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 Observations, notes, etc., on games I've seen during
 the 2018 season . . . Plus some Tedbits.


September 2017 (and earlier)
October, 2017
November, 2017

SEPT. 30
In the 2015 season, five guys threw passes for Malvern Prep. One of those guys was Drew Gunther and he uncorked just three. All resulted in completions, however, and he was just getting started, folks. Friday night vs. Peddie (NJ), just one week after claiming Malvern's school record for passing yards in one game with 386 vs. Berks Catholic, Gunther passed for 156 and that effort lifted his career total to 4,049. He's the fourth Inter-Ac guy to reach 4,000 career yards and his total ranks fourth on the second of the two lists below (all 3,000-yard guys). This year's top targets have been Ryan Iacone (21-339-2) and Lonnie White (15-243-2) and seven guys have caught TD passes. Malvern's previous career record-holder, Alex Hornibrook, is now in his third season as Wisconsin's QB.

Drew Gunther's Career Passing Stats
Year Com Att Yards TDs
2015 3 3 33 0
2016 91 143 1,100 12
2017 113 207 1,667 18
2018 70 133 1,249 12
  Totals 277 486 4,049 42


The Inter-Ac League's 3,000-Yard Career Passers
Name School Yards Year
+Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky Penn Charter 6,172 2016
John Loughery Penn Charter 4,780 2010
Bryan Savage Haver. School 4,250 2003
Drew Gunther Malvern 4,049 2018
Paul Dooley SCH Academy 3,992 2014
+Kyle McCloskey Gtn. Academy 3,902 2016
Hayes Nolte Gtn. Academy 3,886 2013
+Sean Grieve Gtn. Academy 3,801 2003
Ryan Whayland Episcopal 3,715 2014
Tommy Toal Haver. School 3,431 2016
+Alex Hornibrook Malvern 3,411 2014
Rob Heleniak Gtn. Academy 3,226 1997
Mike Samuel Penn Charter 3,193 1993
Coley Murphy Gtn. Academy 3,107 1993

SEPT. 29
St. Joseph's Prep now owns a 52-36 edge, with five ties, against La Salle thanks to last night's 49-12 success. That computes to a .590 winning percentage for the Hawks. But when it comes to visits to Outburstville, the Prep is much more dominant. Through the years, the teams have racked up at least 35 points 20 times. The Hawks have posted 15 of those efforts, including the top eight, and that figures to 75 percent. Only once has a losing team reached 35. That was La Salle in a 63-35 setback in 2016. D'Andre Swift, now starring for Georgia, paced that romp by scoring seven TDs, six on rushes (275 yards) and one on a reception.
  RS: Regular Season.
  P: Playoff.
  TG: Thanksgiving.

Top Outbursts in SJ Prep-La Salle Series
Year Team Points Opp. Kind
2016 SJ Prep 63 35 RS
2018 SJ Prep 49 12 RS
2015 SJ Prep 49 24 RS
2002 SJ Prep 49 12 RS
2007 SJ Prep 48 7 RS
2014 SJ Prep 46 13 P
1934 SJ Prep 44 6 RS
2006 SJ Prep 42 14 RS
1991 La Salle 42 0 TG
2003 SJ Prep 41 14 RS
1947 SJ Prep 39 0 RS
1948 La Salle 38 0 RS
2003 SJ Prep 37 0 RS
2014 SJ Prep 35 31 RS
2009 La Salle 35 28 P
2016 SJ Prep 35 14 P
2001 SJ Prep 35 6 TG
1995 La Salle 35 9 TG
2013 SJ Prep 35 28 RS
2016 La Salle 35 63 RS

SEPT. 28
Eastern Regional 40, Paul VI 7

  I'm thinking Eastern owns a world record (smile). One week after racking up 399 passing yards vs. Washington Township, the Vikings started this tilt by running the ball on 14 of their first 15 plays. Gotta love it. Gotta respect it, too, because the coaches knew all too well that a decent ground game will be needed against tougher opponents and that there's no time like the present to build confidence. The two primary rushers, sr. TJ Franden and jr. Mike Suarez, wound up producing 344 yards and four TDs, and even sr. QB Drew Heck had some scampering moments en route to a 6-51 performance. Meanwhile, Franden turned 25 totes into 180 yards and three scores while Suarez notched 164 yards and one TD on 17 rushes. Eastern did not have the ball to start the game, but a switcheroo did not take long. Sr. DB Jordan Casseus jumped a first-play route and recorded what would have been a 54-yard pick six if not for a downfield hold. That series did not yield a TD, but the second one did. Paul VI tried a 40-yard field goal and sr. Joe Del Palazzo broke through the line to get a partial hand on the ball. Sr. franchise do-everythinger Dante Kiett picked up the ball on the 5 and returned it 61 yards to the Eagles' 34. Suarez ran four yards for the TD on play No. 6 and sr. John Fulleylove drilled the PAT. The second quarter was the Kiett Show. He scored twice on tosses from Heck -- a 20-yard fade to the right corner and a 24-yard, right-to-middle post pattern. Both plays were beautiful from delivery to snag and the latter occurred just 10.2 seconds prior to halftime. The Vikings had the ball to start the third session and, boy, they did not fart around. They ran 10 plays (all runs) in 3 minutes, 10 seconds, and Franden fought like crazy, multiple times, to score from the 14. TD No. 5 was scored with 1:38 left in the third quarter as Franden rumbled to the left side for eight yards. Eastern then forced a turnover (recovery to sr. Nick Rizzo), but Heck fired an interception and Paul VI took over at its 17. Onto the field came the backup QB, Joe Gledhill. He uncorked a perfectly thrown bomb down the left sideline and jr. WR Drew Williams turned the play into an 83-yard TD. Impressive stuff, guys, especially since no one's morale could have been too high at that juncture. Eastern scored shortly into the fourth quarter on Franden's four-yard run. One more TD could have been added down the stretch but coach John Doherty and OC Nick Strom, to their credit, went the vanilla route with subs and completely used up the play clock before each snap. The game ended with a kneel-down on a play started at the Eagles' 4. Doherty formerly coached at Paul VI and he mingled with many coaches before the game began. The Eagles are going through some tough times, witness that the JV and freshman teams' seasons have been halted and that the varsity numbers only about 35 players. Jr. RB Alfred Woods did some hard, low-to-the-ground running and sr. Henry Westermann lofted some booming punts. Midway through the fourth quarter, Eastern dropped a scrambling, zig-zagging Gledhill for a 16-yard loss, thus setting up fourth-and-forever (43, actually) from the 1. Eastern was called for roughing on the ensuing punt and Paul VI kept the ball. Crowd was decent, but not as large (nor as involved) as last Friday night's. In the lunchroom one day a week (or more), here's hoping the backs and ends are paying for the meals of the linemen. These guys are doing a great job. The Vikings have averaged 50.7 points over their last three games. Oh, by the way, Heck finished 14-for-26 for 189 yards and the two scores to Kiett. He is already over 1,000 yards for the season in just four games.
  ***NOTE: This game completed the most prolific three-game run in school history. The Vikings scored 152 points (52, 50, 42), topping 151 in the first three games of 2013 (63 vs. Washingtown Township, 50 vs. Timber Creek and 38 vs. Cherry Hill East). . . Other three-game outbursts of note: 143 in 1981 (62 vs. Cherry Hill West, 40 vs. Glassboro and 41 vs. Clearview) and 141 in 1999 (56 vs. Cherry Hill East, 49 vs. Cherokee and 36 vs. Lenape).***

Eastern's offense
C Jake LaRosa
G Rocco Tursi
G Ben Sperling
T Jermaine Donaldson
T Matt Chaves
*TE Jalen Egan
WR Dante Kiett
WR Jordan Casseus
WR Stevie Benson
WR Jordan Diaz
QB Drew Heck
#RB TJ Franden
#RB Mike Suarez
*depending on formation
#share position
Eastern's defense
E Jalen Egan
E Ben Sperling
T Ryan Lombardi
LB Joe Del Palazzo
LB TJ Franden
LB Michael Wall
CB Dante Kiett
CB Kevin Lynch
FS Dom Harris
WS Jordan Casseus
SS Moe Howard


SEPT. 28
 It would be a reach to say Penn Charter sr. RB Edward Saydee is on the doorstep of TWO major accomplishments. That's certainly true for one, though, and he's at least on the sidewalk for the other. Saydee, who played in 2015 at Prep Charter, and is in his third season with Penn Charter, needs 30 rushing yards to reach 3,000 for his career. And then there's this: The Quakers' school record for rushing yards belongs to 2013 grad Eric Neefe, who totaled 2,830 yards over three seasons (and played for two beforehand at St. Joseph's Prep). Saydee's Penn Charter total stands at 2,647, so he needs 184 to reach 2,831. The Quakers will host Blair Academy (NJ) tomorrow at 2 o'clock. Last week Edward rushed for a career high of 226 yards vs. Upper Dublin and the Quaker part of his career has included three other outbursts of at least 184. We'll see where this goes . . .
  UPDATE: Edward reached both goals. In a 45-21 win against Blair, he rushed 12 times for 189 yards and three TDs while adding a fourth score on a 92-yard kickoff return. His second rushing TD covered 90 yards. He ran 23 and 55 yards for No. 1 and No. 3, respectively. The grunts were soph C Ryan Wreath, Junior LG Gavin Zavorski, soph LT Ty Needham, Soph RG Rocco Palazzo, and junior RT Jameson Ford. The TE was sr. Ryan Maloney. Thanks to assistant Fran Costello for those names/positions.

