Friday, September 7, 2012

5 things to look for tonight

1. Conestoga got off to a good start last week against Owen J. Roberts, with 7 touchdowns. Next up is Garnet Valley, who has given the Pioneers plenty of trouble since joining the Central League. If 'Stoga wants to get back to the top of the league and into the playoffs, it will need a stronger defense than the past couple seasons. Garnet might have the best offense in the Central, or at least most challenging to prepare for, so this game is a great barometer for what to expect in Berwyn this fall.

2. Great Valley swapped Henderson for Academy Park on the schedule this season, and while the Knights are no gimme, the Pats are the favorite. If they take care of their favorable non- league schedule, they will be in position for coach Mike Choi's first playoff appearance and maybe even a home game.

3. Coatesville got little resistance against William Penn in week 1, but week 2 will be much tougher with Malvern Prep. With first- time starting QBs on both sides, the game will be won in the trenches. Malvern had 2 100-yard rushers last week so Cville linebacker Tyler Burke will give the Friars an enticing challenge.

4. Avon Grove and Oxford both had underwhelming week 1 contests and now the 2 square off. This is a big win to get before the league slate begins because both teams will be underdogs for much of the year in their respective divisions.

5. Downingtown East can score with anyone, and this matchup against Roman Catholic has the look of a shoot out. The Cougars are not the biggest defense, but like in years past, they have to capitalize on creating turnovers and keeping the pressure on other offenses to keep pace. Eddie Kozlowski against Roman's Notre Dame receiver commit, William Fuller, is the key mark to watch. It'll also be fun to see how Jay Harris and Fuller go back and forth trying to one-up each other.

Nate Heckenberger

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