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Willie McGonigle

Willie McGonigle
Willie has been covering High School Football in the area for nearly 20 years.

Malvern Prep Defense Forces Five Turnovers in Victory Over Hun School

September 30, 2023

MALVERN: With the weather forecast calling for rain on Friday Night Malven Prep Head Coach Dave Gueriera knew taking care of the ball and forcing turnovers while taking care of the ball themselves would be huge in their non-league against undefeated Hun School from Princeton NJ. Fortunately for Gueriera his defense forced five turnovers, had […]

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District 1: Midseason Report

September 29, 2023

As hard has it is to believe we have already reach the midway point of the 2023 Regular season and we have seen our plenty of action in District 1 lets take a look at the playoff picture and other surprises thus far this season in District 1. 6A After 5 weeks of the regular […]

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Wolski Marple-Newtown Answer Challenge Shut Out Ridley

September 22, 2023

RIDLEY TOWNSHIP: After being shutout last week by Springfield, Marple-Newtown Head Coach Chris Gicking knew his team was in for another heavyweight battle this Friday night on the road at Ridley, so he issued a challenge to his team and Sophomore Brett Wolski and the Tigers defense accepted the challenge and came out to play […]

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What the heck’s happening in Districts I & XII This Week: Week 4

September 21, 2023

Welcome back after taking a two-week hiatus due to work commitments and for that, I offer my apologies we are back let’s take a look at What’s Happening in Districts I& XII _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Streak Still going: Despite receiving a scare from Haverford last week with their 14-13 victory over the Fords the Garnet Valley Jaguars […]

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Cardinal O’Hara Strikes Quick Then Defense Shuts Out West Catholic

September 16, 2023

SPRINGFIELD: Entering Friday nights Philadelphia Catholic League Blue Division opener Cardinal O’Hara Head Coach Mike Ewing knew his defense was in for a tough test in having to defend against visiting West Catholic and their Quarterback Kal-El Durham. Luckly for Ewing his Lions defense was up to the test and his offense did enough as […]

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Strath Haven Claims 14th Consecutive Media Bowl Over Penncrest

September 15, 2023

WALLINGFORD: The Strath Haven Panthers and Penncrest Lions have been playing each other since 1983. And the the rivalry has mostly gone in the favor of the Panthers who entering Thursday’s nights edition of the Media Bowl the Panthers were victorious in the last 13 and had won 36 of the 40 meetings overall. It […]

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Roman Catholic’s Defense Starts Fast Fuels win Over Episcopal Academy

September 9, 2023

NEWTOWN SQUARE: Every coach dreams of a quick start from their team. Friday night Roman Catholic Head Coach Rick Prete got that, but it wasn’t his offense that came out of the gate fast it was his defense, that before their offense could even get on the field gave the visiting Cahillites’ a 12-0 lead […]

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Henicle-Kucera Connection Carrys Downingtown West Over Perkiomem Valley

September 2, 2023

DOWNINGTOWN: Downingtown’s West Quinn Henicle and Jake Kucera share a connection that only best friends can have. On Friday night at Kottmeyer Stadium the best friend combo proved too much for Perkiomen Valley as the host Whippets downed the visiting Vikings 35-14 in a non-league showdown of District 1 6A powers. “My connection with Jake […]

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Tozzi, Ground Game Helps Penncrest Finish Chichester

September 2, 2023

MIDDLETOWN: Last season the Penncrest Lions struggled and went 1-10 however in several of those games the Lions either had a lead or were close before things snowballed and got out of hand. All off-season QB Nico Tozzi and his teammates had one word in mind: FINISH. On Thursday evening the Lions did just that […]

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What the heck’s happening in Districts I & XII This Week: Week 1

August 30, 2023

_________________________________________________________________________________________________ Welcome to another week of What the heck’s happening in Districts I and XII. Week zero is in the books, let’s look at what happened. Milestone Game for Roman Catholic: Last Friday’s night 49-14 victory over Wilson was the program’s 1200 game. It also was the program’s 526 win. Boyertown’s Cole Yesavage has 5 […]

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With a Brotherhood on the Line Paving the Way, Lammy, Downingtown East Dominate Pennridge

August 26, 2023

DOWNINGTOWN: When you play with the same guys for several years you expect to be close to each other. Downingtown East offensive line is a perfect example of just that as not only did the Cougars return 6 players on the line, but they are close. Adham Abouraya, Luke Fowler, Ryan Konchek, Ryan Moses, Cody […]

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What The Heck’s Happening in Districts I & XII This Week: Week Zero

August 25, 2023

_________________________________________________________________________________________ Hello and welcome to the 2023 season of What’s Happening in District I & XII! Join us every week as we take a look back at what has happened and look forward to what will happen in Districts I and XII Strath Haven to Host Field Day: Strath Haven High School invites you to […]

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Bonner Set to Open Season Overseas in Ireland

