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.
The heavily favored Father Judge Crusaders found themselves in a battle with the Abraham Lincoln Railsplitters in the early going of their Thanksgiving battle.
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.
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.
Call it constructive competition. Call it unconditional support.
Last year, Marquis Seamon flew to Ireland for a football game and returned home with a season-ending fractured wrist as his souvenir.
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.
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.
Judge rebounds from Week 1 loss by blanking Council Rock South to give head coach Mike McKay his first victory.