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

Head sht of young man in a football uniform.

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


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.


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.


Philly Pounds Brooklyn, 44-0

By Mark Carfagno

Football player in No. 40 black and gold jersey.

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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LaSalle Rallies to Top Imhotep

The LaSalle College High School Explorers came back from a 12-3 halftime deficit to defeat perennial Philadelphia Public League powerhouse Imhotep Charter 15-12.

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Public League Edges Non-Public in 45th Annual City All Star Football Game

When Jovan Hinton (Bishop McDevitt) forced a fumble after he smacked the Public Leagues talented QB Tarik Bey, which  was recovered by Terrance Thompson (Penn Charter), it didn’t take long for the Non-Public squad trailing 7-6 at the time to take the lead.

On the very next play from scrimmage, Jahlil Sanders (Archbishop Ryan) sprinted 40 yards to the endzone to give the Non-Pub a 13-6 advantage with 8:42 remaining on the fourth quarter clock. The PAT failed, which eventually turned out to be the difference in the game.

After the Pub’s Jawan Rodriguez, a teammate of Bey’s at John Bartram, returned the ensuing kickoff 18 yards to his own 26-yard line, the final drive for the game-winning ending was about to begin. After a 10-yard penalty on first down, Bey was now forced to lead his team 84 yards. Bey’s last completed pass of the game came on second down when he found Nasir McCrae-Dixon (Bartram) for 23 yards and a first down at the Pub’s 44 yard line.

Two runs by Symear Williams (Imhotep) followed the pass play and after a 15-yard infraction against the N-P, the Public League now had the ball on the other side of midfield at the 31 with 4:40 on the clock.

After a Pub timeout, the elusive Bey ran 10 yards to the 21-yard line. The next play saw Bey attempt his final pass, which was incomplete.

Bey finished 9 for 16 for 106 yards and a TD.  Pub Head Coach Nick Lincoln (Imhotep) then decided it was time to run the ball. The biggest gain of the last half dozen rushes was a 10 yarder by Yusuf Terry (Imhotep). Two penalties against the Non-Pub moved the ball five yards from paydirt at the 1:46 mark.

On second down, Rodriguez gained two yards. Kyle Powell (Lincoln)  then ran for another two yards before Bey sneaked in from the one-yard line with just 45 seconds on the clock.  The TD saw the scoreboard read 13-12 in favor of the Non-Pub.

The two-point conversion was successful when Jordan Price (Frankford) ran it in, giving the Public League the lead at 14-13.

The Non- Pub had one last chance but constant pressure on QB Alex Goldsby (Conwell-Egan)  mostly from the Pub’s Sebastian Benjamin (Northeast), who was the Pub League’s Defensive Player of the game, saw the game end around midfield for the losers as time expired.

The first quarter was scoreless but the Pub got on the board first when Bey launched a 28-yard pass early in the second quarter that was snatched by Terry for a touchdown.

The Non-Pub answered right back with a 9-play, 67 yard drive when their Offensive MVP, Jacir Savoy (West Catholic Prep) sprinted 30 yards to tie the score at 6. After Gavin Dioniso’s (Archbishop Ryan) PAT boot, the men in the white jerseys led 7-6 with 4:13 to go before halftime.

The Pub then took over but a sack by Gerald Smith (Bonner-Prendergast) and a forced fumble by Richard Lawrence (McDevitt), which was recovered by Zach Bouggess (St. Joe’s Prep) put the Non-Pub in good field position at their opponent’s 32 with 1:43 before the break.

On first down, QB Shane Dooley (Father Judge) started running for his life while being chased and eventually tackled at the 50 by a host of Pub defenders for an 18-yard loss.  The now second and 28 was too much to overcome, which forced the Non-Pub to punt on fourth down.  The Pub then took its turn before halftime and Bey gave them some hope when he completed two passed totaling 21 yards but again a 10-yard penalty stopped the momentum as the teams entered their locker rooms with the Non-Pub ahead 7-6.



