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November 6, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It is better than the boondoggle that was the Bowl Championship Series method for deciding a national college football champion. Let's give the College Football Playoff system that much and nothing more. It's kind of like saying it was better when baseball finally decided to use replay for disputed home run calls even as it allowed a perfect game to be wiped out by a botched ruling at first base. Nearly six years passed before baseball finally made things right by instituting an extensive replay system in 2014.
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November 6, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Longtime Haverford High football coach Joe Gallagher will not be on the sideline when his squad visits Coatesville in a PIAA District 1 Class AAAA first-round playoff game Friday night. Gallagher, of Aston, was charged over the weekend with driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, reckless driving, and failure to stop and render aid, according to police. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 15. According to court documents, Gallagher, 58, was driving a maroon Ford on Saturday when he allegedly struck a car in the 300 block of Lincoln Avenue in Prospect Park and fled the scene.
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November 6, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
There are 26 football playoff contests on the slate this weekend. We'll provide game-by-game predictions Friday. For now, here's our take on how the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA, AAA, and AA tournaments will play out. District 1 Class AAAA. While there's no clear-cut favorite to take top honors in the 16-team field, it's a good bet that one of four squads claims the title: No. 1 seed Coatesville, No. 2 Pennsbury, No. 5 Downingtown East, and No. 9 North Penn. Possible dark horses are No. 8 West Chester Henderson, which could be dangerous if it gets past first-round foe North Penn, and No. 3 West Chester Rustin, which, with a favorable draw, should at least reach the semifinals.
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November 4, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
The PIAA District 1 Class AAAA and AAA football playoff seedlings were expected to be ironed out in a committee meeting Sunday morning at Plymouth Whitemarsh. But uncertainty resulted about the seedings of several teams. District 1 officials could not immediately decide on whether to award certain teams bonus points for Week 10 games involving Catholic and Public League playoff participants. "We're in a review process," District 1 football chairman Bob Boyer said Sunday afternoon.
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November 4, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kingsway's 1-3 start was a result of inexperience and costly mistakes against quality competition. Tony Barchuk figures there was another factor: coaching. "We had to do a better job as coaches of putting these guys in the right spots," said Barchuk, the Dragons' veteran coach. "Once we started to do that, we started to play better. " Kingsway (4-3) has won three in a row and risen to No. 19 in The Inquirer Top 25. The Dragons probably unfurled their best performance of the season Friday in a 17-14 win over then-No.
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November 4, 2014 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
Who's that under center in Pittsburgh and what have they done with Ben Roethlisberger? That can't be the Big Ben who has cracked the top 10 fantasy QBs in just three of his first 10 seasons. That's not the same guy who has followed nearly every masterful fantasy performance throughout his career with a dud the next week. I know it can't be him, because who else could pass for 522 yards and six TDs and still be benched by half his owners the next game? Roethlisberger isn't even owned in about 15 percent of all fantasy leagues.
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November 2, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lamont Harris has been statistically dominating his contemporaries all season. Friday night, South Jersey's leading rusher left some historical competition in his dust, as well. Harris set a Cape-Atlantic League single-game record with 339 yards on 31 carries to power St. Augustine to a 41-0 victory over Vineland in a Cape American matchup in Richland. Harris, who also passed the 3,500-yard mark for his career, now has 1,719 yards this year, 282 behind current Navy RB Calvin Cass' single-season program record, set in 2012.
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November 2, 2014 | By Christian Hetrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Khalil Williams surpassed 6,000 career passing yards as Camden, ranked No. 5 in South Jersey by The Inquirer, won at Penns Grove, 12-8, in a West Jersey Football League interdivision game Saturday. Williams is the third player in South Jersey history to reach 6,000 yards. The other two were 2014 graduates Dylan Cummings, of Pennsville, and Tom Flacco, who played for Eastern. Williams hit Brad Hawkins for a 15-yard touchdown pass and the go-ahead score. He also had a 40-yard touchdown pass to Jamir Washington.
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November 2, 2014 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last season, Coatesville won its first nine games before losing to Downingtown West to finish the regular season and then losing a week later in the District 1 playoffs. The same thing is not going to happen this year. Like last year, Coatesville won its first nine games entering Friday night, but this time, the Red Raiders got to 10-0 after a wild fourth quarter left Coatesville with a 47-33 home win in a Ches-Mont League National matchup. "We came in today with something to prove," Coatesville coach Matt Ortega said.
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November 2, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Paul Dooley-to-Dylan Parsons connection has been nearly unstoppable for Springside Chestnut Hill all season. But the seniors outdid themselves Saturday to help the Blue Devils beat visiting Germantown Academy, 35-34, in an Inter-Ac League football game. Trailing by seven with 2 minutes, 30 seconds left, Dooley and Parsons connected for an 89-yard touchdown. If you've followed Springside Chestnut Hill this season, you know what happened next. Just as they did against Father Judge in a similar situation, the Blue Devils went for the two-point conversion instead of kicking the extra point for a tie. Dooley found Parsons again for the go-ahead points.
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