Ted Silary: Bonner's Garrison honors brother with his play

Posted: October 19, 2010

PASSING ALONG some city high school football tidbits . . .

Dave Garrison was one-upped by his brother Saturday and, somewhere up there, it's likely he hasn't stopped cheering.

Though Bonner fell to O'Hara, 16-6, in Catholic AAA, senior defensive end Brendon Garrison created quite an emotional stir by returning a second-quarter fumble 32 yards for the brothers' first varsity touchdown.

Dave, a former gridder, 2008 Bonner grad and West Virginia freshman, died Jan. 23, 2009, of injuries suffered a few weeks earlier in an auto accident. He would have celebrated his 21st birthday last Friday.

"Dave used to beat me in everything, whether video games or basketball," Brendon said. "I only beat him once in a blue moon.

"When I first scored, I was thinking more about how maybe the game's momentum was changing, since we'd been losing, 9-0. But then it came to me how scoring my first Bonner touchdown the day after Dave's birthday was pretty special. Everything I do is for him. He was always a big influence on me.

"My dad [Dave, mom is Donna] has Eagles season tickets. I just always remember going down there to watch the games with my brother. Great times."

Of the TD, Brendon said, "They bobbled the ball, and five of us were going in there; we had a blitz on. I saw the ball bouncing, and it came right up into my hands. I knew I'd score. There were five of us to two O'Hara guys. Close to the end zone, I was thinking, 'Holy crap! I'm gonna score!' "

Looming beyond the north end of Bonner's turf stadium is the David F. Garrison Memorial Scoreboard.

"People might not think that means too much, but I appreciate it a lot," Brendon said. "It also says so much about the togetherness of the Bonner-Prendie community."

Brendon was wearing his brother's ol' No. 6.

"I wore it last year, but had to switch to No. 51 because we were short on the o-line," he said. "But that situation's over, and I'm back to being a backup tight end, so I can wear No. 6 again. This was my third game back in No. 6. That part was special, too."

Imhotep retired the No. 61 of star lineman Saladine Walker during Friday night's game with Bracetti. The '08 grad died the next fall while attending (and playing for) Valley Forge Military Academy . . . Central again has home stands (five rows) and visiting stands (three). The set on the home side extends from the 15 to 15 and has a message - Home of the Central Lancers, with a logo between Central and Lancers - on the front that goes from 25 to 25 . . . In a 14-3 win at Penn Charter, Malvern posted no passing yardage for the first time since 1988. Like Luke Leslie that day, Tommy Rumer went 0-for-3. That year's opponent and site? Also PC. Rob Levan rushed for 148 yards and two TDs in a 21-14 win. In contrast, in its 5-year history, Comm Tech has endured 11 games with no passing yards . . . Small sub Kyle Drayton fell down stairs as PC headed back to the field after halftime. He was OK. "My life flashed before my eyes. Didn't I almost die?" . . . Check out this trifecta of weird occurrences at SJ Prep-McDevitt: The refs realized there were no chains/down marker after the opening kickoff; McDevitt's Matt Conroy drew a penalty for trying to repunt after a block by Mark Casale; Prep QB Skyler Mornhinweg, the deep man in a situation where a squib kickoff was expected, was ordered to kneel down during his return by coach Gabe Infante and settled for a 6-yard pickup . . .

In the last six seasons, Haverford School has completed 388 passes. Only eight times has someone caught as many as four in a game. No one has snagged six . . . After going 3-11 against suburban opponents in Weeks 1-6 Six, the Pub went 3-0 in Week 7. The winners: Washington, Mastbaum, Prep Charter . . . In Prep Charter's last three games, Quadeem Starkes has one official catch and three for conversions . . . The extra point by Rasheed Bailey that made the difference in Roxborough's 14-13 win over West Philly thumped off a car across Spruce Street. He's a straight-on kicker . . . With strong winds blowing Friday, QBs in Pub games passed 48-for-146 (32.8 percent) . . . Lansdale Catholic's Mike Bradley totaled two TDs and three picks vs. Neumann-Goretti . . . When told La Salle's Ryan Geiger had nine first-half tackles, a Judge assistant shot back, "That's all?" . . . With seven PAT vs. Carroll, Wood sophomore Nick Visco lifted his career point total to 106 (76 kicks, 10 FGs) . . . FitzSimons QB Richard Williams is outrushing his team, 179-162 . . . Assistant Greg Townsell, of the 90-pound Mount Airy Bantams, notes that all of these headlining skill guys played for his squad: West Catholic's Brandon Hollomon and Jaelen Strong-Rankin, McDevitt's Martin "Nico" Henry and Nick Newman, Imhotep's Devin Sanders, Central's Richard Drayton, Penn Charter's Eric Neefe and Malvern's Shawn Wilson. *

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