SPRINGFIELD — Relentless in their pursuit of the quarterback, there was no telling when, if ever, Garnet Valley’s defensive linemen would become fatigued.
Locked in another low-scoring classic with Springfield, the Jags’ fast and physical front four consisting of seniors Cade Brennan and Adam Oldrati and juniors Evan Hrivnak and Alex Westburg ensured a successful result Friday.
Nobody scored until late. Danny Bradley’s 15-yard scamper to the end zone was all that was required of GV’s normally potent offense on this night. Springfield quarterback Jack Psenicska hung in there in the face of continuous pressure, and his receivers gave the team a shot to pull off a victory, but a pass on fourth down in the waning sailed out of bounds. Garnet Valley left town with a 6-0 victory.
With the win, the Jaguars (6-0, 5-0) have grabbed sole possession of first place in the Central League and are the last undefeated squad in Delaware County.
“We say we have to keep (the quarterback) back there for three seconds because, after three seconds, we’re going to get there,” said Brennan, who was a monster. “I think we accomplished that tonight.”
Springfield hadn’t lost a regular season game since Oct. 21, 2016, against Garnet Valley. In recent seasons, they have played some of the best games you’ll see in the county all year, two teams that never disappoint.
“They’re really well-coached and it’s just a dogfight with them every year,” Hrivnak said. “I thought they fought really hard all game and gave it their all on every play. They were doing what they’re supposed to be doing. I’m just … proud of our guys because we worked really hard.”
Bradley ran for 105 yards on 16 carries. Colin Robinson added 81 yards and quarterback Cole Palis amassed 35 yards on the ground. The leading offense in the county, averaging 435 yards and 41.6 points per game, was limited to 239 yards of total offense. But thanks to the Jaguars defense’s stellar performance, it barely mattered.
“We always say that if they can’t score, they can’t win. Tonight, I’m really proud of everybody,” said Brennan, a Bucknell recruit. “We kept them out of the end zone, ultimately, and that’s why we won the game.”
The Jags’ last regular season defeat came at the hands of the Cougars last year, a stunning home setback that paved the way for Springfield to capture the Central League crown. Friday night, Garnet Valley returned the favor.
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