Last week’s game against Lower Merion was exactly the type of game you want to play before you have to start facing the cream of the Central League crop. The Aces have some excellent skill players and if you took a look at our Play-of-the-Game video feature you would see the Lower Merion made some great passes and some even better catches. But they couldn’t put it all together and stay consistent as the Haven defense kept shutting them down with three interceptions, two pass break-ups and five QB hurries. On top of that the running and passing game seemed to be operating well and, of course Zach Hussein had a 200+ yard day (including two touchdowns) while quarterback Jake Fisher was good for four completions and two passing touchdowns and one rushing TD.
The Springfield Cougars had a great year last year finishing out in a tough loss for the District One 5A title against Academy Park. Springfield’s success was a bit of a surprise last year but they carry over the core of their line and ALL of their defensive line returns. Last year’s JV was strong so logic would dictate that the Cougars are a favorite in the league and District One 5A. They’ve won their first three games decisively against Glen Mills (28-8), Conestoga (35-7), and Upper Darby (20-8) which, if nothing else, shows the strong defensive nature of the team.