December 14, 2014 |
HERSHEY - When the tricky stuff didn't work, Archbishop Wood did what it has done best all season. After Central Valley senior Brandon Wilson returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown to end the half, the Vikings punished the Warriors on the ground the rest of the way. Not a bad plan when Jarrett McClenton and Alex Arcangeli occupy your backfield and you have serious strength up front. Add a physical defensive effort and you get the recipe Wood used to claim its third Class AAA championship in four seasons with a 33-14 win over Central Valley.
December 13, 2014 |
Archbishop Wood is on the doorstep of a third state title. In their fifth championship-game appearance in seven seasons, the Vikings (13-1) clash with District 7's Central Valley (15-0) at 7 p.m. Friday at Hersheypark Stadium. Central Valley, of suburban Pittsburgh, was founded five years ago after the merger of the Center Area and Monaca school districts. Wood is focused on slowing Warriors running back Jordan Whitehead. The 6-foot, 185-pounder has carried 135 times for 1,899 yards and 22 touchdowns.
December 8, 2014 |
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Archbishop Wood secured its fourth straight trip to the PIAA Class AAA football final with a 63-20 demolition of Somerset in the semifinals on a rainy and cold Saturday at Trojan Stadium. The Vikings will be looking for their second straight state title and third in the last four seasons when they face Central Valley, which defeated Bishop McDevitt, 26-21, Friday night. The title game is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Hersheypark Stadium. Wood (13-1) game-planned for the weather, as it attempted just two passes, both incomplete, and ran the ball 39 times for 525 yards and 18 first downs.
December 6, 2014 |
Archbishop Wood clinched its seventh consecutive berth in the PIAA Class AAA state semifinals with a romp last Friday over Great Valley. Next for the white-hot Vikings, who are looking to earn their fifth trip to Hershey, is a clash with District 5's Somerset at 1 p.m., Saturday, at Chambersburg Area High. Somerset is a small town about 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. The Golden Eagles (13-1) easily dispatched mistake-prone Bethlehem Catholic, 30-0, in a quarterfinal Saturday at Chambersburg.
December 4, 2014 |
TALK OF brotherhoods and bonds abound when you speak with enough high school athletes. Of course, indelible connections can be forged while logging hours at practice that sometimes amount to more minutes spent near huddles than in your actual home. Blood, sweat and the occasional tear are shed with these people, all while sacrificing a certain amount of individuality for a larger, collective goal. So perhaps it's easy for those familial terms to become a bit cliché and hyperbolic when espoused by teenagers in the midst of a championship chase.
November 30, 2014 |
His work complete, Archbishop Wood's Jarrett McClenton wrapped himself in a black jacket and stood on the sideline. The running back watched as Wood put the final touches on a 44-7 romp over Great Valley in the PIAA Class AAA football quarterfinals Friday night at Northeast. McClenton, a senior who has committed to Villanova, ran for 110 yards on 12 first-half carries. He scored four touchdowns: two rushing, one on a pass, and one on a 51-yard punt return. His spectacular play in the first half relegated him to second-half spectator.
November 30, 2014 |
It didn't take long for Archbishop Wood to seize control against Great Valley. The quick and powerful Vikings put the outmanned and smaller Patriots in a 23-point hole in the first six minutes of a PIAA Class AAA state quarterfinal Friday night at Northeast. Wood cruised from there, as many had expected, in a 44-7 rout. That marked the end to a breakout, highly memorable season for first-year Great Valley coach Dan Ellis and his players. The Patriots finished with a school-record 12 victories, placed second in the Ches-Mont League American Division, and captured the program's first District 1 championship.
November 29, 2014 |
It has been a breakout season for Great Valley under first-year head coach Dan Ellis. The Patriots are 12-1, own an eight-game winning streak, and are the District 1 champions for the first time after turning back previously undefeated Springfield (Delco) by 21-0 last week. Next, in trying to keep alive a banner campaign, is a PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal against powerhouse and defending state titlist Archbishop Wood at 7 p.m. Friday at Northeast. The Vikings, who turned back Imhotep Charter by 42-34 in last week's District 12 final, arrive as a considerable favorite.
November 3, 2014 |
LUKE WHITE is used to creating things under pressure. The 5-8, 150-pound running back for Simon Gratz is actually a junior at Engineering and Science, which doesn't field a football squad. So it should come as no surprise that the Logan resident has his heart set on mechanical engineering. In fact, he's already made his own robot and worked on several other robotics programs when he was younger. However, in Gratz' 24-8 quarterfinal playoff victory last night against Northeast High, White had to make something out of nothing during a critical third down with about 3 minutes left in the fourth quarter.
October 30, 2014 |
You could feel the ground move. The large and rowdy student sections for the Archbishop Wood and Roman Catholic boys' soccer teams were on the move, changing positions to be behind the goal of the opposition. Vikings supporters ran one way, and Cahillites fans went the opposite way. It was the start of overtime in the Catholic League final, and both sides wanted a front-row seat for the game-winner. After 15 minutes and no score, the spectators changed again. Good thing they did, or else the Wood fans would have missed Matt McWilliams' golden goal that gave the Vikings a 1-0 victory and the championship.