THERE WAS a span there for nearly a decade when Strath Haven was the standard of Delaware County football. From 1996 to 2003, the Panthers, under head coach Kevin Clancy, won eight straight District 1 Class AAA championships, and two state titles, in 1999 and again in 2000.
DAN ELLIS HAS won everywhere. He won a state championship as the starting quarterback for Downingtown in 1996. He won as a 2-year starter and played in two bowl games at Virginia. He went into coaching carrying the same attitude he played with, so Springfield had no choice but to win.
PENN WOOD High's football team has accomplished some amazing things this season. This 2010 version of the Patriots should be remembered for some time, after winning their first Del-Val League title since 1994, and becoming the first Penn Wood team to ever reach the district playoffs in football.
SOMETHING HAD TO be done, and something had to be said. Ridley High was locked in a 14-14 halftime tie with Marple Newtown in a Central League game on Oct. 15, and the team the Green Raiders were supposed to be in 2010 had not shown up. Yet. Then, words that had been repeated by the coaches and staff finally were absorbed.
IT HAS NOT been the kind of senior season Garnet Valley High's Alex Warden envisioned. The speedy 6-foot, 180-pound tailback broke his left foot during the season's third week in a Central League victory over Conestoga and missed three games. But there was no way Warden was going to miss this game, when the Jaguars host undefeated Ridley at 7 p.m. Friday.
Interboro High readies for USC's eighth-grade quarterback THERE'S VERY little wiggle room facing a team that has two major Division I recruits, one headed to Auburn, the other to USC. That's what Interboro will be up against when the Bucs host Delaware power Red Lion Christian Friday night at 7.
IT'S QUITE A distance from where Wah'Fe Granger was this time last year and where he is this year. The Penn Wood High senior tailback/defensive back was living with relatives in Alaska from 2007 to '09, before returning to Yeadon, Delaware County, last spring.
EXCUSE DENNIS DECKER for feeling like he spent the last year walking through a time capsule. But here he is again, back at his alma mater, Ridley High School, as the head football coach after a highly successful first year. And here he is again in a familiar spot in the Delaware County Hero Bowl - this time as a head coach.
Joseph Santoliquito, a graduate of Cardinal O'Hara and Temple University, has been covering high school sports in the Philadelphia area since 1993, and for the Daily News since 2005. He has written for ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated, SI.com and ESPN.com, nominated for an Emmy Award in 2006 for his ESPN.com feature on blind baseball. He also works for Ring Magazine, where he has been since October 1997 and has been the managing editor since 2004.