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November 10, 2008





Spotlight on: Garnet Valley Jaguars

Hometown: Glen Mills, Pennsylvania

Group: District 1 -- AAAA Central League


By Jimmy Oliver

SportsPower Correspondent


The Pennsylvania Central League has a long-standing tradition of being one of the most competitive leagues in the entire state with perennially formidable squads like Strath Haven, Ridley and Upper Darby included.


But this year, there is a new kid on the block who hopes to rank among the elite teams for years to come.


The Garnet Valley Jaguars initiated the 2008 season by joining a new, more talented league (previously they were a part of the Southern Chester County League) and have not changed their style one bit, as evidenced by the team taking the Central League crown this year.


Not only did they win the league title in their first season, but they also went undefeated with a regular season record of 10-0.  And they now have their sights set on repeating as District 1 champions returning to the state championship game. 


Last season, the Jags went 13-2 with losses to Unionville (which they made up for in the playoffs with a win) and a championship loss against Thomas Jefferson.  The goal now is to get back to the finals and finish what they started last year.


Offensively, this team is at its best when grinding it out on the ground.  The Jags have two running backs with over 800 yards apiece this season.  Tim Keyser and Jared Bonacquisti make up the sure-handed tandem that frequently controls the time of possession.


Although they do not strike through the air as often as some others, when they do, Mark McHugh is capable of rising to the occasion.  The talented signal-caller has only three interceptions on the season while throwing for 806 yards and eight touchdowns.   


With a ball control offense, the opposition has little chance to score on Garnet Valley.  The Jags are letting up an average of 11 points per game – good for just 113 total points allowed on the season.  It’s evident that this team is primed for a deep run through the playoffs.


And while they are new to the Central league this season, they are not foreign to being at the top of the District 1 standings.  In both ‘06 and ‘07, they were the district representative for AAAA and this year should be no different. Garnet Valley is no longer the unknown in the Central League. 


In fact, they are already the elite of the pack and the new kid has the ball.



Next up. November 14 vs. Pennsbury (State PR: 76.50, Rank: 24).






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Spotlight on: Dick Dullaghan – Head coach at Ben Davis High and Carmel High (Indiana)


By Omar Muhammad

SportsPower Correspondent


Dick Dullaghan is widely regarded as a living legend in the state of Indiana.


Thanks to his unmatched knowledge, wisdom and authority in the game of football, he has been a mentor to high school athletes for the past 31 years, all while racking up state championships and tremendous accolades along the way.


His resume speaks for itself. He captured his first state title as a head coach in 1978 with Carmel, is the only coach in Indiana history to lead a team to a national championship, was the only coach in the state to win a state title at two different schools and was one of only two Indiana coaches to have won the state championship eight times.


The longtime coach commenced his career at Carmel, where he first taught exactly what it took to be a champion. Dullaghan instilled his football wisdom there and immediately took this 3A team to the state championship. Surely, it was a sign of things to come.


After ten years at Carmel, Dullaghan then took the head coaching reigns at Ben Davis.


It took Dullaghan only three years to achieve another state title (in ’87) and Ben Davis’ first 5A championship.  With this achievement, Dullaghan put himself at the top of the list of elite coaches in Indiana history by becoming the only coach to win the state championship at two different schools.


Dullaghan first enjoyed the national spotlight when he won the first AP national championship in Indiana history in ’91 with Ben Davis. Dullaghan’s Giants defeated the Penn Kingsmen, 38-14, at the Hoosier Dome for the 5A title game. Dullaghan was also named the national coach of the year.


With Dullaghan at the helm, the Giants program was a force to be reckoned with, capturing six more state titles before his departure in ’03. Altogether, Dullaghan posted a 313-58 overall record in his tenure as a head coach --- good for a winning percentage of 84.1.


Today, Dullaghan is retired, but has still found a way to reach out to countless players about the important values of sportsmanship and competitiveness in the community.


Dullaghan and J.R. Bishop (formerly of Wheaton College) created the Bishop Dullaghan Football Camps, established in ’74.


The program started with 22 campers and now employs over 160 coaches.  Last year, the camp registered athletes from 15 states across the country, with an attendance of well over 2,200 athletes. With two great football minds leading the way, the camp became nationally renowned for its excellent skilled position results at the high school level. The skills camp has graduated All-State players in all skilled positions and dozens of All-Americans, including former camper Jay Cutler, now of the Denver Broncos. Rex Grossman of the Chicago Bears was also a three-year camper.


