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Willie McGonigle

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

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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Marple Rallies from 21 down to beat Penncrest, Makes Gicking All-Time Winningest Coach

November 24, 2022

MIDDLETOWN: Chris Gicking lives and breathes all things Marple and Marple Newtown school district. It was at Marple where he threw for 5897 yards in his high school career and where his name can be found either in first or second place when you look at the school’s record book for all passing stat categories. […]

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Hatton, West Chester Rustin Take Down Strath Haven in Another Overtime Classic

November 19, 2022

West Chester Rustin’s Nelson Murray takes the opening Kick-off 92 yards for the score. Pic Courtesy of: Kelly Montague WALLINGFORD: Like a fighter that just went through a war West Chester Rustin sophomore running back Chase Hatton at times struggled to find words. Moments earlier the Golden Knights’ defense came through in the clutch falling […]

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District 1 5 A Semi-Final West Chester Rustin-Strath Haven Preview

November 17, 2022

It’s been almost a year since the West Chester Golden Knights and Strath Haven Panthers last met on the football field and people talk about that dramatic 34-33 Panthers double-overtime victory. Now Friday night the two teams will once again square off. This time the Golden Knights will travel down to Wallingford and the teams […]

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Perkiomen Valley Offensive Line Depth Paves Way to District Semis Berth

November 11, 2022

Collegeville:Having depth is something that all football coaches but having that depth on the offensive line is things most coaches can only dream of. Persistent Valley Head Coach Rob Heist doesn’t need to dream about it because he has it. With the ability to rotate between Cole Euker, Kyle Gallagher, Richie Strano, Grant Euker, JC […]

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Byrd Radnor Overcome Short Rest Beats Rival Lower Merion

November 8, 2022

RADNOR:  For as long as the game of football has been played coaches always talked about the 24-hour rule: where you have 24 hours to think about the previous game before moving to the next one. For the Radnor Raptors that proved to be true as after they were defeated by West Chester Rustin in […]

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Springfield Keeps Rolling Cruises Past Phoenixville

November 5, 2022

SPRINGFIELD: Since dropping their third game in a row back in September things have turned around greatly for the Springfield Cougars entering Friday’s District 1 5A First round game the Cougars rolled off five consecutive victories while averaging 35.4 points per game during that span. Friday night things continued to go well for the seventh […]

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District 1 5A Playoff Preview

November 2, 2022

Also written by: Michael Pietrangelo and Dylan Johnson The regular season has come and gone and now it’s time for the post-season to begin. For some the journey will end this week while for others they will live to see another week and for one the district tournament will be just one stop on the […]

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Springfield Takes Care of Business Blanks Harry S Truman

October 29, 2022

Levittown: Entering Friday night has the number 8 seed in the District 1 5A playoffs the Springfield Delco Cougars were firmly planted into the post-season. Despite that the Cougars still had lot to play for with a win they would almost certainly guarantee themselves a home playoff game. And that’s exactly what they did overcoming […]

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What the heck’s happening in District’s I & XII this week: Week 9,2022

October 19, 2022

Hello and welcome to Week4 of What’s happening in District I & XII! Let’s look at what happened last week weekend and look ahead to this weekend. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Garnet Valley Helping Local Children’s Hospital Thanks to a scheduling change in the Central League this season the Garnet Valley Jaguars are enjoying a bye week this […]

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What the heck’s happening in District’s I & XII this week: Week 8, 2022

October 14, 2022

Hello and welcome to Week 8 of What’s happening in District I & XII! Let’s look at what happened last week weekend and look ahead to this weekend. It’s nice to be back after a couple week hiatus ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————– Inter AC League Play Opens open up This week marks the opening week of league play […]

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What the heck’s happening in District’s I & XII this week: Week 4,2022

September 21, 2022

Hello and welcome to Week 4 of What’s happening in District I & XII! Let’s look at what happened last week weekend and look ahead to this weekend. Shepherd Leads Monsignor Bonner to victory In his first start of the season Monsignor Bonner Sr. Jason Shepherd had himself a night to remember throwing 5 touchdowns […]

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What the heck’s happening in District’s I & XII this week: Week 3,2022

September 13, 2022

Hello and welcome to Week 3 of What’s happening in District I & XII! Let’s look at what happened last week weekend and look ahead to this weekend. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————Fallen State Troopers Honored At halftime of their game vs Perkiomen Valley, Cheltenham Head Coach Troy Gore and Brian Cherry presented PV’s Head Coach Rob Heist, Michael […]

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Ground Game Carries Haverford over Springfield

Ground Game Carries Haverford over Springfield

September 11, 2022

SPRINGFIELD: Entering Friday night’s Central League contest against the winless Haverford Fords the Springfield Cougars were averaging 269 yards rushing per game. The visiting Fords came out and gave the Cougars defense a dose of the medicant that the Cougars offense has been dosing out amassing 249 yards on the ground to help pave the […]

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What the heck’s happening in District’s I & XII this week: Week 2,2022

September 6, 2022

Hello and welcome to Week 2 of What’s happening in District I & XII! Let’s look at what happened last week weekend and look ahead to this weekend. Turn on the Lights at CB East Central Bucks East has been playing football since the school opened in 1969 and on Friday night some history will […]

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