By PETER DiGIOVANNI
WEST CHESTER - Late in Friday night’s Ches-Mont League National Division tilt between West Chester Henderson and Bishop Shanahan, someone in the crowd at J. Oscar Dicks Stadium said aloud “How many things can one guy do to beat you?”
That pretty much sums up the night of Henderson’s Spencer Rymiszewski, who ran for two touchdowns, scored on a 58-yard punt return, intercepted a pass and threw a 69-yard halfback pass to Chris Mitten for a score, and along with Phil Mitten, Chris Mitten and a bunch of fired up defenders, put the clamps on the Eagles on the way to a 50-10 thumping.
“Coach (Steve) Mitten has a different philosophy for each game and he has us ready week in and week out,” Rymisszewski said. “He prepares us and we practiced that halfback pass this week.“
The Eagles (1-1 Ches-Mont National, 2-2 overall) started strong when super sophomore Pat Corcorna broke free for a 67-yard scoring run on the first play of the game. In fact, it was only a 14-10 Henderson lead after the first quarter. But Corcorna left the game early in the second due to a shoulder injury and that is when the Warriors (2-0, 5-0) defense stacked the box on the Eagles and dared quarterback Justin Cook to beat them.
“It definetly hurt us when Pat went out because he is one of the best guys in the league,” Shanahan head coach Paul Meyers said. “But, they are a good team and sometimes it is not what you don’t do, it is what the other (team) does.”
What that other team did was outscore the Eagles 36-0 after the first period, racking up 265 rushing yards with Rymiszewski going for 109 on just three carries and Garrett Girafalco scampering for 117 and a score on seven carries.
Henderson put the game away in the second when Rymiszewski went 71 yards untouched for a touchdown. On the next Eagles drive, Henderson forced a three-and- out. After a punt, Rymiszewski found the Eagles napping, hitting Chris Mitten in stride for a touchdown and the rout was on.
The Warriors in the first half scored on two long counter runs and a halfback pass, something that rankled Meyers.
“They got us on three counter plays on the game and we practiced all week on that and the halfback pass and we got beat on them.” He said.
The Warriors defense had only allowed 13 points in their first four victories, and they shut down the depleted Eagles offense with the Mitten twins, Adam Weaver and friends just pinning back their ears and hitting anything that moves. Phil Mitten commented that the Warriors take a lot of pride in their defensive play.
“We are defending Ches-Mont champs and we did it last year with our defense and this year we know we have to play just as hard and study film,” Mitten said. “Guys take film home and study. We are real proud of the way we play defense.”
Henderson now travels to Kottmeyer Stadium to take on Downingtown West next week and Steve Mitten is happy that his team is heading into the showdown off a good performance.
“Spencer had a great game and he is a special athlete and a special kid,” Mitten said. “Coach Lunardi (John) has done great things with our defense and tonight they made all the plays again and we are goiung to have to make plays if we are going to play with the big boys of Downingtown and Coatesville.”
West Chester Henderson 50, Bishop Shanahan 10
Bishop Shanahan 10 0 0 0-10
W.C. Henderson 14 15 21 0-50
S- Johnson 24FG
H- Girafalco 74 run (Engle kick)
S- Cook 1 run (Johnson kick)
H- Rymiszewski 58 run (Engle kick)
H- Rymiszewski 71 punt return (Engle kick)
H- C. Mitten 69 yard pass from Rymiszewski (Engle kick)
H- Girafalco 25 run (Engle kick)
H- Rymiszewski 50 run (Engle kick)
H- C.Mitten 50 interception return (Engle kick)
First downs 11 11
Yards rushing 166 263
Yards passing 89 125
Total yards 255 388
Passing 9-20-2 4-5-0
Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-0
Punts.avg 4-29.5 1-41.0
Penalties-yds 6-50 3-45
Rushing: Shan: Corcoran 7-71; Harper 16-53; Angelini 4-30; Stein 4-12; Cook 7-0. Hen: Girafalco 7-117, 2TD’s; Rymiszewski 3-109, 2TD’s; Green 5-19; Matonti 7-16; Bement 2-3; Armstrong 1-5; Patton 1-0; Bady 1 (-6).
Passing: Shan: Cook 9-20-2 89 yards. Hen: Rymiszewski 1-1-0 69 yards, TD; Costello 1-1-0 20 yards; Bady 2-3-0 36 yards.
Receiving: Shan: Zebrowski 4-55; Oakes 3-24; Angelini 2-10. Hen: C. Mitten 1-69, TD; P. Mitten 1-25; Girafalco 1-11; Rymiszewski 1-20.
Sacks: Shan: None. Hen: White.
Interceptions: Shan: Gueriera. Hen: Rymiszewski.
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