On the Trail
This comes from Chuck Langerman, a noted South Jersey historian. Thanks, Chuck!
Philadelphia Eagles emerging star running back Corey Clement is best known for his role in the "Philly Special" in Super Bowl LII, but Corey was also a prolific, record-setting running back at Glassboro High School in South Jersey. His career numbers at Glassboro were 619 carries for a South Jersey-record 6,254 yards with 85 rushing touchdowns and 90 touchdowns overall. Six years ago, on Friday, September 28, 2012, often described as the "night South Jersey running backs went bonkers," Corey had the best rushing output in his prep career. Earlier that night, Wildwood High School and future University of Delaware tailback Wesley Hills rushed for 452 yards and eight touchdowns in a 38-14 victory over Maple Shade. Hills' 452 yards rushing in the game eclipsed the former South Jersey record of 429 yards in 2004 by Terrance Riley of Paul VI High, and his eight touchdowns in the game equaled the mark of eight established in 1950 by Roger Morton of Florence High. Approximately two hours later, Corey Clement topped Hills' short-lived new record, rushing for 478 yards and seven touchdowns on only 14 carries in a 45-23 win over Gloucester City. Corey's 478 yards rushing in a game remains a South Jersey and Philadelphia area (South Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania) record, but it is not a New Jersey state record. The New Jersey state and national mark is 754 yards by John Giannantonio of now defunct Netcong High (Morris County, NJ) in a 61-0 shutout of Mountain Lakes in 1950. Giannantonio, a 5-foot-7, 137-pound sophomore halfback also scored nine touchdowns in that Thanksgiving Day triumph over Mountain Lakes. He would later play college ball at Villanova University, but came nowhere close to duplicating his high school stats on the Main Line. His national high school record though has stood the test of time. The closest challenge to his standard was in September of 2015 when Journey Brown of Meadville High in Pennsylvania rushed 30 times for 722 yards and 10 touchdowns in a NBA-like score victory of 107-90 against DuBois High.
This comes from Chuck Langerman, a noted South Jersey historian. Thanks, Chuck!
Finding space for athletic fields in densely populated urban cities across the United States is often a problem for city high schools. The Union City School District in North Jersey came up with a novel approach to this problem. Union City, NJ is the most densely populated city in the USA with 51,810 people per square mile. When the new Union City High School was built, there was no room in town to build the football field, so when you can't build outward, you have to build up. The school officials decided to build the football field three stories up on the roof of Union City High School. Pictured above is a photo of Roosevelt Stadium, an artificial turf facility which hosts football, baseball, soccer, and field hockey. The third-floor stadium presents a great view of the Empire State building and Midtown Manhattan. The grandstand holds 2,400 spectators and there's room for another 1,800 temporary seats for football games. There's netting around the stadium to prevent footballs and baseballs from going out in the street below. The athletic field has been dubbed "The Eagle's Nest" in honor of the Union City High School mascot. In 2019, Shawnee High School will be the first South Jersey school to play on the rooftop when they travel to Union City as part of their home and home football series.
This comes from Chuck Langerman, a noted South Jersey historian. Thanks, Chuck!
This list of the 30 South Jersey players that have played in a Super Bowl or appeared on a Super Bowl roster may be of interest to the readers of your website. I included Victor Hobson of St. Joseph's Prep on the list. Even though he did not play for a South Jersey high school, Victor grew up and lived in Mt. Laurel, playing for the Mount Laurel Fleetwood Indians youth football teams. Also, on the list is former Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle and radio color commentator Stan Walters. Stan played at St. Mary's High School in Rutherford, NJ, before prepping for a year at the now defunct Bordentown Military Institute in South Jersey. Bordentown Military Institute, which was located off of Route 130 in northern Burlington County, fielded a football team from 1887 to 1971. The military school sent ten players to the NFL which is tops among all schools in South Jersey. The most renowned football player to play at Bordentown Military Institute was NFL Hall of Famer and former Denver Broncos halfback Floyd Little. An athlete with Philadelphia roots that played football at Bordentown Military was 1955 Olney High School graduate Lee Elia. Lee played running back at Bordentown Military in the fall of 1955 and was one of the leading individual football scorers in South Jersey. Of course, he went on to coach and manage the Philadelphia Phillies. Longtime Philadelphia Phillies fans might also remember a left-handed pitcher from Delaware by the name of Chris Short, who transferred to Bordentown Military Institute to play his senior year of high school before being signed by Phillies scout Jocko Collins.
