Matt Fest & Matt Kolen
The football team bounced back from their loss at Delaware County Christian by shutting out Lower Moreland 27-0 on Nov. 13. They then played three games in eight days, a stretch that is unusual in high school football, which usually requires more rest for football players. The Lions first beat Springfield Township to capture their second district championship in three years. Their celebration was short-lived, as they went to work the next morning in preparation for their next game. They won that game against South Hunterdon 14-7, in the annual Battle of the Bridges.
Following a practice on Thanksgiving, the Lions headed to Plymouth-Whitemarsh to battle West Catholic, a state powerhouse team that recruits players from around the Philadelphia Area. The Lions lost badly, but Jack McKenna was able to finish out the season with over 1,000 rushing yards. West Catholic has advanced to the state semifinal game, and is projected to win the state championship in Hershey.
The Lions, though disappointed with their loss, were happy to end a historic season 12-2. They had several All-League selections. First team: Jack McKenna RB, Matt Fest OL, Tommy Capriotti OL, Blake Hildebrandt WR, Alec Coburn DB, Matt Kolen P, Marcus Hems DL. Second Team: Nick Garritano QB, Jack McKenna DB, Matt Fest DL, Franco Mannino FB/LB, Russell Abernethy LB. There were numerous Honorable Mention selections.
The team looks to continue the winning tradition next year and bring the school its third district championship.