Saturday, December 31, 2011

Two Pittsburgh Central Catholic Stars Lead North Squad to Victory in Chesapeake Bowl

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle

At the start, it looked like Friday night's second annual Chesapeake Bowl all-star football game wasn't going to be a typical all-star football game with the defenses leading the way.

With each team returning kickoffs for touchdown before either offense stepped-on the field, it looked like the game was going to be a high scoring affair at South River High School in Edgewater, Maryland. By the time the crowd had watched the North squad take a 21-7 on the South stars in the first 12 minutes, many thought they were going to see a repeat of last year's offensive game won by the South 30-27.

However, after the first 12 minutes, things returned to normal with both defenses stepping-up, and the North holding-on to win 28-17.

The contest itself, nicknamed "The Civil War" pitted senior high school football stars from Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC and West Virginia (South All-Stars) against a North team made-up of players from Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The game began with a bang when the North's Nate Smith (Archbishop Wood HS - PA) returned the opening kickoff 90-yards for a score. Not to be outdone, Ronald Darby (Potomac HS - MD) answered with a 77-yards return of his own to tie the game at 7.

The rest of the first quarter featured two teammates from Pittsburgh Central Catholic (PA), who have given their verbal commitments to playing their college ball at the University of Maryland next year.

Quarterback Perry Hills ran for 82 yards and threw for a touchdown in the first quarter to stake the North squad to a 21-7 lead. Hills' teammate Anthony Nixon set-up the first offensive touchdown when he picked-off a pass and returned it to the South 28 yard line.

The pick led to a five-yard touchdown run by Sharif Smith (Furness HS - PA) and a 14-7 North lead. Quarterback Josh Weakland (State College HS - PA) extended the lead to 21-7 with a 28-yard touchdown pass to Ray Cathie (Imani Christian - PA).

Late in the first half, Weakland hooked-up with Bruce Mapp (West Catholic HS - PA) on a 61-yard touchdown that gave the North a 28-10 halftime lead.

Aside from Darby's kickoff return, the South's only other first half score came on a 37-yard field goal by Austin Grebe (North Stafford HS - VA).

After a scoreless third quarter, the South tried to mount a comeback. The South cut the lead to 28-17 with 13:01 to go in the game when Ben Onett (St. John's - DC) threw a 65-yard touchdown strike to Wes Brown (Good Counsel - MD).

However, after that, the North squad used a strong ground game to run out the clock and take the victory.

Smith, who has given his verbal to West Virginia, was named the game's MVP.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Coaching Moves

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle

With the 2011 officially in the books, a couple of schools have seen moves at the top of their programs.

Palisades High School has hired Kevin Ronalds as its new head coach.  Ronalds, who's been an assistant at Pen Argyl High School for a couple of season, replaces Jim Brady who was 3-17 in two seasons as head coach.

Ronalds has previous head coaching experience, having been the head coach at Allen from 1997 to 2006 where his teams went 34-69.

Northampton's search for a new head coach is underway.

Bob Steckel resigned after five years on the job.  Steckel is stepping down after leading the Konkrete Kids to a 26-32 record, including a 3-9 mark this past season.

Steckel's best season was in 2008 when Northampton finished 10-3 and won the Eastern Conference AAAA title.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

2011 Class AAAA All-State Team

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle

Senior quarterback Dan Harding of Nazareth and Zayd Issah of Central Dauphin have been named Class AAAA Co-Players of the Year.

Harding finished his career with a school record 5,541 yards and 52 touchdown passes, including 32 this past season.

Issah, a junior two-way starter, rushed for 1,300 yards and caught 29 passes for 672 yards.  He scored 31 touchdowns this season.

On defense, the outside linebacker made 123 tackles and recorded 14 sacks.

Central Dauphin's Glen McNamee was named Coach of the Year after leading his team to the AAAA state title.

2011 AAAA All-State Team

OFFENSE
Quarterback -- Dan Harding, Nazareth, 6-4, 205, Sr.; Mack Leftwich, North Allegheny, 5-11, 190, Jr.

Running back -- Dan Brown, Central Bucks South, 5-10, 180, Sr.; Jack Haffner, State College, 5-10, 205, Sr.; Luke Hagy, Mount Lebanon, 6-1, 198, Sr.; Damion Jones-Moore, Pittsburgh Central Catholic, 5-7, 180, Sr.

Wide receiver -- Adam Bridgeforth, Nazareth, 6-0, 180, Sr.; Diante Cherry, J.P. McCaskey, 5-9, 175, Jr.; Anthony Nixon, Pittsburgh Central Catholic, 6-2, 205, Sr.

Tight end -- Adam Breneman, Cedar Cliff, 6-5, 230, Jr.

Linemen -- Patrick Kugler, North Allegheny, 6-4, 270, Jr.; Chris Muller, Boyertown, 6-6, 300, Sr.; Ian Park, Upper St. Clair, 6-4, 290, Sr.; Zach Wilk, Central Dauphin, 6-5, 275, Sr.

Specialist -- Dakota Conwell, Upper St. Clair, 6-1, 210, Sr.; Eugene Lewis, Wyoming Valley West, 6-3, 200, Sr.

Kicker -- Matt Loughnane, Penn-Trafford, 5-10, 150, Jr.

DEFENSE
Linemen -- Cody Conway, Gateway, 6-4, 210, Sr.; Kyle Friend, Cumberland Valley, 6-1, 280, Sr.; Arthur Goldberg, Mount Lebanon, 6-4, 280, Sr.; Evan Schwan, Central Dauphin, 6-6, 225, Sr.

Linebacker -- Rob Dvoracek, Parkland, 6-2, 220, Sr.; Tyrone "T.J." Neal, McKeesport, 6-1, 225, Sr.; Hakeem Oliver, Gateway, 5-10, 200, Sr.; Sean Burke, La Salle College HS, 5-10, 185, Jr.; Ralph Reeves, Lansdale North Penn, 6-0, 230, Sr.

Defensive back -- Brendan Coniker, North Allegheny, 6-1, 170, Jr.; Andrew Erenberg, Peters Twp., 5-10, 200, Sr.; Anthony Orlando, Liberty, 5-10, 170, Sr.; Will Parks, Germantown, 6-1, 175, Sr.

Specialist -- Jaylen Coleman, University Prep, 6-0, 230, Sr.; Greg Garmon, McDowell, 6-2, 200, Sr.; Zayd Issah, Central Dauphin, 6-4, 210, Jr.

Friday, December 23, 2011

2011 Class AAA All-State Team

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

Hopewell running back Rushel Shell capped his senior football season by being named the Associated Press' AAA Player of the Year.

Shell set a new all-time state rushing mark by finishing with 9,078 yards during his career.  The Pitt Panther recruited finished with a string of 39 consecutive 100 yard rushing games broke the national record of Billy Sims that was set back in 1975.

Lou Cerro of Montour was named Class AAA Coach of the Year honors.

2011 AAA All-State Team

OFFENSE
Quarterbacks -- Dillon Buechel, Montour, 6-4, 175, Sr.; Brendan Nosovitch, Allentown Central Catholic, 6-3, 205, Sr.; Alec Werner, Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt, 6-0, 195, Jr.

Running backs -- Preston Bare, Palmyra, 6-0, 200, Sr.; Julian Durden, Montour, 5-9, 175, Sr.; Brandon Peoples, Archbishop Wood, 5-10, 180, Sr.; Rushel Shell, Hopewell, 5-11, 215, Sr.

Wide receivers -- Kevin Gulyas, Allentown Central Catholic, 6-1, 185, Sr.; Brian Lemelle, Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt, 5-11, 175, Jr.; Devin Wilson, Montour, 6-4, 175, Jr.

