All-Central League

As presented by the coaches, here is the 2013 All-Central League football team.

Please note, All-Central League does not dictate the All-Delco selection process, or vice versa.

OFFENSE

FIRST TEAM

QB: Chris Rossiter, Upper Darby

RB: Vince Razzano, Garnet Valley

RB: Kevin Leyden, Haverford

RB: Cyrus Barlee, Upper Darby

TE: John George, Penncrest

TE: John McGrogan, Garnet Valley

WR: De Andre Pendergrass, Upper Darby

WR: Matt Borchert, Ridley

Center: Dom Marascio, Springfield

Offensive Line: Scott Hirshman, Conestoga

Offensive Line: David Bertone, Garnet Valley

Offensive Line: Chip Rossino, Haverford

Offensive Line: Jonah Jackson, Penncrest

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Weekend Notebook: Is the Central League up for grabs?

Two weeks does not a season make, but it appears my projections for Haverford High were a tad overblown.

In my opinion, the Fords entered the 2013 as one of the favorites to win the title.

Can the Fords rebound from a disappointing first two weeks and make noise in the Central? Absolutely. But they, like perennial favorite Ridley, have dug themselves a hole, while teams such as Penncrest (2-0), Conestoga (2-0), Garnet Valley (2-0) and Springfield (2-0) have emerged. Also, there’s Upper Darby, a real wild card that played Garnet Valley tough for four quarters.

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View from the desk, Week 4

Though I had the pleasure of heading out of the office to cover a game, Archbishop Carroll’s ill-fated outing against Archbishop Ryan, I had some time to check out the numbers for the other contests spread across the soggy Delco weekend. Allow me then to tease out some of the more impressive performances.

1: First downs allowed by Ridley in its 27-7 win over Marple Newtown. The Tigers only score came on an 88-yard kick return by Cimirrow Moat, who was limited to 60 yards on the ground.

2: Safeties by Episcopal Academy in the second half of its come-from-behind win over The Hill School, 11-8.

-2: The perplexing amount of yards for Cardinal O’Hara quarterback Dashawn Darden on 5-of-11 passing. Still trying to get my mind around that one.

2:47: Time in the fourth quarter it took for West Catholic to turn a 14-6 deficit into a 18-14 win over Haverford School. The decisive rushing touchdown by quarterback Jaleel Reed came with 26 seconds remaining in the game. Continue reading

Questions abound in second week of Central League play

At the risk of sounding like a misguided ESPN brand manager, Friday’s slate of Central League games promises to be an early filter in sorting out the leagues various echelons. All 12 teams enter with serious question marks and genuine opportunities to either allay those fears or have them realized. What we know about each of these teams will come into clearer focus by Saturday morning.

I’ll take you game-by-game with the burning question for each.

Is Marple Newtown for real?

Strath Haven quarterback Kevin Mohollen may be tested by Marple Newtown's defense. (Daily Times/Robert J Gurecki)

Scoring 83 points while allowing zero against anyone is impressive, but the Tigers have done so against a pair of teams in Penncrest and Sun Valley who look unlikely to win many more games than their point totals against MN. We know Cimirrow Moat is a force to be reckoned with on the ground, but this is the first test for the complementary components of that offense, like Jamie Ridinger and the passing game. Moat will also face a stiff challenge in a Strath Haven defense that despite massive retooling from a district championship squad a year ago has allowed a mere six points in two games. This could also be the first time the Panthers have to muster a threat in the passing game, with quarterback Kevin Mohollen needing just three completions combined to get his first two wins as a starter. By the end of the game at MN Friday, we should know whether the Panthers are again among the class of the Central or if the Tigers warrant mention in that category.

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All the action from Week 2 in Delco football

Week 2 has by-and-large come to a close (with the exception of Delco Christian’s makeup game Monday). So here is a rundown of all our coverage from delcotimes.com.

Strath Haven continues its dominance over Radnor with a 35-0 running-game rampage.

Ridley’s defense comes up big in a Central League win over Haverford, 21-6.

Interboro’s Tom Takacs is the defensive star in the Bucs 14-7 win over Episcopal Academy in overtime, the replay of which you can watch here.

Marple Newtown’s Cimirrow Moat rushes the Tigers to their second straight blowout win, a 41-0 thrashing of Penncrest.

Springfield used the ground game to get by an upset-minded Harriton, 35-19.

Kyle Keyser’s receiving exploits help Garnet Valley get their first win of the season, an emphatic 42-12 decision over Central League rivals Conestoga.

Academy Park can’t get going in a 16-6 loss to Coatesville.

Glen Mills again puts up points, but can’t muster a win against a AAAA opponent in Downingtown West, losing 42-28.

It’s close but not cigar again for a game Chichester team, to drops a heartbreaker to Delaware’s Archmere Academy, 22-20.

It’s no Soncarly Winpea, no problem for Upper Darby, who used the air assault to down Lower Merion, 48-8.

A sloppy Monsignor Bonner pays the price against Chestnut Hill Academy, falling 27-21.

Breyon Chambers powers Chester to an impressive win over Sun Valley, 36-20.

Penn Wood continues to find it tough sledding this season, dropping a 48-0 decision to Pottstown.

Maryland’s McDonogh School claims another win in Delco, toppling Archbishop Carroll, 29-7.

Catching up with the non-Delco crowd, Week 1

There’s nothing as a sportswriter that bugs me more than getting to weeks 8, 9 and 10 and seeing names on the schedule of Delco teams about which I have no information. With a county whose teams comprise parts of six leagues, only one of which is composed entirely of Delco teams (the Del-Val), these kinds of situations are just about inevitable.

So to remedy the situation – for us in the newsroom, and for you out there going to games – we’re going to take a look each week at what the teams in Delco leagues that happen to fall outside the county limits are up to.

In the Central League:

It would take some digging to find this answer, but I’m willing to bet it’s been quite a while since both Lower Merion school district teams claimed victories on the same weekend. We know what Harriton did in squeaking by a game Chichester team, 41-26.

But Lower Merion also grabbed a win in their opener after a winless 2010 campaign, trouncing Mastbaum Tech, 34-6. When in doubt, head to the Public League, athletic directors always say. While you do have to consider the quality of the opponent, Central League foes will have to watch out for Ernest Pendleton. The senior running back accumulated 125 yards and two scores for the Aces Saturday and will be a handful for defenses all season.

Chester County’s Central League representative also started the season with a win, as Conestoga dumped Owen J. Roberts, 31-14. The Pioneers did so with a balanced attack. Quarterback Joe Viviano was 11-21 for 260 yards and two scores, though he did throw three interceptions, while running back Jerrell Clark collected 124 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

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