Chris Williams, left, and Wellington Zaza, right, of Strath Haven, finished first and second, respectively, in the boys' 110-meter high hurdles, Class AAA at the PIAA District 1 track championships held in Coatesville. (Charles Fox/Staff Photographer)
PENN WOOD HIGH has not won a Del-Val League title in football since 1994. That year, the Patriots went undefeated and had one of the best teams in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Since then, Penn Wood has undergone a swirling carousel of coaching changes and a program that sank into a dormant state, at one stretch going 1-11 for 4 straight years.
Keep an Eye On: Shawn Oakman Penn Wood, 6-9, 250, DE-TE
There may be no Del-Val player more valuable to his team than Oakman. Last season, Penn Wood was 5-1 when he started and 0-6 when he sat out with a broken hand.
During the pressure cooker portion of the Elite 11 semifinals, when quarterbacks have two minutes to move the ball 60 yards, Archbishop Wood's Anthony Russo closed with a 50-yard touchdown pass.