Numbers indicate Central League did it safely, did it right

Posted on December 1, 2020 in Newspaper.

Matt Shuler carrying the ball in Strath Haven’s win over Haverford last week. Photo by

By Matt Smith

This was a football season unlike any other in Delaware County history.

The Central League got through five regular season weekends without any hiccups, completing a successful campaign that culminated last weekend with a championship final. The Central received plenty of criticism from parents for not starting sooner, but ultimately, the league leaders did the right thing. Perhaps it’s merely the benefit of hindsight, but credit is warranted to the administrators, athletic directors, coaches and — most of all — student-athletes for following strict safety protocols  in the year of the coronavirus pandemic.

For a while, it appeared that a 2020 season would never happen. In the end, however, according to Marple Newtown football coach and athletic director Chris Gicking and Garnet Valley AD Seth Brunner, the Central League played 98 percent of all varsity, JV and freshmen-level fall sports games it scheduled.


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