Marple Newtown could hire new coach next week

Originally posted on Delco Football:

Marple Newtown School District is apparently wrapping up interviews and could announce its new head varsity football coach at next Tuesday’s school board meeting

Marple Newtown great Chris Gicking, a longtime assistant under Conestoga’s John Vogan, is believed to be one of the favorites for the position. Gicking, you might remember, had the greatest career of any Delaware County quarterback while with the Tigers from 1993-95.

Ray Gionta resigned from the head coaching position to take the vacant Sun Valley job last month.

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NFL Free Agency 2014

David DiPasqua, Jr., Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

The 2014 NFL season kicked off today, as franchises made signature statements through free agent signings, cuts, or releases. Find out if you agree or disagree with your teams moves or lack thereof.

Highlighted the most prominent moves in FA, but the list below are NOT all the deals that transpired. 

Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles have struggled to find anyone who can simply cover or tackle in the secondary, since the departure of Brian Dawkins.

Malcom Jenkins instantly improves Philadelphia’s secondary

Provides experience, leadership, and a new attitude to a secondary that desperately needs it.

Bears

They release of Julius Peppers allowed the Bears to bring in Houston.

Replacing Peppers will be difficult, but Houston has a high motor that will get to the quarterback.

Broncos

The Denver Broncos got a SLAM DUNK in free agency, by picking up Ward and Talib.

Secondary breakdowns plagued the Broncos, but the acquisition of these two players will clean that up.

No doubt that if DeMarcus Ware ends up being the compliment to Von Miller, nothing is stopping them from another Super Bowl appearance.

  • Patriots CB Aqib Talib to Denver for  6-year, $57 million deal
  • T.J. Ward agrees to terms

Browns

The Browns upgraded their defense with productive veterans Dansby and Whitner.

Dansby was a tackling machine last season, while Whitner made his presence felt with hard hits in the secondary.

  • Cardinals LB Karlos Dansby reached a 4-year, $24 million deal
  • 49ers S Donte Whitner reached a 4-year, $28 million deal

Redskins 

Robert Griffin receives a reliable option on the outside in Roberts to compliment Pierre Garçon. 

The Gruden era in Washington will take some time, but Roberts provides stability.

  • Cardinals WR Andre Roberts reached on a 4-yr, $16 million deal

Saints

Can you say CHA-CHING! The Saints are officially all in this season. 

Byrd was considered the best secondary option on the market, as they let Jenkins go to Philadelphia. 

This deal must leave TE Jimmy Graham with a bad taste in his mouth, since he was unable to reach a long-term deal with the team. 

  • Bills S Jairus Byrd a 6-year, $54 million deal

Byrd cashes in as the Saints aim for Super Bowl

Steelers

Essentially replaces Ryan Clark on the back end of the Steel Curtain. 

Very talented safety, which can contribute right away. 

  • Panthers S Mike Mitchell a 5-year, $25 million deal. 

Vikings

Huge blow for the New York Giants as Joseph closed running lanes and generated a pass rush.

Joseph is very young at the age of 25, durable, and full of potential. Vikings received a talented player.

  • Giants DT Linval Joseph a 5-year, $31.5 million deal

49ers

Reunited with coach Harbaugh from his Stanford days. 

Great talent that provides the 49ers with another great lineup in the trenches.

  • Dolphins OT Jonathan Martin traded to the 49ers

Players to Watch

LB DeMarcus Ware: The Cowboys were atrocious on defense last year. Releasing Ware doesn’t help. 

After being released by the Dallas Cowboys, there are several suitors for the future HOF player. Denver has jumped out as the front runner, which is bad news for every other team in the NFL.

Ware instantly improves any defense

 

DE Jared Allen: Potential landing spots are Chicago Bears or Seattle Seahawks. All depends on whether Allen wants winning or a paycheck.

DE Julius Peppers: See the Bucs make a run at Peppers, reuniting him with coach Lovie Smith.