Tight end -- Colin Thompson, Archbishop Wood, 6-6, 255, Sr.

Linemen -- Brandon Arcidiacono, Archbishop Wood, 6-6, 255, Sr.; Jason Emerich, Blue Mountain, 6-4, 275, Sr.; Tad McNeely, Allentown Central Catholic, 6-4, 275, Sr.; Madison O'Connor, Pottsgrove, 6-6, 330, Sr.; Frank Taylor, Archbishop Wood, 6-4, 295, Sr.

Specialists -- Robert Foster, Central Valley, 6-2, 185, Jr.; Wesley Phipps, Grove City, 5-9, 180, Sr.

Kicker -- Jon Chereson, Cathedral Prep, 5-10, 153, Jr.

DEFENSE
Linemen -- D.J. Fink, Central Valley, 6-0, 220, Sr.; Mike Galatini, Valley View, 6-3, 255, Sr.; Averee Robinson, Susquehanna Township, 6-1, 275, Sr.; Noah Spence, Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt, 6-4, 245, Sr.

Linebackers -- Bryton Barr, Mechanicsburg, 6-0, 225, Sr.; Brock Dean, Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt, 6-1, 220, Sr.; Jon Hicks, Palmyra, 6-3, 235, Sr.; Nyeem Wartman, Valley View, 6-3, 230, Sr.; Alkwan Williams, Greater Johnstown, 6-1, 218, Sr.

Backs -- Levonte Ford, Erie East, 6-1, 245, Sr.; Corey Lauer, Franklin Regional, 5-11, 160, Sr.; Desmon Peoples, Archbishop Wood, 5-8, 170, Sr.; Delton Williams, Cathedral Prep, 6-2, 190, Jr.

Specialists -- Perry Law, Ringgold, 5-8, 160, Sr.; Nate Smith, Archbishop Wood, 6-1, 190, Sr.

2011 Class AA All-State Team

2011 AA All-State Team

OFFENSE
Quarterback - Steve Franco, Tyrone, 6-3, 190, Sr.; Blake Rankin, Bloomsburg, 6-4, 195, Sr.

Running Back - Roman Clay, Lancaster Catholic, 5-11, 205, Jr.; DeShawn Coleman, Hickory, 6-1, 175, Jr.; Dylan Evans, Pen Argyl, 6-3, 190, Sr.; David Williams, West Philadelphia Catholic, 6-1, 188, Jr.

Wide Receiver - Zach Challingsworth, South Fayette, 6-2, 170, Jr.; Shakur Nesmith, Imhotep Charter, 6-4, 185, Sr.; Nick Patton, Tyrone, 6-2, 150, Sr.

Tight End - Scott Orndorff, Seton-La Salle, 6-5, 240, Sr.

Linemen - J.J. Beggan, Seton-La Salle, 6-4, 280, Sr.; Matt Bell, Hickory, 6-3, 280, Sr.; Adam DePietro, Lancaster Catholic, 6-6, 300, Sr.; Jonathan Green, North Schuylkill, 6-3, 295, Sr.; Christian Skrepenak, GAR Memorial, 6-9, 350, Jr.; Michael Mooney, Malvern Prep, 6-5, 260, Sr.

Specialist - Kyle Armagost, Moniteau, 6-1, 195, Sr.; Darrell Crawford, GAR Memorial, 5-9, 165, Sr.

Kicker - No selection.

DEFENSE

Linemen - Eric Ellis, Washington, 6-1, 225, Sr.; Eric Joraskie, Mount Carmel, 6-4, 265, Jr.; Shakir Soto, GAR Memorial, 6-3, 230, Jr.; Malcolm White, Wyomissing, 6-0, 265, Sr.; Connor Maloney, Malvern Prep, 6-4, 270, Sr.

Linebacker - Alex Anzalone, Wyomissing, 6-3, 205, Jr.; Mack Behe, Penn Cambria, 6-2, 175, Jr.; Tristin Freeman, West Philadelphia Catholic, 6-0, 215, Sr.; Cody Shustack, Mount Carmel, 5-10, 200, Sr.; Brandon Smith, Lewisburg, 6-1, 200, Jr.

Defensive Back - Demetrious Cox, Jeannette, 6-1, 190, Sr.; Alex Filarsky, Lakeland, 6-1, 170, Sr.; Reggie Mitchell, Shady Side Academy, 5-9, 155, Sr.; Shailek Powell, GAR Memorial, 6-0, 180, Sr.

Specialist - Zack Ripic, Towanda, 5-11, 185, Sr.; Charles Sweigert, Lancaster Catholic, 6-0, 185, Sr.

Player of the Year

Steve Franco, Tyrone

Coach of the Year

John Franco, Tyrone

Archbishop Wood Finishes #13 in Final MaxPreps' Xcellent 25 National Rankings

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle

Archbishop Wood's 3A championship season has resulted in the Vikings being recognized by several national rankings services, including MaxPreps.com.

The Vikings, who were not ranked all season, finished #13 in the nation in the website's final national poll.  Two other Pennsylvania teams, Pittsburgh Central Catholic and North Allegheny, spent time this year in MaxPreps Xcellent 25.

Wood finished #21 in USA Today's Super 25; #19 in ESPNHS' Fab 50; and #23 in the National Prep Football Poll.

Final MaxPreps Xcellent 25

1. Don Bosco Prep (NJ) 11-0
2. Trinity (KY) 14-0
3. Armwood (FL) 15-0
4. Grayson (GA) 15-0
5. Good Counsel (MD) 12-0
6. Southlake Carroll (TX) 16-0
7. Lake Travis (TX) 16-0
8. Maryville (TN) 15-0
9. Plant (FL) 14-1
10. De La Salle (CA) 13-1
11. Manatee (FL) 13-2
12. Bishop Gorman (NV) 15-1
13. Archbishop Wood (PA) 14-1
14. Bellevue (WA) 14-0
15. Carmel (IN) 14-1
16. Norland (FL) 15-0
17. Central (FL) 13-1
18. Page (NC) 15-0
19. St. Ignatius (OH) 13-2
20. Dekaney (TX) 14-2
21. Olive Branch (MS) 15-0
22. Prattville (AL) 12-2
23. Santa Margarita (CA) 13-2
24. Lake Oswego (OR) 14-0
25. Skyline (TX) 14-1

2011 Class A All-State Team

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

Clairton junior running back Tyler Boyd, who led his team to a third straight Class A championship, has been named the Associated Press' Class A Player of the Year.

Boyd, who rushed for a Clairton single-season record 2,400-plus yards, scored 324 points this season.

Bill Packer, head coach at Penns Manor, was named Class A Coach of the Year
Class A All-State Team

OFFENSE
Quarterback -- Matt Bodamer, Port Allegany, 6-1, 175, Jr.; Mike Gaval, Mahanoy Area, 6-0, 165, Sr.; A.J. Long, Pius X, 6-0, 18, So.

Running back -- Tyler Boyd, Clairton, 6-1, 170, Jr.; Colin Bryan, Windber, 6-0, 188, Sr.; Alex Holland, Curwensville, 6-0, 180, Sr.; De'Andre Moon, Rochester, 6-0, 215, Sr.

Wide receiver -- Mike Burke, Columbia, 6-2, 200, Sr.; Tyce Miller, Port Allegany, 5-10, 160, Jr.; Boise Ross, Pius X, 6-0, 175, Jr.

Tight end -- Ian O'Shea, Bellwood-Antis, 6-0, 180, Jr.

Lineman -- Alex Karlovich, Line Mountain, 6-1, 300, Sr.; Todd Munchak, Curwensville,, 5-11, 295, Sr.; Zach Rugg, Bishop McCort, 6-5, 269, Sr.; Carvan Thompson, Clairton, 5-10, 215, Sr.; Michael Weber, Mercyhurst Prep, , 6-3, 310, Sr.