(Links Courtesy of Ted Silary)






High School of the Future 3A

Jashir Sephes

Tysheem Anderson

Quadir smith

Jimir Seagraves

Syree Grace

Djibril Diall

Tyreek Dennis

Joseph Adside

Zyair Stokes

Jason Pierce

Vince Perkins

Mawuko Koffi

Amir Curry

Elijiah Alvarez

Strawberry Mansion 2A

William Pope QB

Daquan Perkins RB

Imir Pope WR

Desman Murphy WR

Marquese West OL

Jamil Payne   DL

Tawfeeq White LB

Nigee Carter  S

Dontae Hardy S

Kipp DuBois Collegiate Academy 3A

Tryee Howard  WR/CB    Sr.

Zhymir Ball  RB/S           Sr.

Da’Mier Hicks  RB/LB    Sr.

Miykeal Matthews  RB/LB  So.

Dontay Reis             WR/S     Jr.

Zahmir Holley          OL/DL   Sr.

Yahmir Hayes        DL/TE      Sr.

Prep Charter  3A

Steve Cacciatore  FB/LB    Sr.


Tysheem Anderson   HS of the Future

Dontae Hardy   Strawberry Mansion



Isheem Young   RB

Kamal Harrison  DE

Arick Lochetto    OG

Myles Nicholson  CB

Marquise Greenwood  DT

Tykee Smith   SS

Yusuf Terry  WR

Omar Speights  DE

Sy’mear Williams MLB

Anthony Gordon  WR/K

Carl Jones  RB

Marlon Westcott   C

John Whitehead  RT

Mike Statham  OT

Shakeef Smith   CB


Mamud Dioubate    QB

Davon Thompson    DB

Fred Lackey RB

Elijah Riddick   OL

Zaire Witherspoon  OL

Ibrahim Diaoune   WR

Nasir Savage    DB

Kevin Brooking  LB

Nasir McCrae-Dixon  WR

Demetrius Hampton  LB

Boys Latin

Malik Johnson  QB

Damir Smith-Lockett  LB

Cory Little   RB

Nasir Scott  FS

Raja Mitchell OL

Omaji Odey    DE

Muhamed  Diawara   WR

Andre Barr     OL

Watoshiwa Moultry  OL

West Philadelphia

Cameron Clemons  Ath

Daquan Faison    OL/DL

Messyah Payton   LB/FB

Terrell Smith      DL/RB

Nasiim Rhodes-Nelson  Ath

Damiyr Martinez   DR/RB

Jaquil Gordon    K/P

Zackariah Payton   LB/RB

Anre’ Caldwell      QB/FS


Saadiq Davis  OL

Naseem Graham  OL


Kyrell Smith  TE/DE


Ramil Dyer  FB/CB


Tykee Smith    Imhotep

Mamud Dioubate   Bartram



Mauriea Mazzecue    RB    Sr.

Amir Gillis              QB/SS  Sr.

Tevon Edwards      OLB/H  Sr.

Steve Reynolds    DE          Sr.

Azyear Sattul-Walker  FB   Sr.

Nafeei Minor     OL       Sr.

Desmond Johnson   OL   Sr.

Micah Mazzecue     OL     Sr.

Tetell Stewart        DB      Sr.

Nasir Scruggs       DL      Jr.

Mastery North


Robert Coaxum  OL/DL  Sr.

Talid Crippen    TE/DE    Sr.

Daniel Braggs  LB/OG     Jr.

Gregory Garrett Jr.    DB/FB   Sr.

Lavelle Kitchens         RB         Jr.


Isiah Gonzalez     WR    Sr.

Eric Dickerson  OLB   Sr.

Raymier Jerry    OL     Sr.

Cornell Robinson  ILB    Sr.

Michael Addison   QB     Sr.

Terrell Parks            S     Jr.

Haneef Johnson     RB   Sr.


Ed Leak    OT    Sr.

Jordan Price   RB   Jr.

Jawan Tabb   Ath   Sr.

Marcus Henderson   DE    So.