DL Jason Hatcher: Seattle Seahawks is where Hatcher is visiting. Hatcher would be another standout on that front 4 rotation.

RB Darren Sproles: New England needs a RB that can help Tom Brady. Sproles would be perfect in passing game with dump downs/ screens.

Eagles Draft Talk

David DiPasqua, Jr., Saturday, January 25th, 2014

After an incredible first season under Chip Kelly, the Philadelphia Eagles head into NFL draft with a full year under his belt.

This 2014 NFL Draft is extremely deep in particular positions, but the Eagles primary focus should be on defensive help.

The Eagles have possession of the 22nd overall pick in the 1st round, but they do have the option to trade up or down.

Is Calvin Pryor the answer at the safety position?

Two names to keep your eye on for the next few months if they stay put with the 22nd pick:

1) Calvin Pryor, Safety, Louisville

The secondary needs to be upgraded and Pryor can be that impact player. (Honestly, been missing safeties since Dawkins departed)

Pryor has the size at (6-foot-2, 208 pounds) for the safety position, while being known for his big hits.

His physical style of play is something that has been missing for quite some time and will be loved by Eagles fans.

The aggressive safety makes his presence felt when he creeps up into the box and stuffs the run.

With that said, he is a consistent tackler who has good form when it comes to one-on-one in the open field.

The lack of competition may hurt Pryor because he played at Louisville, but he proved to be a playmaker.

One thing that frightens me is that he needs to improve his ability to win matchups in man coverage.

Mel Kiper’s analysis of Pryor:

“Pryor is a rising talent with the speed and instincts to cover a ton of ground in coverage, but also the willingness to fly downhill and make tackles at the line of scrimmage. The onetime high school running back (and safety) was pretty dominant as a junior and enters the draft with a lot of momentum in terms of his tape”

The first-team All-AAC performer tallied up 75 tackles, 3 INTS, and 2 forced fumbles.

Will be arguably the top rated safety in this 2014 draft, but anything can happen with the NFL combine.

He’s one player that could possibly skyrocket up draft boards with a great combine.

2)  Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

The primary focus should be on defensive, but the selection of Benjamin will be decided on whether or not the Eagles resign Riley Cooper or Jeremy Maclin.

Benjamin was the primary weapon utilized for the National Champions this past season, who had a great influence on why Jameis Winston won the Heisman.

Standing at 6-foot-5 and 234 pounds, Benjamin could create mismatch problems for secondary’s across the league.

He has an unique combination of size & speed that has the potential to be an elite playmaker in the NFL.

Imagine Benjamin in this explosive offense

His primary role in the offense would be designed for the red zone, especially with his ability to go up and catch the ball at its highest points.

Did you watch the end of the National Championship game? Benjamin grabbed that ball with every inch of his height (Image provided if you missed it)

The statistics speak for themselves, as Benjamin caught 84 balls for 1,506 yards and 19 touchdowns in two seasons.

Plugging Benjamin in Chip Kelly’s offense will provide another deep threat with WR DeSean Jackson and take the pressure off of him.

Benjamin will open gaps in defenses, allowing others like DeSean Jackson, Brent Celek, Jason Avant, and LeSean McCoy to have open looks.

MN’s Future is Bright

By: David DiPasqua, Jr., Wednesday, November 7th, 2013

Coach Gionta addressing the team

Coach Gionta addressing the team

After an impressive 35-6 victory over Lower Merion last Saturday, the Marple Newtown Tigers finished their season with a 3-7 (3-6 Central League) record.

“It’s always good to end the season on a win,’ coach Ray Gionta said. “Good way to send the seniors out, a positive day for them and for the rest of the team. For the younger guys, it’s something to build on for next year.’

This core of young players now have a full year of experience under their belt and will look to make noise next year in the Central League.

MN will have the dynamic duo of Abel Hoff and Adrian Sapnas returning in the backfield.

