Here are other must-see games on this week's schedule.
Penncrest (5-0) at Garnet Valley (5-0), 7
This showdown of Central League unbeatens will answer one pressing question: Can the Lions' top-ranked defense stop the high-powered Jaguars? Penncrest hasn't faced an offense like Garnet Valley's. Through five weeks, the Jaguars have outscored opponents, 196-68. The Jaguars are averaging 351 yards of total offense, led by running backs Jake Irving, who has rushed for seven yards per carry, 388 yards and five touchdowns. Christian Portale has been a dual-threat for the Jags. Last week, in a 48-13 rout of Marple Newtown, the senior quarterback enjoyed his best performance as a varsity starter, completing 11 of 13 pass attempts for 153 yards and three touchdowns.
Of course, Garnet has not faced a defense as potent as Penncrest's, which has allowed only 35 points and an average of 116.6 yards per game. The Lions' rush defense is averaging 1.5 yards per carry. In a 19-6 win over Springfield, Penncrest gave up only 88 total yards, marking the second straight week Penncrest's opposition has been held to less than 100 yards of total offense. Quarterback Dan Fisher recorded season highs in completions (14) and passing yards (110) against Springfield, while fullback/defensive end Joe Volciak (66 yards rushing and one sack)one of his finest all-around performances to date.
Ridley (3-2) at Upper Darby (3-2), 7
Two weeks after a crushing defeat to Garnet Valley that left critics wondering if the "Green Mystique' had finally dissipated, Ridley has rebounded with a pair of convincing victories against Springfield and Lower Merion, proving again you should never count out the Green Raiders. While they likely will not repeat as Central League champion, the Green Raiders can leap ahead the Royals in the standings, against whom they own an 11-game winning streak, according to the unofficial Ridley football Twitter account, @PhilMarionField.
The Royals are feeling good after two dominating wins, including a 45-7 drubbing of Radnor last week. A victory over Ridley would validate Upper Darby's season. Offensively, the Royals are averaging 319.4 yards per outing, while the defense forced four turnovers and limited Radnor to minus-3 yards rushing. Running back Cyrus Barlee has 272 yards and five TDs in the last two games.
Haverford (2-2) at Conestoga (4-1), 7
Have the Fords turned the corner? We should know for sure after tonight, as coach Joe Gallagher's team faces its toughest challenge since dropping two straight decisions to start the season. Haverford outscored Strath Haven and Harriton the last two weeks, 52-8. During the Fords' mini win streak, All-Delco Kevin Leyden has exploded for 310 yards on the ground and four touchdowns, while Jai Thornton has recorded three interceptions.
Conestoga sits in second place in the Central League, behind first-place Garnet Valley and Penncrest. The Pioneers' only loss came at the hands of Penncrest, 14-0, back on Sept. 12. They cruised to a 35-14 win over Strath Haven last Friday, as running back Parke Schweiter led the Pioneers to 213 total yards rushing.
Interboro (2-2) at Academy Park (3-1), 7
Both the Bucs and Knights are both coming off rare bye weeks, so rest and preparation should not be an issue for the two Del Val League rivals.
Interboro and Academy Park are considered the best teams in the Del Val, as the Knights were ranked No. 1 in Delaware County as late as Week 4 this season, before suffering their first setback at the hands of District One Class AAAA power, Pennridge, two weeks ago.
The Knights, who defeated the Bucs on the final weekend of the 2012 regular season to claim their first Del Val title in 18 years, hope to avenge their District One Class AAA semifinal loss from a year ago. Interboro stunned the Knights with a late come-from-behind victory, and would go on to win the district title a week later.
The defenses will have their hands full. The Knights and Bucs feature explosive running games. Jerry Lanier leads the county with 685 yards and six touchdowns, while averaging 10.7 yards per carry. Meanwhile, Interboro boasts a three-headed monster in Quran Mottenon, Eric Owens and Sonny Armstrong. Mottenon has 265 yards and five touchdowns over his last two games.
Chichester (2-3) at Glen Mills (2-3), 7
After a promising 2-0 start, the Eagles find themselves in the throes of a three-game losing streak. Last week, they stayed with unbeaten Episcopal Academy (down by four points midway through the third quarter) before EA reeled off 20 unanswered points en route to a 38-20 victory. Senior quarterback Duffy Gilhool has done his job, connecting on 53.8 percent of his passes for 465 yards and five scores. Athlete Tamein Jackson is second in the county in receiving yards (317). Chichester, though, has allowed 136 points during its three-game skid.
The Battlin' Bulls have been good, bad and ugly through five weeks, unable to build off two impressive wins (including a Week 3 decision of Upper Darby). They suffered a lop-sided, 45-7 setback to Delaware state power, Salesianum, last Saturday. The Bulls are 2-0 at home this season.