Although the COVID-19 pandemic put the 2020 Main Line high school football season at risk of cancellation, the local squads were able to play a limited schedule, and leading the way among the successful local teams were Haverford High (4-2), Radnor (4-2), Malvern Prep (4-0) and Haverford School (2-1).
The All-Main Line high school football teams are selected by the coaches. Because Main Line Media News covers 19 high schools, the Main Line Media News sports staff limits the number of sports available to first team, second team and honorable mention – but follows the priority of the coaches’ selections.
What follows are the 2020 All-Main Line high school football teams:
Nick Lamey, Archbishop Carroll – Senior defensive back/quarterback, a repeat All-Main Line first team selection, received Huck Palmer’s Catholic League Blue Division Award for Player of the Year and was a first team All-Catholic defensive back, making four interceptions in five games. Was second in the Catholic League with 1,157 passing yards, yards per game (231.4) and completions (71), and threw nine TD passes.
Darryl Simpson, Jr., Archbishop Carroll – Senior defensive lineman was first team All-Catholic League defensive lineman, and led entire Catholic League in tackles for loss with 17. Led the entire Catholic League in sacks with six.
Peter Detwiler, Conestoga – Junior wide receiver made 28 catches in five games for 570 yards, averaging more than 20 yards per reception. Received first team All-Central League honors (6A Division) at receiver. Some of his catches were highlight-reel receptions, including one against powerful Garnet Valley in which he scored the longest touchdown in Pennsylvania in Week 3 with a 98-yard reception.
Billy Adams, Episcopal Academy – Senior running back and linebacker was both the Churchmens’ leading rusher (340 yards) and EA’s leading tackler (27 tackles). A fine all-around athlete who will play lacrosse for West Point.
Will Higson, Haverford High – Senior linebacker, a repeat first team All-Main Line selection, made 68 tackles in six games (eight for loss) while receiving first team All-Central League honors (6A Division) at linebacker as well as All-Delco honors.
Casey Gilroy, Haverford High – Senior receiver, a first team All-Central League selection at receiver (6A Division), was a productive pass-catcher for the Fords, grabbing 26 receptions, averaging 18 yards per catch, and scoring five touchdowns.
Jimmy Wright, Haverford High – Senior running back gained 794 yards and scored 11 touchdowns, while averaging 6.0 yards per carry. Received first team All-Central League (6A Division) football honors at running back.
Chris Sims, Haverford School – Senior wide receiver/defensive back excelled on both sides of the ball, making seven receptions for 105 yards, and making nine tackles and two interceptions in three games.
Lonnie White, Malvern Prep – A first team All-Main Line repeat selection, the Friar senior athlete was a multi-faceted threat. He caught 17 passes for 369 yards and five TDs in four games for an average of 21.7 yard per catch. He also averaged more than 13 yards per rush attempt, and made three interceptions. An all-around athlete who is also a baseball standout for Malvern.
Jake Brownley, Malvern Prep – Senior linebacker was a stellar defender for the undefeated Friars, making 24 solo tackles in four games (as well as six assisted tackles). Made four interceptions, which he returned for a total of 74 yards, and scored three touchdowns.
Cole Deery, Malvern Prep – Junior offensive lineman did his usual solid job opening up the holes for the Friars’ productive offense to move the ball and score points. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound junior was named the Friars’ Offensive Player of the Game in the win against Archbishop Wood, and defensively made six tackles for the season and assisted in nine others. Also is an outstanding wrestler for the Friars.
Isaiah Wright, Malvern Prep – Junior running back was a potent offensive force for the undefeated Friars, gaining 337 yards on 60 carries (an average of nearly six yards per rush attempt) and scoring four touchdowns in four games.
Scott Belveal, Radnor – Senior running back/linebacker ran for 860 yards and 10 touchdowns in 114 carries, averaging nearly eight yards per carry for a strong Raider gridiron squad. Received first team All-Central League honors (5A Division) at running back.
Jahmir Dixon, Radnor – Senior wide receiver/defensive back, a repeat All-Main Line first team selection, made 15 catches for 415 yards and six touchdowns, averaging nearly 30 yards per pass reception. Received first team All-Central League honors (5A Division) at receiver.
Duncan McDermott, Radnor – Senior offensive/defensive lineman was considered a top center in the Central League; his fine play triggered the Raiders’ productive offense. Received first team All-Central League honors (5A Division) at center.
Archbishop Carroll – Malachi Hansen, senior wide receiver; Brennan Robinson, senior running back/defensive back.
Conestoga – Michael Brosso, senior strong safety; Michael Costigan, senior quarterback.
Episcopal Academy – Dylan Dibeneditto, senior running back/linebacker; James Hoogstraten, senior offensive lineman; Max Strid, senior defensive lineman.
Haverford High – Mario Tascione, junior defensive lineman; Danny Smyth, senior linebacker; Chris Dempsey, senior tight end.
Haverford School – Mekhi Ajose-Williamson, senior running back; Isaiah Boyd, junior defensive lineman; Brian Galasso, senior linebacker; Billy Brosko, sophomore defensive lineman.
Lower Merion – Jay Zheng, junior running back/outside linebacker; Phil Cook, senior outside linebacker/tight end; D’Shawn Jemison, senior defensive end.
Malvern Prep – Christian Curatolo, senior offensive lineman; Kellen Mathias, senior linebacker; Jack Capaldi, junior quarterback.
Radnor – Mark McKeon, senior free safety/wide receiver; Damien Falcone, junior linebacker; Dae Trel Jerome, senior offensive/defensive lineman.
Archbishop Carroll – Billy Coppock, senior wide receiver; Keenan Fortenberry, senior offensive/defensive lineman.
Conestoga – Patrick Nichols, senior linebacker; Freddie Mucklow, senior linebacker; Connor Whitlow, senior offensive/defensive lineman.
Episcopal Academy – Brandon Cox, senior defensive lineman, Joe Graham, senior tight end, Aiden Chavis, senior defensive back; Malcolm Folk, senior defensive back; Bryce Cooper, junior wide receiver.
Harriton – Teddy Molineaux, senior running back/strong safety; Seth Fliszar, senior tight end/outside linebacker.
Haverford High – George Mosconi, senior defensive back; Ryan Buckton, senior defensive lineman; Liam Collins, senior center.
Haverford School – Louie Atkinson, sophomore linebacker.
Lower Merion – Jack Lledo, junior quarterback/safety; Elijah Philippe, senior offensive tackle/defensive end.
Malvern Prep – D’Angelo Stocker, junior defensive back; Ryan Davis, junior linebacker; Aidan Catania, senior linebacker.
Radnor – Kodi Nixon, senior defensive back; Gavin Holz, senior offensive/defensive lineman; Jack Condran, junior offensive/defensive lineman.