Sapnas led the team in rushing yards and touchdowns, by having 118 carries for 813 yards and 7 TDs.

“Next year, we’ll be a veteran team,’ Sapnas said. Alongside Sapnas next year will be the lightning back, Hoff.

As a sophomore, Hoff rushed 130 times for 611 yards and 5 TDs.

Hoff showed off his versatility as a receiver, posting 11 receptions for 195 yards.

Earlier in the season, Hoff’s personal goal for the remainder of the season was to reach 1,000 or more all-purpose yards.

That goal was met, compiling 1145 all-purpose yards for the 2013 season.

The two seniors who also contributed in this offense were Ross Binder and Brian Rosborough.

Binder rushed 46 times for 221 yards, and 3 TDs, while Rosborough accumulated 224 yards and 1 TD.

The aerial attack was led by QB Tommy Davis, who finished the season with 583 passing yards, 5 TDs, and 3 INTs. 

2013 Seniors

2013 Tiger Seniors 

Davis reflected on the season by stating, “even though we didn’t have the season we wished for, that I still enjoyed playing with all my teammates and glad to be part of this team.”

Nik Rhoads was the main target through the air, as he had 15 receptions for 283 yards, and 1 TD.

Rhoads contributed on defense too with 37 tackles.

Defensively, A.J. Cunningham was a nightmare for opposing offenses, with 79 tackles and 12.5 tackles for loss.

The two big men on the defensive line were Zach Falcone and Markos Katrakazis. Both finished with 43 tackles apiece.

Marcus Weathers finished third on the team with 34 tackles on the season.

Other contributors were Gino Dicamillo with 33 tackles, 1 INT and Noah Turner ‘s 29 tackles, 1 INT. 

2013 Tigers Radio Network broadcast team (L to R) Greg Pecko-Play-by-Play Announcer, Steve Reynolds-Color Commentator, Jim Allsman-Executive Producer, Dave DiPasqua-Statistician & On-air Contributor and Frank Ruffo-Game Clock Operator

Tigers Radio Network broadcast team (L to R) Greg Pecko, Steve Reynolds, Jim Allsman, Dave DiPasqua, and Frank Ruffo

The future looks bright indeed for the Marple Newtown Tigers.

The Tigers Radio Network has provided live broadcasts of every game this season, with the exception of the Lower Merion.

Each game broadcast and statistics can be found here (More Information) 

Thank you for a great season.

Go Tigers!

 

Malvern Left EA in the Dust

By: David DiPasqua, Jr., Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

It was a beautiful night of Inter-AC league football as the Malvern Prep Friars took on the Episcopal Academy Churchmen.

Malvern Prep’s Troy Gallen stole the show as the Friars went on to win 49-21.

Gallen was certainly the player of the game, rushing 27 times for 365 yards and 5 TDs.

EA-MALVERN

Gallen’s 365 yards and 5 TDs led Malvern past EA

The future Delaware Blue Hen averaged 13.5 yards per rush.

At the half, the game was tied up at 14 apiece.

All momentum shifted in the second half as Gallen’s first carry went 59 yards for a TD.

His other bursts to the end zone came from 32, 40, and 70 yards out.

Malvern was able to control the line of scrimmage the entire night and allowed Gallen to make plays.

The Friars finished with 440 total yards on the night (405 rushing/ 35 passing)

Matt Brown contributed with 4 carries for 46 yards and 1 TD.

The Episcopal Academy was led by QB Ryan Whayland, who finished 15-for-29, 237 yards, 2 TDS, and 3 INTs.

Whayland’s aerial attack accounted for most of the Churchmen’s yardage (Finished with 289 total)

Turnovers were the key factor in how the game turned out.

As the night progressed, a gloomy fog took the field in the 4th quarter.

