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.
September 30, 2013 |
MOSCOW, Idaho - Sophomore linebacker Tyler Matakevich had his best game for Temple, setting a school record with 24 tackles against Idaho. Matakevich, who last season led the Owls with 101 tackles, had 13 solo tackles and 11 assists on Saturday. Two of his tackles were for losses. Teammates Blaze Caponegro and Abdul Smith finished with 11 tackles each, second most in the game. Matakevich did not know that he had broken the record when he came out for postgame interviews. "Tyler looked like he was all over the field," Temple coach Matt Rhule said.
September 30, 2013 |
WHEN THE Eagles selected Vinny Curry in the second round of the 2012 NFL draft, the defensive end from Marshall was excited to join the team he had grown up cheering for. Now a year later, Curry finds himself fighting for time on the crowded Eagles' defensive line. Curry saw his first action of the season in the Eagles' 26-16 loss to the Chiefs in Week 3. Despite limited action, Curry recorded his first sack as an Eagle when he brought down Alex Smith for a 6-yard loss. "Vinny had a good day," defensive coordinator Bill Davis said.
September 25, 2013 |
When last seen, Temple football coach Matt Rhule was standing at a podium in the bowels of Lincoln Financial Field following a disappointing 30-29 home loss to football championship subdivision Fordham, promising that there would be changes. And on Monday, following a week of practice, Rhule proved to be a man of his word. A number of changes have been made to the roster, including the elevation of freshman quarterback P.J. Walker - the Newark Star-Ledger's 2012 New Jersey offensive player of the year - to second-team quarterback.
September 6, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE - Barely a mile from Penn State's football building there's an eatery with a neon sign and fleet of delivery cars that beckons college students to enjoy its sauce-glazed, deep-fried specialties. The sign read "Wings Over Happy Valley" and the establishment has become a hit among students as a convenient, yet unhealthy way to fill their stomachs. But in the last year, it has lost one of its biggest customers - literally. Standing 6-3, DaQuan Jones anchors Penn State's defensive line at tackle, and this season he is doing so in a sleeker frame.