Even when Juan Namnun expects to lose, he still wins.
The Archbishop Ryan coaching staff had a strong yet simple message for the Raiders’ football team after their Thanksgiving Day battle with Far Northeast rival George Washington.
After two record-breaking seasons as Frankford’s quarterback, Tim DiGiorgio parlayed his success under center for the Pioneers into a spot on the Temple University football team. With the Owls on a bye week, it would have been easy for him to kick back on his couch, safely sheltered from the frigid early-November temperatures.
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Mark Ostaszewski Jr. is a two-way senior standout at Archbishop Ryan; in 1990, his father also competed for the Raiders.
"There's always butterflies. It's an exciting time. I guess the day you don't get excited, it's telling you something." — Washington head coach Ron Cohen on his nerves before season-opening games.
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.
Senior quarterback Stephane Smith is the first four-year varsity starter in Samuel Fels football history.