Specialists -- Danny Ferens, Penns Manor, 6-0, 190, Jr.; David Argust, Old Forge, 6-0, 178, Sr.

Kicker -- Philip Esposito, Brockway, 6-0, 175, Jr.

DEFENSE
Linemen -- Jacob Craig, Berlin-Brothers Valley, 6-2, 220, Sr.; Eric Hirschfield, Bishop Canevin, 6-0, 182, Sr.; Quinton Hixson, Northern Bedford, 6-3, 295, Sr.; Tom Schetroma, Southern Columbia, 6-0, 260, Sr.; Eric Walker, Clairton, 6-3, 245, Sr.

Linebackers -- T.J. Armstrong, Clarion, 6-2, 215, Jr.; Mike Dunn, Bishop Canevin, 6-1, 225, Jr.; Bryan Flory, Columbia, 5-10, 175, Jr.; Luke Patten, West Middlesex, 5-10, 180, Jr.; Deaysean Rippy, Sto-Rox, 6-2, 205, Sr.

Backs -- Marzett Geter, Sto-Rox, 5-9, 180, Sr.; Brody Pollock, Union (Rimersburg), 5-11, 180, Sr.; Trenton Coles, Clairton, 6-3, 180, Sr.

Specialists -- Cole Weachock, Minersville, 5-10, 170, Sr.; Matt Moore, Southern Columbia, 6-2, 200, Sr.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Central Dauphin Stands Atop Class AAAA

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

Central Dauphin's run to the top of the heap in Class AAAA wasn't a dominating one, but none of that mattered when the Rams hoisted the state championship trophy Saturday in Hershey.

The Rams beat North Penn 14-7 to capture the school's first state football championship.

North Penn tied the game, which was the second lowest scoring game in AAAA championship history, at 7 early in the fourth quarter.  The Rams game-winning score came with 8:08 to go in the game when Zayd Issah scored on a 2-yard run.

Central Dauphin finishes 15-1 with a 14-game win streak.

Aside from a 30-0 win over Central Dauphin East in the first round of district playoffs, the Rams won their final five playoff games by an average of 4.6 points.

Pennsylvania AAAA State Champs

2011- Central Dauphin
2010 - North Allegheny
2009 - La Salle College
2008 - Liberty
2007 - Pittsburgh Central Catholic
2006 - Upper St. Clair
2005 - McKeesport
2004 - Pittsburgh Central Catholic
2003 - North Penn
2002 - Parkland
2001 - Neshaminy
2000 - Erie Cathedral Prep
1999 - Central Bucks West
1998 - Central Bucks West
1997 - Central Bucks West
1996 - Downingtown
1995 - Penn Hills
1994 - McKeesport
1993 - North Hills
1992 - Cumberland Valley
1991 - Central Bucks West
1990 - North Allegheny
1989 - Upper St. Clair
1988 - Pittsburgh Central Catholic

Archbishop Wood Caps Season with AAA Title

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

Aside from a national television loss to Pittsburgh Central Catholic to open the season, Archbishop Wood was unstoppable.

Friday, the Vikings set a state championship record for margin of victory by beating Bishop McDevitt 52-0 to win the state's AAA title.  The old record was 49 points, set back in 1998 when CB West beat New Castle 56-7.

Archbishop Wood outscored its opponents 699 to 124 this year, which gave the school the seventh highest points differential in state history.

Running back Desmon Peoples rushed for 171 yards and two scores.  He and his cousin Brandon Peoples combined for 322 yards in total offense and five touchdowns.

With six D-1 recruits, Archibishop Wood may go down as one of the best-ever teams in Pennsylvania history.

Lancaster Catholic Wins AA Championship

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

Lancaster Catholic beat Tyrone 17-7 to win the state's Class AA championship.

The victory gave the Crusaders their second overall state football title.  LC was led by junior running back Roman Clay, who rushed for 154 yards on 25 carries and one touchdown.

The Crusader defense also shutdown Tyrone senior quarterback Steve Franco and his offense, allowing only 161 yards in total offense.

LC finishes a perfect 16-0, while Tyrone ends with a 14-2 record.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Clairton 3-Peats in Single A

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle

Two-time defending champ Clairton made it three-in-a-row Friday in the battle of Class A powers.

The Bears won their 47th straight by beating Southern Columbia 35-19.  SC was looking for a record 7th Pennsylvania state football title.

Tyler Boyd was the star for Clairton rushing for 218 yards and two touchdowns on just 14 carries.  Terrish Webb caught three of Capri Thompson's four completions, two of them for touchdowns and 167 yards.  Thompson finished the afternoon completing 4-of-9 passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns.

Clairton, which was playing in its fourth straight Class A championship game, hasn't lost since the opening week of the 2009 season.

Southern Columbia, which was playing in its 13th state title game, finishes this season 14-2.

On Thursday's High School Football America radio show, I spoke with Clairton head coach about Tom Nola about the Bear's four-year run to Class A supremacy.

Click here to listen to that interview.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Pennsylvania Votes Against Shortening Season

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

Pennsylvania will continue to play a 16-week schedule in football for the next two years.

The PIAA voted 16-10 with one abstention against cutting the season to 15 weeks.  The proposal to shorten the season had passed two previous votes before being voted down on Friday.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Clairton Head Coach Tom Nola Talks about Class A Championship Game on High School Football America

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football 

Two of the best-ever in Class A in Pennsylvania football history will collide Friday in the state championship game in Hershey when two-time defending champ Clairton squares-off with Southern Columbia.

To preview the showdown, I'll be joined by Clairton head coach Tom Nola on Thursday night's High School Football America radio show.

Clairton is riding a 46-game win streak and is playing in its fourth straight state title game.  Southern Columbia will be playing in its 13 state title game in 22 years of state tournament play.  The Tigers are going after a record seventh title.  Berwick is the only other school to win six state championships.

Clairton has outscored its opponents 670-59 with the defense pitching nine shutouts.  Southern's only loss was a one-point loss to Mount Carmel, a Class AA school.

Click here to listen to Thursday night's interview with Coach Nola.

Garnet Valley's Andrew Thomas Named Finalist for High School Rudy Award

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle

Andrew Thomas, Garnet Valley's team captain and team MVP, is one of twelve finalists for this year's High School Rudy Awards.

Here's Andrew's story from the organization's website:

Andrew Thomas is Team Captain, Team MVP, and First-Team All League Defensive Lineman for the Garnet Valley Jaguars. He is also an excellent student, despite having Attention Deficit Disorder, spending countless hours volunteering as a youth mentor and historical society preservationist, and having to devote a lot of time to providing for his family. Andrew and his family have had to endure a number of challenges that would tear a lesser family apart. A few years ago, Andrew’s two year old brother was struck by a car in front of the family’s home. Andrew played the role of counselor, helping his siblings cope with the accident, while giving support to his little brother during the recovery process. Two years ago, Andrew’s father was laid off from his job of thirteen years. To help his parents make up the difference, Andrew established a lawn care business that, after just two months in operation, was grossing more than $1,000 per month.


His father found work again in May of 2011, but his employment was in distant Hawaii. Without their father at home, Andrew took on the role of man of the house. Just two weeks after his father’s departure, his mother suffered a debilitating stroke. Because their father could not fly home immediately, Andrew was left as the caretaker for his siblings. Recently, the family’s landlord defaulted on his mortgage, and the family was forced to find a new home.


Throughout all of this, Andrew remains as his family’s rock. “Andrew rarely complains, and reminds us to look at the positive side of things,” said Richard Thomas, Andrew’s father.” He lives by the motto of his football team, ‘Oneness, Selflessness, Hard Work and Character.’ I am so proud to say I am part of Andrew Thomas’ life.”.

