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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.”

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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.

Injuries mounting at Villanova

First it was leading Norman White, who was lost for the season with a lisfranc fracture in his left foot. Now it appears that Villanova will be without the services of quarterback Dustin Thomas and wide receiver Joe Price.
Thomas, a redshirt freshman, suffered a third degree separation of his left (non-throwing) shoulder in Villanova's 31-10 loss to Towson and could be out for the season, head coach Andy Talley said during the weekly CAA football teleconference Monday.
Talley said Thomas is expected to undergo more testing and the team would have a better idea of the extent of the injury.
Price, a sophomore out of The Haverford School, suffered a punctured lung and two fractured ribs, Talley said. He also could be lost for the season.
"The problem for us right now is that we've lost three play makers and you need playmakers to be successful in this league," Talley said.
Christian Culicerto, a walk-on senior, took over when Thomas went down in the third quarter. Culicerto completed 10 of 19 passes for 95 yard and accounted for Villanova's only touchdown with a 5-yard pass to Kenny Miles. But Culicerto will not be the starter against Monmouth Saturday, Talley said.
Chris Polony, a true freshman from Whitehall High School, will be taken off a redshirt year and take over the starting job.
"We prepared Chris (Polony) as the backup, but decided to go with Christian to maintain his redshirt," Talley said. "With Christian being a senior and Chris a true freshman, it makes sense to get the young guy ready for the future. Christian did a great job, but we need to groom the young guy."