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January 13, 2009 | By Rick O'Brien INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Army and Navy had interest in John Howell's football services, but it was the Navy that had a special place in his heart. His father, also named John, served as a Navy Seal for eight years. Fresh off a weekend visit with his parents to Annapolis, Md., the Lansdale Catholic star has committed to play for the Midshipmen. With an improved score in the Scholastic Assessment Test, he recently gained direct admission to the school. "I'm real excited," said Howell, a quick-footed two-way back and kick returner.
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December 26, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
Andy Harmon, overlooked for the Pro Bowl, joined Eagles defensive linemate William Fuller and linebacker William Thomas on the Associated Press All-Pro second team. Fuller and Thomas earlier were named to the NFC Pro Bowl second team, along with Eagles running back Ricky Watters, who was not among the All- Pro selections. Perennial choice Jerry Rice and three San Francisco defenders headline the All-Pro team. Rice, the recordbreaking wide receiver, received 72 votes in balloting by a nationwide panel of 88 sports writers and broadcasters.
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September 11, 2011 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
Ability to score on both sides of the ball and as a kick returner? Check. Ever-present swagger? Check. Do-rag? Check. Yes, Germantown's Will Parks could be the next Deion Sanders, the athletic senior's all-time favorite NFL player. But wasn't Parks sometimes rubbed the wrong way by the Hall of Famer's showboating? "Nah," he said. "If you want to have fun, have fun. It's OK to show your love for the game. " As Sanders was for several NFL clubs, Parks is a do-everything type for the Bears.
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August 7, 2011 | Associated Press
Here is a look at the new Hall of Fame members: Ed Sabol, founder/president/chairman of NFL Films. 1964-1995. The man behind the idea of NFL Films, he was an aspiring filmmaker, who at age 45 hatched idea of forming Blair Productions, a film company that incorporated unique creative angles inspired by his background in drama. Deion Sanders, cornerback/kick returner/punt returner: 1989-1993 Atlanta Falcons, 1994 San Francisco 49ers, 1995-99 Dallas Cowboys, 2000 Washington Redskins, 2004-05 Baltimore Ravens.
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October 15, 2011
We continue our top 10 football tour with a review of the area's best two-way, multipurpose playmakers in the area. Our subjective list is based on a player's overall impact to a team, including contributions on offense, defense, and as a special-teams performer. Most in this group have added value because of their kick-returning abilities. 1. Nate Smith, Archbishop Wood, senior, 6-foot, 190 pounds. Since coming over from George Washington, Smith has shined as a wideout, ball-hawking safety, and kick returner.
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September 10, 2011 | By Rick O’Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ability to score on both sides of the ball and as a kick returner? Check. Ever-present swagger? Check. Do-rag? Check. Yes, Germantown's Will Parks could be the next Deion Sanders, the athletic senior's all-time favorite NFL player. But wasn't Parks sometimes rubbed the wrong way with the Hall of Famer's showboating? "Nah," he said. "If you want to have fun, have fun. It's OK to show your love for the game. " As Sanders was for several NFL clubs, Parks is a do-everything type for the Bears.
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September 21, 1989 | By Frank Lawlor, Inquirer Staff Writer
Scott Thompson knew his role would be a supporting one when he joined the Villanova football team as a freshman wide receiver in 1987. The previous season, Villanova had debuted the speedy Greg Downs and the sure-handed Robert Brady, freshman wide receivers who combined for 61 catches, 1,012 yards and 12 touchdowns. Even as Thompson was rotated into the lineup with considerable success his first season, he did not expect to start until Downs and Brady graduated. "They are two incredible receivers," Thompson said.
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November 16, 2000 | By Todd Zolecki, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Believe it or not, Joe McCourt is mortal. He rarely showed it during his four seasons with the Roman Catholic High football team. He never let on that he could get hurt. And it never really seemed plausible, either. He played anywhere and everywhere. He played halfback, fullback, receiver, kicker, kick returner, punt returner, linebacker, cornerback, free safety, and strong safety. And he played them in the same game. Actually, he played them in every game. But few played each position better.
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September 6, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tavious Morgan helped give Washington's football team all the points it needed before its offense even took the field Thursday night. Morgan returned the opening kick 85 yards to the end zone, Chris Schlegel kicked the extra point, and the Eagles went on to defeat Cardinal O'Hara, 15-6, in a nonleague game at Simon Gratz. Washington's Nigel Sealey piled up 107 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. O'Hara's Brendon Laughlin threw for 100 yards. Public. Hosea McClam passed for 100 yards and a touchdown and ran for 62 yards and a TD and safety Isiah Thomas piled up 13 tackles to lead Lincoln to a 20-7 victory at Dobbins.