Jersey Players in Super Bowl
Compiled by Chuck Langerman
Position; High School; Super Bowl Team; Super Bowl Number
Randy Beverly; DB; Wildwood; Jets; III
Gary Brackett; LB; Glassboro; Colts; XLI, XLIV
Corey Clement; RB; Glassboro; Eagles; LII
Andre Collins; LB; Cinnaminson; Redskins; XXVI
Doug Colman; LB; Ocean City; Titans; XXXIV
Ron Dayne; RB; Overbrook; Giants; XXXV
Mike Devlin; C; Cherokee; Bills; XXVIII
Joe Flacco; QB; Audubon; Ravens; XLVII
Irving Fryar; WR; R.V.; Patriots; XX
Jamaal Green; DE; W. Wilson; Eagles; XXXIX
David Griggs; LB; Pennsauken; Chargers; XXIX
Franco Harris; RB; R.V.; Steelers; IX, X, XIII, XIV
George Hegamin; OT; Camden; Cowboys; XXX
Dwight Hicks; DB; Pennsauken; 49ers; XVI, XIX
*Victor Hobson; LB; St. Joseph’s Prep; Arizona; XLIII
Pete Kugler; NT; C.H. East; 49ers; XXIII, XXIV
Brison Manor; DE; Bridgeton; Broncos; XII
Kareem McKenzie; OL; Willingboro; Giants; XLII, XLVI
Bryant McKinnie; OL; Woodbury; Ravens; XLVI
Shaun Phillips; LB; Willingboro: Broncos; XLVII
Derrick Ramsey; TE; Camden; Raiders, Patriots; XV, XX
Isaac Redman; RB; Paulsboro; Steelers; XLV
Dave Robinson; LB; Moorestown; Packers; I, II
Dave Rowe; DT; Deptford; Raiders; XI
Jim Ryan; LB; Bishop Eustace; Broncos; XXI, XXII
Logan Ryan; DB; Eastern; Patriots; XLIX, LI
Alex Silvestro; DL; Paulsboro; Patriots; XLVI
Ed Smith; TE; Pemberton; Falcons; XXXIII
John Taylor; WR; Pennsauken; 49ers; XXIII, XXIV, XXIX
Stan Walters; OT; Bordentown Military Institute; Eagles; XV
*Victor Hobson grew up in Mount Laurel but played his scholastic football at Philadelphia’s St. Joseph’s Prep.
This comes from Chuck Langerman, a noted South Jersey historian. Thanks, Chuck!
I saw your May 4th picture of Eastern High alumni English Gardner (Olympic gold medal) and Logan Ryan (two Super Bowl rings), and I wondered if any South Jersey high schools could match Eastern High's gold medal and ring count. Of all the South Jersey schools, there are only three others that have a graduate with at least one Olympic gold medal and graduates with at least two Super Bowl rings. All three of the schools are located in Burlington County and each has a professional Hall of Famer in their respective sport. The three high schools are:
1. Willingboro ( 10 Olympic gold medals/two Super Bowl rings)-----Track and Field legend Carl Lewis ("Class of 1979") won nine gold medals, and LaMont Smith, a sprinter, won a gold medal in the 4x400 meters relay at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Former Willingboro High and Penn State offensive tackle Kareem McKenzie won Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants in Super Bowls XLVII and XLVI.
2. Rancocas Valley (one Olympic gold medal/four Super Bowl rings)-----Kelsi Worrell, a swimmer specializing in the butterfly, captured a gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as part of the USA's women's winning 4x100 medley relay team. Football great Franco Harris ("Class of 1968") earned four Super Bowl rings, leading the Pittsburgh Steelers to victory in Super Bowls IX, X, XIII, and XIV.
3. Moorestown (two Olympic gold medals/two Super Bowl rings)-----Al LeConey, a sprinter, was a gold medal winner in the 4x100 meter relay race at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, and Lauren Schmetterling, a rower, earned a gold medal in the Women's eight competition in the 2016 Summer Olympics. Hall of Fame linebacker Dave Robinson ("Class of 1959") earned his two Super Bowl rings when the Green Bay Packers won the first two Super Bowls played.
In the spring of 2012, all fans of city football were wondering, "What the heck is going on? Why has Philly become such a wasteland?" Those thoughts were powered by the fact that, for the fourth consecutive year, no Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac grads were selected in the NFL draft. Well, folks, we have bounced back, big time. Four more guys were selected this year and that brought the total over the last six years to 17. Just under three per year. The details are listed below, in the round-by-round order. Meanwhile, basketball is now a mess. No "Our Guys" grads have been selected in the NBA draft since 2011. That year, Prep Charter's Morris twins were picked back-to-back in the first round -- Markieff by Phoenix at 13, Marcus by Houston at 14. Since then, two guys who spent time in our schools and then transferred have been tabbed -- Rakeem Christmas (North Catholic, Academy of the New Church) by Minnesota in 2015 and Ben Bentil (Haverford School, St. Andrew's School in Middletown, DE) by Boston in 2016. Bentil played three games for Dallas in 2017. Christmas played one game for Indiana in 2016 and 29 more for that team in 2017. Carroll grad Derrick Jones made it into the NBA as a free agent.
