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JAN. 15
TEDBIT
  By far, Rich Gannon (Class of 1983, St. Joseph's Prep) and Matt Ryan (Class of 2003, Penn Charter) have been the most accomplished NFL quarterbacks produced by Catholic/Inter-Ac/Public schools. Rich played for 17 seasons (1987-93, 1995-2004), passing for 28,743 yards and 180 touchdowns in regular season action while achieving a passer rating of 84.7. Matt recently completed his ninth regular season (2008-16) and his career numbers in the same categories are 37,701, 240 and 93.6. He has been the QB starter in all 142 of his games while Rich, now an analyst on NFL telecasts, made 132 starts in 157 appearances. OK, all that stuff is out of the way. Let's move on to the juicy stuff. How have they performed in the postseason? I decided to list the Top 5 performances based on passer rating and the battle is pretty darn cool. Rich owns three of the Top 5 bests while Matt can be found in spots No. 2 and No. 3. Matt racked up his top effort  yesterday in a win over the Seattle Seahawks, so he'll play at least one more game this season. Let the competition continue! . . . An extra Rich nugget: In his senior year at the Prep, he earned first team Daily News All-City honors as the quarterback and punter. Though he threw righthanded, he punted leftfooted. . . An extra Matt nugget: In the 2002-03 school year, he started for a basketball team that included four future pros while earning second team All-Inter-Ac honors (11.4 ppg). The others: Junior starters Sean Singletary and Rob Kurz advanced to the NBA while senior Tony McDevitt, the sixth man, played pro lacrosse. One of the other starters was soph Zack Zeglinski. His brother, Joe, is now Ryan's hoops coach.
 
Rich Gannon vs. Matt Ryan in Playoff Performances
Name Year Team Opponent W-L C-A Yards TDs INTs Rating
Rich Gannon 2001 Oakland NY Jets W, 38-24 23-29 294 2 0 131.9
Matt Ryan 2016 Atlanta Seattle W, 36-20 26-37 338 3 0 125.7
Matt Ryan 2012 Atlanta San Fran. L, 28-24 30-42 396 3 1 114.8
Rich Gannon 2002 Oakland Tennessee W, 41-24 29-41 286 3 0 114.5
Rich Gannon 2000 Oakland Miami W, 27-0 12-18 143 1 0 109.3

JAN. 8
TEDBIT
 
Through the years, many organizations -- newspapers, news services, magazines, TV networks, etc. -- have picked all-star teams of NFL players. But in the view of most observers, the All-Pro teams selected by the Associated Press and United Press International have carried the most weight. Since the mid-1950s, 10 products of Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac schools have earned first team honors from one or both organizations. This week, the Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan (Penn Charter) became the first Inter-Ac representative and second quarterback to make the cut. Herb Adderley (Northeast, back in the school's 8th and Lehigh days) and Jahri Evans (Frankford) are the lone four-timers. . . If I missed someone, PLEASE speak up. tedtee307@yahoo.com. Thanks!
 

"Our Guys" Who've Earned AP and/or UPI First Team All-Pro Honors
Name School Team Pos. Season
Frank "Bucko" Kilroy North Catholic Philadelphia Eagles DL 1954
Jim Katcavage Roman Catholic New York Giants DE 1961, 1962, 1963
Herb Adderley Northeast Green Bay Packers DB 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966
Leroy Kelly Gratz Cleveland Browns RB 1966, 1967, 1968
Joe Klecko St. James New York Jets DL 1981, 1985
Erik Williams Bartram Dallas Cowboys OL 1993, 1996
Marvin Harrison Roman Indianapolis Colts WR 1999, 2002, 2006
Rich Gannon SJ Prep Oakland Raiders QB 2000, 2002
Jahri Evans Frankford New Orleans Saints OL 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Matt Ryan Penn Charter Atlanta Falcons QB 2016

JAN. 7
TEDBIT
 
The NFL's regular season is over and I'm thinking a record was set: Most "Our Guys" to make appearances in at least one game. Seventeen products of Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac schools saw action. Wonderful! An 18th player, Malvern product Ryan Nassib, was on the New York Giants' roster as the backup quarterback, but he did not make it into a game and was recently placed on injured reserve. He DID play in previous seasons. Philly was always considered a basketball city. Looks like things have changed. . . If I missed someone, PLEASE speak up. tedtee307@yahoo.com. Thanks!

"Our Guys" Who Saw Game Action in the NFL This Season  
PUBLIC LEAGUE      
Name School Team Pos.
Zaire "Bam" Anderson Frankford Denver Broncos LB
Jahri Evans Frankford New Orleans Saints OL
Sharrif Floyd Washington Minnesota Vikings DL
Brent Grimes Northeast Tampa Bay Buccaneers DB
Will Parks Germantown Denver Broncos DB
Al-Hajj Shabazz Bartram Pittsburgh Steelers DB
Jihad Ward Bok Oakland Raiders DL
Earl Watford Gratz Arizona Cardinals OL
CATHOLIC LEAGUE      
Name School Team Pos.
Corey Brown O'Hara Carolina Panthers WR
Will Fuller Roman Houston Texans WR
Nick Moody Roman Washington Redskins LB
Tom Savage O'Hara Houston Texans QB
Jaelen Strong West Catholic Houston Texans WR
INTER-AC LEAGUE      
Name School Team Pos.
Ibraheim Campbell Chestnut Hill Cleveland Browns DB
Carl Nassib Malvern Cleveland Browns DL
Matt Ryan Penn Charter Atlanta Falcons QB
Daryl Worley Penn Charter Carolina Panthers DB

JAN. 3
TEDBIT
 
Below are Top 20 YPG averages for all Catholic League receivers over the last nine seasons that have led their teams to at least the quarterfinal round in the playoffs. Due to injuries, not every guy played in every game. Included are league playoffs, City Titles and all varieties of state playoffs, including subregionals.

