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SPORTS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
November 24, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
Archbishop Wood captured its seventh consecutive PIAA District 12 Class AAA championship Saturday by holding off never-say-die Imhotep Charter. Speedy tailback Jarrett McClenton and bruising fullback Alex Arcangeli served as a solid one-two punch, combining for 261 rushing yards and five touchdowns in a 42-34 victory at Northeast's Charles Martin Memorial Stadium. Vikings tight end Christian Lohin helped soften Imhotep's run defense by notching a season-high three catches for 95 yards.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
November 23, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
IF YOU LOVE high school football, head over to Northeast High today, set up camp and stay to see four teams competing in two, highly anticipated City title games. In AAAA action, Catholic League champion St. Joseph's Prep takes on Ben Franklin, the Public League's last squad standing. In AAA play, PCL title-winner Archbishop Wood meets Pub poobah Imhotep Charter. Both contests feature beaucoup Division I talent, and each could make for all-time great contests. However, because each side is so talented, either outcome could also be lopsided.
SPORTS
November 22, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a matchup that was anticipated as soon as Imhotep Charter moved up from Class AA to AAA, the Panthers are set to square off against fellow powerhouse Archbishop Wood for top PIAA District 12 honors. The Class AAA final between No. 3-ranked Imhotep (10-1) and No. 2 Wood (10-1) is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Northeast's Charles Martin Memorial Stadium. Since the Catholic League joined the PIAA in 2008, the Vikings have claimed six straight District 12 titles by a combined score of 292-56.
SPORTS
November 21, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5814
WHEN JARRETT McClenton was around 7 or 8 years old he was no stranger to great running-back play. Long before he shared Daily News Player of the Year last season, McClenton, now a senior at Archbishop Wood, watched his older brother, Jeff, play football at Conwell-Egan. Jeff was a speedy wideout and safety in his own right, but Steve Slaton was the burner in the backfield. "He could always make the big run because he had breakaway speed," said Jarrett, who is 5-8 and weighs 165 pounds, "but he was also very physical when he ran the ball.
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