Familiar foes, rising programs square off in semifinal

Posted on November 18, 2016 in Newspaper.

Delco Times    PIAA Dist 1

Marple Newtown (new)academy_park_flipBy Matt Smith

They didn’t cross paths in high school, but Academy Park coach Jason Vosheski and Marple Newtown coach Chris Gicking come from the same 1990s era of Central League football.

Vosheski excelled at Ridley, where he earned All-Delco honors as a wide receiver. Gicking had one of the greatest careers of any quarterback in Delco history, and still owns the county’s career passing record, 21 years after his senior season.

Vosheski and Gicking face off for the second time Friday night in the District 1 Class 5A semifinal at Knight Park in Sharon Hill. Gicking made his head coaching debut in 2014 against Vosheski’s Knights, a game that signaled the start of a turnaround at Marple Newtown. The Knights, coming off their district championship season, picked up a 19-14 win.

“To be honest, it’s kind of crazy when you think about it. Three years ago, our first game, of course I remember it like it was yesterday,” Gicking said. “We were still learning the offense, still learning the defense. We were still learning so many things. Jason does a great job there. They’re very well-coached and they’re an unbelievable program. Any time you play them, you know you got your work cut out for you, whether it be the talent they have on the field or the talent they have with their coaching.”

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