Top Performances by CL Receivers  Whose Teams Have Reached at Least State Quarters
Name School Class Year G Yards Avg.
Jaron Macon McDevitt A 2015 5 380 76.0
Sean Coleman La Salle AAAA 2012 5 339 67.8
Craig Jones W. Catholic AA 2015 6 404 67.3
Aamir Brown Neum.-Gor. AA 2014 5 323 64.6
Connor Hoffman La Salle AAAA *2009 6 378 63.0
Jaelen Strong-Rankin W. Catholic AA *2010 6 374 62.3
Terrance Greene SJ Prep AAAAAA *2016 6 360 60.0
Bruce Mapp W. Catholic AA 2011 5 285 57.0
Quran Kent W. Catholic AA 2009 7 385 55.0
Eric Young W. Catholic AA 2008 8 427 53.4
Amadou Barry W. Catholic AA 2015 6 318 53.0
Sean Coleman La Salle AAAA 2011 5 264 52.8
Darryle Simmons SJ Prep AAAAAA *2016 6 305 50.8
Nick Rinella La Salle AAAA 2015 4 194 48.5
John Reid SJ Prep AAAA 2014 3 144 48.0
Sam McCain Wood AAA 2009 5 228 45.6
Jameer Bryson W. Catholic AA 2015 6 268 44.7
John Reid SJ Prep AAAA *2013 6 250 41.7
Mark Webb Wood AAAAA *2016 7 187 37.4
Nate Smith Wood AAA *2011 6 221 36.8
*-state champ            

JAN. 2
TEDBIT
 
Below are Top 20 YPG averages for all Catholic League rushers over the last nine seasons that have led their teams to at least the quarterfinal round in the playoffs. Due to injuries, not every guy played in every game. Included are league playoffs, City Titles and all varieties of state playoffs, including subregionals.

Top Performances by CL Rushers Whose Teams Have Reached at Least State Quarters
Name School Class Year G Yards Avg.
D'Andre Swift SJ Prep AAAAAA *2016 6 1082 180.3
Andrew Guckin Wood AAA 2012 6 1065 177.5
Jarrett McClenton Wood AAA 2014 5 800 160.0
David Williams W. Catholic AA 2011 5 767 153.4
Khalil Roane Neum.-Gor. AA 2014 6 739 147.8
Brandon Hollomon W. Catholic AA *2010 6 862 143.7
Jarrett McClenton Wood AAA *2013 6 829 138.2
Rob Hollomon W. Catholic AA 2008 8 1103 137.9
Raheem Blackshear Wood AAAAA *2016 5 680 136.0
Sean Cunningham Wood AAA 2008 6 805 134.2
Tim Wade La Salle AAAA 2011 5 629 125.8
Syaire Madden La Salle AAAA 2015 4 499 124.8
Desmon Peoples Wood AAA *2011 5 613 122.6
Shawn Thompson Wood AAAAA  *2016 5 609 121.8
Brandon Hollomon W. Catholic AA 2009 7 851 121.6
Brandon Peoples Wood AAA 2010 5 530 106.0
Jamal Abdur-Rahman La Salle AAAA 2010 6 636 106.0
Olamide Zaccheaus SJ Prep AAAA *2013 6 473 78.8
Jamal Abdur-Rahman La Salle AAAA *2009 6 463 77.2
James Bell SJ Prep AAAA 2014 5 339 67.8
*-state champ            

DEC. 27
TEDBIT
 
Below are Top 20 YPG passing averages for all Catholic League quarterbacks over the last nine seasons that have led their teams to at least the quarterfinal round in the playoffs. Due to injuries, not every guy played in every game. Included are league playoffs, City Titles and all varieties of state playoffs, including subregionals.

Top Performances by CL Passers Whose Teams Have Reached at Least State Quarters
Name School Class Year G Yards Avg.
Joshua Evans W. Catholic AA 2015 6 1213 202.2
Chris Kane La Salle AAAA 2012 5 995 199.0
Chris Martin SJ Prep AAAA *2013 5 992 198.4
Drew Loughery La Salle AAAA *2009 6 865 160.8
Marquez McCray SJ Prep AAAAAA *2016 6 906 151.0
Chris Ferguson La Salle AAAA 2015 4 572 143.0
Jerry Rahill Wood AAA 2009 5 704 140.8
Matt Magarity La Salle AAAA 2011 5 703 140.6
Jarred Evans W. Catholic AA 2009 7 881 125.9
Jack Clements SJ Prep AAAA 2014 5 614 122.8
Jack Colyar Wood AAAAA  *2016 5 591 118.2
Ray Lenhart Neum.-Gor. AA 2014 5 559 111.8
Anthony Reid W. Catholic AA *2010 6 628 104.7
Sean McCartney Wood AAA 2008 6 615 102.5
Matt Magarity La Salle AAAA 2010 5 511 102.2
Joey Monaghan Wood AAA *2011 6 612 102.0
Joey Monaghan Wood AAA 2010 6 483 96.6
Curtis Drake W. Catholic AA 2008 8 769 96.1
Jaleel Reed W. Catholic AA 2011 5 479 95.8
Tom Garlick Wood AAA  *2013 6 389 64.8
*-state champ            

DEC. 22
TEDBIT
 
La Salle ('09), West Catholic ('10) and St. Joseph's Prep ('13, '14, '16) have combined for five state championships over the last eight seasons and those squads have featured numerous stars. Here's one man's opinion of the overall best based on the spots they claimed on Daily News All-City squads. Aaron "Ace" Carter picked the 2013, '14 and '16 squads. I did so in '09 and '10. As with yesterday's Wood team, no punter is listed.
 

