When you play competitive sports sometimes you simply go up against a team that simply has more talent and ability than you do. Friday night’s contest against Garnet Valley was one of those nights. The Jaguars were impressive on both sides of the ball. They averaged seven yards a play, punted once and controlled the clock for 27 minutes. They went 4-4 in the red zone and had 457 yards rushing. Certainly Garnet Valley seems to be the team to beat in the Central League and we predict will make a significant run in the District One playoffs this year. To be sure the Panthers had a reasonable game but had trouble finishing drives (which the Jaguars have been doing all year) and did what they could including some strong runs and a few nice passes. Playing Springfield and Garnet Valley (the two major contenders in the Central League) is a tough schedule to work with but we believe both efforts were admirable and does well to set the Panthers up for a strong five game finish.
The week Penncrest comes into George L. King field for a special Thursday night game (Friday night begins the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur) with a 7 PM kick-off.
Penncrest has been struggling so far this season with a 1-4 record. They lost to Marple Newtown, Garnet Valley and Springfield (all powerful teams) in the Central League and lost their opener to Pope John Paul. They did manage to beat Harriton. Other than the Harriton game where they scored 40 points the Penncrest offense has had trouble getting across the goal line scoring 7 or less points in each of their losses. On the other hand they did play teams who have prevented much in the way of points all season long. Look for #20 Caleb Mahalik to get the call on the ground and they are led by #12 Chris Mills and #15 Chris Chelo who share quarterback duty.