Pope John Paul Captures First-Ever District Title

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Pope John Paul II gridders after capturing their first-ever district title.

Pope John Paul II quarterback Kamal Gray came into the South Philadelphia Super Site with some sexy offensive numbers.  The senior star had passed for over 2,300 yards with 34 TD’s, completing over 64 percent of his passes while also rushing for over 500 yards.

However, on this Friday night the Neumann-Goretti defense made life miserable for the young man. The Saints, who came into the game with an 11-0 record, blitzed heavily and, as a result, Gray was able to complete just 9 of his 37 passes for 175 yards.

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Springfield’s Strong Second Half Leads To 34-6 Win Over Palumbo Academy

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Springfield’s Cam Dennis

Springfield High School from Montgomery County, PA runs a play called the Fly Sweep. Unlike most Jet or Rocket Sweeps, the Fly Sweep is a forward pitch. If the pitch is dropped, it’s an incomplete pass and not a fumble.

The Spartans coaching staff mentioned this to me on numerous occasions.  No need to mention it fellas…this old guy has been around for years. Smile!

The primary recipient of the pass is Junior WR Cam Dennis. The QB who fills the stat sheet along with Dennis is Junior Gabe Franzyk. Springfield ran the play for Dennis 11 times for 94 yards.  Along with his 11  pitches to Dennis, Franzyk completed 12 other balls for 129 yards and finished the game completing 23 of 27 passes for 223 yards.

Dennis says: “Anyone can run the play, but I am happy to be the chosen one and I’m grateful for it.”

Well, that’s being a bit modest since it takes hours of practice to execute the pitch perfectly and also the receiver must be able to take the toss and turn the corner and get up the field.

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Juvenile Diabetes Has Not Stopped Ryan Haines

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Ryan Haines plays football at a high level while living with diabetes.

Ryan Haines, a 6-foot, 4-inch, 260-pound offensive tackle from for Salesianum High School in Wilmington, Delaware, tries to stay positive every day of his life. Earlier in his youth, Ryan was playing baseball with his friends and for some reason he said, he didn’t feel right.

His parents, Tim and Nancy Haines, scheduled him a doctor’s appointment almost immediately. What they found out was that Ryan was one of just 200,000 kids under the age of 20 diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes. One million people over the age of 20 also have the same disease, which is described as type One Diabetes  The disease prevents the pancreas from producing insulin needed to live a normal life and, as a result, Ryan must monitor his blood-sugar level on a daily basis. As of now there is no cure. His parents, family, and friends often participate in Juvenile Diabetes Walks of Fund Raisers.

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Mastery Charter North Blanked By Delaware Powerhouse

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Mastery QB Mason Garnett with a unique pregame look.

Upon arrival at Ben Johnson Memorial Stadium in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, I noticed several young men wearing Mastery North Charter football jerseys but in civilian clothes on the Pumas sideline. When I went over to head coach John Davidson to make sure I had an updated roster, he quickly grabbed the roster from me and crossed out the numbers 4,5 and 6. I had seen Mastery a few weeks ago and those three numbers had impacted the game.

Number 4- Suhail Gillard was the leading rusher; 5- Justin Earl-Porter the leading receiver; and 6-Jeremiah Edrise-Porter was the quarterback.

Davidson was hoping for some of his younger players to step up but knew it would be a tough task against Salesianum High School from Wilmington, Delaware. Last year the Sallies made it all the way to their classification’ss State Championship Game only to lose to Sussex Central. The Pumas then found out why after being thumped 35-0.

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Lincoln Tops Mastbaum, 22-6

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Naseym Ferguson

If you are a fan of some old-fashioned smash-mouth football, then Northeast High School’s Charles Martin Stadium was the place to be last night.

Lincoln High School improved to 5-1 by beating Jules Mastbaum High School, 22-6, in a game that featured only 9 passes out of 77 total offensive plays. Lincoln ran 34 times for 91 yards while Mastbaum was more successful in a losing cause, busting 34-170 for an average of 5 yards per carry.

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St. Joe’s Prep Lays It On LaSalle, 44-13

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Kyle McCord had a night!

Saint Joe’s Prep and Ohio State-bound QB Kyle McCord wanted his squad to get off to a quick start.

“I wanted us to start fast and once we started I wanted to keep laying it on,” he said.

Well, he sure did just that with an impressive first half by throwing the ball 19 times and completing 13 for 266 yards and 3 TD’s.  McCord and head coach Tim Roken both praised the Prep’s offensive line.

Roken said “We were a little sloppy at times being on the road the last three weeks, so we wanted to clean up a few things and the offensive line was one of them.”

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Frankford Passes By Southern 27- 0

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If offense was your preference on a very hot Saturday afternoon at legendary Frankford High School Stadium in Philadelphia, then perhaps you should have stayed home and watched College Football instead.

Frankford won the contest because of their ability to throw the football just good enough to capture the win.

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Chester’s Defense and Some Twin Play Lead the Clippers

The Chester Clippers from District 1 and the Braves of John Bartram High School from District 12 went head to head at the South Philadelphia Super Site near the stadium complex on Pattison Avenue.

The Clippers prevailed, 16-12, after jumping out to a 16-0 lead by scoring two touchdowns in the second quarter.  Appropriately the first score came via an interception return of 79 yards by Tahmir Reese.

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Philly Pounds Brooklyn, 44-0

By Mark Carfagno

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Roman Brown led the N-G defense with eight tackles.

The game was hyped as Philly against New York City.  Boarding a bus from Brooklyn, the Chiefs of Canarsie High School made the 100 mile trip to the South Philadelphia Super Site for a Saturday afternoon contest against the Saints of Neumann-Goretti.

According to a New York website, the Chiefs were ranked 8th in the city and 9th in their section. Max Preps had the them ranked 133rd in the state.  Those are impressive numbers when considering the size of both New York City and the state of New York.

Neumann-Goretti, on the other hand, was ranked 10th in the Philadelphia Inquirer’s  Southeastern  PA’s top 10. Max Preps had the Saints ranked 66th in the state.  The state rankings are based on all classifications, so yes these two squads are right up there with the bigger schools.

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Ridley’s Staley Runs Over Springfield

The Ridley High School Green Raiders were looking to break a three-game losing streak to Central division rival Springfield.  Well, Raiders Senior RB Dylan Staley prepared for his Friday night performance by working on his footwork at practice all week at the suggestion of his coaches.  It all paid off as Staley had his best game ever, running 17 times for 158 yards and 2 TD’s in a 22-6 win over the Cougars.

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