*Academy Park Play-of-the-Game*
By Matt Smith
Desman Johnson is well-aware of the expectations that come with being the county’s single-season passing champion.
The rising senior from Penn Wood is arguably Delco’s top football talent. Set to begin his third full season as the Patriots’ starting quarterback, the 6-2, 245-pounder has attended college camps at Boston College, Virginia and Syracuse.
Johnson’s talent is undeniable. He’s a quarterback trapped in a linebacker’s body, which makes him a viable commodity, a freight train who can shake off tackles with a flick of a hand. He features a cannon of a right arm, which he has used to throw for 60 touchdown passes in his All-Delco career.
Despite the many plaudits and accomplishments on the field, Johnson realizes that his final season at Penn Wood could be his most challenging. After winning back-to-back Del Val League championships, the Patriots this summer are looking to replace 22 seniors, including 2018 Daily Times Player of the Year Kennedy Poles, who shattered season and career receiving records while catching balls from Johnson.
This is Johnson’s team now. Every defense that he sees this year will be focused on stopping him.
By Ben Blackburn, SHHS class of ’87 (OT, DE) & current football parent
I’m writing on behalf of the newly formed Haven Gridiron Club, which is an organization comprised of parents and alumni committed to seeing Strath Haven High School Football return to its former glory.
In recent years the program has suffered from declining participation and budget cuts driven by larger economic pressures on the school district. These factors have impacted Strath Haven’s ability to compete at the upper echelon of the Central League and in the state playoffs. Coach Clancy continues to field talented, hard-nosed teams, but when faced with programs able to bring more resources and twice as many players to bear, it has been tough sledding for our Panthers.
We’d like to change that.
By Havenfootball.net Staff
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