Preview: #21 Archbishop Wood (PA) vs. North Penn (PA)

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by Jeff Fisher

Archbishop Wood VikingsArchbishop Wood, ranked #21 in the latest High School Football America Top 25, has opened with two very impressive victories in 2014.

First the Vikings took down Maryland-power DeMatha in Week 1 and last week defeated defending Philadelphia Public League champ Martin Luther King 46-7 in a game that was called at halftime because of lightning.  Wood has outscored its opponents 80-20 in two games.

Tonight, Wood puts its national-ranking on the line on the road against North Penn, a program that year-in and year-out is one of the best in Pennsylvania’s largest classification (4A).  Wood, which is the state’s defending 3A champs, won last year’s game between the two 49-3.

This year’s Viking team is different now that junior Anthony Russo is the team’s quarterback. Russo beat-out fellow junior Tom Garlick, who led the school to the state title last year, during this year’s fall camp.  Garlick has since transferred to St. Joseph’s Prep.

Russo has started the season by throwing for 252 yards and four touchdowns.

Jarrett McClenton is the team’s leading rusher with 182 yards and three TD’s.  The senior is averaging over eight yards a carry.

North Penn has opened the season with two tough games against Philadelphia Catholic League opponents – losing to La Salle in Week 1 and beating West Catholic last week.


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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.