January 12, 2016 |
AS HUMAN BEINGS, we possess plenty of instinctual reactions that play important roles in the propagation of our species. For instance, when confronted with a threat, we feel an urge to fight or flee. So it remains a bit of a mystery that, despite years of natural selection, the urge we feel when confronted with a good idea is to form a committee and ensure its demise. Clemson plays Alabama Monday night for the so-called national college football title, and if history is any indication, it will be an awful, awful game.
January 10, 2016 |
St. Joseph vs. Hammonton was one of South Jersey's best football rivalries from its inception in 1962 until 2014, when the series was interrupted by the Blue Devils' move from the Cape-Atlantic League to the Tri-County Conference. Usually played on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the game featured two of South Jersey's most accomplished programs and some of the best elements of a spirited annual event: history, crosstown proximity and the always-live undercurrent of public vs. non-public competition.
January 9, 2016 |
Adam Breneman, ranked as the nation's No. 1 high school tight end in his class, committed to Penn State in March 2012, 10 days after quarterback Christian Hackenberg. The two then joined forces to make sure that Bill O'Brien's 2013 recruiting class stayed together after the NCAA punished the university with harsh sanctions stemming from the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Breneman became a highly respected figure once he got to Happy Valley, but after a promising freshman season, his left knee betrayed him. After surgery, a redshirt year and two brief appearances this season, Breneman decided the pain in his knee had become too much, and he announced Thursday that he is stepping away from the game.
January 4, 2016 |
Bruce Lazaruk graduated from Glassboro State (now Rowan University) in 1974, and he has been a football coach each year since. He's looking to keep the streak intact, although in a different place. Lazaruk resigned as head coach of Wildwood after last season, but it had nothing to do with his 1-19 mark in two seasons guiding the Warriors. He said he moved to the Wildwood area because of a family situation. "That family situation changed, so I will probably be moving back to the Burlington County, Camden County, or Mercer County area," Lazaruk said.
December 31, 2015
THIS IS HOW the contract ends, not with a bang but a whimper. Chip Kelly leaves a city and a team that bore such goodwill toward him a few brief seasons ago, but that have long since eaten their hopes and drowned their bitter sorrows in several million cases of Budweiser (or, for the metro-wussials, pumpkin-spice craft beer.) Chip is now a memory, like the pathetic mess of a Bicentennial celebration wrecked by Frank Rizzo or the Gentleman's Agreement prohibiting buildings taller than William Penn's hat (which worked out so well, one measly sports championship later)
December 30, 2015 |
So much for that controversial proposal to create a statewide, non-public football conference. New Jersey Commissioner of Education David Hespe sent shock waves through the state athletic community on Monday by reversing an NJSIAA vote that would have removed all the non-public schools from their existing football leagues and placed them in their own conference. Hespe also reversed another NJSIAA vote to separate non-public wrestlers into four districts and one region during the first two stages of the individual state tournament.
December 30, 2015 |
MIKE WATERS didn't even enter the season as the starting running back for Imhotep Charter. But by year's end, the 5-10, 192-pound senior had broken several city rushing records en route to the Panthers' historic Class AAA state championship. As the Daily News presents its 2015 All-City football list, Waters headlines our top honorees. The Northeast Philadelphia resident scored a record 42 rushing touchdowns this season. He also set a single-season mark for total touchdowns, with 45. Jarrett McClenton (now at Villanova)
December 29, 2015 |
If he told them once, he told them a thousand times: This was their year. They were seniors. They were going to win a South Jersey title in football. That was Kyle Pszenny. He could talk. His voice was a constant in the huddle, in the locker room, in the classroom, in any social situation. "Kyle is the kind of kid, he lights up a room," Pennsville High School senior Jeremy Boucher said. "He could talk to anybody about anything. " For the senior captains of Pennsville's newly crowned championship team - Boucher, Matt Widmaier, Ryan Simpkins and Josh Van Blarcom - their close friend's constant chatter didn't truly stop during the Eagles' sad and sweet and "surreal" run to the little Salem County school's first sectional title in football in 34 years.
December 28, 2015 |
Greg Gamble has played "every position from quarterback to linebacker to almost everything in between" in his career. He learned football in California, and made his mark as a high school player in Moorestown. When Gamble visited Lehigh University earlier this month, he immediately "felt right at home. " Gamble has committed to attend Lehigh on a football scholarship. He will sign with Lehigh on Feb. 3, national signing day. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Gamble also had an offer from Lafayette as well as invitations to join the Michigan and Rutgers program as a preferred walk-on.
December 27, 2015
The Inquirer TOP 10 FOOTBALL Final. Rk. Team Rec. 1. Imhotep 15-0 2. Arch. Wood 11-1 3. Upper Dublin 14-1 4. Haverford Schl. 10-0 5. La Salle 8-4 6. North Penn 11-3 7. Malvern Prep 9-2 8. St. Joe's Prep 7-3 9. Downingtown E. 11-1 10. Neshaminy 9-4 - Rick O'Brien