Football Friday comes a day earlier this week. We have four games available Thursday night as some schools want to get a head start on Labor Day weekend.
Here are the best games to watch involving teams from Delaware County:
Radnor in Springfield, 7
Natural Central League rivals Radnor and Springfield are part of this week’s opening show. The Raptors defeated West Philadelphia, 25-6, in Kyle Yeiter’s head coaching debut. Quarterback Tucker Graham rushed for 88 yards with a pair of touchdowns and threw a TD pass to Nick Monty.
Ty Gougler rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns in the Cougars’ 27-0 victory over Cardinal O’Hara. Second-year fullback Nate Romano added a 63-yard touchdown run and finished with 96 yards on eight carries. Ethan Marshall led a solid defensive performance with nine tackles.
Cardinal O’Hara in Chichester, 7
The Lions are looking to bounce back from their shutout loss to Springfield. They totaled 97 yards on the night. Kobena Okyne recorded 12 tackles and Edmund Wisseh added nine, including a sack.
The Eagles managed just one safety en route to a 19-2 loss to Harry S Truman. Quadir Blackwell rushed for 77 yards and had four catches for 24 yards.
Kensington at Strath Haven, 7
Anthony Crawford was a beast on both sides of the ball in the Panthers’ 27-13 win over Interboro. The senior running back/linebacker rushed for 151 yards and three TDs, and recorded a game-high 13 tackles.
The Pirates, who are from the Philadelphia Public League, opened their season with a 21-6 loss in Collingswood (NJ).
Interboro in Pottstown, 7
Senior running back Abu Kamara rushed for 126 yards and caught five passes for 46 yards in the Bucs’ loss to Strath Haven. Eddie Jeffery led the defense with 12 tackles.
The Trojans were blown out by Lower Merion, 35-0, and haven’t won a game since Oct. 18, 2019.
Coatesville at Academy Park, 1
The Knights dug deep to pull out a come-from-behind victory at Unionville, 13-7. In the third quarter Jerae Cavanaugh intercepted a pass and ran 46 yards home for the go-ahead score.
Terrence Oliver had a great game from the backfield, racking up 127 yards on 15 carries, including a 51-yard touchdown run.
The Red Raiders, who were last year’s runner-up in the District 1 Class 6A tournament, posted a 28-6 victory over Pennsbury. Quarterback Harrison Susi rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns, while Coatesville’s defense had 13 tackles for losses.
Bonner-Prendergast at Haverford School, 4
The Friars earned a 12-0 win over Upper Darby in a game that was stopped with 10:51 remaining in the fourth quarter due to a crowd disturbance. Colin Finnegan threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Jalil Hall and Avery Hankey scored on a 27-yard run.
The Fords, 5-4 last season, anticipate big things from senior quarterback Gavin Wright, who missed all of 2021 due to injury. Rice’s commitment, James Falk, is a major target at tight end.
Episcopal v. Conwell-Egan at Rowan University, 4
Junior Na’Rome Rayborn takes over the quarterback job for the Churchmen, who went 6-4 last year. At 6-foot-4, TJ Lamb is a big target at wide receiver.
Colin Majors rushed for 156 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles’ 48-20 decision over Upper Merion last week.
Ridley in Haverford, 6
The Green Raiders hope their debut in Pennsylvania will be much better than their season opener in Crestview, Fla., where they suffered a 55-21 loss.
The Fords are also looking to get out of the schneid after a 27-7 loss to Souderton. Ethan Mahan had six receptions for 78 yards and quarterback Tommy Wright threw for 126 yards.
Marple Newtown at Penncrest, 7
Brian Box’s three touchdown runs led the Tigers to a 42-6 blowout of Boys Latin. Quarterback Dave Bertoline connected with Alex Gillian for a 78-yard TD pass.
Matt Ferry produced 104 rushing yards and 117 receptions in the Lions’ 27-19 loss at Sun Valley. Ferry had both a touchdown reception and a run.
Upper Darby in Garnet Valley, 7
The Royals managed just 100 yards of total offense before play was suspended in their loss to Bonner-Prendie. Montez Ellis led the way with 64 yards on 11 carries.
GV opens Central League play with a 34-game winning streak in league competition. The Jaguars rallied for a 14-7 victory over Central Bucks West last week. Jason Bernard’s touchdown run with 16 seconds left was the difference.