It's Week 8 of the football season and - no surprise - a number of contests have league-title implications. At or near the top of the list is Friday night's Central League showdown between Garnet Valley, ranked 14th in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, and No. 24 Springfield (Delco).
La Salle vs. Archbishop Wood isn't the only Friday night game between top-10 teams. In the continuation of their heated Ches-Mont League National Conference rivalry, No. 5 Coatesville will play No. 8 Downingtown East at 7 p.m. at Downingtown West's Kottmeyer Stadium.
Paul Dooley went all-out in preparing for his senior year of football at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. The strong-armed quarterback skipped playing basketball last winter to improve his skills, worked regularly with a personal trainer, and attended a number of showcase camps.
Rick O'Brien has been on our staff since 1993, primarily covering high school sports in Southeastern Pennsylvania. He focuses on football and boys' basketball and baseball, with other events (Penn Relays, regattas on the Schuylkill, etc.) and some pro sports mixed in.