Kyle Powell     LB      Jr.

Dymear Brooks    WR   Sr.


Terry Mumford   WR    Sr.

Anthony Massy   RB      Sr.

Dahmeer Salter-Stone   DT   Sr.

Kareem Scott-Smith   DB     Sr


Ernest Holland  MLB    Sr.

Tyree Singleton   OT/OG   Sr.

Demetrius Williams  RB/LB   Jr.

Joyson Davis    QB/FS        Sr.


Jalen Bryson   DB   Sr.

Deshawn Bravo  DB   Sr.


Mauriea Mazzecue   Gratz

Amir Gillis                Gratz



Kyle Morasch   CB/SE    Sr.

Dan Scott    RB         Sr.

Osmond  Isom  OL    Sr.

Deshawn McCarthy DE   Sr.

Marcus Hayes    DE    Sr.

Carlos Darilla    CB    Sr.

Dore’ Gillyard   OL    Jr.

Nasir Gillis     DL   Sr.


Miquel Rivera   WR/FS   Sr.

Anthony Burris    OL/DL   Sr.

Rahmir Thomas  RB/LB     So.


Sherriff Jones    QB/CB      Sr.

Dwayme Parks   RB/SS     Sr.

Zaki Samuels      RB/CB    Sr.

Mark Smith       WR/FS     Jr.

Khalid Moore    Se/LB      Sr.

Jovann Anderson  TE/DE   So.

Carmen Maturo     C/DE     Sr.

Michael Miller    G/DT     Sr.

Terrance Summers   OT/DT    Sr.

Martin Luther King

Qaadir Dixon   WR   Sr.

Mike Samuels    DT   Sr.

Al-Mahi  Ali       RB/DB    Jr.

Salim Dixon    QB            Jr.

Mike James     DB/RB    Sr.


Tomar Jones   WR/DE

Rahine Williams  QB/DE


Cameron Gontek

Jordon  McGee

Kaleel  Ross


SooSang Whang   S

Walt Traxell     OL

Vinny Santos   OL/DL

Nigel Johnson    LB

Mille Williams  DL

James Kee  MP

Basheer Steed  OLB


Sam Karr    RB    Sr.

Matt Wasco   TE    Sr.

Abdoulaye Ndiaye   LB   Sr.

Naseem Young     DB     Jr.

