“I’m transferring,” Peppers said. “I wasn’t really happy there. I just wanted to start fresh somewhere I felt comfortable. Paramus Catholic has a great academic program and all my friends I grew up with are there. It just seems like the right place for me.”
Peppers said he had been uncomfortable at Don Bosco since his freshman year but that it had nothing to do with football
“Everyone knows I’m good at football,” Peppers said. “That’s been acknowledged. I wanted to be treated like a regular person. It seems like at the end of the day I’m still treated like a child in high school. (At Paramus Catholic) everyone just fits in there and it’s more diverse. It was basically a no-brainer for me.”
Hopefully, Peppers finds his place at Paramus Catholic. He has had a difficult childhood thus far (father in jail, brother murdered a few years back) and needs to be surrounded by high character individuals. If not, his current path to a college scholarship and potentially a NFL career (certainly projects that way if he continues to develop) could be derailed. Let’s hope he stays grounded and doesn’t let his ego get in the way of his development. I’m sure this story will not end here…just hope it ends well for Peppers!
I am agreeing with you, although this would be an amazing league, I just don't see that happening. There would be a whole lot of opposition in the Gilman community. Gilman prides itself on being well rounded in life as well as sports. And this would only benefit sports(it wouldn't help lacrosse btw). Like you said, there will be plenty in te Gilman community that will not like being associated with certain programs.
The other benefit would be for fans, Haverford has a great campus and a nice little stadium and is in a great area outside of Philly, called the Main Line I think. It is the Philly equivalent of Roland Park. There are some great restaurants in that area too.
However, Haverford is very old guard Philly. The few kids on scholarship that they bus in from Philly proper represent the only diversity in the school. I saw McD play them in 2009 and 2010. McD beat them badly both years and Haverford dropped McD from the schedule. I believe they are playing an MIAA B school this year (St. Paul's or BL). Haverford has been very resistant in scheduling any school that aren't similar to them in enrollment and age and academic reputation.
Haverford has the monetary power to be a football power if they really want to. I think their endowment is right around McD's ($75-100 million). This would also be a great conference for squash, tennis, and the rest of the "country club" sports as well.
Like GA said, there would be a lot of opposition at McD too. There would be a lot of alums all for it, but just as many against it, and I'm not sure Charlie Britton would have this, McD and Gilman are quite embedded in the MIAA. What might work better would be to invite some of these schools into the MIAA to strengthen the league. I think a 16 team, 2 division MIAA A could work. What it really boils down to is McD and Gilman won't go anywhere by themselves, it's a package deal, you get McD and you get Gilman, or you get neither. Same deal with CHC and Loyola.
If anyone is interested, a great resourse for Philly-area football is www.tedsilary.com
Also, IMHOTEP is a charter school that plays in the Class AA Philadelphia City League so they don't fit your criteria.
In addition to the IAC schools, some other regional teams that would fit your profile would be:
-Poly Prep (NY)
-Camden Catholic (NJ) (building a power in S. Jersey with the former HC of St. Joe's Prep)
-Hun School (NJ)
-Blair Academy (NJ)
-Georgetown Prep (MD) (unlikely considering that they just pulled out of the MIAA)
BTW, There is no doubt SPP has been a traditional NJ power in the past, but they lost to Don Bosco 37-0 when they were ranked higer thanthe Ironmen in your "pre season poll".
Yes actually, I am happy. I know that was very hard for you to do.
Everyone thought Bosco was down because they didn't return a lot of starters. But as we saw up close and personal when they played Gilman, they were te real deal and still one of the best of not the best team in the country. SPP was definitely ranked higher not in my Poll but MANY POLLS. They were lead by their 5 star RB Savon Huggins.
I would like to see CHC play a team like Bishop McDevitt out of Harrisburg or Central Catholic out of Pittsburgh. Those are the type of teams they should be looking to play. And those teams need to look to play OOS games as well, they usually don't as well.
They have a great passing game, play solid D, and rely on a lot of lax players at the skill positions, much like CHC. They probably have less talent than Gilman and CHC, but better coaching.
Just looking at potential (money/endowment, facilities, scholarships), and not the current state of their programs, I'll add a few more schools from a little further south.
Landon (MD)- great place to watch a game, and lots of money
Episcopal (VA)- lots of money too
Woodberry Forest (VA)- best athletic facilities I've every seen, top 5 biggest endowment in the country, biggest per-student endowment in the country ($75,000+ per student at least), full boarding program
Episcopal and Woodberry are as much of rivals as McD-Gilman/Loyola-CHC. They are currently dominating the VA prep school league, which isn't that good. They could step up into a better league and be competitive.
I just confirmed that City's schedule is the exact same as last year's with the home fields reversed. The game with Eastern Tech is on again to start the season at Essex.
On another note, I walked over to the renovation area and was in awe. City's new stadium is unreal. The new turf and goal posts are state of the art. With the renovation of the track, both bleachers and the addition of the new lights City will have a stadium that's second to none in this area.
Now if only we can start to attract the type of athletes that we used to get we'll be ok. I'll tell you what though, this field won't hurt. This is going to put Friday night lights in the city on a whole new level.
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