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August 2, 2013 | By John Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kevin Newsome has quit the Temple football team. The Penn State transfer, who suffered a sprained shoulder in March, is expected to graduate from Temple this summer and, according to a source close to the situation, will not play this fall. The 6-foot-2, 231-pound Newsome, a standout high school quarterback from Virginia, was expected to contribute at H-back this season. Newsome, recruited as a quarterback, left Penn State in August 2011. He was out of football for a year while attending Tidewater (Va.)
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September 11, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wildwood High School plans to play a full football schedule this season, Warriors athletic director Christel Pond said Monday. Pond said the Warriors had around 25 players at practice last week and decided to proceed with the season. Pond said school officials had considered shutting down the program after many summer practice sessions were attended by around 10 to 12 players. But Pond said coaches and school officials were able to encourage additional students to join a program that enjoyed the best season in its recent history in 2012.
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September 1, 2011 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Derryk Sellers will walk the halls of Lindenwold High School. He'll check out the cafeteria. He'll poke his head into the library. He'll make a pitch at gym class. "I'll find some guys who want to play football," Sellers said. It has come to that for Sellers, a good coach and a great guy. When Lindenwold students report for classes next week, he'll be forced to try to rustle up some football players to keep the sport alive at the Colonial Conference school. For most of the last couple of weeks of preseason practice, Lindenwold has fielded just 18 players.
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September 17, 2012
A New Jersey boy who briefly quit his youth football team when his coach told him he couldn't wear pink gloves is back on the squad. Julian Connerton wanted to wear the gloves to support his mother's fight against breast cancer. And when the 12-year-old returned to the field Saturday, he wasn't the only one wearing pink. The Press of Atlantic City reported that all of Connerton's teammates on the Egg Harbor City Crusaders and the team's cheerleaders donned pink socks to raise awareness about breast cancer.
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June 16, 2013 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
THE LATE POP STAR Michael Jackson sang to us to look at "The Man in the Mirror. " The song of the same title told us that if we wanted to make the world a better place, "take a look at look at yourself and then make a change. " I'm making a change. It's not earth-shattering. It probably won't make much difference to a lot of people other than me. But it's something I can do. It's something that I chose to do. After 48-plus years of life, 25 years as a full-time sports reporter, 20 years at the Daily News and nearly 19 years as a sports columnist here, I no longer will consciously used the official name of the NFL team in Washington.
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December 20, 2013 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
HYPERBOLE would cheapen what St. Joseph's Prep quarterback Chris Martin accomplished this season. Just the facts should suffice. As the Daily News presents its 2013 All-City football team, the 5-10, 185-pounder is one of the four top honorees. All he did was return from a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee to lead the Hawks to their first PIAA Class AAAA championship. Martin, the co-Catholic League Player of the Year, injured the knee in the AAAA city final, but returned in the state quarterfinals after missing two games.
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December 12, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
ON SEPT. 9, the first day of class at Martin Luther King High, with cameras and reporters all around and the school under a microscope the size of the William Penn statue atop City Hall, principal William Wade's biggest nightmare was realized: A fight broke out. The two brawling students had to be separated while others looked on. It seemed like the fulfillment of predictions from some community leaders that chaos would fill the halls - the result...
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November 7, 2011 | By Jake Kaplan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The day before Joe Paterno may make his first public comments since an unprecedented sex scandal took the country by storm, more than a dozen news trucks and vans set up shop around Beaver Stadium. Then, later Monday evening, Penn State kicked off its quest to direct reporters from asking questions about Paterno's former longtime defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, who has been charged with sex abuse crimes against minors. "Media planning to attend Tuesday's Penn State Football weekly teleconference are advised that that primary focus of the teleconference is to answer questions related to Penn State's Senior Day game with Nebraska this Saturday," a Penn State spokesman wrote in a note.
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December 17, 2013 | BY JOSEPH SANTOLIQUITO, For the Daily News
LONNIE RICHARDSON couldn't remember the last time he played in the snow, if at all. The Chester native and Navy junior defensive back took in the wintry mix of swirling snow and whipping wind at Lincoln Financial Field with a smile. Richardson couldn't feel his feet or his hands - and it wasn't the cold that was doing it, but being part of Navy's 34-7 victory over Army on Saturday. It meant that Richardson, and teammates like Jake Zuzek, Navy's junior right guard out of Brookhaven, kept intact the Midshipmen's winning streak against Army, which is now at 12 games, the longest in the 114-year rivalry.
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December 5, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
BEAU ALLEN was a rising sophomore at Wisconsin when Russell Wilson arrived. The circumstances were unusual. Wilson, a football and baseball star at North Carolina State, had gotten his degree the previous spring, then had quarterbacked the Wolfpack in 2010 while attending grad school. When the season ended, Wilson told NC State coach Tom O'Brien he intended to go to spring training with the Colorado Rockies (who had drafted him in the fourth round the year before) instead of reporting for spring football.
