December 8, 2014 |
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.
December 7, 2014 |
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)
December 7, 2014 |
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.
December 5, 2014 |
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.
November 26, 2014 |
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.
November 23, 2014 |
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.
November 19, 2014 |
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.
November 18, 2014 |
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.
November 17, 2014 |
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.
November 6, 2014 |
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.