Sometimes a team simply runs into another team that is just better. The Panthers hit that wall last week in a lopsided loss against and very quick, strong and well disciplined Haverford team taking their first loss of the season, 24-0. The defense played well most of the game but gave up two big plays and a muffed snap on a punt gave the Fords excellent field position with one minute left in the first half which they converted into a 3 point field goal. The defense played great in preventing another touchdown. The offense, on the other hand, just couldn’t maintain any type of rhythm and you can give all the credit to a very strong Haverford defense who seemed to know almost every play we called. They got linebackers to the briefly opened holes and while the Panthers did manage almost 150 yards they never found a way to get into the end zone.
Haven returns to George L. King Field for Homecoming after being away for two weeks. The Tigers are the only undefeated team in the Central League. They have defeated Upper Darby (17-12), Harriton (35-12), Conestoga (50-25), Lower Merion (41-7) and Kipp-DuBois (33-0). They are led by quarterback Joe Paoletti (#3) who leads in most touchdown passes (9) and the second highest quarterback rating. Paoletti was 14 of 25 last week for 181 yards and his favorite receiver Charlie Box (#2) caught one for 43 yards and a touchdown last week. Box also ran for 89 yards on 14 carries. Shane Benedict (#1) is a key receiver as well.