ALL-STAR TEAM OF STATE CHAMP PLAYERS FROM LA SALLE ('09), W. CATHOLIC ('10) AND SJ PREP ('13-'14, '16)
OFFENSE
Pos. Name School Year All-City
L Jon Daniel Runyan SJ Prep 2013-14 1st/1st
L Jackson Evans SJ Prep 2016 1st
L Mark Ehrlich SJ Prep 2014 2nd
L Steven Robinson SJ Prep 2013 2nd
L Ed Mooney SJ Prep 2014 3rd
Rec. Jaelen Strong-Rankin West 2010 1st
Rec. Sam Feleccia La Salle 2009 1st
Rec. Quran Kent West 2010 2nd
QB Drew Loughery La Salle 2009 1st
RB *D'Andre Swift SJ Prep 2013/'16 3rd/1st
RB Jamal Abdur-Rahman La Salle 2009 2nd
MP Brandon Hollomon West 2010 1st
K Mike Bennett La Salle 2009 1st
*-also 1st team MP in '14.
DEFENSE
Pos. Name School Year All-City
L Jake Strain SJ Prep 2013-14 1st/1st
L Ryan Bryce SJ Prep 2016 1st
L Steve Szostak La Salle 2009 1st
L Jim Lynch West 2010 1st
L Steve Sinnott La Salle 2009 1st
LB Ryan McNulty SJ Prep 2013 1st
LB Shane Brady La Salle 2009 1st
B John Reid SJ Prep 2013-14 1st/1st
B Dillon DeIuliis SJ Prep 2014 2nd
B Richard Carr SJ Prep 2016 2nd
B Kevin Forster La Salle 2009 3rd

DEC. 21
TEDBIT
 
Archbishop Wood has won four state championships over the last six seasons and those squads have featured numerous stars. Here's one man's opinion of the overall best based on the spots they claimed on Daily News All-City squads. Aaron "Ace" Carter picked the 2013, '14 and '16 squads. I did so in '11. As you'll see, no punter is listed. Did the Vikings even get to fourth down in those four seasons? (smile).

WOOD'S ALL-STAR TEAM OF STATE CHAMP PLAYERS
OFFENSE   DEFENSE
Pos. Name Year All-City   Pos. Name Year All-City
L Ryan Bates 2013-14 1st/1st   L Colin Thompson 2011 1st
L Frank Taylor 2011 1st   L Devon Cobb 2013-14 2nd/2nd
L Brandon Arcidiacono 2011 1st   L Chris Gary 2013 3rd
L Anthony Diodato 2016 1st   L Christian Lohin 2014 3rd
L Ryan Neher 2013-14 3rd/2nd   LB Jake Cooper 2013-14 1st/1st
Rec. Mark Webb 2016 1st   LB Justin Rubin 2014 1st 
Rec. Kyle Pitts 2016  3rd   LB Kyle Adkins 2011 2nd
QB Joey Monaghan 2011 2nd   LB Matt Palmer 2016 3rd
RB Jarrett McClenton 2013-14 1st/1st   B Nate Smith 2011 1st
RB Desmon Peoples 2011 1st   B Kendall Singleton 2013 2nd
RB Shawn Thompson 2016 2nd   B Nasir Peoples 2016 3rd
MP Raheem Blackshear 2016 1st          
K Nick Visco 2011 1st          

DEC. 19
TEDBIT
  In the waning moments of last night's game between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Bucs, play-by-play announcer Al Michaels said Cowboys QB Dak Prescott had posted the NFL's all-time No. 2 passing percentage for guys with at least 30 attempts in a game. Prescott threw no more passes and finished 32-for-36 (88.9 percent) for 279 yards and a TD. Michaels also noted that the No. 1 spot was held by Rich Gannon, who'd gone 34-for-38 (89.5 percent) in the 500th regular season Monday Night Football game in 2002. Thanks for the Tedbit fodder, Mr. Michaels! Gannon starred for St. Joseph's Prep (class of 1983) and earned first team All-City honors at TWO positions -- QB and punter. Believe it or not, he punted left-footed (non-stop boomers!) even though he threw right-handed. Gannon played for Oakland in that 11/11/2002 game and the opponent was Denver. Those 34 completions yielded 352 yards and three TDs. In the Prep's '82 season, Gannon passed 109-for-248 (44.0 percent) for 1,567 yards and eight TDs. He also ran for four scores. Maybe you're wondering, did he have any games with very impressive completion percentages? Yes, two. His best was 64 percent (16-for-25) in game No. 5, a 21-7 win over long-closed St. James, in Chester. He passed for two scores and ran for one. Second best was 61.1 percent (11-for-18) and that was posted in the opener, a 14-13 win over Lower Merion. The yield was 173 yards and one score. In his 17-year NFL career, counting playoffs, Gannon passed 2,687-for-4,446 (60.4 percent) for 30,434 yards (17.3 miles) and 191 TDs.

