When North Catholic shut its doors for good last year, it meant the end of one of the oldest traditions in the city. The annual Thanksgiving Day game with Frankford — like all else associated with the school — was reduced to a memory in the minds of the players, coaches and alumni.
In Ron Cohen’s previous 26 seasons as head football coach at George Washington High School, he probably could count on one hand how many times the Eagles had gone into a big Public League showdown as the underdog.
For 24 minutes on Saturday night at Northeast High School, all seemed to be lost for the George Washington football team.
Riding a six-game win streak into the postseason, the Abraham Lincoln football squad was stunned to lose in the first round of the playoffs.
In a game marred by imperfection, all Tim DiGiorgio had to do was be perfect to ensure Frankford High School’s biggest regular-season football victory in years.
“I think our goal has been to make a statement each week, that we aren’t the old Ryan anymore. I think we did that.” —Ryan QB Mike Anusky
After a few hours of watching Matt Smalley and Raul Quinones go to work on the football field, it’s easy to see why the duo are also considered track standouts. Quite simply, they run all over opposing defenses.
Sentinels Ave Bolli, Francesca Faillace and Kelsey McDonough were selected to represent the Philadelphia Catholic League during this year’s Carpenter Cup.
They didn’t walk away with a win, but the Public League was all smiles at the 26th annual Carpenter Cup on Monday.