Friday, December 14, 2012

Don E. Marshall January 9, 1985 - December 12, 2012

DOYLESTOWN — Don Marshall was more than just one of Delaware Valley College’s top three all-time wide receivers, mentioned in the same breath with Rich Gear and Marshall’s teammate David Carmon.

Marshall was one of the faces of the Aggies’ rebuilding process in 2003 that helped launch the Decade of Dominance, a 92-24 record and six Middle Atlantic Conference titles for the program the past 10 seasons
For all the battles that Marshall and the Aggies won on the field, many in the DelVal community would consider trading all that success to have Marshall back for just one more day.
Marshall lost his most meaningful off-the-field battle and succumbed Wednesday to pancreatic cancer. He was 27 years old, a mere six years after his senior class completed its career in 2006 with a 41-7 record, still the winningest group in school history.

As the only DelVal receiver with at least 1,000 receiving yards twice in a career (2004 and 2005), Marshall finished his career third in receptions (159) and receiving yards (3,055), along with second in touchdown receptions (29).
Gifted with size and speed, Marshall also was a threat anywhere on the field, as he caught three of the five longest touchdown passes in school history: the longest, 98 yards in 2004; the third-longest, 95 yards in 2003; and the fifth-longest, 89 yards in 2005.

To Marshall’s teammates and coaches, however, he meant so much more than just his accomplishments, including a three-time all-MAC selection, an all-East region selection and a senior co-captain.
DelVal head coach Jim Clements said that as passionate as most players are about football, Marshall’s passion was on another level and enabled him to lead by example.

Marshall’s leadership, along with the experienced senior class that had made DelVal’s first two trips of five to the NCAA Division III playoffs, helped Clements transition in 2006 to head coach from defensive coordinator after previous head coach G.A. Mangus was named offensive coordinator at Division I Middle Tennessee State in the offseason.
“Having Don (Marshall) and that group of older players was a comfort to me,” Clements said. “He and those seniors really helped support me that first year as head coach.”

For all of Marshall’s success, humility was one of his best qualities, said Mangus, DelVal head coach from 2002-05 and the current quarterbacks coach at the University of South Carolina.
“It would have been easy for even a less-accomplished player to let it go to his own head, but (Marshall) never let that happen,” Mangus said.
Carmon said his bond with Marshall involved how their lives paralleled each other’s, at DelVal and later.
Carmon reminisced about how they spent every Friday night before a game going over game film or notes about opponents.
“It didn’t matter if it was at my apartment, (Marshall’s) dorm room, or if we were on the road with an overnight trip, we would room together,” Carmon said. “On game day, whenever the defense focused on him, it gave me chances to make plays, and the same for him — that made both of us successful.”
When Marshall first felt something wasn’t right with his health this past spring, he was an assistant coach at his high school alma mater, Bladensburg (Md.) High School.
Carmon, an assistant coach at Bernards High School in Bernardsville, N.J., could only feel empathy for his teammate and sympathy for Marshall’s family.
“As far away as we are from each other, we were still doing the same thing, coaching,” Carmon said. “Knowing that he passed away at that age, you feel as if it could have been anyone else. It makes you appreciate what you have and the good times we had.”
This makes the passing of Marshall, who by all accounts had continued doing all the right things in his life, that much sadder.
“I still can’t believe that it actually has happened,” Mangus said. “As close as I was to those players, and as young as (Marshall) is, it’s just not supposed to happen that way.”

By Tom Pfaff Correspondent

Friday, December 7, 2012

Weights From The Convention Center!

Here is the scale watch for Saturday night's Keystone Boxing card at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center:

Dusty Harrison 146 1/4 vs. Darrell Jones 144 1/2

Phillip Jackson Benson 174 1/2 vs. Terrance Smith 176/12

Alantez Fox 153 3/4 vs. Jimmy LeBlanc 153 1/2

Kevin Rivers 125 1/2 vs. Alan Beeman 123 3/4

Shadeed Floyd 123 3/4 vs. David Warren Huffman 128 1/4

Dillon Hayman 151 1/2 vs. Ervin Fuller 151 1/2

Jarrett Hurd 154 1/2 vs. Anthony Jones 155

Jerry Odom 170 1/4 vs. Marcus Clay 167 1/2

Check here on ProAm Fight Talk for exclusive pictures and video from the Convention Center on Saturday night!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Tony "Mo Better" Jeter 15th Win and Counting

"Mo Better" is the correct ring name for Tony Jeter. When he won his WBC Fecarbox Middleweight Title it seemed as if Tony would be content in his career with a 30th ranking on his resume. He says that would be a great story to tell his children and maybe grandchildren someday. "I would love to be able to say I was one of the best middleweight fighters, out of thousands". 

On October 27,2012 this is when the name "Mo Better" earned it's credit. Tony Jeter came into the Patriot Center and put on the best boxing performance of his entire career. Jeter says he trained harder for this fight than any fight he ever trained for. "They picked me to lose, but I didn't take this fight to lose or just to get a paycheck. Don't get me wrong I like Jimmy but when the bell rings, i'm going to kick his ass". 
The referee of that fight was the well known Steve Smoger. Smoger made his presents felt during the entire bout. He took 4 points away from Jeter for low blows and even had a few harsh words for Jeter's corner at the end of the early rounds of the fight. Jeter didn't let Smoger   take his focus from the fight. Jeter's corner was yelling out to Tony, "go to the head, go to the head, upstairs, upstairs, leave the body alone". Jeter seemed to be focused on the task at hand by pounding away at Langes body.
The game plan the Jeter camp put together for this fight was the perfect one for Lange. Talking to Jeter, he says that he thought that Jimmy Lange would be fighting a different type of fight than he fought. Tony says "I was surprised when I was able to walk straight into Jimmy's chest and land all the shots I landed. When I saw that I was able to do that so I knew I was going to dominate him".  Tony Jeter fought a totally different kind of fight than he has ever fought, and was able to get the split decision victory over Jimmy Lange. The judges score cards read: Bill Osterman 91-94, Mark D'Attilio 93-92, Brian Costello 94-91.

Photos by: JM Photography

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell Next Step to Becoming The Next American Heavyweight Champion

Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell 25-0-1 (19KO's) is taking his next step to becoming the next American Heavyweight Champion. He will be in Atlantic City, NJ on November 17, 2012 to take on 28-1-1 (18KO's) Johnathan Banks. The fight will broadcast live on HBO at 10pm. 

The former Michigan State Linebacker says he will be ready for Banks and will be expecting a very good fight from the late Emanuel Steward protege. Mitchell says he is excited and ready for his next fight and wants to keep his undefeated record alive. Mitchell is after something and Johnathan Banks is in the way. 

The Mitchell Camp stated in 2011 that Seth would be ready for a world title shot in the year 2013. So far they are on pace to make that happen.