To learn about all twelve finalists and vote for your favorite, go to www.highschoolrudyawards.com.

Thursday night at 6PM Eastern Time, Byron Jenson of the the High School Rudy Awards will be a guest on the NHSCA Sports Hour to talk about all of the finalists.

Click here to listen.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Pennsylvania Finals Set

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle

Eight teams to go in the 2011 Pennsylvania...five public, three private.

The only team back to defend its title is the Clairton Bears in 1A.

Now let's take at the match-ups...

Let's start in 4A where North Penn will face surprising Central Dauphin for the title.

North Penn won the its only state title in 2003 when it beat Pittsburgh Central Catholic.  Central Dauphin will be playing in its first state title game, thanks to a 23-20 defeating of defending state champ and nationally-ranked North Allegheny on Saturday.  The Knights advanced to the championship game by beating La Salle 21-14.  La Salle was looking for its third straight appearance in the 4A final.

North Penn (13-2) is on a 12-game win streak after a 1-2 start.  Central Dauphin's (14-1) only loss was to 3A finalist Bishop McDevitt in the second week of the regular season.

In 3A, the aforementioned Bishop McDevitt Crusaders will face top-ranked Archbishop Wood.  The Vikings have been on a roll since losing to Pittsburgh Central Catholic in the opening weekend of the season.  PCC was ranked #1 in 4A in several pre-season polls.

The Crusaders, like North Penn, began the season 1-2.  Last year Allentown Central Catholic beat McDevitt 28-27 in the 3A title game.  McDevitt hasn't won a state football title since 1995.

In 2A, Lancaster Catholic will take-on Tyrone.  LC made the final by knocking-off defending state champ West Catholic 23-20.

Lancaster Catholic (15-0) won its only state title in 2009 when it beat Greensburg Central Catholic 21-14.  Tyrone will be playing in its third state championship game, but first since 1999.

Tyrone won its only state title in '99 when it beat Mount Carmel 13-6 to win the AA title.  In 1995, Mount Carmel beat Tyrone 25-6.

In 1A, Clairton puts its 46 game win streak on the line when it plays Southern Columbia in the championship game.  The Bears have won back-to-back 1A titles and will be playing in its fourth straight championship game.

Southern Columbia is no stranger to state championship games.  The Tigers have won a record six 1A titles

BTW...if Clairton wins next weekend, they'll have a shot at going after the state's longest all-time win streak of 59 straight by Central Bucks West in the late 90's.

Pennsylvania HIgh School Football Scores - Playoffs/Semifinals

Pennsylvania High School Football Scores
Saturday, December 9, 2011

Playoffs
Semifinals

AAAA
North Penn 21 La Salle College 14
Central Dauphin 23 North Allegheny 20

AAA
Archbishop Wood 70 Allentown Central Catholic 14
Bishop McDevitt 41 Montour 32

AA
Tyrone 20 Aliquippa 19
Lancaster Catholic 23 West Catholic 20

A
Southern Columbia 37 Penns Manor 6
Clairton 30 Sharpsville 8

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Allentown Central Catholic's Harold Fairclough Talks About Showdown with Archbishop Wood on HIgh School Football America

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle

It's been a crazy season for defending 3A state champ Allentown Central Catholic.

A 2-5 start that has been turned into a seven-game win streak, and the Vikings now stand one win away from returning to Hershey to defend their crown.

Head coach Harold Fairclough will join me Thursday night on High School Football America to talk about the Vikings' turnaround.

On Friday, CCHS takes on top-ranked Archbishop Wood, a team the Vikings beat last year to earn a trip to Hershey.

Click here to listen to the show LIVE tomorrow night at 7 PM.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Pennsylvania HIgh School Football Scores - Playoffs/Quarterfinals

Pennsylvania High School Football Scores
Saturday, December 3, 2011

Playoffs
Quarterfinals

AAAA
North Allegheny 40 State College 13
Central Dauphin 24 Wilson West Lawn 21
LaSalle College 41 Nazareth 33

AA
Lancaster Catholic 21 Mount Carmel 0
West Catholic 32 Pen Argyl 7

A
Penns Manor 41 Columbia 22

Bishop McDevitt Wins #500 and District Championship

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle

Bishop McDevitt became the 80th school in Pennsylvania history to win 500 games.

The Crusaders beat Lampeter-Strasburg 28-14 to win the District 3 Class AAA title.

Here's a look at the Top 5 in all-time wins in Pennsylvania with two teams hoping to reach the 700-win milestone next season.

1. Mount Carmel (began 1893) 805-298-58
2. Easton (began 1895) 770-327-54
3. Berwick (began 1888) 747-317-43
4. New Castle (began 1892) 698-371-69
5. Steelton-Highspire (began 1894) 695-400-55


Friday, December 02, 2011

Pennsylvania HIgh School Football Scores - Playoffs/Quarterfinals

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle


There's nothing like the energy of state tournament football!

I was in Pennsylvania tonight for the showdown between two top-notch Class A teams.  Pius X and Southern Columbia both entered their quarterfinal match-up with identical 12-1 records, with both schools' losses coming at the hands of bigger schools.

Pius lost to Quad-A University Prep in Week 6, while SC lost to Double-A Mount Carmel.  University advanced to the first round of the 4A state tourney, while Mount Carmel has a meeting with Lancaster Catholic in Saturday's AA quarters.

Pius X raced-out to a 19-7 second quarter lead behind sophomore quarterback A.J. Long's 44th and 45th touchdown passes this season.  But, after that, it was all Southern Columbia.  The Tigers outscored the Royals 48-6 the rest of the way to advance to the state semifinals with 55-25 victory.

Southern Columbia, which is now 6-0 all-time against Pius, is going after its 7th state title in 22 years since Pennsylvania began playing for state titles.

Here are the rest of tonight's quarterfinal scores:

Pennsylvania High School Football Scores
Friday, December 2, 2011

Playoffs
Quarterfinals

AAAA
North Penn 34 Council Rock South 14

AAA
Allentown Central Catholic 56 Shamokin 14
Archbishop Wood 41 Pottsgrove 22
Bishop McDevitt 28 Lampeter-Strasburg 14
Montour 25 Grove City 21

AA
Aliquippa 32 Montineau 7
Tyrone 40 Hickory 28

A
Southern Columbia 55 Pius X 25
Sharpsville 35 Port Allegany 33
Clairton 44 North Star 0


Sunday, November 27, 2011

3 Games, 9 Days

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle

In my research, Easton, and in some years Phillipsburg (New Jersey), are the only teams in America that play three high school football games in just eight days.

Yes, think about that; 3 in 9!!

First, the reason for the plethora of games in nine days.

It simple, Easton and their across the Delaware River rival Phillipsburg, play a Thanksgiving Day rivalry game that will NEVER be moved.  Couple that with the fact that Easton's second round district playoff game is played on the Friday before the Turkey Day match-up that annually attracts 14,000 fans to Lafayette College.

If Easton wins the second round district game, the Red Rovers know they'll be playing for a district championship the following Saturday; two days after playing P'burg on Thanksgiving morning.

So you may think that there's  enough moving parts that Easton wouldn't have to worry about the 3 in 9 equation very much.

Think again!

Last night's Easton played Nazareth, it's third game in nine days for the District 11 championship.  And, yes, second in three.

It was also the third straight year that Easton has played 3 in 9.

One other point, Easton head coach Steve Shiffert NEVER rests his starters against Phillipsburg; the game is too big!

