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December 21, 2013 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 16 of the 2013 season.   Watch 'em roll Jay Cutler, QB, Bears at Eagles. Let's face it. Philly knows how to rack up the points, but its defense is equally adept at coughing them up. Once Cutler got in stride against the Browns last week, he was terrific. It's hard to lose with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery on your side, especially when the matchup is so favorable. Cutler will exploit it. DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys at Redskins.
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December 20, 2013 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
HYPERBOLE would cheapen what St. Joseph's Prep quarterback Chris Martin accomplished this season. Just the facts should suffice. As the Daily News presents its 2013 All-City football team, the 5-10, 185-pounder is one of the four top honorees. All he did was return from a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee to lead the Hawks to their first PIAA Class AAAA championship. Martin, the co-Catholic League Player of the Year, injured the knee in the AAAA city final, but returned in the state quarterfinals after missing two games.
NEWS
December 19, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A North Philadelphia youth football coach charged last month with raping two children is facing new assault charges, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday. Prosecutors say Leon Watson, 24, sexually assaulted three young boys who played on his neighborhood football team, the Little Vicks, and assaulted a mentally disabled man. Previously, Watson was charged with raping two other boys who played on the Little Vicks. And juvenile records obtained by The Inquirer last month show that he was arrested five times as a teenager for sexually assaulting relatives - including a 3-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy. Prosecutors say the three boys involved in the latest charges often slept over at Watson's house and were assaulted in his home on the 2400 block of West Diamond Street.
NEWS
December 19, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
LEON WATSON, the part-time youth football coach arrested last month for allegedly sexually assaulting two young brothers, has even more explaining to do. Yesterday, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office arrested the North Philadelphia man anew, charging him with sexually assaulting three more boys and a mentally slow adult man. Watson, 24, of Diamond Street near 24th, was charged with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and...
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December 18, 2013 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
It's no surprise that the owners with Jamaal Charles on their teams made the semifinals in all three of my fantasy leagues. The Chiefs' workhorse has been a potent scoring machine all season, reaching the end zone in all but three games and tallying at least 100 total yards in all but one. Now you can bet your skid-marked Raiders fanny that all three of Charles' fantasy squads are heading for a title match next weekend, thanks to Charles' extraordinary...
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December 18, 2013 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
FINDING THE right college can be an arduous ordeal. Applications pile up, essays loom large and SATs come packed with pressure. And, after all of that you have to see the place, right? Well, after Germantown Academy quarterback Hayes Nolte spent his summer searching the East Coast for the right fit, the decision to commit to Cornell came easy. "It feels great," Nolte said. "It was a long process, and we looked at a bunch of different schools. It was a little frustrating and a little stressful at times, but I'm pumped I finally found a home and I'm excited that it's Cornell.
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December 17, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
AN HISTORIC run for West Chester's football team finally ended Saturday in Hickory, N.C. The Golden Rams (13-2), who already had set a program record for victories in a season, lost to Lenoir-Rhyne (13-1) in the Division II semifinals, 42-14. The Bears, who haven't lost since their opener, will now play Northwest Missouri State (14-0) in the title game on Saturday in Florence, Ala. Northwest Missouri beat visiting Grand Valley State (12-3), 27-13. Lenoir-Rhyne has never been to the NCAA final, though it did win an NAIA championship just over 5 decades ago. The Rams scored first and led 14-12 early in the second quarter.
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December 17, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
HERSHEY, Pa. - St. Joseph's Prep faced a wide range of competition this season, including local heavyweight Archbishop Wood and out-of-state powers Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) and Jesuit College Prep (Texas), while advancing to Chocolate Town. So, as it showed in Sunday night's PIAA Class AAAA state final against District 7's Pittsburgh Central Catholic, Gabe Infante's squad was prepared for just about any kind of opponent. This time, the Hawks gradually solved a run-first attack, exposed the flaws in what had been a near lights-out defense, and stormed to statewide glory with a 35-10 triumph at frigid Hersheypark Stadium.
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December 16, 2013 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
Turner Classic Movies, the cable network that is a welcome antidote to 24/7 news, reality shows, and ESPN's smarm, recently ran a half day's worth of old college football movies. All were as awful as they were alike: State U. gets football hero. State U. loses football hero. State U. finds football hero in the nick of time. Throw in the dithering dean's blond daughter, an intellectually challenged lineman or two, sneering gamblers, and the familiar plots were complete. There was, however, one other recurring and relevant element to these cornball films, most of which were nearly 80 years old - the corruption of collegiate sports.
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December 15, 2013 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
THE PIAA HAS rescheduled its Class AA and AAAA football championships from today to tomorrow due to the threat of inclement weather. Imhotep will now face South Fayette at 1 p.m. in the AA final, while St. Joseph's Prep will take on Pittsburgh Central Catholic at 6 p.m for the AAAA crown. Last night's Archbishop Wood Class AAA title game went on as scheduled at 7 o'clock against Harrisburg's Bishop McDevitt from Hershey Park Stadium. Snowstorms earlier in the week have already made preparations difficult for City Leagues' Schools.
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