Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Week 9 Coming Up
2 weeks left to protect your play-off spot or drop (maybe drop out). It seems like the biggest games this week are in District 12 - Wood-O'Hara and (maybe) LaSalle-Prep. I've read that St. Joe's Prep has brought their game up since the beginning of the season. It doesn't seem to me that it could be at a level to challenge LaSalle, but we shall see on Saturday. Rod Frisco's rankings show PCC ahead of LaSalle at the top of AAAA, followed by Ridley, North Allegheny, North Penn, CV, CR South, Harrisburg, Downingtown East and Mt. Lebanon.
Of course, in District 1 AAAA, the only rankings that count are
Monday, October 25, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
North Penn 40 - Souderton 22The Reporter headline sums it up - Dom-inating. Dom Taggart's line from Friday night: Rushing-Dom Taggart 17-89, 3 TD; Receiving-Dom Taggart 7-147, 2 TD; Interception. Souderton jumped out to a 16-0 lead, and then Dom took over, including 2 TD's in the last 30 seconds of the half to put the Knights up 20-16. North Penn still has a lot to correct for the play-offs, but, barring disaster, they should be in the 4th or 5th seed with a 9-1 record.
Week 8 results and current record for the top 20 in District 1 -
Council Rock South Won 8-0
Ridley Won 8-0
Downingtown East Won 7-1
Neshaminy Won 7-1
North Penn Won 7-1
Boyertown Won 8-0
Upper Dublin Lost 6-2
W.C.Rustin Won 7-1
Souderton Lost 5-3
C.B.West Won 6-2
Abington Won 6-2
Cheltenham Won 7-1
Garnet Valley 5-2 (Play Sat. night)
Coatesville Won 6-2
W.C.Henderson Lost 5-3
O.J.Roberts Won 6-2
Spring-Ford Lost 5-3
Upper Darby Lost 5-3
Penn Wood Won 7-1
Downingtown West Lost 4-4
Friday, October 22, 2010
SOL Game of the Week
This is a must win for Souderton. From the linked article:
North Penn coach Dick Beck’s keys to the game:
We shall see.
I know this post kind of stinks, but maybe I will fix the formatting later (Hah!)
The top 16 in District 1 AAAA after 7 weeks:
AAAA PTS. AVERAGE 1 Council Rock South 7-0 920 131.4 2 Ridley 7-0 840 120 3T Downingtown East 6-1 770 110 3T Neshaminy 6-1 770 110 5 North Penn 6-1 750 107.1 6 Boyertown 7-0 740 105.7 7 Upper 8 W.C.Rustin 6-1 720 102.9 9 Souderton 5-2 660 94.3 10 C.B.West 5-2 650 92.9 11T Abington 5-2 630 90 11T 13 14T Coatesville 5-2 600 85.7 14T W.C.Henderson 5-2 600 85.7 16 O.J.Roberts 5-2 590 84.3
1 Council Rock South 7-0 920 131.4
2 Ridley 7-0 840 120
3T Downingtown East 6-1 770 110
3T Neshaminy 6-1 770 110
5 North Penn 6-1 750 107.1
6 Boyertown 7-0 740 105.7
8 W.C.Rustin 6-1 720 102.9
9 Souderton 5-2 660 94.3
10 C.B.West 5-2 650 92.9
11T Abington 5-2 630 90
14T Coatesville 5-2 600 85.7
14T W.C.Henderson 5-2 600 85.7
16 O.J.Roberts 5-2 590 84.3
Philly week 8 picks - http://www.mikeferris.net/2010/10/week-8-picks.html
The Intel’s Upon Further Review – Oct. 19, 2010
By: TODD THORPE
First and 10
1. This week was moving week in terms of the District One Class AAAA playoff chase. Heading into Friday, 34 teams had three or fewer losses and were still very much in the hunt for one of the district's 16 postseason berths. Eight of those teams lost their fourth games over the weekend, and at this point it's difficult to imagine a scenario where a four-loss team makes the field. The top 19 teams according to the points standings still have two or fewer losses, meaning there's a very good chances that not all of the teams that finish with 7-3 records in three weeks will find themselves in districts.
2. Council Rock South, Ridley and Boyertown all improved to 7-0 with wins last week, and all will be heavily favored to win out. If they do, expect those three to be the top three seeds.
(redwolf's note - I don't think Boyertown will pass Neshaminy even if they win out. I think the 4 seed is the best they can hope for.)
7. North Penn (6-1) has won six in a row by an average of 28.1 points, but it hasn't been nearly as dominant as has been the case the past two seasons in the SOL Continental Conference. At halftime in their last three games the Knights have lead by just eight, 10 and eight points. And judging by coach Dick Beck's pointed criticism of his team after its 35-20 win over Quakertown on Friday, he seems quite concerned about his team going into this week's rivalry game against at 5-2 Souderton.
It took a couple of career firsts for Palisades to get its first win of the season, and, in doing so, give Jim Brady his first victory as a head coach, but the Pirates' ravenous defense also deserves a pat on the back following a 32-13 win over Salisbury on Friday night.