Edward Saydee's Career Rushing Stats
Year School Car. Yards TDs
2015 Prep Charter 30 323 6
2016 Penn Charter 155 907 15
2017 "    "    " 195 1161 11
2018 "    "    " 58 579 8
  Vs. Blair 12 189 40
  New Overall 450 3159 43
  New PC 420 2836 37
Eric Neefe's PC Rushing Stats
2010 Penn Charter 116 523 4
2011 "    "    " 197 1180 17
2012 "    "    " 156 1127 14
  Totals 469 2830 35

SEPT. 27
As noticed by West Catholic statman/website stalwart Ed "Huck" Palmer, WC coach Brian Fluck took another step up a special ladder last weekend when his Burrs topped Lansdale Catholic, 28-7, in a Catholic Blue contest. The win was No. 171 in Brian's 20 seasons (4-1 in 2018) and it enabled him to pass Neumann's Paul "Bart" Bartolomeo for the No. 6 spot in city history. Through his first 19 seasons, Brian averaged 8.8 wins, the same number posted by Frankford's Al Angelo during his 21-year stint. Brian is one of four Catholic League coaches to claim as many as 14 AND 13 wins in a season. Former coaches Drew Gordon (La Salle) and Steve Devlin (Wood) also did so, as did still-around Gabe Infante of St. Joseph's Prep.

Winningest Football Coaches in City History
Name School(s) Years Wins


 to 100

at 100

Gamp Pellegrini ST More/SJ Prep/Malvern 42 278 6.6 174 100-71-3
Ron Cohen Washington 30 261 8.7 129 100-27-2
Whitey Sullivan Judge 25 196 7.8 147 100-45-2
Pat Manzi McDevitt 33 189 5.7 163 100-58-5
Al Angelo Frankford 21 184 8.8 132 100-28-4
Brian Fluck West Catholic 20 171 *8.8 149 100-49-0
Paul Bartolomeo Neumann 33 170 5.2 153 100-47-6
Tex Flannery Bartram/La Salle 33 164 5.0 157 100-49-8
Bob Cullman Central 25 163 6.5 141 100-38-3
Gil Brooks SJ Prep 18 162 9.0 141 100-39-2
*-through 19 seasons            

SEPT. 26
  Under coach Matt Dence, Germantown Academy is off to a 4-0 start for the second time in four seasons and that breakdown tops the list below. This is the seventh 4-0 start for the Patriots since 1989. The 2015 squad roared to a 7-0 start and a 5-0 start had not been achieved since 1996. Rusher Trae Vance, passer Jordan Longino and receiver Jerry Griffen-Batchler are this year's headliners. Just as in 2015 (Kyle McCloskey), the QB is also a basketball star. Love it! Check out Longino's numbers. So far, he has completed 71 percent of his passes. Many guys don't even do that in warmups, let alone games (smile).

Germantown Academy's 4-0 Starts Over the Last 30 Seasons
Year Opponent Score Statistical Leaders Car Yds TD
2018 Gratz 36-24 Rusher Trae Vance 59 530 7
  Frankford 35-10 Passer Jordan Longino 32-45 401 5
  Judge 31-21 Receiver Jerry Griffen-Batchler 12 189 3
  KIPP DuBois 49-0          
2015 Shanahan 16-13 Rusher KJ Cartwright 50 209 1
  Prep Charter 28-20 Passer Kyle McCloskey 36-77 460 6
  Hill School 30-15 Receiver James McAfee 11 228 3
  Academy NC 39-12          
1999 Dougherty 43-6 Rusher Alex Smith 61 446 4
  Wood 21-7 Passer Jim Slattery 33-66 608 5
  Hun (NJ) 47-0 Receiver Steve Holmes 17 297 2
  Hill School 56-0          
1996 Chestnut Hill 24-0 Rusher Matt Blewitt 93 509 3
  Wood 7-6 Passer Rob Heleniak 32-62 420 4
  Spring. Montco 14-0 Receiver Jay Jordan 15 254 2
  Peddie (NJ) 36-6          
1991 Caravel (DE) 40-0 Rusher Larry Leith 68 451 6
  Wood 12-7 Passer Coley Murphy 22-45 364 3
  Blair (NJ) 40-0 Receiver Denis Kane 5 138 2
  Hill School 35-27          
1990 Mercersburg 41-6 Rusher Michael Turner 54 316 4
  Blair (NJ) 14-0 Passer Steve Luxton 10-22 169 4
  Hill School 31-7 Receiver Michael Turner 6 119 1
  Peddie (NJ) 28-7          
1989 Penncrest 21-0 Rusher Phil Brown 63 523 5
  Hill School 28-6 Passer Michael Gerber 10-18 208 4
  Kenrick 36-6 Receiver Frank Lynch 7 151 1
  Peddie (NJ) 23-14          

SEPT. 25
Just five games into this season, Conwell-Egan sr. Terome Mitchell has already scored SIX versions of touchdowns -- rush, catch and four returns (kickoff, punt, interception, fumble). Now, that is amazing and Mitchell now owns eight return TDs in his C-E career. That's twice as many as any Eagle during the 2000s (Kyree Bronson had four from 2014-16) and he could score a few more, especially if his squad makes postseason noise. Below are all return TDs by C-E players in the 2000s. Terome owns 17 percent of 'em. . . . One name not on the list: ex-NFLer Steve Slaton. The '05 grad scored 72 TDs, 70 on rushes and two on receptions.

Return TDs by Conwell-Egan Players in the 2000s
Year Name KO Punt Inter. Fumble
2000 Phil Brazil       1
  Joe Lamina     1  
2001   None        
2002 Dan Quinn     1 1
  Marty O'Hara 1      
2003 Ryan Biernat     1  
2004 Dan Salera   1    
  Jeff McClenton       1
2005   None        
2006 Ryan Golin 1      
  Brendan Foley       1
2007   None        
2008 Joe Tretter 2     1
  Ryan Bond     1  
  Anthony Singlar       1
  Kerry McAnany 1      
2009 Kerry McAnany 1      
  Anthony Singlar   1    
  John Clark 1      
2010   None        
2011 Kevin McClease 2      
2012 Chaz Cason 1 1    
  Marqual Bennett 1      
  Wyett McLeod     1  
2013 Joe Ruggiero     1  
  Andrew Linder     1  
2014 Kyree Bronson 1      
  Keanan Baines       1
  Andrew Linder     1  
  Nick Henry       1
2015 Kyree Bronson 1      
  Patrick Garwo 2      
2016 Kyree Bronson 2      
  Terome Mitchell   1    
2017 Patrick Garwo     1  
  Terome Mitchell 2 1    
  Dajuan Harris     1  
2018 Terome Mitchell 1 1 1 1
    46 total 20 6 11 9

SEPT. 24
This is season No. 52 for Archbishop Ryan football, counting an independent campaign in 1967, and a first has just been achieved . . . The Raiders have scored at least 40 points in four consecutive games! Coach Frank "5" McArdle's Raiders started the feat with 41 against Frankford and Interboro, then followed with 45 against Chester and SCH Academy. They had 38 vs. Bartram in their opener. In the most recent win, Tyreek Chappell, normally a receiver, was moved to running back due to the absence of the injured Julian Jones. Yes, he provided a Chappell Show, rushing for 219 yards and four TDs. Meanwhile, the list below shows all four-game, at-least-40 streaks over the last 10 seasons. Wood owns seven and three times the Vikings pulled off the feat in the same season. Check out 2011. They had two separate streaks of six games. In between, they posted 38 vs. O'Hara.

