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October 31, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
No. 17 Kingsway at No. 12 Paul VI: The host Eagles' senior linebacker John Santini leads a run defense that will be challenged by junior back Anthony Seas and the Dragons' potent ground game Pick: Paul VI, 20-19. Oakcrest at Bridgeton: The host Bulldogs have won four in a row behind junior all-purpose Markquese Bell, who is one of the state's top recriuits in the class of 2017. Pick: Bridgeton, 26-24. Rancocas Valley at No. 8 Cherokee: The host Chiefs will look to bounce back from a tough loss to school-district rival Shawnee.
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October 31, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Vandevere's instincts and solid tackling at inside linebacker have helped the Hawks go 5-2 overall and 2-0 in Catholic League Class AAAA games. The 6-foot, 220-pound senior registered 13 tackles, including six solos, as the Prep rallied with four fourth-quarter touchdowns to turn back Father Judge, 35-13, in a league contest last Saturday night. Two weeks earlier, Vandevere was involved in nine stops, with five solos, in a 28-5 nonleague romp over North Jersey power St. Joseph Regional.
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October 25, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Najee Goode said he had a funny feeling last month when he was the last player Chip Kelly cut before the Eagles season opener. He packed up his Packer Park apartment with the help of his girlfriend. But Goode did not leave town. The inside linebacker moved into a hotel at the Navy Yard. There was no reason to leave. His friends were in the city. His brother lives in Baltimore. Goode could still work out in town. And he had that funny feeling. His agent told him to stay by his phone.
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October 24, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
DeMarco Murray is no longer answering questions about what's wrong with him in the Eagles' offense. Coming off his first 100-yard rushing game with the Eagles, Murray is now tasked with keeping the production alive. "I finally feel like myself," Murray said Thursday. "Everyone is starting to settle down and get their legs underneath them. " On Sunday night, he'll play against a Carolina run defense that has kept opponents to 3.9 yards per carry, and star linebacker Luke Kuechly has been sidelined for three games.
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October 24, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
After being named a New Jersey Athletic Conference first-team linebacker for two years running, Rowan's Darren Dungee went into the offseason wanting even more. The senior decided that if he got in the best shape of his life over the summer, he'd have no problem excelling. He lost about 20 pounds off his listed weight of 250, and now the tackling machine at middle linebacker is having another great season. "He probably trimmed down 20-25 pounds and just came in in the best shape of his life," Rowan coach Jay Accorsi said.
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October 23, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
MYCHAL KENDRICKS practiced fully Wednesday and seemed to think there was a good chance he will play this week at Carolina. Kiko Alonso, Kendricks' fellow inside linebacker and off-to-the-side workout partner during practices the past few weeks, set the Nov. 8 game at Dallas as his goal, after Alonso's first limited practice since he reinjured his left knee a month ago against the Cowboys. Kendricks was asked if he could have played, had the game been scheduled for Wednesday. "Based off today, I'd have to say yes," he said.
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October 9, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A decade before he began a promising professional baseball career with the New York Mets, Michael Conforto was afforded a lens into his father's athletic past. It came during an off day from the 2004 Little League World Series, when the team from Redmond, Wash., made the hourlong drive southwest to State College. With his father leading the way, the star 11-year-old and his teammates hung out on the sidelines of a Penn State football practice and were granted an audience with coach Joe Paterno.
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October 2, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a brief flirtation with Penn's football program, Lake Zurich (Ill.) linebacker Colton Moskal committed to Syracuse after his junior year in high school. Penn wanted to add the 6-foot, 225-pound inside linebacker - as did coaching staffs at Yale, Minnesota, Purdue and a number of other schools - but once Moskal committed to Syracuse, the Quakers moved on. But Moskal, who never rose above the scout team as a freshman in 2014, realized that climbing the depth chart at Syracuse would be difficult.
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September 29, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - While his play suggested otherwise, Eagles rookie inside linebacker Jordan Hicks admitted to a serious case of butterflies before making his first NFL start. The nervousness didn't last long, as Hicks had a team-high 10 tackles, along with a fumble recovery and an interception, during Sunday's 24-17 win over the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. "I was definitely nervous before the game," Hicks said. "All of that goes away as soon as the first snap happens and it is time to go. " Hicks' performance was a continuation of his play last week when he had seven tackles in a reserve role during the Eagles' 20-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
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September 26, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wesley Payne made the big hit, heard the crowd's roar, saw the bright lights, and felt his teammates' celebratory slaps on his shoulder pads. He was happy. He also was relieved. "It occurred to me, 'Wow, I almost wasn't here for this,' " Payne, a senior linebacker/running back, said of his revelatory moment during Bishop Eustace's game against visiting Woodrow Wilson on Sept. 11. Payne, who briefly considered not playing this season, was "the best player on the field" against Woodrow Wilson, according to Crusaders' coach Rob Cormier.
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