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2001 TEAM PAGE
9-0 overall, 4-0 league
298 PF, 61 PA
POST SEASON RECOGNITION
ALL INTER-AC OFFENSE
Jeff Carroll, Stefan Niemczyk- Offensive Line
Kevin Barr- Receiver
Mike Treston- Running Back
Brendan Carney- Kicker
ALL INTER-AC DEFENSE
TJ Cascio, Mike Meehan, Shawn Quinn- Defensive Line
Gerald Price, Kevin Lilly, Chris Emper- Linebacker
DJ Driscoll, Rob McGarrigle- Defensive Back
**MIKE TRESTON- LEAGUE MVP**
Brendan Carney, DJ Driscoll- 1st Team
Kevin Barr, Mike Meehan, Shawn Quinn, TJ Cascio, Chris Emper- 2nd team
All DECADE INTER-AC (2000- 2009)
Brendan Carney, DJ Driscoll
All CITY All DECADE (2000-2009)
COACH GAMP PELLEGRINI NOVEMBER 10, 2001 AT BISHOP SHANAHAN
“I knew two years ago that this team would be special. Any time you can go 10-0, it is really a team effort. Everybody did the job. This is as close to a full team as you can get. When I say there were no standouts on this team, the truth is, there were a whole bunch of them. We had no All-State guy who could carry the ball for 300 yards a game. These guys all carried each other."
A NOTE FROM GAMP TO HIS COACHES AND TEAM
What a great season it was. I don’t know of any other Malvern Team that could lose three starters not even half way into the season and still be undefeated.
I thank my staff for their work and their loyalty that have always given me. It is not a secret that I am blessed with the best coaching staff in high school football. I thank the players for playing hard for me and allowing me to share in the glory. It was a privilege to coach you.
This team will long be remembered at Malvern Prep and around the area as one of the best ever. As players and coaches, we will always remember this year together with its many accomplishments. I am proud to have been your coach
Best Wishes Always
A LETTER FROM FATHER FLYNN TO THE 2001 FOOTBALL TEAM
To the 2001 Malvern Prep Friars Football Team
What an honor it was for me to be associated with you! I stand in awe of who you are and what you have accomplished. My heart has become full over the years of great memories of Malvern football but this year you took greatness to a new level. From Jeff Carroll’s huddle calls to Brendan Carney’s 40-yard middle of the uprights field goals; from Matt Skellan throwing touchdown passes with half a shoulder to Ed Liva’s interception at Fairfield; from DJ dancing off the field after an interception to the weekly Mike Treston sprint up the sidelines, from Shawn Quinn slugging it out in the trenches to mainstays Tim Murray and Mike Walsh cheering injured from the sidelines, from Steve Fischer filling in some big shoes on the line to Matt Volz stepping up big time at corner and Andrew Kossuth captaining the Episcopal game, from a solid thumping of St. Joe’s to a thorough thrashing of Downingtown, from the domination of Chest-Mont teams to domination of the Inter-Ac, in all these things, you defined what it means to be a champion.
What matters most to me is that you played always with class and with heart and with focus. That started with Coach Pellegrini and went all the way down to sophomore John Kelly holding his knees in agony after a tough practice. Other teams feared you and the names Eric Moore, Gerald Price, Kevin Barr, Chris Emper and a host of others filled opposing coaches’ notebooks as they tried vainly to devise defenses or offenses to counter the threat you posed, but each week, no matter what schemes they devised, you simply and calmly took care of business. It didn’t matter who we played. You made them play our game. Players like Mike Gatmaitan, Will Hobson, Paul Chambers, Pat Raquet and Bill Johnson did the same on special teams, and together you were giant killers.
I hope that you learned this year that you are winners, both collectively and individually. I hope you proved to yourself that no matter what the situation, you have resources both within and without that can help you come out on top. I hope that you remember those resources always begin with God, just as we always began by invoking God’s help at Mass. He is not only your primary coach in life; He is also your biggest fan.
Please know that your team will forever be considered one of the greatest chapters in the history of Malvern football. That’s no exaggeration. Your excellence has guaranteed it. Congratulations on your undefeated season. Thanks for the memories.
The Friars rolled through the season in dominating fashion on both sides of the ball.. I thought I would start with the 2001 team in tribute to current football staff great and friend, Coach Jeff Carroll. And the obvious, this team was REALLY GOOD in all three phases of the game. I know there might be some discussion on the Fairfield game that Ted Silary (www.tedsilary.com) has listed as an exhibition. Whether it was or was not it does not change the greatness of this team. If you remember from previous articles, the 2001 squad was ONLY ONE of TWO TEAMS to make the Touchdown Club, 30 for 30 and Beat the Spread lists. When you look back on how many good teams MP has had since 1950, that is an accomplishment that stands very tall and puts this team in the category of best of the best.
