Ricci, Clancy square off one last time

Posted on September 24, 2021 in Newspaper.


By Matt Smith

The two winningest football coaches in Delaware County history will meet one last time Friday night.

Mike Ricci will retire from Garnet Valley after the 2021 season. His Jaguars (4-0) are locked in a three-way tie for first place in the Central League with Kevin Clancy’s Strath Haven squad and Ridley.

Ricci is second only to Clancy in career coaching wins. The Jaguars gave Ricci his 250th win last Friday against Upper Darby. Meanwhile, the Panthers rolled past Harriton for Clancy’s 323rd victory.

Since Garnet Valley is a Class 6A program and Strath Haven is Class 5A, a district playoff game between the teams is out of the question.

The legendary coaches will clash Friday night at George L. King Field. Ricci didn’t want to make it seem the game was about him and Clancy when asked to describe his feelings about the final showdown. It’s about two strong, undefeated programs, Ricci said, going head-to-head in what should be a memorable battle. Each team is trying to hand the other its first loss of the year, which will go a long way in determing the league championship.

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