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SPORTS
September 3, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Conestoga has a solid chance at contending for its first Central League championship since 2005 if it can stay healthy. Pioneers coach John Vogan was missing 23 of his 66 players because of injuries in Friday's scrimmage against Downingtown West. "We're a little banged up right now, but we'll be OK," he said. Conestoga's offense is spurred by quarterback Tim Miller. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder, who will play baseball at Richmond, threw for 1,622 yards and 16 touchdowns last season.
NEWS
September 2, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Things can go nowhere but up for second-year coach Nick Lincoln and Penn Wood after last season's 0-11 showing. The Patriots went 0-5 in the Del-Val League. Lincoln, previously an assistant at Public League Class AAA powerhouse Imhotep Charter, was behind the eight ball after being hired just three months before the start of the 2014 campaign. "We're better prepared this year," said Lincoln, 30. "We made it a point to go against some top competition in seven-on-seven drills over the summer.
NEWS
August 31, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Perkiomen Valley averaged 36 points per game while going 9-2 and winning the Pioneer Athletic Conference championship last season. The return of quarterback Stephen Sturm, running back David Williams, and wide receiver Justin Jaworski should pave the way for continued offensive success. Sturm threw for 2,030 yards and 21 touchdowns; Williams ran for 650 yards and 10 scores; and Jaworski made 49 catches for 680 yards and six touchdowns. Other key returnees for the Vikings, who went 9-0 in PAC-10 action, are two-way lineman John Tittle and Anthony Rohrbach, running back Ronnie Arch, and running back/defensive lineman T.J. Foley.
NEWS
August 31, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
First, they were the kid brothers. Then, they were the young starters. Now, they are the veteran leaders. Julian Mahan and Tavian Martin have come a long way together on the football field. They are determined to finish with a flourish - by leading Timber Creek to the South Jersey Group 4 championship. "This is our last go-round," Mahan said. "We want to make the most of it. " Mahan and Martin form the backbone of Timber Creek's talented defense. The two seniors are three-year starters at inside linebacker and have been highly productive players in the past.
SPORTS
August 30, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly once explained Kiko Alonso's style of playing linebacker as "Kiko see ball, Kiko tackle ball. " But Alonso has not seen the ball much this summer, and he has not done any tackling. That changes on Saturday, when the Eagles' inside linebacker finally plays his first game in an Eagles uniform against the Green Bay Packers. "I don't know how much I'm going to play," Alonso said, "but very excited. " Alonso, who the Eagles acquired for LeSean McCoy in March, missed almost two weeks with a concussion suffered on the third day of training camp.
SPORTS
August 24, 2015
The Eagles will continue to wait to show how they will handle the three-man inside-linebacker combination of Kiko Alonso, DeMeco Ryans, and Mychal Kendricks. All three missed the Eagles' 40-17 win on Saturday. They also sat out the preseason opener. They each practiced this past week, although they were partial participants. Alonso returned on Tuesday from a concussion that sidelined him almost two weeks. Ryans is still recovering from a torn Achilles tendon last year, and Kendricks has been dealing with a hamstring injury, according to a league source.
SPORTS
August 23, 2015 | BY TOM REIFSNYDER, Daily News Staff Writer reifsnt@phillynews.com
THE COMPETITION for the third outside linebacker position got a little more interesting yesterday, as defensive coordinator Bill Davis told reporters that Marcus Smith, who left Thursday's practice with a hamstring injury, will be out for tonight's preseason game with the Baltimore Ravens. Smith, the Eagles first-round draft pick in 2014, wore a black sleeve on his right leg during yesterday's practice, which he did not participate in. He told reporters he will be out for "two to three weeks.
SPORTS
August 23, 2015 | BY TOM REIFSNYDER, Daily News Staff Writer reifsnt@phillynews.com
AS THE EAGLES' second joint practice with the Baltimore Ravens concluded Thursday, players from both sides went through their respective cool-down routines, with some stretching among teammates and others huddling up with their positional groupings. Shortly after, most of the players headed back into the NovaCare Complex to hit the showers, while others stayed to speak with the media or get some extra work in. Connor Barwin was among the latter, sauntering over to the sideline between the first and second practice fields to work on his explosiveness out of a three-point stance and, frankly, beat the living hell out of a practice dummy.
SPORTS
August 22, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Some backup jobs are more important than others. There are backup positions such as quarterback and center that are important - quarterback certainly more so - only if the starter is injured. Otherwise the No. 2 guy could spend the entire season watching the No. 1 guy take all the snaps. And then there are backup positions such as wide receiver and defensive end in which you play part time in a rotation. And if you contribute and play enough, you aren't really a "backup. " Last year, Brandon Graham was a backup only in name.
SPORTS
August 21, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Sports Columnist
JUST 2 1/2 WEEKS into training camp, the Eagles already have taken heavy casualties at the outside linebacker position. It began on the second day of camp when Travis Long tore his left ACL for the second time in 12 months. Then, Brandon Hepburn suffered an abdominal injury and Jordan DeWalt-Ondijo injured his ankle. Both Hepburn and DeWalt-Ondijo were waived/injured. Then, in yesterday morning's joint practice with the Baltimore Ravens, Marcus Smith, who was the front-runner for the No. 3 outside 'backer job behind starters Connor Barwin and Brandon Graham, was carted off the field at the NovaCare Complex with a right hamstring injury of undetermined severity.
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