DEFENSIVE NOTES OF INTEREST
There was an inkling that the defense was going to be good with a season opening 21-10 win over a very strong St. Joe Prep. The Prep went 10-3 in 2001 and averaged 33 points a game on their way to a Catholic League Championship. The MP defense held star running back and Catholic League Co-MVP Kyle Ambrogi to 26 yards on the ground. For the year Ambrogi rushed for 1672 yards and 17 TDs and finished as one of St Joe Prep’s all-time great running backs. Ambrogi was a stud and the MP defense never let him get into any rhythm.
The Friars picked off 3 in that game. For the year DJ Driscoll led the ball hawking defensive backfield with a school record 7 picks. As a team Malvern picked off 15 with Kevin Barr contributing a pick six to the total. MP then ran the table against traditionally strong Chest-Mont opponents Downingtown, WC East and Henderson. This was back in the day when these Chest Mont teams played MP almost every year. MP throttled Downingtown 35-7 in a year that Downingtown qualified for the PIAA playoffs.
In Inter-Ac play the word dominant might actually be an understatement. They came close to shutting out the league. Let me repeat. They almost shut out the league! Points given up against Haverford and GA were in the 4th quarter when the Friars were comfortably ahead by scores of 35-0 and 44-0. On 85 rushing plays in 4 Inter-Ac games the MP defense gave up 91 net yards on 85 rushes. I know I say it often in articles but I will say it again. Let that stat sink in!. I am not a math major but yards per carry for the IA opponents is a bit slim, not much real estate at all. Over 156 total offensive plays, combined rushing and passing, these same four opponents only gained 3.4 yards per try.
It is no wonder that the Friars place 8 players on the All Inter-Ac squad and 4 players on the All-City defensive side of the ball. Remember that All-City honors is picked from the top players of the Catholic, Public and Inter-Ac leagues.
OFFENSIVE NOTES OF INTEREST
League MVP Mike Treston hit his stride in league play by pounding out 625 yds and 7 TDs. QBs Matt Skellan and Dave Moore teamed up to complete 49 passes for 828 yards and 8 TDs. Their main targets were the trio of Driscoll, Barr and Emper. These three guys caught 42 of the 49 passes for 732 yards. Interesting that DJ and Chris had post season recognition on defense but were team leaders on offense for the Friars. Great two-way players.
TJ Cascio ably supported Mike Treston in the run game. TJ scored 10 rushing touchdowns on 74 rushes. That is a TD every 7 touches if you are counting. Seven of his TDs travelled a total of 27 yards. I guess it was safe to say when the Friars got close Coach Gamp and Coach Sells gave the rock to TJ. Smart coaches!!
For the season the Friars averaged 6.2 yards per rush and 16.5 per completion while racking up over 2700 yards of offense. That’s some good “chunking”. And speaking of chunks, my big fatties came through. Shout out to the big skill of Center Jeff Carroll (currently on the football staff and a teacher at MP). Guards Mike Meehan and Shawn Quinn and Tackles Stefan Niemczyk, Michael Walsh and Steve Fischer. And honorary big skill fatty Chris Emper at Tight End. These fatties were legit good. Move the pile, move the chains kind of offensive linemen. My kind of big skill.
“SPECIALS” NOTES OF INTEREST
Brendan Carney puts the special in Special Teams.
This 1st Team All- Everything kicker/punter was VERY special. He added 38 extra points and 2 field goals. His 40 yard punting average and kick offs for touchbacks consistently pinned the opposition deep in their own territory. What a weapon he was, considering the defense MP had that year. Brendan went on to have a great career at Syracuse University.
And if I didn’t mention DJ Driscoll enough. Just to review. Has the school record of 7 picks in a season, was a top receiver on offense and to close the loop, DJ added a 65 yard punt return against Penn Charter in the Friars 24-0 win. Not bad for a lacrosse player!
And as I will do with all the highlighted teams, one last roll call of the seniors in their very special season.
DJ Driscoll, Tim Murray, Matt Volz, Paul Chambers, Brendan Carney, Bill Johnson, Matt Skellan, Mike Treston, Ed Liva, Gerald Price, Chris Emper, Will Hopson, Jeff Carroll, Shawn Quinn, Steve Fischer, Mike Gatmaitan, Mike Walsh, Kevin Barr, Andrew Kossuth, Eric Moore, Pat Raquet.
