owns the No. 19 spot in Catholic League history. Below are the Top 20. Yeedee ranks sixth in yards per carry. Curtis "Boonah" Brinkley played his first varsity season at Roxborough, so those stats (124-885-10) are not included. Brandon and Rob Hollomon are brothers. Brinkley, Steve Slaton and Kevin Jones, who rank 1-2-3, all played in the NFL.

Catholic League's Top 20 Career Rushers
Name School Car. Yards YPC TDs Sr. Yr.
Curtis Brinkley West Catholic 883 6,528 7.4 66 2003
Steve Slaton Con.-Egan 801 5,998 7.5 70 2004
Kevin Jones O'Hara 710 5,728 8.1 78 2000
Samir Bullock Judge/Ryan 701 5,209 7.4 46 2014
Jarrett McClenton Wood 434 4,529 10.4 73 2014
Jamir Livingston SJ Prep 694 3,996 5.8 45 2007
Jamal Abdur-Rahman La Salle 573 3,974 6.9 56 2010
Kyle Ambrogi SJ Prep 556 3,868 7.0 43 2001
Anthony Heygood O'Hara 606 3,861 6.4 49 2003
Dimetri Kelly Roman 693 3,676 5.3 32 2014
Bryan McCartney Wood  654 3,671 5.6 36 2005
Desmon Peoples SJ Prep/Wood 426 3,638 8.5 55 2011
John Shaw SJ Prep 579 3,530 6.1 45 2005
Dennis Shaw West Catholic 547 3,444 6.3 34 2006
Joe McCourt Roman 558 3,315 5.9 38 2000
Art Condodina O'Hara 546 3,299 6.0 45 1984
Joe Zeglinski Ryan 600 3,289 5.5 32 2005
Brandon Hollomon West Catholic  364 3,264 9.0 35 2010
Yeedee Thaenrat Judge  427 3,231 7.6 40 2015
Rob Hollomon West Catholic 312 3,159 10.1 46 2008

OCT. 26
  Haverford School's 31-14 win over Malvern on Saturday was especially noteworthy. It assured that Malvern will experience a four-year period of NOT going undefeated in Inter-Ac play for the first time since 1972. Amazing accomplishment. In that season, Chestnut Hill Academy was still in the league for football -- it disappeared from 1973 through 2005 -- and the Friars stormed to a 5-0 record under Jack "Shark" McGuinn. It has since racked up 21 unbeaten league marks under McGuinn (through '77), Gaspare "Gamp" Pellegrini (1978-08) and his son, Kevin (2009-13), with 18 perfects and three involving ties. After the game I received a text from local sports writer John Knebels, who was crafting a story for www.phillysportsdigest.com and was wondering when Malvern last had lost four consecutive games against the same league opponent. My guess was the late 1960s. Later research confirmed that. From 1966 to '69 by scores, in order, of 38-20, 34-12, 21-7 and 12-8, the Friars were topped by Germantown Academy. Malvern joined the league for the 1950 season. Other stretches of at least four consecutive losses to the same league foe: Haverford School, 1951-54 (four); Penn Charter, 1952-59 (eight); Haverford School, 1963-68 (six) and Penn Charter, 1963-68 (six). In Saturday's game, HS' Tommy Toal passed for 300-plus yards and four TDs, two to Keyveat Postell and one apiece to Dox Aitken (also an interception) and Eli Godfrey. Tommy McNamara added four PAT and a field goal. In a class act, Malvern coach Aaron Brady sent an email to Philly-area sports writers that noted, "I just wanted to say that coach (Michael) Murphy and his staff did an incredible job. Their QB played extremely well and made great decisions. Dox Aitken showed why he is the best player in the league today on both sides of the ball." The Fords' four consecutive wins over Malvern have been achieved by scores, in order, of 14-13, 34-31 (OT), 22-6 and 31-14. They have also captured six of the last seven meetings.

Malvern's Undefeated League Seasons 1972-2011
Year W-L   Year W-L-T   Year W-L-T
1972 5-0   1984 4-0   1997 4-0
1974 4-0   1985 3-0-1   2000 4-0
1975 4-0   1986 4-0   2001 4-0
1976 4-0   1987 4-0   2005 4-0
1977 4-0   1989 3-0-1   2007 5-0
1978 4-0   1991 3-0-1   2008 5-0
1979 4-0   1994 4-0   2011 5-0
1980 4-0            

OCT. 25
With a 23-6 win over Conwell-Egan last night, visiting West Catholic clinched its 10th consecutive Catholic League regular season division championship. Also, the Burrs extended their RS division winning streak to 43. Coach Brian Fluck's Burrs have been stationed in the AA division since the CL joined the PIAA for the 2008 season. In '06 and '07, their home was the Blue Division. Their last RS division loss occurred on Oct. 6, 2006, as C-E triumphed by a score of 26-12. The Burrs then topped Kennedy-Kenrick (39-0), Neumann-Goretti (28-27 in OT), Carroll (10-0) and Wood (13-12) to finish that RS with four consecutive wins. Congrats to West for 10 consecutive years of regular season dominance! In the Catholic/Public leagues, only one other team has won 10 consecutive RS division championships. That was Frankford (Pub), which did so from 1969 through 1978 (while going 72-1-1!; loss in '73, tie in '78). In the Inter-Ac, which does not have playoffs, Penn Charter claimed 12 in a row from 1913-24 (while going 41-0). Last night's Burrs TDs, via Huck, were scored by Jameer Bryson on a 20-yard pass from Joshua Evans, by Supreme Kemp on a 14-yard run and by Craig Jones on a 61-yard punt return.

West Catholic's 10 Consecutive
Regular Season Division Titles
(2006-07 in Blue, 2008-15 in AA)
Year W-L PF PA
2006 6-1 186 93
2007 7-0 286 52
2008 4-0 239 26
2009 4-0 189 38
2010 4-0 170 39
2011 4-0 174 15
2012 4-0 182 52
2013 4-0 164 35
2014 4-0 150 40
2015 4-0 117 21
  45-1 1,857 411
  Avg. 40.4 8.9
WC's offense . . . 
Joshua Evans
TB Calil Wortham
(TB Sharif Fennell)
FB Supreme Kemp
(FB Jahmere Crumpton)
WR Jameer Bryson
WR Craig Jones
(WR Amadou Barry)
(WR Josh Holsopple)
TE Amir Postley
T Hyram Hill
T Joshua Taylor
G Charles Trabi
G Tymir Oliver
C Curtis Fredrick
WC's defense . . .
Tymir Oliver
E Curtis Fredrick
NG Charles Trabi
OLB Justin Rivers
OLB Rovny Da'Silva
ILB Joshua Ingersoll
ILB Amir Postley
CB Dajone Averett
CB Naeem Skief
(CB Ahmad Kent)
S Jameer Bryson
S Craig Jones

