Even though it was Labor Day, Northeast High School’s football team had some work to do.
With his college decision already in hand, Gladimir Paul has just one more thing to check off his bucket list: deliver Northeast its first league title in four years.
Scoreless through four full quarters, it almost seemed appropriate that the newest chapter of the ancient Northeast-Central Thanksgiving rivalry would be decided, in part, by a coin toss.
Phil Gormley found out pretty early on not to underestimate the annual Thanksgiving contest between Central and Northeast.
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.
Despite dealing with a rash of injuries leading to an 0-3 start, Northeast heads into division play with a clean slate.
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:
Here's a look at the other five area football teams on the eve of the 2013 season.
He was an assistant at Northeast High from 1998-2008. Now, Phil Gormley is back on the Vikings gridiron. And this time he's running the show.