November 28, 2014
AGENDA Cincinnati at Temple Noon Saturday Lincoln Financial Field TV: ESPNews. Radio: WPHT (1210-AM) Records: Cincy 7-3, 5-1 AAC; Temple 5-5, 3-3 History: Temple leads, 9-6-1. Cincy has won the last four, including each of the last 2 years. About Cincinnati: Bearcats have won five straight. Last week, it was 41-0 at Connecticut . . . Still have chance to win at least a share of title . . . Two losses were at Ohio State and Miami . . . Gunner Kiel leads the AAC with 27 TD passes . . . Have won last six AAC road games . . . Have scored at least 31 in all but two games . . . Andrew Gantz has made 14 of 16 field goals.
November 28, 2014 |
IF YOU SAW Teair Tart-Spencer play football this season for West Philadelphia High you might not believe last season was his first as a gridder. At 6-4 and 285 pounds, the senior two-way lineman grew up playing basketball. And when asked about the toughest adjustment, the Northern Liberties resident wasn't able to narrow his focus, at all. "I guess it was learning how to do everything because I couldn't even get into the offensive tackle's stance!" he laughed. "It looked terrible, it looked terrible.
November 26, 2014 |
SINCE NOBODY in the top seven lost last weekend, there wasn't any movement where it matters in the second-to-last College Football Playoff poll. So if the inaugural four-team playoff field were set today, it would still be Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State. TCU remained in front of Ohio State at No. 5, with Baylor holding on to the seventh spot. Some have speculated that Ohio State might be able to move into fourth should it win out, which would mean winning the Big Ten title game against Minnesota, which it already beat on the road, or Wisconsin.
November 24, 2014 |
De'Shaun Burgess scored three first-quarter touchdowns to provide a 20-point lead, and the second-seeded Paulsboro football team beat No. 3 Gloucester at home, 39-12, in a South Jersey Group 1 semifinal Saturday. Burgess scored on runs of 3 and 27 yards. He then caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Carlton Aiken. Aiken took care of the rest. He rushed for two scores in the second quarter and hit Theo Holloway for a 17-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. Paulsboro will face fourth-seeded Salem in the sectional final at noon Dec. 6 at Rowan University.
November 23, 2014 |
West Deptford's special-teams unit had already done most of the work. All Kevin DeCeasar needed to do was make up the last three yards. DeCeasar came through and ran in a 3-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter, and fifth-seeded West Deptford held on for a 7-0 victory over visiting No. 8 Collingswood in a South Jersey Group 3 football semifinal Friday night. Three plays earlier, Nick Diaco blocked a punt and Mike Keller returned it 25 yards to the 3. Matt Novak grabbed a fourth-quarter interception to seal the victory.
November 21, 2014 |
Nasir Adderley developed his skills while growing up in Mount Airy and playing Pop Warner football for the Enon Eagles. Now, the Philly native, who moved to Chester County before eighth grade, is a key performer for a Great Valley squad that is enjoying a breakout season. A do-everything type with blazing speed, Adderley serves the Patriots as a receiver, rusher, Wildcat-formation quarterback, strong safety, and kick returner. "The thing that makes him so special is that you never know what's going to happen when he touches the ball," said Great Valley's first-year coach, Dan Ellis.
November 20, 2014
DECISIONS IN the aftermath of the Central Bucks West High football hazing ordeal finally have come to pass. On its website, the Central Bucks School District revealed that Brian Hensel was out as head coach, and a "comprehensive search" for a replacement will commence shortly. Previously, the district terminated the final two games of the Bucks' regular season after allegations of hazing sparked a police investigation. Hensel's coaching staff, which was suspended following cessation of the season, has been reinstated with future involvement to be decided once a new coach is hired.
November 20, 2014 |
Brian Hensel was ousted as Central Bucks High School West football coach Tuesday after district officials probing a hazing incident said he and his assistants were not properly supervising players and would not sign a coaches code of conduct. In a letter to the community, Central Bucks district Superintendent David Weitzel announced Hensel's dismissal after six seasons and said "a lack of guidance and adequate supervision of the team" existed well before the Aug. 16 hazing at a team picnic.
November 19, 2014 |
With just two weeks to go in most fantasy leagues' regular seasons, it's crunch time for teams on the postseason bubble. And things are about to get very interesting. The Browns' Josh Gordon is set to return in Week 12 against a very vulnerable Falcons secondary. With Andrew Hawkins stepping up and tight end Jordan Cameron nearing his return from a concussion, Cleveland's offense is about to get turbocharged. Don't be surprised if Brian Hoyer turns in some stellar performances in the weeks ahead.
November 17, 2014 |
Collingswood coach Jack McConnell knew his team was the No. 8 seed. He knew Camden was the No. 1 seed. He also knew this was a special season in South Jersey Group 2. "That's one of the things we told the kids, that this wasn't a typical 8 vs. 1," McConnell said. "South Jersey 2 this year, the whole group had seven losses. We were the 8 and they were the 1, but this wasn't a typical year. " The first game of the 2014 postseason was the shocker of the 2014 postseason, as Collingswood stunned Camden, 18-7, in an opening-round clash that started at 6 p.m. Friday.