|"Our Guys" NFL Draftees Over the Last Six Years|
|2018||Mike McGlinchey||Penn Charter||Notre Dame||San Francisco||1||9||OL|
|2016||Will Fuller||Roman||Notre Dame||Houston||1||21||WR|
|2016||Carl Nassib||Malvern||Penn State||Cleveland||3||65||DE|
|2015||Jaelen Strong||West Catholic||Arizona St.||Houston||3||70||WR|
|2016||Daryl Worley||Penn Charter||West Virginia||Carolina||3||77||DB|
|2013||Ryan Nassib||Malvern||Syracuse||NY Giants||6||110||QB|
|2015||Ibraheim Campbell||Chestnut Hill||Northwestern||Cleveland||4||115||DB|
|2013||Earl Watford||Gratz||James Madison||Arizona||6||116||OL|
|2013||Nick Moody||Roman||Florida St.||San Francisco||6||180||DB|
|2018||Zaire Franklin||La Salle||Syracuse||Indianapolis||7||235||LB|
|*-attended Parkway Northwest; played for Germantown via cooperative sponsorship|
The drought lasted 44 years . . . and now it's over. Two guys from the same Philly high school hav been selected in the same NFL draft for the first time since 1974. Thursday night, Maryland wideout D.J. Moore (his first name is Denniston) was a first-round choice (No. 24) of the Carolina Panthers. Early Saturday evening, Arkansas running back David Williams went to the Denver Broncos in the seventh and final round (at No. 235). Their high school was Imhotep and they played only one season together, in 2012. As a senior transfer from West Catholic, Williams rushed 194 times for 1,790 yards and 23 TDs. Moore, then a soph, made eight catches for 212 yards and three TDs while adding 50 PAT. Williams' first college stop was South Carolina. He redshirted in '13, then played three seasons while completing his work for a degree in retail management. He played last fall for Arkansas as a graduate transfer. He rushed for 1,467 yards and 13 TDs between the two schools. Moore played three seasons at Maryland, then decided to make himself eligible for the draft. For the Terps he totaled 146 catches for 2,027 yards and 17 TDs. . . Now for the waaaaay-back-in-the-day guys. In 1974, when the draft had many more rounds, two products of Cardinal Dougherty (it closed in 2010) AND Southern Mississippi were late selections. Wideout Harvey McGee went to Dallas in the 11th round (No. 280) and linebacker Mike Dennery went to Oakland in the 13th round (No. 330). They were major stars for Dougherty's '68 powerhouse, which won the Catholic and City championships. According to newspaper accounts, McGee walked out of the Cowboys' training camp on July 9, never to return. Dennery, despite the long odds against him, played for three years in the NFL -- 28 games over two years for Oakland and three in one year for Miami. On Oct. 26, 1975, he was part of a very strange development. The Raiders beat the Chargers, 25-0, and started/ended their scoring with safeties. Mike racked up the first one. Punter Dennis Partee was unable to corral a low snap and Mike brought him down in the end zone. Ted Hendricks and Otis Sistrunk were responsible for the last one. They dropped QB Jesse Freitas in the end zone. Wonder how often a pro team has scored its first and last points via safeties? Even college/high school teams, for that matter. . . One last nugget: I once had a tie to the Dennery family. In the mid-1980s, I lived for a short time in a second-floor apartment on the 6400 block of Rising Sun Avenue, footsteps above Levick Street. What was on the first floor? Dennery Sporting Goods. Owned by Mike's family.
As mentioned on this website, oh, maybe a million times (smile), I love it when guys play multiple sports and have strong faith in both the short-term and long-range benefits. Penn Charter product Mike McGlinchey, drafted at No. 9 in the first round Thursday night by the San Francisco 49ers, was also a quality basketball player. He scored in 32 games over four seasons of Inter-Ac play and his point total was 308. He ranks second on the list below -- basketball points scored by NFL players from Inter-Ac schools, 1950 on up. Only 20 points behind "Glinch" is Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan, his first cousin. Only 17 points ahead is Haverford School's Mike Mayock, a well-known NFL draft guru and even an analyst for draft telecasts. Overall, McGlinchey scored 862 points at PC. Ryan totaled 682. Meanwhile, also on the they're-related trail, we give you Malvern's Ryan and Carl Nassib. They're brothers. GS = Games Scored.
