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Garnet Valley Wins Fourth Straight Central League Title Against Lower Merion @GVAthletics @GarnetValleyFB @LowerMerionFB

Written by: on Saturday, October 30th, 2021

 

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Garnet Valley and Lower Merion were set to play in the most football weather you could imagine: high winds, lower temperatures, and pouring rain. A lot was on the line tonight with District One seeding and the Central League title up in the air. Once again, Garnet Valley came out on top winning by a final score of 38-14, winning their fourth straight Central League title. Lets go into a recap of each teams’ night . . .

Lower Merion did not have the greatest of first halfs as they were not able to move the ball down the field. However, a lot of this was due to the heavy rain as they had trouble getting a grip on the ball all night. In the second half, they started to get things rolling with a touchdown in each of the third and fourth quarters. One was a touchdown pass from Mekhai Smith to Lance Kim for 26 yards on a very nice pass. On defense, Lower Merion had trouble in the first half containing Garnet Valley’s rushing attack as they allowed 31 points in the first half. But, they were able to create one turnover and prevent them from going downfield most of the time.

For Garnet Valley, they were able to put Lower Merion away early. On offense, for the first time all year, Garnet Valley did not attempt one pass. Again, this was mostly due to large amounts of rain and ball being quite slippery. Ryan Saunders led the way with two touchdowns and both Sean Gallagher and Shane Reynolds had one apiece. The offensive line was able to get the job done in very tough conditions. On defense, they were able to force many fumbles and turnovers which gave them a lot of momentum. Lastly, the special teams unit looked like the best it has all year. Zach Liberatore was able to kick a 39 yard field goal (in have rain no less) and were able to force a punt fumble on Lower Merion’s first possession.

Lower Merion will finish the season 3-7 and is done for the year. Overall, they had a successful year, doing some things that show they are an improved program. For Garnet Valley, they now get the one seed in District One due to Haverford winning against Academy at Palumbo, giving Garnet Valley a better strength of schedule over North Penn, who will get the two seed. Garnet Valley will have a rematch against Haverford who is going to be the 16 seed. This game will mostly likely be played at Garnet Valley at 7:00 PM on Friday. Should be a fun next few weeks as we head into the District One playoffs.

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