Travell Hall     FB       So


Sam Karr  Lincoln



Coach of the Year    Phil Gormley   Northeast

Gary Butler Courage Award   Ojay Harris    MLK

Official of the Year     Jim Kilkenny















Southern Runs Past Palumbo on History Setting Day

The Southern Rams defeated the Palumbo Griffins on Thanksgiving by the score of 44-6. This was the second year of the annual contest after South Philadelphia’s old foe Neumann-Goretti was forced to terminate their 2016 season with three games remaining  due to injuries  which diminished their roster to 17 players.  The Neumann-Goretti football program has suddenly resurrected this season but a contract was signed by Southern and Palumbo administrator’s to make Turkey day  an annual contest. The Saints were participating  in the PIAA State Playoffs so a Thanksgiving contest would have been out of the picture.  The highlight of the day was that for the first time in South Philadelphia High School Football history the Rams had 2 One Thousand yard rushers in the same season.  Coming into the game Zaki Samuels needed 19 yards to reach the magic number and Dwayne “Pops” Parks needed 167.  Samuels finished with 80 yards on just 4 carries giving him a season total of  1061 with 9 TD’S.  Parks totaled 1049 and 10 TD’S.  The game  got off on the wrong track for the Griffins when on their first play from scrimmage  Parks recovered a fumble and returned it 12 yards to the Palumbo 33 yard line. Making sure that Parks at least had a chance at 1,000 yards Southern head coach Frank “Roscoe” Natale’ called on Parks quite frequently.  After a 5 yard infraction pushed the Rams back to the 38 , Parks ran the ball six consecutive times with his sixth being a 8 yard TD run.  Southern converted the two point conversion on a Sherriff Jones pass to Ronzell  Turner. Palumbo looked to make some noise on their first real drive when Jayson Davis completed a 9 yard  pass to Ernest Holland and into Southern territory at the 40 yard line. Two tackles behind the line of scrimmage by Southern’s Terrence Summers forced the Griffins to punt.  With Parks taking a breather it was now Samuels turn to try and march his troops down the field.  It didn’t take long as Samuels scooted 55 yards on just his third carry to give the Rams a 14-0 advantage with 2:40 remaining in the first quarter. After a 23 yard run by the Griffins Moussa Cisse and another completed pass by Davis, this time to Frederick Thompson Palumbo now had the ball again in Southern territory this time at the 30 yard line.  After an incomplete pass on first down  Cisse was hit almost immediately at the line of scrimmage by Jovann Anderson after Davis’ handoff and the ball squirted loose then was recovered by Summers at the South Philly 31 yard line.  It was back on the seesaw for the Ram as Parks re-entered the game and immediately made an impact on his first run traveling 49 yards down to the Palumbo 20. After Parks ran for 7 yards  on the opening play of the second stanza a 5 yard penalty pushed the Rams back to the 13.  On second down Rahmeer Silver sacked Jones for a 7 yard loss to the 20.  It was now time for the run happy Rams to call on their secret weapon Khalid Moore. Moore or Jones did not disappoint as they connected for the twelfth time this season , this one  for a 20 yard TD.  Incredibly 8 of Moore’s 12 catches have been for Touchdowns.  His 12 grabs have accounted for 359 yards for an impressive 30 yard per catch average.  On the season Jones had passed just 59 times while completing 28 for 636 yards with 11 TD’S.  After Jason Everett ran in for the conversion the scoreboard at 10th and Bigler read Southern 22 Palumbo 0.  Holland again attempted to ignite his squad bursting 30 yards to the Southern 32. The stingy Rams defense then tightened and forced the Griffins to pass on third down.  Again it was Summers who sacked Davis forcing Palumbo to punt.  Behind Parks and Jones the Rams marched down the field again. The end result was a highlight reel scramble and run to pay turf by Jones.  Jones took the snap at the Griffins 35.  He was chased back to almost midfield.  He danced and juked and then shifted from the East side of the field to the West side before finally seeing daylight and basically putting the contest away with 2:37 left before halftime.  Although Jones was credited for a 35 yard TD . He actually ran about 120 yards figuring in the 15 back to midfield then 15 back to the 35  plus 54 across the width of the field then 35 more to the end zone , this does not include all of his zigs and zags so he may have even traveled further. Parks would close the first half scoring on a 25 yard prance to the goal line.  After Jones ran for the 2 point conversion Southern led at the half 36-0.  Jones would pick off a Davis pass midway through the third quarter and take it 76 yards for six more South Philly points.  After another successful PAT the Rams led 44-0. Palumbo would finally light up the scoreboard early in the fourth quarter on a Davis QB sneak for the one.

For Palumbo Cisse ran 12 times for 60 yards. Davis passed just 3 of 9 for 31 yards. He ran 10 for 44.  Davis also retuned 3 balls for 63 yards giving him 138 all-purpose yards.  Davis was also named the Offensive MVP of the game while Holland who made 7 tackles including a sack  was named the Defensive MVP for the Griffins. Silver also was credited with 7 Griffins tackles.  On the other side Southern had Co-MVP’s both offense and defense.  The Offensive awards went to Parks and Jones while the defensive trophies went Summers and Mike Miller.  Summers led the game in tackles with 9–7 solo 3 Tackle for losses and two sacks. He also recovered 2 fumbles. Miller had 7 tackles with 5 being of the solo variety.




Frog’s Philly Pub Top Ten Football Rankings

Ratings are based on teams I have seen and also from talking to Coaches and members of the media.

1. Imhotep
2. Northeast
3. Simon Gratz
4. Bartram
5. Del Val
6. Boy’s Latin
7. Central
8. Ben Franklin
9. Olney
10. Lincoln