By Havenfootball.net Staff
Panther fans didn’t like the ending but you have to give credit to Haven for never giving up and to Coach Clancy who was pretty inventive in his play calling. Scoring 28 points is usually enough to win football games but the powerful running game of the Royals in general and #5 Kareen McAdams in particular was just more than the Panther defense could stop. With a 21-14 halftime score the Panthers were very much in this one but Upper Darby played it smart, keeping it on the ground and simply dating the Panthers to stop it. They couldn’t and the Royals were the victors. Well played regardless of the outcome and very exciting. Kudos to #34 Zack Hussein who had the second game of his career breaking 200 yards in rushing (239 to be exact) on 28 rushes for a powerful 8.5 yards per carry.
This week the Panthers return to face off against a very good (4-1) Radnor Red Raider team. On paper the Red Raiders look to be the favored team. Radnor suffered a surprising loss to Haverford last week. Not surprising that they lost but rather by the margin of loss, 40-16. The Red Raiders had close games again Upper Merion and Marple Newtown but simply clobbered Harriton and Ridley before being overwhelmed by Haverford.
Radnor feature 3 year starter, senior Sean Mullarkey, who has given fits to Haven both on the ground and in the air (he leads Delco teams on QB ratings and has a 64% pass completion rate) even though the Panthers have won the last two contests (2016 went into double overtime). To make things more interesting Radnor’s #6 Matt Cohen has been sensational this year gaining almost 300 yards in their win against Ridley and trading #1 rusher in Delco with our own Zach Hussein. Radnor put a lot of points on the board and is second for total points (388) behind Garnet Valley. Radnor can break you with their running AND passing game so Haven will have their hands full trying to contain the Red Raiders.