High School football in the Philadelphia area is right around the corner. In fact, most scholastic football teams in the Public, Catholic, Inter-Ac and suburban leagues will begin on August 31, just a few weeks away.
There are a number of great players throughout the city. If you’re a high school football fan, there’s always somebody to watch on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday afternoon.
In the Public League, there are a host of outstanding players to watch. Justin Moody, a brilliant defensive end from George Washington, is one of them. Moody, a 6-foot-3, 265-pound senior, can rush the passer and play the run. He is one of the toughest defensive linemen to block in the league.
The league has two sensational quarterbacks returning from last year. Tim DiGiorgio had a big year at Frankford High. DiGiorgio completed 136 of 237 passes for 2,357 yards and 30 touchdown passes. He led the Pioneers to an 8-3 record.
Eric Lark is a big play signal caller for Boys’ Latin. Lark completed 97 of 243 passes for 1,217 yards and 14 touchdowns. DiGiorgio and Lark are seniors. Both players are capable of making some exciting plays.
Imhotep Charter could have one of the league’s best ground attacks with David Williams and Eerin Young. Williams, who played at West Catholic last year, had 301 carries for 1,938 yards and 18 TDs. Young had 37 rushes for 242 yards while scoring three TDs rushing and three TDs through the air.
Central has a couple of really talented players in running back Hakeem Ellis and defensive lineman Joseph Shepherd. Ellis had 75 carries for 477 yards and scored five TDs last season. Shepherd does a nice job of playing against the run. He has great quickness and can get to the passer.
In the Catholic League, William Fuller, Roman Catholic wide receiver, is one of the best players in the city. He had 46 receptions for 758 yards and 12 TDs. He helped the Cahillites post an 8-3 record last season.
Archbishop Wood, the defending Catholic League and city champion, should be a power again. They return offensive lineman Nick Arcidiacono and placekicker Nick Visco. The league’s other major standouts include: Jaryd Jones-Smith (West Catholic, defensive lineman), Sean Coleman (La Salle, wide receiver), Michael Keir (Roman Catholic, quarterback) and Sharif Custis (Neumann-Goretti, defensive lineman).
In the Inter-Ac League, there’s a good list of football stars like Mike McGlinchey (Penn Charter, offensive lineman), Bobby Keyes (Springside – Chestnut Hill Academy, linebacker), Eric Neefe (Penn Charter, running back), Aron Morgan (Haverford School, placekicker) and Michael Hayes (Springside – Chestnut Hill Academy, quarterback).