** Many thanks to Coach Carroll who help me with some great background info.
Next team up will be 1995. Probably 2008 then 1980 (More digging needed. Order subject to change). Followed by the Shark teams 1972, 1974 and the 1975 team at 9-0-1. I am looking for any help and contributions. I need full rosters for the 1974, 1975, 1980 and 1995 teams. If you have one somewhere in your attic or laying around in a scrapbook please send to me at Rcarey5171@aol.com
More to come……………03.16.21
In the Olympics you have the standard of the top three- gold, silver and bronze. On ESPN and various other recognitions of accomplishment you have the proverbial Top 10. For this article on MP football, I looked at the top 6 performances (for something different) in Rushing, Passing, Receiving and Special Teams- Kickers. As a special team’s coach, I never want to leave out the important contributions that kickers can make in a game.
The attempt here is to compile stats for a game, a season, a career- yards and TDs. For the kickers it will be points in a season and points in a career. If any of the stats look off or there is additional stat information to add please send to Rcarey5171@aol.com. I will update and add. Thanks for your help.
Thanks again to Ted Silary at (www.tedsilary.com).
This article will feature Malvern quarterbacks.
PASSING - GAME
PASSING - SEASON
PASSING - CAREER
OTHER NOTES OF INTEREST
Billy Conners played behind Ryan Nassib his junior year and threw one pass. Same for Dan Onorato, one pass in his junior year. Guess you could say they quickly hit their stride in their senior year. All their totals were based on that season. Ryan Nassib, a two-year starter, played behind Ian Mitchell his sophomore year and threw two passes. It helps a program succeed when these kinds of players are ready to step up. I mean, can you imagine having a run of Ian Mitchell, Ryan Nassib then Billy Conners as your QBs?
Ryan Polley was a 3 year starter. With the talent MP has had over the years at QB that is quite an accomplishment.
Have to give a shout out to the monster numbers put up by Alex Hornibrook and Drew Gunther. Both just missed the IA season record of 2,325 yards.
Ryan Polley, Dan Onorato, Ryan Nassib, Billy Conners, were all IA MVPs. Interesting that Dan Onorato made it as a linebacker. A combo QB/LB!! I could win a lot of games if I started my team with any of these guys at QB.
Teams have become more pass oriented in recent years. As you can see many records came in the 2000’s, especially after 2005. Mike Ryan had back-to-back 1200 yard seasons in 1998 and 1999. In the “Gamp Era” Matt Davis in 1991 and Ryan Polley in 1993 threw for over 1000 yards in a season). Way to go Mike! Mike’s favorite target was Ryan Edginton, who will show up prominently in the receiving 6 Pack. I have no records for Pat Van Horn who was back-to-back IA MVP in 1977 and 1978 (currently digging into past articles). Drew Gunther had the stats to be an IA MVP in 2018 but just happened to have a teammate named Keith Maguire.
Any help for stats in the years 1950 through 1981 would be greatly appreciated. I am hoping there are multiple football scrapbooks in an attic somewhere.
The next few articles will be a mix of “Get me a 6 Pack” and in-depth team pages for the undefeated teams very similar to the 2020 team page that was recently posted.. I will work my way through Gamp’s teams 1st- 1980, 1995,2001 and 2008, then move to the Shark years of 1972, 1974 and 1975 (9-0-1) The last one and certainly not least, will be Dave’s school record 11-0 team of 2018.
First up in March will be the 2001 team. Why you ask?? Only one of two teams to hit the three categories of excellence posted in previous articles- The Touchdown Club, 30 for 30 and Beat the Spread!
More to come……………02.15.21
What a crazy year it was. In August there wasn’t a coaching staff in Southeast Pennsylvania that thought they would even get one game in this season. The Friars were able to get four games in and had laid the groundwork for an excellent 2020 campaign. Since Ted Silary’s website (www.tedsilary.com). no longer list team pages, one of my part time endeavors is to create and archive team pages. Congrats to the Friars for an undefeated season and for making memories out of a challenging year. For the seniors I promise that you will never forget your senior season. Settle in, grab a cup of coffee and take a look at the 2020 Season in Review. This will be a long one.
Hope I did not miss anyone who was recognized with post season honors. Please let me know at Rcarey5171@aol.com so I can edit the archives.
Thanks to Coach Gueriera for sending the stats along.
POST SEASON RECOGNITION
ALL MAIN LINE
1st Team- Lonnie White, Jr ATH, Coltin Deery OL, Jake Brownley LB, Isaiah Wright RB
2nd Team- Christian Curatolo OL, Kellen Matthias LB, Jack Capaldi QB Honorable Mention- D’Angelo Stocker DB, Ryan Davis LB, Aidan Catania LB
MAX PREPS ALL-STATE
Lonnie White, Jr.
