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A New Trotter Trots


Next generation benefits from all-star dad's experience

Jeremiah Trotter is one of the most beloved Philadelphia Eagles of all-time. Today, he spends his time volunteer coaching, and cheering on his son Jeremiah and teammates, at St. Joseph’s Prep. His son is, not coincidentally, a linebacker who made two huge tackles in a 28-14 win over archrival La Salle, at Widener University on Oct. 20.

La Salle (6-2) put a scare in the undefeated Hawks (8-0), who are ranked in the top 10 of most national polls across the country. The Explorers had a 14-7 lead late in the first half and were driving in Prep territory, when DaJaun Dandridge stepped in front of a La Salle receiver to make a huge interception. The Prep marched down the field and scored and then added two more scores in the second half to coast to a win over its dreaded foe. The Hawks now can see themselves finishing the regular season undefeated with a possible state championship and national ranking to go into program history lore.

“We needed a lot of patience in the second half,” the younger Trotter said. “We were going too fast, I think, in the beginning. That interception was a huge play. I was glad to get in the game and make some big hits and tackles. It felt great. I have been hurt, so it’s awesome to make a contribution in a big game like this.”

The elder Trotter is assisting coach Gabe Infante this year. At times it’s harder than one would expect for a guy who has experienced everything the game can bring short of a Super Bowl trophy. “It’s stressful. It’s emotional,” he said. “I’m just trying to help the guys out with advice and positioning and coaching and encouragement. But, when you see your son out there making plays, there were times I just jumped up and down and was hooping and hollering like I was one of the kids.” Trotter said he sometimes finds it is harder to keep his cool as a parent and coach as he did when he was a player. “We were losing by a touchdown to this great rival of ours and they were driving and it is nerve-wracking,” he said. “I thought that interception changed the whole momentum of the game and we were able to come back. In the second half, we realized we had been outplayed. We hadn’t played well in the first half and it was still tied at [14], so we felt pretty good about that. I think the whole team took a breath at halftime, regrouped, and we played Prep football in the second half and got us a great win.”

The younger Trotter loves having his dad around. “He means so much to me,” Jeremiah Trotter Jr. said. “I love him. I appreciate him. He’s always there to support me and to encourage me [as well as my teammates]. It definitely means a lot.”

In the past two seasons, Prep was led by all-everything back D’Andre Swift. Swift is at Georgia now so coach Gabe Infante uses a lot of skill position players to offset that production loss. But he has quarterback Marquez McCray, who threw for a touchdown and ran for one in the winning second half drives. “I think, as an offense, everything good happens for us because of all the blocking we get up front,” he said. “When I’m able to pass for a touchdown and run for a touchdown, that’s because the guys up front are doing what they are supposed to, making my job easy, and basically winning the game for us.”

 

A New Trotter Trots
Jeremy Treatman - Contributor

Jeremy Treatman is the founder and co-director of the Scholastic Play-by-Play Classics and Sports Broadcasting Camps. Over 50 NBA players, including Lebron James, Kevin Durant, and Rajon Rondo played in his events when they were in high school. Jeremy wrote high school sports for the INQUIRER for 10 years, and was the first TV reporter for the HIgh School Sports Show on Channel 29 from 1994-2001. He currently is Comcast's announcer for all high school games.

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