DEC. 18
TEDBIT

  Pat McLoone, sniping wing guard for La Salle High in 1977, is not only the managing editor of the good, ol' Philadelphia Daily News and the father of four boys who were students/athletes at Monsignor Bonner/Bonner-Prendie. He has a good sense of humor and it was the inspiration for this Tedbit. In a showcase event Friday night, B-P beat Beaver Falls, 52-49, on a buzzer-beating trey by Tymir Cooper and Pat sent me a text that began with "John Cappelletti over Joe Namath." Ha, ha, ha. All people of a certain age get the reference and, hey, who knows, maybe some young bucks also understand. Cappelletti, a 1970 Bonner grad, won the Heisman Trophy in 1973 thanks to his rushing exploits for Penn State. He then played nine seasons in the NFL. Namath, a 1961 Beaver Falls grad (that town is about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh), played quarterback in the pros for 13 seasons and is most famous for having led the New York Jets (AFL) past the Baltimore Colts (NFL) in Super Bowl III. After "guaranteeing" that the huge upset would happen. I knew that Cappelletti -- we're almost the same age -- had played basketball for Bonner and had even earned first team All-Catholic honors in the Southern Division in 1970. But what about Namath? Had he played hoops at Beaver Falls? . . . First some nuggets about Cappelletti. As a junior at Bonner, he hardly played for the varsity and settled for four CL points on a field goal and two free throws. As a senior he scored 198 points in 16 division games for a 12.4 average. He had five points in a quarterfinal win over St. Joseph's Prep, played on a Sunday, but injured his foot or ankle (reports vary) at practice four days later and was unavailable for Sunday's semifinal loss to North Catholic. Both games were played at the Palestra . . . Now for Namath. He was a star in the three major sports at BF -- some expected him to sign a baseball contract out of high school; this was the before-the-draft era -- but did not make it through his senior basketball campaign. Here's why: He got kicked off the team! On January 21, in the New Castle (Pa.) News, sports editor Bob Vosburg included this short (but telling?) nugget in a notes column: "Though he's no angel, Joe Namath, Beaver Falls' fine athlete, isn't the dead-end kid some stories make him out to be, either." Just a few days earlier, Namath had scored 19 points to lift Beaver Falls to a 75-68 win over New Castle. In that story, Vosburg noted Namath had "walked onto the court carrying a basketball palm-down in one hand as if it were an orange." Numerous stories through the years made note of Namath's huge hands (he was only 6-2) and how he could palm a basketball as early as tenth grade. Anyway, then there was this in the Feb. 7 New Castle paper: Namath and Bennie Singleton, the team's top scorer, had been dismissed from the team because of their actions during a game vs. visiting Farrell. BF was getting swamped when coach Nate Lippe substituted for the two players. "Instead of retiring to the bench, the two went directly to the locker room to shower without Lippe's permission," Vosburg wrote. He added, "A story behind the story has it that there was dissension on the club because of the feelings in some quarters that Namath and Singleton were hogging the shots." There was lots of uproar about the decision but Lippe, a first-year coach, stood his ground. Namath and Singleton played no more (though both were given honorable mention on the all-league team). While conducting research for this nugget, I found something else concerning Namath and his, um. nutty ways. In a story published years later after Namath had become quite famous, one newspaper ran this quote from a Beaver Falls athletic director. "Right after Joe's Beaver Falls High won the league (football) title, Joe climbed on the roof of the Sahli Chevrolet building on Seventh Avenue and shinnied up the flag pole. He wanted to tie an orange balloon on the top, advertising Beaver Falls' championship. Well, a crowd started to gather and the police were called and Joe, as usual, got in a helluva mess." Gotta love it! Thanks for the text, Pat.

DEC. 16
TEDBIT
 
In the previous two seasons, 19 players 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 and this year only two have done so -- SJ Prep's D'Andre Swift (three times) and Wood's Raheem "Speedy" Blackshear (twice). Last year's squad, also selected by Aaron "Ace" Carter, included just three underclassmen. The other guy, Malvern RB O'Shaan Allison, suffered a serious injury and missed much of the season. The total for multiple first-teamers from 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.
 

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 Archbishop Wood 2011-12
DL Justin Moody George Washington 2011-12
LB Matt Galambos Haverford School 2011-12
SENIORS IN 2013    
LB Zaire Franklin La Salle 2012-13
DB Deandre Scott Imhotep Charter 2012-13
SENIORS IN 2014    
L Ryan Bates  Archbishop Wood 2013-14
L Jon Daniel Runyan  SJ Prep 2013-14
L Jacob Rebisz Malvern Prep 2013-14
Rec.  Jimmy Herron La Salle 2013-14
RB Jarrett McClenton Archbishop Wood 2013-14
RB Samir Bullock Archbishop Ryan 2013-14
DL  Shareef Miller  Frankford/Washington 2013-14
DL  Jake Strain SJ Prep 2013-14
LB Jake Cooper Archbishop Wood 2013-14
DB John Reid SJ Prep 2012-13-14
SENIORS IN 2015
L Yasir Durant Imhotep 2014-15
L JohnCarlo Valentin Imhotep 2014-15
MP D’Andre Swift SJ Prep 2014-15
DL  Raquan Thomas  Simon Gratz 2014-15
DL  Karamo Dioubate Prep Charter 2014-15
DL-Rec. Naseir “Pop” Upshur Imhotep 2014-15
LB Shawn "Woozy" Jenkins Simon Gratz 2014-15
DB  Yeedee Thaenrat Father Judge 2014-15
DB-Rec. Dox Aitken Haver. School 2014-15
SENIORS IN 2016
MP-RB D'Andre Swift SJ Prep 2014-15-16
MP Raheem "Speedy" Blackshear Wood 2015-16

DEC. 15
TEDBIT
 
Below are breakdowns for the four Wood teams that have claimed next-to-highest enrollment state championships (three at AAA, one at AAAAA). There are 13 categories. The 2011 and 2014 squads are tied for first with five top performances. They're also knotted atop the best overall record list at 14-1.
 
