Friday's Scores: Phillies 8, Nationals 2; La Salle 21, Malvern Prep 14, Widener 27, Lebanon Valley 17
Saturday's Scores: Nationals 2, Phillies 1 (F/12); Union 1, New England Revolution 1; Penn State 37, San Diego State 21; North Carolina 41, Delaware 14; Princeton 52, Lehigh 26; Ursinus 33, McDaniel 17; West Chester 48, Millersville 3
Yesterday's Scores: Eagles 24, Jets 17; Phillies 12, Nationals 5
Today's Schedule: Flyers @ Rangers - 7:00 PM (TCN / 97.5 The Fanatic)
Trip to Fort Lauderdale for Flyers @ Panthers - October 9th-12th - More information here.
EAGLES BEAT JETS FOR WIN NUMBER ONE (OF MANY)
Thank the Pope for this win. It was much needed after two horrible weeks of bad play. A win is a win, and there were many positives. The special teams, led by Darren Sproles' 89-yard punt return to the house, was a big one. The defense stepped up when needed, especially in the case of rookie Jordan Hicks. The rookie out of Texas led the team with 10 tackles, a fumble recovery, and an interception. Walter Thurmond and rookie Eric Rowe also recorded picks for the team.
But the offense...meh. I wasn't a fan of it whatsoever. But the bright part was that Chip Kelly made the offense much more balanced and also established the run game by running the ball 39 times. With DeMarco Murray out, Ryan Matthews led the game in rushing with 25 carries for 108 yards. As for passing the ball, Sam Bradford went 14/28 with 118 yards and a TD. But as a whole, I thought the Eagles put up three very good drives altogether in this game, their first drive which resulted in a field goal (I think it was their best drive), and their two scoring drives. And they were shut out the entire second half, which isn't good since the Jets almost came back to tie the game in the final quarter.
Overall, I think it's very good progress from the past two weeks, and with Dallas losing to Atlanta, it helps out chances in the division. Be happy that we won as always, but there is a ton of work to be done, and it's still mainly on the offense. The Eagles are at Washington next week. (RECAP)
PHILS WIN TWO OF THREE FROM NATS, NATTITUDE HAPPENS
The Phillies defeated the Nationals on Friday and Sunday to keep their loss total under 100 games for the season. Friday night saw Aaron Altherr hit a little league inside-the-park grand slam home run early to give the Phillies an 8-2 win. After a tough loss in extra innings Saturday night, the Phillies had an eight run explosion in the top of the ninth to beat the Nationals 12-5. But that wasn't the highlight of the day, as we'll have more on that later on.
FLYERS TRAVEL TO FACE RANGERS TONIGHT, ALSO MADE CUTS
The Flyers kicked off Pope weekend with a 5-2 win over the Islanders Friday night, which included another goal from defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere. But Gostisbehere, along with forward Nick Cousins and defenseman Robert Hagg, were loaned back to Lehigh Valley. Although he's been playing very well, it makes sense to send him down to the AHL because he only played seven total games last season before suffering an ACL injury, five of which were with the Phantoms. He needs some time to develop some more as well. The Ghost Bear-less Flyers travel to MSG tonight to take on the Rangers at 7 PM. I'm actually staying an extra day in the city just to see this game since I don't have any classes today. $20 ticket on StubHub folks.
UNION TIE WITH NEW ENGLAND AT ONE, PREPARE FOR OPEN CUP FINAL
Andre Blake made a club record 10 saves, while Fernando Aristeguieta scored an equalizer in the 65th minute to tie New England at one in an important match for a possible spot in the playoffs. The team plays Wednesday at PPL Park as they take on Sporting Kansas City in the U.S. Open Cup Final. (RECAP)
LA SALLE DEFEATS MALVERN PREP 21-14
Anthony Piscopo helped stymie the Friar offense, while Troy Holland's seven-yard TD pass from Chris Ferguson helped the Explorers beat the Friars for a fourth consecutive year. They travel to Maryland to take on McDonogh School on Friday. (RECAP)
It's a shorter version of The Beat today, but you still get your video. From yesterday's Phillies-Nationals game, because nobody likes Jonathan Papelbon...