Philadelphia High School Football

A Look at Bishop Egan's Great Start As a Catholic
League Member (Five Crowns in Eight Years, 1963-70)

  This page provides stories/lists/details for Bishop Egan's five Catholic League championship
seasons from 1963 through 1970. The Eagles, coached throughout that stretch by Dick
, also went 3-1-1 in City Titles.

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Larry Marshall, (R) star rusher for Egan in 1966 and '67,
played for seven seasons in the NFL as a punt/kick returner.


Northern Division      
Dougherty Won 14 0
McDevitt Won 50 0
La Salle Won 8 6
North Catholic Lost 6 14
Kenrick Won 30 6
Judge Won 28 8
SJ Prep Won 36 14
City Title      
Roxborough Tied 16 16
   6-1-1 188 64
Northern Division      
Judge Won 35 0
Kenrick Won 41 6
North Catholic Won 40 14
McDevitt Won 34 0
Dougherty Won 40 6
Wood Won 41 0
La Salle Lost 0 6
West Catholic Won 39 6
City Title      
Franklin Won 27 0
  8-1 297 38
Northern Division      
La Salle Won 14 6
Wood Won 42 0
Judge Won 17 8
Dougherty Won 20 19
North Catholic Won 45 6
Kenrick Won 34 0
McDevitt Lost 25 27
West Catholic Won 27 8
City Title      
Central Won 28 12
  8-1 252 86
Northern Division      
Kenrick Won 53 6
North Catholic Won 19 12
Ryan Won 27 13
Judge Won 26 20
Wood Won 36 20
La Salle Won 25 0
McDevitt Won 20 6
Dougherty Won 27 18
St. James Won 7 6
City Title      
Frankford Won 29 20
  10-0 269 121
Northern Division      
McDevitt Tied 12 12
North Catholic Won 12 0
Kenrick Won 28 13
Judge Won 23 6
Wood Won 21 0
La Salle Won 42 0
Ryan Won 23 6
Dougherty Won 18 6
St. James Won 20 8
City Title      
Central Lost 6 13
  8-1-1 205 64
  Total 40-4-2 1211 373
  Average   26.3 10.4

Coach Dick Bedesem

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Bishop Egan's Great Start as a Catholic League Member

This story was written in 1963 after coach Dick Bedesem's Eagles, in their FIRST season as a CL member, defeated St. Joseph's Prep for the crown. They won four more through 1970 while earning a tie and three wins in City Titles.

By Bill Simmons
Phila. Inquirer

  Bishop Egan High combined the bruising power running of All-Catholic halfback John Kerr and fullback Paul McDowell with the finesse of quarterback Billy Creeden Sunday afternoon and overwhelmed St. Joseph's Prep, 36-14, to win its first Catholic League championship.
  The 10,000 fans at Franklin Field looked on as Egan's Northern Division Champions gave up an early score and then came roaring back to game their ninth victory in twelve games and earned the right to meet Roxborough High's Public League Champions in Saturday's 26th annual City Title game at the same site.
  Kerr carried the ball 21 times for 91 yards and one touchdown while McDowell ran 17 plays for 104 yards and two six-pointers. Creeden displayed his All-Catholic talents by overcoming a miserable first period, in which he fumbled the ball away twice, to pass for one touchdown and connect on a pair of two-point conversion aerials.
  Creeden's first fumble, at the St. Joseph's 45-yard line, led to a temporary 6-0 Hawklets lead.  Billy Frank recovered for the Prep and the Southern Division titlist scored eight plays later when Brendan Murray broke over right tackle from the two.
  The alert Prep line forced Creeden to lose the handle again on the Eagles first play following the ensuing kickoff and Jim Mingle recovered for St. Joseph's at the Egan 40.  But this threat ended three plays later when Jim McCann pounced on a Hawklet fumble at the 35-yard line.
  Nine plays and a roughing-the-kicker penalty later, the invaders from Levittown went ahead to stay as Kerr slammed over right tackle from the three.  Creeden passed to Tom Colella for the extra points to make it 8-6.
  The Hawklets, displaying the come-from-behind abilities that carried them to seven victories in eight previous games, took the ensuing kickoff and marched 77 yards in 14 only to lose the ball on downs at the Egan one.
  The Eagles then marched for their second score in 13 plays.  The payoff came when Creeden lobbed a screen pass to Tim Stezzi, who inadvertently got in front of this blockers at the 23. Stezzi took the pass and set a course diagonally across the field to the left corner of the end zone. Without blockers the speedy scatback made it to the flag two steps ahead of Murray. Creeden added the points on a keeper play to make it 16-6 at the half.
  Midway through the third period, McDowell plunged over from the one, 13 plays after Terry Gallagher's fair catch of a punt at the St. Joseph's 48.

