Ted Silary: Carroll's Boornazian is always busy

Posted: October 09, 2012

Passing along some city high school football tidbits . . .


FEW GUYS play three sports anymore. Hey, Ryan Boornazian does that each weekend!

Last Friday night, the 5-8, 160-pound senior halfback/fullback, depending, rushed 13 times for 63 yards and a touchdown as Carroll subdued Neumann-Goretti, 34-13. Saturday brought an informal lacrosse workout and Sunday night he practiced for several hours with the Patriots' hockey team, which opens its season in 2 weeks.

"I know it's a lot, but I love all three sports," Boornazian said. "Right after the [football] game, I kind of broke down because my left shoulder has really been bothering me. I knew I had to be out there, though. I have great teammates. Couldn't let them down."

In his primary sport, lacrosse, Boornazian is a faceoff midfielder. The Narberth resident can be found on the left wing in hockey.

The N-G game was only his second as a rusher. Well, this season.

"From third grade on up I was always a tailback," he said. "Because of lacrosse, I didn't make it to the offseason football workouts and when I showed up for the first day of practice . . . "

Boornazian had an entertaining exchange with coach Joe Powel.

"He said he was going to make me a guard," Ryan said. "I said to him, 'Guard? Really. Don't you think I'm a little small?' He told me, 'Yeah, but you're also a little crazy. You'll do fine in there.' "

Boornazian earned a starting spot and remained on the line through Week 4. His first backfield outing yielded 57 yards and a TD in a 41-0 thumping of Conwell-Egan. The Patriots had been outscored, 119-37, in their previous three games.

"I got a couple snaps in that Tuesday's practice," Boornazian said. "Had to refresh myself with the plays. I felt comfortable by the time we played the game. That was a great night for all of us. We were so sick and tired of people saying how bad we were. I'm proud of how we're doing.

"I'm thankful to the people who'd seen me run the ball around here, going back to freshman year, and kept saying, 'At least we should give him a shot.' I'm trying to do my best for all of us."

Early in the second quarter of Prep Charter's 59-6 pasting of Future, there were four scores in 49 seconds. Safety at 10:57 for PC; Anthony Wyche returned the free kick for a 64-yard TD at 10:45; Future's Khalir Blount returned the kickoff 78 yards for a TD at 10:31. On the next scrimmage play, Wyche ran 48 yards for a TD at 10:08 . . . In all, Wyche (2-67) and two PC teammates, Asa Manley (3-178) and Ronald Stokes (2-74), combined to post 279 yards on seven returns (39.9 average) . . . Unless the wind is whipping at 30 mph, minimum, teams should not be allowed to defer at the coin flip. Whose not-so-brilliant idea was it to allow such a macho sport to start off with a wuss move? . . . O'Hara roared to 40 points in the first 10:58 of a 57-7 win over McDevitt. The yardage on those six early touchdowns totaled 174 and the drives required just 14 plays. The first quarter lasted 46 minutes. Due to the mercy rule, the second half zipped by in 32 . . . Holding calls cost West Philly's Shakoor Daye rushing TDs of 12, 35 and 10 yards vs. King. Teammate Arthur Barry, a linebacker, scored twice on fumble returns (12 and 9 yards) . . . Bok star Larry Pelzer used award stickers to form a giant-sized 29, his uniform number, on the back of his helmet . . .

Eleven Haverford School players combined for 15 receptions in a 48-22 loss to Salesianum (Del). Chris Morgan (3-54) led the way . . . In the West Catholic/Conwell-Egan game, two guys totaled three conversion runs though neither had official carries. West's Shaquille James outdid C-E's Tim Bolton, 2-1. Also, C-E's Dustin Mascione tied the world record for shortest TD catch (1 yard) . . . When a player told an assistant coach his foot was numb, the coach shot back with a laugh, "Be happy. At least it's not hurting. Sometimes you have to pay good money for a feeling like that." . . . Gratz' TD in the second OT vs. Dobbins was a 27-yard pass from Davone Cornish to Steve Johnson. An illegal block and procedure had pushed the ball back. The officiating crew at that game, played at 29th Street Stadium at 3 o'clock, rushed to Gratz to work the 6 o'clock Boys' Latin-Overbrook game, as did Daily News stat man Keith Hines . . .

Jermaine Norris has made interceptions in four of Mastery North's last five games . . . Before Friday's win over Washington, Frankford's Tim DiGiorgio had posted at least one passing TD in all 15 of his varsity appearances. Though he was blanked this time, he did run 3 yards around right end for a score to break a 12-game rushing TD drought . . . Linebacker Rasheed Muhammad is the third guy with that name to be part of Frankford's program. Dad is the co-offensive coordinator. Grandpop is a former assistant. During the win over Washington, former coach Mike Capriotti, now handling PA duties, drew chuckles when he called the player, "Rasheed Muhammad Junior the Third." . . . Add Frankford's clock to the list of those that aren't working . . . The Brunson brothers have posted an interception in 11 of Comm Tech's last 16 games. James (class of '12) had nine over the last 10 games in '11. Devon has four in six this season; he also had one in '11.

Contact Ted Silary at silaryt@phillynews.com.

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