Football: Training camp confidential: Paul VI

 

By Phil Anastasia

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Training camp confidential: Paul VI

Coach: John Doherty

Last year: 7-3, second in the WJFL Constitution, lost to St. Peter's Prep in first round of Non-Public 4 state tournament

Schedule: at Seneca, Clearview, at Cherry Hill West, at Delsea, Winslow Twp., bye, Triton, at Kingsway, at Moorestown, Camden Catholic (Thanksgving)

Player to watch: Senior lineman Elijah Hines (pictured). The 5-10, 205-pound Hines is a returning starter at right guard. He's a key player because the Eagles are going to need strong line play to take full advantage of their array of top skill-position players. "It all starts up front," Hines said. "I like blocking. It's a lot of responsibility. It's like you are protecting."

Outlook: Paul VI projects as perhaps the favorite in the WJFL Constitution division, especially since Timber Creek has moved up to the National division. Leading the way for the Eagles will be senior WR/DB Irv Charles (6-4, 210), a Penn State recruit. Charles caught 49 passes for 848 yards and 11 TDs last season. The Eagles, who play a spread, no-huddle offense, have explosive weapons at the slot positions in juniors Lonnie Moore (5-9, 160), who ran for 458 yards and 7 TDs and caught 28 passes for 473 yards and 4 TDs last season, and Stefone Moore-Green (5-8, 165), who caught 19 passes for 205 yards. Senior WR Alex Toplyn (6-2, 200) is another veteran wide-out. The top ball-carriers likely will be juniors Gavin Sentak (6-0, 215) and Chris Randle (5-11, 200), both of whom are top linebackers. The quarterback likely will be junior Matt Vitale (5-9, 155), a transfer who started last season for Haddon Heights, or sophomore Elvis Hines (5-10, 170), who also is a top defensive back who has an offer from Temple and could generate major reruiting interest. Other key players include senior lineman Brian Smith, junior linemen Steve Donatis (6-4, 230) and Darrin Di Lauro (6-2, 250), senior DL James Weathers and sophomore WR Eric Robertson, among others.

Fast fact: Paul VI scored 21 or more points in every game last season except for an 8-7 loss to Timber Creek.

Quote: "We've got a great bond on this team. We're all like brothers," Hines said of the Eagles' team chemistry.

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