  (Also sees significant time)

OCT. 24
Penn Charter 28, SCH Academy 14

  Ahhhhhh, that's more like it. After losing 10 consecutive games over three seasons -- four in '13, all five in '14, one last week to Haverford School -- the Quakers halted their Inter-Ac skid and, even better, did so in partially comfortable fashion. Remember, that's partially, not completely. But there was no need for nervousness at the end and as the clock hit 0:00, the sighs of relief were as intense as Hurricane Patricia. Though a 28-point outing means the offense performed respectably, today's difference-maker was the defense, as coordinated by head coach Tommy "Chip" Coyle. The Quakers dropped SCH for losses 10 times with an equal tally of sacks and TFLs. Jr. ILB Brendan Pell and sr. Es Kenny Bergmann/Evan Ferrell notched one apiece while jr. T Harold Anderson posted two sacks. Plus, frosh CB Zahmir Murray and jr. CB Denarii Beard had interceptions. The Blue Devils' 20 rushing plays netted just three yards. For PC, all four TDs were scored via rushes as sr. RB Jake McCain (18-137) and jr. QB Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky recorded two apiece. Hnatkowsky passed 6-for-11 for 71 yards while sr. handyman Cody Sweeney contributed 59 yards of rushing/receiving. Anderson, at LG, did some quality blocking and was followed by McCain/Hnatkowsky on several scoring runs. Due to a hand injury suffered last week, SCH had to go without jr. QB Matt Rahill, whose cousin, Chris Rahill, is PC's offensive coordinator. The replacement was soph Jack Elliott. He posted a 46-yard TD pass to jr. WR Tyson Hugee (great spin move/evasive tactics along the right sideline) on just his fourth attempt, 6:31 into the game, and no doubt that play did a lot to relax his nerves. PC answered with a 16-play, 67-yard march that was capped by Hnatkowsky from the 1 yard line 74 seconds into the second quarter. PC held the visitors to no first downs in the second quarter and the offense posted a TD with 3.8 seconds left as Hnatkowsky neeko-gotiated five yards. A 32-yard connected with Sweeney provided the major impetus, getting the ball to the 21. Back-to-back interference calls also helped, big time. PC's defense again went the bright-light route midway through the third session as Bergmann made tackles for no gain and 1 yard before Anderson broke through for a 4-yard sack. Soph Terence Thompson returned the punt 14 yards to SCH's 26 and, following a procedure call, McCain broke free for a 31-yard TD run right up the middle. SCH answered shortly into the fourth quarter on a 47-yard slant to jr. WR Jack Cucinotta, but its final two possessions netted minus-6 yards (and no first downs) and McCain's 5-yard burst with 1:38 left provided the doubled-their-score final. By the way, the Blue Devils were also missing giant-sized lineman Darian Bryant (6-6, 330; Temple commit), who was nursing a tender shoulder. There was an interesting sequence in the second quarter. SCH sr. LB Kevin O'Donnell was positive he'd recovered a fumble and held up the ball for the refs in emphatic fashion. Didn't work (smile). On the next play, he executed a strip and Cucinotta DID recover. Kevin looked at the refs with an expression that seemed to scream, "OK, now try to deny us THIS one!!" Ha, ha. It was good to see the SCH coaching crew, headed by Rick Knox and fleshed out by Sean Plunkett, John Kozempel (his son, John, recently had a nice performance on Jeopardy!), Mike Lonergan, Mike Mattei, Don Houck and Aaron Sistrunk. Among those in the house was prominent basketball ref John Przybylinski, former mad bomber for now-closed Cardinal Dougherty. "Prez" is considered to be an "uncle" by Hnatkowsky. The head linesman was Carlos Deno, who played baseball for Olney back in the day. His daughter, Amanda, is a recent Temple and now works in public relations for the World Series-bound Kansas City Royals. Niiiiiiice! Matt Rahill's brothers, Jerry (QB, Class of 2010) and Chris (QB-WR, '13), were important players for Wood. Last thing: I'm in the process of trying to put together a list of all PC grads who've played college football in this century. Many of the names have appeared on Anthony Franklin's annual lists on this website. Thanks also to Chris Rahill (PC version -- smile), football assistant Brian McCloskey and basketball head coach Jim "Flipper" Phillips for their help.
  ***UPDATE: I was able to confirm via year-by-year standings/results . . . PC's 10-game losing streak was its longest ever in Inter-Ac play. The Quakers were outscored in that span by 436-239. Except for 1947, when it decided not to compete due to disagreements over eligibility rules, PC has been an Inter-Ac football member in every season since 1887. This is the Quakers' 128th Inter-Ac season.***

PC's starting offense . . . 
QB Mike "Neeko Hnatkowsky
TB Jake McCain
SB Denarii Beard
Chris Tucker
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 . . .
Evan Ferrell
E Kenny Bergmann
L Bill Costello
L Harold Anderson
OLB Trajan Womack
Terence Thompson
ILB Jake McCain
ILB Brendan Pell
CB Zahmir Murray
Denarii Beard
Owen Pighini

OCT. 24
Yesterday's Franklin-Roxborough game was noteworthy primarily due to Javier Buffalo's heroics, and they're detailed in the Oct. 23 evening Tedbit. But there were also these nuggets via Daily News statman Amauro "Amar" Austin: Franklin ran just SEVEN scrimmage plays and rusher Nyeem Jones was the ONLY Electron to get tackled on those plays. Of course, there were no tackles on the three plays that yielded Buffalo's TDs -- 35 and 5 yards from Devin Darden and 95 from backup Jordan Williams. There was also a center snap for minus-18 yards and a bobbled snap by Williams for minus-1. No tackles occurred. Guys just flopped on the ball. Jones carried twice for eight yards. Franklin's other three TDs occurred on returns -- Kevin Small with punts for 17 and 42 yards and Elijah White with an interception for 57 yards. Franklin ran three plays in the first half and four in the second . . . Last night, meanwhile, Ed "Huck" Palmer attended the Ryan-O'Hara game, won by the former, 26-13, and witnessed this: QB Tommy O'Hara ran or passed the ball on 57 of O'Hara's 64 plays (89.1 percent). He rushed 27 times for 66 yards and one TD and passed 17-for-30 for 144 (and none). His longest stretch of direct involvement: 27 plays. The city record belongs to Brian Mitchell of now-closed North Catholic. In a 2002 game vs. Conwell-Egan, his percentage of direct involvement was 92.5 on 62 of 67 plays (15 runs, 47 passes). He finished the game by being directly involved in 42 consecutive plays (and all 40 in the second half). He passed for 166 yards; ran for 85. North snapped the ball 77 times, counting conversions. He was directly involved in 72 -- he also punted seven times for a 34-yard average (long of 50), tried a 34-yard field goal (blocked) and was successful on two PAT attempts.

