Marple Newtown – 2021

Seeking a payback, Strath Haven rolls one over Marple Newtown

Strath Haven’s, Anthony Crawford #32, leaps over Marple Newtown’s, Ty Can #12, for a touchdown in last night’s game. Photo by Jim Quinn,

By Matt Smith

Friday night was all about revenge for Nate Perlman and the Strath Haven football team.

Sweet revenge.

“They beat us last year and we were down after our loss to them,” said Perlman, the Panthers’ outstanding defensive end/linebacker. “We wanted to prevent that this year.”

Perlman was referring to Strath Haven’s defeat at Marple Newtown last October. It was the second game of a six-week season, but the setback proved costly in the long run for the Panthers, who coughed up a 10-point third-quarter lead en route to a three-point loss.

The Panthers claimed third place in the Central League and finished 5-1 overall. Meanwhile, Marple Newtown won five straight to start the year and earned a spot in the Central League championship game against Garnet Valley.

It was a spot the Panthers thought should have belonged to them.

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