|School:||Strath Haven High School, Wallingford, PA|
Although I had seen him on film several times, I finally got the chance to see Dan Connor in person when Strath Haven took on Marple Newtown Friday night.
Strath Haven defeated Marple Newtown by a score of 35-0 to claim sole possession of the state record for consecutive regular season victories (70).
As always, Connor was extremely impressive. Dan carried the ball 11 times for 81 yards (7.4 ypc) including 3 touchdowns on offense and tallied 7 tackles, 2 for a loss, and 1 interception on defense.
Midway through the 3rd quarter, he came out of the game for good as the Panthers had the game under complete control.
He is simply a tremendous player who plays hard every down. He rarely comes off the field and plays two very physically demanding positions, fullback and linebacker, in addition to returning punts.
From my conversations with him, and from seeing him interact with fans and friends after the game, it's obvious that he is a tremendous person as well. On one play from his linebacker position, when Marple Newtown had the ball deep in Haven's territory and was threatening to score, Connor ran the width of the field, literally leveled the ball carrier, and then basically picked him up by the back of his shirt.
He's seemingly always in the right position and never hesitates to give up his body to make the play.
If you're in the area, and you're a die-hard Penn State fan like myself who finds Saturday's this season completely frustrating, take the opportunity to watch Dan in person and feel good that he's committed to helping Penn State right the ship when he arrives in January.
Connor, after the Marple Newtown game, smiling as usual.