PASSING ALONG some city high school football tidbits . . .
Some vacations last longer than others.
The folks at Wood are happy Kevin Shaw ended his - after two full seasons, no less - and come to think of it, so is he. Very much so.
"I forgot how much fun football is. It's a great team sport," Shaw said.
The 6-1, 170-pound Shaw, a senior wideout, made a sensational catch for a 41-yard gain Friday as the Vikings bested Pottsgrove, 30-28, in a PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal. It wasn't the first time. In fact, his average for 10 catches this season is 41 yards.
The kid can fly, and he's pretty sure he hasn't dropped a pass all season while serving in coach Steve Devlin's wideout rotation, so where was he as a sophomore and junior?
"I played 4 years of football in grade school and then for our freshman team, but I decided to concentrate on track and not take the chance on getting hurt," said Shaw, a sprinter with personal bests of 11.7 (100 meters), 22.7 (200) and 50.51 (400). "When I saw how much fun our football guys had last year [while advancing to the state final], I knew how much I missed it.
"When coach Devlin asked me if I wanted to try it again, I couldn't resist. I knew I'd be a little rusty, but I also knew I'd try hard and do my best."
Shaw's grandest moments came on Oct. 3 as he posted TD catches of 55 and 61 yards (with 0:23 left) to help the Vikings wilt West Catholic, 28-21.
Friday night's was also a gem, as he soared and snagged while outbattling a defender.
"He kind of had it first," said Shaw, who lives in Ivyland. "I got lucky. Wrestled it away as we were going to the ground."
Now, thoughts of his sporting future keep going through his mind.
"I'm thinking I might want to do both sports in college," he said.
While we're thrilled that Sharrif Floyd, star lineman from Washington, will play in two national level all-star games (Saturday in Hawaii, Jan. 9 in Texas), we're ticked that now he'll have to miss out on the City All-Star and Big 33 games because of the NCAA's two-star-games limit. First, how does a college organization still get away with telling high school kids what to do? Second, why can't exemptions be granted for games that don't require overnight trips or missed school days? . . . When Wood's Scott Adkins returned the opening kickoff against Pottsgrove for six points, it was his sixth kind of TD this season (also rush, reception, and returns of punt, interception and fumble). Ricky Lannetti, who died of MRSA on Dec. 6, 2003, while wrapping up a great career at Lycoming, performed that feat for Judge in '99. In only a five-game span! . . . Counting two kinds of receiving TDs (one came on a hook-and-lateral), West Catholic's Rob Hollomon tallied seven ways in '07. By the way, Rob (64), now in prep school in Massachusetts, and his brother Brandon (20), a junior at West, have combined for 84 career TDs . . . With 77 points, La Salle's Mike Bennett now owns the season city record for leftfooted kickers; Germantown Academy's Greg Davis had 75 in '97. Another GA guy - Sean Grieve, 25 in '02 - still holds the mark for season TD passes by a lefty. He's now a Phillies farmhand . . . In only 2 years of competition, the Catholic League is 5-for-6 in advancing football teams to PIAA semifinals. Not bad, eh? *
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