How East football is preparing for the biggest game of the year

When the Cherry Hill East Cougars (2-6) take the field Friday night (10/29) against their cross-town rival Cherry Hill West Lions (1-6) there will be much more at stake than just putting a W in the win column. This game is as much about school pride and bragging rights as it is a win.
The East-West game is the most anticipated game of the year and the Cougars are feeling good about their chances of ending an 8-year drought against the Lions and bringing the boot home. The Cougars have shown significant improvement since Coach Daley took the reins four seasons ago, but beating West is something they’ve still yet to accomplish.
Kelvin Parris (‘22) is a team captain for the Cougars and beating West is something that he’s wanted to do ever since he’s been at East. He feels this is the year they can finally do that.
“Out of the last four years, this is our best chance at bringing the boot back to its rightful home,” Parris said. “The importance of this game is unmatched and we plan to come out on top.”
Parris, along with the rest of the team, is very excited to play under the Friday night lights at the “Lions Den” in front of what is expected to be a full crowd with many students from both schools expected to attend.
“Ever since freshman year, I’ve had the opportunity to feel the atmosphere at the East vs West game and it is like no other. Being on that field is incredible.”
For quarterback Ben Cohen (‘24), this will be his first time ever playing in the East vs West game. However, he knows just as well as everyone else how important this game is.
“I think this year is different and we’re a team that is very eager to win this year,” Cohen said.
This is the game we all look forward to each year but at the end of the day, all it is is another football game and that is how Coach Daley wants his team to approach it.
“As a coach, and as a staff, we just prepare like it’s any other game,” Daley said. “Other than emotions running incredibly high, we still have to break down the film, come up with a game plan, and try to put ourselves in the best position to win the game. So while it’s definitely a big time rivalry game when it comes down to it, it’s still 11 guys on offense vs 11 guys on defense and that’s how I need to approach it.”
It is sure to be an exciting game on Friday night at 6:00 pm at Cherry Hill West so make sure to come out and support the team. Roll Cougs!