  2011 2013 2014 2016
Overall Record #14-1 13-2 #14-1 11-2-1
Division Record 3-0 3-0 4-0 5-1
Points Scored 599 585 662 499
Points Allowed 124 173 202 209
Average Score Overall 40-8 39-12 44-13 36-15
Average Score in CL/CT playoffs 49-7 48-13 44-20 51-13
Average Score in state playoffs 54-12 35-13 47-14 43-8
Rushing Yards Gained 257.5 242.3 280.9 225.4
Passing Yards Gained 107.2 93.7 108.5 141.6
Total Yards Gained 364.7 336 389.4 366.9
Rushing Yards Allowed 95.5 123.7 93.8 81.0
Passing Yards Allowed 75.5 68 105.5 125.4
Total Yards Allowed 171 125.1 199.3 206.4
#-tied for top spot        

DEC. 14
TEDBIT
  Below are breakdowns for archrival CL schools that have combined for four largest-enrollment state championships. There are 13 categories. SJ Prep's 2016 Class 6A champs own the top performance in nine of them. La Salle '09 is second with three. SJ Prep '14 is third with one. SJ Prep '13 got blanked.
 
  La S '09 SJP '13 SJP '14 SJP '16
Overall Record *14-1 12-3 11-3 14-0
Division Record 5-1 4-0 3-0 6-0
Points Scored 30.4 29.4 37.3 40.2
Points Allowed 11.9 19.8 24.6 15.6
Average Score Overall 30-12 29-20 37-25 40-16
Average Score in CL/CT playoffs 32-23 28-17 47-14 41-9
Average Score in state playoffs 25-9 31-14 40-26 38-16
Rushing Yards Gained 161.7 172.1 226.1 242.9
Passing Yards Gained 164.6 168.7 154.6 169.9
Total Yards Gained 326.3 340.8 380.7 412.7
Rushing Yards Allowed 137.3 178.1 115.9 103.1
Passing Yards Allowed 99.3 137.9 173.2 166.6
Total Yards Allowed 236.5 316.1 289.1 269.7
*Lone loss to SJ Prep, 24-17        

DEC. 13
TEDBIT
 
Since 1981, guys in one trio and 13 combos have rushed for at least 1,000 yards apiece. Now in the club are Wood's Shawn Thompson (2,567) and Raheem "Speedy" Blackshear (1,257), who totaled 2,567 yards. West Catholic's 2008 trio of Rob Hollomon (1,923), QB Curtis Drake (1,639) and Raymond "Syrup" Maples (1,309) was beyond outrageous, combining for 4,871 yards. Wonder if that total will ever be remotely approached again, let alone eclipsed.
 
Wood's primary linemen this year were: center Tom Walsh, guards Connor Bishop and Matt Arcidiacono, tackles Anthony Diodato and Albert Glasgow, and tight ends Kyle Pitts and Bill Shaeffer.
 
1,000-Yard Rushing Combos (& One Trio), 1981-2016
Name School Yards Total Year
Rob Hollomon W. Catholic 1,923 4,871 '08
Curtis Drake W. Catholic 1,639   '08
Raymond Maples W. Catholic 1,309   '08
Eddie Gaskins Frankford 1,940 3,219 '97
Herbert Sample Frankford 1,279   '97
Jarrett McClenton Wood 2,191 3,195 '14
Alex Arcangeli Wood 1,004   '14
Jim Casey Judge 1,717 2,778 '97
Ed Guzak Judge 1,061   '97
Al Settembrino Ryan 1,307 2,579 '85
Rick Hollawell Ryan 1,272   '85
Amir Paulk Northeast 1,507 2,568 '15
Keith Moore Northeast 1,061   '15
Shawn Thompson Wood 1,310 2,567 '16
Raheem Blackshear Wood 1,257   '16
Desmon Peoples Wood 1,349 2,462 '10
Brandon Peoples Wood 1,113   '10
Dan Jones SJ Prep 1,181 2,324 '03
John Shaw SJ Prep 1,143   '03
Joe O'Connell Ryan 1,147 2,278 '97
Jeff Moore Ryan 1,131   '97
Desmon Peoples Wood 1,239 2,252 '11
Brandon Peoples Wood 1,013   '11
James Roderick Carroll 1,089 2,147 '02
Ryan Stewart Carroll 1,058   '02
Sundiata Rush Central 1,086 2,106 '88
Jerrod Washington Central 1,020   '88
Aaron Brown SJ Prep 1,068 2,100 '97
Milton Johnson SJ Prep 1,032   '97

DEC. 12
TEDBIT
 
Every father wants the best for his son. But does he want to be outdone? And then have to listen to his son chirp about it non-stop? (smile). In the Swift home, the last two days have likely been quite entertaining with D'Andre givin' his pop an earful. Here's why: In 1987, Darren Swift's rushing (and terrific blocking for fellow RB Sean Parish) helped Frankford become the first team in Public League history to finish with a record as lofty as 12-0. Then came this past Saturday night. D'Andre Swift's rushing (and blocking for quarterback Marquez McCray) helped St. Joseph's Prep become just the second team in Catholic League history (also La Salle in 1996) to finish with a record as lofty as 14-0. On the list below, you'll see that Darren, now the Prep's strength/conditioning coach, saved three of his top four performances for the stretch run -- playoffs vs. Bartram and Dobbins surrounding the ultra-important Thanksgiving game vs. North Catholic. D'Andre packed three of his top five into the same span and his other really goodies came against archrival La Salle. In that first meeting, he scored seven TDs in all -- six rushing, one receiving.
 
