October 10, 2014 |
RAHEEM BROCK (Dobbins Tech) and Dan Klecko were teammates on the defensive line at Temple for a couple of seasons at the turn of the century, and then again with an Indianapolis Colts team in 2006 that won the Super Bowl. So now maybe it's only right that they're part of the six-person class being inducted into the university's Athletics Hall of Fame, a group that also includes the late football coach Ray Morrison (1940-48). They'll be introduced - along with field hockey's Michelle Murawski (1997-2000)
October 6, 2014 |
Quentin Christian tossed the football into the sky, leaped, and kicked out his legs. The senior's interception in the end zone clinched Glen Mills' double-overtime 18-12 victory at Chester on Saturday afternoon in Del-Val League action. The Battling Bulls defense had been granted a second chance when Chester's game-tying touchdown was called back for offensive pass interference. The second chance, Christian said, was a blessing. And he made the most of it. The 5-foot-9, 162-pounder closely guarded the Chester receiver, snatched the pass, and soaked it in. The win was overwhelming, he said.
October 5, 2014 |
Albie Crosby stomped his right heel into the dirt, and a cloud of dust rose from the ground. The Imhotep Charter football coach gave his whistle a few quick blasts. Practice was set to begin, and the dust, which seems to haze over the team's practices, had arrived. The Public League's top team practices in the outfield of a West Oak Lane baseball field, a short walk from the school. The Lonnie Young Recreation Center field does not have goalposts. The team practices kicks by launching balls over the high fence down the third-base line.
September 26, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - The first thing Penn State coach James Franklin does when evaluating an opponent is to try and find that one guy, that one defensive player who can wreck a game. Be it a defensive lineman, linebacker, cornerback or safety, who can change the complexity of a game? That's going to be quite the challenge for Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald. With a stable of defensive playmakers from the front four to the safeties over the top, the Nittany Lions' defense has turned heads through four games, leading the team to an undefeated mark.
September 22, 2014 |
The football struck a Roman Catholic defender's hand, ricocheted into the air, and hung over Washington's field on Saturday afternoon for what seemed an eternity. Cahillites coach Joe McCourt watched from the sideline, hoping the fourth-quarter play did not somehow turn into an Archbishop Ryan gain. Tom Stevens ran underneath the ball as it dropped toward the turf. "I hope I don't drop this," the Roman linebacker thought. Stevens grasped the ball and sprinted all alone with the interception for a 35-yard touchdown that sealed visiting Roman's 24-16 win. When the 6-foot-1 junior reached the end zone, he appeared to begin to dive across the goal line before stopping midstride.
September 19, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - Behind the defensive line are the linebackers, and if an offensive playmaker gets by the second level, the linebackers, of course, can lean on defensive backs. But if a ball carrier gets past the secondary? See ya. "We're the last line of defense," Penn State cornerbacks coach Terry Smith said. "Our mistakes are touchdowns. " Thankfully for Smith and the Nittany Lions secondary, that final wall before the end zone has held firm so far, and it needs to remain solid this weekend against a quietly potent Massachusetts offense.
September 17, 2014 |
INDIANAPOLIS - It is important to note, at this juncture, that the Eagles very much are a work in progress. They have a quarterback with less than a full season's worth of starts. They are inexperienced on the defensive line. They rebuilt their receiving corps. They addressed the porous defensive secondary, but they could not upgrade it overwhelmingly. They lost three of their top six offensive linemen to injury or suspension, and the offensive line was their best unit.
September 12, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - Paul James is not an easy man to bring to the ground. Just ask Washington State. James, Rutgers' 6-foot, 205-pound running back, doesn't intimidate in stature, but rather his running style - he hits the hole with speed and power. After running for 173 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries against the Cougars to open the season, James has caught the attention of Penn State, namely its linebackers. So far, the Nittany Lions' defensive front four have made things look easy.
September 10, 2014 |
CHIP KELLY said yesterday he hasn't talked to Nick Foles yet about the film from Sunday's herky-jerky season opener. Kelly didn't want to share any insights into why his starting quarterback spent the first half of the game against Jacksonville lurching around the pocket with the dazed expression of a household pet abandoned on I-95. I watched the game again yesterday, and wasn't visited by any blinding insights. The only thing I noticed that I didn't really consider as it was happening was that a lot of the awkwardness had to do with Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin.
September 7, 2014
When: Saturday at 1 p.m. Where: Lincoln Financial Field Records: Navy, 0-1; Temple, 1-0. TV/Radio: ESPN3; 97.5 FM The Fanatic. Coaches: Navy, Ken Niumatalolo (7th season, 49-31); Temple, Matt Rhule (2d season, 3-10). Series: 5-5. In the last meeting, Temple won, 27-24, on Oct. 31, 2009. Three Things to Watch 1. With its lethal triple-option, Navy's running game posseses a huge threat to the Owls, whose defensive line needs to win the line of scrimmage. 2. Temple is banged up at wide receiver.