September 5, 2014 |
Around local Division II and III football, there are several new coaches, plenty of returning stars, veterans back from playoff teams, and a rare matchup between big programs on Friday night. Widener and Rowan , two of the area's preeminent Division III teams, open against each other Friday at Rowan. It's only the second meeting between the Profs and the Pride. Widener, 6-4 last season, has a new coach in Mike Kelly, who spent recent years in professional football, much of it coaching in the Canadian Football League.
September 5, 2014
Navy at Temple Saturday, 1 p.m., Lincoln Financial Field TV: ESPN3. Radio: The Fanatic (97.5-FM). Records: Navy is 0-1, Temple 1-0. History: Series tied, 5-5. Temple won the last meeting, in 2009 in Annapolis (27-24), after losing in each of the previous four seasons. About Navy: The Midshipmen lost at home to Top 10 Ohio State, 34-17, after leading by one in the third quarter . . . They're 10-0 at the Linc, with nine of those wins coming against Army . . . Three offensive players that missed the OSU game remain questionable with injuries . . . Junior QB Keenan Reynolds runs the triple option as well as anyone . . . Coach Ken Niumatalolo, in his seventh season, needs one more win to tie Eddie Erdelatz (50)
September 5, 2014 |
ESPN ANALYST Merril Hoge doesn't mince words. Especially when it comes to Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel. Hoge appeared on a Pittsburgh radio station yesterday to discuss Sunday's Browns at Steelers opener. When the subject turned to Manziel- who will start the season as Brian Hoyer's backup - Hoge went off. "If you're the Steelers' defense, you want No. 2 [Manziel] to walk out on that field," Hoge told Randy Baumann, of WDVE-FM. "You want him on that field. He has no business being on the field right now. "There is nothing that he does that transitions to the NFL. There's not one skill set he has that you say, 'Gosh, he's a first-rounder.' This guy has no business playing.
September 3, 2014 |
Here are 10 burning questions that should begin to be answered as Week 1 unfolds: 1. How healthy are Cam Newton, Tony Romo, Arian Foster, Montee Ball, Wes Welker, Jeremy Maclin, Sammy Watkins, Rob Gronkowski and other nicked-up stars? It's never a good sign to head into Week 1 already nursing an injury, but these guys have no choice. 2. Who will emerge from obscurity? Last season Julian Edelman, Julius Thomas, and the Chiefs defense became prized free-agent acquisitions after stellar early-season performances.
September 1, 2014 |
West Catholic's football season started off on the wrong foot. Then Antwain McCollum used his right arm, and both his feet, to rally the Burrs to victory. McCollum threw for 157 yards and rushed for another 110, and West Catholic shook off a rough first quarter to edge Haverford School, 24-19, in a nonleague, top 25 showdown in Wildwood. The Fords led, 14-0, after one, but West Catholic quickly erased that deficit, taking the lead for good just before halftime when McCollum connected with Ahkil Crumpton on a 36-yard touchdown pass that made it 18-14.
August 31, 2014 |
Roman Catholic rallied for three unanswered touchdowns in the second half Friday night to upset Malvern Prep, 38-27, at Wildwood. Phil DiWilliams threw a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter, a 28-yarder to AJ Frazier and a 43-yard connection with Dimetri Kelly, to give the Cahillites the lead. DiWilliams capped the scoring with a 1-yard run for Roman Catholic, The Inquirer's 18th-ranked team in Southeastern Pennsylvania. DiWilliams completed 15 of 25 passes for 279 yards. Kelly finished with 131 yards on 30 carries, and Frazier had 107 yards on six grabs.
August 29, 2014 |
Montee Ball, Broncos: Offseason appendectomy has put a dent in his stock, but Ball is good for Week 1 and will be the primary back on the presumptive best offense in football. Curious to see how many more catches he has this season than the 20 he had last year. Le'Veon Bell, Steelers: Bell has dropped about 20 pounds since he was 244 pounds in college 2 years ago. It might cost him goal-line work to teammate LeGarrette Blount, his alleged weed buddy. Jamaal Charles, Chiefs: Charles should be considered No. 1 overall more so in PPR leagues than standard scoring.