Darren Swift, 12-0 Frankford in 1987 D'Andre Swift, 14-0 SJ Prep in 2016
Opponent We They Car. Yds TDs Opponent We They Car. Yds TDs
Bartram 29 32 13 32 0 Oaks Chris. (CA) 49 17 14 128 2
Roxborough 38 6 7 51 0 Don Bosco (NJ) 35 24 8 73 2
Olney 43 6 12 96 2 Wood 43 24 1 6 0
King 28 6 16 81 1 Carroll 42 6 x x x
Washington 44 6 11 44 2 Roman 22 10 0 0 0
Northeast 55 0 4 83 2 Judge 35 13 0 0 0
Mastbaum 56 0 6 37 0 La Salle 63 35 19 275 6
Lincoln 25 15 16 80 1 Ryan 35 14 0 0 0
University City 35 6 6 34 2 Roman 45 7 7 87 1
Bartram 25 8 16 95 1 La Salle 35 14 18 176 3
North Catholic 34 17 20 175 1 Northeast 44 6 6 72 2
Dobbins 42 14 19 137 2 Parkland 38 17 18 318 2
            North Penn 35 25 31 268 4
            Pitts. Cent. Cath. 42 7 27 161 3
12-0 454 116 146 945 14 14-0 563 219 149 1,564 25
  37.8 9.7         40.2 15.6      

DEC. 11
TEDBIT
 
Their high school careers have ended and their stats have been finalized . . . This last list includes the guys the from the two earlier lists, so you can see how everyone fared. The Prep's D'Andre Swift totaled 5,918 yards of rushing/receiving along with 74 TDs. Mix in four other scores and a two-point conversion and his career produced 470 points.
  UPDATE: West Catholic's guys have been added. Neglected to do so earlier. Thanks, Huck!
 
Final Totals for Productive Players Whose Careers Have Ended 
RUSHING School Car. Yards TDs
D'Andre Swift SJ Prep 563 4,273 54
Syaire Madden La Salle/SCH Acad. 656 4,008 39
Malik Twyman Haverford School 401 2,756 36
Calil Wortham West Catholic 468 2,619 35
Shawn Thompson Wood 249 2,191 30
Zac Fernandez Malvern 315 2,181 20
Raheem "Speedy" Blackshear Judge/Wood 268 1,954 32
Joe Hartley-Vittoria Bonner-Prendie 379 1,812 14
PASSING School C-A Yards TDs
Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky Penn Charter 394-722 6,172 60
Kyle McCloskey Gtn. Academy 281-610 3,902 45
Max Bryson McDevitt 224-456 3,682 39
Tommy Toal Haverford School 248-391 3,431 37
Matt Romano Ryan 255-460 3,405 37
Stephen Honick Carroll 258-506 2,921 17
Rob King Judge 191-419 2,914 31
Matt Rahill SCH Academy 178-330 2,642 24
CJ McAnally Episcopal 135-221 1,832 18
RECEIVING School Rec. Yards TDs
D'Andre Swift SJ Prep 109 1,645 20
Mark Webb Wood 68 1,602 23
Amadou Barry West Catholic 93 1,562 19
Raheem "Speedy" Blackshear Judge/Wood 89 1,462 18
Terrance Greene SJ Prep 75 1,232 12
Justin Gies Judge 69 1,224 15
Matt Hoffman SCH Academy 76 1,157 15
Mike Fay Malvern 62 1,027 9
Jeremy Smith Ryan/Judge 73 1,021 11
Jack Cucinotta SCH Academy 59 1,004 10
Joey Bristow Roman 73 932 8
Jay Smiley Carroll 66 899 6
Chris Tucker Penn Charter 37 834 10
Zac Fernandez Malvern 62 711 8
KICK SCORING School PAT FG Pts
Dan Zanine Wood 122 13 161
Connor Ringwalt Episcopal 114 11 147
Vince Capone Gtn. Academy 58 12 94
Brandon Chiazza Malvern 58 7 79
Ryan Stock Ryan  63 3 72
OVERALL SCORING School TD Conv. Pts
D'Andre Swift SJ Prep 78 1 470
Raheem "Speedy" Blackshear Judge/Wood 53 0 318
Malik Twyman Haverford School 43 6 270
Calil Wortham West Catholic 36 10 236
Syaire Madden SCH Acad./La Salle 39 1 236
Shawn Thompson Wood 35 0 210
Zac Fernandez Malvern 31 0 186

DEC. 10
TEDBIT
 
As Archbishop Wood last night captured the Class AAAAA state championship, sr. Raheem "Speedy" Blackshear carried a whopping 35 times for 243 yards and three TDs. Maybe you're wondering, How often has a guy logged that many carries in this century? More often than you might think. The list is below an West Catholic's Curtis "Boonah" Brinkley tops it with 45. Roman's Joe McCourt is next with 44. In 2013, Joe's brother, Patrick, lugged the ball 38 times vs. Roxborough and the guy who gave him permission was . . . Joe! He was Roman's coach and the Patrickfest was a way to reward the fullback for all of the blocking he did that season for tailback Dimetri Kelly, who notched at least 35 carries three times that season. (And had 41 in a 2014 game.) Meanwhile, in Wood's final three games, Blackshear racked up 70 carries for 558 yards. He had "only" 77 carries in Wood's first 11 games.
  
