Two electrifying running backs will showcase their abilities in an intriguing nonleague football game on Saturday.
Patrick Garwo and Conwell-Egan will clash with Edward Saydee and host Penn Charter at 2 p.m. at Maguire Field.
Garwo, a Boston College recruit, has carried 33 times for 281 yards and three touchdowns this season.
The Temple-bound Saydee rushed 12 times for 92 yards and a score in Saturday’s 35-21 win over Lansdale Catholic. He also returned a kickoff 96 yards for a score.
Garwo rushed for nearly 1,900 yards and 24 touchdowns last season as the Eagles went 7-7 and reached the PIAA Class 3A state semifinals. Saydee netted 1,100-plus yards and 11 scores as the Quakers went 9-1 and placed second in the Inter-Ac League.
Garwo is supported on offense by fellow running backs Terome Mitchell and Dajuan Harris and dual-threat quarterback Alex Goldsby.
Saydee is aided by fellow ballcarriers Jalon Jones and Matthew Marshall, tight end Ryan Maloney, and receiver Brendan Thomas.
Marshall turned a right-side screen pass into a 90-yard score on the second play from scrimmage against Lansdale Catholic. Saydee followed soon after with a 57-yard TD burst.
Bound for Jersey
Four teams will play games in North Jersey this weekend. Three of the contests will be played at Rutgers University.
West Catholic faces its second straight Garden State foe when it squares off against Hudson Catholic at 6 p.m. Friday at Rutgers. The Burrs edged Paramus Catholic, 18-16, last week.
Imhotep Charter looks to rebound from a 27-8 loss to DeMatha Catholic (Md.) when it visits Montvale’s St. Joseph Regional at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The Battle on the Banks showcase at Rutgers — the school is on the banks of the Raritan River — involving Archbishop Wood and St. Joseph’s Prep, is set for Saturday. Wood takes on Bergen Catholic at 4 p.m., and St. Joe’s Prep meets St. Peter’s Prep at 7.
For the second straight week, Neumann-Goretti’s scheduled nonleague game was canceled. N-G was slated to play Ballou (D.C.) on Saturday afternoon, but Saints coach Albie Crosby said Ballou’s coach informed him his team was opting out of the game because of several injuries.
Father Judge (1-0) at No. 19 Northeast (1-1), 6:30 p.m. The Crusaders and Vikings last met in 2015, with Northeast eking out a 14-13 win. Pick: Judge, 23-21.
No. 12 Conwell-Egan (2-0) at No. 21 Penn Charter (1-0), 2 p.m. The Eagles nip the Quakers in a back-and-forth contest. Pick: Conwell-Egan, 34-33, in overtime.
No. 4 Imhotep Charter (1-1) at St. Joseph Regional (0-1), 2 p.m. St. Joseph has a Division I prospect in junior QB Michael Alaimo. Pick: St. Joseph, 36-22.
No. 6 Archbishop Wood (0-1) vs. Bergen Catholic (1-0), at Rutgers, 4 p.m. The Vikings knocked off the powerful Crusaders, 27-21, last year. Pick: Bergen Catholic, 31-14.
No. 1 St. Joseph’s Prep (0-0) vs. St. Peter’s Prep (0-1), at Rutgers, 7 p.m. The Hawks’ opener against St. Frances (Md.) was halted in the third quarter because of lightning. Pick: St. Joe’s Prep, 28-13.
No. 8 Neshaminy (1-1) at No. 10 Downingtown West (2-0), 7 p.m. Can Oleh Manzyk and the Redskins slow an offense averaging 40.5 points? Pick: Downingtown West, 37-20.