High School Football
Does a high school team beating another team by a huge margin rise to the definition of bullying?
The goal has been there. It was just a matter of getting there. And this year, St. Joseph’s Prep has broken through the threshold and for the first time is playing into December.
They’re rivals in the same league, but will be playing for something far more important tonight when Glen Mills and Academy Park clash for the District 1 Class AAA championship at 7 p.m. at Ridley High School.
A game-saving interception enabled Prep to survive stubborn Frankford, 10-7, to win the District 12 Class AAAA, or city, championship Saturday night.
They’re large, fast, and right now, no one seems to be able stop them. The Imhotep Charter Panthers felt they deserved a state championship last year, and are more than compensating for that lost opportunity this season by smashing every team they face
A high school football player preparing for a playoff game lost control of his sports utility vehicle, leading to a head-on collision that left him, a teammate and the driver of the other car dead, and two of their teammates injured.
Sharon Police Chief Michael Menster said Saturday it appeared that one of the players, 18-year-old Corey Swartz of Sharon, drove a sport utility vehicle across a median strip and hit an oncoming truck.
They know how long it’s been since a St. Joseph’s Prep team has won a Catholic League title in football.
Archbishop Ryan coach Frank McArdle could have told his team to bag it. The Raiders were eliminated from the Catholic League Class AAAA playoffs, with two games left against powerhouses Archbishop Wood and St. Joseph’s Prep before its traditional Thanksgiving Day game.
Upper Dublin has gotten off to good starts in its history. But nothing like this. Nothing like opening a season by beating Central Bucks West for only the second time in school history. Nothing like getting off to an 8-0 start and having every district-playoff bound Class AAAA school begin looking over their shoulders at the Cardinals.
It came in a blink. Chris Martin spotted a flash of white out of the corner of his eye and the St. Joseph’s Prep quarterback promptly darted the ball in that direction.
Mike St. Clair doesn’t know whether or not he saw 7-0 coming, but the West Chester Rustin football coach did foresee success this season. Where his mix of proven upperclassmen and talented newcomers has led is the top of the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA power rankings for Week 7, with 920 points and averaging 131.4 a game.
You may have to excuse St. Joseph Prep’s coach Gabe Infante if he doesn’t get overly vocal if his team gets down early tonight against archrival La Salle, in a Catholic League Class AAAA showdown at 7 p.m. at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School.
There’s going to be another quarterback playing in the huge Catholic League Class AAAA showdown Friday at 7 p.m. when La Salle hosts arch rival St. Joe’s Prep at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School.