Thursday, November 22, 2012
Collingswood wrapped a disappointing, 2-8 season at home on Thursday.
The Collingswood High School Panthers were unable to get anything going against the Sterling Silver Knights Thursday, dropping the annual Thanksgiving Day contest 28-0 against their Colonial Conference rivals. The loss brings to an end a disappointing season for the Panthers, who finish 2-8. Although things didn’t go the way the Panthers had hoped in 2012, Collingswood coach Jack McConnell said he was proud of the way his veterans hung in there. “As bad as things have gone, this core of senior guys never stopped playing,” said McConnell. “They never gave up and we are going to miss them. One of those seniors was Forrley Gunby, who had the same mindset as McConnell. “We got a few young kids in some key spots,” said Gunby. “I’m happy how the…
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Collingswood, which hosts Sterling at 11 a.m., hopes to end its season on a winning note.
For many in the community of Collingswood, Thanksgiving represents a time to get out and support the high school football team in its annual showdown against Colonial Conference foe Sterling. For seniors such as Forrley Gunby, Thursday’s game represents one last chance to put on the Panther uniform and play for the school. When the Panthers and Knights meet at 11 a.m. at Collingswood it will be last game of the season for each team and the last game of high school football for many of the players. “It’s definitely going to hurt,” Gunby said. “We definitely had a lot of adversity this season and as far as I’m concerned we fought through it. I’m really proud of our team.” Things have not gone the way Collingswood had hoped this season, with …
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Collingswood struggled on both sides of the ball in a devastating, 64-6 loss to West Deptford.
On the first play of the second half, Forrley Gunby scooped up a fumble and returned it 30-yards setting up the Collingswood High School football team at the West Deptford 4 yard line. On the very next play, Deron Maxwell powered through a pair of defenders and into the end zone for a touchdown. The Panthers’ players celebrated, the band played, and the fans cheered. After the previous 24 minutes Collingswood endured, everyone involved deserved at least that. West Deptford took it to both Collingswood on both sides of the ball, rolling up a 34-point halftime lead and cruising to a 64-6 win in Colonial Conference action Friday night. The Panthers had no answer for the West Deptford run game, which racked up over 300 yards, led by Gerald …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Senior Forrley Gunby does it all for the Collingswood football team.
When Tyris Gunter intercepted a pass at the Lindenwold 15-yard line last week, the Lions’ linebacker had a clear path to the Collingswood end zone. There wasn’t a Panther within 10 yards of him. Yet, with each step closer to the end zone Gunter got, Collingswood senior Forrely Gunby got two steps closer to him. On a play he had no business being anywhere near, Gunby tracked Gunter down by the 5-yard-line and tackled him to the ground. It’s a moment that could have been overlooked by many—considering that Gunter did reach the end zone before being brought to the ground—but it was the perfect example of the type of player Gunby is. He never quits on a play, regardless of the situation, and that’s why head coach John McConnell considers him …
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Deron Maxwell and Forrley Gunby combined for more than 350 yards on the ground as Collingswood notched its second win of the season, 14-12, over Lindenwold.
With his team backed up in its own territory and trailing by a touchdown, Collingswood High School running back Deron Maxwell rushed for what looked to be a 5-yard gain before he was surrounded by a trio of tacklers. Somehow, Maxwell broke away down the sideline for an 83-yard touchdown run. “I hit the hole and [the defender] tried to tackle me,” Maxwell explained. “I just [out]muscled him and went straight to the end zone.” And that was only the beginning. Maxwell rushed for a career-high 236 yards on 24 caries and Forrley Gunby rushed for 117 on 22 touches to lead Collingswood to a 14-12 victory over Lindenwold in Colonial Conference action, Friday. The win improved the Panthers to 2-3 and gives the team a much-needed mental boost after …
Monday, October 8, 2012
Sophomore quarterback Jordan Wallace is hoping for big things in the second half of the Panthers' season.
As a first-year starting varsity quarterback, Collingswood High School sophomore Jordan Wallace has at times had that wide-eyed look to him on the field this season. As Wallace gets more reps under center, however, he's really starting to see things. The Panthers spent the bye week cleaning up an offense that has sputtered through four games tallying a 1-3 record. Head coach Jack McConnell said part of the early struggles can be linked to an inexperienced offensive line that has left added pressure on his young quarterback. As the line continues to come together, he believes Wallace’s play will start to blossom. “He’s starting to see his receivers a little better,” McConnell said. “We are struggling a little bit with our pass protection, …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
DeRon Maxwell is only a sophomore, but is showing flashes of leadership for the Collingswood High School football team
In his time as the head coach of the Collingswood High School football team, Jack McConnell has preached a sense of family and togetherness. When things aren't going well in the win and loss columns, unity keeps the team strong and plowing forward each and every week. The message of staying together and working to improve each week, regardless of the outcome, isn’t always an easy one for young players to grasp, but it is clear that sophomore running back DeRon Maxwell has bought in. “It starts in practice,” said Maxwell after the Panthers’ 14-7 loss to Haddon Township. “We have to work hard every day and we all have to stay together. It’s all about staying together.” That loss was a tough pill for Maxwell and his teammates to swallow; a …
Friday, September 7, 2012
Just 3-6 a year ago, the Collingswood High School football program is hoping to build itself a contender in 2012.
Prior to winning an Olympic gold medal in freestyle wrestling this summer, Winslow Township graduate Jordan Burroughs was highlighted in a commercial for CF Athletic that spawned the tagline “embrace the grind.” It caught on both locally and nationally and is certain to appear on the backs of T-shirts for many years to come. At Collingswood High School, football coach John McConnell has no problem admitting he adopted the Olympic gold medalist's line. He just hopes his players have bought into the message. “One of the things we are preaching is to embrace the grind,” McConnell said. “We have to plug at it and keep working hard and keep getting better. That was our main goal during the offseason, to keep getting better and better.” …
Friday, June 1, 2012
From 6:30 to 7:30 tonight, children aged 5-14 can go learn a few drills and then enjoy some dogs and burgers. Cheerleaders welcome!
Coaches for the Collingswood High School football team have been teaching local kids the fundamentals in a three-day minicamp that concludes tonight with a cook-out. "We had over 90 kids Wednesday night, and it was a huge success," said assistant football head coach Mike McKeown. Children who want to attend tonight should dress appropriately and prepare to pick up the tricks of the trade. The final session runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the high school athletic field, followed immediately by the barbecue.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
The Panthers will look to win its annual Thanksgiving Eve game and finish the year at .500.
Collingswood looks to even up their record this season in the annual Thanksgiving Eve game against Sterling on Nov. 23. The Panthers travel to Sterling sporting a 4-5 record, while the Silver Knights sit at 5-4. The Panthers do enter the game on their first winning streak of the 2011 season. Collingswood defeated Gateway, 27-13, two weeks ago and took down Buena 6-0 in last week’s South Jersey Group II consolation game. Earl Whaley, who has been on fire as of late, has sparked the turnaround. The senior running back has rushed for 266 yards and four touchdowns the past two weeks. The defense has also been stout, forcing turnovers and not getting beaten by big plays. In last weeks win against Buena, they forced four turnovers on the night, …