PFN CLASS 5A COACHES SELECT ALL-STATE TEAM
1st Team- Coltin Deery OL, Lonnie White, Jr. ATH,
2nd Team- Ronan Swope Punter, Jack Reid Kicker
CLASS 5A All EASTERN PA FOOTBALL TEAM
CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR- Lonnie White, Jr.
1st Team- Coltin Deery OL, Lonnie White, Jr. ATH,
2nd Team- Jake Brownley LB
DAILY LOCAL NEWS ALL AREA TEAM
PLAYER OF THE YEAR- Lonnie White, Jr.
1st team- Jack Capaldi QB, Coltin Deery OL, Isaiah Wright, ATH, Jake Brownley, LB, D’Angelo Stocker, DB, Rona Swope, Punter
2nd Team- Christian Curatolo-OL, Ryan Davis LB
Honorable Mention- Kellen Mathias LB, Aiden Catania LB
OFFENSIVE NOTES OF INTEREST
This year’s team averaged close to 28 points a game. The offense was ably led by Junior signal caller Jack Capaldi. Jack became an honorable mention Chunk Player by averaging a healthy 17.8 yards per completion and was on pace for a 1500-1600 yard passing season.
Isaiah Wright led the ground game with 337 yards and 4 TDs. Isiah is coming back next year too. With Jack and Isiah back, that is a nice one-two punch.
Lonnie White, Jr. became a two-time Chunk Player in two different positions. I believe that is a first. Last year as a QB he ran for 1065 yards at 8.4 yards a clip. With 17 catches for 369 yards this year as a receiver Lonnie ONLY averaged 21.7 per catch. Double Chunk!
There have been some very good athletes that have played sports at Malvern Prep. Then there are some athletes that come along every once and awhile who are special. I believe Lonnie White, Jr. is one of them. The core to the success of Malvern’s overall sports programs has been the multisport athlete. Many Malvern students excel at 2 sports. When you get a player who can excel at 3 sports, that is a whole other level. These are athletes that are true game changers. In his football career at MP Lonnie was a multi position player who significantly contributed on offense, defense and special teams. His offensive career stats look like this:
Rushing- 164- 1221 yards and 17 TDs – His four year average of 7.4 yards per carry makes him an honorable mention career Chunk Player
Receiving- 50-903- yards and 9 TDs- an honorable mention career Chunk player at 18.1 yards a catch. If he had a 10 game schedule this year he may have become Malvern’s first 1000 yard receiver in a season. Joe Price ’08 currently holds the season yardage record at 939 yards.
Passer- 55-130- 859 yards and 10 TDs.
Totals- 2,983 career yards and he was responsible for 37* TDs. Not to be outdone he also had a punt return for a TD. To put this in perspective, every time Lonnie had the ball in his hands, MP averaged 11 yards per play. The fact that he almost gained 1000 career yards of offense in 3 categories is a remarkable statistic. Safe to assume he would have gained at least 97 yards receiving this year if 10 games were played. Maybe Coach Gueriera throws in a couple of passes this year and he would have hit 1000 yards in passing. Based on the above statistics it is not too far of a reach to think Lonnie would have been the Inter Ac MVP in 2020,.
And to think he decommitted from a Power Five baseball offer to play football at Penn State! Not many athletes have the ability to play two sports in college let alone two sports at a very high Division 1 level. Lonnie is just that kind of player. His future career may even take another turn depending on the upcoming Major League baseball draft. You heard it correctly. He could have the opportunity to play Major League baseball. It will be interesting to follow and find out. Congrats to Lonnie, one on Malvern’s all-time best 3 sport athletes and certainly one of its “Chunkiest Players” in football.
One last note with an offensive average of 27.7 points per game and a defensive average of 7, the 2020 team also joins previous teams on the “Beat the Spread” list. Great job all around
DEFENSIVE NOTES OF INTEREST
Ted Silary’s Team Page only includes interceptions. Coach Gueriera provided me all the defensive stats for the year and I will archive them. Even though I did not post I will still talk about defense, defense, defense. The Malvern D turned in another typical Malvern D performance. Led by DC Joe Carr, this squad only gave up a total of 28 points in 4 games. This would qualify them for the Touchdown Club, highlighted in a previous article. I had the privilege of working with Joe Carr when he was at West Chester Rustin. Malvern has one of the best defensive coordinators in the area.