One thing the Rovers have never been able to pull-off the sweep, meaning a perfect 3-0.  Last year, the Rovers were upset 3-0 in overtime in the snow on Thanksgiving Day, but bounced back to beat Whitehall two days later to win the district championship.

Last night, Easton, fresh of a Thanksgiving Day win over Phillipsburg, the Rovers were going after a perfect three games in nine days.  A win would give them a third straight district title, plus a berth in next week's Class AAAA state quarterfinals.

At the start, it looked like Easton would finally end the nine day stretch with a trio of wins.

The Red Rover jumped-out to a 14-point lead against Nazareth, but couldn't hold-on.  In the end, Nazareth won its first district crown with a 28-21 win on its home field.

Some say, Easton's quest for a state title will always be hampered by its desire not to move the Thanksgiving Day.

Having witnessed Easton's 3 in 9 several times, I'm here to tell you there isn't a bigger feat on the high school gridiron.  What the Easton kids and coaches go through during this stretch is magical.

Did Easton get its third straight gold Saturday?   No, but, I will tell you that I think they deserve a gold medal for choosing to keep its tradition alive with Phillipsburg over playing only two games in eight or nine days.

I salute you Rover Nation!!

Congrats on an 11-3 season and upholding the true tradition and spirit of high school athletic competition!

Pennsylvania HIgh School Football Scores - Playoffs/3rd Round

Pennsylvania High School Football Scores
Saturday, November 26, 2011


Playoffs
3rd Round/1st Round of States

Class AAAA
North Allegheny 28, Upper St. Clair 21, OT
State College 33, University Prep 32
Nazareth 28, Easton 21

Class AAA
Pottsgrove 42, Phoenixville 13
Montour 42, Knoch 14

Class AA
Aliquippa 14, Jeannette 7
Hickory 35, General McLane 13

Class A 
Penns Manor 40, Bellwood-Antis 14
Clairton 42, Sto-Rox 6
Port Allegany 35, Clarion 34
Pius X 55, Calvary Christian 20

Friday, November 25, 2011

Pennsylvania HIgh School Football Scores - Playoffs/3rd Round

Pennsylvania High School Football Scores
Friday, November 25, 2011


Playoffs
3rd Round/1st Round of States

Class AAAA 
Council Rock South 38, Garnet Valley 24
North Penn 27, Pennsbury 3
Central Dauphin 28, Central York 21
West Lawn Wilson 20, Cumberland Valley 14

Class AAA
Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt 42, Red Land 7
Lampeter-Strasburg 24, West York 13
Grove City 33, Erie Cathedral Prep 0
Shamokin 27, Clearfield 26, OT
Allentown Central Catholic 61, Valley View 54

Class AA 
Lancaster Catholic 21, Wyomissing 14
Mount Carmel 28, Bloomsburg 0
Moniteau 39, Oliver 12
Pen Argyl 50, Wilkes-Barre GAR 20
Tyrone 46, Richland 21

Class A 
Columbia 36, Camp Hill 20
Sharpsville 21, West Middlesex 13
Southern Columbia 45, Old Forge 34

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Pius X Wins District XI Class A Title

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle

Sometimes things can't be explained; like why was today's District XI Class A playoff game played on what would have been the 80th birthday of the man that the Pius X Royals dedicated their season to.

The Royals have dedicated the 2011 season to their longtime fan John "Pappy" Hildabrant, who passed away during preseason camp in August.  Today, the Royals went after District XI Class A gold against Shenandoah Valley at Nazareth on what would have been "Pappy's" 80th birthday.

With the memory of "Pappy" in their minds and his name on the back of their helmets, the Royals dismantled the Blue Devils 50-12.  The Royals finished second in the district the past two years.

The Royals were led by quarterback A.J. Long and Boise Ross.  Long, who broke the record for TDs in a season (37), was 10 of 17 for 206 yards and two touchdowns.  The sophomore QB also rushed for 173 yards on 13 carries and two scores.

Ross, a junior, scored three touchdowns; he only had six touches, but put-up 276 yards in total offense.  Ross caught four passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns and carried the ball twice for 110 yards and a touchdown.

The Royals finished the game with 562 yards in total offense.

Next week, Pius X will play Calvary Christian in the opening round of the PIAA state playoffs.

When the Royals returned to their home base of Roseto, the entire team stopped at the Mount Carmel Cemetery to place a gold medal at Pappy's gravesite.

Pennsylvania High School Football Scores
Saturday, November 19, 2011

Playoffs
2nd Round

Class AAAA
University Prep 14 Allderdice 0
State College 42 Erie Strong Vincent 31

Class AAA
Clearfield 29 Johnstown 23
Valley View 18 Dallas 12

Class AA
Pen Argyl 26 Northern Lehigh 7
General McLane 21 Wilmington 18
Hickory 35 North East 0

Class A
Pius X 50 Shenandoah Valley 12
Port Allegany 49 Brockway 21

Pennsylvania HIgh School Football Scores - Playoffs/2nd Round

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle


It's a known fact that the WPIAL teams have a tough road to the state tournament.  Especially in the Class AAAA bracket where some of the state's best beat-up on each other for the right for WPIAL gold and automatic berth into the state semifinals.

Last night, nationally-ranked Pittsburgh Central Catholic (#12 USA Today) saw its perfect season go up-in-smoke with a 28-14 loss to Upper St. Clair in the semifinals.  Playing without its starting quarterback, Dakota Conwell, USC used first-time starter Pete Coughlin, who rushed for 209 yards and passed for 61 to hand the Vikings their second straight WPIAL semifinal loss.



The win the 354th of Jim Render's career, who is third on the state's all-time wins list.

Next week, Upper St. Clair will play defending state champ North Allegheny for the WPIAL AAAA title.

In Pottsville last night, Allentown Central Catholic's Kevin Gulyas became the state's all-time leading receiver in catches and yards in the Vikings 49-7 District XI championship game win over Pottsville.

Gulyas, who had 11 receptions for 163 yards, now has 232 catches in his career for 3,726 yards.

The defending Class AAA champs advance to the state quarterfinals where they'll face the winner of Saturday's game between Dallas and Valley View.

After a 5-5 regular season, the Vikings have outscored their playoff opponents 104-28.

Class AAAA 
Council Rock South 31, Downingtown East 19
Garnet Valley 52, Central Bucks South 48
North Penn 21, Neshaminy 7
Pennsbury 42, Coatesville 21
Central Dauphin 35, Cedar Cliff 32
Central York 27, Governor Mifflin 21
Cumberland Valley 42, South Western 21
West Lawn Wilson 27, Daniel Boone 7
Easton 29, Scranton 20
Nazareth 63, Parkland 27
North Allegheny 21, Gateway 17
Upper St. Clair 28, Pittsburgh Central Catholic 14


Class AAA
Phoenixville 28, Academy Park 27
Pottsgrove 29, Strath Haven 28
Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt 70, Conrad Weiser 21
Lampeter-Strasburg 35, Shippensburg 0
Red Land 56, Palmyra 28
West York 42, Susquehanna Township 14
Shamokin 21, Milton 20
Erie Cathedral Prep 49, Meadville 7
Grove City 49, Erie East 0
Allentown Central Catholic 49, Pottsville 7
Knoch 9, Franklin Regional 7
Montour 21, Central Valley 14


Class AA 
Wilkes-Barre GAR 53, Wyoming Area 44
Lancaster Catholic 60, Trinity 7
Wyomissing 34, Bermudian Springs 7
Bloomsburg 35, Towanda 20
Mount Carmel 19, Lewisburg 13
Moniteau 26, Karns City 12
Philadelphia West Catholic 28, Springfield Montco 7
Tyrone 39, Penn Cambria 6
Aliquippa 35, Greensburg Central Catholic 0
Jeannette 40, Seton-LaSalle 14


Class A 
Old Forge 47, Riverside 6
Camp Hill 27, York Catholic 0
Columbia 42, Millersburg 0
Southern Columbia 35, Line Mountain 14
North Star 28, Windber 14
Bellwood-Antis 11, Bishop McCort 10
Sharpsville 36, Farrell 0
West Middlesex 44, Mercer 34
Clairton 43, Rochester 7
Sto-Rox 12, Bishop Canevin 10


Eastern Conference Playoffs

Division I Championship
Mahanoy Area 47, Pottsville Nativity 0

Division II Championship
North Penn 34, Tamaqua 28

Division III Championship
Berwick 57, Southern Lehigh 46

Division IV Champonship
Bethlehem Liberty 42, Whitehall 35

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Pennsylvania HIgh School Football Scores - Playoffs/1st Round

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle


I returned to Pennsylvania on Thursday to work on the final part of my documentary called Roseto's Royals that examines the deep relationship between the small community of Roseto, just south of the Poconos, and its high school football team, the Pius X Royals.

