You don’t have to look too far back to find a turning point in Garnet Valley’s season.
It was the penultimate weekend of the regular season, and the Jaguars were on the road against then-undefeated Springfield. The Cougars had their sights on a perfect march through the Central League and an outright title.
The Jaguars (11-2) had already lost to a pair of quality opponents in Ridley and Haverford High, and their chances at securing a berth in the District 1 Class 6A playoffs hinged on a strong finish. Another defeat and they would be considered “on the bubble.” Maybe, with three losses, they could salvage a low seed somewhere in the 14-to-16 range, but to guarantee a spot, they needed to beat Springfield.
“I think we never stopped believing what we were capable of,” senior quarterback Nick Juliano said at a practice last week, as the Jags were readying for their district semifinal battle at Perkiomen Valley. “We always had a feeling that we could be better and keep improving.”
Garnet Valley claimed a 21-14 victory over Springfield on the back of Jacob Buttermore’s three rushing scores. It was the third of seven consecutive wins.
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