Catholic League Rushers With 35-Plus Carries, 2000-16
Name Team Opponent No. Year
Curtis "Boonah" Brinkley West Catholic Carroll 45 2003
Joe McCourt Roman O'Hara 44 2000
David Williams West Catholic Bok 42 2011
Dimetri Kelly Roman Coatesville 41 2014
Manny Harrison McDevitt Wissahickon 40 2005
Jarrett McClenton Wood Harris. McDevitt 40 2013
Curtis "Boonah" Brinkley West Catholic Carroll 39 2003
Tim Wade La Salle Judge 39 2011
Khalil Roane Neum.-Goretti Lansdale Cath. 39 2014
Abdul Sesay West Catholic Dougherty 38 2000
John Shaw SJ Prep La Salle 38 2004
Patrick McCourt Roman Roxborough 38 2013
Samir Bullock Ryan SJ Prep 38 2013
Rasuel Thomas Conwell-Egan McDevitt 37 2005
Jamir Livingston SJ Prep O'Hara 37 2007
Terrell Oglesby North Catholic Frankford 37 2007
Dimetri Kelly Roman Downingtown E. 37 2013
Dimetri Kelly Roman O'Hara 37 2013
Sean Cunningham Wood Pennridge 36 2008
Eugene Byrd North Catholic Pennridge 36 2008
David Williams West Catholic Springfield-M. 36 2011
Dimetri Kelly Roman SJ Prep 36 2013
Paul Kollhoff Bonner O'Hara 35 2000
Joe McCourt Roman Roxborough 35 2000
John Shaw SJ Prep Brooklyn Poly (NY) 35 2004
Chris Ashley La Salle West Catholic 35 2006
Andrew McHale Judge Roman 35 2007
Sean Cunningham Wood Carroll 35 2008
Raheem Blackshear Wood Harrisburg 35 2016

DEC. 9
TEDBIT
 
Here's a list of the most prolific teams in Catholic/Inter-Ac history on a points-per-game basis. SJ Prep currently ranks seventh at 40.1 and Georgia commit D'Andre Swift owns a team-best 162 points. We'll see if the Hawks go up or down after tomorrow night's 6A final. Maybe you'll look below, then mutter, "Why isn't Wood on the list?" It missed by one point at 35.5. The Vikings will need to drop a 49-point bomb to climb to 36.5. That total would exactly match the totals of Wood's 2010 team.
  UPDATED through end of season.

 
Most Prolific Teams in Catholic/Inter-Ac History . . . by Points per Game
Year School Games Points PPG Leading Scorer Points
2008 West Catholic 16 775 48.4 Rob Hollomon 254
2011 Wood 15 699 46.6 Desmon Peoples 138
2000 Carroll 13 584 44.9 Brian Mattaway 144
2014 Wood 15 652 43.5 Jarrett McClenton 254
2015 Wood 12 511 42.6 Raheem "Speedy" Blackshear 144
2008 Malvern 10 424 42.4 Neil Willis 118
2016 SJ Prep 14 563 40.2 D'Andre Swift 180
2013 Wood 15 585 39.0 Jarrett McClenton 192
2002 SJ Prep 13 499 38.4 Pat Kaiser 306
2015 Haver. School 10 380 38.0 Mallik Twyman 98
2014 Haver. School 10 377 37.7 Phil Poquie 84
2014 SJ Prep 14 522 37.3 D'Andre Swift 126
2007 West Catholic 12 444 37.0 Raymond Maples 124
2012 Episcopal 10 368 36.8 Adam Strouss 108
2010 West Catholic 15 548 36.5 Brandon Hollomon 110
2010 Wood 14 511 36.5 Desmon Peoples 150

DEC. 8
TEDBIT
 
Three teams -- Imhotep vs. Erie Cathedral Prep in 4A (tonight at 7), Wood vs. Harrisburg in 5A (tomorrow night at 7), SJ Prep vs. Pittsburgh Central Catholic in 6A (Saturday night at 8) --  are about to make appearances in PIAA state football finals in Hershey and here's hoping District 12's winning streak gets extended to six. Overall, D-12 owns an 8-5 mark with wins in five of the last six. Results are below.
Breakdowns of the D-12 teams . . .  Imhotep -- Wood -- SJ Prep
 
UPDATED with 2016 results. D-12 is now 10-6.

District 12's Results in State Championship Games
Year Class Winner Loser Score
2008 3A Thomas Jefferson Wood 34-7
  2A Wilmington Area West Catholic 35-34
2009 4A La Salle State College 24-7
2010 4A North Allegheny La Salle 21-0
  2A West Catholic South Fayette 50-14
2011 3A Wood Harrisburg McDevitt 52-0
2012 3A Erie Cathedral Prep Wood 24-14
2013 4A SJ Prep Pittsburgh Central Cath. 35-10
  3A Wood Harrisburg McDevitt 22-10
  2A South Fayette Imhotep 41-0
2014 4A SJ Prep Pine-Richland 49-41
  3A Wood Central Valley 33-14
2015 3A Imhotep Erie Cathedral Prep 40-3
2016 6A SJ Prep Pittsburgh Central Cath. 42-7
  5A Wood Harrisburg 37-10
  4A Erie Cathedral Prep Imhotep 27-20

DEC. 7
TEDBIT
 
Three city teams will try to win state championships this week and two have already earned spots on the list below . . . Imhotep and SJ Prep have stormed to 13-0 marks. Wood is "only" 10-2-1.
  UPDATED through end of season. (Wood also won to finish 11-2-1.)

