Learning from the best, Milligan making his mark at Strath Haven

Posted on September 16, 2021 in Newspaper.

The Panther’s quarterback, Sam Milligan, looking downfield to complete a pass against Haverford last week. Photo by Jim Quinn, BQPictures.com

By Matt Smith

After Sam Milligan put forward another impressive performance last Saturday night, leading Strath Haven to a 49-35 victory at Haverford, head coach Kevin Clancy didn’t mince words about his junior quarterback.

Clancy loves what Milligan has accomplished in the first three weeks of the season. But in a progressively pass-first Central League, Clancy has never deviated from his classic Wing-T system, which has facilitated his resume as one of the greatest coaches in Pennsylvania history and Delco’s winningest football coach.

This year, let’s face it: the Panthers (3-0) have the dudes in the backfield (Matt Shuler, Chase Barlow, Anthony Crawford) and on the offensive line to stick with what works. It’s a Haven offense that is reminiscent of the program’s successes in the 1990s and 2000s.

Dual-threat Milligan steers the ship and has done so with the assurance of a veteran leader.

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