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We've all heard of baseball games being called because of darkness. But football?
It happened last Friday in Philadelphia when officials stopped the Public League game between Samuel Fels and Benjamin Franklin. Fels was winning, 48-46.
Fels was going to be given the win, but league officials apparently have changed their mind and will finish the contest Thursday. Ted Silary of the Philadelphia Daily News has the story.
Ted Silary is a well-known longtime Philadelphia prep writer with his own web site www.tedsilary.com . In his notes, he comes up with this statistic on West Catholic, one of the top Class AA teams in the state: West Catholic has scored on 15 of its past 17 possessions. That includes one possession at the end of the game that ended with the team "taking a knee" in a blowout win.
Running back's conditioin improving
Steelton-Highspire running back Clayton McNair is improving after having brain surgery this weekend. McNair collapsed during Friday's game and was unconscious for 25 minutes. Andy Shay of the Harrisburg Patriot News reports that McNair has been moved out of intensive care and should be out of the hospital by the end of the week. Here is Shay's story.
Games on TV
FSN Pittsburgh will televise the North Hills-Woodland Hills Class AAAA semifinal Friday and show it on tape at 10:30 p.m.
Comcast will televise the North Allegheny-Central Catholic game and show it on the FYI channel Saturday at 7 p.m. It will also be available Saturday on "On Demand."
Here are the Post-Gazette state rankings.
PIAA CLASS AAAA - 1. LaSalle College 10-1. 2. Central Catholic 11-0. 3. North Penn 10-1. 4. Neshaminy 10-1. 5. North Hills 10-1
PIAA CLASS AAA - 1. Allentown Central Catholic 11-0. 2. Archbishop Wood 11-0. 3. Abington Heights 11-0. 4. Montour 11-0. 5. Thomas Jefferson 10-1
PIAA CLASS AA - 1. Aliquippa 11-0. 2. Lancaster Catholic 11-0. 3. West Catholic 9-2. 4. North Schuylkill 11-0. 5. South Fayette 11-0
PIAA CLASS A - 1. Clairton 11-0. 2. Rochester 11-0. 3. Mercyhurst Prep 11-0 . 4. Southern Columbia 9-2. 5. Avonworth 10-1.
Here's the ridiculous stat of the weekend. Luis Soto of Saddleback High in California carried the ball 67 times for 469 yards in a 49-39 loss to Laguna Beach. Yes, 67 attempts. Wonder if anyone else carried the ball, or if they threw it at all? Sixty-seven times is ridiculous.