Penn Wood (6-1) vs. Academy Park (7-0)
One of the biggest games of the week in Pennsylvania will take place in District One between Delaware Valley Conference foes Academy Park and Penn Wood. Academy Park comes into the game undefeated with a 7-0 record while Penn Wood comes into the game sporting a 6-1 record. Academy Park is currently ranked #3 in our Class 5-A state rankings. As far as common opponents, both teams have defeated Chichester and Glenn Mills in dominating fashion.
Academy Park is only allowing one touchdown per game while Penn Wood is allowing a little over two touchdowns per game. Penn Wood defensive end Kenny Ngaima leads the defense with 44 tackles (16 solo, 8 sacks) along with strong safety Fatin Copper (37 total tackles, 13 solo, 3 interceptions). Academy Park’s Teddy Wright is also a factor defensively from his safety position. Wright leads the team in tackles with 44 (33 solo) to go with his three interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries. Academy Park also has a strong linebacker unit that includes Issa Fox (41 tackles, 19 solo) and Azeez Badmus (41 tackles, 29 solo, 3 sacks).
Academy Park has been enforcing their will upon opponents by rushing the ball, averaging 236.1 yards per game on the ground. Teddy Wright and Dazhon Miller lead their rushing attack, Miller has rushed 92 times for 771 yards and 12 touchdowns while Teddy Wright has ran the ball 80 times for 638 yards and 6 touchdowns. Penn Wood has a little bit more balance going on offensively as quarterback Javon Lindsey-Terrell has completed 59 out of 104 passes for 889 yards and 7 touchdowns. Junior running back Answered Gleplay has rushed 86 times for 815 yards and six touchdowns. Senior Tyreem Welton has contributed to the ground game as well, rushing 47 times for 354 yards and two touchdowns. Wide Receiver Rahiem Bowens leads the team in receiving with 23 receptions for 431 yards and four touchdowns.
Academy Park is going to try and enforce their will offensively by running the ball as much as possible. If Penn Wood goes all-in to stop Academy Park on the ground, senior quarterback Taylor Moors will have to make some plays with his arm. On the flip side, Penn Wood will need to continue to use its balance on offense to keep the very stingy Academy Park defense on their heels. With all this being said, in a rivalry game like this, what happened in other games doesn’t necessarily matter. You can expect a very exciting atmosphere at tonight’s game and intensity to the max on the field between the two teams.