It's all in the family for Deily
Jimmy Deily knows it is a special gridiron season because he is on the verge of being part of district championship team in his senior season. It is also a special season with some unique family ties.
If the Roughies capture the District 11 Class 2A crown Saturday night, it will also mark a special night for Deily. His father, Jeff, was coached by current Catty assistant and then head coach Ed Cscensits.
"It is really cool to have my dad's coach as part of my coaching staff," said the younger Deily, whose father graduated in 1977. "Coach Csenscits is a great guy and it is awesome that he coached my dad.
"For me to be part of championship team with that in mind is hard to put into words."
However, it is easy to describe Deily's contribution to the Roughies' epic run this season. A converted linebacker, the defensive end is seventh overall in tackles with 38 and also has one sack and two fumble recoveries.
"It was a tough move in some ways and not that difficult in other ways," said Deily. "At first, it was a huge move and a little confusing. But I got used to things pretty quickly. I remembered all of the little things I did at linebacker and was able to work more on my movement."
It also didn't take Deily long to recognize that this was going to be a special season.
"When we beat Southern Lehigh as bad as we did (49-8) early in the season, I knew this was going to be a different year," Deily said. "We all just wondered how we were able to take control of a game against a good team like that.
"Things started snowballing for us. We have a great offense led by Zack (Bradley) and Ra'Von (Burton), and we have believed in ourselves on defense all year long. Our coaches have preached to us how speed and quickness can kill size for us on our lines. We may not be the biggest line around, but we have beaten people by playing smart."
His coach has certainly appreciated his workmanlike effort all season.
"Jimmy (Deily) is one of the hardest workers out there, and he's the type of guy who people don't always notice," said head coach Tom Falzone. "People talk about our offense because of the points we have put up, but our defense has been a mainstay. Guys like Deily just go out there every week and do what they have to do.
"Jimmy is one of those players who deserve to have a year like this one in his senior season."
Deily is in his ninth year of playing organized football. He previously played baseball, basketball, and soccer, but he soon decided football was his passion. His career has also been aided by the constant support of his father, Jeff, who works out with his son on a regular basis.
"I've won my share of little trophies for coming in other places, but it was special to get a medal and see the Colonial League championship trophy," said Deily about his team's title earlier this season. "Now I want to be part of the first Catty team to go to the state playoffs and winning there.
"We have all had a great season, and we don't want it to end."
Whatever the final outcome, it will be season and career for Deily to remember.