Catholic/Inter-Ac Teams With at Least 40 Points in Four Straight Games, 2009-18
Team/Yr/Gs Opponent Points Team/Yr/Gs Opponent Points
Ryan Frankford 41 West Cath. McDevitt 46
2018 Interboro 41 2012 Conwell-Egan 52
4 games Chester 45 4 games Carroll 42
  SCH Academy 45   Neumann-Goretti 42
    Average 43.0     Average 45.5
Wood Allentown CC 62 Episcopal Del-Val 44
2015 Gratz 44 2012 Interboro 41
5 games Prep Charter 49 5 games Kiski 49
  West Catholic 48   Hill School 42
  Ryan 41   Chichester 49
    Average 48.8     Average 45.0
SJ Prep Roman 43 Wood Conwell-Egan 53
2014 Judge 49 2011 SJ Prep 42
4 games La Salle 46 6 games Glen Mills 51
  Franklin 47   Mastery North 57
    Average 46.3   Carroll 55
Wood King 46   Bonner 49
2014 North Penn 42     Average 51.2
4 games West Catholic 42 Wood Carroll 55
  Ryan 47 2011 Bonner 42
    Average 44.3 6 games Dobbins 49
Wood O'Hara 48   Pottsgrove 41
2014 Bonner-Prendie 56   Allentown CC 70
4 games Carroll 43   Harris. McDevitt 52
  O'Hara 56     Average 51.5
    Average 50.8 La Salle Roman 43
Wood North Penn 49 2010 Neumann-Goretti 63
2013 Frankford 42 4 games Judge 42
4 games West Catholic 54   Ryan 41
  O'Hara 41     Average 47.3
    Average 46.5 West Cath. Conwell-Egan 49
Wood bonner-Prendie 49 2010 Neumann-Goretti 41
2013 Lansdale  49 5 ganes Lansdale 45
6 games bonner-Prendie 42   McDevitt 47
  King 52   Del-Val 56
  Academy Park 42     Average 47.6
  Berwick 42 Chestnut Hill Bonner 42
    Average 46.0 2009 Episcopal 49
Malvern Gtn. Academy 46 4 games Gtn. Academy 42
2013 Penn Charter 41   Penn Charter 45
4 games Episcopal 49     Average 44.5
  SCH Academy 63      
    Average 49.8      

SEPT. 23
One week after surrendering 58 points to La Salle, which entered the game with an 0-3 record, Haverford School exploded for 69 of its own in yesterday's non-league game with Chester. This was just the third time in this century that an Inter-Ac League team scored as many as 60. The list below includes all outbursts by I-A and Catholic League teams. In 2008, West Catholic's 'Enjoy the Show" squad racked up at least 60 five times and did so in three consecutive games. Carroll twice surpassed 70 in 2000.

Catholic/Inter-Ac Teams With 60-Point Outbursts, 2000-18
Year School Pts Opponent Pts
2000 Neumann 61 Southern 6
  O'Hara 62 North Catholic 0
  Carroll 77 Wood 0
  Carroll 74 West Catholic 7
2001   None      
2002 Neumann 68 Southern 0
2003 O'Hara 62 Ryan 6
  Neumann 64 Dougherty 6
2004   None      
2005   None      
2006   None      
2007 SJ Prep 61 Paul VI (VA) 7
2008 West Catholic 63 Carroll 12
  West Catholic 64 Dougherty 7
  West Catholic 62 McDevitt 7
  West Catholic 63 Kennedy-Kenrick 21
  West Catholic 63 Palisades 20
2009 West Catholic 62 Kennedy-Kenrick 0
  Germantown Acad. 60 Boys' Latin 8
2010 La Salle 63 Neumann-Goretti 0
  O'Hara 60 Neumann-Goretti 0
2011 O'Hara 60 Carroll 24
  Wood 70 Allentown CC 14
  McDevitt 60 Conwell-Egan 21
2012 Wood 62 Carroll 7
2013 Malvern 63 SCH Academy 50
2014 Judge 63 Fels 22
  Wood 63 Somerset 20
2015 Wood 62 Allentown (NJ) 21
2016 SJ Prep 63 La Salle 35
  Wood 61 Gratz 18
  West Catholic 65 Strawberry Mansion 8
2017 Conwell-Egan 63 Bonner-Prendergast 21
2018 Haverford School 69 Chester 34
Top 10 Outbursts
Year School Pts
2000 Carroll 77
2000 Carroll 74
2011 Wood 70
2018 Haverford School 69
2002 Neumann 68
2016 West Catholic 65
2003 Neumann 64
2008 West Catholic 64
2008 West Catholic 63
2008 West Catholic 63
2008 West Catholic 63
2010 La Salle 63
2013 Malvern 63
2014 Judge 63
2014 Wood 63
2016 SJ Prep 63
2017 Conwell-Egan 63


SEPT. 22
What are the chances? In back-to-back weeks, two of the Top 15 passing yardage performances by Catholic/Inter-Ac quarterbacks have been posted. Last week, SJ Prep's Kyle McCord racked up 369 yards vs. Our Lady of Good Counsel (MD). Then came last night. As confirmed late last night by Ed "Huck" Palmer, who watched the tape, Malvern's Drew Gunther fired fir 386 yards in a 42-32 win over Berks Catholic. Drew's main snaggers were Ryan Iacone (6-111), Ryan Maguire (4-126, two TDs) and Lonnie White (4-106, one TD).

Name School Yards Opponent Year
Paul Dooley SCH Academy 498 Malvern 2013
Paul Dooley SCH Academy 422 Malvern 2014
Phil DiWilliams Roman 415 Downingtown East 2014
Max Bryson McDevitt 411 Steinert (NJ) 2015
Kevin Carter Haverford School 392 Germantown Academy


Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky Penn Charter 390 Germantown Academy 2015
Drew Gunther Malvern 386 Berks Catholic 2018
Kyle Shurmur La Salle 384 Imhotep 2013
Sean McGovern Dougherty 379 McDevitt 2000
Anthony Russo Wood 378 Ryan 2015
Drew Loughery La Salle 378 SJ Prep 2008
Frank Costa SJ Prep 370 O'Hara 1989
Anthony Russo Wood 369 Bonner-Prendie 2014
Kyle McCord SJ Prep 369 OL Good Counsel (MD) 2018
Chris Fagan Judge 368 Wood 1987

