by Kevin Dicciani
Big plays and big risks are what Springside Chestnut Hill Academy football is all about.
The proof of both can be seen in their latest win against Germantown Academy on Saturday, Nov. 1. With over two minutes left in the game and trailing by seven points, SCH quarterback Paul Dooley completed an 89-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Parsons to close the gap in the score to a point. Then, SCH coach Rick Knox made a decision, a decision not unlike the one he made against Father Judge: instead of kicking a field goal for the tie, go for the two-point conversion and the win.
The Blue Devil offense lined up on the goal line and snapped the ball. And, like so many times this season, Dooley found Parsons in the end zone to put SCH ahead 35-34. GA would get the ball back and storm all the way down to SCH’s 22-yard line, but SCH would sack and strip the ball off of GA quarterback Isaiah Jones to cement the win.
Dooley completed 9 of 22 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed 26 times for 183 yards and three touchdowns. Parsons caught five passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns.
SCH coach Rick Knox said the victory was indicative of his team’s mentality all year long.
“It’s the character of the team and our underdog mentality,” Knox said. “We never quit.”
Knox said that having Dooley at QB is advantageous for the team.
“He’s a great quarterback, and he knows the game well and works really hard,” Knox said.
SCH has quietly worked their way to an 8-1 record, 3-1 in the Inter-Ac. With only one game left in their season – Malvern Prep – the team will continue to do what they have done all year long.
“We’re preparing the same as we always do,” Knox said. “They’re a really good team, and very physical, so we need to just fight and work hard.”
The Blue Devils are currently rankled No. 16 in Southwestern PA by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Some sources rank them as high as 72 in the entire state. No matter what the rankings say, for Knox, his team and SCH, it’s business as usual.
“We’re going to go out and fight like we have all year,” Knox said.
SCH will play Malvern Prep at home on Nov. 8.