Congratulations to the following Central League football players who were named to the All Delco Team.
Zack Hussein, Strath Haven: Hussein was one of the most productive running backs in Delco for two straight seasons. The senior was the leading rusher in the county this fall with 1,429 yards and 21 touchdowns. Hussein’s play helped the Panthers qualify for the District 1 Class 5A playoffs where they nearly upset third-seeded Academy Park in the opening round. In that game he ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Hussein’s best effort of the year came when he went off for 248 yards and two scores in a loss to Upper Darby. He ranks third in program history with 2,596 rushing yards.
Kareem McAdams, Upper Darby: A junior, McAdams exploded in his first season as the No. 1 running back for the Royals. In helping Upper Darby to a 7-5 record, McAdams received 251 carries and accrued 1,377 yards with 16 touchdowns. He flourished in the Royals’ District 1 Class 6A first-round playoff loss to Downingtown West when he ran for 190 yards and three scores. His best effort came in a 41-28 win against Strath Haven when he totaled 206 yards and four touchdowns. At 5-10, 210 pounds McAdams is a no-nonsense runner who has a knack for barreling over defenders.
Colin Ferry, Marple Newtown: He continued the tradition of excellent wide receivers at Marple Newtown. While the Tigers endured an up-and-down season, Ferry was a consistent performer all year. The senior had 49 catches for 979 yards and 10 touchdowns. Of course, Ferry will always be remembered for breaking the county’s single-game receiving record when he caught 15 passes for 318 yards and four TDs in a win over Penncrest.
Kyle McCullough, Garnet Valley: A senior, the 5-10, 245-pound McCullough was the best of the bunch on an excellent offensive line unit. The Jaguars featured the most potent rushing attack in Delco and McCullough, who played tackle and guard, was the anchor. With McCullough in the trenches the Jags averaged 380 rushing yards per game, captured their first Central League title since 2013 and advanced to the District 1 Class 6A semifinal round for a third consecutive season.
Anthony Laudicina, Radnor: A senior, Laudinica was the catalyst on a veteran offensive line that excelled in 2018. The 6-6, 280-pounder committed to University of Buffalo and fielded 15 offers. At tackle Laudicina paved the way for running back Matt Cohen, an All-Delco second-team selection who ran for 1,284 yards and 12 touchdowns. Laudicina’s play was critical in helping the Raiders win their first District 1 playoff game and finish with a 9-3 record.
Tom Bramwell, Ridley: A senior, Bramwell was at the forefront of the Green Raiders’ incredible turnaround in 2018. After starting the year 0-4, Ridley won seven of its final eight contests and Bramwell, a tackle, was a huge reason for the team’s success. In its final eight games Ridley’s rushing offense averaged 318 yards per game. The 6-5, 290-pound Bramwell “really played well and was our best offensive lineman,” said coach Dave Wood. “He was a big part of (Elijah) Yakpasuo rushing for over 1,000 yards and (quarterback) Jack Bakey rushing for close to 1,000 yards.”
Dylan Van Dusen, Radnor: A senior, he was the best kicker/punter in the county. Van Dusen drilled three field goals including a long of 35 yards. He went 9-for-9 on PATs in Radnor’s 63-21 victory over Ridley. Van Dusen will continue his football career at Lehigh.
Cade Brennan, Garnet Valley: The two-time All-Delco was the engine of the Jaguars’ defense. The most productive defensive end in the Central League improved upon an outstanding junior campaign and was the catalyst of one of Delco’s top units. Featuring a potent combination of size, strength and quickness, Brennan was the top tackler on the Jags (57.5) and ranked second in sacks (7.5). The Cornell commit’s play helped the Jags to their first Central League title in five years and an appearance in the District 1 Class 6A semifinal round for the third straight season.
Pat Clemens, Springfield: A two-time All-Delco, he was the heart and soul of a Springfield defense that once again ranked among the top units in Delco. In helping the Cougars qualify for the District 1 Class 5A playoffs, the senior linebacker posted 163 tackles, good for nearly 15 per game. He also notched three fumble recoveries and an interception. Clemens will play lacrosse at Saint Joseph’s.
Dan Bradley, Garnet Valley: A senior, Bradley was regarded as Garnet Valley’s top all-around performer, according to coach Mike Ricci. He excelled as a defensive back and outside linebacker during the Jags’ run to the District 1 Class 6A semifinals. Bradley was one of few Jaguars to go both ways on offense and defense. By midseason, Bradley became a go-to player in GV’s running back rotation. He ranked second on the team in rushing yards (619) and scored seven touchdowns.
Trey Blair, Haverford: A junior, Blair is another in a handful of All-Delco performers recognized for their all-purpose abilities. He did a little of everything for the Fords, who qualified for the District Class 6A tournament and finished 9-3 overall. Blair tied for the county lead in interceptions with six and was the Fords’ No. 1 playmaker on offense. As a receiver, he made 25 catches for 513 yards and six touchdowns. As a rusher, he gained 407 yards with three scores. Blair was also the team’s starting punter.
Elijah Yakpasuo, Ridley: “Yak,” as he is nicknamed, was vital to the Green Raiders’ midseason resurgence. The senior was a multi-purpose force. As the team’s leading rusher, Yakpasuo amassed 1,271 yards and 12 touchdowns. He returned a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns, as well. Yakpasuo was a standout in the defensive secondary, leading the team in interceptions with three. Yakpasuo’s performance was crucial in helping the Green Raiders win seven of their final eight decisions and qualify for the District 1 Class 6A tournament. Said coach Dave Wood: “He is a huge part of our turnaround and is a total team kid.”