ASSING ALONG some city high school football tidbits . . .
If Dar-Ray Jubilee had disappeared from West Catholic's grid scene after Week 4, no one would have held it against him.
After all, he's an excellent student and with just a few more points on the SAT or ACT, admissions folks at Penn and Princeton have said they will be able to tell him, "Welcome aboard, buddy. You're in!"
Yes, he's still studying like crazy. But he also makes time for some games and practices, and his dedication to the program - surprising, in part, because he's brand-new to it - has not been lost on coach Brian Fluck.
"He's always going up and down the sidelines, keeping guys pumped," Fluck said. "He means a lot to us."
Jubilee lived in Philly until age 12, then spent 3 years in Florida and 2 in Las Vegas (Palo Verde High) before returning 6 months ago to live with his father in Northern Liberties.
A 6-foot, 185-pound strong safety, he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while making a tackle Sept. 25 vs. Haverford School.
"It was pretty devastating, especially since their first thought was out for 2 to 4 weeks with [a medial collateral ligament] sprain," Jubilee said. "But when I started rehab, I had a sharp pain and they thought maybe I had a torn meniscus. Then I got an MRI and that showed the ACL tear.
"It could have put a real damper on things. Luckily, my grades are good enough that it shouldn't mess up my hopes of getting into a great college. It's fun still being around the program. The players and coaches showed me so much love, I couldn't just disappear [after the injury]. It's great to see what's happening [in a run through the state playoffs]."
Long-range, Jubilee hopes to become a corporate lawyer after attending a college where he can major in business and stay there for law school.
"I've always been interested in the business side of the world," Jubilee said. "You add in law, and that's a great way to make money."
As for a side gig . . . How about photography? Friday night, Jubilee borrowed the camera of West's team photographer, Matt McCauley, and snapped away. Late in a 55-14 blowout of Northern Lehigh, he even lined up a half-dozen Burrs for a quick shot.
"All my best friends on the team," he said.
His best pic?
"Couple games back," he said, "I got a good one of [running back] Josh Mathis puttin' a move on somebody."
If La Salle beats North Penn in Saturday's Class AAAA semifinal, coach Drew Gordon will own 100 wins in his 10-year association with the program. He's 50-15 in five seasons as the head coach and the Explorers were 49-13 in the five when he assisted Joe Colistra (1994-97 and again in '05). Joe's son, Paul, coaches the linebackers . . . La Salle's Jamal Abdur-Rahman nows ranks 12th in city history for career rushing yardage with 3,770. A 99-yard outing against North Penn would allow him to jump four spots. Those in his immediate sights, with their yardage and year of graduation: Chestnut Hill's Ibrahem Campbell (3,810, 2010), Germantown Academy's Alex Holcombe (3,815, 2007), O'Hara's Anthony Heygood (3,861, 2004) and St. Joe's Prep's Kyle Ambrogi (3,868, 2002). La Salle had no 1,000-yard season rushers before Ryan Parfitt (1,132) in 2000 . . . As d-back Kevin Malone (cramping issues), who was taking forever, limped gingerly toward the sideline Friday night during West Catholic's win over Northern Lehigh, assistant Brian Weathers cracked, "Yo, I wanna get home some time this year" . . . So much for the notion that teams throw nonstop. West Catholic (30), Wood (18) and La Salle (17) have combined for 65 touchdowns in 12 total postseason games (four apiece). Only eight - five for West, three for Wood - came on passes. Seven, including all five for West, were in the first two rounds . . .
In the last three seasons, Wood's Sean McCartney (six), Jerry Rahill (four) and Joey Monaghan (three) have combined for 13 interceptions in games they also started at quarterback . . . St. Joseph's Prep grad Pat Kaiser owns the city record for career kicking points with 235. Wood sophomore Nick Visco already boasts 142 with 103 extra points and 13 field goals . . . Lots of kids use initials, but West Catholic's T-J Waters, a junior guard and linebacker, gets extra coolness points for the hyphen. His first name is Todd-Jamal . . . Props to North Penn's coaches for not complaining that the game vs. La Salle will be played on the field where the Explorers not only play but sometimes practice, Plymouth-Whitemarsh. *
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