SEPT. 21
Eastern Regional 60, Washington Township 28

  Despite the kid's last name, HELLUVA performance is the only acceptable way to describe what happened tonight. As the Vikings, before a large crowd and two great bands, rolled and then roared to what became an easy victory, sr. QB Drew Heck (click here) enjoyed an all-time outing. You had to figure something good was in the offing when he completed his first seven passes and notched two touchdowns. He was just getting started, folks. In 39 minutes -- he threw no passes thereafter -- Heck bagged 19 completions in 26 attempts for 399 yards and five scores. According to South Jersey historian Chuck Langerman, that performance ranks No. 2 all-time in Eastern history behind Tom Flacco's 443-yarder in 2012. He hit six receivers and aside from showing hands, those guys often displayed nifty moves and/or breakaway speed to get the job done. The headliner was sr. WR Dante Kiett, who turned seven snags into 217 yards and two TDs. He also had a conversion catch. Soph handyman Jordan Diaz was right behind with six receptions and one score, though his yardage total was 39. Also scoring via passes were sr. Chase Stafford, the backup QB, and sr. WR Jalen Egan. Those distances were 27 and 45, respectively. Offensive coordinator Nick Strom realized early that the Vikes could benefit from deep balls AND quick hitters and, at times, the game almost had a 7-on-7 feel when Eastern had the ball. Oh, and before you get the wrong impression that this was strictly an aerial circus, be advised . . . Eastern also rushed for 216 yards and three TDs, raising the total offense number to 615 yards! Jr. Mike Suarez carried 22 times for 162 yards and two scores while sr. TJ Franden went 7-55-1. Remember what we're talking about here. Up and down the complete field three total times with 15 more yards for good measure. Early, the game was looking like both teams had a shot at scoring, say, in the 40s or even 50s. Back, forth, back, forth . . . Thanks to hard (and even decent footwork) running by jr. RB Andrew Nocille and tremendous ballhandling by sr. QB Roger Baldacci, the Minutemen also had little difficulty moving the ball through a 21-28 first half. But Eastern stood tall on defense in the third quarter and a 22-0 edge made it 50-21 through three quarters. Early, thanks to some vintage rock-'em, sock-'em pops, Egan (at E) was Eastern's most impressive defender. As the game went on, Franden often imposed his will as a linebacker. He finished with three TFLs and two more stops at the line of scrimmage. Sr. Kevin Lynch and soph Kyaire Segers paced the secondary by making interceptions. Lynch made his at the end of the first half and it was one of those perfect, step-in-at-exactly-the-right-time pilfers. Plus, it kept WT from heading into halftime with momentum. Eastern's record for points in one game is 63, achieved against WT in 2013. That total was posted in the opener and was followed by 50 points vs. Timber Creek. Last week featured a 52-point effort vs. Cherry Hill East. So, 113 points in those consecutive 2013 games and 112 in these two. Sr. John Fulleylove contributed 10 points in this one, thanks to perfection (7-for-7) on PAT and a late, 22-yard field goal. Had a great time interacting with the Inquirer's Marc Narducci, the very definition of work ethic, and former Daily News sports writer Ryan Lawrence, who is now working for assorted weeklies in South Jersey. Just this week he wrote a story about Andrew Heck's amazing field hockey sisters, Kara and Ryleigh. Something tells me he'll soon be profiling Andrew in the good, ol' Voorhees Sun.

Eastern's offense
C Jake LaRosa
G Rocco Tursi
G Ben Sperling
T Jermaine Donaldson
T Matt Chaves
*TE Jalen Egan
WR Dante Kiett
WR Jordan Casseus
WR Stevie Benson
WR Jordan Diaz
QB Drew Heck
RB TJ Franden
*depending on formation
Eastern's defense
E Jalen Egan
E Ben Sperling
T Ryan Lombardi
LB Joe Del Palazzo
LB TJ Franden
LB Michael Wall
CB Dante Kiett
CB Kevin Lynch
FS Dom Harris
WS Korre Kerrin
SS Moe Howard


SEPT. 20
As long-time, even medium-time, followers of Catholic League football know, most league games were played on Sundays. These are details for the "last" Sunday games played by the CL's current 14 members and the three that closed in 2010. Sunday at 3 p.m., West Catholic is scheduled to host Lansdale Catholic on Maguire Field at Drexel's Vidas Complex. 43rd and Powelton Avenue. So details for those two schools will be updated. Among the current schools, La Salle has gone the longest without playing on a Sunday. On Oct. 8, 2006 vs O'Hara, the Explorers' last TD was scored by Joe Perese. The school's then-baseball coach and long-time AD particularly enjoyed it. His name? Joe Parisi. No one scored for Roman, Neumann-Goretti and Dougherty in last Sunday games. So last TDs come from earlier Sunday tilts.
  UPDATE: The info in gray comes from the Sunday game played Sept. 23. The info in black is no longer relevant.

Details for Last Sunday Games Played by Current Catholic League Schools (and Three That Closed in 2010)
Team Date Year Opponent Won Score Team's Last TD Kind
West Catholic Sept. 23 2018 Lansdale Catholic Won 28-7 Shakur Smalls Inter.
Lansdale Sept. 23 2018 West Catholic Lost 28-7 Danny Dutkiewicz Run
Wood Oct. 2 2016 Ryan Won 31-6 Unavailable  
Ryan Oct. 2 2016 Wood Lost 31-6 Pat Jurgelewicz Rec.
O'Hara Oct. 18 2015 Wood Lost 50-7 Unavailable  
Bonner-Prendie Oct. 26 2014 O'Hara Won 33-13 Joe Oquendo Rec.
Lansdale Oct. 12 2014 Conwell-Egan Won 7-6 Ryan Quigley Run
Conwell-Egan Oct. 12 2014 Lansdale Catholic Lost 7-6 Jordan Burney Run
SJ Prep Aug. 31 2014 Mt. Carmel (IL) Won 28-27 Unavailable  
Carroll Oct. 21 2012 Wood Lost 62-7 Sean McMorran Run
West Catholic Nov. 6 2011 McDevitt Won 47-8 Tyler Gallashaw Inter
McDevitt Nov. 6 2011 West Catholic Lost 47-8 Gerald Fuller Run
Judge Oct. 2 2011 SJ Prep Won 21-14 Matt Smalley Run
North Catholic Oct. 25 2009 Conwell-Egan Won 19-15 Eugene Byrd Run
Roman Oct. 11 2009 O'Hara Lost 13-0 A-Troy Richardson Rec.
Neumann-Goretti Sept. 7 2008 Wyomissing Lost 35-0 B-Anthony Mastrando Run
La Salle Oct. 8 2006 O'Hara Won 24-7 Joe Perese Run
Kennedy-Kenrick Sept. 3 2006 St. Pius X Lost 21-12 Greg Santangelo Run
Dougherty Oct. 17 2004 Neumann-Goretti Lost 22-0 C-Sean Willaims Run
A-Sept. 3, 2006 vs. West Catholic      
B-Oct. 28, 2007 vs. Conwell-Egan      
C-Oct. 10, 2004 vs. McDevitt      

SEPT. 19
Roughly half a lifetime has passed for the guys on the list below. Further confirmation: nothing flies faster than time. Who are these guys? They were prominent receivers in the Catholic/Inter-Ac leagues in this website's first season, 2000, and shown are all game performances of at least 100 yards. Thirty-six of 'em. Not bad, right? Germantown Academy's Chris Jordan racked up two of the top three with 219 and 184. Two guys advanced to the NFL, Carroll's Maurice Stovall and Roman's Scott Paxson. Scott's teammate, Joe McCourt, who's also on the list, wound up serving as Roman's coach for seven seasons (2008-14).

100-Yard Receiving Performances for CL/I-A Players, 2000
Name School Rec. Yards
Chris Jordan Gtn. Academy 6 219
Leonard Hodges Dougherty 11 192
Chris Jordan Gtn. Academy 8 184
Pete Chromiak SJ Prep 3 171
Derek Talley Judge 7 169
Vernard Abrams Dougherty 6 156
Leonard Hodges Dougherty 11 148
Kevin Barr Malvern 5 141
Maurice Stovall Carroll 3 140
Pete Chromiak SJ Prep 5 139
Mickey King Dougherty 8 138
Scott Paxson Roman 6 133
Pete Chromiak SJ Prep 4 130
Joe Dumas Ryan 5 128
Kevin LeSage Bonner 8 128
Kevin Barr Malvern 5 128
Mickey King Dougherty 6 127
Chris Jordan Gtn. Academy 6 127
Vernard Abrams Dougherty 4 123
Ryan Barksdale O'Hara 4 122
Mike Gallagher North Catholic 5 121
Whitney Hartman Haver. School 7 121
Leonard Hodges Dougherty 8 120
Jim Lachman SJ Prep 5 119
Billy McKinney Penn Charter 7 117
Mickey King Dougherty 4 116
Ryan Barksdale O'Hara 5 112
Billy McKinney Penn Charter 6 111
Bill Murrin Bonner 7 110
Joe McCourt Roman 7 109
Mickey King Dougherty 5 108
Mickey King Dougherty 10 108
Mike Gimpel Judge 5 106
Brandon Smith Wood 5 106
Joe McCourt Roman 3 105
Pete Chromiak SJ Prep 4 104

SEPT. 18
If you're a fan of quality receiving performances, this is your season. On the left below are all 100-yard outings in 2017. That number was 30. Through just four weeks in 2018, that number has been reached 18 times. Let the aerial circus continue!

