Most Recent Performance: Conwell-Egan overwhelmed Nativity BVM (Pottsville), 40-3; Bonner-Prendergast fell to Delaware Military Academy (Delaware), 42-14.
Importance: This will be the Blue Division opener for both teams. The division appears to be wide open, with several teams – including these two – as viable championship contenders. It is doubtful that one team will finish undefeated as has often occurred over the past few years prior to last year’s Covid-19 disaster.
Conwell-Egan Notes: Eagles have outscored foes Upper Merion, Interboro, and Nativity BVM by a whopping 91-23 . . . Senior Dante Morris has starred as both a running back (26 carries for 369 yards and eight touchdowns) and quarterback (4-for-4, 94 yards) . . . Behind the line of seniors AJ Snowden, Max Locke, Debrick Johnson, and juniors Aidan Snee and Zamire Cottrell, running game has tallied 12 rushing touchdowns and dominated time of possession . . . Junior Colin Majors rushed for 178 yards and a touchdown on only five carries versus Nativity. He has also caught three passes for 97 yards and a touchdown . . . Led by junior Mekhi Harper’s three picks, secondary has picked off five passes . . . Against Interboro, junior Craig Graves returned a punt 39 yards for a touchdown and added a rushing score.
Bonner-Prendergast Notes: Before the loss to DMA, the Friars’ defense held Upper Darby and Red Division’s Roman Catholic to a combined 13 points . . . Senior Mason Peterson has manned the running game with 372 yards and three touchdowns . . . Friars have averaged 5.4 yards per carry overall . . . Senior quarterback Shane Mulholland and senior David Washington (5 catches for 51 yards) connected for two touchdowns in win over Roman. The Friars’ defense is paced by senior end David Washington, junior tackle Dave Kpeglo, sophomore linebacker Isaiah Sessions, senior linebacker Damir Williams-Bey, and the secondary of junior AJ Saie, junior Elijiah Beaty, and senior Armon Mapp.
“This game to us is super important,” said senior guard and defensive tackle AJ Snowden. “We’ve been viewed as a weaker team in our division the past few years, and this year we have started to turn it around, getting out to our 3-0 start. We believe the league we play in is the best in the state, and we’re ready to prove that we’re one of the best teams around.
“The main challenge in pulling out a victory is to play as a team and have everyone do their jobs. We have gotten better every week and need to the same this week in order to get the victory.”
“It’s a pretty big game for us because it’s the next one,” said senior center Nick Bozzetto. “It’s another start to Catholic League play. We’re just coming out ready to go 1-0 every week. Our team goals are to go 1-0 each week, which leads to a state championship
“The difficulty of the Blue Division would definitely be that everybody can be a competitor. For Bonner, we just have to make sure we’re knowing our assignments and playing through the whistle, and we win. It’s as simple as that.”
Prediction: Conwell-Egan has been playing at a different level than most teams in the area. The Eagles’ running game wears down their competition, resulting in second-half dominance. Teams’ inability to harness the one-two “M and M” rushing combo of Morris and Majors has led to C-E’s early success . . . Bonner-Prendergast is a proud program and has shone brightly over the past several seasons. Graduation hurt the Friars, but as the season continues, B-P will undoubtedly improve . . . Though the score remains close in the early 12 minutes, Conwell-Egan will use its running game to stop the Friars, 22-6.
(John Knebels can be reached at Jknebels@gmail.com or on Twitter @johnknebels.)