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    From Prince to king

    If players from both Northeast and Father Judge compared notes before their football game Friday night at Charles Martin Stadium, the teams probably would have discovered they had a lot in common.

    Are you ready for some football?

    With Week 1 of the high school football season kicking off this weekend, here’s a closer look at the seven Northeast-area programs:

    What’s in a name?

    Before getting to the blazing speed that made him a two-way sensation as a Father Judge sophomore, as well as the God-given football skills that already have him on the radar of a Big Ten program, we must first talk about that name:

    Meet Mr. Z

    Before teaming up with the Crusaders, Mark Zataveski played football for the University of Notre Dame under legendary head coach Lou Holtz.

    Mark Zataveski is a fairly new figure around the Father Judge community. For some, the name might ring a bell; for others, he is simply recognized as one of the biggest men they have ever seen teaching or coaching at the school. 

    Win one for Greg

    Friends, family and strangers flocked to Ramp Playground on Saturday to support the memory of Greg Hennigar, a Judge grad who died in May 2003.

    Surveying the packed Ramp Playground football field on Saturday morning, Tommy Coyle remembered a smile with one of his own.

    A fall to remember

    The fall sports winners will be honored at the 28th annual Northeast Sports Awards Banquet in the spring.

    Editor’s note: The seasonal sports winners are chosen by the Northeast Times’ sports staff based on both on-field excellence and leadership abilities off of it.

    Judge keeps Lincoln rivalry one-sided with 24th straight win

    The heavily favored Father Judge Crusaders found themselves in a battle with the Abraham Lincoln Railsplitters in the early going of their Thanksgiving battle.

    Thanksgiving football preview: Judge vs. Lincoln

    Though still in his first season as the Father Judge head football coach, nobody needs to tell Mike McKay how important Thanksgiving’s game against Abraham Lincoln is. McKay should know … after all, he played in the very first one.

    Cast away

    By the time the third quarter had ended in Friday night’s Catholic League football semifinal contest at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School, the damage had long been done.

    Backup QB Kovacs shines in Judge loss

    Call it constructive competition. Call it unconditional support.

    The comeback kid

    After a broken wrist derailed his 2012 season, Marquis Seamon is healthy again for white-hot Father Judge — and he’s got plenty of help.

    Last year, Marquis Seamon flew to Ireland for a football game and returned home with a season-ending fractured wrist as his souvenir. 

    Crusaders score fourth consecutive win

    If a jogger happened to have passed Upper Darby High School as two football teams exited the field on Saturday afternoon, he or she wouldn’t have been able to determine who had won the game.

    High School Football Round-Up: Week 3

    Outlook: The Railsplitters have sandwiched the season’s only win (a 6-2 victory in Week 2 over Overbrook) around two ugly losses, first a 47-21 defeat at Truman to open the year followed by last week’s 31-0 shutout at the hands of Upper Dublin. Lincoln hasn’t seen much develop in its rushing attack (LeRon Strothers leads the way with 56 yards on 20 carries), but QB Devon Thompkins has shown signs of improvement in taking over for the graduated Miguel Sanchez. Though he’s thrown only one TD pass so far, Thompkins has completed 28 of 60 passes for 306 yards, and is developing a nice chemistry with Ryan transfer Travon Williams, who has caught half of Thompkins’ passes for 164 yards. Head coach Ed McGettigan’s team will continue trying to get better when it opens up Class AAAA Silver Division play at South Philadelphia; after two defeats to open their season, the Rams responded last week with a 33-14 win over Valley Forge Military Academy.

    Back on track

    Judge rebounds from Week 1 loss by blanking Council Rock South to give head coach Mike McKay his first victory.

    Week 1 high school football recap

    Want to know how the rest of your favorite area high school football teams did last weekend? Here’s a recap of Week 1, as well as a look ahead to Week 2:

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Quotations
  • “We were flat all week in practice and I couldn’t put my finger on why,” said McKay, a 1976 Judge alum in his second season at the helm of the Crusaders’ program.

    From Prince to king →

  • “I told my kids that everyone that contributed to the cause won today,” said Judge head coach Mike McKay, himself a former quarterback at the school.

    Win one for Greg →