Malvern Vs. EA 11/2/2013

Next Week: Malvern vs. Springside Chestnut Hill Academy / EA vs. Haverford School

Game Audio from Malvern at The Episcopal Academy on Friday, 11-2-2013 (More Information)

Matt Chandik’s Article of the Game (More Information)

Gallen’s Highlight Film (More Information)

The Passing Attack of Davis & Rhoads

By: David DiPasqua, Jr., Saturday, October 26th, 2013

The Springfield Cougars surged past the Marple Newtown Tigers by a final score of 26-14.

The aerial attack was in full gear, as the Tigers were unsuccessful running the football.

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Davis finished 7-17 for 193 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 INT

The senior Davis began the game with a 79 yard touchdown pass to Nik Rhoads.

As the game progressed, the Tigers were unsuccessful in holding the 7-0 lead.

Davis finished the game 7-17 for 193 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception.

The main playmaker was Rhoads at wide receiver with 4 receptions for 145 yards and a touchdown.

On the ground, Adrian Sapnas led the way with 15 rushes for 39 yards and 1 touchdown.

Defensively, A.J. Cunningham showcased why he is a player to watch.

Cunningham finished with 18 tackles, as he was flying all over the field in pursuit of the football.

Other contributors were Gino Dicamillo, Nick Volpi, and Markos Katrakazis.

Dicamillo ended up with 8 tackles, as Volpi and Katrakazis finished with 7 tackles apiece.

The Tigers conclude their season on the road, traveling to Lower Merion on Saturday, November 2nd.

The Tigers Radio Network will be providing updates of the game through social media,.

Kickoff is set for 2:30 PM. Be sure to follow updates of the last game of the season.

Game Audio from Marple Newtown at Springfield on Friday, 10-25-2013 (More Information)

Sapnas Continues To Impress

By: David DiPasqua, Jr., Sunday, October 20th, 2013

The Tigers jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, but fell to Penncrest by a final score of 41-14.

Offensively, the rushing attack of Adrian Sapnas and Abel Hoff continues to run the ball efficiently.

Marple Newtown grabbed the lead in the first quarter because of a Sapnas 74 yard touchdown run.

Marple Newtown waiting to return back to the field

Sapnas finished the finished the game with 17 rushes for 156 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Hoff had 16 carries for 61 yards.

He also providing 2 receptions for 17 yards.

Brian Rosborough chipped in 4 carries for 26 yards.

The defensive leaders were A.J. Cunningham, Zach Falcone, and Markos Katrakazis.

Cunningham led the way with 8 tackles and a forced fumble.

Falcone and Katrakazis commanded the line of scrimmage with both contributing 6 tackles and a sack.

The Tiger offense in action against Penncrest 10-28-13

The Marple Newtown Tigers will travel to Springfield on Friday, October 25th.

With only two games remaining, be sure to come check out this Tiger football team.

Game Audio from Marple Newtown at Penncrest on Friday, 10-18-2013 (More Information)

Senior Night Showdown

By: David DiPasqua, Jr., Sunday, October 13th, 2013

It was a fight to the finish, as the Ridley Raiders were able to escape with a 28-21 victory over the Marple Newtown Tigers.

Senior Night (10/11/13)

Senior Night for Marple Newtown  (10/11/13)

The dynamic duo of Adrian Sapnas and Abel Hoff continued to run the ball effectively for the Tigers.

Sapnas took the bulk of the carries, rushing 29 times for 136 yards.

He also had the awareness to recover a fumble and run it back for a touchdown.

Hoff utilized his speed to the outside with 17 carries for 47 yards and a touchdown.

Sophomore Marcus Weathers was very impressive in his varsity debut at Quarterback.

Weathers finished the game 8-14 for 147 yards in the air, while also providing 1 rushing touchdown.

A.J. Cunningham once again led this Tiger defense, recording 6 tackles for the game.

He has now totaled 50 for the season.

Senior Nick Volpi contributed 5 tackles and 1 sack. Gino DiCamillo added 4 tackles.