In his 40 years of football, not only has Dullaghan been a mentor and wealth of football knowledge, but also the legend has forever left his mark through the Ben Davis and Carmel football programs, his many high school student-athletes and the thousands of lives he has deeply touched.






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Spotlight On: Maryville Red Rebels

Hometown: Maryville, TN

Group: TSSAA Class 4A


By Ryan Rohde

SportsPower Correspondent


The Tennessee Titans are the talk of the state right now thanks to the team’s surprise record of 9-0. But there is another talented team within the Volunteer State that typically steals the headlines due to a pattern of undefeated records, winning streaks and championships.


While the Titans may have the attention today, the Maryville Rebels (11-0, State PR: 95.50, Rank: 2) have earned the reputation over time as one of the most dominant football teams in the state.


The Red Rebels continue their quest for a fifth straight state championship this week. They have swept through each of the past four seasons while posting 70-straight wins in the process, including a 10-0 regular season this year, good for the second best winning streak in the country at the moment behind South Panola’s (Miss.) 83 straight victories.


And the architect behind this unprecedented run is none other than George Quarles, who took over as head coach in 1999. Quarles knew what he was getting into when he took the job, too. The Red Rebels had been the defending state champs after a perfect 15-0 season and had captured the program’s first state title in 20 years.


Since then, Quarles has taken Maryville to a whole different level. Over the past 10 years, Quarles and the Red Rebels are 135-9 overall, while capturing seven state championships over that span. Meanwhile, the team’s last loss was in November of ‘03 by three points in the state semifinals. 


Coach Quarles knows the key to a winning program is pride and tradition, and it all starts at the bottom with the feeder programs.


"There's a lot of pride involved, said Quarles in a interview by Mark Nagi. “These kids grow up wanting to play for Maryville High School. They grow up playing for the middle school, and they can't wait to get that opportunity on Friday night.  Because of that, they play with more pride and emotion than a lot of other schools do."



Everyone in the program, including the kids in middle school and even younger, is fully aware of the winning streak, but Quarles won’t let his team get caught up in the hoopla.



"We don't mention it," Quarles said. "I will mention it in jest to try to get their attention. I'll talk about their 1000 game win streak, just joking around.  It isn't anything we talk about as a staff or as a team.”



That one game at a time mentality is a major reason for Maryville’s success. Although Coach Quarles doesn’t like to talk about it, he certainly knows what five more wins will pave the way for: a fifth straight state title.






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Spotlight on: McQueen Lancers

Hometown: Reno, Nevada

Group: 4A


By Brett Manney

SportsPower Correspondent


The famous proverb “revenge is a meal best served cold” might be hanging up in the locker room at McQueen high school.    


After losing in last year’s 4A Nevada state championship game, the Lancers (10-0, State PR: 95.74, Rank 2) have been dominant this season and are taking out their anger on everyone who gets in their way.


Losing isn’t something the Lancers are accustomed to as of late. The program has been a force in high school football ever since 1990. From ‘90 to ’08, they have been a powerhouse amongst Nevada’s elite football programs, as evidenced by state titles earned in ‘90, ‘92, ‘97, ‘00 and ’02.


This season, should one ask any of the nine opponents McQueen has defeated so far and it’s likely that they do not want to play them again, and for good reason.


McQueen has scored 383 points this year while giving up only 53, and 23 of those came in the team’s first game. Since then, their stifling defense hasn’t allowed more than seven points in any game and have four shutouts along the way. They average 42.5 points per game while yielding just 5.8 points.


With a squad that features four all-state performers from last year, it’s no wonder that the Lancers are cruising through their competition. All-State running back Tyler York is an explosive back and averages eight yards a carry, 113 yards rushing per game and has accumulated 13 touchdowns. Backup Anthony Martinez is a playmaker as well, averaging 74 yards rushing per game and making it tough for any defense to slow down the Lancers’ running attack. Quarterback Anthony Stolo has been very accurate by completing 65% of his passes for 13 touchdowns and only one interception.


McQueen has already locked up the No. 1 seed in the playoffs and looks to continue its perfect season late into November. The No. 2 seeded Hug Hawks were supposed to give McQueen its toughest game of the regular season but were demolished by the Lancers, 30-0, on Oct. 24. The dominance displayed so far by the Lancers has been nothing short of astonishing.


After losing in the state final last season, McQueen still carries a bitter taste in its mouth and has nothing other than redemption on its mind. And the indication so far is that this team won’t stop until it raises another championship trophy up into the Nevada night sky.





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