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September 4, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Coatesville, Downingtown East, and Downingtown West are set to wage a three-way battle for the Ches-Mont League National Division title. Coatesville was hit hardest by graduation, but the defending champs have strong playmakers in quarterback Jordan Young, running back Brasir Stocker, multipurpose threat Jadan Hudson, and receivers Kevin Kirk and Avery Young. Coatesville (13-1 overall, 6-0 league) also features offensive tackle Justus Martinez (6-5, 300), linebackers Chris Jordan and Ronnell Knight, and defensive linemen Jelil Norman, Isaiah Hall, and Javon Sampson.
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September 4, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Simon Gratz made the jump from Class AAA to AAAA last season and more than held its own, going 11-2 and advancing to the Public League Class AAAA final before falling to Ben Franklin. With a boatload of returning talent, including two-way linemen Raquan Thomas and Charly Timite, the Bulldogs are favored to take home top honors this year. "We have a lot of senior leadership," coach Erik Zipay said. The 6-foot-4, 340-pound Thomas has a scholarship offer from Temple. He also has drawn interest from Georgia, Michigan State, Penn State, and South Carolina.
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September 4, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
SO WHAT WOULD you do in your spare time, when you're not busy being one of the top defensive players in FCS or the Colonial Athletic Association's Football Student-Athlete of the Year? Well, if you're Villanova senior linebacker Don Cherry, you're trying to conceptualize that next game-changing business idea. "It has to be out there somewhere," said Cherry, who finished second in last season's voting for the Buck Buchanan Award, which goes to the top defensive player in FCS. "I'm looking for it. I don't know where it is yet. "Right now I don't have any, but . . . " When Cherry was still at Trumbull (Conn.)
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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 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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