Unionville linebacker Zach Barnes talks about the win
Unionville 13, West Chester Rustin 7
It was a classic at Unionville Friday night with the Indians finally getting over the Rustin hump. The Golden Knights had won the previous four matchups and 22 consecutive league games coming in. Unionville was the last team to beat them in 2007 when it won its last league championship. This version was won in the trenches.
Unionville's offensive line eventually began to lean on Rustin and eat up tons of time and yardage. After a stop on fourth-and-one at the Unionville three, the Indians went to a two-tight end set and outrushed the Knights 139 to 45 in the second half. Tommy Pancoast continuously got big gains on quarterback keepers to the right side. Rustin has not been a defense that gave up big running plays in recent years, and the Knights are typically the bigger team. Not this year, however. Sean Steinmetz was a force for Rustin at defensive end, but Unionville's ability to platoon offense and defense was a great advantage.
The Indians' defense played well all night, only giving up plays of 10 yards or more on three of 42 plays. Mark Caputo and Stephen Lange made life miserable for Rustin at the line of scrimmage and Zach Barnes and Garrett Scargill had a couple pass breakups in the final quarter.
Unionville outrushed Rustin 309-111 and ran 13 more plays. Time of possession in the second half was heavy in the Indians' favor.
Unionville's Tommy Pancoast goes in for the winning score in the third quarter.
Mark Caputo celebrates with his teammates after Unionville's final defensive stand.