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October 4, 2014 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 5. Watch 'em roll Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers at Jaguars. Coming off his best game of the season, Big Ben now gets to toy with the NFL's worst pass defense minus its best cornerback, Dwayne Gratz. The only worry is that Roethlisberger may take his foot off the accelerator early, but he will rack up plenty of yards and scores before that happens. Rashad Jennings, RB, Giants vs. Falcons. No defense is more generous to opposing runners than Atlanta's, which coughed up 241 yards and four TDs to the Vikings' backup running backs last week.
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October 4, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nick Thevanayagam threw 11 times Thursday night, but it was his legs that ultimately saved Cinnaminson. Thevanayagam ran in four touchdowns, including what proved to be the winner on a 1-yard plunge in the fourth quarter, to lead the host Pirates to a 25-22 nonleague victory over Hamilton. Thevanayagam rushed 13 times for 51 yards and threw for 68 yards on 7-for-11 passing. Aaron Elly paced the Pirates, who are ranked No. 18 in South Jersey by The Inquirer, with 137 yards on 20 carries.
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October 4, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
For most backs, the 200-yard plateau is a rare feat. For Marple Newtown's Adrian Sapnas this season, it's just another night at the office. Sapnas surpassed 200 yards for the fourth time in six games Thursday night to lead Marple Newtown to a 24-13 victory at Radnor in a Central League football game. Sapnas rushed for 245 yards, including an 80-yarder in the third quarter that broke a 7-7 tie. He added a 44-yard TD run in the fourth. The senior has gone over 1,000 yards for the season.
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October 4, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eleven months have passed since Penn walked off the football field victorious, a streak the Quakers hope to end Saturday when they open Ivy League play with a trip to Dartmouth (1-1) in Hanover, N.H. The Quakers, losers of six straight dating from last year, are seeking their first win since they defeated Yale, 28-17, last Oct. 26 at Franklin Field. The six-game losing streak is the longest in the 22-year career of retiring Penn coach Al Bagnoli. Last week, Villanova put up 567 yards of offense in a 41-7 victory.
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October 3, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
West Deptford will play at Haddonfield on Thursday night in a game with major Colonial Liberty and South Jersey Group 2 playoff implications. It also is a renewal of South Jersey's best football rivalry. That wasn't always the case, and that won't always be the case. But right now, it doesn't get any better than the Eagles vs. the Bulldogs. "I love it," Haddonfield senior Jake Robinson said of the rivalry. Here's one reason this is a unique rivalry: familiarity. From 2006 to 2013, the teams played 13 times, including five times in the South Jersey playoffs.
NEWS
October 1, 2014 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
Heading into Thursday's game, it was hard not to feel good about my tight end matchup when I saw Larry Donnell in my opponent's lineup. After all, I had the option of Vernon Davis or Antonio Gates, while he was forced to sit Julius Thomas because of the bye week. By Friday, I was popping antacids, and my opponent was dishing out a heaping helping of smack talk. Enter Matt Asiata. When he plunged across the goal line for the third time Sunday, the tide had turned and my decision to draft Marshawn Lynch and Giovani Bernard back-to-back didn't cost me a Week 4 victory as expected.
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September 30, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
The average annual gas price was $1.08. President Bill Clinton was embroiled in the Monica Lewinsky scandal. And the Eagles, under coach Ray Rhodes, went 3-13 and placed last in the NFC East. The year was 1998. It marks the last time Catholic League powerhouses La Salle and Archbishop Wood squared off on the gridiron. That 16-year break ends Friday night when the Vikings, undefeated and ranked No. 1 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, and the No. 2 Explorers meet at William Tennent for area bragging rights.
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September 29, 2014 | By Christian Hetrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Quarterback Marc Seibert gave his team the lead with his arm and won the game with his legs Saturday. Seibert hit Justin Graves in the third quarter for a 9-yard touchdown pass to give Gloucester a two-point lead at Salem. Later in the quarter, he scored what proved to be the winning touchdown on a 38-yard scamper down the field, sending the Lions to a 24-20 win in a West Jersey Classic matchup. Seibert finished 6 for 7 with 71 passing yards and the touchdown to Graves. He also carried the ball seven times for 100 yards and two scores.
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September 29, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
Springside Chestnut Hill's offense has been about as sure of a thing as there is in local football over the last month. For the fourth straight game Saturday, the Blue Devils scored five touchdowns. And for the fifth straight time they won, thumping visiting Hill School, 35-19, in a nonleague game. This week, it was Syaire Madden's turn to erupt. He rushed for 302 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. Paul Dooley completed 9 of 18 passes for 230 yards, including two touchdowns to his favorite target, Dylan Parsons.
NEWS
September 28, 2014 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennridge lost its all-time leading rusher last season when Mike Class graduated. While he left big shoes to fill, they haven't slowed down Joe Unangst, whose third-quarter touchdown helped propel the Rams to an upset, 21-14 win over visiting Neshaminy in a Suburban One National matchup Friday night. Unangst finished off a 45-yard touchdown after he caught a pass from Devon Balmer, who threw for all three scores for Pennridge, The Inquirer's 24th-ranked team in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
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