OCT. 23 (Evening)
Today vs. Roxborough, Ben Franklin sr. WR Javier Buffalo made three catches for 135 yards and three TDs. The distances, in order, were 35, 5 and 95. That effort raised his career receiving totals to 2,385 for yardage and 35 for TDs. Both efforts are city records! Below are the city record progressions going back to the mid-1970s.

Progression of City Career Receiving Records for Yardage and TDs
Name School Yards Sr. Yr.   Name School TDs Sr. Yr.
Javier Buffalo Franklin 2,385 2015   Javier Buffalo Franklin 35 2015
Will Fuller Roman 2,380 2012   Jimmy Herron La Salle 33 2014
John Laumakis SJ Prep 2,242 1989   Brad Wilson Del-Val 28 2010
Jerry Riley Egan 2,024 1975   Chris Lorditch Wood 27 2006
Mike Saksa Carroll 1,747 1974   Kevin Mullen Carroll 22 1977

OCT. 23
Considering what happened from 1972 through 2008, when Malvern Prep suffered just three losses vs. Haverford School, won the final 17 in a row and posted eight shutouts in those last 12 games,  no one figured we'd see the turnaround that occurred over the last six meetings. The Fords racked up five wins and garnered three of those in at least semi-hairy fashion (by no more than three points). Overall, Malvern owns the series by 43-24 and, amazingly, there has never been a tie. Malvern played its first Inter-Ac season in 1950 and teams split the two meetings that took place beforehand -- 20-0 for HS in '42; 6-0 for MP in '49. On the list below, the top two rushing efforts belong to a guy, Malvern's Chris Downs, who's now an assistant at his alma mater. The No. 3 receiving total was posted by Malvern's Kevin Pellegrini, who played for his dad, Gamp (1978-2012), and succeeded him as the Friars' head coach for five seasons through '13. There was a sighting of the No. 4 passer, Malvern's Doug Borgerson, just two days ago. He now helps to coach Episcopal's golf team. His 178-yard effort required just six passes (five completions, good for three TDs). This year's HS-MP meeting will take place tomorrow, 2 p.m., at Malvern. Have fun, one and all!

Name Sch Yds Year   Name Sch Yds Year   Name Sch Yds Year
Chris Downs MP 264 1996   Ed Rush HS 214 1990   Trevor Gallagher HS 105 1996
Chris Downs MP 191 1997   Frank DeFazio HS 200 1996   AJ Jones HS 104 2009
Michael Treston MP 186 2001   Alex Hornibrook MP 199 2014   Kevin Pellegrini MP 101 1989
Mike Ambrose MP 173 1998   Doug Borgerson MP 178 1995   Dave O'Brien MP 91 1995
Chris Layne MP 169 2006   Ed Rush HS 173 1989   Dennis Connor HS 90 1986
Matt Schuh HS 162 1996   Ed Garno HS 166 1986   John Lieb HS 90 1990
Matt Nelson HS 123 1992   Luke Leslie MP 161 1989   Andy Myatt MP 84 1998
Jeff Caldwell MP 122 1987   Bryan Savage HS 156 2003   Andrew Mackrides MP 84 2003
Jeff Browning MP 122 1993   James Chakey HS 152 2011   Neil Willis MP 83 2008
Phil Poquie HS 122 2013   Matt Lengel HS 146 2009   Trey Womack MP 81 2004

OCT. 22

  Not many readers of this item will remember this, but in 1981 a very long teachers' strike almost completely wiped out the Public League football season. Know what else it did? It wound up preventing West Philadelphia and Overbrook from meeting in EVERY season from 1927 to now. Damn! The heated rivals -- back in the day, there was NOTHING like the annual 'Brook-West basketball tilts -- have popped pads 92 times and West leads the series, 57-28-7. There were two clashes in '93, '04, '12, '13 and '14 and that'll be the case this year, too, because both schools are in Public AAA and they have met on Thanksgiving since 1989. West leads on Turkey Day, 15-11. In the schools' first 25 contests . . . well, it wasn't much OF a contest. The Speedboys racked up a 20-1 advantage with four ties. West captured nine in a row from '83 through '91 and seven straight over three stretches -- '31 to '37, '41 to '47 and '74 to '80. The Panthers/Hilltoppers claimed eight consecutive wins from '04 to '10 (with two in '04) and four in a row from '52 to '55. The teams will meet tomorrow night, 6:30, at West Philly's refurbished field (48th & Spruce). In '81, once the strike ended, a single-elimination tournament was held to determine a champ. There were also a few non-league games. Overbrook played just ONE game. West played three. Meanwhile, the best player on the list that accompanies this nugget is Reggie Barnes. A true class act, Reggie starred at Delaware State and then spent all of the 1989 season on the New York Giants' practice squad. He then headed north and was named the Canadian Football League's most outstanding rookie in '90. In all, he played seven seasons in the CFL. Best name? That's easy. West Philly QB Zeferino "Ziggy" Albino.

Name Sch Yds Year   Name Sch Yds Year   Name Sch Yds Year
Darius Johnson Ovb 254 2007   Zeferino "Ziggy" Albino West 182 1994   Charles Henryhand West 122 2003
Eric Davis West 170 2013   Clarence Richardson Ovb 175 1990   Eric "T.O." Leslie West 100 2010
Kirk Wright Ovb 157 2009   Markeyse Carter Ovb 138 2007   Andre Johnson West 91 1994
DeWayne Moss West 155 1985   Sheldon Ford West 127 2002   Yon Salley Ovb 88 1990
Reggie Barnes West 152 1984   Larry Richardson West 125 2011   Curtis Johnson Ovb 87 1990
David Watson West 151 1997   Gerald Dove West 124 2003          
Jonathan Brown West 144 1995   Sylvester Broxton Ovb 122 2005          
David Watson West 140 1998                    
William Griffin Ovb 134 1998                    
Ronyal Payton Ovb 129 1993                    

