Strath Haven vs Harriton
Harriton High School
October 9th – 7:00 PM
*Haverford Play-of-the-Game now available*
High winds, chilly air, and a light rain that flew parallel to the George L. King Field at Strath Haven Middle School proved to be a tough test for the pass-happy Haverford High offense. Or so one would have thought.
Quarterback Jack Donaghy continued his stellar season with four first-half touchdown passes—two each to Matt Corbett and Bobby McClure—as the Fords handled the Panthers 47-20 in a Central League contest that was postponed from Friday.
Asked if the air attack surprised him in the uncooperative weather, Donaghy responded, “Yes and no. Yes, because of the conditions. No, because (head coach Joe Gallagher) calls our plays.”
Gallagher’s gamble paid off as his offense looked good in what could have been a tough night. The Donaghy-led attack ran on all cylinders, producing scoring drives on seven of Haverford’s first eight possessions.
By Joe Stokes
Last weekend the Philly Metro was the center of a special celebration as Pope Francis was visiting and spreading good will to all. This weekend will feature a visit from a powerful nor’easter riding up the east coast. It could have been worse if early week fears of Hurricane Joaquin had come to pass. Although many games this weekend may be postponed this week offers some good insight as to what the playoff picture will look like in a month.
It appears that St Joe Prep and LaSalle are once again on track for post season play in District 12. Meanwhile District one AAAA is loaded with great squads this year including Upper Dublin, Coatesville, Downingtown East and Downingtown West as all undefeated through week four of the season.
By Freshman Parent
The Cougars and Panthers braved the elements to battle it out Thursday at Springfield High. The weather did not seem like it would be much of a factor as the rains stayed away for the start of the game.
The Panthers struck first with a 20 yard touchdown pass on their first possession. Springfield came right back on the ground marching 60 yards for their first score. Their 2-point try was good and it was 8-7 Cougars.
Then the rains came, heavy at times, and from the 2nd quarter for the rest of the game was played in a steady downpour. Haven managed to grab the lead with a 15 yard touchdown run after a Cougar fumble on their own 20 which gave Haven the lead 13-8.
Once again the Cougars answered, this time on a 50 yard scamper putting Haven down 14-13.
With the rains pounding the field the Cougars took advantage on the Panthers next possession and scooped up a fumble on the Panther 40 and rumbled in for the score, taking a 22-13 lead after the 2 point try was good.
The Panthers however were not done and on the their next series connected on a 50 yard pass play for a touchdown but the point-after failed and the Panthers drew closer and were down only 22-19 at the half.
Unfortunately the weather was not kind to either teams after the first half, especially the Panthers as the conditions did not lend to much more offense. The Cougars were able to punch one more touchdown in late in the 3rd quarter to stretch the lead for good and the game would end 28-19.
It was a very good game given the conditions and what is a departure from the norm, this young Panther squad has 5 offensive touchdowns in the two games so far, with four being scored through the air!
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By Havenfootball.net Staff
When a professional sports team is struggling (as our Eagles appear to be) one can become jaded as well as question their desire, determination and willingness to do their best. After all, these are very talented, grown men who make more money playing their sport than most of us will ever earn. But when the struggling sports team is a high school football team it is a very different feeling. There is never any doubt that these young men are making their best effort, giving it all they have, day in and day out, for no other reason than the enjoyment of the game and the joy of participating in a favored sport.
As we adults see these young men struggle it can be difficult to watch and it tugs at our heart strings. But here at havenfootball.net we will watch, report, broadcast, post scores, produce our Play-of-the-Game and do everything as usual no matter what the score. Because we don’t produce these pages for profitability we don’t have to worry about how many listeners we have to our broadcast or how many people look at our web pages.
By Ruthanne Morris
The Cougars visited King Field Monday afternoon and presented an offensive attack that proved to be too much for the Panthers to handle. Thomas Foster gave the Panthers good starting field position on the Haven 35, and the Panthers came out firing with a 17-yard completion from Ryan Morris to Raghib Boyer. Jon Morris paced the Panthers with solid running effort behind great blocking by the offensive line, and Foster pulled in another pass from Ryan Morris to move the sticks. The Panthers advanced to the Cougar 11 yard line but failed to put points on the board.
The Cougars took over and handed the ball to Jaden MacKenzie. With three touches, the Cougars were in the red zone. Steven Seal slammed their back for a 2-yard loss and the defense managed to hold for the next two plays, keeping Springfield off the board as well. Haven took over at their own 18 yard line.
Jon Morris again paced the offense, rushing for two consecutive first downs. Foster and Jon Morris continued to move the chains, getting Haven to the Cougar 25 yard line. Jon Morris added rushes of nine and four yards respectively, and Sean Daly notched another 5 yard gain, and the Panthers were inside the 10 yard line. The handoff went to Foster and Touchdown Thomas sprinted across the goal line. Haven led 6-0 after a failed two-point conversion attempt with 2:59 remaining in the 2Q.
By Bob Quinn
By Havenfootball.net Staff
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