Scoreless Tie

Thursday, August 28, 2008


24 hours from now, most of the Week 1 PA football games will be history. Christian DeFranco's blog entry gives a summary of the local teams around Lansdale. Lakeland, FL is playing Central Catholic on Monday in the Friends of Coal Prep Classic. This Pennlive article gives a nice summary of the recent Lakeland success. The Pennlive HS Football forum has this write up of North Penn's key players:

NP plays more of a team game than most, so you don't often hear of a lot of big time players. That's a little surprising for a school the size of NP, but the head coach demands a "no stars" attitude with his team, and it's proved a winning formula. A lot of D1AA and D2 prospects, with the occasional D1 prospect popping up.
Top Returners for '08:

Tyler Smith (Sr) - RB/LB Strong rusher. Good Speed. Good hands out of the backfield. I anyone has real star potential, it's Mr. Smith

Ronnie Akins (Sr) - WR/DB Multi-purpose player. Very versatile. Strong receiver, and potentially a shut down corner.

Justin Davey (Sr) - QB Runs the offense well. More of a running threat than passer, but can get the ball into playmakers hands when he needs to.

Brandon McManus (Sr) - K/P Strong leg. Made a 55 yd FG last season. Consistently into the EZ on Kick offs. Booming punts with a lot of distance and hang time. A strong D1 recruit as either a place kicker or punter.

Anthony Taggart (Sr) - HB/LB Smart, instinctive player, with many talents. Played QB some last year when Justin Davey was injured. Tenaceous defender.

Sean Baldwin (Sr) - OL/DL Strong fundamental blocker. Can play anywhere on the O-line. He is the leader of the front line.

A bunch or other returning Senior starters, a few first time Sr. starters and a couple of underclassmen make up the rest of the Offense & Defense. A good mix of experience and new blood. They will need to gel quickly, with Liberty in week 1 and The Prep in week 3. I would expect that they will hit their full stride as the Suburban One Continental season starts in week 4. A solid playoff team with a lot of upside. Weeks 1-3 will give some indication of their has a good preview of the team, as well as coverage of many of the upper Buxmont teams. Check them out. Kyle Berger & crew do a fine job down there.

Here are some more PennLive thoughts on North Penn-Liberty:
First off, as I sat down and thought about what I witnessed this pre-season...I have a couple things to say. I used to post predictions and scores before I actually gathered myself and thought about it.
North Penn has a very very large pickings in their school (I believe 3,850 students 9-12)...they have a pretty nice sized OL, and their skill position players are very good (Ronnie Akins being one)...his older brother was Kevin Akins...the starting RB on the state championship NP team (now a safety at Boston College). Among others...they will be a TALL order for the 'Canes. They didn't look GREAT against Hazleton. I heard it was a lot of early season problems...missed blocking discipline. I'm sure Dick Beck being the solid coach he is...and former lineman at CB WEST and then a starting center at Temple...will have them READY.

Now Liberty, I watched them scrimmage State College over at BASD. I also heard they looked pretty good against Berwick. Anyways, State College moved the football 1/2 decently against the 'Canes. Looking at the offense SC runs it's a tough offense to defend...especially early and in a scrimmage. North Penn doesn't trick if the 'Canes front lines...on both sides of the ball come to play...Liberty's LB's and secondary are good enough to help. North Penn again doesn't have the greatest passing stuffing their run is vital (like always). They have good speed at WR so they will throw a few fades to keep you honest...not a lot of tough routes!

Now Liberty has looked very disciplined which wasn't always the case. I believe this Liberty team has come together from what I've seen very well. Brader is so underrated at Rb, Gonzalez is Gonzalez (I just hope we don't burn him out), Street, West, & Olivo are very very athletic WR's. The offensive line seemed to do ENOUGH to give our athletes time to run and some lanes...

THIS WILL BE A SHOCK TO EVERYONE...and as everyone knows...I'm not here to gain brownie points. I think highly of Beck as a coach...but the decisions Liberty made at the end of last year...and this year...(in scrimmages) Moncman and staff have looked GOOD. I now feel if he continues on the path he is...that I'd be confident as him being our HC against anyone! He really has these kids acting the part of winners (in results). Kids and other coaches I've talked too have said nothing bad about the guy. I've realized the error of my ways, I've been wrong the past couple of years and he's been right. Reasons Liberty runs a shotgun offense has been explained to someone 10 times more knowledgeable about the game of football than me!

Do I think Liberty has what it takes to beat North Penn? Yes I feel confident we can....

