RIDLEY TWP. — Malcolm Strand-Young claims he will never race Ridley teammate Malik Jones.
Something should be done to convince him otherwise.
"He's All-Delco in track and a state champ (in the 200-meter dash),' Strand-Young said. "I'd lose every day to him.'
Strand-Young has a point. You can't teach speed and Jones has plenty of it. He's got a PIAA gold medal to prove how fast he is. But Strand-Young shouldn't underestimate his quickness. He said there's no shot he could ever outrun his friend Jones.
"Nah,' he said. "No way.'
Both Ridley running backs put their skills on display Friday night at Phil Marion Field. The Green Raiders steamrolled Radnor on homecoming night, 42-0.
Strand-Young rushed for 109 yards and three touchdowns. Jones finished with 55 yards on only four carries. Together, they left Radnor defenders in a cloud of dust. Ridley's first-team offense didn't even last through the first half, as the Green Raiders went into the locker room at halftime leading 42-0.
"I give props to my linemen. They've been working hard all year,' Strand-Young said. "Things haven't always gone our way, but if we come out and execute, we can run the ball every time. It's awesome.'
After escaping Marple Newtown last week, 28-21, Ridley needed a game like this. The Green Raiders, however lopsided, needed a game in which they flat-out dominated. Those contests have been few and far between.
Friday night, the Green Raiders were in control from the outset.
"We talked earlier in the week (in Wednesday's Daily Times) about our offensive line, being out there every day and busting their hump and those things. Today it showed,' coach Dennis Decker said. "(Radnor coach) Tommy Ryan has a real nice ball club over there. They played Springfield tough and some other teams tough. Going in, we didn't think it would be a game like this. We thought we'd be able to do some things, but they would be tough. When our offensive line plays this way, these are the type of things we're capable of doing.'
Defensively, the Green Raiders received a stellar effort from their secondary. Jabree Savoy picked off two passes. He returned his first interception 50 yards to pay dirt to extend Radnor's lead to 21-0 in the first quarter.
Ridley gained 333 total yards of offense and its defense held Radnor to only 59 yards. Ridley's DBs recorded five interceptions.
"On film we noticed that they like to throw the deep ball, so I made a good play and I was fortunate enough to run it back,' said Savoy, who has four picks on the season. "We always come out here to try and do our best, execute as a team and do whatever our coaches ask of us.'