Archive: September, 2010
When Holy Cross took a 41-6 lead over Cinnaminson in the third period of Friday night's game, the official in the press box started a running clock. The Mercy rule kicked in because it was the second half and the Lancers had a 35-point lead.
The official explained that there were only four reasons to stop the clock once it started running: a penalty; an injury; a score or a called time out.
The score didn't change at the end and, mercifully, the game was over quicker.
While lightening delayed and then postponed Seneca's football game with visiting Moorestown Thursday night, Seneca football coach Bill Fisher and I started talking about Mike Southwick.
Southwick, a 5-11, 187-pound senior running back for the Golden Eagles, had scored 27 of Seneca's 35 points in a 35-6 win over Cherry Hill West the previous Saturday.
Southwick had combined his skills as a receiver, rusher and kicker to lead South Jersey players in points scored by an individual.
Winslow Township will play at Shawnee in a key WJFL National Division game on Monday night at 6 p.m.
The game between unbeaten teams was postponed Thursday night after heavy thunderstorms rolled through Medford.
"Our kids were ready, their kids were ready," Winslow Township coach Mike McBride said. "It's another couple days to prepare."
Washington Township field hockey coach Jeannine O'Connor had me feeling sorry for her team when we spoke during the preseason.
"We only have three returning; we're starting over," said O'Connor, now in her 17th season at the helm. "We used to have a middle school [feeder] program, but it was cut at the end of last year's school budget."
When I looked at the Washington Township field hockey results this morning, I saw that the Minutemaids have won their first three games by an aggregate score of 24-1.
Mentioned: Washington Twp.
I spoke with Haddonfield field hockey coach Lindsay Kocher after the Bulldogs beat Gateway, 6-0, in a Colonial Conferencem interdivisional game Wednesday.
Kocher said Alex Marshall had her second hat trick in two games and had scored a total of nine goals in the first three games of the season.
Why has the senior center forward gotten out of the gate so quickly this season?
Bishop Eustace field hockey coach Krissy Holak figured that the best way to contain Shawnee's top scorer, Becky Stiles, was with speed, not a double-teaming defense Tuesday.
So the veteran coach had freshman speedster Sarah Furey mark Stiles, who had scored six goals in the first two games of the season.
Host Eustace upset No. 2-ranked Shawnee, 1-0, and Furey played no small part in the victory.
Here's some leftovers from the three games I saw on opening weekend:
Glassboro 13, Penns Grove 12: The more I see of Glassboro RB P.J. James, the more I like him. He's got speed, and he's a big back at the Group 1 level: 6 foot, around 185 pounds.
But what I like best is the way he runs. He doesn't look for a soft place to land. He turns it upfield. He runs hard inside. He's not always looking to cut outside.
At Rutgers Stadium, the only score for the Hawks (1-1) was a fourth-quarter TD pass from Sklyer Mornhinweg to Mark Casale.