Manley not letting big night of picks go to his head

Posted: October 16, 2012

PASSING ALONG some city high school football tidbits . . . 

Friday night in South Philadelphia, making interceptions was the Manley thing to do.

So was exhibiting proper behavior.

As Prep Charter rocked Communications Tech, 37-0, Asa Manley, a 6-foot, 175-pound sophomore, made four interceptions to tie the one-game city record and returned two for touchdowns of 50 and 53 yards.

It was afterward, however, that Manley experienced his best feeling.

"My mother, father, sister, two cousins and a nephew all were there," Manley said. "They said I did a phenomenal job, and that they were really proud of how humble I stayed. That's me. I'm not a showoff."

Manley played cornerback and, in man-to-man coverage, was responsible for a tight end or wideout, depending on formations.

"I can't say I had a favorite interception," he noted. "We all played together as one. I got the interceptions due to magnificent pressure from the defensive line. I used the techniques I've been taught by the coaches and just kept my focus. Jumped the routes, when I could, or just stayed with the man and went up for the ball."

Already a 2-year starter, Manley so far has posted nine interceptions. His favorite CB is the Eagles' Nnamdi Asomugha. He also has special moments as a running back, and the guy he idolizes at that position is Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew.

"I'm pretty comfortable on both sides of the ball," said Manley, who lives on Woodcrest Avenue, near Haverford.

OK, but in college, he'll probably have to pick.

"I'd probably prefer running back," he said. "I always loved playing that spot with the Overbrook Monarchs."

Manley's second pick-six occurred on the game's final play.

"It felt good to close things out with an interception touchdown," he said.

Early in a win over Edison, Mastbaum's Wadu Loper, Rick Quiles, Paul Thomas, Angel Torres and Darryl Green were pushing a blocking sled. Polishing their skills? Nah, the thing, with lots of unpadded metal, was too close to the east end zone and the refs asked them to move it back . . . On a PAT, Edison's Zamir Boney broke through the line and used a headfirst slide to cover the ball before Jim-Elkins Borfay could kick it . . . Ten Bodine students play for Mastbaum and are dismissed at noon on game days, so they can take public transportation to 'Baum and get ready. Not a bad gig, right? . . . Ex-Roman QB Chris Carr ('96) has joined his father, Harry, formerly a longtime assistant at Roman, on the staff at Boys' Latin . . . 1990 St. Joe's Prep grad John Laumakis owns the city record for career receiving yardage with 2,242. Roman's William Fuller (Notre Dame) is up to 2,016, not counting the 72 he logged vs. Bonner-Prendergast in a suspended game that likely will be completed next month. Fuller and Washington DL Justin Moody have been selected for national-level postseason all-star games . . . 

Four players posted lengthy TDs for Gratz in a 46-26 win over Bok. Cornelius Middleton returned the opening kickoff 81 yards. Calvin Payne zoomed for a pair of 80-yarders (pass from Davone Cornish, KO return) and Jaylen Sanders returned a fumble for 65 . . . Bok's Larry Pelzer (269) came within 11 yards of this rare feat: breaking a school rushing record in a loss. Cory Moultrie had 279 in '04 . . . The 46 points were the most allowed by Bok since Game 5 of the '83 season (60-6 to Bartram) . . . 

Imhotep's DeAndre Scott has returned all three of his 2012 interceptions for TDs. He went 1-for-1 in '11 . . . Many Pub schools have dropped cheerleading . . . Through three quarters vs. Carroll, West Catholic's Greg White owned 110 rushing yards. He carried only three more times, but gained 34, 80 and 76 yards to finish with 300 . . . Dr. Joseph Cox is in his 15th and final year as Haverford School's headmaster. Out of respect for the honor code he instituted, the backs of the players' uniforms feature RESPECT, HONESTY or COURAGE above the number . . . HS' 4-year kicker, Aron Morgan, is in his second season of not using a block for FGs/PATs. He attended a camp at Harvard "and they wouldn't let us use a block. I tried going back to one afterward, but it felt awkward." Morgan boasts 143 career points on 86 kicks and 19 FGs . . . 

Ryan's headphones didn't work during the game vs. Judge. Said coach Frank McArdle: "We tried using cellphones a little, but it was so noisy; just wasn't meant to be" . . . Best wishes to Frank's uncle, John McArdle, an assistant at SCH Academy, who's recovering from shoulder surgery . . . Typo time: Judge's Samir Bullock rushed for 190 yards vs. Ryan, not 90.

City Top 10

1. St. Joseph's Prep. . . 6-0

2. La Salle. . . 6-1

3. Archbishop Wood. . . 5-2

4. Imhotep Charter. . . 7-0

5. Roman Catholic. . . 4-2

6. Cardinal O'Hara. . . 4-3

7. Malvern Prep. . . 4-2

8. West Catholic. . . 4-2

9. Episcopal Academy. . . 6-0

10. Frankford. . . 5-2

Under Consideration: Archbishop Ryan (4-3), George Washington (6-1), Central (4-2), Simon Gratz Charter (7-0).

Top 10 schedule


2. La Salle vs. No. 5. Roman (P-W), 7

4. Imhotep at Prep Charter (S. Phila.), 6

7. Malvern at Penn Charter, 3:45

9. Episcopal vs. SCH Academy, 7

10. Frankford at Fels (Northeast), 6


1. St. Joseph's Prep at Judge (Northeast), 7

6. O'Hara vs. Bonner-Prendie, 2

8. West Catholic at Neumann-Goretti, 6


3. Wood vs. Carroll (Tennent), 1


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