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September 18, 1989 | By Joe Ferry, Special to The Inquirer
Archbishop Kennedy head coach Chris Bockrath did not get overly excited when his team shut out Upper Moreland, 25-0, in its season opener last week. So, in keeping with his philosophy, the veteran coach did not get overly excited when the Saints were beaten by Pottsgrove, 25-6, in a nonleague contest Saturday afternoon. "As a young team, we can't afford to get too excited when we win or too upset when we lose," Bockrath said afterward. "We have to take the experience we get from each game and apply it to the future.
NEWS
August 30, 1995 | By Steve Wartenberg, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Everything is new at Penncrest: the coach, the offense and, the Lions hope, the attitude. Penncrest "hasn't had much luck the last two years," said coach Mike Milano, who took over for Mike Scheetz after two years at the helm of Unionville, which he led to the District 1 Class AAA title last year. The Lions were 1-9 the last two seasons. "A big part of success is expecting success," Milano continued. "We make the kids' investment in the program so great that they won't give up in the fourth quarter.
SPORTS
September 15, 2006 | By Bill Iezzi INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
There's a line in the football movie The Replacements that compares losing to being trapped in quicksand. That sentiment is what Washington Township coach Mark Wechter remembers from last year's loss to Cherry Hill East. There was nothing the Minutemen could do to reverse East's momentum. "It was like quicksand; we couldn't get going," said Wechter, who has his team prepared for the Burlco/Olympic League American Division opener for both teams at 7 p.m. tonight at Township.
NEWS
September 9, 1991 | By Bill Iezzi, Special to The Inquirer
Larry "White Lightning" Leith made a superb debut as a starting running back Friday night, rushing for 203 yards on 14 carries and scoring four touchdowns in Germantown Academy's 40-8 rout of host Caravel Academy in Bear, Del. "Leith had an unbelievable game, an outstanding game," Caravel coach Larry Silk said of the 5-foot, 8-inch, 150-pound junior. "We just had some bad adjustments on the corner. " The Buccaneers' cornerbacks had a nightmarish time trying to catch Leith, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds.
SPORTS
August 29, 1998 | By Kevin Tatum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The buzz at Temple is "Wait until you see Kevin Harvey working out of that option offense. " Now in his second season with the Owls, Harvey was named the team's starting quarterback almost as soon as coach Bobby Wallace and his staff took over for Ron Dickerson in December. And Harvey, who has 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash and just as much elusiveness, has taken to Wallace's Slot-I offense as if it were made especially for him. "He's the best I've coached," gushed Wallace, who won three national titles in a row during his 10 seasons at Division II North Alabama.
SPORTS
September 8, 1994 | By Adam Gusdorff, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Although he has only just begun his junior year, Dan Smyth has already established himself as one of the best all-round athletes Bristol has ever had. He will be a three-year starter on the football team this fall, and last year, he also lettered in basketball, baseball and track. This year, however, Smyth will be called upon to do something he hasn't done yet at Bristol: be a team leader. "That'll be a whole different game for me," Smyth said, "and I'm a little nervous.
NEWS
September 21, 1986 | By Pete Schnatz, Special to The Inquirer
The close of the 1985 Camden Catholic football season brought both joy and shock. After the Irish finished with a 6-2-1 overall record - the school's best since a 9-2 mark in 1979, six-year head coach Phil Pettite announced his resignation for "personal reasons. " The start of the 1986 campaign brings a freshness to Camden Catholic, as Dave Capozzi, the defensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Sterling the last two years, takes over the program. Capozzi enjoyed his greatest success as a head coach at Paul VI, directing the 1981 Eagles to a 10-0 mark and the NJSIAA South Jersey Parochial A championship, as well as the South Jersey North Conference title.
SPORTS
October 26, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Not since the early 1960s, when it played in the old Inter-County League, has Upper Dublin had such a successful start to a football season. The youth-laden Cardinals are 8-0, have won by an average of 26 points, and are zeroing in on a Suburban One League American Conference title. Standing in the way of Upper Dublin's bid for a league crown is two-time defending champion Plymouth Whitemarsh, which is riding a six-game winning streak. With top honors in the conference on the line, the Cardinals and host Colonials, both 5-0 in league action, will clash at 7 p.m. Friday in Plymouth Meeting.
NEWS
September 18, 1989 | By Brian Freeman, Special to The Inquirer
Before the beginning of the 1989 football season, Germantown Academy coach Bill Caum was confident about his offense but apprehensive about his defense. He had all-Inter Ac offensive guard Marty Wetzel and running back Michael Turner returning to go with tight end Frank Lynch and quarterback Michael Gerber. Defensively, though, Caum had to replace all-Inter Ac players Jim McGeehan, Austin Stitzer and Robert Kennedy. On Saturday, the Patriots traveled to Penncrest (1-1)
SPORTS
April 20, 1999 | by John Smallwood, Daily News Sports Columnist
Paul Pasqualoni has a question for all those critics who say Donovan McNabb hasn't had the training to become a superior NFL quarterback. The Syracuse University football coach looks at how five players who routinely caught passes for the Orangemen over the past four years were on NFL rosters last season, and another - wide receiver Kevin Johnson - was the first player selected in the second round of Saturday's NFL draft and asks, "Well, who...