City Teams With 13 Wins
School W-L Year
*Imhotep 15-0 2015
La Salle 14-0 1996
*SJ Prep 14-0 2016
*La Salle 14-1 2009
*Wood 14-1 2011
Imhotep 14-1 2012
*Wood 14-1 2014
West Catholic 14-2 2008
Carroll 13-0 2000
SJ Prep 13-0 2002
Judge 13-1 1975
Wood 13-1 2010
Imhotep 13-1 2016
La Salle 13-2 2010
*West Catholic 13-2 2010
*Wood 13-2 2013
Imhotep 13-3 2013
*-state champs    

DEC. 6
TEDBIT
 
Yes, St. Joseph's Prep will try to win another state title Saturday night, but this has ALREADY been a notable season. Know why? The Hawks have claimed the No. 1 spot on the list below . . . most overall winning seasons, on a percentage basis, among Catholic League members. They'd been lurking at No. 2, but moved up when Judge posted a .500 record this season. On a rounded-off basis, O'Hara and West Catholic are now tied for the No. 4 spot. Ah, but O'Hara is actually a sliver ahead, .6154 to .6146.

School Entered Total
Seasons
Winning
Seasons
Pct.
CL Play
SJ Prep 1920 89 59 .663
Judge 1956 61 40 .656
La Salle 1920 89 55 .618
O'Hara 1965 52 32 .615
West 1920 96 59 .615
Carroll 1969 48 26 .542
Wood 1966 51 27 .529
Conwell-Egan 1963 54 27 .500
Neumann-Goretti 1935 82 38 .463
Roman 1920 96 44 .458
Ryan 1968 49 22 .449
McDevitt 1963 54 23 .426
Bonner-Prendie 1956 61 25 .410
Lansdale 2008 9 2 .222
 No CL play in 1929        
 SJ Prep not in CL: 1956-62       
 La Salle not in CL: 1921-22, 1928-33  

DEC. 5
TEDBIT
 
Over the last 57 seasons, Roman Catholic grads own the top two totals for receiving yards by NFL "Our Guys" rookies. Marvin Harrison, who last summer was inducted into the Hall of Fame, still holds down the No. 1 spot with 836 yards. Will Fuller, of the Houston Texans, now checks in at No. 2. Yesterday vs. the Green Bay Packers, Fuller made five snags for 58 yards. With four games remaining, his numbers are 35-508 with two TDs. The previous No. 2 guy was Angelo Coia, who played for Northeast during its days at 8th and Lehigh. His numbers were 25-478-4. But check out the list below. Angelo's YPR average was better than Will's . . . and Will's, for the moment, is better than Marvin's. 

 
Top Receiving Performances by Philly Rookies in the NFL, 1960-2016
Name School Team Pos. Year Rec. Yards YPR TD
Marvin Harrison Roman Indianapolis Rec. 1996 64 836 13.1 8
Will Fuller Roman Houston WR 2016 35 508 14.5 2
Angelo Coia Northeast Chicago Rec. 1960 25 478 19.1 4
Steve Slaton Conwell-Egan Houston RB 2008 50 377 7.5 1
Corey Brown O'Hara Carolina Rec. 2014 21 296 14.1 2
Blair Thomas Frankford  NY Jets RB 1990 20 204 10.2 1
Kevin Jones O'Hara Detroit RB 2004 28 180 6.4 1
Jaelen Strong West Catholic Houston Rec. 2015 14 161 11.5 3
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

DEC. 4
TEDBIT
 
As mentioned in the state playoff recaps, D'Andre Swift's 21st carry in last night's SJ Prep-North Penn Class AAAAAA state semifinal turned out to be quite the memory maker. A 12-yard gain enabled him to dislodge 2008 grad Jamir Livingston (3,996) from his spot atop the school's list of leading career rushers AND lift him past 4,000 yards to 4,003. D'Andre is the second guy this season to surpass 4,000 and the all-time city league total now stands at 12. One thing I was wondering . . . How would the guys rank on a yards-per-carry basis? That list is below. Wood's Jarrett McClenton leads the way at 10.46, more than a first down per carry! Swift checks in at No. 6 (with one game remaining) and Madden is No. 10.
  UPDATED through end of season. Swift remains in the No. 6 spot.

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The City's 4,000-Yard Rushers, Listed in Yards-Per-Carry Order
Name School(s) Sr. Yr. Car. Yards YPC
Jarrett McClenton Wood 2014 434 4,539 10.46
Eddie Gaskins Frankford 1997 675 6,122 9.06
*Kevin Jones O'Hara 2000 710 5,728 8.07
Chris Downs Malvern 1997 503 4,045 8.04
David Williams NC/WC/Imhotep 2012 596 4,652 7.81
D'Andre Swift SJ Prep 2016 563 4,273 7.59
*Steve Slaton Conwell-Egan 2004 801 5,998 7.49
Samir Bullock Judge/Ryan 2014 701 5,209 7.43
*Curtis Brinkley Roxbor./W. Catholic  2003 1,007 7,413 7.36
Syaire Madden SCH Ac./La Salle 2016 656 4,008 6.11
Sharif Smith Furness 2011 755 4,457 5.90
Rolando Ransom Comm. Tech 2011 873 4,116 4.71
*advanced to NFL