Today, I took-in two games on a perfect day for high school football.

First, I watched the top-seeded Royals advanced to the District XI Class A championship game for the third year in a row with a 42-14 defeat of Williams Valley.  The Royals offense was firing on all-cylinders scoring 42 points on only 36 offensive plays.

Pius amassed 499 yards in total offense on those 36 plays.  The Royals were led by sophomore quarterback A.J. Long, who threw three TD passes; two to senior Drake Freeman.

The Royals will meet Shenandoah next Saturday in the championship game.

In Minersville, I watched Shenandoah bounce back from a 19-6 third quarter deficit to beat the Battlin' Miners to advance to the school's first District XI Class A title game in five years.   The Blue Devils scored three fourth quarter TDs to knock-off the home team 26-25.


On a fun note, Minersville Park, which is now the site of a strip mall called King's Plaza, was the home field of the NFL's Pottsville Maroons in the 1920s.  After the game, I actually ate with the Pius X coaching staff at Palmero's, which is located in King's Plaza.

For those of you that don't know, many believe the Maroons won the 1925 NFL championship, but the team was stripped of the title a week after beating the Chicago Cardinals 21-7 on December 6, 1925.  Back then, the NFL, in its infancy, actually based the title on winning percentage; there was no playoff system.  After the December 6th win, the Maroons owned a 10-2 record, while the Cardinals were 9-2-1, including their loss to Pottsville.

December 6th was supposed signal the end of the season, but the NFL allowed the Cardinals to play two more games (both wins) after the loss to the Maroons.  Those two wins, coupled with the fact that NFL commissioner Joseph Carr suspended the Maroons for playing an exhibition game in Philadelphia earlier in the year.

The suspension was based on the fact that the NFL had warned the Maroons that they couldn't play the exhibition game in Philly against a team of former University of Notre Dame football stars.  The Maroons played the game, which the NFL said infringed upon the territory rights of the Frankford Yellow Jackets (now the Philadelphia Eagles).

The suspension meant the Maroons couldn't finish their schedule, so the NFL awarded the championship to the Cardinals with an 11-2-1 record.  To the Cardinals' credit, the team's owner refused to accept the title.  However, in 1933 when the Bidwell family bought the Cardinals, Charles Bidwell publicly took credit for the title.

Some say the claiming of the 1925 title has placed a curse on the Cardinals, who are still owned by the Bidwell family, but have only won one other title back in 1947.

Sorry for digressing, but it thinks it's cool to know that the NFL once played in a 5,000 to 6,000 seat high school football stadium in the tiny town of Minersville that at the last census had a little over 4,500 residents.

Pennsylvania High School Football Scores
Saturday, November 12, 2011

Playoffs
1st Round

AAAA
Central York 35 Red Lion 13
North Penn 48 Bayard Rustin 21
Erie Strong Vincent 42 Mifflin County 21
George Washington 20 Frankford 13

AAA
Dobbins-Randolph 42 Boys' Latin Charter 12
Archbishop Wood 42 Monsignor Bonner 14
Dallas 39 Scranton Prep 6
Clearfield 28 St. Mary's 7

AA
Moniteau 40 Sheffield 0
Karns City 40 Brookville 25
Wyomissing 49 Littlestown 26
Penn Cambria 14 Forest Hills 12
Richland 50 Ligonier Valley 12
General McLane 54 Greenville 32
Hickory 33 Northwestern-Erie 12
Pen Argyl 49 Pine Grove 13
Northern Lehigh 28 North Schuylkill 0
Wilkes-Barre GAR 41 Lakeland 21
West Catholic 30 Bok 23

A
Pius X 42 Williams Valley 14
Shenandoah Valley 26 Minersville 25
Port Allegany 37 Union-Rimersburg 8
Bishop McCort 46 Marion Center 16
Windber 34 Northern Bedford 7
Moshannon Valley 21 Juniata Valley 9

Eastern Conference Playoffs
AAAA Semifinal
Bethlehem Liberty 35, Wallenpaupack 34

Regular Season
Caravel Academy (DE) 35, Chester 0
Haverford School 16, Episcopal Academy 7
Lawrenceville (NJ) 42, The Hill School 15
Lower Merion 21, Radnor 14
Malvern Prep 23, Chestnut Hill 0
Mastery Charter North 36, Morrisville 6
Penn Charter 54, Germantown Academy 7

Friday, November 11, 2011

Pennsylvania HIgh School Football Scores - Playoffs/1st Round

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle


Hopewell's Rushel Shell's career is over, but not before he set a couple of records Friday night in his team's 24-21 loss to top-ranked Aliquippa in the WPIAL Class AA semifinals.

Shell rushed for 292 yards to set a new national record for consecutive games with more than 100-yards rushing.  It was the Pitt recruit's 39th straight game above the century mark.

The 6-foot, 215-pounder also became Pennsylvania all-time leading rusher, ending his career with 9,078 yards, which moved him ahead of Jeremiah Young of Steelton-Highspire, who ran for 9,027 yards from 2004 to 2007.

Pennsylvania High School Football Scores
Friday, November 11, 2011

Playoffs
1st Round

Class AAAA
Central Bucks South 52, Plymouth-Whitemarsh 24
Coatesville 60, Spring-Ford 28
Council Rock South 34, Upper Dublin 7
Downingtown East 28, West Chester Henderson 17
Garnet Valley 28, Ridley 6
Neshaminy 28, Unionville 0
Pennsbury 35, Abington 24
Cedar Cliff 42, Exeter 38
Central Dauphin 30, Central Dauphin East 0
Cumberland Valley 51, Dallastown Area 22
Daniel Boone 21, Chambersburg 20
Governor Mifflin 35, Hempfield 7
South Western 42, Manheim Township 35
West Lawn Wilson 38, Penn Manor 17
Easton 35, Bethlehem Freedom 28
Nazareth 43, Delaware Valley 28
Parkland 38, Stroudsburg 10
Scranton 36, Wyoming Valley West 7
La Salle 16 Philadelphia Roman Catholic 6
Gateway 34, Penn-Trafford 9
North Allegheny 35, Seneca Valley 10
Pittsburgh Central Catholic 31, Mount Lebanon 14
Upper St. Clair 21, Erie McDowell 14

