Another weekend of football has come and gone, but that means a brand new one is set to begin.
Before I preview some upcoming games for this weekend, here are the scores of the games discussed in my previous blog:
Wyoming Valley West defeated Scranton 28-14.
Delaware Valley defeated Misericordia 42-17.
The Denver Broncos defeated the New York Giants 41-23.
Okay, enough about last week, let’s get into this week.
For High School football I’m sticking with the Wyoming Valley West Spartans, but only because they are going up against yet another undefeated team in the Berwick Bulldogs. Both teams sit comfortably at 3-0, but what really adds spice to this age-old rivalry is legendary High School football coach George Curry. Curry coached for over 20 years for the Bulldogs, guiding them to six state championships, five of which were consecutive throughout the 1990’s. They were even selected twice as the best High School football program in the country at that time. Following lack of faith and commitment amongst his players in the 2005 season Curry elected to retire, but a few weeks later it was announced that he had signed on to be the head football coach of one of the Bulldogs’ biggest rivals, Wyoming Valley West. For a few seasons all the talk was about Curry facing the team he helped build, but following the 2008 season, Curry was forced into retirement due to health issues. After the 2011 football season had ended, Berwick coach Gary Campbell resigned his position, and Curry was asked to return for the 2012 season on an interim basis, but a 9-1 record for the Bulldogs that season forced the school’s hand in asking Curry to stay on as coach, and he has. Now Curry is back on his original sidelines, coaching against another former team. The Spartans are also the “1” in Berwick’s 9-1 record from a season ago. Throw all the stats and records out the window, this game will be about the rivalry that was set around this one coach for so many years.
Looking at the college level, local Wilkes-Barre college the King’s College Monarch’s had a bye week this past week following a 21-19 loss on opening day to William Paterson University, a game that King’s almost came back to win after being down 21-7 going into the fourth quarter. Monarch’s quarterback Tyler Hartranft went 14-36 passing for 213 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the game with wide receiver Dan Kempa being on the receiving end of five of those passes for 105 yards. This week King’s goes up against the Lebanon Valley Dutchmen who are 1-1 after a recent 28-35 loss to Widener this previous week. Dutchman quarterback Brian Murphy has 350 passing yards and three TD’s on the season so far. King’s will be looking for their first win of the season, and have a good chance to do.
Professionally, the game I’m looking at is Thursday’s night’s matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs. New Chiefs coach Andy Reid is making his return to Philadelphia, where for much of the 2000’s he had the Eagles on the verge of Super Bowl titles. His 14 year stint in Philadelphia included 6 division titles, five NFC championship game appearances, including four consecutive, and one Super Bowl appearance. Reid’s tenure came at an end following the 2012 season after the Eagles finished 4-12, paving the way for former Oregon college football coach Chip Kelly who has done an impressive job with the Eagles. Offensively the Eagles are a dynamtie team and have three players in top five categories. Quarterback Michael Vick is third in the NFL with a 119.0 passer rating, running back LeSean McCoy is currently the league’s leading rusher with 237 yards and wide receiver DeSean Jackson is the league’s leading receiver with 297 yards. Let’s not forget Kansas city though who at 2-0 already matched their win total from the 2012 season. Andy Reid traded for former #1 overall pick in the 2005 draft and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith and both are leading the team in a terrific way. Alex Smith had four TD’s and no interceptions on the season so far and the team is being anchored by a defense that ranks third in the league while Philly’s offense ranks second. Look for a lot of scoring, and an emotional day for Andy Reid, win or lose.
That’s about all I have for this week. Next week I’ll preview three more games from each level of football with different teams. Have a good weekend everyone!