Downingtown has always proved to be a particularly troubling opening-day football foe for Archbishop Ryan.
Now that the game is the second of the season for both teams, trouble just gets postponed by a week.
The Whippets (2-0), coming off a win over Harrisburg, scored the game's first 17 points and held on for a 24-14 victory over the host Raiders (1-1) last night.
The game is intriguing every year because it pits perennial suburban and Catholic League powerhouses.
``Archbishop Ryan took us out of some things, but we did some real nice things,'' Downingtown coach Jack Helm said. ``Harrisburg had some better skill kids, but Ryan is better conditioned and a better team, and that's a credit to coach [Glen] Galeone and his kids.''