OCT. 21
  They were likely the most noteworthy six minutes in Olney's football history. Yesterday from 3:17 to 3:23 p.m., in the completion of a game dating back to Oct. 9, the Trojans earned a 12-6 win over visiting Washington. It was Olney's first win over Washington since a 30-15 success in 1978 and gave the school a 6-1 record for only the fourth time in 84 Public League seasons. A 6-1 mark had also been achieved in 1969, 1975 and 2006. The '75 (8-3) and '91 teams (8-2-1) share the school record for most wins in a season. Only four other teams -- 7-3 in '06, 7-3 in '85, 7-2-1 in '83 and 7-2 in '69 -- have posted as many as seven wins. In this game, originally halted by lightning right as regulation ended, Olney had the first OT possession and Will Hunter ran 1 yard for a score on third down. A conversion pass, which followed a procedure penalty, fell incomplete. Washington failed to score on its four-play possession. In the first go-‘round, Hunter had contributed a 15-yard scoring run along with an interception. Thanks to DN statman Amauro Austin for the details. In the 1978 victory, played on Oct. 27, Kenneth Smith ran 20 times for 147 yards and three TDs while Raymond Johnson (92-yard kickoff return to begin the game) and Jonathan Young (late rush; he later became a star cornerback at BYU) scored Olney's other TDs. There were also identical 6-6 ties in 1983 and '84. Olney's '84 TD was scored on a pass from Jose Vizcarrondo to Thomas Bailey. The '83 TD went to Terrance Barrett on a pass from Brian Oetzel. Olney has met Washington 27 times since that 1978 game. Just TWICE have the Trojans scored more than eight points -- 12 this year and 14 last year. Overall, Olney is 7-30-4 vs. Washington and has been outscored, 928-346 (an average of 22.6 to 8.4). Congrats to coach Mike Andolina and his players/assistants on yesterday's BIG accomplishment -- the win also assured a postseason visit for only the second time in school history (also '06)!! -- and thanks to Mike for providing the names of Olney's offensive/defensive contingents.

The Olney-Washington Series
Washington Leads, 30-7-4
Year Oln Wash   Year Oln Wash
2015 12 6   1985 6 22
2014 14 37   1984 6 6
2004 6 60   1983 6 6
2003 0 50   1982 8 14
2002 0 52   1980 6 28
2001 0 27   1979 8 16
2000 6 9   1978 30 15
1999 6 42   1977 24 6
1998 6 26   1976 6 19
1997 6 36   1975 26 6
1996 0 14   1974 6 27
1995 0 21   1973 6 31
1994 6 31   1972 0 0
1993 0 20   1971 34 12
1992 0 20   1970 18 18
1991 6 42   1969 24 0
1990 6 48   1967 6 22
1989 6 42   1966 14 18
1988 0 27   1965 18 6
1987 8 14   1964 6 14
1986 0 18     346 928
 Yellow: Olney's wins; Green: Ties
Olney's offense yesterday . . . 
QB Kaleem Clark-Scott
RB Will Hunter
RB Malik Smith
FB Cam'ron Izzard
SE Anthony Mangual
TE Jose Gonzalez
T Rashad Shabazz
T Saleem Powell
G Anthony Ortiz
G Geraldo Texeira
C Jahkin Lomax
Olney's defense yesterday . . .
Cam'ron Izzard
E Dangelio Thomas
T Rashad Shabazz
T Saleem Powell
NT Jahkin Lomax
LB Will Hunter
LB Nijer Carter
CB Daqwan Jordan-Rodgers
CB Anthony Sloan
S Luis Reyes
S Malik Smith


OCT. 20 (Evening)
(Via Ed "Huck" Palmer)
had some extra time early this evening, so . . . He decided to figure out which five teams have the longest current winning streaks among Public, Catholic and Inter-Ac schools. His findings are below.

Longest Current Winning Streaks
School Wins '14 '15
Wood 16 9 7
Haverford School 15 9 6
Northeast 9 2 7
Imhotep 8 1 7
Germantown Academy 7 1 6

OCT. 20
Talk about freaky . . . Yesterday's item detailed how Germantown Academy owns a 6-0 record for the first time since 1973 and seventh time since 1928. Well, Haverford School can boast of pretty much the exact same feat. Only difference: the Fords' wait was two years longer. Under Mike Mayock Sr., who was in his first season (you likely know his son, Mike, of NFL-coverage fame), the Fords rolled to an 8-0 record in '70 and did so again in '71. That upped the winning streak to 19 games because they'd won their final three games in '69 under Jim Auch Jr. The '72 season started with a 38-8 loss to Nether-Providence, which in the mid-'80s merged with Swarthmore to form Strath Haven. These Fords, coached by Michael Murphy, claimed win No. 6 in quite hairy fashion. With complete darkness moments away, HS topped Penn Charter, 41-40, in three overtimes (longest game in Inter-Ac history), as Eli Godfrey posted a 10-yard TD catch from Tommy Toal and Alex DeMarco hammered the PAT. Toal has been the QB since within game No. 3, when starter Kevin Carter suffered severe injuries. Toal has accounted for 795 yards of rushing/passing along with 12 TDs. Carter racked up 869 and 10. Malik Twyman owns eight rushing TDs along with 522 yards while Dox Aitken (479, eight), Micah Sims (303, two) and Keyveat Postell (250, two) lead the receiving corps. Thanks to Huck for those numbers. Thanks also to Dawn Blake, who handles media relations for HS (officially The Haverford School -- smile). One source indicated the '65 team finished 9-0 and ended the season with a victory over St. Matthew's, in Conshohocken, which later became Archbishop Kennedy (then merged with Bishop Kenrick, in Norristown, before closing in 2010). That looked suspicious. Dawn sent a pic of the football pages in the 1966 yearbook. No game vs. St. Matt's. The Fords' first three 6-0 marks on the list below were claimed under Fred "Doc" Wallace. He was the coach for 28 seasons (1929-56), going 131-66-19.     

Haverford School's 6-0 Starts Since 1928
Year Coach Win No. 6 Record Streak Ended Description
2015 Michael Murphy 41-40, Penn Charter (3 OT) -- -- --
1971 Mike Mayock Sr. 35-6, Malvern 8-0 -- --
1970 Mike Mayock Sr. 39-12, Gtn, Academy 8-0 -- --
1965 Ed Baker 19-6, Gtn. Academy 8-0 -- --
1953 "Doc" Wallace 10-0, Gtn. Academy 6-1 Game No. 7 6-7, Episcopal
1944 "Doc" Wallace 14-6, Episcopal 9-0 -- --
1931 "Doc" Wallace 13-7, Episcopal 7-1 Game No. 8 7--16, Chestnut Hill


HS's starting offense . . . 
Tommy Toal
*RB Malik Twyman
*RB Eli Godfrey
SB Micah Sims
WR Dox Aitken
WR Keyveat Postell
TE Andrew Fine
T Brian Denoncour
T Mickey Kober
G Peter Solomon
G Frank Cresta
C Anthony Reginelli
HS's starting defense . . .
Asim Richards
E Colin Hurlbrink
T Frank Zepka
T Peter Solomon
LB Mickey Kober
LB Frank Cresta
LB Benjamin Stallworth
CB Micah Sims
CB Aaron Hudson
S Forry Smith
S Dox Aitken

OCT. 19 (Evening)
  Click here to see the pic for today's trivia quiz.
That pic was taken at the 1989 Markward Club awards dinner. The honorees were the top senior basketball players in the three city leagues. Top left is O'Hara's Eddie Malloy, who's now an NBA ref. Kneeling is Malvern's Jim Rullo, whose dad, Jerry, played for the old Philadelphia Warriors. (Jim was recently Malvern's coach and is now the hoops boss at Neumann University.) The gentleman is John "Tex" Flannery (RIP), who coached football for many years at La Salle High (and for a short stint at Bartram beforehand). He was the Markward Club's president. His twin grandchildren: Rosemary Connors is a weekend news anchor for NBC10 and John Connors is a football assistant at his alma mater, St. Joseph's Prep. . . . . . Oh, the other guy in the pic has the same name as a famous boxer. He's Overbrook's Mike Tyson. Dan Solis-Cohen was the only person to supply a correct answer. Congrats, Dan!

