August 30, 2015 |
As Chip Kelly does with the Eagles, Great Valley's Dan Ellis wants to go full throttle on offense and run plays in rapid fashion. "We want to dictate things," he said. "We don't want to give the opposing defense a chance to breathe. " Great Valley ran an average of about 70 plays per game with its hurry-up, no-huddle spread offense while going 12-2 and claiming top District 1 Class AAA honors last season. Ellis, a star quarterback at Downingtown (Class of 1997) and Virginia, first began using an up-tempo scheme in 2009, his second year in charge at Springfield (Delaware County)
November 30, 2014 |
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.
November 23, 2014 |
Even though his same-named father starred at quarterback at Mainland (N.J). and Penn State, Great Valley's Doug Strang says he has greatly aided his development as a wide receiver and defensive back. "He gives me a lot of instruction, a lot of encouragement," the senior said. "He just knows the game so well. And he's my biggest fan. " Friday night at frigid Plymouth Whitemarsh, Strang made key contributions on both sides of the ball to help the Patriots capture the PIAA District 1 Class AAA championship with a 21-0 blanking of Springfield (Delco)
November 21, 2014 |
Nasir Adderley developed his skills while growing up in Mount Airy and playing Pop Warner football for the Enon Eagles. Now, the Philly native, who moved to Chester County before eighth grade, is a key performer for a Great Valley squad that is enjoying a breakout season. A do-everything type with blazing speed, Adderley serves the Patriots as a receiver, rusher, Wildcat-formation quarterback, strong safety, and kick returner. "The thing that makes him so special is that you never know what's going to happen when he touches the ball," said Great Valley's first-year coach, Dan Ellis.
September 27, 2014 |
In a game with Ches-Mont League American Conference title implications, defending champion West Chester Rustin will visit undefeated Great Valley at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Golden Knights, with a wing-T attack, are powered by halfback Terry Loper. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound senior has carried the ball 108 times for 725 yards and 10 touchdowns. Guided by new coach Dan Ellis, Great Valley is averaging 47.5 points in a hurry-up, spread offense. Loper, who rushed for 1,734 yards and 22 scores last season, has scholarship offers from Bryant, Buffalo, Duquesne, Monmouth, and Rhode Island.
April 10, 2014 |
SUNRISE, Fla. - The team that had the worst start in franchise history clinched a playoff berth Tuesday night at the BB&T Center. Captain Claude Giroux, who guaranteed the Flyers would make the playoffs when they had a 1-7 record, scored a pair of goals, sparking a 5-2 victory over lowly Florida and assuring that they will be playing in the postseason after being spectators last year. "I just believed in this team," Giroux said of his early-season prediction. "Last year, not making the playoffs was unacceptable.
September 15, 2013 |
In a battle of unbeatens, West Chester East knew it would have to halt West Chester Rustin's power rushing attack if it wanted to upset its in-district rival on the road. But Golden Knights junior tailback Terry Loper had other plans. Loper gashed the Vikings for 301 yards on 25 carries, enabling Rustin to cruise to a 47-17 victory Friday night. Loper said squaring off against his team's crosstown rival provided extra motivation for him and his teammates. "It means a lot, man," Loper said.
May 25, 2011 |
Dan Ellis, a standout quarterback at Downingtown High, has been named the football coach at West Chester East. A 2001 graduate of Virginia, where he set several passing records, Ellis will be out to revive a Vikings program that has struggled since winning the National Division championship in '06. The Vikings were 2-9 last season and have won only four games in the last four seasons. East supporters hope Ellis can turn around the program just as he did at Springfield (Delco), one of the smaller schools in the Central League.
May 14, 2008 |
Dan Ellis, who quarterbacked Downingtown to a PIAA Class AAAA state championship in 1996, is the new head football coach at Springfield-Delaware County. Ellis, 29, was the offensive coordinator at Bayard Rustin last year. Before that, he held the same position for four years at Downingtown East. "I'm very excited," he said. "Being a head coach is something I've wanted to do ever since I got into coaching. This is a great opportunity. " At Rustin and Downingtown East, Ellis used a spread-type offense.
May 13, 2008 |
Dan Ellis is returning home. Well, sort of. The all-state quarterback at Downingtown, who led the Whippets to a state championship in 1996 and was born and raised in Collingdale, Delaware County, will be the new head coach of Springfield's football team next season. This will be the first head-coaching job for Ellis, 29, a 2-year starting quarterback at Virginia who takes over at Springfield for Chris Bell, whose contract was not renewed after last season's 2-8 finish. "This is exciting, I'm definitely looking forward to it," said Ellis, who was an assistant coach last year at Bayard Rustin High in West Chester, and offensive coordinator at Downingtown East for 4 years prior to that.