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December 9, 2013 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN - Luke Spahits couldn't avoid thinking about it. A loss in Saturday's Class AAA state semifinals would have meant that the senior running back had to turn in his equipment Monday and his high school career would have been over. And the 40-mile drive from Archbishop Wood to Allentown's J. Birney Crum Stadium left him with nothing to do but think. By the time he got off the road and onto the field, Spahits knew what he had to do. Behind his two kickoff-return touchdowns and his team's dominant performance in all three phases of the game, Spahits and Wood earned one last game Friday after the Vikings topped previously unbeaten Berwick, 42-14.
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August 16, 2012 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
BETHLEHEM - Brandon Boykin caught the first-quarter kickoff 8 yards deep in the end zone, which is deep inside special-teams coach Bobby April's no-fly zone. Boykin knew he should have just taken a knee. But it was his first touch in an NFL game, albeit a meaningless preseason opener, and the adrenaline was pumping and, well, there was just no way he wasn't going to tuck that baby under his arm and take off. "That was my first one and I just kind of had the excitement inside of me to get that return out," the rookie said.
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March 19, 2012 | By Andrew Lopez, For The Inquirer
NEW ORLEANS - Donovan Morgan caught a 2-yard touchdown pass with 17 seconds remaining and Bryan Robinson blocked a field goal as time expired to give the Soul a 63-62 win over the New Orleans VooDoo on Sunday in their Arena Football League season opener at the New Orleans Arena. Morgan, who was born and raised in New Orleans, finished with eight receptions for 86 yards and two touchdowns, and also added a team-leading 24 yards rushing. He said the winning play was designed to trick the defensive backs, but the VooDoo players made it easy.
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December 25, 2011
Here's a closer look at the players named to the first-team offense on The Inquirer's All-Southeastern Pennsylvania football team. Linemen Brandon Arcidiacono, Archbishop Wood. Boosted by the Rutgers recruit's muscle and ruggedness, the Vikings averaged 46.6 points. J.J. Denman, Pennsbury. Overcoming a preseason injury, Denman was key to the Falcons' drive to the District 1 Class AAAA semifinals. Mike Mooney, Malvern Prep. Ticketed for Virginia, Mooney was a force on both sides of the ball for the Inter-Ac League champions.
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October 16, 2011 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
We continue our top 10 football tour with a review of the area's best two-way, multipurpose playmakers in the area. Our subjective list is based on a player's overall impact to a team, including contributions on offense, defense, and as a special-teams performer. Most in this group have added value because of their kick-returning abilities. 1. Nate Smith, Archbishop Wood, senior, 6-foot, 190 pounds. Since coming over from George Washington, Smith has shined as a wideout, ball-hawking safety, and kick returner.
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October 7, 2011 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
After missing all of last season because of a torn left anterior cruciate ligament, Central Bucks South's Dan Brown has been busy making up for lost time. On Thursday night, the 5-foot-8, 180-pound senior starred in several ways while leading the host Titans to a 37-13 romp over Quakertown in a Suburban One League Continental Conference football matchup in Warrington. "I rehabbed for about four or five months," Brown said. "The physical therapy did wonders. It brought my knee to a strength it's never been before.
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September 11, 2011 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
Ability to score on both sides of the ball and as a kick returner? Check. Ever-present swagger? Check. Do-rag? Check. Yes, Germantown's Will Parks could be the next Deion Sanders, the athletic senior's all-time favorite NFL player. But wasn't Parks sometimes rubbed the wrong way by the Hall of Famer's showboating? "Nah," he said. "If you want to have fun, have fun. It's OK to show your love for the game. " As Sanders was for several NFL clubs, Parks is a do-everything type for the Bears.
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September 10, 2011 | By Rick O’Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ability to score on both sides of the ball and as a kick returner? Check. Ever-present swagger? Check. Do-rag? Check. Yes, Germantown's Will Parks could be the next Deion Sanders, the athletic senior's all-time favorite NFL player. But wasn't Parks sometimes rubbed the wrong way with the Hall of Famer's showboating? "Nah," he said. "If you want to have fun, have fun. It's OK to show your love for the game. " As Sanders was for several NFL clubs, Parks is a do-everything type for the Bears.
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