His most exciting play hadn't even happened yet, but Haverford School senior Dox Aitken had already made an impression.

Aitken, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound wide receiver and defensive back, had just intercepted a pass in the end zone, thwarting a third-quarter drive by visiting Del-Val Charter.

As the Fords left the field, a member of the chain crew asked about No. 24.

"Is that that Dox Aitken, the lacrosse player?" said Jim Burner, the former longtime football coach at Valley Forge Military Academy.

Indeed, Aitken, who will play lacrosse at Virginia next season, has been considered one of the top lacrosse players in the nation throughout his high school career.

But after five catches for 145 yards and three touchdowns in a 50-34 victory Saturday, it was hard not to imagine Aitken as a collegiate football player.

And perhaps, harder still for him.

"It's crossed my mind," he said. "I've been fortunate enough to get some looks [in football], which is quite an honor. I've thought about it, but I think if I were going to do anything I would probably ask my lacrosse coach if it was OK if I walked onto the football team, or tried to."

"I haven't asked him yet," Aitken continued. "But I think I might, just because I really love playing football and I can't really imagine not playing it in the fall."

Fortunately for the Fords, they still retain his services this season.

By halftime, Aitken already had three catches for 104 yards, with touchdown catches of 54 and 30 yards.

His most impressive aerial moment, however, came on a right-side post in the fourth quarter thrown by fellow senior Kevin Carter. Aitken sprawled, twisted his body in midair, and secured the diving catch.

Carter was equally impressive. He finished 21 of 29 passing for 299 yards and five touchdowns.

The pair will have to duke it out, however, over who's better at modesty.

"I just tried to get around [the defender] and break his pressure," Aitken said, "and Kevin put it right on the money and made it look good."

"What was going through my head," Carter said, smiling, "was that I threw it behind him. But when I saw him veer back I knew he'd catch it."

Don't let the final score fool you.

The Fords defense, led by seniors Mickey Kober, Frank Cresta, and Brian Denoncour, was stout early.

The Warriors (0-1) trailed 28-0 before penalties felled their furious second-half rally.

Senior quarterback Shayne Smith finished 11 for 17 with four touchdown tosses. Senior wideout Kyeef Williams added six catches for 141 yards and three receiving scores. He also had 127 ground yards on just seven carries (18 yards per carry).

As for Aitken, if he does scratch his two-sport itch in college, he'll also have to choose between offense or defense.

On Saturday, he also intercepted a ball on a two-point conversion and made a pure-hustle, touchdown-saving tackle in the fourth quarter.

"I like stopping the momentum on defense," he said of his favorite plays. "I like picking the ball off more."

Del-Val Charter 0 0 14 20 - 34

Haverford School 7 21 8 14 - 50

H: Dox Aitken 54 pass from Kevin Carter (Tommy McNamara kick)

H: Malik Twyman 2 run (McNamara kick)

H: Aitken 30 pass from Carter (McNamara kick)

H: Eli Godfrey 6 pass from Carter (McNamara kick)

DV: Kyeef Williams 30 pass from Shayne Smith (Smith pass to Derrick Smith)

H: Godfrey 15 pass from Carter (Twyman run)

DV: Jahmir Nuble 10 run (pass failed)

DV: Imere Taylor 3 pass from Smith (pass failed)

H: Aitken 30 pass from Carter (McNamara kick)

DV: Williams 65 pass from Smith (run failed)

H: Ben Stallworth 6 run (McNamara kick)

DV: Williams 18 pass from Smith (Nuble run)

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