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November 14, 2010 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
If his game were basketball, Shaun Turner would be a great sixth man. "Remember Vinny 'The Microwave' Johnson for the Detroit Pistons?" Winslow Township football coach Mike McBride said. "Shaun is my Microwave. " Turner heated up in a hurry on Saturday, bouncing off the bench to score three touchdowns in three ways as Winslow Township beat Moorestown, 47-21, in a first-round game of the South Jersey Group 3 football tournament. Turner, a senior running back, scored on a 15-yard run, a 28-yard reception, and a 65-yard punt return.
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September 15, 2014 | By Christian Hetrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Woodstown defense had just allowed a 1-yard touchdown run in overtime, but had little time to think about the play. Penns Grove, down a point, lined up for the two-point conversion and gave the ball to running back Zaire Robinson, who had scored on the previous play. This time, though, the Wolverines swarmed Robinson, and Woodstown edged Penns Grove on the road, 21-20, in a West Jersey Football League Diamond Division opener. Dillon Hill scored from 7 yards to put Woodstown ahead in the extra period.
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November 7, 1989 | By Gwen Knapp, Inquirer Staff Writer
The word should be out by now. If they bother to read football summaries, kickers and punters throughout the Public League have received ample warning: Do not, under any circumstances, kick the ball to Northeast's Jamiel Williford. The message became emphatic Friday when Northeast routed Olney, 41-14, in a Public League Division A game. The Trojans (1-6 overall, 0-5 league) were still in contention midway through the third period, but Williford extended Northeast's advantage with an 87-yard punt-return touchdown for a 35-14 lead.
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September 30, 2011 | By Rick O'Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After struggling in the first four weeks of the season, with its lone win gained in come-from-behind fashion, West Catholic has finally started to show the form that paved the way to last year's PIAA Class AA state championship. Against fellow Catholic League member Archbishop Ryan, the much-sharper Burrs scored three times in the first seven minutes and rolled to a 38-13 nonleague victory Friday night at Northeast's Charlie Martin Memorial Stadium. West started the season with three straight losses, but was toughened by playing the high-powered likes of Roman Catholic, La Salle, and Archbishop Wood.
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September 25, 2010 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Daniel Curtis does a million things for the Woodrow Wilson football team. But he doesn't lead off. He doesn't move runners along. He doesn't turn double plays. He's a football player. He plays wide receiver and linebacker. He punts. He kicks off. "He's Mr. Versatility," Woodrow Wilson coach Chris Crowley said. Curtis is more than versatile. He also is valuable. He's such an upbeat and passionate leader for the surprising Tigers that one of his teammates compares him to one of the great professional players of our time.
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September 10, 2010 | By TED SILARY, silaryt@phillynews.com
PUBLIC AAAA GOLD Bartram 30, Germantown 6: Russell Calloway scored twice apiece on both sides of the ball as Bartram rolled. He began with receptions of 34 and 60 yards from Adrese Perkins (3-for-7, 109), then added interception returns of 45 and 39 yards. Brandon Jones (11-62) added a rushing TD. Germantown's Myles Booker opened the scoring with an 85-yard punt return. He also made two catches for 44 yards. Willie Parks and Jerrell Saunders added picks. PUBLIC AA Del-Val 32, FitzSimons 16: Keith Page passed 7-for-12 for 134 yards and four TDs. Two went to Brad Wilson (3-90)
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September 26, 2010 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
Daniel Curtis does a million things for the Woodrow Wilson football team. But he doesn't lead off. He doesn't move runners along. He doesn't turn double plays. He's a football player. He plays wide receiver and linebacker. He punts. He kicks off. "He's Mr. Versatility," Woodrow Wilson coach Chris Crowley said. Curtis is more than versatile. He also is valuable. He's such an upbeat and passionate leader for the surprising Tigers that one of his teammates compares him to one of the great professional players of our time.
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September 24, 1987 | By Michael Bamberger, Inquirer Staff Writer
A quarterback, a running back, even a linebacker, can be readily encircled in glowing statistics, numbers that make his worth obvious. But the Radnor Red Raiders have a player - Scott DiCarlo - who was a key to their stirring upset victory over Archbishop Carroll last week, and the only statistical thing you can say about him is that he recovered a fumble. "But he did a lot more than that," said DiCarlo's coach, George Hopson, talking about the 6-foot, 2-inch senior. "He's a great two-way player.
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August 20, 2013 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
IN A YEAR when not much went right for the Eagles, the punt-return game fit right in. Like the rest of the organization, the special teams were overhauled in the offseason. New coach Chip Kelly brought in Dave Fipp from the Miami Dolphins to run the special teams. He came in and instilled confidence in his units, but not in a customary way. "Our special-teams coordinator, coach Fipp, he comes with a great mentality," said punt-return man Damaris Johnson. "He lets the returners be themselves.