|I-A Basketball Points Scored by NFL Players, 1950-|
|Mike Mayock||Haver. School||1976||4||38||325|
|Mike McGlinchey||Penn Charter||2013||4||32||308|
|Matt Ryan||Penn Charter||2003||3||28||288|
|*Andre Dixon||Chestnut Hill||1994||2||14||63|
|Jim Fraser||Gtn. Academy||1955||1||10||56|
|*-Chestnut Hill not I-A football member at that time|
How cool was the first round of the 2018 NFL draft? VERY! First, Penn Charter -- Matt Ryan in 2008, Mike McGlinchey last night -- became the third city leagues school (Public, Catholic, Inter-Ac) to have a second player selected, following Bonner -- John Cappelletti in 1974, Anthony Becht in 2000 -- and Roman -- HOFer Marvin Harrison in 1996 and Will Fuller in 2016. Second, as many of you likely know by now, Ryan and McGlinchey are first cousins. Third, Imhotep product D.J. Moore, a wideout from Maryland, was tabbed at No. 24 and that gave us two "Our Guys" in the same first round, ever. The list below shows all NFL first-rounders, in order. Congrats to Mike and D.J. Keep making wonderful history!
|"Our Guys" First Round NFL Draft Picks, By Selection Order|
|1990||Blair Thomas||NY Jets (2)||Frankford||Penn State|
|2008||Matt Ryan||Atlanta (3)||Penn Charter||Boston College|
|1989||Burt Grossman||San Diego (8)||Carroll||Pittsburgh|
|2018||Mike McGlinchey||San Francisco (9)||Penn Charter||Notre Dame|
|1974||John Cappelletti||LA Rams (11)||Bonner||Penn State|
|1961||Herb Adderley||Green Bay (12)||Northeast||Michigan State|
|1996||Marvin Harrison||Indianapolis (19)||Roman||Syracuse|
|1971||Bob Bell||Detroit (21)||West Phila.||Cincinnati|
|2016||Will Fuller||Houston (21)||Roman||Notre Dame|
|2013||Sharrif Floyd||Minnesota (23)||Washington||Florida|
|2018||D.J. Moore||Carolina (24)||Imhotep||Maryland|
|2000||Anthony Becht||NY Jets (27)||Bonner||W. Virginia|
|2004||Kevin Jones||Detroit (30)||O'Hara||Va. Tech|
Alumnus Kyle Adkins is the new football coach at Archbishop Wood and his hiring ups the number one more. Now, nine of the Catholic League's 14 schools are being coached by grads. In basketball this past season, the total was only four -- B-P's Jack Concannon, Carroll's Paul Romanczuk, Judge's Sean Tait and Ryan's Joe Zeglinski -- and the first two have since stepped away. Adkins four times won Coaches' All-Catholic honors, twice apiece on offense/defense, also twice apiece as a first-/second-teamer, and he was a second team Daily News All-City linebacker in 2011. The list below shows the most recent alum coach at the CL schools. Kyle is only the second grad at Wood. Art Barrett (2001-03) was first. Carroll has gone the longest without having an alum in charge. Kevin Clancy's nine-year run ended in '90.
|Most Recent Alum Coaches at the Catholic League Schools|
|Conwell-Egan||Jack Techtmann||11||1991-93, 2011-18|
|La Salle||John Steinmetz||4||2015-18|
|Lansdale||None (counts CL era only)|
|O'Hara||B.J. "Butch" Hogan||4||2015-18|
|SJ Prep||Gil Brooks||18||1992-2009|
|West Catholic||Brian Fluck||20||1999-2018|
According to multiple sources, 2013 Penn Charter grad Daryl Worley, currently a cornerback with the Carolina Panthers, is about to join the Philadelphia Eagles via a trade.
So far, three Quakers have played for Philly's pro teams in the three major sports. Here are some facts:
Ruben Amaro, 1983 -- Ruben, an outfielder, played in 421 game for the Phillies over two stints, 1992-93 and 1996-98. The outfielder batted .239 with 38 doubles, nine triples, 13 homers and 86 RBI.
Kirk Hershey, 1937 -- Kirk, a receiver, played in six games for the Eagles in 1941 (after beginning that season with Cleveland). He made one catch for 11 yards.
Jack Meyer, 1950 -- Jack, a righthanded pitcher, spent his entire seven-year MLB career (1955-61) with the Phillies. He went 24-34 with a 3.92 ERA, yielding 385 hits in 455 innings while racking up 375 strikeouts.
No PC grads have played for Philly's NBA teams.
Worley played two seasons with Carolina, making 25 starts in 31 games. He made three interceptions along with 111 tackles and 39 assists.
UPDATE: Worley was released by the Eagles in mid-April due to off-the-field issues.