This story was written for the Daily News after Dick led the Eagles to the 1969
City Title, capping a 10-0 run in league/playoff action . . .

This story appeared in the Inquirer after Dick -- with his son, Dick, at
quarterback -- won his fifth CL championship . . .

These players were starters or key subs for Egan's five Catholic League champions from
1963 through 1970. Please speak up with adjustments/additions.
Thank you. . .

Name Year Pos.
Bill Creeden 1963 QB
Bill Flynn 1963 DB
Bill Melling 1963 DE
Bruce Gerrity 1963 G
Dave Frederick 1963 T
Dennis Woomer 1963 DT
Gerry Doyle 1963 C
Jack Taylor 1963 E
Jim McCann 1963 LB
Joe Frazer 1963 G
Joe Nolan 1963 T
Joe Rorick 1963 DB
John "Skip" Duffy 1963 MG
John Kerr 1963 HB-LB
Leo Rossi 1963 DE
Paul Barczy 1963 DT
Paul McDowell 1963 FB-LB
Steve Evans 1963 E
Terry Gallagher 1963 DB
Tim Stezzi 1963 HB-DB
Tom Colella 1963 DB
Bill Bartholomew 1966 DL
Bob Bressan 1966 MG
Bob Keeler 1966 C
Bob Migliorino 1966 LB
Charles Wright 1966 G
Craig Kugler 1966 DB
Dick Wodycka 1966 DB
Don Becker 1966 HB
Ed Graeff 1966 T
Gary Gray 1966 LB
Irv Whalen 1966 HB
Jack Lyons 1966 FB
Jim Montgomery 1966 E
Jim Suravicz 1966 E
Kevin Hughes 1966 DE
Larry Marshall 1966 HB
Lou Petrecco 1966 G
Sylv. "Pancho" Micir 1966 QB
Tom Duffy 1966 DB
Tom Porreca 1966 DL
Wayne Thomas 1966 T
Bernie Boyle 1967 E
Bill Schoenwald 1967 DB
Bill Sweeney 1967 DB
Bob Melling 1967 LB
Dennis Thomas 1967 G
Duke Marquis 1967 G
Frank Yacovino 1967 FB
Gary Blank 1967 DT
Gary Gray 1967 LB
Jim Boyle 1967 DT
Jim Ryan 1967 QB
Jim Sheppard 1967 MG
Joe Friel 1967
Joe Morrin 1967 DT
John Phillips 1967 DE
Larry Marshall 1967 HB
Mike Goetz 1967 HB
Ray Bader 1967 C
Ray Helbling 1967 T
Ray Lyons 1967 LB
Rich McCune 1967 LB
Sonny Nagle 1967 DB
Tom Frost 1967 G
Tom Razler 1967 DB
Bob Lamina 1969 HB
Brian Mulligan 1969 DB
Brian Sweeney 1969 DB
Dan Morrin 1969 DT
Dennis Molloy 1969 FB
Ed McDowell 1969 HB
Ed Seibert 1969 DE
Greg Hughes 1969 DB
Jim Boyle 1969 DT
Jim Helstrom 1969 T
Jim Nolan 1969 C
Joe Colacicco 1969 G
Joe Demetor 1969 T
Lou Seisser 1969 DB
Matt Micir 1969 T
Mike Friel 1969 QB
Pat Larkin 1969 DB
Paul Henry 1969 LB
Ray Sweeney 1969 DE
Bill O'Neill 1970 DB
Bob McFetridge 1970 T
Chuck Baker 1970 DB
Chuck Lodge 1970 C
Dick Bedesem Jr. 1970 QB
Ed Haleman 1970 DE
Jerry Gallagher 1970 SE
Joe Folweiler 1970 MG
Joe Mack 1970 G
John McDermott 1970 DT
John Schailey 1970 HB
John Varacallo 1970 LB
Kevin Creeden 1970 G
Lou Seisser 1970 DB
Mark Donahue 1970 HB
Mike Fogarty 1970 RB
Mike Yeager 1970 T
Steve Adel 1970 LB
Steve Corson 1970 DE
Tim Koch 1970 TE
Tim Techtmann 1970 DT
Vaughn Burns 1970 DB

Recaps of Five Wins in CL Finals . . .

