What a night of football in Delco, specifically in the Central League.
Springfield won the battle of unbeatens against Conestoga, 21-12, to improve to 5-0, 4-0 on the season. Garnet Valley kept pace with a 62-20 trouncing of Harriton.
So, who’s the best team in the Central League? We’ll find out for sure next month, but for now, you can make an argument for both squads. The Cougars are the hottest team, but can they keep up the whole way with a GV offense that seems to be hitting its stride? Springfield owns the top defense in the county (I know the stats say otherwise) and has allowed eight points per game. Pound for pound, Springfield could be the most complete team in Delco. I’m sure Garnet Valley has something to say about that, though.
You just can’t say enough about the progress being made by the Cougars under first-year head coach Chris Britton. Offensively, the Cougars are going to be tested, but so long as their defense continues to excel, they have a great chance to run the table and win a Central League title.
Upper Darby is showing what it can do, too. The Royals won a thriller — to put it lightly — at Strath Haven, which has been competitive in every game but has one win to show for its efforts. The Panthers deserve to be in a better spot record-wise after five weeks. UD, though, is a team that’s trending upward. The ROyals have scored 99 points in their last two games.
Elsewhere in the Central League, Haverford bounced back from its loss to Springfield a week ago with an impressive 28-14 decision over Penncrest. Surprisingly, perhaps, is that the Lions, who had such high expectations following a seven-win campaign, are 1-4 in 2014.
Oh, lest we forget Ridley, which like Upper Darby also seems to have turned things around. After losing at Garnet Valley two weeks ago to fall to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in league play, coach Dennis Decker’s team has looked like the Ridley of old. The Green Raiders took care of business against Radnor, 27-3, for their second straight win.