*Haverford Scrimmage (short)*
By Jack McCaffery
Despite the challenges, despite an extended offseason, despite all the worries and concerns that it might not happen at all, Jack Ryder had a feeling that he would have a senior season as the quarterback at Strath Haven.
That’s because he’s had that feeling his entire life.
“That was my plan,” Ryder said before a recent practice. “It was to play quarterback here.”
Ryder is the son of Derek Ryder, who played quarterback at Strath Haven. Derek is the son of Fred Ryder, who played quarterback for Nether Providence, which eventually grew to become Strath Haven. And in this particular season, and not just for the off-field bumps, Panthers coach Kevin Clancy is comforted by that legacy.
Challenged to rebuild both his offensive and defensive lines, Clancy has maintained a peaceful confidence that as long as there is a Ryder behind center, the stability that has defined Strath Haven football for decades will be safe.
“He’s experienced and his leadership has been outstanding,” Clancy said. “He’s done a great job with that. He has a strong arm. He has very good vision. He understands high school football and the passing game. He really knows where I want the ball to be thrown.
We had the pleasure of two photographers at the scrimmage this past Friday night!
The Strath Haven Gridiron Club has provided Manning Smith for game day photos and independent sports photographer Jim Quinn was also there. Both got some great shots which are posted on our Game Photo Gallery page. If looking to order photos please look for the photographer’s mark on each photo.
By Matt Smith
The Inter-Ac League reversed course from its public position last week, announcing Friday its intentions to stage a 2020 fall season.
In a statement, the league said it will hold “a modified, non-championship fall sports schedule” for football, boys and girls soccer, field hockey, boys and girls cross country, girls tennis, boys water polo, volleyball and boys golf.
“In recent months, health experts studying youth sports have observed that there has been little evidence of the transmission of the virus occurring because of on-field contact,” the statement read. “Rather, it occurs on the sidelines when safety protocols are not followed, in locker rooms, and at team social events. This new information has influenced the Inter-Ac schools’ analysis of the risk-benefit of a fall competitive season.
“Individual schools may choose in which sports they will participate without consequence from the league. Additional information about schedules, health and safety protocols will be forthcoming, including the possibility of extremely limited numbers of spectators at venues. Should current trends reverse and numbers of infections spike, this plan will be revisited.”
By Matt Smith
Earlier this week the Central League adopted a plan for a truncated fall sports season. The return of interscholastic sports was subject to school districts’ approval. Since Monday evening, Central League school boards have been busy giving fall teams the “yes” vote to play. As of Thursday evening, approval was granted to Garnet Valley, Haverford, Marple Newtown, Springfield, Strath Haven and Upper Darby.
The Central League consists of 12 teams from Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties. The 10 schools from Delaware and Chester counties are abiding by the altered recommendations provided by the Chester County Health Department, which last week removed language stating that interscholastic athletics should not begin until January.
“Everyone has to be responsible and look out for each other,” Ridley football coach Dave Wood said. “We have to do this the safest way possible and take every precaution possible. This is a different year, it’s going to be different in a lot of ways for the players and coaches. I know our guys are excited to get back out there and get working again. It’s been tough on all of them and I’m just glad they get an opportunity to try and play football. I think everyone feels that way.”
By Matt Smith
High school sports in Pennsylvania are making a comeback.
The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) held a Board of Directors meeting Friday to decide the fate of fall sports. The 25-5 vote allows sports to begin Monday, Aug. 24, with a week of heat acclimatization practice.
The PIAA, which is the governing body for interscholastic athletics in the Commonwealth, issued the following statement:
“The Board agrees the decision to compete in athletics should be made locally allowing for each school entity to decide whether to proceed and which sports to sponsor. As the health and safety of students is paramount in moving forward with athletics, the Board believes that through each member schools’ adherence to their developed school health and safety plans and the PIAA Return to Competition guidelines sports can continue.
By Havenfootball.net Staff
Just a quick note to our readers about the articles that appear on our web page. Our home page, the one you are viewing now, can only accommodate a fixed amount of “posts”. As the season gets more involved the articles will appear, move down the page, and then vanish from the home page. All posts, however, are stored in our archives. At the bottom right hand side of this home page is our Archives listing. It is listed by month. Simply click on the month you believe the article originally appeared and a list of the articles posted will appear along with the first few lines. Click on the headline and you’ll get the article, photos and appropriate links. Enjoy!