By Chuck Smith
While Garnet Valley coach Mike Ricci would most likely prefer not to lead off this recap of the Jaguars’ 35-13 Central League victory over visiting Strath Haven, there was no way for him to avoid acknowledging his 200th victory at Garnet Valley when asked about his tenure and how he has overseen the growth of the program from a small-scale operation to a local powerhouse.
“I truly love being here at Garnet Valley and have been truly blessed to have kids who buy into our program and are completely selfless,” said Ricci, who has coached at Garnet Valley since 1986, with the exception of one year when he coached at Widener University. “They work hard and I have a phenomenal group of assistant coaches, who guide them along the way. I’ve always said that this is a win for the football program at Garnet Valley and all that it stands for. It’s also for all of those kids who have come through the program.”