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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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November 17, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles counted on their special teams to help win games last season, but too often this fall, those same units have been contributing factors in losses. That was the case again Sunday in a 20-19 defeat to the Miami Dolphins. The Eagles had a punt blocked, and they missed a 32-yard field goal, two plays that were big parts of the loss. And it's not the first time either has happened this year. It was the second punt blocked against the Eagles this season, and they now have missed two field goals inside 40 yards.
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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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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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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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September 18, 2016 | By Mike Kern, STAFF WRITER
Towson at Villanova Saturday, 3:30 p.m., at Villanova Stadium   TV: Comcast SportsNet. Radio: 610 Sports (WTEL-AM). Records: Both teams 1-1. This is the CAA opener for each. History: Villanova leads, 7-5. Towson is 2-4 in CAA games. About Towson: Tigers beat St. Francis at home, 35-28, by scoring the final 25 points, 22 of them in the second half. They opened with a 56-20 loss at FBS South Florida. . . . QB Morgan Mahalak, a transfer from Oregon, was injured and replaced by redshirt sophomore Ellis Knudson, who threw for 301 yards on just 10 completions vs. St. Francis.
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June 11, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Cody Parkey and Caleb Sturgis did nothing Thursday. This is an exaggeration, of course, but just a slight one. They're competing for the Eagles' placekicking job, but at the team's final day of mandatory minicamp, their activities seemed more like vacation than they did competition. The Eagles' offense and defense practiced red-zone formations and strategy on one field at the NovaCare Complex. There, Sam Bradford, Chase Daniel and Carson Wentz were completing passes and sending defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz into an expletive-laden lather, and that action occupied everyone's attention.
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February 4, 2016 | BY PAUL DOMOWITCH, Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - Brandon McManus hopes Super Bowl 50 comes down to him. He wants to be Adam Vinatieri, who booted a 48-yard field goal for the Patriots with no time left to beat the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI and a 41-yarder with four seconds on the clock to beat the Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII. He wants to be the Colts' Jim O'Brien, whose 32-yarder with five seconds left beat the Cowboys in Super Bowl V. He doesn't want to be Scott Norwood, whose 47-yard miss as time expired in Super Bowl XXV started Buffalo's string for four straight Super Bowl losses.
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December 15, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Staff Writer
Zach Ertz has caught 142 passes in his three years with the Eagles. Nine finished in the end zone. Three came in the playoffs, including a touchdown. But Ertz said none of those catches was as important as his career-long, 41-yard reception Sunday in the fourth quarter of the Eagles' 23-20 win over the Buffalo Bills. Ertz's third-down catch came when the score was tied at 20 and set up Caleb Sturgis' go-ahead field goal late in the game. "I've made plays for this team the past two years, but in the situation we were in with the playoffs on the line, I think it was the most important catch," Ertz said.
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November 20, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE EAGLES worked out a couple of long snappers Tuesday, Tyler Lott and Patrick Scales. Jon Dorenbos didn't have to use any magic tricks to find out about this; his coaches told him. They also told him Lott and Scales went home without being signed. So Dorenbos, 35, an Eagle since 2006, will take the field this Sunday against Tampa. It will be Dorenbos' 143rd regular-season game with the Birds, and he knows it also could be his last, if he doesn't correct the problem that contributed to a blocked punt and a missed field goal in last Sunday's 20-19 loss to Miami.
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November 17, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles counted on their special teams to help win games last season, but too often this fall, those same units have been contributing factors in losses. That was the case again Sunday in a 20-19 defeat to the Miami Dolphins. The Eagles had a punt blocked, and they missed a 32-yard field goal, two plays that were big parts of the loss. And it's not the first time either has happened this year. It was the second punt blocked against the Eagles this season, and they now have missed two field goals inside 40 yards.
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November 15, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Caleb Sturgis couldn't have made a worse first impression with the Eagles, leaving many wondering whether there would be a second chance. Signed after placekicker Cody Parkey suffered a season-ending groin injury against the New York Jets, Sturgis missed his first field goal attempt from 33 yards with this new team and then botched his first extra point attempt during a 23-20 loss to the Washington Redskins. That dropped the Eagles' record to 1-3. Sturgis kept his job, but he drew groans at Lincoln Financial Field when he missed an extra point the next week in a 39-17 win over the New Orleans Saints.
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November 8, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
EVANSTON, Ill. - Clinging to a one-point lead in the closing minutes Saturday, Penn State needed to capitalize on any of the opportunities it had to hold off Northwestern, walk out of sun-drenched Ryan Field with its eighth victory of 2015, and enter its bye week feeling good. The Nittany Lions may have made all the right plays two weeks ago in a one-point win over Maryland, but they didn't against the Wildcats, who got a 35-yard field goal from Jack Mitchell with nine seconds remaining to yank a 23-21 Big Ten victory right out of the visitors' grasp.
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October 26, 2015 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Executive Sports Editor
- Have the Eagles ever had a worse group of receivers? Discuss among yourselves while searching online for whatever happened to Todd Pinkston. - There is nothing sadder in the sport than a circle of players, taking a knee, silently praying around an injured teammate. But there the Eagles were in the first quarter, joined by the Panthers, as the doctors and trainers worked on Jason Peters. He was taken off the field on a cart, the Eagles' great left tackle, and taken in for X-rays.
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October 17, 2015 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
Before this season, Sean Sandy had barely seen a football, let alone kicked one. He had watched a few Eagles games "here and there" on television over the years, but he mostly just watched soccer. "I wanted to play soccer this year, but I didn't make the team," said Sandy, a newly minted hero. "So you're not even really a football player?" he was asked. Walking by, Kingsway football coach Tony Barchuk overheard the question and interjected. "He is now," Barchuk said. "He's a football guy now. " Sandy, an unassuming sophomore, pushed a 33-yard field goal through the uprights with 30 seconds left, sending Kingsway to a 22-20 win at home over Washington Township on Friday night.
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