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Barikian still making a difference in life of youngsters
By WALT BURROWS
Bob Barikian was ecstatic about being chosen to be a member of the South Jersey Football Coaches Association's Hall of Fame Class of 2005.
The other new members of the Hall of Fame include
Also, Gary Brackett, a Glassboro graduate and member of the Indianapolis Colts, and Brysen Manor, a
Barikian has coached at
"What makes this honor so special to me is just looking at the names of the people in the Hall of Fame and all the things they've done for the game and the kids," Barikian said. "It's not just coaches, it's everybody . . . players, reporters, contributors, equipment managers . . .
"The list goes on. That's what makes it so special, everyone being recognized."
Barikian, a 1969 Sterling graduate, has no plans of getting out of coaching.
"I'm still having fun," he said. "When it's not fun, then I'll get out. Watching kids grow keeps you young.
"Football can make a big difference in a kid's life. It gives him a chance to interact, learn to work together and, if the kid sacrifices, there's a lesson of life to be learned in football. That's another thing I enjoy being a part of."
Like every coach, Barikian has memories of a couple games that will live forever in his mind.
"In 1989, we lost to a very good Larry Ginsburg-coached Woodbury team 21-20 when we had a 40-yard field goal attempt go just wide at the end," Barikian recollected. "Two years later, back at Woodbury, we beat them 14-0 to end their long winning streak. I'll never forget those games.
"The Collingswood-Woodbury game is still The Big Game to the alumni members of both schools."
Maderia has served as a head coach for 13 years, 11 at Holy Cross and two at
The inductees are scheduled to be introduced at the 15th annual Adam Taliaferro Football Classic at
The game will kickoff at .
The Blue team is made up of schools from the
The White team is represented by personnel from the Olympic, Tri-County and Colonial conferences.
Sam Carchidi | Gateway,
It's only the third week of the South Jersey football season, but it's not too early to start thinking about the NJSIAA playoffs.
With that in mind, Gateway and host Collingswood have a key matchup Friday night. Both teams are 1-1 and coming off impressive victories - Gateway defeated Haddon Heights, 27-7, while Collingswood rallied past Haddonfield, 12-7.
The winner will have playoff hopes dancing in its players' heads. In football, Gateway is in Group 1 (though the school is listed in the Group 2 bracket in most other sports), while Collingswood is in Group 2.
The early line in Group 2 is this: Mail the championship trophy to West Deptford. The rest of the eight-team field, however, is up for grabs.
Group 1 is wide open, with Schalick, Glassboro, Salem, Paulsboro and Woodbury looking like the first tier, and teams such as Gateway, Gloucester, Lindenwold, Riverside and Woodstown in the mix.
Groups 1 and 2 don't have a lot of dominating teams, so it wouldn't be surprising if some teams with .500 records sneak into the playoffs. Eight teams qualify in each section, and only a team's first eight games count toward the qualifying.
Hence, the winner of Friday's Gateway-Collingswood matchup will take an important step. Gateway has not qualified for the postseason since 1984. Collingswood has qualified just once in the last nine seasons, in 2000.
Gateway's offense has benefited from the addition of senior quarterback Mike Flacco, a transfer from Camden Catholic. Last week, Flacco directed the Kevin Leamy-led attack and contributed 56 yards on five carries. Leamy, who likely would have played quarterback if Flacco didn't transfer, gained 202 yards on 26 carries and scored four touchdowns.
"Our goal," Gateway coach Mark Deal said, "is to qualify for the playoffs."
That's a refrain being uttered by numerous small-school coaches.
As of Team Stats Colls Opponent 3rd Down Conversion 6-33 10-35 Percentage 18.2% 28.6% 4th Down conversion 5-8 2-9 Percentage 62.5% 22.2% First Downs 31 32 Rushing yards 486 255 Average per game 162.0 85.0 Passing yards 4 228 Average per game 1.3 76.0 Total Yards 490 483 Average per game 245.0 241.5 Passing (com-att-int) 30-62-2 Completion % 16.7% 48.4% Sacked-yards lost 9-57 8-55 Penalties 16-145 16-105 Turnovers 6 4 +/- -2 +2
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