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December 7, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
THERE COULD come a time when Ryan Neher is living a life dedicated to the service and protection of others. But for now, the 6-3, 255-pound center is just happy to be back healthy and protecting quarterbacks and running backs. It was a Tuesday night in October when the Archbishop Wood senior wrenched his left wrist competing in drill work against the scout team. Ever the competitor, the Richboro resident finished practice and gave another go the following day. It was La Salle Week, after all. "I was still able to move it right after," Neher said, "but as it sat, it swelled up. " Bulbous and painful, Neher's wrist was put in a cast, then operated on after a scan revealed a fracture.
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December 6, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Archbishop Wood clinched its seventh consecutive berth in the PIAA Class AAA state semifinals with a romp last Friday over Great Valley. Next for the white-hot Vikings, who are looking to earn their fifth trip to Hershey, is a clash with District 5's Somerset at 1 p.m., Saturday, at Chambersburg Area High. Somerset is a small town about 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. The Golden Eagles (13-1) easily dispatched mistake-prone Bethlehem Catholic, 30-0, in a quarterfinal Saturday at Chambersburg.
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December 4, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
TALK OF brotherhoods and bonds abound when you speak with enough high school athletes. Of course, indelible connections can be forged while logging hours at practice that sometimes amount to more minutes spent near huddles than in your actual home. Blood, sweat and the occasional tear are shed with these people, all while sacrificing a certain amount of individuality for a larger, collective goal. So perhaps it's easy for those familial terms to become a bit cliché and hyperbolic when espoused by teenagers in the midst of a championship chase.
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December 3, 2014
IT'S official; Saturday will be packed with PIAA playoff football. In the AAAA semifinal, St. Joseph's Prep stays in town at 1 p.m. to "host" top-seeded Pennsbury from District 1 at Charles Martin Memorial Field in the Northeast. In AAA semifinal action, Archbishop Wood treks to Chambersburg High to face District 5 No. 1-seeded Somerset at 1 p.m. Last season, the St. Joseph's Prep Hawks beat the team from Neshaminy, 37-21, in the Northeast, while Wood devoured Berwick, 42-14, at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown.
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November 30, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
JARRETT MCCLENTON was a little too close for comfort as a punt rolled near the Archbishop Wood sideline in the second quarter while the Vikings coaches strongly encouraged their star running back to get away from the loose ball. McClenton, a 5-8, 165-pound speedster, had already scored on a 59-yard punt return - part of his 173-yard, three-touchdown performance (all in the first half). However, with Great Valley defenders crowded around the ball, McClenton likely had nowhere to go even if he had picked up the ball.
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November 30, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
It didn't take long for Archbishop Wood to seize control against Great Valley. The quick and powerful Vikings put the outmanned and smaller Patriots in a 23-point hole in the first six minutes of a PIAA Class AAA state quarterfinal Friday night at Northeast. Wood cruised from there, as many had expected, in a 44-7 rout. That marked the end to a breakout, highly memorable season for first-year Great Valley coach Dan Ellis and his players. The Patriots finished with a school-record 12 victories, placed second in the Ches-Mont League American Division, and captured the program's first District 1 championship.
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November 30, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
His work complete, Archbishop Wood's Jarrett McClenton wrapped himself in a black jacket and stood on the sideline. The running back watched as Wood put the final touches on a 44-7 romp over Great Valley in the PIAA Class AAA football quarterfinals Friday night at Northeast. McClenton, a senior who has committed to Villanova, ran for 110 yards on 12 first-half carries. He scored four touchdowns: two rushing, one on a pass, and one on a 51-yard punt return. His spectacular play in the first half relegated him to second-half spectator.
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November 29, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
It has been a breakout season for Great Valley under first-year head coach Dan Ellis. The Patriots are 12-1, own an eight-game winning streak, and are the District 1 champions for the first time after turning back previously undefeated Springfield (Delco) by 21-0 last week. Next, in trying to keep alive a banner campaign, is a PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal against powerhouse and defending state titlist Archbishop Wood at 7 p.m. Friday at Northeast. The Vikings, who turned back Imhotep Charter by 42-34 in last week's District 12 final, arrive as a considerable favorite.
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November 26, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
IT MAY SEEM as if Alex Arcangeli has a running style that's antithetical to carrying the football successfully. At 6-foot and 220 pounds, the Archbishop Wood senior isn't necessarily looking for holes near the line of scrimmage. He's looking for bodies to bang into. "Basically, when I run the ball, the way I see everything is that I notice defenders trying to attack me and I want to attack them first," he said. "I never really look to escape from people. I kind of just try to punish people.
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November 24, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Archbishop Wood took an early 21-point lead and, having previously experienced little resistance after building big advantages, might have thought Imhotep Charter was next in line to leave quietly. But the quick-strike Panthers battled back in Saturday's highly anticipated PIAA District 12 Class AAA football final, closing a 22-point, third-quarter gap to eight with 21/2 minutes remaining. The Vikings finally nailed down a 42-34 victory at Northeast - and their seventh straight district championship - with Alex Arcangeli's 2-yard run on a fourth and 1 near midfield.
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