August 22, 2023

DREXEL HILL: Traditionally Monsignor Bonner opens their season with an 8-minute walk down Lansdowne Avenue where they battle neighboring Upper Darby High, but 2023 will see the Friars breaking tradition in a big way. On Tuesday the Friars will board a bus for a 25-minute trip They will arrive at Philadelphia International Airport where the […]

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2023 Pioneer Athletic Conference Frontier Division Preview

August 21, 2023

Last season the Perkiomen Valley Vikings for the second consecutive year took home the Liberty Division Championship and defeated the Frontier Division Champions Pope John Paul II Golden Panthers in the Pioneer Athletic Championship Game. Both the Vikings and Golden Panthers appear poised to be playing in the PAC Conference championship for the third season […]

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2023 Pioneer Athletic Conference Preview: Liberty

August 17, 2023

Last season the Perkiomen Valley Vikings for the second consecutive year took home the Liberty Division Championship and defeated the Frontier Division Champions Pope John Paul II Golden Panthers in the Pioneer Athletic Championship Game. Both the Vikings and Golden Panthers appear poised to be playing in the PAC Conference championship for the third season […]

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Four District 12 Stars Named to PSFCA East/West Games in May

February 18, 2023

Today the PSFCA announced the rosters for the annual East/West All-Star Games that are slated to take place on Sunday, May 21 at Bishop McDevitts Rocco Ortenzio Stadium in Harrisburg. District 12 is well represented in the games as four players have been named to teams. In the Small School game that’s slated to kick […]

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Getting to Know New Abington Head Coach Terence Tolbert

January 20, 2023

On January 10, Terence Tolbert was named the 18th head coach in Abington history. Recently he sat down with Pafootballnews for a Q&A. PFN:What is it like to return to your Alma Mater and be named head coach there? TT: Any athlete would want to return to where they competed to lead the team. Returning […]

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Unionville Tabs Murphy New Head Coach

January 18, 2023

Unionville High School will have a new face guiding the Longhorns Football for the first time in nearly two decades. On Tuesday evening, the Unionville Chadds Ford School Board approved Tim Murphy as the school’s new head coach. Murphy takes over for Pat Clark who retired from coaching at the end of this past season. […]

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Central League Year in Review

December 31, 2022

With only a few hours before the calendar turns to 2023 what better way to end the year than to look back at the year that was in the Central League. While 2022 saw some new things in the Central League such as Eric Van Wyk taking over at Garnet Valley for the retired Mike […]

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Maxwell Football Club Announces Mini Max Award Winners

December 19, 2022

Upper Dublin’s Colin O’Sullivan is one of 55 Mini Max award winners Today the Maxwell Football Club announced the 55 recipients from Pennsylvania that were awarded the clubs Mini Max Award Winners. Each winner was nominated by their head coach and was evaluated by criteria that included on-field performance as well as work in the […]

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Seventh Heaven: Big First Half Gives St. Joseph’s Prep 7th State Championship in School History

December 10, 2022

CHAMBERSBURG: Last week in their state semi-final victory over Garnet Valley the St. Joseph’s Prep Hawks jumped out to 48-0 halftime lead. Saturday evening, the Hawks offense came out rolling racking up 311 yards and putting 35 points on the scoreboard in the opening 24 minutes on their way to a dominating 42-7 victory over […]

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6A Final Team Preview: St. Joseph’s Prep

December 9, 2022

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – While the location may have changed to Cumberland Valley’s Chapman Field, one constant remain: the St. Joseph Prep Hawks are in the 6A State Championship. This season marks the eighth consecutive season that the Hawks have made an appearance in the big game.  If you include the Hawks’s rival LaSalle it makes […]

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St Joseph’s Prep Rolls to 8th Straight State Championship Appearance with Rout of Garnet Valley

December 3, 2022

Since dropping their season opener to St. Thomas Aquinas the Hawks of St. Joseph’s Prep have been on a roll winning 10 consecutive games. On Saturday, at windy rain-soaked Charles Martin Stadium at Northeast High School the Hawks extended their win streak to 11 with dominating 48-7 victory over the District 1 Champion Garnet Valley […]

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Continuity in Coaching One Key to Garnet Valley Success

December 1, 2022

Picture Provided by Coach Eric VanWyk Except for the 2020 season when the Central League elected to not participate in the District One and PIAA postseason the Garnet Valley Jaguars have been a staple in the District One Playoffs. To find the last time that the Jaguars didn’t make an appearance in the postseason, you […]

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Mistakes Doom CB West In District Final Loss

November 26, 2022

(Picture courtesy of Brendan Ricciardi) CONCORD: Heading into Friday night’s District 1 6A Championship Central Bucks Head Coach Rob Rowan knew that his Bucks team would need to play nearly perfect football to come out victorious. After all their opponents the number 1 seed, undefeated, and the reigning District One 6A Champions Garnet Valley Jaguars. […]

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