Strath Haven Wins First District Championship since 2005 42-28
Prior years when Strath Haven played Pottsgrove, Strath Haven was traditonally the more experienced team with Division One players.
This year, the roles were reversed as the Falcons came in as the defending District One AAA Champions with at least five Division One players including an All-State Quarterback headed to Pittsburgh (Terrell Chestnut). To make matters worse, the Panthers missed the playoffs last year with a 5-5 record.
In a game that resembled more of a heavyweight fight,the Panthers used a jab in the second quarter, a pair of right crosses in the third quarter and delivered the knockout punches in the fourth quarter to claim their first District One AAA Championship since 2005, a 42-28 win over Pottsgrove at Coatesville’s Multi-Puropse Stadium Friday Night. It was Strath Haven’s 11th District One AAA Championship.
Trailing 14-7, Chazz Fisher caught a 12 yard pass from James Griffin with just seven seconds left in the second quarter to tie the game at 14 for “the jab”.
The ” first right cross” came when Fisher (three catches, 103 yards) caught a 54 yard touchdown pass from Griffin on Strath Haven’s third offensive play of the second half as Strath Haven took a 21-14 lead.
“That was big,” said Panther Head Coach Kevin Clancy. “Now, instead of us coming from behind, now they have to.”
Pottsgrove, who finishes their season at 10-3 came right back and scored on a Chestnut 15 yard run that capped a 54 yard seven play drive to tie the game at 21. Chestnut had 37 of his 111 rushing yards in that drive.
Strath Haven then delivered “right cross #2” as Thurman Fortune went 66 yards for the score on the first play following the kickoff as the Panthers regained the lead at 28-21. Fortune finsihed with 186 yards on 18 carries and also had the Panthers first touchdown, a 1 yard run in the second quarter that tied the game at 7-7.
The Falcons came back once again and tied the game at 28 as Kayvon Greene (19 carries 87 yards) scored his second one yard touchdown run of the night with 9:03 left in the game. Placekicker Zach Robinson, who only missed one kick all year was perfect on all four of his extra point kicks for the Falcons.
Brent Collins then delivered the set-up knockout punch in the fourth quarter as he went 73 yards on the first play following that kickoff as the Panthers took the lead for good at 35-28 with 8:41 to play.
To this point, there had a few fumbles recovered by the team who had the ball but no turnovers and very few passes thrown.
Strath Haven’s defense dealt several more set-up punches as they intercepted Chestnut three times in the last 8:41.
The second interception by Taron Howie led to the final knockout punch, a 46 yard touchdown run by Alex Hisey with 1:41 left in the game. Hisey also converted on all six of his extra point kicks on the night.
“That’s a great football team over there,” said Clancy of Pottsgrove. They reminded me of us in earlier years.”
With the win, Strath Haven now plays Archbishop Wood next week, most likely at either Plymouth Whitemarsh or back at Coatesville.
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