In Wednesday’s Daily Times, Terry Toohey has the first Football Notebook of the season (subbing in for me this week). Also included is the latest Super 7, which also will be posted here.
But first … our Weekend Notebook:
- Delco Christian’s season opener with Carson Long Institute was postponed Friday due to inclement weather and moved to Monday, but once Carson informed the Knights athletics department that it could not host, the game was canceled. As for the Knights’ next scheduled game, Calvary Christian cannot field a team and therefore forfeited its season. So, the Knights won’t kick off their season until Sept. 22, when they host Bicentennial League rival Bristol. By PIAA rule, both forfeits result in a pair of wins for the Knights.
- Chichester’s Corbyn Nyemah was a bright spot in the Eagles’ 35-7 loss to Archmere Academy Saturday. The senior tight end had two catches for 31 yards. His first catch was on 3rd-and-10 on Chichester’s first drive. He ran right down the middle for about 10 yards and had a defender all over him as he pulled down Duffy Gilhool’s throw with one hand and lunged forward for another couple of yards. Defensively he had a couple of tackles for losses and forced quarterback Brian Rogers to hurry several passes.
- Speaking of Archmere coach Jerry Ambrogi (Delco resident) is a former Auks player and was a long-time assistant coach at the school. This is his 13th season as head coach. He was asked about the recent comments by Vice President Joe Biden, who stopped by a high school football practice on a campaign visit in the Midwest, and told the players “I’d give anything to have my senior season of football again.” Biden was a senior halfback on the 1960 Archmere team that ended a string of 12 losing seasons by going 8-0 under first-year head coach John Walsh. Biden was the team’s leading scorer with 12 touchdowns. “I think I could find a place for him,” said Ambrogi, who starts only three seniors on his offensive unit. Junior quarterback Brian Rogers (St. Dorothy CYO football, Drexel Hill) said “we’ve heard a lot of stories about when (Biden) played here.”
- Perhaps The Haverford School would have held on to a 12-point, fourth-quarter lead Saturday against Cardinal O’Hara if the Fords had sophomore running back Philip Poquie at their disposal. Poquie rushed for 98 first-half yards, including a 74-yard touchdown run, but did not play after halftime due to an apparent knee injury. “Obviously, that hurts in terms of the run game,” Fords coach Michael Murphy said.
- Springfield’s remarkable comeback win over Harriton was truly a tale of two halves for Rams quarterback Pat Morarity. The Division I prospect was 11-for-14 with 192 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions after two quarters. He was just 3-for-12 for 44 yards the rest of the way. After Harriton took a 27-7 lead midway through the third quarter, Morarity went 1-for-10 with no yards passing.
- Springfield committed five penalities — two were illegal blocks in the back, and two were holding calls. The Cougars also had four fumbles, two of which they lost. “We went in at halftime and we talked and I went to all of my coordinators and I said, ‘I don’t want to yell and scream at halftime,’” coach Tom Kline said. “We were making some little mistakes, but we had to coach them at halftime. I looked at them all in the eye and said to them, ‘We never, ever give up.’”
- Springfield’s Rob Murphy had nine touches in the game (eight carries for 82 yards; one catch for no gain), and two of his final three went for touchdowns — a 16-yard carry and a 22-yard carry, coming in the span of three minutes in the fourth quarter. “Once I started getting the ball more — I only got it two times in the first half. I don’t have a problem with that, but — I suddenly got in a groove and kept going,” Murphy said.