OCT. 19
With a 21-12 win over SCH Academy on Saturday, Germantown Academy started a season at 6-0 for the first time since 1973. This is the Patriots' seventh 6-0 start over 88 seasons. Three of those campaigns ended with perfect records. This squad, coached by Matt Dence, is depending heavily on great bloodlines. Kyle McCloskey is the quarterback. His dad, Mike, was a first team All-City receiver for Judge in '78 and advanced to the NFL. Mike Gilmore is a wideout and his dad, Mike, was a first team linebacker for North Catholic in 1983. James McAfee is a slotback/free safety and his dad, Jim, was a second team defensive end for for GA in '78. Patrick (OLB) and Jimmy McGettigan (E) are starters on defense and their dad, Ed, was a second-team defensive lineman for Judge in '87. Now, he's the head coach at Lincoln. One more: Jon Haynes, only a freshman, is a starter at slotback and cornerback. His dad, Jonathan, was the City Player of the Year in 1990. His school was Germantown Friends and his sport was basketball. He scored more than 2,000 points and is now an assistant to GA's hoops boss, Jim Fenerty. (I have game-by-game results, in chronological order, for all but maybe five seasons since 1927. 1934 and 1952 are two of the ones I don't have. If someone at GA wants to check yearbooks and get details for win No. 6 in those two seasons . . . Hey, we'll make you famous on this website. Smile. Also, as you'll notice below for the 1928 info, the GA-PC has not always ended the season.
  UPDATE: Stats for some of the bloodlines guys, via Huck . . . McCloskey has rushed 45 times for 271 yards and five TDs and passed 58-for-123 for 799 and 11. Receiving stats for three guys: Gilmore 17-141-3; McAfee 14-333-4; Haynes 10-138-2.
  UPDATE, PART II: The Patriots' Game Six opponent in '73 was Williamson Trade. One list of results had that foe listed as Williamstown. Thanks to coach Jack Turner (via his son, Michael "Pup" Turner, former GA star/coach and now the headmaster at St. Michael's Episcopal School, in Richmond, Va., for the help.
  UPDATE, PART III: James McAfee's grandfather, Jim, was a first team All-Catholic honoree for St. John's (Manayunk) in 1942. And the grandfather's brother, Joe, was a first team All-Catholic honoree for that same school in '40 and '41. He was also a first team member of the Bulletin's All-Scholastic team in '41 (best players in the five-county area).

Germantown Academy's 6-0 Starts Since 1928
Year Coach Win No. 6 Record Streak Ended Description
2015 Matt Dence 21-12, SCH Academy -- -- --
1973 Jack Turner 35-0, Williamson Trade 8-0 -- --
1960 Ed Lawless 14-7, Episcopal 6-0-1 Game No. 7 6-6 tie, Penn Charter
1956 Ed Lawless 54-13, Haver. School 7-0-1 Game No. 8 21-21 tie, Penn Charter
1952 Ed Lawless Unavailable 7-0 -- --
1934 Cooper French Unavailable 9-0 -- --
1928 Joe Hartley 13-0, Penn Charter 8-1 Game No. 9 13-19, Episcopal


GA's starting offense . . . 
Kyle McCloskey
TB KJ Cartwright
SB Jon Haynes
SB James McAfee
WR Mike Patterson
WR Mike Gilmore
T Elijah Wroten
T Justin Wajda
G Billy Brittingham
G Jack D'Ambrosio
C Matt Hermann
GA's starting defense . . .
Jimmy McGettigan
E Kwasi Ampomah
T Joe Cawley
T Mike McDonough
ILB Tanner Long
OLB Griffin Hunn
OLB Patrick McGettigan
CB Jon Haynes
CB Tommy Diver
SS Matt Gorman
FS James McAfee

OCT. 18 (Evening)
Did you notice? Lots of romps took place this weekend in city football. There were 25 games and 14 produced victory margins of at least 30 points. The average VM in those 14 games was a whopping 40.2 points. Even in the other 11, the margin was 11.6. Let's hope for more competitive games in Week Eight.

*Victory Margin of At Least 30 Points
*Northeast 44, Lincoln 7
*Olney 50, Roxborough 20
*King 47, Edison 0
Franklin 28, Washington 21
Southern 22, Mastbaum 18
*Central 31, Fels 0
Bartram 22, Frankford 16
*Gratz 61, Kensington 0
*Imhotep 56, Dobbins 8
*Overbrook 46, Future 8
West Phila. 44, Mastery North 20
*Prep Charter 46, Palumbo 8
*Del-Val 40, KIPP DuBois 8
Haverford School 41, Penn Charter 40 (three OTs)
Malvern 33, Episcopal 14
Gtn. Academy 21, SCH Academy 12
*Judge 35, Roman 0
SJ Prep 49, La Salle 24
*Ryan 42, Carroll 6
*Wood 50, O'Hara 7
Lansdale 34, Conwell-Egan 21
*West Catholic 48, McDevitt 13
Straw. Mansion 46, Immaculate Conception (NJ) 32
*Boys' Latin 52, People's Prep (NJ) 0
Bonner-Prendie 20, Neumann-Goretti 14

OCT. 18
Some teams often score as many as 40 points. Olney has accomplished that feat just 12 times in 75 varsity seasons (74 in the Pub). Friday, the Trojans dropped 50 points on Roxborough and that outburst is tied for third all-time. Oddly, the Trojans also allowed 20 points in their other 50-pointer.
  UPDATE: Here are the names of the offensive linemen, as provided by coach Mike Andolina . . . (Alignment, L to R)
SE- Isaiah Turner
LT- Saleem Powell
LG- Geraldo Texeira
C- Jahkim Lomax
RG- Anthony Ortiz
RT- Rashad Shabazz
TE- Jose Gonzalez