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December 11, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Keenan Reynolds had told himself that his first Army-Navy game would be just like any other college football contest. But as he rode on the Navy bus to Lincoln Financial Field and saw the parking lots at the sports complex teeming with tailgating fans for both sides, that thought was on shaky ground. "I was definitely pretty nervous, especially riding to the stadium and seeing the pageantry of the game, and everything kind of sunk in," Reynolds said Monday. The first freshman to start an Army-Navy game in 21 years, Reynolds shook off the nerves and led the Midshipmen to their 11th straight victory, scoring the go-ahead touchdown on an 8-yard run with less than five minutes to play in a 17-13 final.
SPORTS
October 26, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Not since the early 1960s, when it played in the old Inter-County League, has Upper Dublin had such a successful start to a football season. The youth-laden Cardinals are 8-0, have won by an average of 26 points, and are zeroing in on a Suburban One League American Conference title. Standing in the way of Upper Dublin's bid for a league crown is two-time defending champion Plymouth Whitemarsh, which is riding a six-game winning streak. With top honors in the conference on the line, the Cardinals and host Colonials, both 5-0 in league action, will clash at 7 p.m. Friday in Plymouth Meeting.
SPORTS
May 27, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
We hold these truths to be self-evident: That professional golf would be a lot more interesting if there were more feuds like the current one between Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia. It's a great game and peerless as a nap inducer on a nice Sunday afternoon, but everyone is always so mannered and gentlemanly that it lacks the snap a little good old-fashioned hatred can bring. Hockey players are nasty and basketball players are trash-talkers. Football players punch each other in the pileups and a baseball pitcher who doctors the ball with everything short of a chain saw is considered a wily competitor looking for an edge.
SPORTS
January 18, 2013 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
OK, IT WOULD BE a stretch to say I missed Andy Reid on Thursday at the NovaCare Complex. But a job is a big part of the life of everyone who has one. And for the last 14 years, covering Reid had been a huge part of my job as a sports columnist in Philadelphia. Actually, about half of my working life has been spent listening to "Big Red" humph, grump and growl his thoughts about the Eagles and the NFL. So after Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie did his monologue to introduce Chip Kelly, it threw me a bit when the first words from the former leader of the University of Oregon Ducks were not, "OK, injuries.
SPORTS
January 17, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The spread offense that Chip Kelly developed in the piney hills of New Hampshire and perfected with the Oregon Ducks requires two things of the quarterback: He has to be very mobile, and he has to make good, quick decisions. Fortunately for Kelly, the Eagles have both of those in their collection. His only challenge will be to decide which plays to give to Michael Vick, who can still run better than most quarterbacks, and which to give to Nick Foles, the rookie who graded out well on playbook wonkery, reading defenses, and calling audibles.
SPORTS
January 17, 2013 | By Bob Ford
The spread offense that Chip Kelly developed in the piney hills of New Hampshire and perfected with the Oregon Ducks requires two things of the quarterback: He has to be very mobile, and he has to make good, quick decisions. Fortunately for Kelly, the Eagles have both of those in their collection. His only challenge will be to decide which plays to give to Michael Vick, who can still run better than most quarterbacks, and which to give to Nick Foles, the rookie who graded out well on playbook wonkery, reading defenses, and calling audibles.
SPORTS
November 29, 2012 | BY ALEX LEE, Daily News Staff Writer leea@phillynews.com
SINCE ARRIVING 4 years ago, Army head coach Rich Ellerson has made a habit out of ending the painful streaks plaguing the football program. In 2010, he led the Black Knights to their first bowl appearance since 1996 and first bowl win since 1985, beating SMU, 16-14, in the Armed Forces Bowl. Earlier this year, Army beat Air Force for the first time since 2005. On Dec. 8 at Lincoln Financial Field, Ellerson and his Black Knights (2-9) have their sights set on ending one more: A victory in this year's Army-Navy game would break a 10-game Navy winning steak and send the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy - given annually to the top team among Army, Navy and Air Force - back to West Point for the first time since 1996.
SPORTS
October 8, 2006 | By Pete Schnatz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Kevin Giunta didn't exactly get off to a dazzling start in yesterday's Burlco/Olympic American Division football game at Pennsauken. The third-year starting quarterback's errant lateral resulted in a fumble, ending Cherry Hill East's initial possession. When Giunta muffed a punt later in the opening quarter, the host Indians capitalized by marching to their lone touchdown of the day. And even when Giunta made positive plays - such as his touchdown-saving tackle of Wendell Johnson and an interception from his free-safety spot, plus a pair of second-quarter scoring runs - he had to listen to the public-address announcer mangle his last name.
SPORTS
September 29, 2006 | By Bill Iezzi INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
In a battle of unbeatens in the Burlco/Olympic League American Division tonight at Cherokee, the Eastern football team will likely have to deal with two formidable opponents: the Chiefs and the crowd. Cherokee (2-0 overall, 0-0 division), ranked No. 3 by The Inquirer in South Jersey, will play its first home game in front of its fans, who are always vociferous in their support. "The game against them typically is a classic," Eastern coach Dan Spittal said. "We have a rich history of close and exciting games.
SPORTS
September 15, 2006 | By Bill Iezzi INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
There's a line in the football movie The Replacements that compares losing to being trapped in quicksand. That sentiment is what Washington Township coach Mark Wechter remembers from last year's loss to Cherry Hill East. There was nothing the Minutemen could do to reverse East's momentum. "It was like quicksand; we couldn't get going," said Wechter, who has his team prepared for the Burlco/Olympic League American Division opener for both teams at 7 p.m. tonight at Township.
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