December 11, 2013 |
TEMPLE'S FOOTBALL program has received four more oral commitments for the 2014 recruiting class, bringing the total to 21. The latest additions are two players from Thomas Jefferson High in Tampa, Fla., wide receiver Ventell Bryant and safety Derrick Ingram and two junior-college transfers who also play that secondary position: Shahid Lovett from Lackawanna (Scranton) and Alex Wells from ASA in New York City. The Owls finished 2-10 in Matt Rhule's first season. Six of the losses were by nine points or less, several on late passes.
December 10, 2013 |
FOR THE SECOND time ever, and first time in 9 years, West Chester is in the Division II semifinals. The Golden Rams, who last week had set a program record for wins in a season, improved to 13-1 with a 28-7 quarterfinal win on Saturday at previously unbeaten Shepherd. They will now play at Lenoir-Rhyne (12-1), which beat North Alabama (10-3, coached by one-time Temple coach Bobby Wallace), 42-39. The game will be in Hickory, N.C. In 2004, the Rams lost in the semis at eventual national champion Valdosta State, 45-21.
December 8, 2013 |
Because of early precipitation and a forecast of continued rain, the PIAA postponed all four of Friday night's state-playoff football games. Among the matchups moved to Saturday was the Class AAA semifinal between Archbishop Wood and Berwick. It is scheduled for 5 p.m. at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown. There will be two other Saturday semifinals involving area teams: Neshaminy vs. St. Joseph's Prep (Class AAAA) at 3 p.m. at Northeast; and Imhotep Charter vs. Berks Catholic (AA)
December 7, 2013 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 14 of the 2013 NFL season. Watch 'em roll Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons at Packers. If you managed to make it to the playoffs with Ryan as your quarterback, congrats. With Roddy White as healthy as he's been all year, the Falcons' passing game finally appears to be back on track. Next up: A Packers secondary that has coughed up 22 passing TDs while collecting a near-league-low six INTs. DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys at Bears.
December 6, 2013 |
UNITED STATES Naval Academy senior wide receiver and co-captain Matt Aiken recalled the first time he truly realized that the Army-Navy game was infinitely bigger than any other football rivalry. That moment of clarification had come at a most inopportune time. "My first play in an Army-Navy game was in my freshman year ," Aiken said. "I was setting up to return a punt, and I looked up into the stands, saw all the Navy guys, all the Army guys, realized that all of America was watching.
December 5, 2013 |
Penn State coach Bill O'Brien announced Tuesday night that he is losing two members of his staff with the resignations of linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden and quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher. O'Brien said that both coaches will pursue other opportunities. "I appreciate all of Ron and Charlie's hard work and thank them for their dedication and service to Penn State," O'Brien said in a statement. "I wish them well in all their future endeavors. " The university announced the departures 24 hours after FightOnState.com first reported the news.
December 1, 2013 |
It's fourth and goal for state championship football. The NJSIAA's general membership will vote Monday on a proposal to allow public schools to play for state championships for the first time in New Jersey state history. "I'm optimistic," said NJSIAA associate director Jack DuBois, who oversees football for the organization that governs high school sports in New Jersey. A two-thirdS majority of the votes cast during the NJSIAA's general membership meeting Monday at the Pines Manor in Edison is needed to remove one sentence from Article IX of the NJSIAA's constitution: "No state championships shall be awarded in football.
November 30, 2013 |
Eighteen yards made all the difference in a Thanksgiving game between rivals separated by less than two miles. Quarterback Khalil Williams broke a scoreless tie in the third quarter by throwing an 18-yard pass to Brad Hawkins, and Camden held on to win at Woodrow Wilson, 14-0, in a West Jersey Royal game. Williams added a 40-yard touchdown throw to Hawkins in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring. It is the fifth victory over Wilson in six years for Camden, which improved its all-time series record to 50-30-3.
November 30, 2013 |
After Brandon Mack hauled in a 7-yard touchdown pass in overtime Thursday, Cheltenham football coach Joe Gro had a decision to make. An extra point would tie the game and force Abington into a second overtime. But the host Panthers had already kicked two astray. "If I'm going to lose this game," Gro said, "I'm going to lose it with my offense. " The coach's gamble paid off as quarterback Mark Heimann scrambled up the middle for a game-ending two-point conversion and Cheltenham slipped past Abington, 35-34.
November 28, 2013 |
Michael Vick believes he can still be a starting quarterback in the NFL, but will teams have the same opinion when he becomes a free agent this offseason? Vick officially lost the Eagles' starting job on Tuesday when Chip Kelly announced that Nick Foles would have the spot for the remainder of the season, but the transition had been a foregone conclusion. What had started with promise ended as many predicted it would when Vick re-signed with the Eagles in February. He would get injured, miss significant time, and lose his job to Foles.