After 11 wonderful seasons, Steve Devlin has stepped down as Wood's coach to become the defensive coordinator at Ursinus College. Steve compiled a 132-22-1 record and his winning percentage of .857 (tie not included) ranks third in city history among guys who've coached for at least five seasons. He also went 44-3 in regular season games, won eight Catholic League championships, nine City Titles (in 10 chances) and five state crowns (also in 10 chances). Congrats, Steve, and best of luck going forward!
|Steve Devlin's Career as Wood's Coach, 2007-17|
|XXX - CL not a PIAA member in 2007 season|
|# - Championship decided by regular season results|
Right off the bat, please note: No way I'm positive this list is complete. But these men definitely are products of Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac schools and all became head coaches in the NFL. Only La Salle grad Sean McDermott, who just completed his first season with the Buffalo Bills, owns a winning record and he's the only one to make the playoffs. For five of his six seasons as the Eagles' coach, Bert Bell was also the owner, president and general manager, which explains why he wasn't fired (smile). He was the GM through 1949 -- the Birds won the championship that season -- and served as the NFL's commissioner from '45 until his death in '59. He was a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's first class in 1963. Penn Charter's Marty Brill and Southern's John Sandusky were mid-season replacements. Brill was only 25.
If you know of others who should be added to this list, please speak up. Thanks!
|"Our Guys" Coaches of NFL Teams|
|Jim Leonard||SJ Prep||Pittsburgh Steelers||1910||1945||2-8|
|Lud Wray||Chestnut Hill||Boston Braves||1894||1932||4-4-2|
|Bert Bell||Haverford School||Philadelphia Eagles||1895||1936-41||10-46-2|
|Marty Brill||Penn Charter||Staten Island Stapletons||1906||1931||3-3-1|
|John Sandusky||Southern||Baltimore Colts||1925||1972||4-5|
|Sean McDermott||La Salle||Buffalo Bills||1974||2017||9-7|
When the Eagles participate in a division playoff Saturday (4:35 start) vs. the visiting Atlanta Falcons, the quarterback trying to beat them will be . . . Penn Charter grad Matt Ryan. Oh, baby. Matt is in year No. 10 of his NFL career and his record so far vs. the Birds is 3-3. He has passed 126-for-210 (60 percent) for 1,549 yards and 14 TDs. He missed the 2009 game due to turf toe. The stats breakdown for his six outings is below. (Also with the Falcons is Keith Armstrong, the special teams coordinator. Keith was a star running back for then-Bishop Egan, earning first team All-City honors in 1981. He rushed for 1,131 yards that season.)
UPDATED: Stats have been added for the conference semifinal, played on 1/13/18.
|Matt Ryan's Passing Performances vs. the Eagles|
Not sure what Jim McCormick is doing these days, but I can guarantee you this: Family and friends lit up his cell phone last night and "Marcus" is now his nickname (smile). As you may have seen, Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota caught his own batted pass and turned the play into a touchdown in a wild card playoff vs. Kansas City. Well . . . McCormick enjoyed a journey down that entertaining road 13 seasons ago. Here's the beginning of my notes column from Nov. 30, 2004.
Prep QB makes most of tipped pass
Four Catholic League schools have won as many as 10 games for four consecutive seasons and that breakdown is below. Archbishop Wood and coach Steve Devlin own this achievement with a still-active streak of 10 in a row. Plus, his Vikings have won at least 11 in all 10 seasons.
|Most Consecutive 10-Win Seasons|
|2008||Steve Devlin||12 3 0|
|2009||11 3 0|
|2010||13 1 0|
|2011||14 1 0|
|2012||12 3 0|
|2013||13 2 0|
|2014||14 1 0|
|2015||11 1 0|
|2016||11 2 1|
|2017||12 2 0|
|6||ST. JOSEPH'S PREP|
|2000||Gil Brooks||12 1 0|
|2001||10 3 0|
|2002||13 0 0|
|2003||12 0 0|
|2004||10 3 0|
|2005||11 2 0|
|2007||Brian Fluck||11 1 0|
|2008||14 2 0|
|2009||12 3 0|
|2010||13 2 0|
|2011||10 4 0|
|2009||Drew Gordon||14 1 0|
|2010||13 2 0|
|2011||12 2 0|
|2012||12 2 0|
Season No. 2 as an NFL receiver is into the books for Roman product Will Fuller and he holds a decent spot on the list below. It shows the best season in terms of Yards per Reception for each "Our Guy" (Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac) going back to 1960. Fuller missed some games due to injury, but he made 28 catches for 423 yards and seven TDs. His YPR number is 15.1 (up from 13.5 as a rookie). Some of these guys were primarily running backs.
