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Monday, September 10, 2012

Oropollo honored by MAC

Lycoming's Nate Oropollo (Cardinal O'Hara) was a busy man Saturday and Lycoming upset No. 22 Delaware Valley because of his active play on defense.
The senior defensive lineman got to the quarterback five times in the first half and was credited with three full sacks and two half sacks to lead the Warriors to a 24-14 triumph over the Aggies.
That effort earned him MAC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career.
It was the most sacks by a Lycoming player since Mark Seagraves set the record with six against Wilkes in 2000. The win also was Lyco's four over a ranked team in the last five years.
Oropollo's pressure on the quarterback helped the Warriors erase a 7-0 deficit and take a 17-7 lead into the locker room at halftime. That 10-point advantage was enough to give Lycoming its first win over Del Val since 2008. He finished with four solo tackles and three assists.
Teammate Kabongo Bukasa (Academy Park) also came up big for the Warriors. He was in on nine stops including two solo tackles.

Robertson earns CAA Rookie honors

Villanova quarterback John Robertson was named the CAA Rookie of the Week.
Robertson, a redshirt freshman, threw for one touchdown and ran for another to guide the Wildcats to a 28-13 come-from-behind victory over Fordham last Saturday.
Villanova scored 21 unanswered points after the Rams took a 13-7 lead in the second quarter.
Robertson threw a 25-yard TD strike to Norman White in the first quarter to get Villanova on the board and closed out the scoring with an 8-yard run in the fourth quarter. He completed 8 of 17 passes for 78 yards and ran for another 46 yards as the Wildcats rushed for more than 200 yards for the second straight week.
Villanova opens CAA play this week at home against Rhode Island. Kickoff is 3:30.

McGrath shines again

It was another big day for Liam McGrath (Haverford) and the Carnegie-Mellon defense. A week after he was named the University Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week, McGrath was in on a career-high four solo tackles as the Tartans (2-0) rolled over Allegheny, 37-7.
Carnegie-Mellon’s defense forced 10 straight punts and 11 consecutive scoreless possessions after Allegheny scored the first time it had the ball. McGrath, a senior cornerback, recorded the first two interceptions of his career in a thrilling 21-20 season-opening victory over Grove City a week earlier. His first pick came in the end zone and ended a Grove City drive. His second interception was in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory. He also was in on three solo stops.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Dueling quarterbacks at Villanova

Much to his chagrin, Andy Talley has a quarterback dilemma at Villanova.
Does he stay with sophomore Chris Polony or go with redshirt freshmen John Robertson when the Wildcats host Fordham in the home opener Saturday night at Villanova Stadium?
"That’s what we have to figure out," Talley said Monday during the CAA's weekly teleconference. "Robertson played so well that that you have to really give him consideration. He’s normally, obviously, a terrific runner, but a lesser passer than Chris Polony. Chris did nothing wrong really in the game, it’s just that when we put John in he sparked us and we stayed with him. It’s not like (Polony) lost the quarterback job so we have two good ones."
Robertson was the more effective of the two quarterbacks in Villanova's 41-10 loss to Temple. He completed 9 of 17 passes for 135 yards, carried the ball 15 times for 78 yards and directed Villanova's only touchdown drive.
"John surprised me," Talley said. "He had a lot of poise and that was our concern. He can be a little helter skelter and he played great for a redshirt freshmen. I was really impressed that he was faster than some of Temple’s people. He gives you that dual threat of a run-throw guy so we’re back in that two quarterback thing like we were with Chris Whitney and Antwon Young so we’ve got to continue to look at this thing so I’m not sure what we’re going to do yet."
Polony struggled against the Owls. He was 2-for-7 for 18 yards and threw an interception for a touchdown that broke the game open. Polony also had just six yards on five carries.