Olney's 40-Point Games, 1931-2015
Year Opponent PF PA Details
1988 Edison 56 6 Terrance Langford ran for 149 yards and three conversions
1994 Edison 52 0 Donovan Cowart scored five TDs (four on rushes, one on a catch)
1979 Mastbaum 50 20 Jonathan Young (later starred at cornerback for BYU) collected three TDs
2015 Roxborough 50 20 Malik Smith ran for three TDs. Will Hunter added 134 rushing yards and a pick
1959 Mastbaum 48 6  Unavailable
1943 Gratz 43 0  Unavailable
1971 Bok 43 0  Unavailable
2009 Fels 42 36 Jaron "Snoop" Turner produced 251 yards of rushing/passing and five TDs
2014 Straw. Mansion 42 0 Sultan Jones ran for three TDs
1964 Mastbaum 40 6  Unavailable
1989 Bok 40 12 All three of Jonathan Brown's three passing TDs went to James Adderly
2008 FitzSimons 40 6 Terrell Smith's two TD passes to Stefon Broughton covered 139 yards

OCT. 17
Haverford School's 41-40, three-OT triumph over Penn Charter yesterday took place in just the fourth overtime game in Inter-Ac history. This was the longest and highest scoring. Details on all four are below. Meanwhile, here are the schools' last ties in any kind of game: EA vs. GA, 7-7, in 1995; GA vs. Prep Charter, 21-21, in 2014 (halted by lightning); HS vs. EA, 21-21, in 1988; MP vs. Carroll, 12-12, in 1994; PC vs. MP, 7-7, in 1985. CHA/SCH has had none since rejoining the I-A for football in 2006. As an I-A member, it last played a tie -- 0-0 vs. Germantown High -- in 1931.

Details on the Inter-Ac's Four Overtime Games
Year When Winner Loser Score OTs
2015 Week 7 Haverford School Penn Charter 41-40 Three
2013 Week 7 Haverford School Malvern 34-31 Two
2009 Week 10 Chestnut Hill Haverford School 27-21 One
1996 Week 8 Malvern Episcopal 14-7 One

2015 game -- Tommy Toal passed 24-for-42 for 268 yards and two TDs and rushed 14 times
for 49 yards and three scores. In the third OT, Toal's 10-yard TD pass to Eli Godfrey was followed
by Alex DeMarco's PAT. For PC, Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky passed 19-for-31 for 243 yards
and four TDs while rushing 13 times for 47 yards.
  2013 game -- Phil Poquie rushed 23 times for 122 yards and three TDs. After Malvern opened
the second OT with a field goal, Brendan Burke (also one passing TD) ran 10 yards for the winning
score. Malvern's Alex Hornibrook passed for 111 yards and two TDs.
  2009 game -- Ibraheim Campbell rushed 39 times for 234 yards and four TDs. His 10-yarder
sent everyone home after HS was blanked to start the extra session. The Fords, who rallied from
14-0 and 21-7 deficits, received two TD passes from Matt Lengel.
  1996 game -- The Friars received rushing TDs from Chris Downs (23-103, game-winner) and
Dan Bonner and Tony Downs, Chris' brother, clinched the win with an end zone interception. For
EA, Brian Person passed for 86 yards and one TD while Matt Bailer contributed 94 yards of

OCT. 16
Haverford School 41, Penn Charter 40 (3 OTs)

  In all Honesty, these teams showed the same amount of Courage while earning great Respect. As part of a recent tradition, those three capitalized words are right above the numbers on the back of HS' uniforms. As this eventual classic rolled along, it was hard not to think about them. PC, which entered as a solid underdog (especially because the game was on the road, but also because of more injuries to important players), did some major eyebrow-raising in the first quarter, seizing a 16-0 lead. The Fords, also bit hard by the injury bug, declined to go quietly and used a classic sequence -- more on that later -- to help make sure a regulation loss would not be suffered. But, hey, when a game goes three OTs, those factoids have to be the focus, right? So, here we go . . . PC went first in the initial extra session and jr. QB Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky immediately hit an all-alone receiver, sr. Cody Sweeney, for a 10-yard TD. Sr. Colin Mattice hit the PAT. The Fords' TD came on third down as jr. QB Tommy Toal hit sr. WR Dox Aitken on an 8-yard, right-corner out. Sr. K Alex DeMarco, a lefty, hit the PAT. In the second OT, on fourth-and-goal from the 1, Toal was stopped on a straight-ahead surge by DT Tchaz Balthazar and jr. DT Harold Anderson (among others). PC also advanced to the 1, but a procedure penalty pushed the ball back to the 6. Mattice tried a 23-yard field goal, but jr. DL Peter Solomon was able to power up the middle and swat it. Third OT: PC went first. On second-and-goal from the 9, holding was called at the 17 and the ball would have been placed at the 27. Surprisingly, HS declined the penalty (the pass was incomplete) and the ball remained at the 9. Hnatkowsky then fired into the end zone, the ball was batted into the air . . . and it fell right into the hands of sr. TE Evan Ferrell! He made the snag about a yard deep into the end zone. Conversion misfortune again appeared as the kick was blocked by soph Dahmir Ruffin. HS needed six to tie and seven to win. On the first play, well, let me ask you this. How often have you seen a screen pass and a speed sweep on the same play? Essentially, that was what happened. Lined up in the slot, jr. handyman Eli Godfrey (his uncle, Marcus Godfrey, had major RB fun at Mastbaum before playing for Temple) caught a quick screen on the right side. He then zoomed along a parallel line toward the left side, turned the corner and scored with a dive into the end zone. An unbelievable play. DeMarco then hammered the PAT, thus handing PC its 10th consecutive Inter-Ac loss -- and the Fords cut loose with just a liiiiiittle emotion. By the way, the OTs were played at the far end of HS' field, as in away from Lancaster Avenue. The third OT was  accompanied by pretty close to darkness. The game ended at 6:35 -- sunset was officially listed at 6:20; the game began at 3:45; regulation ended at 6:11 -- and a suspension would not have surprised if a fourth OT had been needed. The light was so scant, I began using the flash on my camera. To a large degree, this almost turned into a game of one-on-one between Toal and Hnatkowsky. Not counting a spike by  the former and a kneeldown by the latter, these guys were involved in 100 plays! Toal, who was forced into duty in Week Three after star sr. Kevin Carter suffered major injuries, passed 24-for-42 for 268 yards and two TDs. He also rushed 14 times for 49 and three scores. His 56 plays produced 317 yards. And his first one did not provide a good omen. Backtracking from his own 4, Toal was in the process of being sacked by soph LB Trajan Womack when he fired the ball to no one and was called for intentional grounding. The automatic safety gave the Quakers a 2-0 lead. A 10-play drive followed and jr. handyman Chris Tucker ended it with a 2-yard, left-side speed sweep. Jr. K Adam Kuper then delivered a well-placed pooch kick and jr. L Kevin MacCabe made the recovery on HS' 36. Three plays in, Neeko hit Sweeney for an easy 37-yard score and PC was feelin' good at 16-0. The second quarter yielded a 12-yard TD for Toal (right up the middle) and a 23-yard field goal for Mattice. HS dominated stanza three, limiting PC to just five plays from scrimmage. The Fords had drives of 13 and 11 plays and the first one ended with a 2-yard score for Toal. Major fireworks occurred shortly into the fourth quarter. Off a punt, HS began at its 30. Toal hit sr. WR Keyveat Postell and Aitekn for respective gains of 44 and 25 yards and Toal's scoring "run" needed to cover just one yard. The conversion pass was broken up by frosh DB Hammad Harris and sr. LB Jake McCain. On the next scrimmage play, Hnatkowsky tried to hit Ferrell on a curl. Sr. DB Micah Sims did a major sniff job, exploded in front, gathered in the ball and zoomed 24 yards for a pick-six. The kick made it 27-19. PC responded in just four plays, completing a wild 2 minutes, 57 seconds. A 40-yard strike to Tucker was the biggest play, and then the score went to Sweeney for 15 yards. He caught it, then bobbled, then caught it again. The tying conversion toss went to Ferrell with 7:27 left. Each team had one more possession to finish regulation. PC got to the 17, but a low snap on fourth-and-1 created an 11-yard loss for sr. LB Frank Cresta. Toal hit seven receivers. Sims (9-86), Aitken (6-63) and Godfrey (5-42) led the way. Hnatkowsky connected with six and Sweeney was the far-and-away leader (9-151). Late in regulation, a PC fan hollered out, "I've got Cody Sweeney on my fantasy team!" Smart decision (smile). Many legends on the premises. Among them, in alphabetical order: Mark Aitken (Dox’s dad and former PC player), Kevin Burke (huge HS fan and former player), Hench Murray (PC’s former coach and one of my teachers; my apologies for driving you crazy, sir -- smile), Ted Rauch (huge HS fan and former basketball player), Hank Resch (former PC player), Bernie Rogers (HS’ new hoops coach), Joe Thompson (former Judge player and brother of PC’s Terence), Rich and Jeff Toal (Tommy’s father/uncle; players at O’Hara) and … apologies to anyone I missed.