"He's a big kid," said
Thompson, incidentally, was one of those players who recorded a career first, making his very first interception. It came off a deflected pass and helped set up one of
At 6-3, 225, Thompson proved tough to block, too, because after Ehrets' got off to his rip-roaring start, the Pirates defense brought that heady yards-per-rush average down to a more manageable number. In Ehrets' next 20 carries, he ran for just 65 yards for a 3.25 yard average.
"We just had to hit him low, keep him inside and gang tackle him," said Justin Marsh, a linebacker, who, like Thompson, had a career night with his most yards running (133) and most TDs in a game (3).
Now 1-6, the Pirates are hopeful of winning out to end the year with four victories. This week, they play winless Notre Dame-Green Pond and they close the season against 2-5
"All this hard work we did in the offseason is paying off, especially on the O-line," said Thompson, who plays offensive tackle. "We have a lot of young guys who are finally hitting their stride."
Three offensive line starters are sophomores - center Jon Anton, guard Mike Roszkowski, and tackle Jake Lynch.
- Ed Kracz
Players of Week
Central Bucks South junior quarterback Matt Johns threw for 335 yards and four touchdowns, and also rushed for a touchdown, in the Titans' 45-35 loss to Souderton.
Lansdale Catholic senior Michael Bradley intercepted three passes, two inside the Crusaders' 5-yard line, to help LC defeat Neumann-Goretti, 35-7, in a Philadelphia Catholic League game. Bradley also scored three touchdowns on offense.
October 19, 2010 02:17 AM
Districts 1, 12 and Inter-Ac
October 19, 2010
1. LaSalle (6-1) LaSalle had no difficulty with slumping Father Judge as they coasted to a 42-14 rout. Total yards showed LaSalle with a 393 to 128 advantage. Judge hasn’t been the same since beating
2. Ridley (7-0)
3. North Penn (6-1) North Penn wasn’t at their best against Quakertown but didn’t have to be as they rolled to a 35-20 Suburban One-Continental win. Quakertown (3-4, 2-1) scored in the last few seconds of the game to make it look closer than it was. Still, the Panthers came to play. Their quarterback junior Zac Gravelle accounted for 244 total yards, completing 14 of 30 passes for 168 yards and two scores while rushing for another 76 yards on 25 carries. Nice, but it was not enough with North Penn feeding them a steady diet of Brandon Mercer (5 carries-72 yards), Craig Needhammer (13-53) and Dom Taggart (13-52). Quarterback Corey Ernst added 7 completions on 14 attempts for 110 yards to balance things out. Sometimes a game against an opponent like Ridley and North Penn faced last week can serve as a needed and timely wake up call. For the second week in a row, the Knights take on an undefeated Continental foe when they travel to Souderton (5-2, 4-0). For all intents and purposes, this is the Continental title game and an interesting game knowing the Indians only losses were to SOL-National Conference bullies Neshaminy (6-1) and Abington (5-2) by a combined three points. North Penn won last year’s game 27-6 with a more consistent team than this year so it could get interesting.
4. Cardinal O’Hara (7-0, AAA)
5. Archbishop Wood (7-0, AAA)
6. Council Rock South (7-0)
7. Downingtown East (6-1)
8. West Catholic (5-2, AA)
9. Neshaminy (6-1)
10. Coatesville (5-2)
Central Bucks West (6-1)
George Washington (6-1)
Roman Catholic (5-2)
Strath Haven (6-1, AAA)
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Quakertown 20 - North Penn 35
Coach Beck wasn't very happy about the Knights' efforts last Friday. From Football Fever 2010 (Vol. 7):
Winning is something that is expected at SOL Continental Conference power North Penn (6-1). The recognized Knight program has reached that elite position in the state, and for North Penn it is not if you win the game – but how do you look when you win?
I read somewhere else that the Knights have averaged 12 games per year under Dick Beck's leadership. The Born Power Index lists North Penn as No. 1 in District 1. (Not that it means anything). The Daily News lists North Penn at #3 in their area high school football rankings.
Friday, October 08, 2010
North Penn at CB West Preview
Everyone regards this as chance for CB West to make a statement merely by staying in the game. I would imagine that the West coaches are taking a different view - they want their team to beat North Penn. North Penn is expected to win, though, and I expect that they will.
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Rhode Island school pulls out of game citing size of foe's players
"Football matchups between private schools can create mismatches based on a variety of factors, but it's rare that a school uses fear of injury to cancel a game." Sounds like Lawrence Academy and Buckingham Browne & Nichols should start playing community and junior colleges - and maybe a few low end D3 college opponents.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
While none of this means anything right now, it is interesting to look at.
Saturday, October 02, 2010
North Penn 28 - CB East 6
It's been a busy, busy week, and I didn't make it up to War Memorial to see the game. It sounds like the North Penn offense was a bit sloppy from Chrstiaan DeFranco's North Penn Pulls Away from CB East, but a win is a win. I plan to be at War Memorial on the 8th to see North Penn at CB West, barring bad weather.
Some football links from this week: