By Mike Mayer, Webmaster
Other than the ending, we could not have asked for a more exciting playoff game than what we witnessed last Friday night. Two very evenly matched teams who found they could overpower the others defense in the first half and then both defenses came alive and wouldn’t other the other’s offense score again………until overtime. The Haven ‘D’ held the Blue Demon’s running back, Garrett Cox, to 99 yards (27 yards in one play) and strong passing quarterback, Sam Forte, to a 50% completion rate and only 75 yards. Our QB, Jack Ryder, threw for 65 yards and, John Prochniak, had a season high 146 yards! The stats look very similar but the one big difference was Kennett was able to force fumbles at key drives and that, in the end, forced the game into overtime. Heart breaker!
One of the good things about getting older is it doesn’t seem to be as long a wait from the time we broadcast the last game until the season begins again in August. Unfortunately, that same perception of time moving quickly, makes a 10 game season (although this year we had a 12 game season) seem to go by in a flash!
It is a lot of work keeping these pages up-to-date but we are fortunate to have people who love doing this and who make it not only easier, but a pleasure to produce these web pages and our broadcasts.
A big thank-you to the Strath Haven Athletic Director, Pat Clancy, who makes sure we have what we need in the booth. To Coach Clancy and the rest of the coaching staff who tolerates our Friday night intrusions onto the field so that Brian can get all the current information on the Panthers and their opponents for the evening.
By Havenfootball.net Staff
The 2019 Strath Haven Football Awards Banquet was held last and all of us at Havenfootball.net were pleased again to be in attendance to see these very special honors bestowed upon these young men.
No. 4 Kennett (10-1) v. No. 5 Strath Haven (9-2)
Why the Blue Demons can win: Kennett hasn’t given up a touchdown in 15 quarters of football. That’s a pretty good recipe for success. On their four-game win streak, the Blue Demons have forced 12 turnovers, while giving up only four. Strath Haven is as run-centered a team as you will find, and that plays into the strength of Kennett, who gives up just 108.4 rush yards per game. Having QB Sam Forte and running back Garrett Cox gives Kennett diversity on offense, which could be the difference between two hard-nosed squads.
Why the Panthers can win: Their styles are a little different, but Kennett and Strath Haven win by doing the same things — run the ball and defend. The Panthers didn’t blow the doors off of 5-5 Upper Merion last week, but they were also in no danger of losing with their defensive prowess. Against the best two defenses the Blue Demons faced this year, West Chester East and West Chester Rustin, they scored 26 total points. One would suspect Strath Haven can keep it a low-scoring battle and let longtime coach Kevin Clancey work his magic late.
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!