November 2, 2013 |
Not surprisingly, the Suburban One League National Conference title will be decided in Week 10. The winner-take-all showdown between Neshaminy and Pennsbury has been in the making since early this season. "Both teams have had successful years," Neshaminy coach Mark Schmidt said. "I guess it's fitting that the league is going to be decided in the final week of the regular season. That's happened a lot of times. " In what is known as the Bucks County Brawl, the Redskins (9-0 overall, 6-0 National Conference)
October 31, 2013 |
Greg Winter might have been the only person in the stadium Tuesday who didn't know how much time was left in the Public League boys' soccer final. At one end of the field, Central fans called out the diminishing numbers as they flashed on the scoreboard. At the other, Northeast coaches frantically waved their players forward. In the middle of it all, Winter, the Central goalkeeper, couldn't spare a look at the clock. So when the whistle blew to end Central's 1-0 win at Northeast's Charles Martin Stadium and give the Lancers their first Public League title since 2001, his first reaction was surprise.
October 31, 2013 |
The Eagles traded nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga to the New England Patriots before Tuesday's trade deadline. Sopaoga was packaged with a sixth-round pick for a fifth-round pick in the 2014 draft. Sopoaga, 32, was signed in the offseason to be the team's starting nose tackle. He played eight games, had 18 tackles, and played 39 percent of the defensive snaps. Sopoaga made $3.25 million from the Eagles, including a $2.75 million signing bonus and half of his $1 million salary. Considering the output and the expense, Sopoaga's signing did not work out for the Eagles.
October 25, 2013 |
CEDRIC THORNTON doesn't look like a guy you'd peg as a run-stopper of a defensive lineman. At 6-3, 309, he's kind of rangy. If you didn't know his listed weight and someone told you he was a linebacker, you wouldn't look askance. But Thornton, an undrafted second-year man from Southern Arkansas, has a 14.9 "run-stop percentage," according to the Pro Football Focus website, and that happens to be the highest in the NFL, by PFF's reckoning. No. 2 is that J.J. Watt dude, down in Houston.
October 20, 2013 |
It might have taken the North Penn football team a while to get going against Suburban One Continental rival Pennridge on Friday night, but once the Knights finally found their groove, they were working on all cylinders. The way senior quarterback Austin Shearer saw it, they were just playing "North Penn football. " With several players making significant contributions, the Knights remained undefeated in conference play by coming from behind and defeating the Rams, 31-20. For a while, the game belonged to North Penn sophomore running back Nyfease West, as he slowly chipped away at the Rams' defensive line.
October 19, 2013 |
It may seem like a minor thing, and to Jerry Azzinaro it was, but when Fletcher Cox was required to line up directly opposite the tackle rather than over the guard's outside shoulder, he said he let it affect him. "It probably was the new thing," Cox said of the Eagles' new system on the defensive line. "I've just got to relax. Now I'm relaxed, I'm having a lot of fun. " Cox had his best game of the season on Sunday, according to Eagles coach Chip Kelly and defensive coordinator Bill Davis.
October 14, 2013 |
Chip Kelly could have been in Greg Schiano's seat right now. Kelly turned down the Tampa Bay job in 2012, electing to stay at Oregon before taking the Eagles job after the season. Schiano left Rutgers for Tampa Bay after Kelly declined, and has hit turbulence in his second season. The winless Buccaneers welcome the Eagles after a messy quarterback change last month and a recurrence of an MRSA infection this past week. It put Tampa Bay in the news for the wrong reasons, and it could get even uglier if Kelly's Eagles win to push Tampa Bay to 0-5. The Bucs have had a losing record ever since Nick Foles pulled off an upset at Raymond James Stadium last December.
October 11, 2013 |
NICK FOLES hardly could have asked for a better chance. He will face a viable defense. His offensive line just had its best game of the season. He has two of the league's more dangerous weapons primed to continue their MVP pursuits. He returns to Tampa as the Eagles' starter 10 months after he recorded his lone NFL win there. He managed a 98.6 passer rating on that December day, including the winning touchdown pass as time expired; the best of his six starts at the end of that rookie season.
October 6, 2013 |
It isn't just the 1-3 Eagles and 0-4 New York Giants' losing records that have taken some of the steam out of Sunday's matchup between the longtime divisional rivals. "It's sucks because Osi's not there, so it makes it a little different," LeSean McCoy said of Osi Umenyiora, his frequent sparring partner. The former Giants defensive end is with the Falcons now. While Umenyiora isn't what he once was, his absence from what was once the most feared line in the NFL has been symbolic for a unit that is struggling this season.
October 3, 2013 |
It was the first game of her senior soccer season at Downingtown East, and Nicole Caston found herself in an unfamiliar place, playing up top at forward. The unlikely move began with a conversation among teammates during the preseason. Caston was willing to try new things, so the notion of attempting a different formation started to gain traction. Accustomed to playing a 4-5-1 alignment on her club team, Caston - as well as a few of her teammates - thought it would be beneficial to the Cougars to stray from the 4-4-2, the prominent formation.