|Top Yards-per-Reception Seasons for "Our Guys" in NFL/AFL, 1960-2017|
Not sure if you heard, but Lincoln RB Sam Karr enjoyed quite the wonderful senior season. Aside from coaching, assistant Joe DiGrazio did a meticulous job of tracking Sam's statistics and, whoa, they were off the charts. Sam carried 247 times for 2,030 yards and 25 TDs, and added three more scores in assorted manners. And get this: he racked up 20 two-point conversions! Point total: 208. In Week 7, Karr broke the Pub record for rushing yards in one game with 418 yards (and seven TDs, one short of the record). Joe first submitted the numbers and Huck confirmed them by watching the tape on Hudl. He even found two extra yards. As Joe also noted, Karr broke the record for rushing yards in the Judge-Lincoln series. In that one, he posted 225 yards and two TDs on 23 carries. Judge's Tim Weldon had rushed for 190 in 2016. Congrats to Sam on his accomplishments and thanks to Joe for providing the info and great support for his player.
The pro careers of Roman products Marvin Harrison, now in the Hall of Fame, and Will Fuller began 20 years apart and their stats through 22 games were reasonably similar. Though Marvin notched 18 more receptions, Will averaged two more YPR. The latter missed some games with injuries.
|A Look at the First 22 NFL Games for Roman Grads Marvin Harrison & Will Fuller|
Below are Top 20 YPG averages for all Catholic League receivers over the last 10 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|
|Sean Coleman||La Salle||AAAA||2012||5||339||67.8|
|Craig Jones||W. Catholic||AA||2015||6||404||67.3|
|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|
|Brandon Sanders||SJ Prep||AAAAAA||2017||6||304||50.7|
|Nick Rinella||La Salle||AAAA||2015||4||194||48.5|
|John Reid||SJ Prep||AAAA||2014||3||144||48.0|
|Jameer Bryson||W. Catholic||AA||2015||6||268||44.7|
|John Reid||SJ Prep||AAAA||*2013||6||250||41.7|
Below are Top 20 YPG averages for all Catholic League rushers over the last 10 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. Wood's Nasir Peoples and Conwell-Egan's Patrick Garwo claimed the No. 3 and 6 spots, respectively.
|Top Performances by CL Rushers Whose Teams Have Reached at Least State Quarters|
|D'Andre Swift||SJ Prep||AAAAAA||*2016||6||1082||180.3|
|David Williams||W. Catholic||AA||2011||5||767||153.4|
|Brandon Hollomon||W. Catholic||AA||*2010||6||862||143.7|
|Rob Hollomon||W. Catholic||AA||2008||8||1103||137.9|
|Tim Wade||La Salle||AAAA||2011||5||629||125.8|
|Syaire Madden||La Salle||AAAA||2015||4||499||124.8|
|Brandon Hollomon||W. Catholic||AA||2009||7||851||121.6|
|Jamal Abdur-Rahman||La Salle||AAAA||2010||6||636||106.0|
|Kolbe Burrell||SJ Prep||AAAAAA||2017||6||531||88.5|
Below are Top 20 YPG passing averages for all Catholic League quarterbacks over the last 10 seasons that have led their teams to at least the quarterfinal round in the state 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|
|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|
|Matt Magarity||La Salle||AAAA||2011||5||703||140.6|
|Marquez McCray||SJ Prep||AAAAAA||2017||6||758||126.3|
|Jarred Evans||W. Catholic||AA||2009||7||881||125.9|
|Jack Clements||SJ Prep||AAAA||2014||5||614||122.8|
|Anthony Reid||W. Catholic||AA||*2010||6||628||104.7|
|Matt Magarity||La Salle||AAAA||2010||5||511||102.2|
|Curtis Drake||W. Catholic||AA||2008||8||769||96.1|
|No CL play in 1929|
|SJ Prep not in CL: 1956-62|
|La Salle not in CL: 1921-22, 1928-33|
The special club of Multiple First Team All-City Honorees in This Century has four new honorees (listed below) and for just the third and fourth time, two of the guys are quarterbacks. Previously, SJ Prep's Chris Whitney (2005-06) and La Salle's Drew Loughery (2008-09) were first-teamers in consecutive years. The Prep's Marquez McCray and Bartram's Mahmud Dioubate tied for the QB spot in 2016 and did so again this season.
