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Written by: Alec Eskin on Saturday, October 16th, 2021
Photo taken by Tbone Smith (@trsmith296)
It was an unusually warm October night in Garnet Valley as they took on the Haverford Fords. Garnet Valley had Shane Reynolds return after a five week absence and on his first touch ran it 82 yards for a touchdown. This set the tone for the rest of the night as they scored 42 points by halftime and would win by a final score of 55-14. Lets go into a deeper recap of both teams’ nights once again . . .
Haverford came into the night seeming to have figured some things out against Springfield. However, even though they played clean football, Garnet Valley’s physicality set the two teams apart. Haverford’s offensive line played very well as they were able to gain the majority of their yardage on the ground. Ethan Mahan was the star of the show for Haverford as he got 83 total yards and score both of their touchdowns. On defense, they had a bit of a rough night. They allowed 42 points in the first half due to Garnet Valley’s offensive line outplaying Haverford’s defensive line. However, they were able to cause a fumble which led to their first points not the night and had a turnover on downs. So, if their defense can cause more turnovers (which they are more than capable of) then this team becomes that much more dangerous.
For Garnet Valley, they took care of business on both sides of the ball. On offense, it was the same story tonight. This year, they have score more than 40 points in every game. Once again, their offensive line stole the show and made huge holes for the running backs all night. Shane Reynolds did spectacular in his return getting 139 yards and scoring two touchdowns. Sean Gallagher set a school record with four touchdown receptions as he ran all over the field in tonight’s game. Max Busenkell has had 100+ passing yards in every game this year as he had 267 tonight. Every aspect of that offense has given Garnet Valley tonight and all season a big advantage. On defense, they had a very similar night to the offense: a great one. The biggest play of the game came when Haverford was on the Garnet Valley two and were able Garnet Valley was able to force a fumble. This changed the tide of the game and instead made it a 21-0 game, rather than a 14-7 game. They did not have any turnovers on the night but were forcing punt after punt. Ever since the Ridley first half, this defense has only given up a combined 17 points. Overall, a really good game again for the Jaguars.
Garnet Valley moves to 8-0 and will play at Springfield next week on Friday at seven. Haverford will be playing at Radnor at seven next week as well. Garnet Valley currently ranks #1 in District One standings while Haverford ranks at #18. The final tow games of the season for both teams could be a big factor in what happens in terms of how the rankings fall out come playoff time.
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