By Matthew DeGeorge
No one can say Strath Haven coach Kevin Clancy went out looking for a season-opening opponent that looked like it might be easy to beat.
The veteran coach scheduled Prep Charter, a stacked and talented AA Public League team that boasts several college prospects including 6-4, 278-pound two-way lineman Karamo Dioubate, who recently committed to Penn State.
Clancy wanted his young, inexperienced team to cut their varsity teeth against a tough opponent before Central League play gets underway. The result was a 27-6 loss to the Huskies (1-0) at George L. King Field.
“We knew they were good,” Clancy said. “We knew they were really good. We wanted to test ourselves to see how we would hang in against a real good club.”
Prep Charter, using a great punt return, started their second drive on the Panthers’ 42-yard line. It took the Huskies eight plays to score on an 18-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Mamud Dioubate to John Davis.