Name, School Rec. Yards Name, School Rec. Yards
Ke’Shawn Williams. SCH 9 170 Ke’Shawn Williams, SCH 9 156
Edward Saydee, Penn Char. 2 138 Tysheem Johnson, Neum.-Gor. 5 154
Kyrin Jackson, Bonn.-Prend. 4 136 Tyreek Chappell, Ryan 5 148
Ryan Loughlin, Wood 4 134 TyGee Leach, Malvern 3 132
Nate Whitaker, Hav. School 2 126 Ivan Thorpe, Roman 4 129
Troy Holland, LaSalle 7 126 Kyron Long, Ryan 7 126
Quinn McCahon, Malvern 8 124 Kahlil Diarrah, LaSalle 2 118
john Washington, Penn Char. 4 122 Katob Joseph, Judge 4 117
DeeWil Barlee, Epsicopal 7 122 Koran Butler, Carroll 4 116
Ryan Loughlin, Wood 4 121 Katob Joseph, Judge 3 115
Dan Whaley, Hav. School 2 121 Marques Mason, SJ Prep 8 114
Katob Joseph, Judge 8 120 Marvin Harrison, SJ Prep 11 111
Dajuan Harris, Con-Egan 4 119 Pat Elliott, SCH 8 110
Dan Whaley, Hav. School 3 118 Nate Whitaker, Hav. School 3 108
Justin Santilla, O’Hara 5 117 Seth Degree, West Cath. 3 108
John Washington, Penn Char. 4 115 Tyreek Chappell, Ryan 4 108
Pat Elliott, SCH 8 115 Johnny Freeman, SJ Prep 4 103
Pat Elliott, SCH Academy 9 114 Ke’Shawn Williams, SCH 2 101
Kyrin Jackson, Bonn.-Pren. 5 113      
Dahmir Ruffin, Carroll 4 110      
Quincy Watson, Malvern 3 110      
Katob Joseph, Judge 4 108      
Edward Saydee, Penn Char. 5 108      
Steve Arrington, Judge 6 107      
Myles Hugee, SCH 6 106      
Kyrin Jackson, Bonner-Pren. 5 103      
Brandon Sanders, SJ Prep 4 101      
Malik Griffin, Roman 5 101      
Katob Joseph, Judge 4 101      
Steve Arrington, Judge 4 100      

SEPT. 17
**Click here for video highlights of Tysheem Johnson's six-TD performance.**
  In a Catholic Blue opener Saturday night, which also happened to be his team's first game in 2018 due to a Week One bye followed by two cancellations, Neumann-Goretti's Tysheem Johnson, only a soph, became the ninth player in Catholic League history to score as many as six TDs in one game.
  Johnson is the first soph to accomplish the feat. Raheem "Speedy" Blackshear, Kyle Ambrogi and Rocco Trivarelli were juniors. The others were seniors.
  Below are some details for all nine performances . . .
  D'Andre Swift, SJ Prep (63) vs. La Salle (35), on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 -- six TDs on rushes (19-275), one on a reception (3-21).
  Raheem "Speedy" Blackshear, Wood (54) vs. Carroll (0), on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 -- three TDs on rushes (4-12), three on receptions (3-49), one on an interception return (92 yards).
  Tysheem Johnson, Neumann-Goretti (54) vs. Bonner-Prendiue (14), on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 -- one TD on a rush (3-6), three on receptions (5-154, long of city record 99 yards; caught ball at N-G's 39 on a right-sideline streak), one on a kickoff return (90 yards) and one on an interception return (52 yards).
  Kyree Bronson, Conwell-Egan (42) vs. KIPP DuBois (18), on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, in a District 1-12 subregional playoff -- four TDs on rushes (13-96, long of 35), one on a reception (1-27), one on a kickoff return (83 yards).
  Billy Canady, Neumann (64) vs. Dougherty (0), on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003 -- four TDs on rushes (9-181), one on a reception (seven yards), one on a punt return; also had a two-point reception for 38 total points.
  Dominic Rock, Dougherty (40) vs. Morrisville (18), on Friday, Aug. 29, 2003 -- six TDs on rushes (18-267).
  Kyle Ambrogi, SJ Prep (55) vs. North Penn (26), on Friday, Sept. 1, 2000 -- six TDs on rushes (26-207).
  Rocco Trivarelli, Roman (42) vs. West Catholic (17), on Saturday, Nov. 2, 1996 -- six TDs on rushes (46-329).
  Anthony Sheridan, Neumann (69) vs. Southern (12), on Thursday, Nov. 25, 1993 -- five TDs on rushes (13-155), one on a reception (26 yards); also had a two-point run for 38 total points.

SEPT. 16
Somewhere out there, Frank Costa is breathing a big sigh of relief. Reason: He still owns SJ Prep's school record for passing yards in one game . . . barely. On the final day of the Catholic League regular season in 1989, Costa passed 27-for-43 for 370 yards and three TDs as the Hawks surprised O'Hara, 25-15. That game was played at Garthwaite Field, in Conshohocken. Friday might at Widener University, the Prep staged a terrific late rally to top Our Lady of Good Counsel (MD), 34-27, and soph QB Kyle McCord was the major reason. As determined by statman Ed "Huck" Palmer, who broke down the tape, the 6-3, 190-pound McCord finished 26-for-38 for 369 yards and three TDs. Three receivers collected at least 100 yards (compared to two in Costa's performance) and one was soph Marvin Harrison, son of the NFL Hall of Famer. The breakdown for both efforts is below. When he graduated, Costa owned numerous season/career city records. He played in college at the University of Miami, passing for 4,256 yards and 22 TDs from '91 through '94. He finished the '89 Prep season with 2,547 yards along with 4,660 for his career.

Breakdown of Performances by Frank Costa and Kyle McCord


SJ Prep 25       SJ Prep 34      
O'Hara 20       OL Good Counsel 27      
Quarterback C-A Yards TDs Quarterback C-A Yards TDs
Frank Costa 27-43 370 3 Kyle McCord 26-38 369 3
Receivers Rec. Yards TDs Receivers Rec. Yards TDs
John Laumakis 13 194 0 Marvin Harrison 11 111 2
Joe Gallagher 7 106 0 Marques Mason 8 114 0
Andy Cobaugh 4 36 2 Johnny Freeman 4 103 1
Keith Delaney 3 34 1 Jack Sutton 2 29 0
  27 370 3 Kolbe Burrell 1 12 0
          26 369 3

SEPT. 15
Eastern Regional 52, Cherry Hill East 6
This report will start with one weird fact and offer another right on its heels. Ready? Here we go . . . In modern-era football, how often does a team score eight TDs exclusively on rushes? Your mighty Vikings did so today. (In the fourth quarter, a 39-yard punt return TD by sr. Dominic Harris was nixed by a holding call at the 13.) And then there's this: On its scoring drive in the second quarter, CHE began the possession on its 35 yard line. So, it needed to gain 65 yards, correct? Not even close. The Cougars needed to gain only 15 because Eastern's defense was hit with six penalties for 50 yards. The score came on a 9-yard pass to sr. handyman Isaac Jean-Baptiste. That TD drew the Cougars within 7-6 with 0:44 remaining in the first quarter and no one would have slighted you for thinking, "OK, this could be a ballgame." Alas, CHE did almost nothing thereafter and Eastern did almost everything and the mercy rule wound up coming into play with 5:02 remaining in the third quarter. Despite that fact, this tilt, which kickoff at 11 a.m., lasted a ridiculous 2 hours, 39 minutes. Aside from flags and injuries, the start of the second half was delayed because the regular scoreboard stopped working (well, the clock part of it, anyway) and a mini-scoreboard had to be brought out/set up to replace it. No need for play-by-play, so we'll stick with some factoids. Jr. Mike Suarez (four) and sr. TJ Franden (two) combined to rush for six TDs and their respective numbers for carries-yards were 12-77 and 15-142. Since sr. QB Drew Heck, who scored on an 11-yard keeper, did not pass for any scores, you might think his passing stats were anemic. Hardly. He connected on 17 of 27 tosses for 222 yards and found EIGHT different guys. The leaders were sr. WRs Dante Kiett (4-50) and Jalen Egan (3-67). Between sacks and TFLs, 14 CHE plays lost a total of 50 yards. Prominent among the guys wreaking havoc on defense was Franden (2 1/2 BTLs, fumble recovery). Jr. S Korre Kerrin also recovered a fumble while jr. LB Michael Wall racked up the biggest loss (seven yards) while adding a stop for minus-four. Franden and soph Kyaire Segers combined for a six-yarder. Hardest hit? That honor probably goes to sub soph Tavion Corbett-Collier. He truly ka-powed some guy on a kickoff return. Fifty-two points are the most scored by the Vikes since they hit that same amount vs. Winslow Township in game eight of the 2013 season. Sr. John Fulleylove hammered most of his kickoffs to at least the 5. CHE has a gigantic, quality band. One thing, though. More tuba! (smile).

