St. Joe’s Prep
When you beat Dan Marino’s Alma Mater in the PIAA state championship game you earn respect.
Since he arrived as head football coach at St. Joseph’s Prep, Gabe Infante’s goal has always been to shed a national spotlight on the program.
For a second there, it was as if he was a wide-eyed freshman walking through the halls of St. Joseph’s Prep again. He was excited, emotionally invested and had no trouble proclaiming a special day for his alma mater.
John Reid was a maroon blur that seemingly came from nowhere. Neshaminy speedster D’Andre Pollard thought he had a clear path to the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown in the PIAA Class AAAA state semifinals. Or so it looked.
There were plenty of shocks this weekend during the PIAA state championships, but Southeastern Pennsylvania was represented extremely well in St. Joseph’s Prep and Archbishop Wood.
Gabe Infante has done a number of things incredibly well in leading St. Joseph’s Prep to new terrain this season, reaching the PIAA Class AAAA state championship for the first time in school history.
On Saturday, St. Joe’s Prep Hawks won their first city football championship since 1977.
It came in a blink. Chris Martin spotted a flash of white out of the corner of his eye and the St. Joseph’s Prep quarterback promptly darted the ball in that direction.
You may have to excuse St. Joseph Prep’s coach Gabe Infante if he doesn’t get overly vocal if his team gets down early tonight against archrival La Salle, in a Catholic League Class AAAA showdown at 7 p.m. at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School.
There’s going to be another quarterback playing in the huge Catholic League Class AAAA showdown Friday at 7 p.m. when La Salle hosts arch rival St. Joe’s Prep at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School.
If Coatesville stellar senior Daquan Worley had his choice, he’ll be a cornerback when he arrives at Penn State next summer. In the meantime, the Penn State-commit continues to do something he’s been doing since he first touched a football, and that’s running through defenses and scoring touchdowns.
There is a little misconception that continues about Pennsylvania high school football that the best talent and better teams are located on the western side of the state.
It’s August and already St. Joseph’s Prep coach Gabe Infante is up against an unwinnable battle: It will hard keeping his team from wandering onto websites, Twitter and text feeds, chat rooms and Facebook pages without reading all of the good things that are expected from the Hawks this season.
There’s been a lot of concern about concussions in sports lately, especially football. So, a local high school coach led a clinic Saturday, giving other coaches a “heads up.”
Members of the High School class of 2013 offered their perspective on the future as they get set to move on to the next chapter’s in their life.