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INTER-ACADEMIC LEAGUE GAME OF THE WEEK 11/11: Springside Chestnut Hill Academy vs. Malvern Prep

By John Knebels -photos by Aaron Mitchell & Alexandra Conroy, 11/08/17, 11:00PM EST


Malvern Prep Friars - PSD Photo by EA Jr. Reporter Alexandra Conroy

SCH Blue Devils - PSD Photo by Aaron Mitchell


Who: Springside Chestnut Hill vs. Malvern Prep

When: 1:00 PM Saturday, November 11

Where: Malvern Preparatory High School

Records: Springside Chestnut Hill 6-4, 2-2; Malvern Prep 5-4, 4-0

Most Recent Performance: SCH defeated Haverford School, 24-20; Malvern Prep upended Germantown Academy, 28-7.

Importance: Malvern Prep would capture the Inter-Academic League championship with a victory or a loss by Penn Charter against Germantown Academy. The Friars are already guaranteed, at minimum, a share of the title.

All-Time Record: Malvern Prep leads the series, 20-7.

Springside Chestnut Hill Notes: The Blue Devils would finish with a winning league record for the first time in three seasons . . . SCH has successfully bounced back from consecutive 905 finishes . . . No player has rushed for 100 yards . . . Junior QB Aaron Angelos has reached triple digits in passing yardage three straight games and has tossed 10 TDS and rushed for three more . . . Team has nine interceptions, four by senior Myles Hugee, three by senior Nick Logue, and two by sophomore Delonce Hines. he Churchmen’s running game is a force. Leading the way is junior back DeeWil Barlee, who has reached triple digits in yardage six of the past seven games . . . Episcopal will close out the season against visiting Haverford School. 

Malvern Prep Notes: The Friars are seeking their fifth outright title since 2005 and first since 2011 . . . Malvern has a total of 32 titles, 10 of them shared, including last year (4-1 record along with Germantown Academy) . . . Complete domination includes four straight league triumphs with a point differential of 102 to 30 . . . Against league foes, junior linebackers Keith Maguire and Cole McCabe, and junior tackle Ryan Betz have helped the Friars surrender a paltry one touchdown per week. Betz will miss the season finale and be replaced by junior Jack Walker . . . Senior O’Shaan Allison needs 90 yards to reach 1,000 for the season. In four Inter-Ac games, Allison has collected 564 yards and scored seven touchdowns . . . Junior QB Drew Gunther has fired 14 touchdowns . . . Junior Quincy Watson has scored four TDs in his last two games and has nine for the season – six on receptions and three on rushes.    

BLUE DEVIL CHAT: “It very important to us to play spoiler this weekend,” said senior two-way lineman Anthony Marrone. “We have never beaten Malvern in school history and would love to be the first team to accomplish that feat. It’s also important because we want to end the season on a high note, and nothing would be better than beating Malvern in the last game of the season.”
   “I wouldn’t say that playing spoiler is important,” said senior two-way lineman Sean McCann. “What’s more important is winning the game and finishing with a winning record in the league. It’s just an extra incentive and motivator to have a chance to spoil Malvern’s season, especially because they’re always one of the better teams in the area.”
   “I’d say that our main goal is to win the game and get the highest placing in the league that we can get,” said senior wide receiver/defensive back Myles Hugee. “The fact that we would be spoiling Malvern’s season with our win is just a coincidence.”

FRIAR CHAT: “The team is very excited to be given this opportunity to wrap up the title,” said junior quarterback Drew Gunther. “Everyone is extremely focused and determined. We’re looking forward to the game Saturday.”
 “This week we're excited we have an opportunity to win the Inter-Ac outright,” said junior offensive lineman Jake Hornibrook. “It was our goal since the beginning of the season, and we're looking to finish our season on top.”

SCH Blue Devils - PSD Photo by Aaron Mitchell

SCH Blue Devils - PSD Photo by Aaron Mitchell

Malvern Prep Friars - PSD Photo by EA Jr. Reporter Alexandra Conroy

Prediction: A Malvern loss would be considered a monumental upset. The Friars have been lights out on defense, a scoring machine on offense, and they are playing at home with a chance to finish with a perfect Inter-Ac record. SCH catches the Friars at a bad time, as Malvern Prep completes league perfection, 31-6.


(John Knebels can be reached at or on Twitter @johnknebels.)