|Multiple First Team All-City Honorees in This Century|
|*-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|
|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|
|DL-L||Marques Slocum||Neumann/West Catholic||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|
|L||Seth Betancourt||SJ Prep||2008-09|
|QB||Drew Loughery||La Salle||2008-09|
|RB||*Ibraheim Campbell||Chestnut Hill||2008-09|
|SENIORS IN 2010|
|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||
|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||Jake Strain||SJ Prep||2013-14|
|LB||Jake Cooper||Archbishop Wood||2013-14|
|DB||John Reid||SJ Prep||2012-13-14|
|SENIORS IN 2015|
|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|
|SENIORS IN 2017|
|QB||Marquez McCray||SJ Prep||2016-17|
|DL||Ryan Bryce||SJ Prep||2016-17|
|City Leagues Coaches With 150 Career Wins|
|Gamp Pellegrini||ST More/SJ Prep/Malvern||42||278-144-9|
|Brian Fluck||West Catholic||19||167-79-0|
|Tex Flannery||Bartram/La Salle||33||166-132-12|
|Gil Brooks||SJ Prep||18||162-57-2|
|Doc Wallace||St. Luke's/Hav. School||34||158-81-24|
|Joe Colistra||La Salle||21||153-88-2|
Below are breakdowns for the five Wood teams that have claimed next-to-highest enrollment state championships (three at 3A, two at 5A). There are 13 categories. The 2011 squad leads the way with six top performances. The 2017 squad is tops in just one category -- average rushing yards allowed.
|Average Score Overall||40-8||39-12||44-13||36-15||35-15|
|Average Score in CL/CT playoffs||49-7||48-13||44-20||51-13||42-3|
|Average Score in state playoffs||54-12||35-13||47-14||43-8||46-19|
|Rushing Yards Gained||257.5||242.3||280.9||225.4||236.5|
|Passing Yards Gained||107.2||93.7||108.5||141.6||84.7|
|Total Yards Gained||364.7||336||389.4||366.9||321.2|
|Rushing Yards Allowed||95.5||123.7||93.8||81.0||78.6|
|Passing Yards Allowed||75.5||68||105.5||125.4||115.1|
|Total Yards Allowed||171||191.7||199.3||206.4||193.7|
|#-tied for top spot|
Decent year for individual stats in state quarters/semis/finals. Just not spectacular. The best efforts were posted in rushing by C-E's Patrick Garwo (274 for No. 2) and Wood's Nasir Peoples (267 for No. 5). The Prep's Marquez McCray made two more appearances in passing (raising his total to three) and C-E's Dajuan Harris checked in at No. 8 in receiving.
|Top Performances by CL Rushers/Passers/Receivers in State Quarters/Semis/Finals|
|D'Andre Swift||Prep||318||'16 Q||Joshua Evans||West||282||'15 S||Bruce Mapp||West||142||'11 S|
|Shawn Thompson||Wood||280||'16 Q||Matt Magarity||La S||281||'11 Q||Tim Wade||La S||131||'11 Q|
|Patrick Garwo||C-E||274||'17 Q||Jack Clements||Prep||266||'14 Q||Aamir Brown||N-G||129||'14 Q|
|D'Andre Swift||Prep||268||'16 S||Chris Kane||La S||265||'12 S||Terrance Greene||Prep||126||'16 Q|
|Nasir Peoples||Wood||267||'17 F||Jerry Rahill||Wood||245||'09 Q||Olamide Zaccheaus||Prep||125||'14 Q|
|Raheem Blackshear||Wood||243||'16 S||Chris Martin||Prep||243||'13 S||Olamide Zaccheaus||Prep||123||'14 F|
|Jarrett McClenton||Wood||238||'13 F||Chris Martin||Prep||235||'13 Q||Sean Coleman||La S||120||'12 Q|
|Jarrett McClenton||Wood||233||'14 F||Jack Clements||Prep||217||'14 F||Dajuan Harris||C-E||119||'17 S|
|Brandon Peoples||Wood||230||'10 Q||Jaleel Reed||West||204||'11 S||Sean Coleman||La S||114||'10 S|
|Jarrett McClenton||Wood||230||'14 S||Marquez McCray||Prep||203||'17 S||Nate Smith||Wood||113||'11 Q|
|D'Andre Swift||Prep||220||'14 F||Chris Martin||Prep||195||'13 F||Amadou Barry||West||113||'15 S|
|Brandon Hollomon||West||208||'10 S||Ray Lenhart||N-G||191||'14 Q||D'Andre Swift||Prep||107||'14 Q|
|Curtis Drake||West||186||'08 S||Charles Britt||N-G||189||'17 Q||Brandon Sanders||Prep||101||'17 Q|
|Curtis Drake||West||182||'08 Q||Marquez McCray||Prep||188||'17 Q||Jaelen Strong-Rankin||West||100||'10 F|
|David Williams||West||182||'10 F||Matt Magarity||La S||184||'11 S||Sam McCain||Wood||97||'09 S|
|Desmon Peoples||Wood||182||'11 S||Matt Magarity||La S||180||'10 S||Eric Young||West||96||'08 Q|
|Andrew Guckin||Wood||178||'12 F||Marquez McCray||Prep||171||'16 F||Jimmy Herron||La S||95||'12 S|
|Raheem Blackshear||Wood||178||'16 S||Chris Ferguson||La S||169||'15 Q|
Their high school careers have ended and their stats have been finalized . . . Players from SJ Prep, Wood and Conwell-Egan mixed in with players whose numbers were posted on Nov. 28. The two QBs, Marquez McCray and Da'Vion Kidd-Jackson, were backups for the Prep in 2015 before K-J transferred to West. They combined to pass for 6,199 yards and 62 TDs.
