Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Worth It

USA Today reports that Fort Worth All Saints' Episcopal School produced 10 Division I football players from this year's senior class of fewer than 100 students. One of the 10 – and the only one heading to the FCS – is 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive lineman John Paul Flores, who will follow his brother Jacob's footsteps to Dartmouth.

For the record, Episcopal is sending two players to Oklahoma, two to Rice, one to Texas, one to Oklahoma State, one to SMU, one to Northwestern, one to Air Force Academy and Flores to Dartmouth.

Flores older brother Charlie, a 6-4, 300-pound offensive lineman, will be a fifth-year senior at Columbia in the fall. When Jacob and Charlie squared off in New York City a dozen Flores family members wore special shirts that were half Dartmouth, half Columbia,  and they'll have to dig them out of the closet for the Oct. 20 game this fall.

And in case you are wondering, the grocery bills will shrink a bit for the Flores family next year but they will still be substantial with 6-3, 298 Michael a lineman in the All Saints Class of 2019 ;-)
Whenever an Ivy or Patriot League head coaching opening comes up so does the name Dave Cecchini, a 1995 Lehigh graduate and former offensive coordinator at his alma mater as well as at Harvard and The Citadel. Cecchini has shown why he's a hot commodity with the job he's done at Pioneer Football League sad sack Valparaiso, which until this fall hadn't enjoyed a winning season since 2003.

Valpo had just three Division I wins in the five years prior to Cecchini's arrival in 2014 and last fall he helped the school go 6-5 overall and 5-3 in the conference. He was a STATS FCS Eddie Robinson Award finalist and the Pioneer Football League coach of the year.

Cecchini has been rewarded with a contract extension through 2020. (LINK)