Spring­field has to make sure not to over­look Pao­letti, MN

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - SPORTS - By Matt Smith matt­smith@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @DTMat­tSmith on Twit­ter Daily Times

With three weeks left in the reg­u­lar sea­son, drama is build­ing in the Cen­tral League.

Gar­net Val­ley (7-0) and Spring­field (7-0) will meet next week in what could be the game that de­cides the cham­pi­onship. The Jaguars should have lit­tle trou­ble with Harriton this week, but the Cougars face a far tougher chal­lenge on the road against Marple New­town (4-3). The Tigers gave the Jaguars every­thing they could handle in a 34-31 loss last Fri­day.

Else­where, the Del Val League heats up as Academy Park (4-2) hosts Glen Mills (2-4) and Chich­ester (3-3) trav­els to Penn Wood (5-2) Fri­day night. In­ter­boro (3-4) will look to reach the .500 mark Satur­day morn­ing at Ch­ester (2-5).

Here is break­down of the top-five games to watch this week­end: 10 car­ries.

The Eagles have won two of their last three games, in­clud­ing a 30-3 rout of Bishop McDe­vitt last week. Star run­ning back Pa­trick Garwo amassed 177 yards and three touch­downs.

Ja’Den McKen­zie rushed for two TDs and Jack Psen­ic­ska was 4-for-4 for 66 yards and two touch­downs as the Cougars made quick work of Harriton last week, 42-8. Geo Dots­cias came off the bench to add a TD run.

This is the first of three con­sec­u­tive road chal­lenges for the Cougars, who are No. 2 in the Su­per 7. Af­ter Marple New­town, the No. 2-ranked Cougars travel to Gar­net Val­ley (7-0) and Haver­ford (6-1) to wrap up the reg­u­lar sea­son.

The Tigers showed plenty of fight in a 34-31 loss to un­de­feated Gar­net Val­ley. Al­lDelco quar­ter­back An­thony Pao­letti threw for 252 yards and a pair of touch­downs to wide re­ceiver Dash Dul­ge­rian (six catches, 170 yards). Mar­lon Weathers amassed 119 yards and two touch­downs on the ground. In the loss to Gar­net Val­ley, Pao­letti be­came the county’s ca­reer pass­ing leader, sur­pass­ing his head coach, Chris Gick­ing. their first night game of the year at Kerr Field. They are rid­ing a five-game win­ning streak as the No. 5-ranked team in the county. Kennedy Poles hauled in three catches for 123 yards and two TDs in the Pa­tri­ots’ 2014 win at Glen Mills.

The Roy­als could be the most un­der­rated team in Delaware County. Last Fri­day they posted their fourth con­sec­u­tive win with a 34-7 rout of Penncrest. Dur­ing their win­ning streak the Roy­als are av­er­ag­ing 37.8 points per game. Se­nior quar­ter­back Josh Gouch threw for 146 yards and a score and ran for 108 yards and two TDs. Se­nior run­ning back Quaran Davis chipped in with 60 yards on eight car­ries and a TD.

The Pan­thers pum­melled Con­estoga, 44-7, for their sec­ond straight vic­tory. Zack Hus­sein ran for 102 yards and two TDs, while Ethan Belville scored on a 46-yard fum­ble re­turn.

The Church­men were plagued by penal­ties in their loss at Sale­sianum (Del.), 2820. Mau­r­cus McDaniel threw for 160 yards and two scores, and added 84 yards on the ground. DeeWil Bar­lee ran for 130 yards and a TD.

Springside Chest­nut Hill saw its four-game win­ning streak fall by the way­side with a 25-24 loss to North­east High. Ke’Shawn Wil­liams is an ex­cit­ing tal­ent at wide re­ceiver for the Blue Devils, av­er­ag­ing 17.4 yards per re­cep­tion with two touch­down catches. ww

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