By Matt Smith
The new and arguably not improved District 1 football seedings were announced Sunday.
In Class 6A, four Delaware County teams qualified for the field of 16: Ridley, Garnet Valley, Penn Wood and Haverford. The big surprise from that group is Haverford, which earned the 16th seed. It was believed the Fords were eliminated from postseason contention following Friday’s 24-17 setback to Springfield. Instead, the Fords (6-4) were able to sneak into the bracket and will play undefeated North Penn, the No. 1 seed. North Penn has gone undefeated four times in the 15-year tenure of coach Dick Beck.
Ridley, which grabbed the fifth seed, was the lone Delco team in 6A to earn a first-round home date. The Green Raiders (9-1) will host No. 12 Plymouth Whitemarsh (8-2), which captured a share of the Suburban One League American Division title. Ridley won a piece of the Central League crown with Springfield and Marple Newtown.