Here are some more thoughts on the game from Pennlive:
I spent the afternoon. having lunch, at South Side Bethlehem's Tally-Ho where some area prognoticators seem to give North Penn the edge. They look big up front, so a definite size advantage. However I would give the Canes the nod with speed. Anyway, the lunch crowd seems to have the Canes as a underdog. Either way this has to be one of the best opening day match-ups in recent memory. NPenn 28-Liberty 17.
*On a side note, did NPenn lose a projected starter in a pre-season scrimmage? If so, who was the player?
Redwolf's answer, "Why would I tell you?"

Here are the Patriot News PA state high school football rankings. WNPV 1440 in Lansdale has their 2008 HS football schedule online. You can check the archives for mp3's after the games.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

It's almost here

This was posted somewhere else on August 26. For real high school football games start on Friday. The Ed Thomas Preseason Report has a lot of good info about the best high school football teams in Pennsylvania. You can scroll to the bottom to see Ed's top 10 in the state and SE PA, but it's more interesting to read the entire article.

If you can't make it to a game and you want to listen on-line, the 2008 Streams list on Eastern PA Football will tell you where. After the game, you can go to Prep Nation Radio to get updates on everything that is happening in high school football.

The photo at the top is from the Council Rock North scrimmage on Friday, August 22. You can see all of the photos on the North Penn Football web site.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

National Rankings

Rivalshigh has posted their top 100 rankings. They also have their top 20 Atlantic East rankings. This one lists St. Joe's Prep at 12 and Parkland at 17, so somebody is off the list on Labor Day.

BTW, Alien Family is going to get all of my non-football posts for now (well, that's the idea, anyway).

Friday, August 15, 2008

Football is coming!

and here are some links. The PCN Game of the Week has some good games scheduled, but no love for District 1. has a horrid design, but seems to have a lot of info about Philadelphia schools. The has a poll for the most intriguing game 1. Vote for North Penn-Liberty.

Thursday, August 14, 2008
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Early Rankings

I found some rankings, so the debate is on -- at least until the games start on August 29. SOLN on Pennlive's Eastern PA Football forum lists the following rankings: 1) Gateway / 2) Cardinal O'Hara / 3) Bethlehem Liberty / 4) Woodland Hills / 5) Saint Joseph's Prep / 6) Neshaminy / 7) Bishop McDevitt / 8) Penn Hills / 9) Pittsburgh Central Catholic / 10) Northeast Philadelphia / 11) Erie Cathedral Prep / 12) Central Dauphin / 13) Parkland / 14) State College / 15) Brashear / 16) Erie Strong Vincent / 17) North Allegheny / 18) Pennsbury / 19) McKeesport / 20) Roman Catholic / 21) Wyoming Valley West / 22) North Penn / 23) York William Penn / 24) Manheim Twp. / 25) Souderton

The Massey Ratings on list 1) Pittsburgh Central Catholic 2) North Allegheny 3) McKeesport 4) Gateway 5) Upper St. Clair 6) St. Joseph's Preparatory 7) Penn Hills 8) Bethel Park 9) Harrisburg 10) Parkland 11) Norwin 12) North Hills 13) Liberty 14) Woodland Hills 15) Ridley 16) Governor Mifflin 17) Mt. Lebanon 18) Shaler 19) North Penn (D1) 20) Penn Trafford 21) Seneca Valley 22) Baldwin 23) Bishop McDevitt 24) Cannon McMillan 25) Neshaminy

There are some questions one can raise about either list. I can't figure out why SOLN would think that Northeast High would rank #10, yet completely ignore Ridley., along with Massey, don't seem to even realize that Cardinal O'Hara even exists, Tom Savage notwithstanding.

Obviously, some of this will work itself out early in the season, particularly in the east, where Parkland plays the Prep & Liberty in the 1st 2 weeks and North Penn plays Liberty week 1 and the Prep week 3. Gateway plays Penn Hills on August 29. Unless Hatboro or Souderton play way over their heads, I can see Neshaminy going 10-0 for the top seed in District 1. They should hold in the top 10 until the playoffs. On the whole, it looks like a lot of good warm weather football coming up.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Things that make you go hmmmm...

Chock full o' links for your reading enjoyment. As much as it sometimes annoys me that John Dvorak is trying to become a poor man's fark, the post about Jonathan Darman's conversation with Rielle Hunter is pretty interesting. I gotta e-mail this to Rage Boy.

Veronica & Taylor Index - about as useful as a poopy flavored lollipop, but somehow, I find it interesting. Maybe it's the google motif.