Eastern's offense
C Jake LaRosa
G Rocco Tursi
G Ben Sperling
T Jermaine Donaldson
T Matt Chaves
*TE Jalen Egan
WR Dante Kiett
WR Jordan Casseus
WR Stevie Benson
WR Jordan Diaz
QB Drew Heck
RB TJ Franden
*depending on formation
Eastern's defense
E Jalen Egan
E Ben Sperling
T Ryan Lombardi
LB Joe Del Palazzo
LB TJ Franden
LB Michael Wall
CB Dante Keitt
CB Kevin Lynch
FS Dom Harris
WS Korre Kerrin
SS Moe Howard


SEPT. 15
In yesterday's 35-6 win at Central, sr. RB Edward Saydee became the seventh Penn Charter player to score at least four touchdowns in one game over the last 40 seasons. He's the third guy to twice accomplish the feat and the first to show major versatility . . . as in, he scored three varieties of TDs. He hit paydirt twice on rushes and once apiece on returns of a punt and interception. He mixed in a TD catch when he notched four TDs in a 2016 game. Four of the outbursts on the list below were posted in games vs. archrival Germantown Academy and two of the rushing yardage totals were outrageous -- Brandon Shepherdson had 344 in 1993 and James Berry answered with 346 in 1998. Then, in 2002, Tony McDevitt checked in with 328.

Penn Charter Players With at Least 24 Points in One Game, 1979-2018
Name Year Opponent Pts How They Were Scored . . .
Brandon Shepherdson 1993 Haverford School 30 5 rushes
Brandon Shepherdson 1993 Gtn. Academy 30 5 rushes
James Berry 1998 Gtn. Academy 30 5 rushes
Eric Neefe 2011 Carroll 30 5 rushes
Eric Neefe 2012 Peddie (NJ) 30 5 rushes
Pat Delaney 1984 Gtn. Academy 24 3 rushes, 1 reception
Kenny Devenney 1999 Episcopal 24 3 rushes, 1 int. return
Tony McDevitt 2002 Gtn. Academy 24 4 rushes
Edward Saydee 2016 SCH Academy 24 3 rushes, 1 reception
Edward Saydee 2018 Central 24 2 rushes, 1 punt ret., 1 int. return

SEPT. 14
Three recent Ryan teams have combined to walk alone. Actually, to run alone. This is season No. 51 for the Raiders as a Catholic League member and 10 times a 3-0 start has been achieved. The 2013 (132 points), 2016 (115) and 2018 teams (120) own the most points. Details for the starts are below. And since a certain guy has played a prominent role, we're gonna tag this year's offense as . . . The Chappell Show (smile). John Zeglinski was Ryan's QB in 1973. His son, Joe, is now the Eaiders' basketball coach. '88 star Frank Wycheck played in the NFL. Jim and Ken Pawloski are twins. Bob and Bobby Romano are father/son.

Details for Ryan's 3-0 Starts, 1968-2018
Year Ryan Opp. Leading Scorer


St. James 28 7 John Zeglinski 12
Judge 47 0 Bill Fulforth/Jay Rubino 12
Dougherty 21 15 John Zeglinski 18
Bonner 20 33 Paul Koestler 8
Kenrick 28 19 John Lorenzo 18
Wood 21 12 Owen O'Donnell/Ed Hughes/Jim Pawloski 6
Bonner 24 0 Owen O'Donnell/Jim &Ken Pawloski/Jim Scarpello 6
Kenrick 21 15 Owen O'Donnell/Don Bradley/Jim Scarpello 6
Wood 35 15 Owen O'Donnell 12
West Catholic 12 6 Mike Smith/Jeff McEachern 6
Egan 23 14 Trip Storey 18
Wood 21 0 Bob Romano 12
West Catholic 26 20 Al Settembrino 18
Egan 35 6 Al Settembrino 18
La Salle 24 14 Rick Hollawell 18
Judge 22 7 Frank Wycheck 12
Kenrick 43 0 Frank Wycheck 12
McDevitt 17 0 Frank Wycheck/Bill Sachs 6
Downingtown 12 0 Gene McAleer 6
Norristown 30 0 Gary Pacitti/George Clardy/Ray McFall/Adrian Dumchus 6
Wood 14 6 Gary Pacitti/Ray Sell 6
O'Hara 37 20 Samir Bullock 18
Wissahickon 42 7 Bobby Romano 24
Bensalem 53 0 Samir Bullock 18


47 7 Jaye McNeil 24
Bonner-Prendergast 33 12 Jaye McNeil 18
Lansdale 35 0 Mike Minniti 12
Bartram 38 30 Julian Jones/Tyreek Chappell 12
Frankford 41 0 Tyreek Chappell 12
Interboro 41 14 Tyreek Chappell/Kyron Long 12

SEPT. 13
Six times in the 13 seasons from 1975 through 1987, Cardinal O'Hara posted shutouts in Catholic League games while scoring no more than seven points. Oddly, five of those wins were recorded against archrival Monsignor Bonner. And just one TD was scored. Here are the details . . .
  O'Hara 2, Bonner 0:
One play after O'Hara's Steve Andrien was stopped at the 1 by Lou Tomasetti, Robert Evans broked through the line and tackled Bonner QB Dan Haley for a safety with 1:51 remaining. This game was part of a Monday night tripleheader at Veterans Stadium. After rain wiped out the Sunday games, the tripleheader was arranged in quick fashion by Carroll coach/AD Joe McNichol, also the moderator for CL football.
  O'Hara 3, Bonner 0:
Bill Mitchell hammered a 33-yard field goal on the game's final play after Jim Myers intercepted a pass at Bonner's 35, ran five yards to the 30 and watched in glee as the refs called a personal foul that moved the ball to the 15.
  O'Hara 2, Bonner 0:
In wicked mud at Upper Darby, wingback Craig Cusick tried a wingback sweep on a play from Bonner's 3. Jim Hewitt made the first hit four yards into the end zone and Mike Crowley finished the play.
  O'Hara 7, Bonner 0:
Bryan Dempsey ran 10 yards for a first quarter TD and Dan D'Orazio hit the PAT.
  O'Hara 6, Bonner 0:
The points came on field goals. Dan D'Orazio crushed a 48-yarder with 1:58 left in the first half, then added a 23-yarder in the third quarter.

SEPT. 12

  Over the last 37 seasons, four Ryan quarterbacks have thrown for as many as 250 yards and three have notched as many as four TD flings. As you'll see on the lists below, one guy has accomplished both feats and he did so this past weekend. In a 41-14 win over Interboro, senior Jahlil Sanders passed 15-for-25 for 263 yards and FIVE scores. That second number is strongly believed to be a school record, but if you know of anyone else, well, that's why e-mail exists (smile). Jahlil's top receivers were Kyron Long (7-126) and Tyreek Chappell (4-108), who scored two TDs apiece. Justin Collier had the other. Meanwhile, Jahlil was hardly a one-trick pony. He also turned 15 carries into 172 yards, which means he produced 435 yards. So, he averaged 10.9 yards per play! He suffered losses on three plays (for 12 yards total) and threw one interception, according to stats guru Ed "Huck" Palmer. His blockers -- thanks to coach Frank "5" McArdle for providing the names -- were C Chris Brown, Gs Tom Loughlin and Kyle Davis, Ts John O'Brien and Taleeq Robbins and TE Colin Boyd. One other amazing Ryan passing performance occurred in 1978. Ed Hughes, a senior and also a star pitcher, passed 55 times in a 34-23 loss to Cardinal Dougherty. He completed 25 for 298 yards and two TDs while never getting sacked and throwing no INTs. Ryan's grunts in that game were C Tom Sutton, Gs Mark O'Neill and Mike Connolly and Ts Paul Beisser and Ray Smith.
  UPDATE: Received an email from Ed Hughes on Sept. 13. He reminded me of a fact I'd mentioned in a story back then. Ed was not sacked all SEASON. He added that Jack Senske and Don Bradley, who filled in for brief stints at QB that season, also were not sacked. Absolutely amazing. Thanks for making contact, Ed. And to your younger brother, Ken, also a Ryan QB, for suggesting that you do so. All the best!

