Friday’s Scores

Catholic League AA

Archbishop Carroll 48, Conwell-Egan 26: Austin Tilghman rushed 16 times for 161 yards and two touchdowns to lead Archbishop CarrollSean McMorran connected on a 60-yard TD strike to Anthony Hill with 53 seconds left in the first half to give the Patriots a 28-14 lead at halftime.

Central League

Penncrest 19, Springfield 6 – Joe Volciak ran for 65 yards and collected two sacks to lead the Lions.

Upper Darby 45, Radnor 7 – Cyrus Barlee scored three second-quarter touchdowns to help the Royals romp over the Raiders.

Garnet Valley 48, Marple Newtown 13 – Christian Portale went 11-for-13 passing for 153 yards and four touchdowns – two apiece for John McGrogan and Zach Nelson – and Steve Palis has a 39-yard pick-6 as the Jaguars romped.

Haverford 31, Harriton 6 – All-Delco Kevin Leyden went off for 180 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries, plus two catches for 59 yards, and John Kim returned a punt 47 yards for a touchdown as the Fords cruised.

Conestoga 35, Strath Haven 14 – Parke Schweiter ran for 213 yards and a touchdown and Strath Haven lost Anthony Myers and Alex Bratsis to injury as the Pioneers romped.

Ches-Mont League

Kennett 48, Sun Valley 27 Kijana Gordon found the end zone three times, but the Vanguards couldn’t complete a late comeback before the Blue Demons padded their lead late.

Nonleague

Episcopal Academy 38, Chichester 20 – Dee Barlee had a pair of touchdowns to help the Churchmen fend off the Eagles, who got two touchdowns from Duffy Gilhool.

Camp Hits: McAllister is Chichester’s top dog on O-line

Daily Times staff writer Matt Chandik checks in with this report from Chichester camp

Chances are good that Colin McAllister probably won’t have to run 40 yards in one play for the Eagles – unless there’s some incredible downfield blocking going on – but if he has to, the junior can get there a lot faster this year.

He stands at 6-1 ½, 280 pounds, some 20 pounds lighter than he played at last year. The weight loss is paying off as McAllister displayed a quick first step and proved to be unblockable from his defensive tackle spot Wednesday. The Eagles return all five linemen on the offensive side of the ball, so that should be a strength, and McAllister is expected to be the best of the bunch.

“I tried to lose some weight and get my speed up,” McAllister said. “It was a lot of cardio. Sprints, mostly 40s. I ran a 5.3. I know (my previous time) it was about a 6. I just try to set goals for myself and the team and get better.”

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Most quarterbacks tend to stay away from defense and definitely away from special teams. The importance of the position tends to lend credence to the idea of letting quarterbacks hang out on the sidelines when they’re not slinging the ball.

Duffy Gilhool isn’t most quarterbacks. The three-year starter under center also plays safety and Wednesday, he started taking steps toward potentially being the Eagles’ punter.

“I’m trying it out,” Gilhool said. “Just get back there and kick the ball. Instead of moving to the sidelines, I just stay on the field. I like defense better than offense. I like to hit people.”

Nope, definitely not your average quarterback.

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Gilhool’s got his whole line back, along with big running backs DeJuan Santana and Trey Anderson and speedster Tamein Jackson. However, Eagles coach Ryan Smith also thinks that there’s a potential playmaker at tight end in Dan Sullivan. Sullivan will also see time at outside linebacker, but Smith likes his potential at tight end.

“He should make some plays,” Smith said. “He’s a tough kid, he’s got good hands, he’s a good blocker. The best part about him is that he plays a good brand of football. He plays tough. He’s athletic as all heck.”

Season Outlook: Healthy again, Chichester has core intact

It only seems like Duffy Gilhool is beginning his 10th season at Chichester. Actually, he’s a four-year starter, and figures to be one of the top returning QBs in Delco.
(Times staff / ERIC HARTLINE)

Coach: Ryan Smith (4th season)

2012 Record: 3-9 (2-3 Del Val League)

Opening Night: at Harriton, 7 p.m.

2012 In Two Sentences: Whatever could go wrong, did go wrong for the Eagles in 2012. They were ravaged by injuries, and as a result, unable to build off a strong finish in 2011.

Key Departures: Vlenale Byrd (WR), Na’ceem Antenor (RB), Corbyn Nyemah (ATH). Continue reading

More than just playoffs lie ahead in Delco

Most of our attention this week has been turned toward the playoffs. Were we with Major League Baseball, we might have come up with some type of cheesy slogan about these games counting and paired it with some commensurately corny celebrity spokesperson or an atrocious, “One Shining Moment” wannabe pop song flop.

Laquan Lambert and Chichester have a chance to add two more wins to their ledger this season. (Daily Times / ROBERT J GURECKI)

But we’re not (and we sleep a lot better for it). So instead, we’re going to turn our attention to games that still count, just not for an opportunity to take part in the PIAA tournament. Each team that plays in the next couple weeks has something to gain and a story to tell. More than a few have exciting football to produce. So for those teams not getting their postseason tickets punched, here are a few talking points:

- It would be really nice for Radnor to get off the schneid this week. They’re making progress, playing Marple Newtown tough before taking Penncrest to overtime. The Red Raiders are getting contributions from Tim Wilson, and TaJae Bryant is healthy again and showing the potential that had me thinking he was among the county’s top 10 running backs at the beginning of the season. They can beat Lower Merion in one of the nation’s oldest public school rivalries. And I think they will.

- Haverford may have missed out on the AAAA playoffs. But I firmly believe a team that gets 10 games out of Eddie Durkin under center – and Mike Clancy full-time in the backfield – is a playoff-caliber team. The Council Rock North game is assuredly a win if everyone’s healthy, and who knows if the games against Springfield and Conestoga don’t turn out differently with the benefit of a full season together. They have two games to turn this into a seven-win season, and both – Sun Valley and Upper Darby – are eminently winnable.

- Two games remain for Chichester, against Neumann-Goretti and Sun Valley. What kind of a boost would a four-win season give that program? This is a team loaded with talented juniors and sophomores. Call me crazy, but Duffy Gilhool and company could make some hey in the Del Val next year.

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Central League dominated by a pair of non-Delco QBs

At the risk of going all Nat King Cole on you, it has truly been said many times, many ways on this site that we limit our coverage to the Delco contingent of the Central League. But it’s still worth pointing out that statistically, the most prolific quarterbacks in the Central League hail from two of its three non-Delco representatives. And seeing as they’ve put up those numbers against 17 Delco opponents combined, it’s worth at least a brief mention.

Harriton’s Pat Moriarty and Conestoga’s Joe Viviano are with little doubt two of the best – in my opinion, the two best – quarterbacks in the area. The seasons they are putting up, and as juniors to boot, are remarkable when viewed in context.

The offensive philosophy of football as a whole has shifted the way of the passing game at virtually every level. With the popularization and adaptation of schemes like the spread offense and the West Coast offense to all levels of the game, the ability to move the ball through the air has a renewed importance.

But – and I know there will be some out there who objects to this statement – prolific, even at times proficient, passing hasn’t manifested itself in Delaware County, per se.

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