Ridley vs Strath Haven 2019

Strath Haven’s John Prochniak smashes through the Ridley line on this third quarter run Friday night. The Panthers ran over and away from Ridley all night. (PETE BANNAN/MEDIANEWS GROUP)

By Matt Smith

 On a night Strath Haven paid tribute to its 1999 PIAA championship team, the 2019 edition faced a Ridley team it hadn’t beaten in 15 years.

Talk about pressure …

“We were fired up all day at school,” big lineman Sam Burk Jr. said. “We know this was a big week for us and it was a big night for the 1999 championship team. …”

So why not put on a show, right?

“There was a little pressure, but I think we do well under pressure,” Burk said. “That’s why we were successful tonight.”

The Panthers were not only successful. That would be a tame description of what transpired at George L. King Field Friday night. Strath Haven bested Ridley in all facets of the game en route to a 49-13 win.

It was a shellacking.

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