Ryan QBs With At Least 250 Passing Yards, 1982-2018
Name Opponent Year C-A Yards TDs
Rus Slawter Bonner 2006 22-25 309 3
Joe Corsanico McDevitt 1996 18-31 299 2
Rus Slawter O'Hara 2007 21-35 281 2
Jahlil Sanders Interboro 2018 15-25 263 5
Ryan QBs With At Least Four Passing TDs, 1982-2018
Name Opponent Year C-A Yards TDs
Jahlil Sanders Interboro 2018 15-25 263 5
Kyle Arpino Bonner 2007 8-12 210 4
Michael Davis Judge 2005 7-17 100 4

SEPT. 11
TEDBIT (Mostly a HUCKBIT, actually)

  Long-time website headliner Ed "Huck" Palmer is a teacher in Philadelphia and since school was closed yesterday, well, he needed to find a way to kill time. Mindful that Wood, a long-time power, is off to an 0-2 start and has scored just 14 total points -- 16-7 loss to McDonogh (MD), 21-7 loss to Bergen Catholic (NJ) -- he decided to nail down some facts.
  Here they are . . .
  In 202 games over 15 seasons from 2003 through 2017, Wood scored fewer than 10 points just six times. Once apiece in 2017 (7 vs. SJ Prep), 2013 (7 vs. Ryan), 2009 (0 vs. Selinsgrove)), 2008 (7 vs. Thomas Jefferson), 2007 (7 vs. West Catholic) and 2005 (0 vs. O'Hara). The Vikings have not been blanked since that '05 game vs. O'Hara.
Wood had not suffered back-to-back losses within the same season since 2009. They lost the opener to O'Hara, 35-14, then fell to Chestnut Hill, 29-23, in overtime.
  Wood had not scored fewer than 20 total points over back-to-back games since 2008. In the last two games of that season, the Vikes beat Selinsgrove, 13-7, then fell to Thomas Jefferson, 34-7.
  These days, Huck watches game tapes to compile individual/team stats for Catholic League teams.
  "Wood definitely faced worthy opponents in these first two games," he said. "Lots of times Wood succeeds because it's much stronger along the line of scrimmage. These teams were also very strong on the lines."

SEPT. 10
  At least in "recent times" (60-odd years), 2013 Penn Charter graduates Daryl Worley and Mike McGlinchey are the only "Our Guys" classmates (Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac) to play in the NFL. Oddly, their debuts were made two years apart. Worley, a defensive back, left West Virginia early and first saw action for the Carolina Panthers in 2016 after being a third round draftee. McGlinchey, an offensive lineman, did a redshirt year at Notre Dame and was there through last spring. A first-round pick, he made his debut yesterday for the San Francisco 49ers. In a 2012 loss to Malvern, Daryl made seven catches for 175 yards and two TDs. Mike played tight end in that tilt and wound up with four snags for 100 yards. The quarterback was Pat McCain, one of McGlinchey's many sports-playing cousins. (Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan is another.) On the list below, in addition to Daryl/Mike, you'll see info for almost-classmates combos . . . In November 1980, Central receiver Vic Bellamy hit Eric Hodges with a 28-yard scoring pass on a trick play. Vic was a senior, Eric a junior . . . In the 1955 season, Northeast's Angelo Coia and Herb Adderley were first team All-Public running backs. Angelo was a senior, Herb a junior. Adderley, also a basketball star, was a mid-year graduate in February 1957. He wound up in the NFL Hall of Fame . . . In the 2008 football season at O'Hara, Tom Savage notched 10 TD passes. Junior Corey Brown, who missed roughly half the season due to injury, caught three of them . . . Jim Cooper (Class of '73) and Florian Kempf ('74) were never teammates at now-closed Cardinal Dougherty. Cooper, also a respectable basketball player, was a star lineman and spent 10 years with the Cowboys. Kempf was a major soccer star for CD and then at Penn and never kicked for either school before earning a spot in the NFL after a brief pro soccer career. He wound up hammering 64 PAT and 29 field goals in four seasons . . . Leroy Kelly, a 1960 Gratz grad, also wound up in the HOF. Alvin Mitchell graduated in '61 and caught a TD pass from Harold "Pat" Kelly in an early November game against now-closed Germantown. Pat, Leroy's brother, had a nice career as a major league outfielder.

"Our Guys" NFL Classmates . . . and Almost Since Mid-1950s
Name School Grad Debut Pos.
Vic Bellamy Central 1981 1987 DB
Eric Hodges Central 1982 1987 WR
Jim Cooper Dougherty 1973 1977 OL
Florian Kempf Dougherty 1974 1982 K
Leroy Kelly Gratz 1960 1964 RB
Alvin Mitchell Gratz 1961 1968 DB
Angelo Coia Northeast 1956 1960 E
Herb Adderley Northeast 1957 1961 DB
Tom Savage O'Hara 2009 2014 QB
Corey Brown O'Hara 2010 2014 WR/Ret.
Daryl Worley Penn Charter 2013 2016 DB
Mike McGlinchey Penn Charter 2013 2018 OL

  Mike McGlinchey (L) and Daryl Worley were Penn Charter's captains in 2012.

Thanks to yesterday's 41-14 success at Penn Charter, Conwell-Egan is off to a 3-0 start. The Eagles are in season No. 55 as a Catholic League member and they've won their first three games just seven times. They did so thrice in their first six seasons, then had to wait 20, 14 and 10 years, respectively, for the next three visits to Triple W Land. This latest gap was only six years. The 2002 streak was powered by future NFLer Steve Slaton.
  UPDATE: Egan also won its first three games in 1966. Those details have been added. Thanks to Egan grad Joe Nawrocki ('73) for speaking up.

3-0 Starts for Egan/Conwell-Egan
Year Opponent Score Leading Scorer Points
1966 Neshaminy 41-0 Jack Lyons 12
  Woodrow Wilson 9-0 Irv Whalen 6
  St. James 31-6 Frank Yacovino 12
1967 Neshaminy 21-0 Frank Yacovino 9
  Woodrow Wilson 42-0 Mike Goetz 12
  St. James 28-0 Frank Yacovino 20
1968 Neshaminy 13-0 Lamina/McDowell 6
  Woodrow Wilson 41-0 Ed McDowell 12
  Kenrick 38-8 Bob Lamina 14
1988 McDevitt 17-7 Steve Schurr 12
  Dougherty 10-6 Steve Schurr 6
  North Catholic 7-3 John Fletcher 6
2002 Bristol 35-0 Steve Slaton 24
  North Catholic 34-14 Steve Slaton 24
  Wood  19-10 Steve Slaton 12
2012 New Hope-Solebury 28-0 Tim Bolton 8
  Olney 35-18 Chaz Cason 18
  Nativity BVM 44-7 Three with . . .  8
2018 Roman 38-20 Terome Mitchell 18
  Salem (NJ) 22-0 Alex Goldsby 8
  Penn Charter 41-14 Patrick Garwo 18

