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Neumann-Goretti at Upper Merion preview

Written by: on Monday, August 25th, 2008. Follow Mike Markland on Twitter.


          Upper Merion will host Neumann-Goretti Friday night, August 29th, in the 2008 season opener.  Game time is 7 PM.   Both schools are hoping to improve, after disappointing seasons in 2007.

          Neumann-Goretti is led by 2nd year head coach Bill Sytsma, and features heavily-recruited lineman Kadeem Custis.  The Saints finished at 2-9 last season, but did qualify for the Philadelphia Catholic League Blue division playoffs, losing to Archbishop Carroll in the first round.  In 2008 N-G will play in the newly-formed PCL Blue AAA division; a result of the PCL joining the PIAA.

          Joe Powel begins his 2nd season as head man at Upper Merion, which competes in the Suburban One League (American Conference).  The 2007 Vikings were a young team, and finished with a dismal 1-9 record, but most of the starters are back, and eager to improve in ’08.  UM grad Brad Scioli, who starred at Penn State and played in the NFL for the Indianapolis Colts, is now a member of the coaching staff.

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7 Responses to “Neumann-Goretti at Upper Merion preview”

  1. Throwbacks says:

    I’m a lover of football, just wish it was played all year round, thanks for posting such a good article. I’ll be back to read often now.

  2. john pulcher says:

    upper merion got off on the right foot tonight with a big win over ng . 41-0

  3. philly5741 says:

    Hey UMGrad, glad to see an Upper Merion guy on here! Feel free to “private message” me. I’d be interested in hearing more from a former Viking.

  4. UMGrad says:

    As an UM grad/former football player, I hope the blue and gold can turn it around. Upper Merion always had good football teams and good overall sports, but for whatever reason that has declined big time in the last few years. I hope Coach Powell, who beat out over 30 other applicants for the job, is up to the challenge. By the way, my prediction is that Scioli will be the next head coach down the road. GO VIKINGS!!!

  5. Huck says:

    That’s great! Basically What I would need are individual stats for N-G (Rushing, Passing, Receiving, and any Ints by their defense). Also, scoring for N-G (TD’s, PATs, FG’s, and safeties). For Upper Merion just total TEAM rushing and passing stats, no individuals. You can send what you have to —


  6. philly5741 says:

    Yes, I am covering the game, and I would be glad to provide the game stats.

  7. Huck says:


    Are you covering this game? If so, I’d like to get some stats from you if possible. Basically, total team rushing and passing. Let me know either way. Thanks!!