Delco Football In Review… Central League

I’m only highlighting the Delco teams…

CENTRAL LEAGUE — Playoff Participants

Ridley (11-1) won the Central League championship for the second time in three years but  bowed in the second round of the District One Class AAAA Tournament. RB Darren Washington broke the program’s single-game rushing record and quarterback Collin Wright displayed untapped potential heading into his senior year in 2013. All-Delco MLB Shane Dougherty, even with one good hand half the year, was a beast.

Haverford High (9-3) had one of the greatest seasons in program history, winning nine games and qualifying for the district playoffs for only the second time. Eddie Durkin had a phenomenal campaign and was the highest-rated quarterback in the county. Another All-Delco Ford is Kevin Leyden, a junior RB who could be the best offensive player in the league going into 2013. Leyden averaged better than 10 yards per carry.

Garnet Valley (8-3) lost to Springfield  and faltered down the stretch in their memorable battle with Ridley. Those two losses — in back-to-back fashion — ended any thought of a Central League repeat. However, the Jags got their act together and were very tough to beat over the final month of the season. Following a slow start, 2011 All-Delco QB Ryan Corkery came on strong and showed why he is an exceptional dual-threat talent. The offensive line featured All-Delco and All-Central League stalwarts Matt Donoghue and Donte Burgese, as well as Dan Herbster.

Springfield (7-4) utilized a variety of options and plays designed to give quarterback Cameron Durham room to run. What hurt Springfield the most, perhaps, was its inability to throw the ball. The Cougars were strong up front — with Nick Apostolu and Vince Marra leading the way on the o-line. Defensively, the Cougars were very sturdy and tough to beat, if not inconsistent at times. All-Delco inside backer Mike Dougherty was spectacular all year, while DB Dan Smyth held down the fort in the secondary.

Strath Haven (5-6) endured a losing season for the first time in a very long time, but qualified for the District One Class AAA postseason for the third consecutive year. They lost to Pottsgrove for the second straight season in the opening round of the playoffs. DE Kevin Sherry fueled the offense and earned All-Central honors for his efforts. All-Delco Tevon Howie was very solid at linebacker and made his mark spearheading coach Kevin Clancy’s power-run attack. Howie led all county backs with 19 TDs. Kevin Mohollen was a reliable passer, a very good scrambler and a very smart leader. Watch out for RB/DB Anthony Meyers going into next season.

AND THE REST …

Marple Newtown (5-6) DE Corey Power and LB/TE Joe Vegso, as well as offensive lineman Ed Graham, were among the bright sports. Anthony Rosanio and Parker Maas were reliable out of the backfield but the Tigers simply didn’t have the depth to compete with the bigger schools in the league… Upper Darby (4-8) seemingly always has the talent, but once again it couldn’t put it all together. The Royals turned the ball over way too much. Cyrus Barlee was the team’s leading rusher and an All-Central cornerback. He’ll be one to watch next fall… What hurt Penncrest (3-9) this season was a porous defense that allowed a county-worst 34.6 ppg. Job well-done by quarterback Shane Donnelly, 1,000-yard running back Joey Gartland and All-Delco wide receiver Kevin Trusty (750 yards)…Radnor (1-9) is getting better, albeit very slowly. The Red Raiders snapped a losing streak that lasted almost two full years. Linebacker/wide receiver Chris Galloway is going to be a highly sought-after prospect next fall. He has great potential on both sides of the ball, and was Radnor’s best player in 2012.

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Matt Smith is an award-winning local sports writer for the Delaware County Times. A Delco native, Matt's covered local, pro and college sports at the Delco Times since 2006. In 2013, he won a Pennsylvania Keystone Press Award for Best Sports Coverage. He was runner up for a similar award in 2009 and also nominated 2011. Follow him on Twitter @DTMattSmith

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