At Franklin Field
Egan 36, SJ Prep 14
    The running of Paul McDowell (17-104, two TDs) and John Kerr
(21-91, TD) enabled Egan to win the title in its first year of CL
membership. For Prep, which won the Southern Division in its return to
CL competition after a six-season absence, Billy Frank's fumble recovery
set up the game's first TD, Brendan Murray's 2-yard run.
At Kennedy Stadium
Egan 39, West 6
    Larry Marshall, who'd become a backfield starter at midseason
due to injury, contributed three TDs (run, pass, 77-yard kickoff return)
and John Lyons rushed 13 times for 108 yards and a score. Bob Migliorino and Craig Kugler had two interceptions each and Gary Gray recovered two fumbles. Jim Suravicz's midfield block sprung Tom Duffy for a 96-yard
kickoff return TD. Joe Gifford ran for West's TD.
At Temple Stadium
Egan 27, West 8
    Larry Marshall sprinted for a 58-yard TD just 43 seconds into
the second half, expanding Egan's lead to 14-0. Frank Yacovino, Mike
Goetz and Jim Ryan also ran for TDs. Star linebacker Gary Gray injured
his ankle with Egan ahead, 20-0. For West, Dennis Kollhoff ran 3 yards
for a TD while Rich Lee had an 86-yard punt return TD nullified by
At Temple Stadium
Egan 7, St. James 6
    Egan rolled up 317 yards rushing thanks to Dennis Molloy (20-123), Bob Lamina (18-102) and Ed McDowell (18-74), but lost two TDs and was held scoreless until 6:05 left, when McDowell ran 15 yards for a TD. Tim Koch added the PAT, then Brian Sweeney and Lou Siesser made late
interceptions. Joe Ryan's 1-yard TD was all the scoring for St. James,
which entered with a 37-point average.
At Temple Stadium
Egan 20, St. James 8
    QB Dick Bedesem Jr. rushed 18 times for 96 yards and a TD to help his father win the CL championship for the fifth time in eight years. Mark Donahue ran for one score and passed to John Schailey for another. Punter Frank Scoz ran for a first down to set up Egan's final TD. For St. James, QB Tony Kozak ran for a score.

Recaps of One Tue and Three Wins in City Titles . . .

At Franklin Field
Egan 16, Roxborough 16 (tie)
    After George Katzenbach made a tackle and fumble recovery at
Roxborough's 1 to keep Egan from going ahead, Egan's Paul Barczy and Joe Frazer combined to tackle Frank Ruchalski for a game-tying safety with
1:35 remaining. With Egan going for the win after the free kick,
Katzenbach and Mike Riesberg forced a fumble and John Heiser recovered
on Roxborough's 6. Roxborough had taken a 16-14 lead on a safety of its
own (bad snap on punt). Paul McDowell (23-95, TD) and John Kerr (18-91) led Egan in rushing. For Roxborough, the scores came on Bobby Feret's
79-yard punt return and Ron Darlington's 68-yard pass to Hal Werntz.
At Franklin Field
Egan 27, Franklin 0
    Sylvester "Pancho" Micir passed 5 yards to Frank Yacovino for the game's first TD, then ran for two more as Egan cruised. The Eagles
scored two TDs in the final 4 minutes of the first half as Tom Duffy set up the first with a 32-yard punt return and the second with a fumble
At Franklin Field
Egan 28, Central 12
    Larry Marshall churned out 182 yards and two TDs on 20 carries while Mike Goetz added two TDs and 101 yards on eight carries. Under coach Dick Bedesem, Egan became the third school to win back-to-back City Titles, joining St. Joseph's Prep (1938-39) and Southern (1944-45).
Central's highlight was a 50-yard scoring pass from Jack Gorman to
Handsome Wearing, while Johnnie Williams rushed 24 times for 79 yards and a TD.
At Franklin Field
Egan 29, Frankford 20
    Mike Friel's 72-yard pass to Ed McDowell gave Egan a 7-0 lead after 70 seconds, but Frankford stormed to a 20-7 halftime bulge as Warren Mays threw TD passes to Gregory Taylor, Mike Biddle and Ernie Kinzler. Tackle Jim Helstrom began Egan's comeback by recovering teammate Bob Lamina's fumble for a TD, then Friel and McDowell ran for scores of 33 and 84 yards, respectively. McDowell finished with 22 carries for 209 yards, raising his career total to 2,258. Lamina added 100 yards on 18 carries to finish with 2,117 yards. Mays passed 10-for-21 for 125 yards.