|Final Totals for Productive Players Whose Careers Have Ended|
|Matt Casee||Lansdale Catholic||274||1,824||21|
|Isaiah Jones||Gtn. Acad/La Salle||275||1,593||14|
|Marquez McCray||SJ Prep||281-505||3,785||36|
|Da'Vion Kidd-Jackson||SJ Prep/West Cath.||151-325||2,414||26|
|Troy Holland||La Salle||96||1,203||13|
|Mike Reilly||Gtn. Academy||62||900||9|
|Anthony Tigano||SJ Prep||131||9||158|
|Anthony Tigano||SJ Prep||*158|
|Matt Casee||Lansdale Catholic||22||1||134|
|*see kick scoring for breakdown|
SJ Prep's season wound down with a major shock. After allowing 92 points over their first 12 games, the Hawks surrendered 90 in their last two -- 49 in a win over Coatesville and 41 in a loss to Pine-Richland. SEVEN teams this season allowed at least 40 in back-to-back games and 12 of the 20 Catholic/Inter-Ac teams have done so over the last three seasons. Meanwhile, Malvern has never yielded as many as 40 in back-to-back games since joining the I-A for the 1950 season. La Salle hasn't done so since 1951. The breakdowns are below.
|Yields of at Least 40 Points in Back-to-Back Games|
|1998||Wood||48||Allentown Cent. Cath.|
|2015||Germantown Academy||42||Haverford School|
|2015||Penn Charter||41||Lawrenceville (NJ)|
|2016||SCH Academy||49||Penn Charter|
This item first was posted back in September after Wood's first three games and we hoped that the season would turn out to be "extra special" for the family of Nasir Peoples. Back then the crew needed 807 rushing yards to hit 12,000. Well, that number has been left waaaaaay behind. The total now stands at 12,737 and Nasir owns the top season number at 1,838. Along with the most TDs at 29. In last night's state championship game, he stormed to 267 yards and four TDs. Brothers Charlie ('89 grad) and Darrien ('93) starred at Abraham Lincoln. Darrien's son, Desmon, did likewise at Prep for one year, then for two more at Wood ('12). Desmon and Brandon ('12), Charlie's son, were highly productive backfield mates in the '10 and '11 seasons. Nasir is Brandon's brother and the senior is bound for Virginia Tech. Through his junior season, he was almost exclusively known for his skills as a cornerback/safety. Charlie and Darrien made college football waves at Indiana (PA) and Kutztown, respectively. Desmon played at Rutgers. Brandon did so at Wagner. Charlie is an assistant to Wood coach Steve Devlin. Back in September, Nasir had not yet posted a game rushing total that qualified for a spot on the family's Top 10. Well, now his name can be found in the No. 2 slot and five times total in what has been expanded to a Top 15 (17, actually, due to a three-way tie at 15). Congrats on everything, Peoples peeps!
|---- Public/Catholic League Rushing Stats for the Peoples Family -- With Top 15 Performances ----|
|1 year/2 years||2011||136||1239||22||Nasir||Wyo. Valley W.||173||2017|
Here's Part 3 of the look at performers for state champs -- receivers. This nugget looks a shade different because some champs did not have pass-catchers with outrageous numbers. It lists the Top 15 guys based on total receptions. Pretty cool: exactly 500 catches and just a shade short of 100 TDs. West Catholic's Jaelen Strong-Rankin, who now goes by Strong, advanced to the NFL . . . Good luck to Wood (tonight at 7) and SJ Prep (tomorrow night at 6)!
|Top Receivers for State Champs|
|Terrance Greene||SJ Prep||2016||6A||48||741||9|
|John Reid||SJ Prep||2013||4A||41||698||8|
|Connor Hoffman||La Salle||2009||4A||38||648||7|
|John Reid||SJ Prep||2014||4A||36||699||12|
|Darryle Simmons||SJ Prep||2016||6A||34||526||3|
|D'Andre Swift||SJ Prep||2014||4A||33||495||6|
|D'Andre Swift||SJ Prep||2013||4A||33|