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E4 D www.philly.com THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER Friday, July 1, 2005 RON TARVER Inquirer Staff Photographer Quarterback Jim Jeffers of Burlington Township is halted by Adam Lick of Haddonfield. Jeffers threw a TD pass to Township's Doug Billingsley to pull the Blue team to within 20-1 9 as time ran out. RON TARVER Inquirer Staff Photographer The White team's Arron Jones of Williamstown is upended by the Blue team's Isaac Ibankwa of Burlington City in the second quarter of the Adam Taliaferro Football Classic. Proceeds from the game, played at Rowan University, will benefit athletes with spinal injuries. It's down to the wire - and beyond The White team stopped a with no time left for an all By Pete Schnatz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF GLASSBORO Showcasing some of South Jersey's top scholastic talent, the Adam Taliaferro Football Classic offered a little bit of everything for the approximately 5,500 fans who packed Rowan University's stadium last night. Including a game that wasn't over even when time ran out. A pair of Burlington Township teammates hooked up on a clutch play as Doug Billingsley two-point conversion star win in South Jersey. made a sprawling catch of an 11-yard touchdown pass from Jim Jeffers with the clock hitting all zeroes to end regulation. Trailing by one point, the Blue squad decided to go for two and the victory. But Jeffers, who engineered a stunning fourth-quarter comeback, was forced to throw the ball short of the end zone as Kevin Leamy of Gateway barreled toward him, preserving the White team's 20-19 victory. "You can't ask for a more exciting game," said Jeffers, who will take his next snaps for Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. "I enjoyed every moment of it, even though we lost." Mark Deal, the Gateway coach, who directed the White team's efforts, was thrilled to get the win and to see one of his own play a pivotal role. "We made some mistakes, and we made some big plays, but I was holding on for dear life there at the end," he said. "I'm just so proud of all these kids and especially for Kevin. It was nice to have him end his career with a big play." Drawing talent from the Colo nial Conference, the Tri-County Conference, and part of the Olympic Conference, the White team made some big plays throughout the night. Quarterback Mike D'Angelo of Paul VI, named MVP for the White team, scored on a 1-yard keeper and tossed an 81-yard touchdown pass to LeRoy Burroughs of Haddon Heights. "All I wanted to do was come here and play for a good cause," D'Angelo said. "And it turned out to be one of the greatest experiences of my life." Proceeds from the game will aid young athletes with spinal injuries through the Adam Taliaferro Foundation. Taliaferro starred at Eastern High before a spinal injury suffered while he was playing his freshman season at Penn State ended his football career. The Blue squad, stocked with players from the Burlington County League, the Cape-Atlantic League, and the Lenape School District (Lenape, Cherokee, Shawnee and Seneca), nearly negated the White team's first-half dominance with one play. DeJuan Corbitt of Buena took a handoff to open the third quarter and went 80 yards down the middle of the field to pull the Blue to within 13-6. Corbitt went on to add a 1-yard plunge in the fourth quarter that cut the White team's advantage to 20-13. Shawnee's Kevin Dybalski, named the Blue team's MVP, helped his team get out of trou ble a number of times with booming punts. And then there was Merf Trout, Gloucester Catholic's nerveless kicker, who drilled a 46-yard field goal to open the scoring in the first quarter, then went on to add a 37-yarder and a pair of extra points for the White squad. Trout also put the night in perspective. "I saw one kid in a wheelchair and I got tears in my eyes," he said. "It reminded me of why we were out here." White Blue 0 13 20 19 W: FG Trout 46 W: Burroughs 81 pass from D'Angelo (Trout kick) W: FG Trout 37 B: Corbitt 80 run (kick failed) W: DAngelo 1 run (Trout kick) B: Corbitt 1 run (Dybalski kick) B: Billingsley 11 pass from Jeffers (pass failed) Contact suburban staff writer Pete Schnatz at 21 5-854-581 7 or pschnatzphillynews.com. Changes planned by the NHL NHL from El the NHL. "I am liking this more and more as a way