Holy Spirit (Absecon) 30, Eastern Regional 22

  In a game that's still in doubt, a team always prefers to have the final possession. Today that team was Eastern, but the problem was this: The Vikings were beginning the possession at their 21, only 1:15 remained and HS had just broken a 22-22 tie with a rushing TD and a passing conversion. A miracle would not be in the offing. Eastern gained some yardage with some dink-and-dunks toward the sideline, but the possession died out at the Eastern 41 and everyone headed home after a kneeldown. This game was scheduled for Friday night, but plenty of lightning got in the way. Today's starting time was noon and the stands were not exactly overflowing. In part due to occasional rain -- mostly light, sometimes medium -- the atmosphere was drab and the absence of the band/cheerleaders due to previous commitments didn't help. Hopefully, excitement will make an appearance for the Friday night games. (Next Saturday morning at Cherry Hill East will provide another challenge.) Eastern's primary problem today was jr. RB Elijah Gray. He's a tough nut with a low center of gravity and the Spartans called upon him again and again and again and . . . you get the idea. He finished with an outrageous 36 carries for 229 yards and two TDs and a sloppy mud surface would have been a better fit than turf for this old-school performance. Sr. QB Ryan Yost (6-4, 190) was also impressive, thanks largely to jr. TE Isaiah "Gronk" Gerena (5-94). I doubt that's his nickname, but it should be. Gerena sets up wide to make his catches and it's tough to defend him. He turned a curl into a 20-yard gain on the winning drive, putting the ball at the 2 after he bulled for about eight yards after the catch. Sr. DL Matt Chaves broke through to record a clutch 3-yard loss, but the Vikings then went offsides and Gray went up the middle almost untouched for a 2-yard TD. Yost passed to frosh Jahqir Haley for the conversion. Eastern's headliner was sr. QB Drew Heck. Operating out of a one-back (even no-back) set, he experienced direct involvement in 48 of Eastern's 66 plays. He passed 17-for-34 for 207 yards and two TDs and rushed 14-48 for one score. That came on a 10-yarder right up the middle, moments after he appeared ready to be dumped for a loss. Good footwork/vision made the rescue happen. Heck's top targets were sr. WRs Dante Kiett (5-99, TD) and Stevie Benson (5-38, TD) and soph handyman Jordan Diaz (4-41). Junior RB Mike Suarez uncorked a 44-yard run and sr. TJ Franden had a 12-yarder. Keitt and Diaz made interceptions and the former's was especially impressive as he stepped away from his primary duty, covering another guy, and popped up out of nowhere to make the snag at the 2. Jr. Michael Wall and jr. Jalen Egan combined for a nine-yard sack. Sr. Joe Del Palzazzo had a three-yard TFL. Egan and sr. Ryan Lombardi teamed for a six-yard sack. Jr. DL Teddy Osei-Kyei had a two-yard TFL. Also, Egan was the lead guy on a five-yard sack. Spent the first half in the press box. Second half on the sideline. Shooting pics proved to be frustrating due to the rain. Plus, the battery died and, of course, Keitt caught his TD pass on the very next play before a new battery could be pumped into the camera. That has happened many times through the years. Very weird.

Eastern's offense
C Jake LaRosa
G Rocco Tursi
G Ben Sperling
T Jermaine Donaldson
T Matt Chaves
*TE Jalen Egan
WR Dante Kiett
WR Jordan Casseus
WR Stevie Benson
WR Jordan Diaz
QB Drew Heck
RB TJ Franden
*depending on formation
Eastern's defense
E Jalen Egan
E Teddy Osei-Kyei
T Ben Sperling
LB Joe Del Palazzo
LB TJ Franden
LB Michael Wall
CB Dante Keitt
CB Kevin Lynch
FS Dom Harris
WS Korre Kerrin
SS Moe Howard


This is season No. 13 for SCH Academy (nee Chestnut Hill Academy) as a back-in-the-fold Inter-Ac League football member and the Blue Devils have racked up at least 42 points 15 times. They're 2-for-2 this season with 56 last week against Judge and 45 yesterday vs. Central. We'll add yesterday's high scorer after stats are obtained. The Campbell brothers, Rashad and Ibraheim, led the point parade four times apiece. Rashad had a 36-point outburst. Ibraheim's best was 24.

Points Opponent Top Scorer Points Year
56 Judge Pat Elliott 26 2018
53 Penn Charter Syaire Madden 20 2014
50 Malvern Jordan Johnson 24 2013
49 Pius X (Roseto) Rashad Campbell 36 2006
49 Episcopal Ibraheim Campbell 24 2009
48 Washington Aaron Rascoe 18 2017
45 Lawrenceville (NJ) Rashad Campbell 24 2007
45 Dougherty Ibraheim Campbell 18 2008
45 Penn Charter Ibraheim Campbell 18 2009
45 Central K. Williams/R. Gentile 12 2018
42 Ryan Rashad Campbell 18 2007
42 Hill School Rashad Campbell 18 2007
42 Bonner Ibraheim Campbell 12 2009
42 Washington Six players 6 2016
42 Judge Matt Hoffman 18 2016

Think about the chances of scoring the same amount of points in six consecutive games. Zero after zero after zero . . . Definitely. In fact, Edison once failed to score in 27 consecutive games from 1978 to '82. But a "regular" number? Much less likely, right? Well, in 1973, McDevitt scored 14 points in six consecutives games. Those details are below. The Lancers played nine games that season and came very close to scoring two TDs in EVERY game. They scored 13 in their opener vs. Wood, then 14 six times, then 13 again vs. Ryan and seven in the finale vs. Interboro. They were stopped inside the 5 in the second quarter of that game and lost a fumble at the 30 with 3:10 remaining. Charlie Heiland rushed for the four TDs vs. Wood/Ryan and Terry Foley scored vs. Interboro on a reception. His brother, Ed, was the long-time coach of the nationally famous Little Quakers youth squad and is currently the assistant AD at Penn Charter. Matt and Tom Welsh are brothers. Erv Antoni's dad, also Erv, was the long-time basketball coach at Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.

McDevitt's Six Consecutive Games With 14 points, 1973
Opponent Result Touchdowns Conversions
Father Judge L, 24-14 Charlie Heiland 1 run (Dan Mee kick)
    Charlie Heiland 3 run (Dan Mee kick)
Bishop Kenrick T, 14-14 Erv Antoni 11 pass from Tom Welsh (Dan Mee kick)
    Charlie Heiland 1 run (Dan Mee kick)
Bishop Egan W, 14-6 Matt Welsh 9 pass from Tom Welsh (run failed)
    Phil Rehill 12 run (Phil Rehill run)
Card. Dougherty W, 14-0 Charlie Heiland 2 run (Dan Mee kick)
    Dan Mee 12 run (Dan Mee kick)
La Salle L, 20-14 Erv Antoni 29 pass from Tom Welsh (pass failed)
    Phil Rehill 1 run (Matt Welsh pass from Tom Welsh)
North Catholic L, 24-14 Terry Foley 15 pass from Erv Antoni (Dan Mee kick)
    Phil Rehill 9 run (Dan Mee kick)

Sometimes you start some research and then come to realize, "Whoa, this needs to be expanded." Russel Minor-Shaw passed for three TDs in each of Carroll's first two games this season and the usual thought kicked in. How many times have Carroll QBs accomplished that feat? Barely 10 seconds were needed to find another time. Just last year, Kamal Gray passed for four in game No. 2 and three in No. 3. OK, this could take a while. . . Um, no. Going back through 1979, no other Carroll guy has thrown for at least three TDs in back-to-back games. In fact, three TDs have been racked up just five other times, total. It never happened in the 20 seasons from '79 through '98. Kevin Waterman did it twice in '99, in games No. 4 and 8. Meanwhile, a look at one number on the list below will no doubt cause your eyebrows to raise. Yes, in the game last year vs. Bensalem, Gray passed for three TDs . . . and only 23 yards. Dahmir Ruffin made all three scoring snags, just as he'd made all four the week before vs. Conwell-Egan. In Derek Zambino's performance, the Patriots waffled West Catholic, 74-7.

Carroll's Passing Performances
Of at Least Three TDs, 1979-2018
Year Name Opponent Yards TDs
2001 Pat Brochet North Schuylkill 277 4
2017 Kamal Gray Conwell-Egan 141 4
1994 Andrew Tamaccio O'Hara 127 3
1999 Kevin Waterman Kennedy-Kenrick 97 3
1999 Kevin Waterman West Catholic 122 3
2000 Derek Zambino West Catholic 113 3
2017 Kamal Gray Bensalem 23 3
2018 Russel Minor-Shaw Olney 87 3
2018 Russel Minor-Shaw KIPP DuBois 188 3

Father Judge handyman Katob Joseph is having all kinds of fun through two weeks of his senior season. The 5-10, 161-pounder has produced an outrageous 495 scrimmage yards and seven TDs. Last Friday, in the first game on Judge's field across the street from the school, he totaled 241 yards on the ground and 115 through the air in the Crusaders' 56-46 loss to SCH Academy. Plus, he scored five touchdowns -- two rushing, three receiving. Thanks to stats breakdown going back to 1982, I can report this: Katob is just the fifth Crusader to rack up at least 100 receiving yards in back-to-back games. The feat has been accomplished six times over these 37 seasons; Carl Peterson did it twice. No one owns three in a row. The chance to accomplish that feat will come Friday night when Judge visits Northeast. Joseph's QB, Shane Dooley, has already fired for 418 yards and six TDs.

Judge Receivers With Back-to-Back
100-Yard Games, 1982-2018
Year Name Opponents Yards
1999 Rob Citrino Neumann 102
    La Salle 107
2002 Carl Peterson