Springfield’s 35-25 victory over Garnet Valley certainly wasn’t expected.
For starters, the Jaguars had been rolling, pummeling Upper Darby and Lower Merion (a pair of losing teams) by the combined score of 102-6.
They had two quality win this season, albeit both coming earlier in the season. In Week 1, the Jags edged Unionville, 21-20. They followed up the next week with a convincing, 28-16 triumph over Conestoga.
Not to mention, the Jags boasted one of the top defenses in the league, especially in the running department.
But, while Springfield was an underdog Friday night, coach Tom Kline probably had a pretty good idea how to beat Garnet. After all, the Cougars were one missed PAT away from tying last year’s contest, a one-point loss that I’m sure the Cougars senior class never forgot.
And while Garnet’s defensive unit had been stellar, the Cougars — and I’ve said this time and again — have more depth at running back than any team in Delco. You now know what’s coming when you play Springfield; they’re going to run at you. Problem is, good talent and better playcalling make Springfield’s attack very hard to contain.
Though I wasn’t at the game, I heard enough from people to draw this conclusion: Springfield out-coached Garnet Valley. That’s a credit to Kline, not an indictment on Jags coach Mike Ricci.
Moreover, the Jags had no answer for multi-purpose quarterback Cameron Durham, who is more of a Tim Tebow game-changer type with his legs than he is a true signal caller. Durham, one of the county’s most dynamic players this year, had four TDs. Kline and his staff– from what I can gather — saw something in Garnet’s and exposed it.
Also, the Jags didn’t help themselves by losing the ball a few times deep in Springfield territory. From what I heard, however, Springfield’s d-line performed wonderfully.
So, while Garnet Valley had a stranglehold on the No. 1 spot in Delaware County al season, the result shouldn’t come as a big surprise. You can call it an upset, but make no mistake, the Cougars are hotter than probably any team in the Central League right now, with the exception of Ridley. If only they can continue to tighten up their defense, they’ll be dangerous,
The Cougars had shown holes, even during the course of their winning streak. They were even bounced out of the Super 7 this week because of their uneven play.
Rest assured, they’ll be back in next week. They’ve earned it.
As for Garnet Valley, could they have looked past Springfield just a little bit? Nonsense, probably, but worth wondering what with Ridley looming on the horizon..