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PREVIEW: Lower Merion vs. Radnor (PA)

November 2, 2012

Throw all the records out of the window. Regardless of how each teams does, the oldest contiguous public high school rivalry will always be an intense battle for bragging rights. The Lower Merion Aces host the Radnor Red Raiders this Saturday in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. The teams first met back in 1897 and Saturday’s game will mark the 116th meeting between the two. Lower Merion won 21-14 last year and leads the all-time series 56-48-11.

The Lower Merion Aces are led by their first year head coach Adam Beach. The Aces went 3-8 in 2011 and are not doing any better this season. They are 0-9 this season, but the season will not be that much of a disappointment so long as they defeat the Red Raiders this Saturday. In order to notch a win Saturday, the Aces will need to get their offense going. The Aces have been held to 7 or fewer points in 7 of their games this season. Andrew Kerber will be under center at quarterback. Ernest Pendleton will lead the Aces running attack while Chris Daly and Jeff Batchler will lead the passing attack. Tyler Williams, Eli Zimmer and Mike Dennis will be solid up front for the Aces on the offensive line. Defensively, the linebacking unit will consist of Steffeb Vestal, Zimmer and Mason Wilson. Daly, Amir Blocker and Jeff Batchler will all be in the Aces secondary.

The Radnor Red Raiders are on quite the losing streak. After going 0-11 last season, the Red Raiders are 0-9 this season and unless they win Saturday, they will lock up back-to-back winless seasons. Although they have been held to 10 points or less in 5 of their games this season, Radnor has lost 3 games by a single point. The culmination of all those losses came last weekend at the hands of Marple Newtown. Late in the 4th, the Raiders trailed 14-7 when running back Jimmie Blake ran in a 3-yard touchdown. Instead of going for the tie, head coach Tom Ryan elected to go for the win to spark his team. Quarterback Chris Leighton’s pass was knocked down incomplete and Marple Newton was able to run the clock out. A big constant for the Red Raiders offense this season has been turnovers. If Radnor can control their turnovers, look out for the Red Raiders to win this one.

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