"I think the big thing with Chris was that the game was going a little fast for him," Talley said. "Maybe with a lesser opponent he would have been a little more on par, but I think that Temple’s defense was tough to catch up with. They played a lot of man coverage and when you play (against) man coverage you have to wait for your people to get open and the rush was so strong that he didn’t have that extra second to get the ball into somebody so he sort of was a victim of circumstance early in the game. He’s not going to run real well against a speed team like that, where John gave you that opportunity to get out of trouble to keep a pass play going or make 10 yards on a run. It was really more set for John that it was for Chris."
While the quarterback situation is unsettled, Talley said he took a lot of positives from the game. First, and foremost, was that the Wildcats came out unscathed. Talley said there were no injuries to report.
He also was happy with the play of running backs Austin Medley and Kevin Monangai, who combined for 121 yards on 21 carries. The Wildcats ran for 212 yards and had a 365-362 advantage in total offense. Talley also was pleased with Villanova's overall defensive performance, especially against the pass.
The problem. though, was turnovers and special teams play. The Wildcats had two turnovers, both of which led to Temple touchdowns, and allowed the Owls to average 21 yards on four punt returns.
"Against a I-A team, if you have two turnovers, you're going to be in harm's way so the score's a little deceiving," Talley said. "The fact is we lost the game. They were a better team. What I was looking for was a competitive effort and I thought we were competitive. I thought we should have gone into halftime down 17-14. (The Owls) have a lot of speed and size. We're not quite there yet, but we are getting better."
Now he just has to figure out the quarterback situation.
"We had planned to play John Robertson, our second quarterback, in a moderated kind of format and he ended up giving us a spark and played really well in the game," Talley said. "He ran for over 70 yards and did a good job in the passing game and now we're back to two quarterbacks, which is what I really don't want to do, but we have two guys who can play and we'll see where we go from there."

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Widener grad Edmunds a hit in Britain

Former Widener standout Bobby Edmunds is proof that Division III players can make a living playing basketball.
The 5-9 guard earned second-team All-British EBL honors and was named to the league's All-Imports Team.
Edmunds averaged 13.8 points, 5.6 assists and 2.2 steals per game for the Bradford Dragons. He had a 3-1 assist/turnover ratio and helped the Dragons to a sixth-place finish in the 13-team league with a 15-9 record.
Edmunds has also competed for the Hemel Storm in the United Kingdom, Team Wales in the Eurobasket Summer League in Charlotte, N.C. and Team Riga in the Eurobasket Summer League in New York.
He earned second-team All-MAC Conference honors as a sophomore and helped the Pride to three conference titles from 2007-09.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Wilks medals again at PIAA Champs

Another year and another medal for Cardinal O'Hara discus thrower Chazz Wilks. The three-time All-Delco unleashed his best throw in four trips to the PIAA Track & Field Championship to take sixth place in Class AAA.
Wilks' medal-winning throw was 169 feet, 2 inches, his best throw of the year. Wilks won a bronze in the discus as both a freshman and sophomore. He came into the event seeded next-to-last.

“I’m happy,” said Wilks, who won bronze as both a freshman and sophomore. “One of the officials said it was the best final ever. They never had the top six throw 169 and above so I couldn’t ask for more than that. I’m glad to be part of the best final ever."
Wilks won his flight by 15 feet and then maintained his medal position in the final.
"It's a nice way to go out, that's for sure," Wilks said.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Widener honors United Flight 93 victims

Widener’s trip to Western Pennsylvania to take on Thiel in the MAC-PAC Challenge was not all about football.
The Pride took time out of their schedule Friday to visit the 9/11 memorial in Shanksville, where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed Sept. 11, 2001.
The team paid tribute to the passengers and crew who bravely tried to retake the plane after it was highjacked on that fateful morning. The team was given a guided tour of the temporary memorial, which was replaced by a permanent memorial two days later on the 10th anniversary of the crash.
Team captains Cedrick Clayton, Chris Haupt, Joe Wojceichowski and Greg Walsh, along with head coach Isaac Collins laid a wreath at the site after the tour.
Walsh, who has been out with an ankle injury, saw his first action of the season as the Pride scored the last 37 points to roll over the Tomcats, 44-14.