Class AAA
Academy Park 35, Springfield Delco 10
Phoenixville 44, Interboro 20
Pottsgrove 44, Pope John Paul II 19
Strath Haven 31, Marple Newtown 7
Valley View 49, Crestwood 7
Conrad Weiser 36, Garden Spot 8
Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt 49, Donegal 14
Lampeter-Strasburg 42, Northern York 6
Palmyra 34, Manheim Central 31, OT
Red Land 42, Hershey 41, 3OT
Shippensburg 10, Greencastle Antrim 7
Susquehanna Township 45, Dover 40
West York 14, Northeastern 7
Milton 49, Columbia Montour Vo-Tech 13
Shamokin 39, Shikellamy 25
Erie East 27, Corry 16
Meadville 43, Slippery Rock 7
Allentown Central Catholic 55, East Stroudsburg North 21
Pottsville 35, Bangor 13
Central Valley 44, Ringgold 28
Franklin Regional 24, Hopewell 21
Knoch 31, Thomas Jefferson 9
Montour 31, West Mifflin 7

Class AA
Wyoming Area 35, Mid Valley 28
Bermudian Springs 47, Schuylkill Valley 21
Camp Hill Trinity 49, Delone 27
Lancaster Catholic 61, Boiling Springs 7
Bloomsburg 48, Mifflinburg 21
Lewisburg 35, Athens 7
Mount Carmel 35, Montoursville 10
Towanda 35, Danville 20
Springfield Monco 34, Imhotep Charter 7
Philipsburg-Osceola 34, Chestnut Ridge 33, OT
Tyrone 34, Bedford 14
Aliquippa 36, Washington 6
Greensburg Central Catholic 18, Ellwood City 15
Jeannette 35, Shady Side Academy 14
Seton-LaSalle 21, South Fayette 13

Class A
Old Forge 10, Lackawanna Trail 7
Riverside 14, Dunmore 13
Line Mountain 38, Canton 0
Southern Columbia 55, Sayre 7
North Star 14, Berlin-Brothersvalley 0
Bellwood-Antis 35, Blairsville 21
Penns Manor 36, Northern Cambria 6
Brockway 24, Redbank 10
Clarion 22, Elk County Catholic 20
Coudersport 28, Curwensville 27
Farrell 28, Mercyhurst Prep 25
Mercer 48, Saegertown 20
Sharpsville 48, Cambridge Springs 0
West Middlesex 47, Youngsville 0
Bishop Canevin 16, Fort Cherry 6
Clairton 34, Springdale 20
Rochester 26, Avonworth 22
Sto-Rox 40, Brentwood 0

Eastern Conference Playoffs
Class AAAA
Whitehall 55, Pocono Mountain East 0

Class AAA
Berwick 29, Wilkes-Barre Coughlin 28
Southern Lehigh 27, Blue Mountain 24

Class AA
North Penn 48, Hughesville 21
Tamaqua 33, Catasauqua 32

Class A
Mahanoy Area 41, Northwest Area 0
Pottsville Nativity 17, Bucktail 0

Regular Season
Archbishop Ryan 31, Central Bucks West 14
Boyertown 33, Great Valley 28
Hamburg 54, Annville-Cleona 21
Hatboro-Horsham 25, Cheltenham 0
Northampton 42, East Stroudsburg South 27
Quakertown 31, Saucon Valley 7
Red Lion Christian Academy (DE) 47, Souderton 7
Upper Darby 33, Penn Wood 0
West Chester East 48, Sun Valley 13
William Tennent 28, Pottstown 13

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Germantown Academy-Penn Charter Rivalry Turns 125 Years Old This Weekend

by Jeff Fisher
Pennsylvania High School Football Huddle

The Keystone State's oldest high school football rivalry renews for the 125th time on Saturday when Germantown Academy squares-off with Penn Charter.

These two first met on November 18, 1887.  The rivalry is known as America's longest continuous high school football game.  Germantown Academy won the first game 20-6, but trails the overall series.  Penn Charter, which brings a ten game win streak into the match-up, leads the all-time series 80-33 with 11 ties.

Here's a look at some of the state's other active rivalry games, according to start date:

1887 - The Hill School (Pottstown) vs. Lawrenceville School (NJ)
1892 - Northeast (Philadelphia) vs. Central (Philadelphia)
1893 - Bradford vs. Olean (NY)
1893 - Pottsville vs. Reading
1893 - Mt. Carmel vs. Shamokin
1897 - Lower Merion vs. Radnor
1899 - Mahanoy Area vs. Shenandoah Valley
1906 - Easton vs. Phillipsburg (NJ)

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Pennsylvania HIgh School Football Scores - Week 10

Pennsylvania High School Football Scores
Saturday, November 5, 2011

Playoffs


Class AAAA 
District 2/4/11
Frankford 37, Philadelphia Central 12
Philadelphia George Washington 36, Germantown 20

Class AAA 
District 1/12
Dobbins 28, Gratz 12
Latin Charter 30, West Philadelphia 0

Class AA 
District 1/12
Bok 22, Imhotep Charter 19

Class A 
District 5
Berlin-Brothersvalley 42, Conemaugh Township 7

Philly Catholic League
Philadelphia Roman Catholic 45, St. Joseph's Prep 17
Archbishop Wood 55, Archbishop Carroll 6



Regular Season
Allentown Allen 25, Allentown Dieruff 21
Bethlehem Freedom 45, Bethlehem Liberty 42
Brashear def. Langley, forfeit
Crestwood 28, Wilkes-Barre Coughlin 16
Easton 55, Bethlehem Catholic 6
Episcopal Academy 13, Germantown Academy 10
Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt 44, Harrisburg 13
Lackawanna Trail 35, Scranton Holy Cross 7
Malvern Prep 17, Haverford School 14
Mercersburg Academy 29, Kiski School 23
Methacton 35, Pottstown 7
New Hope-Solebury 16, Lower Moreland 13
Ridley 42, Lower Merion 0
Scranton Prep 22, West Scranton 16
Tatnall (DE) 28, Academy of the New Church 25
Tunkhannock 33, Holy Redeemer 22
Wilkes-Barre GAR 38, Wilkes-Barre Meyers 6

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Pennsylvania HIgh School Football Scores - Week 10

Pennsylvania High School Football Scores
Friday, November 4, 2011

Playoffs

Class AAAA 

District 2/4/11
La Salle 26, Father Judge 16

Class A 
District 5
Northern Bedford 40, Meyersdale 20
District 6
Blairsville 48, West Branch 20
Marion Center 35, Saltsburg 7
Moshannon Valley 27, Claysburg-Kimmel 18
Northern Cambria 24, Glendale 7

WPIAL Class AAAA
Erie McDowell 42, McKeesport 7
Gateway 52, Shaler 13
Mount Lebanon 28, Woodland Hills 21
North Allegheny 53, Fox Chapel 20
Penn-Trafford 21, Bethel Park 0
Pittsburgh Central Catholic 42, Peters Township 14
Seneca Valley 30, Penn Hills 13
Upper St. Clair 42, Connellsville 0

WPIAL Class AAA
Central Valley 60, Laurel Highlands 20
Franklin Regional 28, Belle Vernon 14
Hopewell 41, Indiana 13
Knoch 28, West Allegheny 7
Montour 55, Chartiers Valley 20
Ringgold 14, Highlands 10
Thomas Jefferson 34, Greensburg Salem 28
West Mifflin 21, Mars 8

WPIAL Class AA
Aliquippa 44, Steel Valley 14
Ellwood City 33, Freeport 26
Greensburg Central Catholic 24, Ford City 3
Jeannette 46, Burrell 14
Seton-LaSalle 48, East Allegheny 12
Shady Side Academy 35, Beaver Area 21
South Fayette 24, Beaver Falls 14
Washington 30, Mount Pleasant 14

WPIAL Class A
Avonworth 28, California 16
Bishop Canevin 27, Chartiers-Houston 23
Brentwood 20, Western Beaver 12
Clairton 54, Cornell 0
Fort Cherry 33, Bethlehem Center 14
Rochester 48, Northgate 22
Springdale 65, Monessen 30
Sto-Rox 69, Frazier 25

