Roman's Kelly connection reaches football milestone
AT SOME point next season, Roman Catholic junior running back Dimetri Kelly might have the ultimate bragging rights over his older brother, Marcus.
For now, they share a milestone after Dimetri's 62 yards in a loss to La Salle put the brothers over 5,000 combined rushing yards at Roman.
Surely, little brother, a 5-11, 190-pound running back, has been keeping track of his yardage in anticipation of eventually besting his brother's career totals, right?
"It felt good," the 16-year-old Kelly said of the family's induction into the 5K club. "I didn't even know I had 2,153 yards, but it was good to find out."
Nineteen-year-old Marcus, who Dimetri said is taking a year away from football, is a sophomore at Kutztown University.
As a 5-9, 165-pound running back, Marcus rushed for 2,853 yards as a Cahillite. Dimetri currently sits just 700 yards behind for household gloating rights.
So, who is the better back?
"I think I'm better," Dimetri said. "But my brother is faster than me now."
The brothers' father, Darryl Kelly, was third-team All-City as a defensive end for King in 1982.
Dimetri Kelly has rushed for 1,206 yards and eight touchdowns this season, with two games left, and said he has generated college interest from Pittsburgh, Penn State and Virginia.
When asked whether the trio ever talk trash about who is the best athlete in the family, Dimetri said, "A little bit, but not so much with my dad."
But if Dimetri catches his older brother next season, rest assured, he will have a concise, yet effective message.
"That I'm better than him."
Catholic League Class AAAA Archbishop Ryan knocked off AAA Archbishop Wood last week, 22-7. The Raiders were led by Samir Bullock, who hardly gets out of bed for anything less than 100-yard rushing games. Bullock, a 5-7, 165-pound junior, has breached the century mark in all but one game this season. He went for 122 yards and a score vs. Wood . . . The shock waves of the Ryan upset even reached Upper Darby, where Bonner-Prendergast was taking on Cardinal O'Hara. When the Ryan score was announced over the public-address system, a player on the Bonner sideline said, "Wait, Ryan's beating Wood?" . . . Episcopal waylaid Penn Charter, 30-0, led by 119 yards rushing by Dee Barlee and 114 by Anthony Feliziani . . . King's Delane Hart caught three balls for 112 yards and a score in the team's sixth consecutive victory, 20-16 against Overbrook . . . St. Joseph's Prep quarterback Chris Martin rushed for 33 yards and went 13-for-19 for 185 yards and four scores to reach 3,000 total yards in his career. He has 2,315 and 817, respectively, according to www.tedsilary.com . . . King quarterback Joseph Walker also broke into broke into the 3K club, only he gets in because of his passing prowess. His 9-for-18, 151-yard performance against Overbrook puts him at 3,105 for his career, with 39 touchdowns.
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