By Matt Smith
Several of Delaware County’s best football talents made their college decisions official on the second National Signing Day of the 2019-20 school year.
Chester High made the biggest splash as five players from its senior class signed with Division II programs in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).
The Langley twins, Malik and Malachi, will play at Bloomsburg University next fall. The multi-purpose athletes were two of the best playmakers in Delaware County last fall and earned All-Delco recognition for their exploits as wide receivers.
Four-year starter and All-Delco defensive back Rafiqe Hilliard is heading to California University of Pa. He led the best defensive secondary in the county with 45 tackles and five interceptions.
Chester is also sending defensive stars Tamir Reese and Hakeem Bacon to the next level. Reese is going to East Stroudsburg, while Reese will join the Langley boys at Bloomsburg.
In the Catholic League, Bonner-Prendergast’s Charles Ingram and Oscar Uduma are heading to Indiana University of Pennsylvania and West Chester, respectively.
Both were standout defensive performers for a Friars team that enjoyed its first winning season since 2014. Uduma was first team All-Delco as a defensive end.
“At Monsignor Bonner, (I have) been through some rough seasons, but that didn’t stop my loyalty or dedication, it only made me stronger,” Ingram posted on Twitter. “After freshman year I started to become more serious about my football career and setting goals for myself.”
Over in the Central League, All-Delco offensive lineman Lance Schwartz signed his NLI with the University of Delaware.
“Thank you to everyone that has helped put me in this position,” Schwartz announced on Twitter last week.
By Matt Smith
Steve Lennox, a member of the Delaware County Athletes Hall of Fame who coached his football teams to more than 300 victories, has retired after 27 years as Interboro’s head coach.
Lennox made the announcement at the Bucs’ season-ending awards and dinner banquet Monday night.
One of the most respected sports figures in Delaware County, Lennox compiled a 313-115-2 record in 38 years as a high school football head coach. He registered 229 wins at Interboro, making him the fourth-winningest football coaches in county history, behind Kevin Clancy of Strath Haven, Ridley’s Joe McNicholas and Garnet Valley’s Mike Ricci.
“It’s tough to walk away,” Lennox said Tuesday night. “If I didn’t enjoy what I was doing, I wouldn’t have been doing it for as long as I have. I always said I have the best job in Delaware County. Our kids … they’re not big, they’re not fast, but they work hard and they’re tough, physical kids, and I loved coaching them.
“My job was made easier because of the support of the parents and the community. And all of my coaches, they do such a great job and they always go above and beyond.”
By Landon Stolar
A new PIAA rule may affect as many as eight successful football programs. It’s called the “Success Factor” and over a two-year cycle, schools are now ranked on a points system, based on state tournament success.
All schools will have their success in post-regular season rated by the following scale: one point for participation in an entry level inter-district championship contest, two points for participation in a quarter-final inter-district contest, three points for participation in a semi-final inter-district contest, and four points for participation in a final inter-district contest.
Schools will have to reclassify up a class if they reach six points in two years. The PIAA identified the following eight schools as teams that have met the points requirement (potential new class in parentheses): Farrell (2A), Lackawanna Trail (2A), Southern Columbia (3A), Wilmington (3A), Aliquippa (4A), Cathedral Prep (5A), Imhotep Charter (5A), and Archbishop Wood (6A).
The other requirement for reclassification is “Transfers.” In football, schools must have what the PIAA considers to be be three transfer athletes to be eligible to reclassify. The PIAA reduced that number from five to three in October. These eight schools met the “Success Factor” requirement and have been identified as potentially reaching the “Transfers” requirement as well, according to the PIAA, though many plan to appeal based on the arbitrary transfer policy.
Final decisions will be made at the PIAA’s board meeting in January.
To read and learn more about the PIAA’s new “Success Factor” and “Transfers” policies, see the PIAA’s Competition Classification Formula.
Here are the Panther football players selected for the 2019 All-Delco Team:
Introducing the Strath Haven members of the 2019 All Central League Team –
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