PC's starting offense . . . 
QB Mike "Neeko Hnatkowsky
TB Jake McCain
FB Colin Bleiler
Dylan Dykstra
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 . . .
Hayden Knighton
E Kenny Bergmann
L Bill Costello
L Harold Anderson
OLB Trajan Womack
Denarii Beard
ILB Jake McCain
Brendan Pell
CB Zahmir Murray
CB John Washington
Hammad Harris

OCT. 16
The game won't start until 1 p.m. tomorrow at Plymouth-Whitemarsh, but the excitement is already building. That's always the case when St. Joseph's Prep and La Salle, the Catholic League's only fully private schools, bang bodies. These archrivals have met 27 times in this century and the Prep owns 19 victories. Prior to the 2013 season, La Salle had captured eight of the last 12 contests. But the Hawks seized both meetings in '13 and '14 and stormed ahead to win Class AAAA state titles. All time, the Prep leads the series, 46-35-5. Best runs: the Hawks were 13-0-3 from 1920-43, the Explorers were 14-3 from 1976-92 and the Hawks answered with 13-0 dominance from 1999-through the regular season meeting in '05; La Salle broke its skid on Thanksgiving. Immediately below are the top 10 performances in rushing, passing and receiving from 2000 through 2014. Below that are guys who would have made the top list, going back to the first season (1982) in which we began publishing stat leaders each Tuesday in the Daily News.

RUSHING         PASSING         RECEIVING      
Danny Jones Prep 251 2003   Drew Loughery La S 378 2008   Pete Chromiak Prep 171 2000
Jamir Livingston Prep 250 2006   Chris Kane La S 328 2012   Sean Coleman La S 138 2012
Jamal Abdur-Rahman La S 243 2010   Drew Loughery La S 318 2008   Anthony Johnson Prep 137 2008
Kyle Ambrogi Prep 226 2000   Drew Loughery La S 297 2009   Pete Chromiak Prep 130 2000
Kyle Ambrogi Prep 205 2001   John Harrison La S 290 2006   Jack Forster La S 123 2006
John Shaw Prep 202 2004   Chris Martin Prep 276 2013   Sam Feleccia La S 119 2008
Olamide Zaccheaus Prep 198 2012   Jack Clements Prep 232 2014   Jamal Abdur-Rahman La S 112 2008
Jamir Livingston Prep 172 2005   Kyle Shurmer La S 222 2013   Chris Garzone La S 101 2003
Tim Wade La S 157 2009   Mike McGann Prep 198 2000   Sam Feleccia La S 97 2008
Olamide Zaccheaus Prep 146 2014   Mike McGann Prep 195 2000   Steve Quinn Prep 96 2002
****Guys Who Slapped Together Strong Performances in La Salle-Prep Games from 1982-99****
Jess Sodaski Prep 160 1993   Brett Gordon La S 323 1997   Tim Kueny Prep *145 1986
Aaron Brown Prep 150 1997   Frank Costa Prep 271 1988   Jim Jankiewicz Prep 130 1998
        Steve Comly Prep 241 1998   Chikwere "Obi" Amachi La S 121 1997
        Brett Gordon La S 240 1996   Brian Kraus Prep 116 1995
        David Hand Prep 220 1995   Andy Cobaugh Prep 109 1988
                  *-on 3 catches      

OCT. 15 (Evening)
This is season No. 106 for Northeast as a Public League member and this is the ninth time the Vikings (formerly known as the Archives) have started with an overall record as good as 7-0. The Pub was formed in 1909 and this should be season No. 107 for NE. However, NE did not compete in 1957 in the league as the school was getting settled at Cottman and Algon after moving from 8th and Lehigh. It did play a four-game slate, going 1-2-1. The 1909 and 1914 teams were perfect at 9-0 and it's amazing, considering the transportation challenges, that opponents such as Perkiomen School, Swarthmore Prep and Wilmington (Del.) High were among the non-league foes in '09 while Bordentown (N.J.), Rancocas Valley (N.J.) and  Bethlehem Prep filled that bill in '14. The non-wins that prevented perfection in '53, '55 and '68 occurred in City Title games while those in '74, '01 and '05 took place in the regular season or on Thanksgiving. Congrats to coach Phil Gormley and his players/assistants for making this kind of history! . . . Northeast first played football in 1892. Just one game. A tie. It next took a crack in 1895 and again just one game was played. That result was a loss. The teams in 1905 (7-3), 1906 (8-3) and 1908 (8-2) had lots of wins, but there's no way (at the moment, anyway) to check on the order of the games, so I don't know if any of those squads started at least 7-0.
Here are Northeast' starters, as provided by coach Gormley . . .
QB Keith Moore
RB Amir Paulk
RB Elijah Wilcher
FB Demario Molina-White
TE Nashir Wilson
TE Kevin Cato
C Ormond Isom
G Vince Stratton
G Mohammed Ali
T Zack Dorsonne
T Nick Lawson
L Darrius Harris
L Zack Dorsonne
L Nashir Wilson
L Bejon Pryce
LB Terrance Williams
LB Joshua Reoun
LB Kyle Morasch
CB Carlos Divali
CB Elijah Wilcher
S Jaquan Amos
S Keith Moore