The Senior Class of 2014

Cunningham leads MN with 50 tackles

Cunningham leads Marple Newtown with 50 tackles

  • Nik Rhoads
  • Brett Mellman
  • Ross Binder
  • Tommy Davis
  • Tom Perpiglia
  • Matt Reilly
  • Brian Rosborough
  • A.J. Cunningham
  • Nick Volpi
  • Sean Furst
  • Markos Katrakazis
  • Tom McHale
  • Josh Miller
  • Zach Falcone
  • Dean Brathwaite
  • Dan Doherty

The (2-5) Marple Newtown Tigers will finish out their season on a three game road trip, as they first travel to (6-1) Penncrest on Friday, October 18th.

The Tigers Radio Network will be providing full coverage of the game, which kickoffs at 7 PM.

Game Audio from Ridley at Marple Newtown on Friday, 10-11-2013 (More Information)

Dynamic Duo of Sapnas & Hoff for Tigers

By: David DiPasqua, Jr., Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Marple Newtown pulled out a 14-8 victory against Radnor for their second win of the season.

The Tigers were able to rush the ball effectively the entire night, allowing them to hold onto the win.

It was a career type of night for Adrian Sapnas, who rushed 23 times for 189 yards and one touchdown.

Marple Newtown's offense ran the ball effectively (10/4/13)

Marple Newtown’s offense ran the ball effectively (10/4/13)

Sapnas displayed his breakaway speed in a 82 yard burst for the end zone that occurred in the second quarter.

Sophomore Abel Hoff continues to showcase his speed in this Marple Newtown Wing-T offense, breaking off a 49 yard touchdown run.

Hoff finished the game with 15 carries for 110 yards and one touchdown.

The Tiger defense had a great performance by only allowing six points, while the other two came from a safety.

Leading the way once again on defense was A.J. Cunningham.

Cunningham led the team in tackles with 10, as he now has posted 44 for the season.

Nik Rhoads finished the game with 7 tackles.

Nick Volpi was another Tiger who had a big game defensively, contributing 5 tackles and one sack.

Overall, it was a great win for this young Marple Newtown team that is starting to build momentum.

The (2-4) Tigers return to action Friday, October 11, as the (3-3) Ridley Raiders come to Harry Harvey Stadium.

Sophomore QB Marcus Weather alongside Coach Gionta

Sophomore QB Marcus Weathers alongside Coach Gionta

As Ridley enters, do not forget that it is Senior Night for the Tigers.

The Tigers Radio Network will be providing full coverage of the game, which kickoffs at 7 PM.

Game Audio from Radnor at Marple Newtown on Friday, 10-4-2013 (More Information)

Tigers Experience Growing Pains

By: David DiPasqua, Jr., Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Marple Newtown fell to Garnet Valley Friday night as the Jaguars improved to 5-0.

Garnet Valley controlled both sides of the football, beating the Tigers by a final score of 48-13.

Offensively, the Tigers were led by Adrian Sapnas, Brian Rosborough, and Abel Hoff.

Tigers offense lined up against Garnet Valley (9/27/13)

Tigers offense lined up against Garnet Valley (9/27/13)

Sapnas finished the game with 10 carries for 42 yards and a touchdown.

Rosborough broke off a long 54 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

He finished the game with 5 attempts for 63 yards and that touchdown run.

Hoff had 11 rushes for 52 yards, while also providing 2 receptions for 69 yards.

Defensively, A.J. Cunningham continues to be a force at the linebacker position, leading the team with 10 tackles.

Two other Tiger contributors on defense were Marcus Weathers with 9 tackles, while Noah Turner chipped in 6.

The Tigers will look forward to Friday, October 4th, as they return home to Harry Harvey Stadium .

It will be homecoming/alumni night as the Tigers faceoff against the Radnor Raiders.

Tigers Radio Network will be providing full coverage of the game, which kickoffs at 7 PM.

Game Audio from Marple Newtown at Garnet Valley on Friday, 9-27-13 (More Information)