August 30, 2013 |
UNDER ANDY Talley, Villanova has played an FBS opponent 16 times, starting with a 31-11 loss to Wake Forest in 1988. The Wildcats have won three of those games, against Rutgers in 2002 (37-19), Temple in 2003 (23-20 in overtime) and the Owls again 4 years ago (27-24). They've also come close in a couple others, most notably at Pittsburgh in 1998 (48-41) when Brian Westbrook, in his college debut, almost took down the Panthers pretty much by himself. The last 4 years they've opened against Temple in South Philly for the Mayor's Cup. The last 2 years, it wasn't much of a scrum.
August 29, 2013 |
Former Temple football coach Steve Addazio didn't establish roots in Philadelphia for long, but he said his home of the previous two years will always be a special place in what has been a nomadic coaching career. Addazio, 54, earned his first college head coaching job at Temple in the 2010 season, and he is now guiding Boston College, which opens its season by hosting Villanova in Saturday's noon matchup. Addazio said he understands that his quick departure from Temple didn't sit well with many alumni, players, and fans.
August 28, 2013 |
With the start of the high school football season just days away, we take a look at some of Southeastern Pennsylvania's top multipurpose threats: Kris Akins, North Penn, senior. With his speed, Akins, a third-year starter, causes headaches for foes as a wingback, cornerback and kick returner. Tate Carter, Spring-Ford, senior. The 5-foot-9, 185-pounder can play any of four offensive positions: quarterback, halfback, fullback and wide receiver. He is a safety on defense.
August 22, 2013 |
MANY THINGS have changed around the Villanova football program in the last year. Last summer at media day, the questions were about how the team would rebound after struggling the previous season. This year, the conversation was focused more on just how good this season's team could be. "With 17 starters back, a lot of people feel like we would be one of the teams to beat," head coach Andy Talley said yesterday. "We are no stranger to that, having won a national championship and backing it up with a semifinal appearance.
July 25, 2013 |
When the final horn signaled the end of the Eagles' first practice at training camp on Tuesday, rookies and selected veterans participating in drills broke from one last huddle and jogged into the NovaCare Complex to take refuge from the midafternoon sun. Receiver Ifeanyi Momah, however, stayed behind to put in some extra work with Eagles special teams coordinator Dave Fipp. Momah said Fipp had noticed some missteps in Momah's footwork and addressed them right away. "I kind of caught myself taking too many steps underneath myself, and I just wanted to fix that," said Momah, who signed as an undrafted free agent out of Boston College.
July 3, 2013 |
Millville defensive tackle Antoine White, considered among the top recruits in South Jersey, has made an oral football commitment to Penn State. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound White made the decision on Monday. "I really trust the Penn State coaching staff, and that was big for me," White said. "They are close to home, and I really buy into what they are doing. " As a junior, White had 80 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, and six sacks. He also plays offensive line but was recruited for defense.
June 15, 2013 |
The Washington Township softball team had to like seeing Taylor Coroneos in the pitcher's circle. Coroneos went 22-1 as the team's ace this season, struck out 158, and allowed only 10 earned runs in 1252/3 innings. She did this against some of the best teams in South Jersey, too. The senior held defending Group 4 state champion Eastern to two runs over three games this year. Against Shawnee, which the Minutemaids went on to beat in the South Jersey Group 4 final, Coroneos allowed only four runs in four games.
June 13, 2013
Smoke-filled spectator galleries The U.S. Open tournament at Merion Golf Club will draw thousands of spectators, so it's no wonder the event has been meticulously planned. Ticketholders' booklets provide a long list of prohibited items, and thoroughly detail transportation options, etiquette, and safety guidelines. But despite all the preparations, one major area has been omitted: smoking restrictions. Many other sporting events have prohibited smoking by spectators for years. As a longtime United States Golf Association member and attendee at many U.S. Open events, I can attest that secondhand smoke - particularly cigar smoke - is prevalent.
June 5, 2013 |
HIS NAME is his outlook. "All things are possible through God's greatness" is not just the English translation to Ifeanyi Momah's Nigerian first name. It is the philosophy that has sustained him through the last 21 months of his life. By now, many of us have heard his story. Bounced between defensive end and receiver at Boston College, his knee torn up amid what appeared to be a breakout game against Northwestern at the start of the 2011 season, his appeal to play a sixth season denied by the NCAA.
June 1, 2013 |
Council Rock South's Eric Gallo, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound junior center and defensive tackle, has orally committed to play football at Virginia Tech. Gallo is projected to play center for the Hokies and also may play guard. He also received interest from Boston College, Connecticut, Maryland, and Rutgers, among others. "I think that playing center is really exciting," said Gallo. "It's a really cool position, you're the head of the offensive line. " A two-year starter for the Golden Hawks, Gallo earned Inquirer first-team all-Southeastern Pennsylvania honors on defense last season.