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.
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.
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.
They go back together to the “sowing room” days, back to the bleak times when they shared a two-year 1-and-22 stretch and nothing was going right. It’s when Haverford High School head coach Joe Gallagher and assistant coach Justin Mellor would retreat to the sowing room because it had the best white board in the school at that time and they had to draw up new plays.
If Coatesville stellar senior Daquan Worley had his choice, he’ll be a cornerback when he arrives at Penn State next summer. In the meantime, the Penn State-commit continues to do something he’s been doing since he first touched a football, and that’s running through defenses and scoring touchdowns.
It’s August and already St. Joseph’s Prep coach Gabe Infante is up against an unwinnable battle: It will hard keeping his team from wandering onto websites, Twitter and text feeds, chat rooms and Facebook pages without reading all of the good things that are expected from the Hawks this season.
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St. Joe’s Prep stays at #1 in our high school football rankings.
La Salle takes on nationally ranked St. Joseph’s Prep at 7 p.m. at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School
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It’s a stifling August Monday morning, and across the area, high school football players are reporting to their schools for the “official” beginning of high school training camp.