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October 29, 2014 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Staff Writer
TO ALL THOSE folks who figured the selection committee for that new four-team playoff was going to somehow reinvent the wheel - and you know who you are - it might be time to reconsider. I keep hearing how the panel, which is down to 12 members now that Archie Manning has taken a leave of absence due to health issues, will be able to weigh all the information differently than the way voters and the even-more-dreaded computers did before. And thereby, I'm assuming, come up with better answers/solutions.
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October 28, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rancocas Valley football team faces a new challenge this weekend: A home game. "I actually don't mind road games," Rancocas Valley coach Dan Haussman said. "I think it keeps us regimented because there's less free time. You're more structured. "With home games, you have a little more time, and I think you have to be a little more aware of the possibility of distractions. " Rancocas Valley (6-0), the No. 9 team in The Inquirer Top 25, will play its first home game of the season Saturday at 2 p.m. against No. 15 Cherokee (3-3)
NEWS
October 28, 2014 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
I don't spend a lot of time regretting decisions I've made in life, mostly because there's nothing I can do about them now. Still, I regret targeting Nick Foles ahead of Andrew Luck in my drafts this year. And though Foles hasn't been a bust by any stretch, I don't think this mistake is going to end so well for me. When it comes to fantasy drafting, most of us have regrets, don't we? Seriously, who thought DeMarco Murray would be a record-breaking beast? And weren't most so-called experts convinced that Antonio Gates was all washed up?
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October 27, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
A few Friday nights ago, Highland hosted Triton in a high school football game. Neither team was ranked in the Top 25 in South Jersey by The Inquirer. Triton was 2-1. Highland was 0-3. But the stands were filled with fans on both sides of the field. There were chanting student sections from both schools. The Highland pep band set a lively tone with tightly played, upbeat musical numbers. The night before, West Deptford visited Haddonfield for a rare Thursday night game. The huge concrete grandstand at Haddonfield was packed with people.
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October 27, 2014 | By Christian Hetrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Palmyra football coach Jack Geisel has made defending the two-point play a point of focus this season. That focus proved to be the difference Saturday. The Panthers kept the Rams out of the end zone three times on two-point conversion attempts, as Palmyra won, 21-18, at Riverside in a West Jersey Football League Freedom Division game. "We've been out there giving up points," Geisel said of his defense on two-point attempts this season. "We came to play on the two-point play. " The defense also provided the winning score.
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October 27, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
With its Division I quarterback, record-setting wide receiver, and stalwart tailback, the offense of the La Salle football team is a headline-generating machine. Maybe it's time to hear it for the defense, too. The Explorers kept Father Judge's potent offense under wraps in a 31-7 Catholic League AAAA victory at Northeast. La Salle's defense held Father Judge to 226 yards of total offense and no points after a first-quarter touchdown run by Zack Carroll. Isaiah Henrich, Sean Collins, Anthony Piscopo, and Garrett Zobel had sacks.
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October 27, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
Since football, or more precisely football-viewing, is overwhelmingly the favorite pastime of 21st-century Americans, it's no surprise that it too has become a polarizing subject. Those who love the sport subscribe to a heroic narrative: It's a colorful, compelling, athletic spectacle, one whose participants embody the virtues of teamwork, strength, and dedication. Others see football as a militaristic farce. Its coaches are egomaniacal martinets. Its players are incurious lemmings.
NEWS
October 26, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mike Alberto didn't need to be perfect on Friday night, but he was anyway. The Haddonfield senior quarterback completed all 11 of his passes for 158 yards as the Bulldogs routed visiting Paulsboro, 50-12, in a Colonial Conference interdivision battle between division leaders. Alberto ran in a 13-yard score to tie the score 6-6 in the second quarter and added three touchdown passes before the night was through. Jake Klaus rushed 19 times for 95 yards and a touchdown and Tyler Klaus had six catches for 77 yards and a touchdown to pace unbeaten Haddonfield (6-0)
NEWS
October 26, 2014 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
North Penn kept its championship hopes alive when it escaped Neshaminy with a 17-13 win in a Suburban One National football game Friday night. Jake Bevin punched in a 1-yard touchdown with 19 seconds left to give North Penn the victory. The Knights, the Inquirer's ninth-ranked team in Southeastern Pennsylvania, converted a third and 4 earlier on the drive, when Bevan found Michael Liddy for a 37-yard pass to Neshaminy's 10-yard line. A pair of runs set up North Penn at the Neshaminy 1, and Bevan was able to score the winning touchdown.
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October 25, 2014 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 8 of the 2014 season. Watch 'em roll Matt Stafford, QB, Lions at Falcons. With just one 300-yard outing (in Week 1) and only nine passing scores in his first seven games, Stafford has been a huge disappointment. It doesn't help that Calvin Johnson has been gimpy or absent for much of that time. But Stafford will be facing a very generous Falcons pass defense when they square off in London. Whether or not Megatron suits up, Stafford should prosper.
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