A few days late. We hope everyone enjoyed the final weekend of summer (unofficially). But, it’s high school football season, so you’ll probably manage. Note that some of these items appeared in Monday’s edition of the Daily Times.
- Sun Valley did something it hadn’t accomplished since 2006. The Vanguards earned a 46-14 victory over Lower Merion, the first time they scored 40 or more points since 2006. The Vanguards claimed a Thanksgiving victory over Chichester that year, 41-14. The 2006 season was the last time that Sun Valley fielded a winning team (8-4). Sure enough, the season-opening win was also the program’s first since ’06, when the Vanguards beat Strath Haven (of all teams), 12-7. Friday’s triumph marked the first for second-year head coach Jim Grugan. The Vanguards hadn’t posted a win since Turkey Day 2010.
- Springfield’s Mike Dougherty sustained a high right ankle sprain when he was gang-tackled on a carry for no gain, the Cougars’ first play of the second quarter. He returned to the game, but had no carries the rest of the way. He had gotten 5 rushes for 16 yards to that point. Coach Tom Kline said he’s fine and there’s no question he’ll be available next week.
- Seldom have we ever seen Strath Haven manhandled like it was Friday night. The Panthers walked straight into a buzzsaw as Imhotep Charter cruised to a 68-12 win. As I wrote Saturday onDelcofootball.com, the loss was the ugliest the Panthers have ever endured since the Wallingford-Swarthmore merger of 1983. The last time Strath Haven suffered such an embarrassing defeat was 1994, when Springfield defeated the Panthers, 44-0.
- Springfield’s Cameron Durham personified the term “football athlete.” Against Interboro he boomed a 60-yard punt on the Cougars’ game-opening
drive after a three-and-out, and finished with three punts for a 38.8-yard average. He had a pair of first-quarter kick returns for 55 yards. Oh, and he was Springfield’s primary quarterback even though he subbed out of the game in favor of Aaron Coyne for two series.
- Penncrest’s Jeremy Gonzales had three kickoffs for touchbacks in each half. The ball either was caught just inside the goal line or sailed into end zone onthe fly and bounced past the end line. Said coach Rick Stroup: “I told him he could be a real weapon for us.”
- Episcopal Academy blanked Del Val Charter, 44-0, a spectacular debut for a team that struggled mightily to light up the scoreboard in 2011. The Churchmen were one of only two teams not to average at least 11.3 points per game. In fact, EA needed four full games to eclipse the 40-point plateau a season ago.
- Ridley’s Mike Crowley eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark, a feat he accomplished only once last fall. The do-everything senior wide receiver is a dangerous weapon. He was first-year quarterback Ed Hild‘s favorite target, along with opposite-side WR Mike Smoluk, who also contributed to the Green Raiders’ rout of Glen Mills ”To have those guys, it gives me a ton of confidence because I know that if I throw it, one of them will be there to catch it,” Hild said.