Courtesy SCH Communications

by Chris Loughery

The Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Football team is 5-0 throughout their 2019 season so far. 

This may be one of the hottest starts for the Blue Devils, while sustaining minimal injuries going into the Inter-Ac.They kicked off the season beating Father Judge at home with a score of 36-24. Then they won at Central High School 41-0 in the rain for their second win. SCH beat Roman Catholic at the Blue Devils stadium 44-7, and have not lost to Roman in at least four years. For their fourth game, they defeated Archbishop Ryan 47-21 at home to avenge their loss last year. Just last Saturday the Blue Devils went to the Hill School, and defeated them 35-7. The Devils have a bye this week before they begin their Inter-Ac games.

Starting Quarterback, AJ Graham, has been a big part of the very explosive offense of Springside Chestnut Hill. He has thrown for 752 yards and 9 touchdowns this season, and has also rushed for 3 touchdowns. He has a great connection with Senior receiver Keshawn Williams and Sophomore receiver Ivan Thorpe. Along with Senior running back Aaron Rascoe, these skills players have made this offense difficult to stop, averaging just over 40 points per game. Graham believes that the team has improved greatly and got very close during the summer practices.

“This summer we really worked on timing of routes and efficiency of completing passes,” said Graham. “I think we’ve been successful in these first five games because we put in a lot of work during the off-season on chemistry, that is paying off a lot for us now.”

Starting Safety, Junior Nick Weston, has played well this season with at least 10 tackles, good coverage, and a huge interception against Roman Catholic. Weston started varsity at free safety last year as well as a Sophomore. He is a key part of the defense and always gives maximum effort while on the field.

“I think the main success we’ve had this year is being able to come together as a team and always keeping high energy,” said Weston. “We always compete with a lot of competition throughout practices and everyone is always pushing each other to do better.”

Head Coach Rick Knox has played one of the biggest roles in this team’s success. Being a former football player at Chestnut Hill Academy, Coach Knox cares more about the team and how they perform than anyone. 

“This year we have a very tight-knit team, and the players are able to see their potential a little more than previous teams,” said Knox. “They have a lot of confidence, and really know how to have fun with each other, especially during practices and games.” 

Knox spends at least 1-2 hours a day watching film and preparing the offensive and defensive gameplans. He also considers this team as his family and does as much as possible to make sure every player knows what they need to do on not only offensive plays, but also for defense. He is driven by his will to win, and seems to inspire the players to do so as well.

“They have a great mixture of hard work and business, but also enjoy each other’s company,” said Knox. “We always want to set a goal to be Inter-Ac champions, and work extremely hard to achieve that goal.”