November 30, 2013 |
It is smashmouth football at its best, with both teams taking a run-the-ball-down-your-throat approach and with bone-rattling hits the norm. In what figures to be another backyard brawl, North Penn and Neshaminy are set to clash in the playoffs for the sixth time in the last seven years. The Knights (10-3) and Redskins (12-1) will vie for the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA championship - and a berth in the state semifinals - at 7 p.m. Friday at Souderton. Combined, the teams have won eight of the last 12 district titles.
November 24, 2013 |
Jeff Devaughn didn't know how to react. After he helped Academy Park capture the District 1 Class AAA football title in a 22-14 win against Glen Mills on Friday night, Devaughn couldn't contain his emotion. In postgame celebration, he ran around the field in a circle screaming indiscernibly. He later stammered through an interview as he struggled to describe how he felt. For the senior who had just been part of the first district title in his school's history, it was natural to be a little overwhelmed.
November 23, 2013 |
It's a history-making opportunity for two Del-Val League teams. Academy Park and Glen Mills, each seeking its first postseason championship, will meet in the PIAA District 1 Class AAA final at 7 p.m. Friday at Ridley's Phil Marion Field. The Battlin' Bulls, en route to claiming the Del-Val crown, topped host Academy Park, 20-13, in Week 9. "Defensively, we gave up big plays at the wrong time," Knights coach Jason Vosheski said. "Offensively, we turned the ball over, and we didn't take advantage of our scoring opportunities.
November 17, 2013 |
Fourth-quarter touchdown passes turned two District 1 football tournaments upside down on Friday night. In a Class AAAA quarterfinal, Khari Jefferson hauled in an 11-yard pass from David Kretschman with just 26 seconds left and visiting Abington prevented No. 1 seed Garnet Valley's Hail Mary attempt to win, 26-21. In a Class AAA semifinal, Jerry Lanier raced down the sideline to haul in a 22-yard touchdown pass from Brian Ingram with six minutes left and visiting Academy Park slipped past top-seeded Pottsgrove, 27-26.
October 21, 2013 |
Shaheen Dow rushed for touchdowns of 45 and 95 yards during a big second quarter for Glen Mills, and the Bulls held on to win, 28-13, in a Del-Val League football game Saturday night at Interboro. Interboro, which trailed by 20-0 at halftime, pulled within seven after Mark Everton returned a punt 75 yards in the third. Dontae Coates converted a 1-yard keeper with two minutes remaining to ice the game. Elsewhere in the Del-Val: DuJuan Santana rushed for two TDs, and Chichester held off Chester, 26-12, at home.
October 19, 2013 |
Several football matchups this weekend have strong District 1 playoff implications. At or near the top of the list, in what is also a key Suburban One League Continental Conference duel, is Pennridge vs. North Penn at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Crawford Stadium in Lansdale. Pennridge, ranked No. 22 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, is 5-2 overall and 1-2 in conference action. No. 23 North Penn, looking to return to the playoffs after a rare absence, is 4-3 and 4-0. In the power-point standings for the 16-team District 1 Class AAAA tournament, which will begin Nov. 8, the Rams (101.4 average)
October 6, 2013 |
Coatesville needed late heroics Friday night to avoid an upset, holding on for a 14-7 win against visiting Downingtown East in a Ches-Mont National matchup. Downingtown East drove to the Coatesville 25-yard line with a chance to tie the game, but Tyler Burke came up with an interception to seal the win in the final two minutes. Coatesville, The Inquirer's top-ranked team in Southeastern Pennsylvania, took a 14-7 lead into halftime on rushing touchdowns by Jordan Young and Daquan Worley, but East chipped away when Cary Angeline caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Rumer with 5 minutes, 30 seconds to play.
October 4, 2013
WAIT, FAST food's supposed to be healthy now? Recent moves make us wonder: Just days after Burger King unveiled its lower-fat Satisfries, McDonald's loudly pledged to include fruit and veggie sides as special-deal french-fry alternates, and to tone down its junk-food marketing to kids. Chipotle has overhauled its previously "porky" pinto beans, making them suitable for vegans. (The company is tight-lipped about when every store will have them, but every Philly location I've checked does.)
September 28, 2013 |
Charles H. Diehl Jr., 97, of Springfield, an engineering consultant, died of complications of coronary artery disease Monday, Sept. 23, at Maris Grove, a senior facility in Glen Mills. During a half-century career, Mr. Diehl, a licensed engineer, was in on the ground floor as the power-generating field evolved. From the 1930s through the 1950s he managed a hydraulic research laboratory in Philadelphia for the Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Corp., a maker of construction equipment. During that time, hydroelectric power was gaining in ascendancy.