By Christopher A. Vito
Behind a solid running game, Marple Newtown claimed a share of its first league championship in 39 years, prompting fans to storm the field.
Nothing about Friday night’s game seemed ordinary — especially that first part.
A team built on its elite passing game suddenly had to rely on its ground attack, and the strategy paid off. Marple Newtown took down Strath Haven, 33-14, to win its first Central League crown in nearly four decades. The Tigers finished atop the league standings along with Springfield and Ridley.
And Marple Newtown (9-1 overall, 8-1 league) did it on the strength of Marlon Weathers’ powerful legs. The sophomore running back totaled a career-best 260 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries.
“I guess I had a pretty good game,” Weathers said, grinning ear to ear.