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

More postponements: Interboro, Sun Valley, Chichester, Haverford

The rain is wreaking havoc on tonight’s football schedule. Here is an updated list of postponements:

Strath Haven at Garnet Valley: Moved to Saturday night at 7.

Harriton at Upper Darby: Moved to Saturday  night at HARRITON at 7.

Interboro at Upper Moreland: Moved to Monday night at 6.

Sun Valley at Oxford: Moved to Saturday at noon.

Chichester at Kennett: Moved to Saturday  morning at 10:30.

Springfield at Haverford: Moved to Saturday night at 7.

Keep checking this blog post for more updates.

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.

In the Catholic League: Continue reading