Kansas is 2-0 for the first time since 2009 and no one is happier about fast start than linebacker Steven Johnson.
The senior from Strath Haven suffered three a three-win season last year and Sports Illustrated predicted that the Jayhawks would be worse this season.
“It’s real big,” Johnson said after the Jayhawks rallied to beat Northern Illinois, 45-42. “I want to give a shout out to the offense because they had our backs the whole game. That Sports Illustrated thing about us only winning one game is out the window. Next week I’m looking forward to getting another one.”
Johnson had five tackles against Northern Illinois and made 15 stops in a 42-24 season-opening victory over McNeese State. He ranks third in the Big 12 in tackles, but neither he nor the Jayhawks are about to rest on their laurels.
“I am very happy we got the win, but at the same time we have to get better on defense,” Johnson said. “We will get better , but there are some things we need to fix. (Northern Illinois’) offense was a really good offense. It will get us ready for the Big 12.”

Did you see that …
With two Corey Browns on the team, Ohio State refers to wide receiver Corey Brown out of Cardinal O’Hara as Corey “Philly” Brown.
Brown, the 2009 Daily Times Player of the Year and the 2009-10 Male Athlete of the Year, had one reception for 11 yards as the 15th-ranked Buckeyes held off Toledo, 27-22.
Marcus Collins (Monsignor Bonner All-Delco) has made an immediate impression at Iowa. Collins is seeing action on special teams as a true freshman. He made the tackle on the opening kickoff as the Hawkeyes fell to cross-state rival Iowa State in triple overtime, 44-41.
Junior Bernard Pierce (Glen Mills All-Delco) continues to climb the career rushing chart at Temple. Pierce ran for 150 yards and three touchdowns as the Owls throttled Akron, 41-3, to move past Todd McNair into fourth place on the career rushing list. Pierce has run for 2,386 yards in his career. Next up is Anthony Anderson, who ran for 2,610 yards from 1975-78.
Kamar Jorden (Penn Wood All-Delco) caught four passes for 51 yards and one touchdown as Bowling Green blasted Morgan State, 58-13.
Senior Andre Nelson (Springfield) returned three kickoffs for 47 yards for Morgan State.
Tackle Jack Lowney (Archbishop Carroll All-Delco) was part of an offensive line that enabled Old Dominion to pound out 277 yards on the ground and 403 yards overall in a 40-17 victory over Georgia State in the Georgia Dome.
The Monarchs are 2-0 and in their first season as a member of the CAA.
Sophomore running back Kyle Schuberth (Monsignor Bonner) had a team-high 52 yards rushing and one touchdown as Delaware Valley rallied for a 20-19 victory over Washington & Jefferson. Junior linebacker Jarred Pattinson (Interboro) had three tackle in a reserve role for the Aggies.
Half of the starting secondary at Lebanon Valley is from Delaware County. Senior Jerome Duncan (Academy Park) starts at one cornerback spot. Senior Dave Hallinan (Interboro) is the starting free safety. Duncan made seven tackles and Hallinan two as the Flying Dutchmen topped Grove City, 27-7.
Casey Strus (Cardinal O’Hara) and Zack McMenamin (Interboro) are both seeing time as true freshmen at Lycoming. Stus is the backup right guard and McMenamin has played on special teams. Sophomore linebacker Kabongo Bukasa (Academy Park) had was in on five tackles as the Warriors walloped Westminster, 41-3. Junior defensive end Nate Oropollo was in on three tackles.
The Middle Atlantic Conference went 5-1 in the MAC-PAC challenge. FDU-Florham was the only loser. The Devils fell to Saint Vincent, 55-3 Two of the games, Wilkes at Waynesburg and King’s at Bethany were canceled because of flooding in the Wilkes-Barre area.