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December 16, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Staff Writer
Imhotep senior Jordan McCray could have copped an attitude, been a disruptive and disgruntled player or just flat-out transferred. McCray possesses the size, speed and athleticism to play linebacker in college somewhere next season. The problem is that the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder plays defensive end really well for the Panthers, who will play District 10 Cathedral Prep in the Class AAA state championship Friday night at Hersheypark Stadium. "I thought about it like I really need to play linebacker because if that's what [college]
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November 30, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
No, the place wasn't electric as it had been for Notre Dame or Penn State. Lincoln Financial Field wasn't even as full as last week for Memphis. However, Owls diehards saw something Saturday night at the Linc that nobody ever had before, in whatever place Temple has called home. Temple's winning 10 football games, a regular-season Owls first, is the equivalent of what? Men landing on Mars? Should Matt Damon star in the film version of Temple's story? Is that really hyperbole? If you'd thought about it, wouldn't you have expected a Mars landing first?
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November 27, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Michigan State takes on Penn State on Saturday, the Spartans will bring the momentum from allowing defending national champion Ohio State only 132 yards and five first downs. Those numbers don't bode well for a Penn State team still seeking its offensive identity after 11 games, most recently a 28-16 loss to Michigan. Even Penn State's ever-positive coach James Franklin knows what his offense will face against the Spartans. "They're big and physical and long on the defensive line.
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November 23, 2015 | By Erin Dunne, Inquirer Staff Writer
Clumped in a mass of red and white, the St. Joseph football team sprinted onto the field, hungry for a win. With six consecutive Non-Public Group 2 state titles beneath their belt, the team has a lot of expectations to live up to. When the Wildcats met Immaculata in the semifinals Saturday, they were determined to move one step closer to another state title. The Wildcats did just that, flattening the visiting Spartans, 48-6. "Today could have been the last game for us, but our kids did a great job," coach Paul Sacco said.
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November 23, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
After two games in which its defense leaked considerably, Temple reverted to its old form against one of the most explosive offenses in the nation. And it came in the nick of time, since the Owls needed to win to realistically keep their championship hopes alive. Limiting a team that was averaging 43.7 points to four measly field goals, Temple defeated Memphis, 31-12, in Saturday's must-win American Athletic Conference game before 31,708 fans at Lincoln Financial Field. Temple (9-2, 6-1 AAC)
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November 20, 2015 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
Here we go again. La Salle and St. Joseph's Prep are set to clash for the Catholic League Class AAAA crown for the fourth straight year and fifth time in seven seasons. The archrivals will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at Plymouth Whitemarsh. At the same site five weeks ago, the Prep pulled away down the stretch and prevailed, 49-24, before a packed crowd. The Hawks (7-2) have won five straight in the head-to-head series and lead overall, 47-35-5. A fast start keyed the Prep's regular-season win Oct. 17. Gabe Infante's squad led by 28-7 early in the second quarter.
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November 6, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
After handily defeating Illinois 39-0 last week, the Nittany Lions head back on the road this week to take on Northwestern (6-2, 2-2 Big Ten). The Wildcats' solid pass defense will be of particular concern to a Penn State offense that is beginning to come into its own after a rough start to the season. Penn State (7-2, 3-1 Big Ten) has recently opened up its passing game, gaining 280 of its 400 yards through the air against Illinois and logging 10 pass plays of 30 yards or more in its 31-30 win over Maryland a week earlier.
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October 26, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Eagles have the ball After a three-interception outing last Monday, quarterback Sam Bradford must play better if the Eagles expect to escape Charlotte with a victory. The Panthers allow 241 passing yards per game, but they have eight interceptions in five games. Josh Norman is tied for the league lead in interceptions and has been one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL. The Eagles will miss wide receiver Nelson Agholor again because of an ankle injury. Riley Cooper did not practice last week because of a knee injury and is questionable for the game.
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October 26, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
FUNNY THING about Bennie Logan. For a guy who does so much grunt work along the defensive line, you'd think a rare quarterback sack would be the highlight of his day. But no, he says. What's the challenge in tackling a guy who has no interest in absorbing contact in the first place? "I like the more physical play," Logan said. "A quarterback is just going to sit there and go down. He's not going to do anything. I like someone who's going to give me a challenge, who's going to hit me, too. " Logan's position is nose tackle.
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October 26, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles' starting defensive linemen warn against visiting their meeting room, and it's not because the room is occupied by a group of 300-pound men who do not want intruders. The warning is a form of public service: The room smells. Fletcher Cox, Bennie Logan, and Cedric Thornton make up what has turned into one of the most formidable defensive lines in the NFL. But when they meet during the week, it's not the opponent that causes uneasiness. It's gas. "We laugh and we fart the whole time," Logan said.
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