FOOTBALL TEAM CONFIDENT BEFORE INTER-AC PLAY

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by Nick Schragher

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s football team is ready to head into league play after an exciting and undefeated first half of the season. 

The high intensity and powerful offense has been rolling through their opponents thus far. The Blue Devil’s have a tough Inter-Ac schedule coming up but are extremely excited to start playing. 

“I am super excited to get to the inter-ac,” said head coach Rick Knox. “We have been executing really well on both sides of the ball and have been playing with lots of intensity.” 

The Blue Devils have outscored their opponents 203 to 45 through five games and do not plan to stop once they get into Inter-Ac play. Keeping focus, however, seems to be the center of attention for preparing for the Inter-Ac among the team. 

“Working hard during practice, studying film, and just having fun is what we need to do to keep winning and dominating,” said senior Keshawn Williams. “I love this team and there is something special about it that will win us the Inter-Ac.” 

Junior Quarterback A.J. Graham is also excited and ready to head into Inter-Ac play. A.J. is a poised player, but couldn’t do it without his offensive line.  

“We have outstanding receivers and running backs, but I wouldn’t trade in my offensive line for anyone else,” said Graham. “They give me the protection I need to let our offense keep scoring.” 

“Everyone seems alive for the first time ever and it’s incredibly exciting to see everyone so amped for these games. Plus, we’ve been doing so well that the JV has gotten to play in every game, which is a great experience for them.””

— Luke Percy

Most of the players have one inter-ac game, in particular, they have circled on their calendars. That game is home against Episcopal on October 19th at 6:00 pm. The Blue Devils lost a tough game last year to the Churchmen and are seeking to avenge that loss. 

“I vividly remember EA’s student section throwing confetti onto the field,” said Graham. “This year I want them to remember who they played coming off our field after we win.” 

The defense is not something to look by either. Through five games, the defense has only let up an average of 9 points per game. The Inter-Ac, however, will be the biggest test for SCH because each play will be amplified. 

The Blue Devils have shown determination, grit, and a very strong bond so far. The practices and games are filled with energy to just have fun while playing the game. 

“I would describe this team in particular as far more tough and passionate than any team I’ve played on,” said Senior Luke Percy. “Everyone seems alive for the first time ever and it’s incredibly exciting to see everyone so amped for these games. Plus, we’ve been doing so well that the JV has gotten to play in every game, which is a great experience for them.” 

SCH opens up the Inter-Ac against Haverford for their Homecoming and will be playing in front of an exciting crowd. Parents, students, and alumni come to Landreth Field every year to support the Blue Devils.

“We have the opportunity to shock the world with this team,” said Williams. “We are ready.”

 

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