Wednesday, August 25, 2010
And the survey says...
None of it means anything until you start looking at playoff points in mid-October, but a couple of pre-season polls just came out, and it's always fun to comment. Joseph Santoliquito is already pushing a Ridley-North Penn D1 matchup in North Penn football is ready to punch back in Pa. He is hyping the revenge factor for North Penn, and while he points out how beat up North Penn got in the game, he neglects to mention that Ridley was in no shape to beat LaSalle the next week in the state semi's. Not to mention my humble opinion, that if Dick Beck has squib kicked at the end of the first half, and he had passed to a tight end that hadn't caught a pass all year (Marcus McGraw or Tim Fowler) at the end of the first drive in the 2nd half, the game could have ended up a 17-10 North Penn win. It would have only resulted in North Penn having the opportunity to lose to LaSalle the next week, so it's kind of a moot point. Joseph ranks Ridley #1 and North Penn #2 in Southeastern PA, and overlooks Neshaminy in favor of Interboro, O'Hara and George Washington.
The PA Football News rankings have North Penn #1 and LaSalle #2 for AAAA programs in the state (obviously, that won't last after September 3). Ridley shows up at #9. Teh Prep is #7 (#6 in the Joseph Santoliquito rankings). Easton at #5 gives a 50:50 split East/West in the rankings.
In other stories, Dan Chang got a write up in the Times Herald as the new head coach at Plymouth Whitemarsh. Chang ready to restore PW grid tradition talks about the differences between North Penn & PW. Chang is quoted as saying that depth is "the hardest part," but that the transition has gone rather smoothly. The article also talks about PW having a strong football tradition despite some recent struggles. He credits Dick Beck with giving him significant responsibility as an assistant at North Penn, but points out that you don't really know what you are in for until you are the top man.
If you just can't wait for the PA season to start on September 3, there is high school football on TV this weekend. In the National High School TV Schedule, there are Florida and California games on ESPN & the deuce on Friday, followed by 4 games on Saturday and 2 games on Sunday on various ESPN outlets.
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