Cardinal O'Hara (0-1) at Academy Park (1-0), 7
Ranked No. 1 in last week's Super 7, the Lions stumbled out the gates at the Boardwalk Bowl in Ocean City, N.J.
On paper, Academy Park should have little trouble scoring points in bunches this season. However, O'Hara, despite its Week 1 disappointment, is arguably the toughest opponent the Knights will face during the regular season.
O'Hara committed a county-high six turnovers last week, including three interceptions by normally efficient senior quarterback Dashawn Darden. To put things in perspective, Darden, who completed 9 of 22 passes against Ryan, threw 12 picks combined in 2011 and 2012.
The Knights won easily at Marple Newtown, 38-7, as All-Delco running back Jerry Lanier rushed for 213 yards on 11 carries.
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Garnet Valley (1-0) at Upper Darby (1-0), 7
The Jaguars' defense exploited a sophomore quarterback and senior running back Jake Irving had his best single-game performance in a high school uniform as Garnet Valley rolled to a 35-14 triumph over Unionville in Week 1. Irving finished with 187 of the Jaguars' 280 rushing yards, while the defense registered four interceptions.
Garnet Valley's defense likely will have its hands full against the new-look Royals, who erased a two-touchdown deficit on the way to defeating Bonner-Prendergast in overtime, 28-27. De'Andre Prendergrass caught four passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns for the Royals, who exploded for 402 yards of total offense.
Penncrest at Haverford, 7
The Lions were impressive against Upper Merion for the second year in a row, this time winning, 20-0. They were the only Delco team to shut out its opponent in Week 1. On defense, Penncrest limited the Vikings to just 115 yards of total offense. By comparison, last season the Lions averaged roughly 350 yards per game. Leading the way on offense were running backs Rashad Johnson and Justin Batipps, both of whom eclipsed the 100-yard plateau.
With expectations high, the Fords were flat in their season opener, a 36-7 setback to Council Rock North. Their defense was torched for 377 yards, including 245 on the ground. All-Delco athlete Kevin Leyden finished with 101 yards of total offense.
Ridley at Conestoga, 7
The Green Raiders didn't blow out Glen Mills in Week 1 (a 21-6 decision). They did, though, make it clear that despite a new cast of characters, they remain a typically tough and gritty Ridley football team for 2013. Whereas the offense was hit or miss, Ridley's defense put the clamps down in the second half.
The Pioneers handily defeated Owen J. Roberts, 35-13. According to the Ridley football Twitter account, @PhilMarionField, Ridley boasts an impressive 38-9-1 record while posting 12 shutouts all-time against Conestoga.
Episcopal Academy at Interboro, 7:30
Surely, the Bucs have revenge on their mind after suffering a 41-0 defeat at Episcopal last year. The Churchmen started their quest for a second straight Inter-Ac League title with a 30-22 triumph over Father Judge. First-year starting quarterback Ryan Whayland was impressive, completing 14 of 24 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown. Virginia-bound tight end/defensive end Evan Butts had a career-high 125 yards receiving on five catches.
Taking care of the ball was a problem last week for the Bucs, who committed four turnovers while failing to establish some semblance of an effective running game in their loss to Springfield. Defensively, Sonny Armstrong was all over the field at linebacker, and the defensive line unit did its job against a potent Springfield ground attack.