January 25, 2015 |
Brian Leary spent the last 17 football seasons as an assistant coach at Triton High School. He will be rooting hard for the Mustangs again in 2015 - in every week except one. "Week Four," Leary said of the new exception to his rule. Highland and Triton will meet in Week Four in a clash of Black Horse Pike school district rivals and football teams, with new coaches as of Thursday night. Leary was named the new head coach at Highland while one of his longtime friends in the field, Dom Tomeo, was named the new head coach at Triton.
January 24, 2015 |
Mike Frederick has stepped down as Neshaminy's head football coach after one season, citing conflicts with his work schedule. He submitted his letter of resignation and talked with his players Thursday afternoon. "It's definitely related to developments with my job," Frederick said. "I thought the business structure would allow me to coach for a long time. But everything I tried was not viable. " Frederick, a standout at defensive end for Neshaminy in the late 1980s, is the director of business development for a financial services company in West Chester.
January 18, 2015 |
Isiah Perkins became Williamstown High School's quarterback as a senior and learned on the fly as the orchestrator of the Braves' new no-huddle, spread offense. He became an expert in making quick decisions. Except when it comes to his college destination. "I'm keeping my options open," Perkins said Friday. A senior who has been recruited mostly as a defensive back, Perkins has offers from five colleges: Villanova, Bucknell, Marist, New Hampshire and Sacred Heart. The 6-0, 180-pound Perkins made a recruiting visit to Sacred Heart last weekend and was scheduled to travel this weekend to New Hampshire.
January 17, 2015 |
After two hours of deliberations, a Common Pleas Court jury Thursday found a 25-year-old Philadelphia youth football coach guilty of sexually assaulting five boys ages 8 to 10 and a 21-year-old disabled man. The jury convicted Leon Watson of 16 counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, indecent assault, and related offenses. Watson, who met the boys through the teams he coached, volunteered as an assistant coach with the Rhawnhurst Raiders and coached the Little Vicks, a neighborhood team he formed.
January 16, 2015 |
AS MUCH as Ron Cohen loves coaching football, the recent death of a close friend and business associate at age 72 caused him to re-examine his life. "It really started to make me think things over," he said. "I'm 71 years old. It dawned on me that no one is here forever. I want to do some things outside of football that I've always wanted to do. " Cohen, a longtime fixture on the local high school football scene, yesterday announced his retirement as George Washington's head coach after 30 seasons.
January 15, 2015 |
THEY'RE GENIUSES, those guys. No, not Ohio State's Urban Meyer or Oregon's Mark Helfrich, or even our own Chip Kelly, who turned one of them into a sports science guru and the other into a successful head coach and then watched his influence play against itself in a wonderfully entertaining and surprising national championship game Monday night. (Wonder what that Widener football coach thought about that!) No, the geniuses were those 12 people who picked the right four teams back on Dec. 7, shaking off the shaking heads of many, myself included, who had drank the Kool-Aid about the Southeastern Conference's superiority and the relative strength of the two Big 12 teams and bought lock, stock and barrel that the Big Ten was a conference filled with pinky toes.
January 14, 2015 |
THE THIN 11-year-old, who looked younger than his years, swiveled back and forth in the witness-stand chair and told a Common Pleas jury yesterday that he used to sleep over some weekends in his football coach's home bedroom. Other boys also would sleep on coach Leon Watson's bed, said the boy, who was dressed in a light-blue collared shirt and dark slacks. "We'd be on the bed sometimes and he'd touch us on our private parts, put his mouth on our private parts," the boy said.
January 13, 2015
IF THE BCS SYSTEM were still in place, chances are tonight's championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, would match once-beaten Alabama and unbeaten Florida State. But now there's a College Football Playoff, which means the SEC will be sitting this one out for the first time in 9 years. Obviously, so is the defending national champion, after losing for the first time in 26 months. That leaves Oregon, which lost at home to Arizona in early October by a touchdown when much of its offensive line was banged up, and Ohio State, which of course had lost at home to Virginia Tech by two TDs a month before that.
January 12, 2015 |
DALLAS - Eli Apple and Jake Pisarcik used to train together at the same Cherry Hill workout facility. On Monday, the two redshirt freshmen will play against each other for a national championship. Apple, a Voorhees native, is a starting cornerback for Ohio State. Pisarcik, who is from Medford, is a reserve offensive lineman on Oregon and plays on special teams. "This is great exposure for guys in South Jersey, because I know we've got great talent there," Apple said Saturday.