Radnor and Lower Merion first met on the gridiron October 26th, 1897. Every year since then, both teams have come together for the oldest continuing high school rivalry game in the country. On Saturday, November 3rd the teams faced off at Lower Merion High School for the 116th meeting of the Radnor Raiders and the Lower Merion Aces. Lower Merion holds a lead over Radnor in the overall rivalry with a record of 56-48-11. Going in to this year’s game, both teams had identical records, but one would come out on top. Our Series simply would not be complete with out this historic game.
During the pregame, the Great American Rivalry Series and the United States Marines presented scholar athlete awards to Michael Staples from Radnor and Keith Blake from Lower Merion. There was also a ceremony honoring Earnest Pendleton, the 2012 Great American Rivalry Hall of Fame Inductee from Lower Merion. After the presentations, the teams kicked off and the first half belonged to the Raiders. Running back Jimmie Blake ( #2) took the ball into the endzone on a 12 yard run with 8:39 left in the first quarter. Then with 7:45 left in the half Radnor scored again on a pass to #6 Erami Wilson. On their next possession the Raiders struck again as #16 Ben Cohen passed to #7 Dan Kurtyka for another Radnor touchdown. The Raiders led 21-0 at the half.The second half featured more good news for Raider fans. Number 12 Ellis Schafer scored in the third quarter on a one yard touchdown run. The first play of the 4th quarter resulted in another Raider touchdown by #4 Chris Galloway. With 58 seconds left in the game Lower Merion tight-end, #8 Mason Wilson scored the Ace’s only goal. Final Score, Lower Merion 7 – Radnor 35.
The Radnor Raider’s fans rushed the field as they celebrated bringing home the historic traveling trophy and winning the Great American Rivalry Series 2012 championship trophy. Jimmie Blake #2 was selected game MVP. During the ceremony he handed his trophy over to senior offensive lineman, John King (#51). The team,coaches and spectators cheered as the Co-MVP’s shared the award presented by Sgt Robson of the United States Marines.
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- Lower Merion vs. Radnor 2012