Regular Season
Abington 28, William Tennent 0
Abraham Lincoln 26, Fels 22
Academy Park 33, Chichester 13
Allegheny-Clarion Valley 18, Conneaut Valley 16
Allentown Central Catholic 46, Emmaus 7
Athens 30, Sayre Area 21
Bald Eagle Area 28, Bellefonte 6
Bartram 32, Furness 12
Bedford 41, Chestnut Ridge 15
Bensalem 20, Harry S. Truman 6
Bermudian Springs 35, Biglerville 20
Berwick 30, Hazleton Area 27
Bloomsburg 48, Central Columbia 21
Boyertown 46, Owen J Roberts 14
Bucktail 48, Carson Long 18
Cambria Heights 20, Somerset 6
Cambridge Springs 12, Iroquois 7
Camp Hill 14, East Pennsboro 13
Camp Hill Trinity 48, Boiling Springs 20
Canton 26, Troy 7
Catasauqua 28, Northwestern Lehigh 27
Cedar Cliff 34, Mechanicsburg 24
Central Bucks South 61, Central Bucks East 40
Central Bucks West 23, Hatboro-Horsham 12
Central Dauphin 42, Chambersburg 14
Central Martinsburg 40, Everett 0
Chestnut Hill 28, Penn Charter 14
Clearfield 35, Huntingdon 7
Coatesville 29, Avon Grove 6
Cocalico 35, Solanco 21
Communications Tech 24, Benjamin Franklin 6
Conestoga 30, Upper Darby 27
Corry 27, Warren 22
Council Rock South 17, Council Rock North 10
Cumberland Valley 42, Carlisle 7
Dallas 42, Lake-Lehman 7
Daniel Boone 19, Exeter 6
Danville 42, Warrior Run 21
Delaware Valley 35, Wallenpaupack 3
Delone 48, Hanover 6
Donegal 49, Columbia 34
Dover 62, Susquehannock 13
Downingtown West 42, Bishop Shanahan 20
Dubois 52, Bradford 21
Dunmore 28, Riverside 0
East Stroudsburg North 39, East Stroudsburg South 6
Eastern York 40, York County Tech 10
Erie Cathedral Prep 35, Erie East 0
Fleetwood 48, Kutztown 22
Garnet Valley 37, Haverford 13
General McLane 61, Franklin 33
Glen Mills 35, Chester 6
Governor Mifflin 46, Conrad Weiser 7
Great Valley 53, Sun Valley 35
Greater Johnstown 23, Forest Hills 17
Greencastle Antrim 41, Big Spring 22
Halifax 34, Newport 6
Harbor Creek 40, Erie Central 0
Hershey 34, Lower Dauphin 20
Honesdale 41, Carbondale 7
Hughesville 30, Muncy 14
Interboro 43, Penn Wood 14
Jersey Shore 14, Central Mountain 0
Karns City 46, Clarion 28
Keystone 35, Johnsonburg 6
Lakeland 30, Western Wayne 20
Lakeview 40, Kennedy Catholic 0
Lampeter-Strasburg 28, Conestoga Valley 16
Lancaster Catholic 51, ELCO 7
Lancaster McCaskey 22, Ephrata 15
Lebanon 20, Elizabethtown 13
Lehighton 55, Jim Thorpe 6
Lewisburg 28, Mifflinburg 9
Line Mountain 34, Pine Grove 28
Littlestown 47, Fairfield 12
Manheim Central 14, Garden Spot 7
Martin Luther King 34, Del-Valley Charter 14
Meadville 55, Titusville 0
Mercer 42, West Middlesex 6
Mercyhurst Prep 48, Maplewood 7
Mid Valley 43, Montrose 0
Mifflin County 32, Blue Mountain 27
Milton 42, Shikellamy 7
Milton Hershey 43, Palmyra 26
Minersville 56, Panther Valley 33
Montoursville 14, Loyalsock 0
Mount Carmel 20, Shamokin 7
Muhlenberg 26, Reading 25
Nanticoke Area 28, Hanover Area 21
Nazareth 49, Northampton 13
Neshaminy 24, Pennsbury 7
North East 14, Fort Leboeuf 11
North Penn 27, Pennridge 7
North Penn-Blossburg 42, Wellsboro 6
North Schuylkill 37, Millersburg 14
Northeastern 55, Kennard-Dale 28
Northern Lebanon 33, Pequea Valley 6
Northern Lehigh 41, Palmerton 12
Northern York 20, West Perry 12
Northwest Area 56, Columbia Montour Vo-Tech 0
Old Forge 22, Susquehanna 15
Oliver 34, Westinghouse 6
Otto-Eldred 44, Cowanesque Valley 6
Parkland 22, Whitehall 13
Pen Argyl 35, Bangor 24
Penn Cambria 37, Westmont Hilltop 7
Penn Manor 42, Cedar Crest 7
Penncrest 28, Radnor 21
Penns Valley 28, Mount Union 27
Philadelphia Northeast 39, Prep Charter 0
Philipsburg-Osceola 21, Ligonier Valley 14
Pittston Area 24, Wyoming Area 21
Pius X 40, East Juniata 14
Plymouth-Whitemarsh 32, Norristown 0
Pottsgrove 47, Phoenixville 7
Pottsville 27, Twin Valley 0
Punxsutawney 35, West Shamokin 6
Red Land 31, Susquehanna Township 19
Red Lion 27, Dallastown Area 24
Reynolds 26, Seneca 6
Richland 28, Central Cambria 14
Ridgway 35, Clarion-Limestone 0
Saucon Valley 20, Palisades 6
Schuylkill Valley 48, Hamburg 33
Scranton 19, Abington Heights 10
Sharon 44, Oil City 15
Sharpsville 47, Linesville 20
Shenandoah Valley 39, Mahanoy Area 34
Shippensburg 37, Gettysburg 13
Slippery Rock 23, Greenville 12
Souderton 41, Quakertown 17
South Western 54, Spring Grove 21
South Williamsport 35, Montgomery 16
Southern Columbia 42, Selinsgrove 0
Southern Lehigh 36, Salisbury 12
Spring-Ford 42, Perkiomen Valley 28
Springfield Delco 17, Marple Newtown 12
Springfield Monco 41, Jenkintown 0
St. Andrew's, Del. 25, Perkiomen School 14
State College 34, Central Dauphin East 27
Steelton-Highspire 36, Schuylkill Haven 28
Strath Haven 64, Harriton 28
Stroudsburg 35, Pleasant Valley 7
Susquenita 21, Middletown 14
Tamaqua 21, Marian Catholic 13
Towanda 41, Wyalusing 6
Tri-Valley 28, Upper Dauphin 27
Tyrone 42, Juniata 14
Union City 21, Eisenhower 18
Unionville 28, Kennett 0
University Prep 12, Perry Traditional Academy 0
Upper Moreland 21, Upper Merion 7
Upper Perkiomen 30, Pope John Paul II 7
Valley View 48, North Pocono 7
Waynesboro 36, James Buchanan 29
West Chester East 41, Oxford 14
West Chester Henderson 42, Downingtown East 20
West Chester Rustin 33, Octorara 6
West Lawn Wilson 40, Warwick 14
West York 28, New Oxford 0
Williams Valley 25, Annville-Cleona 0
Wilmington 28, Northwestern 0
Wilson 47, Notre Dame-Green Pond 17
Wissahickon 21, Cheltenham 0
Wyoming Valley West 49, Williamsport 18
Wyomissing 35, Berks Catholic 0
York Suburban 48, York Catholic 14
Youngsville 48, Saegertown 22

Philly Catholic League
Semifinal
Monsignor Bonner 20, Cardinal O'Hara 14