Monday, September 10, 2012

Football notebook: Area teams get defensive in Week 2


  • Defenses continues to rule the day with many Ches-Mont League teams. West Chester Henderson has allowed just six points in two games, the latest mauling, a 42-6 wipeout of Springside Chestnut Hill. The Warriors, under first-year head coach Steve Mitten, allowed just 70 total yards to the Blue Birds. Big test this week against Plymouth-Whitemarsh for senior linebacker Adam Weaver and group.
  • Downingtown West continues to win, mauling Glen Mills 24-7 behind a defense that gave the Bulls almost nothing. Running back Tino Bunhu went over 100 yards for the second week in a row, gaining 120 on the Bulls. And for those people that thought I meant any disrespect to the Whippets’ strength of schedule last week, saying they should be 4-0 after four games, nothing can be further from the truth. I meant that Downingtown West was a underrated team and that they should be 4-0 after four games, no disrespect to the schedule was intended at all.
  • I was on hand to witness one of the best performances against a quality opponent in my 12 years in Chester County, when Downingtown East simply took apart Roman Catholic, 42-20. The game was much more lopsided than that and the Cougars’ defense was awesome.
  • The Cahillites broke one big play, a 59-yard slant to Will Fuller, but after that it was a total clamp down by Mike Matta’s crew, who seemed to take Roman’s heart away as the game wore on. Nest up, another tough one with Daquan Mack and Pennsbury.
  • West Chester Rustin and senior running back Adam Burke stamped themselves as the biggest challengers to Unionville in the Ches-Mont American Division. It looks like the defending champion Knights are not going to give up their four year reign very easily after taking apart Owen J.Roberts, 49-7. Burke put in one of the performances of the weekend by registering five touchdowns and gaining 103 yards on the ground.
  • Bishop Shanahan and head coach Paul Meyers have always been up against some tough odds. The Eagles have been in the Ches-Mont National with all Class AAAA schools for some time now and have held up well as a Class AAA team. Now the latest hurdle came when Meyers and the administration suspended five players for the entire season for violating team rules.
  • This will have a big impact on the Eagles season, but the big picture is that Meyers hopefully teaches these young men the importance of being on a team and taking responsibility for your actions. The people at Shanahan deserve a lot of credit for their actions and I just wonder if many other schools would have taken the same steps?
  • Oxford should go to 3-0 after playing Solanco this week. Musty Mahmud carried the Hornets to a 33-7 pasting of Avon Grove last week. Third-year head coach Mike Pietlock said after the game that the Hornets, while happy, are just taking things one game at a time. The big test for Oxford will be when the American Division slate begins.
  • Another week, another cliffhanger for Malvern Prep. The Friars posted a huge win Friday as they held Coatesville on-yard from the winning touchdown. A lot of teams would not have been ready for Coatesville after a one-point loss six days earlier, but the Friars got it done on the road against a good team in the Red Raiders.

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