Northeast's 7-0 Starts Since the
Public League Was Formed in 1909
Year W-L First
Opponent Occasion Final
2015 7-0 -- -- -- --
2005 8-0 7-14 Washington Regular season 11-2
2001 9-0 17-27 Central Thanksgiving 9-2
1974 7-0 6-26 Lincoln Regular season 7-4
1968 9-0 14-48 Dougherty City Title 9-1
1955 8-0 6-20 La Salle City Title 8-1
1953 9-0 20-20 St. James City Title 9-0-1
1914 9-0 None     9-0
1909 9-0 None     9-0

OCT. 15
The Inter-Ac season will begin tomorrow and, if recent history is any indication, points will be flying onto scoreboards. Check out the list below. In 2013, the average game produced 58.4 points while the number in 2014 (56.0) was pretty darn close to that. A '14 opener between SCH Academy and Penn Charter was an all-timer with SCH finishing on top, 53-51. Six other games produced at least 60 points.

Inter-Ac PPG Averages 2006-14
(During Current Six-School Era)









































OCT. 14
Through 2014, only six guys in city history had racked up 3,000 career passing yards through their junior seasons. Penn Charter's Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky now owns a spot on the list (he's the only lefty). Imhotep's Nasir Boykin (formerly of King) is on the doorstep. Down the street a way is McDevitt's Max Bryson. Those two are also lefties.

City QBs With 3,000 Career Passing Yards as Juniors
Name School Yards Jr. Yr. Sr. Yr. Final Rank
Brett Gordon La Salle 4,190 1996 2,647 6,837 1
John Harrison La Salle 4,031 2006 1,779 5,810 2
Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky Penn Charter 3,429 2015 -- -- T-31
Andre Dreuitt-Parks Imhotep 3,129 2013 2,103 5,232 4
Skyler Mornhinweg SJ Prep 3,079 2010 1,780 4,859 8
John Loughery Penn Charter 3,065 2009 1,715 4,744 9
Malik Stokes Northeast 3,053 2008 1,117 4,170 14
Next in Line . . .            
Nasir Boykin King/Imho. 2,925 2015 -- -- --
Max Bryson McDevitt 2,373 2015 -- -- --

OCT. 13
So, were you doing anything special in 1928? The Inter-Ac's football teams were. They were compiling a perfect record (7-0) in non-league football games. Admittedly, that's not exactly a huge amount of games, but perfect is perfect. Listed below are all non-league performances of .750 or better over the last 88 seasons. At 25-5, 2015 is currently tied for second at .833. One game remains -- Malvern at Cardinal O'Hara at 7 o'clock on Nov. 25 -- and the former will enter that fray as a strong favorite so a 26-5 finish (.839) would not surprise. Very cool. How often does someone (or a group) accomplish something for the first time since 1928? (On the list of schools below, the six current members are obvious. Others: FC is Friends' Central, GF is Germantown Friends and MS is Montgomery School. 1928 has provided frustration. One source does not list GF as a league member. Another does. I was able to find online versions of the Inquirer from the fall of 1928 and games involving GF are routinely listed as being part of Inter-Ac play. We'll go with it!) The 7-0 record was achieved this way: Episcopal over Church Farm, 51-0, and Haverford High, 12-0; Friends' Central over Church Farm, 14-7; Gtn. Academy over Central, 18-6, and Bryn Athyn (now Academy of the New Church), 13-0; Haverford School over Pennsylvania Military Academy's freshmen (now Widener), 31-0; and Penn Charter over Peirce, 6-0. The other members did not play a non-league game. 

Inter-Ac's Top Performances in Non-League Games, 1928-2015
(Ties Not Figured Into Winning Percentage)
Year W-L-T Pct.

Schools in League

1928 7-0 1.000 CHA EA FC GA GF HS   MS PC
2015 25-5 .833 SCH EA   GA   HS MP   PC
1971 15-3 .833 CHA EA   GA   HS MP   PC
1969 15-3-1 .833 CHA EA   GA   HS MP   PC
1968 15-3 .833 CHA EA   GA   HS MP   PC
1964 15-3 .833 CHA EA   GA   HS MP   PC
1965 14-3 .824 CHA EA   GA   HS MP   PC
2014 23-5 .821 SCH EA   GA   HS MP   PC
1936 13-3 .813   EA FC GA   HS     PC
2003 21-5 .808   EA   GA   HS MP   PC
1959 16-4 .800   EA   GA   HS MP   PC
1944 15-4-2 .789   EA FC GA   HS     PC
1942 15-4 .789   EA   GA   HS     PC
1955 14-4 .778   EA   GA   HS MP   PC
1941 10-3 .769   EA   GA   HS     PC
1999 23-7 .767   EA   GA   HS MP   PC
1960 13-4-1 .765   EA   GA   HS MP   PC
1935 13-4 .765 CHA EA FC GA   HS     PC
1967 13-4 .765 CHA EA   GA   HS MP   PC
1966 13-4 .765 CHA EA   GA   HS MP   PC
1983 19-6 .760   EA   GA   HS MP   PC
1980 19-6 .760   EA   GA   HS MP   PC
1990 18-6 .750   EA   GA   HS MP   PC
1979 18-6 .750   EA   GA   HS MP   PC
1973 15-5 .750   EA   GA   HS MP   PC
1962 15-3-1 ,833 CHA EA   GA   HS MP   PC

OCT. 12
Everyone knows -- or at least predicts -- Wood and Imhotep will meet down the line for the Class AAA City Title. Assuming that happens, here's a strong guess: The game won't head to overtime with the score at 0-0 (smile). Wood (45.2) and 'Tep (41.7) rank one-two in scoring average and their combined total comes to 87. The Top 10 outbursters are below. Their combined record is 48-9.

City's Top 10 Teams in Scoring Average
School G W-L Pts PPG
Wood 6 6-0 271 45.2
Imhotep 6 6-0 250 41.7
Haverford School 5 5-0 200 40.0
Franklin 6 5-1 237 39.5
Gratz 6 4-2 233 38.8
Del-Val 6 3-3 209 34.8
Northeast 6 6-0 185 30.8
Germantown Academy 5 5-0 154 30.8
Frankford 6 3-3 181 30.2
Episcopal 5