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November 8, 2014 | By Christian Hetrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jake Parola surpassed 1,000 rushing yards and scored four times as Shawnee, ranked No. 2 in South Jersey by The Inquirer, clinched the West Jersey Football League American Division by beating visiting Eastern, 49-7, Thursday night. Parola finished with 170 yards on 14 carries. He scored on runs of 11, 20, 21, and 6 yards. He has 1,005 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns this season. Quarterback Michael Welsh added two touchdowns through the air and one on the ground for the Renegades, who have won 14 straight.
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November 8, 2014 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 10 of the 2014 season. Watch 'em roll Cam Newton, QB, Panthers at Eagles. In a week when three star QBs are idle, Newton offers hope. Though he hasn't had a TD strike since Week 7, he ran one in last week and he'll be facing a very hospitable Philly defense. Newton is hard to trust, but he always manages to rebound. Why not under the Monday night lights? Justin Forsett, RB, Ravens vs. Titans. Forsett leads Baltimore's two- or three-headed (depending on the whims of his coaches)
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November 8, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
THE CARDINAL O'HARA football program will be without its interim head coach today when the Lions face top-seeded Archbishop Wood in the Catholic League AAA semifinals. Paul Strus, who took over after longtime O'Hara coach Danny Algeo died from a heart attack in July, has been placed on administrative leave, according to an email sent to the Daily News from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. "The interim head football coach at Cardinal O'Hara High School was placed on leave based on concerns that were voiced to school administration regarding his professional behavior," Ken Gavin, director of communications for the Archdiocese wrote in an email.
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November 8, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
When former Temple great Paul Palmer visited Temple before he enrolled their as a freshman in 1983, no one knew much about him. He had no Division I offers. In fact, according to Palmer, even the Division II schools that he had spoken with had only shown marginal interest in the 5-foot-9, 165-pound-pound running back with the questionable grades from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Md. "When I got to Temple's campus I didn't have anything in terms of offers," Palmer, now 50, said.
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November 6, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
AMERICA knew there would be a new No. 4 team in the second edition of the new College Football Playoff poll, since Mississippi suffered its second consecutive loss on Saturday. We just weren't sure who it would be. But you didn't need to be Lee Corso to narrow it down to two possibilities: Alabama or Oregon. The 12-member Selection Committee went with Phil Knight's favorite team over your Crimson Tide. In the Associated Press (media) Top 25, which no longer means anything, their positions are reversed.
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November 6, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Collingswood's last football playoff appearance involved a short trip to play an old rival. The Panthers could follow the same path this season as they did in 2005, as they are positioned to qualify as the No. 8 seed in South Jersey Group 2 and could make that brief drive down Haddon Avenue to face top-seeded Camden in the first round. That's one possible scenario in South Jersey Group 2, assuming Collingswood can beat Woodbury on Friday night and Camden holds off Buena for the No. 1 spot - no sure thing as both of those 8-0 teams will look to generate power points this weekend through residuals.
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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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November 6, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
There are 26 football playoff contests on the slate this weekend. We'll provide game-by-game predictions Friday. For now, here's our take on how the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA, AAA, and AA tournaments will play out. District 1 Class AAAA. While there's no clear-cut favorite to take top honors in the 16-team field, it's a good bet that one of four squads claims the title: No. 1 seed Coatesville, No. 2 Pennsbury, No. 5 Downingtown East, and No. 9 North Penn. Possible dark horses are No. 8 West Chester Henderson, which could be dangerous if it gets past first-round foe North Penn, and No. 3 West Chester Rustin, which, with a favorable draw, should at least reach the semifinals.
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November 6, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It is better than the boondoggle that was the Bowl Championship Series method for deciding a national college football champion. Let's give the College Football Playoff system that much and nothing more. It's kind of like saying it was better when baseball finally decided to use replay for disputed home run calls even as it allowed a perfect game to be wiped out by a botched ruling at first base. Nearly six years passed before baseball finally made things right by instituting an extensive replay system in 2014.
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November 4, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kingsway's 1-3 start was a result of inexperience and costly mistakes against quality competition. Tony Barchuk figures there was another factor: coaching. "We had to do a better job as coaches of putting these guys in the right spots," said Barchuk, the Dragons' veteran coach. "Once we started to do that, we started to play better. " Kingsway (4-3) has won three in a row and risen to No. 19 in The Inquirer Top 25. The Dragons probably unfurled their best performance of the season Friday in a 17-14 win over then-No.
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