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November 29, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jamie Fisher's heart was racing. "Very, very fast," he said. Ridley's kicker lined up for a field goal late in Thursday's Thanksgiving Day game at Interboro. Fisher's first year as soccer player-turned-field-goal kicker came down to his 33-yard attempt. And he delivered, booting the ball through the uprights with 2 minutes, 53 seconds left to give the Green Raiders a 9-8 win. The junior tried out for the football team on the advice of fellow soccer player Esteban Munoz, who handles the team's extra points.
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September 23, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Sam Ficken launched Penn State's longest field goal in 34 years Saturday, the final points of the Nittany Lions' 34-0 win over Kent State. It's too bad he never saw the ball go through. "I saw the ball go up and it was between the uprights," the junior kicker said, "but [holder Alex] Butterworth grabbed me and turned me around. So I had no idea if it went in or not, but I assumed from his reaction that it did. That's always a good feeling. " Ficken tied Herb Menhardt, who kicked Penn State's last 54-yard field goal, in 1979, for the fourth-longest kick in school history.
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October 28, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Chip Kelly was not hired as the 21st head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles because he has a celebrated defensive mind. Even though his career started at Columbia as a defensive backs coach, it was the beautiful, fast-twitch offensive mind that made owner Jeffrey Lurie and general manager Howie Roseman pursue Kelly with the same kind of tenacious approach that the late Reggie White used to exhibit when he cut down opposing quarterbacks....
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August 30, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alex Henery thought he was going to kick, and then he wasn't. It was his turn in the field-goal rotation with competitor Cody Parkey, and the Eagles were about to attempt a 53-yarder Thursday night. But as Henery, with helmet on, prepared to walk onto the field, special-teams coach Dave Fipp held him back. Parkey ran past both onto the field and stroked a kick that sailed through the uprights for his second 50-yard-plus field goal in the Eagles' preseason finale win over the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field.
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November 23, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - This was the ball game: Illinois, trailing by a point, starting at its own 28 with 1 minute, 48 seconds left to play needing to get into field-goal range against an intimidating Penn State defense ranked third in the nation in total yards allowed. Alas, the defense that had bailed out the Nittany Lions time and again all season was not up to the task Saturday. The Fighting Illini needed just three plays to gain 58 yards before David Reisner booted a 36-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining for a shocking, 16-14 victory inside a half-full Memorial Stadium.
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November 10, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
ON SATURDAY afternoon Temple's football team did something that it hadn't been able to do since 1998 and had done only twice ever, which was beat a nationally-ranked opponent, East Carolina.The Owls won by 10, but it really wasn't that close. Last night, again at Lincoln Financial Field, the Owls had an opportunity to make themselves bowl eligible for the first time in three seasons, against a Memphis team that was two games over .500 for the first time since 2007 and part of a five-way tie for first in the American Athletic Conference.
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September 25, 1995 | By Bill Iezzi, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Archbishop Wood's Catholic League Northern Division opener with host Father Judge on Saturday was as bleak as the autumn sky. The Vikings (0-3 overall, 0-1 league) showed little promise despite having some big boys up front and some good field position in the game, played at Northeast's Charlie Martin Memorial Stadium. They couldn't punch the ball in when they should have, they couldn't stop the Crusaders (2-1, 1-0) from doing so, and they failed to take advantage of turnovers they recovered.
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September 8, 2007 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Minutes after Cherokee High's emotional, 15-14 comeback win over visiting Shawnee last night, the victorious players gathered around their coach in the middle of the field and, in unison, turned toward the home stands and raised five fingers on one hand and a clenched fist on the other to signify the No. 50 worn by their beloved teammate, Anthony Farrace, who died in a car accident in July. The players and coaching staff made their gesture to Farrace's parents, who were sitting high in the stands.
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November 1, 1993 | By Adam Gusdorff, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
On a cold, rainy night in mid-September, a potential star was born. It was that evening that Council Rock kicker Jordan Adler opened the eyes of Suburban One National coaches, players and fans. In a 0-0 game, Adler trotted out to attempt a field goal - from 53 yards. The ball knifed through the rain and fell three yards short, but a sense of anticipation has followed Adler ever since. "It's just a matter of time and getting the right conditions before he breaks the state record," said Indians kicking coach Skip Petetti, referring to the mark of 54 yards, set by Pennsbury's Mike Augustin in the mid-1970s.
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August 18, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
DeMarco Murray did not play Sunday in the Eagles' preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts. Murray and coach Chip Kelly said last week that Murray is not injured even though he had an uneven practice schedule. "We knew we were going to go out and try to work him out a little pregame and get ready to go play the Ravens" this Saturday, Kelly said. Kelly said that sitting Murray was his decision and that Murray would practice on Tuesday. "I held him back," Kelly said when asked again why Murray didn't play.