to open up the game," U.S. player Doug Weight said after that game. "I'd probably be chasing NHL star Rick Nash a lot, but I would enjoy this." "Now, you will have longer plays through the neutral zone," Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Anything that makes the game faster is good for hockey. This will help promote continuous play." Flyers center Jeremy Roenick was stunned when told that the red line no longer would negate long passes. "Oh, my God, this is spectacular," Roenick said. "Wow! Unbelievable. This is going to bring a different element to NHL hockey. Taking the red line out will allow cheating back for breakaways. ... This is great for the NHL. "Some people think that the defense will simply back up to the other blue line. But even if you do that, you will allow the offensive team to come through neutral ice with speed. That's what we want more speed, more breakaways, more two-on-one rushes. "If I'm on right wing, it's going to be easy for me to cheat and get a breakaway pass from Flyers teammate Kim Johns-son to the other blue line." Since two-line passing that generates breakaways should produce more goals, Flyers goalie Robert Esche's goals-against average would likely rise. "I won't be happy giving up more goals, but it affects everyone," Esche said. "This is where goalies who are very athletic are going to come into play. I'm for anything that makes the games more exciting for the fans." As for the elimination of ties, the overtime period would begin four-on-four, then shift to three-on-three before the shootout. What appears undecided is how long the teams will play four-on-four before losing a man. Among other planned rules changes: Tag-up offsides will return. No-touch icing will be used. The size of goalie equipment will be drastically reduced. These changes were virtually Hi Jf Mm CLEM MURRAY Inquirer Staff Photographer Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock, shown in March, predicts: "You will have longer plays through the neutral zone. Anything that makes the game faster is good. This will help promote continuous play." guaranteed months ago. Already, equipment manufacturers are making equipment to the new specifications. "This is going to be fun stuff," Esche said. Contact staff writer Tim Panaccio at 215-854-2847 or tpanacciophillynews.com. Prep, Malvern rowers take races at Henley COMPILED BY THE INQUIRER STAFF Both the St. Joseph's Prep eight and Malvern Prep B quad won their races yesterday in the Henley Royal Regatta and advanced to today's quarterfinals. The St. Joseph's Prep eight of senior coxswain Mark DelGuir-cio; senior rowers Pat De-wechter, Andrew Golda, Ken Ewell and John Connelly; juniors Mike Lombardi and Matt McGowan; and sophomores Brad Adams and Mike Gennero defeated Bedford Modern School of Bedford, England, by 32 lengths in the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup. The Hawks finished the 2,112-meter course in 7 minutes, 22 seconds. The Malvern B quad of juniors Ryan Watson and Matt Hurley and seniors Aaron Martin and Matt Madonna defeated the Northwich Rowing Club of Northwich, England, in the Frawley Challenge Cup by 3 lengths and finished in 7:34. "We didn't row our best for the second straight day, but we lived to row again," St. Joe's coach Bill Lamb said. St. Joe's will meet Pang-bourne College of Pangbourne, England, in today's quarterfinals. The Malvern B quad will race a composite team of the Tideway Scullers and Marlow Rowing Club of England, and the Malvern A quad, which consists of seniors Pat Ryan, Justin Teti and Kyle Thurman and junior Ryan Coyne, will meet a composite team of Marlow Rowing Club and Maidenhead Rowing Club of England. The Malvern A quad, which lost in the final in 2003, had a bye into the quarterfinals. The semifinals are tomorrow, and the finals are Sunday. SPEAK IIP TODAY FOR Y00R PHILLIES DREAM JOB! Brought to you in part by The Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News - CareerBuilder.com INTERESTED IN SITTING WITH THE PEOPLE WHO BRING THE PHILLIES ALIVE, TAPING YOOH OWN PHILLIES BROADCAST?!!! Y00 COOLD SEE YOOH DREAM TURNED INTO DEALITY DY ENTEDING THE PHILLIES DREAM JOB CONTEST. BE IN THE PHILLIES TV OR PA BOOTHS DURING A GAME ANB BB YBBB BWN BBBABCAST! Go to philly.comcareerbuililer and enter today! LOOK AT WHAT YOU WIN! 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