Friday, September 28, 2012

downingtown west - west chester east notes

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Downingtown West nose tackle Danny Speca talks about the game, 
as well as next week's matchup against West Chester Henderson.

A win is a win for Downingtown West. Without its top two running backs and a passing game that's yet to take off, the Whippets continued using its recipe for success this season: making enough plays with the running game and playing tough defense. Running back Tino Bunhu, who's missed three straight games now, was dressed Friday against West Chester East, but did not play at all. Don't be surprised to see him back against Henderson next week. Mitchell Meleski, the Whippets' leading rusher, carried the ball only once Friday and looked pretty hobbled after the game.

West has given up 35 points defensively in five weeks, good for second only to Henderson in the Ches-Mont. The Warriors are certainly a more veteran team, but West has limited turnovers and kept teams out of the end zone and that is a good way to continue winning football games.

The Vikings' defense was impressive against West. It seemed East's staff knew what to expect a lot of the time, presnap, and held the Whippets running attack to just over four yards per carry. Jon Jon Roberts had his struggles, but the fact that he didn't just pack it in after two turnovers his first two plays showed his resolve. He will continue to make mistakes this season, but he will also continue to show flashes of his athleticism that will make him a dangerous playmaker in the next three seasons.

Rob Ritrovato also impressed for East, with six receptions for 102 yards. His physicality stood out the most, especially when he ran over a West defensive back after a reception and picked up 10 extra yards. With East being a mostly finesse team the past five seasons, players like Ritrovato will help change the culture at East.

Nate Heckenberger

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