By Rich Flanagan
A year ago, Strath Haven dismantled Harriton by controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, and left the Rams with looks of frustration and dismay.
It’s the blueprint Kevin Clancy has preached for much of his tenure with the Panthers: win the battle at the point of attack. Fast forward to their matchup Friday night and Clancy’s team was again dominating upfront. The Panthers limited the Rams to 86 total yards of offense and did not allow a first down until the third quarter on their way to a 27-7 victory over Harriton.
It’s the second straight year Strath Haven (1-1, 1-0 Central League) has held Harriton under 100 total yards. The Panthers did not allow a run or pass of more than twenty yards for the entire game and limited the Rams to only seven points, a week after they tallied 36 in their opener. While his team only had one sack, Clancy could not have been more pleased with the way his defense dominated the game from start to finish.
“We had seen them a lot on film and they really run that wishbone well,” Clancy said. “They scored 36 points last week and it looks really good in their scrimmage. We controlled the line of scrimmage on offense and punched some scores in to eat clock and keep their offense off of the field.”