First off, the stat that really stuck out was 14 interceptions in only 4 games? I had to contact Coach Gueriera to see if that was correct. I thought it was a misprint. Digging into the MP Team Page archives the team record over an entire season was 20 set by the 2018 undefeated squad. Those 20 picks were over 11 games. The next closest was the 2013 squad that had 17. Both the 2001 and 2011 teams had 15 apiece. Would have been interesting to see what this defense could have done over a 10 or 11 game schedule. The pick parade was led by Jake Brownley with 4 and Lonnie White, Jr. with 3. Jake had two pick sixes and fellow senior Joe Walheim added another. The school record for an individual is 7 picks set by DJ. Driscoll in 2001. Of note, DJ is a Wall of Famer who went on to play lacrosse in college. Great job Jake and Lonnie and Joe. You will be missed.
The rush defense gave up very stingy 3 yards a carry. Tough to move the ball when you are only getting 3 yards a clip on the ground. This set up many 2nd and 3rd and longs, playing right into the defense’s hand. When the opponents had to pass, they barely completed 50% of them. The opponents threw 115 times in 4 games. That means every 8th throw was picked off by the boys in blue.. That is impressive.
Double digit tacklers were led by Jake Brownley. Jake was ably supported by Ryan Davis, Aidan Catania, Kellen Matthias, Dale Law, Coltin Deery, D’Angelo Stocker and Cooper Frankenheimer. Jake completed his defensive tri-fecta by not only leading the team in interceptions and tackles but also in sacks. Jake, Aidan, Kellen, and Cooper all graduate. Ryan, Dale, Coltin and D’Angelo are back and will provide a great base for Joe Carr’s defense next year.
“SPECIALS” NOTES OF INTEREST
Senior Ronan Swope punted 13 times and was a field changer with every punt. Junior Jake Reid, a major college kicking prospect, contributed 21 points on 2 field goals and 15 point after tries. His long field goal was a hefty 44 yards. Jake’s field goal against The Hun School was the game winner in a tough 10-8 nail biter. He had more than 60% of his kickoffs going deep into the end zone. Thump and lift are two things you want your kicker to have. You can actually hear a good kick without watching it. If the extra points consistently clear the top of the goal post it shows the kicker has great lift to his kick. Jake checks off both of those boxes big time.
Kick offs can have a roller coaster of results. Knowing your guy can get you a touchback most of the time puts the opponent in an immediate hole and provides a big advantage to the defense. It forces the opponent to go 80 yards and have to execute a near perfect drive. You do not want to give a Joe Carr coached defense that kind of edge. Jake Reid will be a very reliable weapon next year.
MY BIG FATTIES
With the utmost respect I call offensive and defensive linemen my big fatties. We often talk about the runners, the receivers and the quarterback as the skill players who make it all happen. Well, as a former lineman no team is successful without the BIG SKILL up front. Round of applause to my fellow fatties- Christian Curatolo, Coltin Deery, Tom Shallow, Aiden McGuigan, Kevin Miller, Peter Jones, Dale Law and Joe Walheim. If I am looking at the roster correctly, only Christian and Joe graduate. That’s a ton of big skill coming back.
AND TO THE SENIORS
To that end, one last Roll Call
Kellen Mathias, Jack Mulqueen, Stephen Rose Jr., Aiden Catania, Ronan Swope, Cooper Frankenheimer, Lonnie White, Jr., Andrew Monteith, Owen McHugh, GJ Sucher, Thomas Klusartis, Peter Sims, Jack Steinmetz, Joe Walheim, Jake Brownley, Mike Behrle, Jack Oswald, Christian Curatolo, Matt Behrle.
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. You finished 4-0. Since the rest of the Inter Ac refused to play you, I count 5 forfeits and a 9-0 record. You guys hung together through the ups and downs of the day to day and week to week uncertainty. It would have been easy to just mail it in or quit, but you guys did neither. Your strength and your resolve are to be commended. The experience this football season will serve you well as you move on in life. You played hard to the very end and defended the “M”. As a former player and speaking on behalf of all the players who came before you, we thank you for carrying on the great tradition of Malvern Football. You are now officially a Malvern Football Alum. Welcome aboard.
As we move through future articles I will be working my way through and highlighting different teams. In no particular order I will be writing about undefeated/unbeaten teams and teams with one and two losses. Getting information on the teams of the 50s and 60s will be a challenge but I will give it a shot. I know it will keep me busy and there will be more than enough teams to talk about.
In the Inter Ac period from 1950 through 2020, 71 years, MP has lost two games or less a total of 36 times. Let that stat sink in. How many teams in Southeast Pennsylvania can hang their hat on that kind of consistent excellence? Congrats to all the players and coaches who have represented the Malvern Prep Friars.
More to come……………01.19.21