It’s an interesting week in Delaware County High School football. In addition to week two of the Central League season, Chichester and Academy Park will face teams from Berks County, Archbishop Carroll will travel to Lancaster, Interboro will face a team from Lehigh Valley and Bonner-Prendergast and Penn Wood will face Delaware teams.
Chichester (1-0) returns to duty after a week off when he hosts Berks Catholic (1-1) on Friday night at Apichella Field. Academy Park (2-0) travels to Reading on Friday to face the Red Knights (1-1) at 7 p.m.
Archbishop Carroll (0-2) is on the road in search of his first win when he faces Lancaster Catholic (1-1) on Friday night. Interboro (0-2) is looking for its first victory over Executive Education Charter Academy Charter School (1-1) in Allentown on Friday at the South Avenue Athletic Conference.
Bonner-Prendergast (2-0) entertains the Delaware Military Academy (0-0) on Friday and Penn Wood (0-1) heads south to face William Penn (0-1) on Saturday afternoon.
Here’s a quick look at the best games in the county this weekend:
Marple Newtown at Garnet Valley, 7
This is a rematch of last year’s Central League Championship game won by the Jaguars, 52-30. Garnet Valley (2-0, 1-0 Central League) is off to a good start with road wins over Downingtown West (41-7) and Conestoga (55-14). Best known for his ground play, Garnet Valley displayed a solid passing game. Max Busenkell completed 15 of 18 passes for 336 yards and six touchdowns.
Marple Newtown just lost 41-13 to Strath Haven. Charlie Box was the man for the Tigers (1-1, 1-0). He ran for 265 yards and four scores in two games.
Springfield at Ridley, 7
The Cougars (1-1, 1-0) clinched their first victory of the season behind the arm of quarterback Jake Rama and a stingy defense. Rama threw for 231 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-6 triumph over Harriton. Robby Longo received five times for 128 yards and two touchdowns.
Ridley’s defense was solid in a 17-0 win over Upper Darby. The Green Raiders (2-0, 1-0) did not allow any overtaking and forced four turnovers, two of which led to goals. Paul Jackson capped the defensive effort with a sixth pick in the fourth quarter.
Chester at Martin Luther King, 7
The Clippers (2-0) could qualify as auxiliary members of the Philadelphia Public League. This is Chester’s third straight game against a Pub team, and the Clippers have fared well, beating West Philadelphia 34-6 and shutting out Olney Charter 26-0.
Sharif Bethea had two picks, one he returned 70 yards for a touchdown and another he picked up for 57 yards, to pace this defensive charge against Olney. The Chester defense racked up nine tackles for loss, four sacks and five defended assists.
This is the season opener for the Golden Cougars, who were scheduled to play Penn Wood in Week 1 before a COVID-19 shutdown. Public League teams were unable to hold games last weekend due to damage from Hurricane Ida in the city.
Delaware Military Academy at Bonner-Prendergast, 7
For the second week in a row, the Friars (2-0) moved from an away game to a home game. Tight end David Washington did it all in last week’s 12-7 win over Roman Catholics. He scored both touchdowns, including the winner with 37 seconds left, blocked a punt and made the final tackle to seal the victory.
It’s the season opener for the SeaHawks, who are ranked ninth in Delaware’s Class 2A and coached by former Penn Wood chief Nick Lincoln. DMA went 4-2 a year ago.
Strath Haven at Haverford, 7
It’s an early showdown for a part of the first place in the Central League. The Panthers (2-0, 1-0) have an average of 45 points per game behind the run of Matt Shuler (250 yards, two TDs) Chase Barlow (238 yards, six TDs) and Anthony Crawford (181 yards).
The Fords are unbeaten under first-year coach Luke Dougherty with wins over Central (42-0) and Lower Merion (42-28). Quarterback Wright threw for 335 yards and seven touchdowns.