We’ve been operating this web site since 2002 and our live game audio broadcasts since 2006 and this is by far the strangest season we have ever been involved in. We hope this strange season is one for the history books, that we never see again.
Despite many misgivings the AD’s and administrators of the Central League pulled off a planned season of football. Yes, it was a shortened season. Yes, fans were limited in attendance. Yes, bands were limited to home games only and stayed in the end zone away from the few allowed to attend. But in the end they played their five “regular” games and then their sixth game for final positions in the Central League. No varsity games were delayed or postponed due to Covid. As we look around the state, indeed, around the country, it was a remarkable feat of planning and of players doing everything they could to stay safe and prevent the spread of Covid 19. The players, coaches and fans were rewarded with a season that most thought would never happen.
With all the limitations the Panthers had a solid year and finished in third place in the Central League at 5-1 losing only to the #2 team, Marple Newtown. The team averaged 6.8 yards per carry which is very good and is testament to the strong rushing foursome of Jaris Adams, Matt Shuler, Chase Barlow and Christian Mazur. Quarterback Ryder didn’t throw often but he made the most of it with a better than 50% completion rate, three touchdowns and no interceptions for a quarterback season rating of 201.92. Oh yeah, and he had 15 carries for 71 yards and six touchdowns including one run for 45 yards!