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December 8, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Paulsboro returned to its roots in more ways than one. South Jersey's most decorated public-school football program won its 17th South Jersey Group 1 championship with a 21-0 victory over Salem in hard rain Saturday at Rowan University. But the twist in the Red Raiders' rise back to the top of the sectional tournament was the team's title-game reliance on an old-fashioned offensive approach: a dominant ground game. "I love Coach [Glenn] Howard, but if we would have not run the ball today, I would have been upset," Paulsboro senior De'Shaun Burgess said after finishing his career with an electrifying performance on the slick, wet artificial turf.
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December 7, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
It's easy to overlook Jesse Streb. It's easy to underrate Cherokee. The versatile senior might be the perfect symbol for his football team. He's one of those solid but unspectacular players, and the Chiefs - this season, anyway - are one of those solid but unspectacular teams. Sometimes, sure and steady wins the race. Streb might not have stunning statistics, and the Chiefs might not have a remarkable record. But that won't matter much when fourth-seeded Cherokee (8-3), the defending champion, meets second-seeded Rancocas Valley (9-2)
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December 7, 2014 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
At his core, Chris Bright is a problem solver. Academically, he's the No. 4-ranked student in Rancocas Valley's senior class. On the football field, he's the Red Devils' starting middle linebacker - the "quarterback" of the defense - and center on the offensive line. His future is likely at an Ivy League school, and he hopes it includes a spot on a football team. And he's leaning toward studying mechanical engineering. It's a field, however unlikely, that Bright likens to football.
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December 5, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
BEAU ALLEN was a rising sophomore at Wisconsin when Russell Wilson arrived. The circumstances were unusual. Wilson, a football and baseball star at North Carolina State, had gotten his degree the previous spring, then had quarterbacked the Wolfpack in 2010 while attending grad school. When the season ended, Wilson told NC State coach Tom O'Brien he intended to go to spring training with the Colorado Rockies (who had drafted him in the fourth round the year before) instead of reporting for spring football.
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November 26, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
LAST MAY, the Dallas Cowboys came very close to selecting Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel with their first-round draft pick. For reasons that had more to do with selling tickets and grabbing headlines than addressing the immediate needs of his football team, owner and general manager Jerry Jones wanted to make a big splash and take Johnny Football. Jones eventually was talked off the ledge by others in the Cowboys' war room and persuaded to pass on Manziel and continue the much less-glamorous rebuilding of the team's offensive line.
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November 23, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Delco Christian's football team went farther than any other in the program's five-year history, but the dream season ended with a 29-22 loss to Pius X in the first round of the PIAA Class A tournament Friday night at Nazareth High School in Northampton County. Nazim Trammell-Wells and Sterling Williams ran in second-quarter TDs to give the Knights the early lead, but Pius X went ahead for good, 15-14, just before halftime. Zeph Ellis ran in a late touchdown, but Pius X recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.
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November 19, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Old friend DeSean Jackson took to his Instagram account after the Redskins lost to Tampa Bay on Sunday and posted the following observation: "You can't do epic [stuff] with basic people. " The stuff between the parentheses is the stuff he is usually full of, just so nothing is lost in translation, and the saying itself is plagiarized from many Internet sites, but nevertheless Jackson had a point when it comes to winning and losing in the NFL. All that changes from one team to the next is the definition of "epic.
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November 18, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
KHALIL ROANE was at it again for Ss. Neumann-Goretti last week. After 70 carries and 379 yards in his last two games, the 5-8, 185-pound running back put the Saints on his back again in a 12-6 victory against Prep Charter in the Class AA city title game. Jack Taylor, a senior linebacker for the Saints, actually ended the game with an interception with 47 seconds remaining. Roane, already the city's leader in attempts (now 283), supplied the offense. He logged 31 more totes for 171 yards and both N-G touchdowns.
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November 17, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Collingswood coach Jack McConnell knew his team was the No. 8 seed. He knew Camden was the No. 1 seed. He also knew this was a special season in South Jersey Group 2. "That's one of the things we told the kids, that this wasn't a typical 8 vs. 1," McConnell said. "South Jersey 2 this year, the whole group had seven losses. We were the 8 and they were the 1, but this wasn't a typical year. " The first game of the 2014 postseason was the shocker of the 2014 postseason, as Collingswood stunned Camden, 18-7, in an opening-round clash that started at 6 p.m. Friday.
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November 6, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Longtime Haverford High football coach Joe Gallagher will not be on the sideline when his squad visits Coatesville in a PIAA District 1 Class AAAA first-round playoff game Friday night. Gallagher, of Aston, was charged over the weekend with driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, reckless driving, and failure to stop and render aid, according to police. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 15. According to court documents, Gallagher, 58, was driving a maroon Ford on Saturday when he allegedly struck a car in the 300 block of Lincoln Avenue in Prospect Park and fled the scene.
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