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August 18, 2015 | BY TOM REIFSNYDER, Daily News Staff Writer reifsnt@phillynews.com
PERFECT SNAPS. Perfect holds. No excuses. That was the tune Cody Parkey was singing in the Eagles' locker room after the team's 36-10 preseason victory over the visiting Indianapolis Colts yesterday. Parkey was asked whether the NFL's 13-yard extension of the line of scrimmage on extra-point opportunities was to blame for his missed attempt following a 9-yard touchdown run by Kenjon Barner in the first quarter. The second-year placekicker wasn't having it. "Doesn't affect me at all," he said of the rule change.
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December 29, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The script for Sam Ficken's career at Penn State could easily be the stuff of a compelling movie. A mild-mannered kid from Indiana travels East, almost gets chased home by angry fans after a horrible game in his second outing as the team's regular kicker, improves with the help of a former Nittany Lion, and drills two successful kicks in his final college game to give the Lions their first bowl victory in five years. Ficken kicked a game-tying, 44-yard field goal with 20 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter Saturday and then capped the Pinstripe Bowl with what amounted to a walk-off extra point that gave Penn State a 31-30 victory over Boston College at Yankee Stadium.
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December 22, 2014
The Eagles gained nearly 500 yards of total offense yet lost to a 3-11 team. Here are the biggest mistakes that added up to a loss: 13 penalties for 102 yards , including six that resulted in Redskins first downs. Cody Parkey missed two field goals in the third quarter. Mark Sanchez fumbled on the game's first possession, leading to a Redskins field goal. Sanchez was intercepted with 1 minute, 36 seconds left in the fourth quarter, leading to Washington's game-winning field goal with five seconds remaining.
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November 29, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jamie Fisher's heart was racing. "Very, very fast," he said. Ridley's kicker lined up for a field goal late in Thursday's Thanksgiving Day game at Interboro. Fisher's first year as soccer player-turned-field-goal kicker came down to his 33-yard attempt. And he delivered, booting the ball through the uprights with 2 minutes, 53 seconds left to give the Green Raiders a 9-8 win. The junior tried out for the football team on the advice of fellow soccer player Esteban Munoz, who handles the team's extra points.
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November 23, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - This was the ball game: Illinois, trailing by a point, starting at its own 28 with 1 minute, 48 seconds left to play needing to get into field-goal range against an intimidating Penn State defense ranked third in the nation in total yards allowed. Alas, the defense that had bailed out the Nittany Lions time and again all season was not up to the task Saturday. The Fighting Illini needed just three plays to gain 58 yards before David Reisner booted a 36-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining for a shocking, 16-14 victory inside a half-full Memorial Stadium.
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November 10, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the better part of four quarters, Temple kept the highest-scoring and best-running attack in the American Athletic Conference under control. But as the Owls and their fans learned Friday night at Lincoln Financial Field in the aftermath of their gut-wrenching, 16-13 loss to Memphis, you have to do it for a full four quarters. Memphis (6-3, 4-1 AAC) put together a decisive, 66-yard drive at the end of the game, exhausting all the time on the clock and ending the contest with a 31-yard field goal from Jake Elliott as time expired.
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November 10, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
ON SATURDAY afternoon Temple's football team did something that it hadn't been able to do since 1998 and had done only twice ever, which was beat a nationally-ranked opponent, East Carolina.The Owls won by 10, but it really wasn't that close. Last night, again at Lincoln Financial Field, the Owls had an opportunity to make themselves bowl eligible for the first time in three seasons, against a Memphis team that was two games over .500 for the first time since 2007 and part of a five-way tie for first in the American Athletic Conference.
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November 8, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Temple routinely lost games in the waning moments last year, but as the Owls have become a better team in 2014, that had not been the case. Until Friday night. Memphis put together a solid 12-play, 66-yard drive, capping it with a 31-yard field goal by Jake Elliott as time expired to defeat the Owls, 16-13, at Lincoln Financial Field. "Yeah, but I think that's a credit to our kids," Temple coach Matt Rhule said after the loss in front of an announced crowd of 23,882 dropped the Owls to 5-4 (3-3 American Athletic Conference)
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November 2, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Frustrated over not having won a football game in six weeks, Penn State tried to keep its focus Saturday after Maryland stood up its captains by refusing to shake their hands at the coin toss. The defense and kicker Sam Ficken did a good job of following through, but the offense and the punt team once again did not, and the Terrapins gladly ended their long streak of bad luck against the Nittany Lions with a 20-19 victory on Brad Craddock's 43-yard field goal with 51 seconds remaining.
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