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October 25, 1993 | By Mike Biglin, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Friday night's Ridley-Marple Newtown football game was supposed to be a showdown between two of the area's top passing attacks, led by Raiders senior Brian Decker and Tigers sophomore Chris Gicking. Someone must have forgotten to load their rifles with ammunition, however. Both quarterbacks struggled in a game dominated by mistakes. Ridley's success in capitalizing on the Tigers' mistakes, along with the running of tailback Mike Conmy, was the difference in Ridley's 20-7 win. The victory kept Ridley unbeaten and tied with Strath Haven atop the Central League.
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November 17, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
GREEN BAY - The Eagles' special teams did some good things yesterday. Brandon Bair blocked an extra point. Bryan Braman blocked a punt. But that stuff happened too late to matter, in a 53-20 blowout at the hands of the Green Bay Packers. For the first time this season, the Birds' special teams failed at a key moment and played a big part in a loss. It happened late in the first quarter, the Eagles teetering on the brink, down 10-0 and forced to punt after a third-down sack of Mark Sanchez by an unblocked Mike Neal.
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September 26, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5814
WHEN PREP CHARTER junior running back Quadir Strothers gets to churnin' - look out. It doesn't matter if it's returning kicks and punts, taking a handoff or chasing down a deep pass; the 5-8, 160-pound speedster glides effortlessly with something very specific in mind. "The only reason I think I'm so fast is that I don't like going down," Strothers said with a smile. "When we play in the dirt, I don't like getting dirty. So I just say, 'Don't go down, just keep running.' " Luckily for Strothers and his Prep Charter teammates, yesterday's rain clouds were drip-free.
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September 15, 2014 | By Christian Hetrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Woodstown defense had just allowed a 1-yard touchdown run in overtime, but had little time to think about the play. Penns Grove, down a point, lined up for the two-point conversion and gave the ball to running back Zaire Robinson, who had scored on the previous play. This time, though, the Wolverines swarmed Robinson, and Woodstown edged Penns Grove on the road, 21-20, in a West Jersey Football League Diamond Division opener. Dillon Hill scored from 7 yards to put Woodstown ahead in the extra period.
SPORTS
November 5, 2013 | By Jeff McLane and Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writers
Maybe it was returning punts once again. DeSean Jackson was electrifying against the Raiders, catching five passes for 150 yards and one touchdown and returning three punts for 13 yards. It looked like Jackson may have got his punt return job back for good. Damaris Johnson was active and also had his kick return duties yanked. He was back to return a fourth quarter punt. On Jackson's first return, he meandered his way through the Raiders cover team for 35 yards. A personal foul penalty on the receiver, because he grabbed the punter by the face mask, brought the return back 15 yards.
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September 6, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
EVERY football coach says special teams are important. But not all of them mean it. Chip Kelly really, really means it. "There are three ways to make this football team if you're not a starter," the Eagles coach said the other day. "Special teams, special teams, and special teams. " Much like the defense, the Eagles' special teams have nowhere to go but up this season. They were awful last year under Bobby April. But unlike the defense, there is real reason to believe the special teams are going to be significantly improved.
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August 20, 2013 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
IN A YEAR when not much went right for the Eagles, the punt-return game fit right in. Like the rest of the organization, the special teams were overhauled in the offseason. New coach Chip Kelly brought in Dave Fipp from the Miami Dolphins to run the special teams. He came in and instilled confidence in his units, but not in a customary way. "Our special-teams coordinator, coach Fipp, he comes with a great mentality," said punt-return man Damaris Johnson. "He lets the returners be themselves.
SPORTS
October 15, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eastern football team runs the drill every Tuesday. It's called, "Block, Scoop, and Score. " It's designed to remind the guys on the Vikings' special-teams squads that they can make the difference between winning and losing. "I think there's a stat out there that if you block a punt, you've got an 85 percent chance of winning that game," Eastern coach Dan Spittal said. Eastern is 2-0 in games when the Vikings block a punt and score on the play. They did it twice in a 31-20 victory over Cherry Hill East on Sept.
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October 13, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
One possible solution for a big play from the Eagles' unproductive special teams would be inserting DeSean Jackson on certain punt returns, a role he has filled in the past and continues to practice for the Eagles. Special-teams coordinator Bobby April compared Jackson to a pinch-hitter and said Jackson is ready if the situation presents itself. "You may get your wish this week, you might get it in two weeks," April said. "He's always ready to go. " The Eagles have a chance to break out of their special-teams rut Sunday against the Detroit Lions, a team that has struggled in punt coverage.
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September 28, 2012 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer
THROUGH HIS first 3 weeks in the NFL, Eagles rookie returner Damaris Johnson has fielded 13 punts. Five were fair-caught inside the Eagles' 10-yard line - not to mention another one against Baltimore that Johnson nabbed at the 3-yard line and mustered 3 measly yards. Johnson, 23, did it twice on Sunday against Arizona, leaving Michael Vick and the offense nearly the entire field in front of them. Not surprisingly, the rough field position from those fair catches has produced only one touchdown for the offense, coming in the fourth quarter against Cleveland.
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