HS Football

Great Valley Storms Out of Halftime to Top Sun Valley

Posted: November 2, 2012; Published in Delaware County Daily Times
Posted: November 3, 2012; Published in Daily Local News

EAST WHITELAND – After a shortened week of practice due to Hurricane Sandy, Sun Valley put together a strong first half on the road only to get trounced in the second half by a hefty storm of Great Valley offense, as the Patriots rolled up a 55-26 victory in the Ches-Mont American Division battle.

“The hurricane is no excuse for our play tonight,” said Sun Valley head coach Jim Grugan. “It was a disappointing second half and I give credit but we never came out of the locker room at halftime.”

The game began with Great Valley’s Max Burgess returning the opening kickoff for an 85-yard score.

“If he gets by you with a full head of steam, there’s no way you can catch up to him,” said Great Valley quarterback and defensive back Chris Geiss with a chuckle. “I’m not used to anyone beating me in a race but he’s a track star and I can’t keep up with him.”

This early blow repeated itself after a Sun Valley touchdown when Burgess took the ball 75 yards to the end zone.

“Kickoffs have been a problem this year,” said Grugan. “Not every game, but we do break down on those plays in particular.”

After a Sean Fitzpatrick fumble early in the second quarter, Sun Valley took over possession on the Great Valley five-yard line. It took two plays, but Dan Griffin eventually powered through with his head down to make it a one-point game. After the second missed PAT for Sun Valley, the score stood at 13-12.

A solid stand by the Sun Valley defense forced a punt, which shifted the momentum. Both teams at their core were run teams, with only 6 passes in the entire first half. It took until the second quarter for Sun Valley quarterback T.J. Mancini to toss the ball down field. That pass happened to be a 59-yard bomb to Matt Cioeta, who needed a big play after his two missed PATs. Cioeta’s run after the catch set Sun Valley up at the opponent’s two-yard line. Dan Griffin took the handoff two yards for his second score of the day, giving Sun Valley their first lead of the contest. Mancini targeted Kevin McGarvey for the two-point conversion and Sun Valley took a 20-13 lead into halftime.

Unfortunately, Grugan’s boys never left the lockerroom to take the field in the second half.

“We didn’t react well to the adversity in the second half,” said Grugan.

Although Sun Valley received the kickoff to begin second-half play, their offense struggled and didn’t find the end zone until it was basically meaningless. When Great Valley took over after a punt, it only took two plays, one of which was a 72-yard run by Burgess, which knotted the game at 20 apiece.

Great Valley went on to score 21 points in each of the final two quarters. To make matters worse, two of the touchdowns were given up by the Sun Valley offense. Geiss had a decent day passing, completing only four passes on six attempts for 107 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. But his defensive play outshined any part of his day on offense. He picked off two of Mancini’s passes and ran them back for touchdowns on consecutive drives. His interceptions were only interrupted by one play of Sun Valley offense, if a loss of five on a carry can be considered offense at all.

“I’ve only played defensive back in two games and the other time I played I also had an interception that I returned for a touchdown,” said Geiss.

Great Valley’s win came from a disciplined team that fought back in the second half and created their own opportunities. The first four of Sun Valley’s seven second-half possessions ended in a three-and-out and a punt to Great Valley. The defensive coordinator must have found a weakness in the Sun Valley offense because the best shot Sun Valley had in those possessions on fourth down to convert was eight yards to go.

Not only did the defense smother Sun Valley but all four of those Great Valley possessions were turned into touchdowns. The ensuing Sun Valley possession was intercepted for a Geiss touchdown and was repeated two plays later.

Great Valley 55, Sun Valley 26

Sun Valley 6 14 0 6 — 26
Great Valley 13 0 21 21 — 55

Shanahan Blanks Vikings

Posted: October 21, 2012; Published in Daily Local News

DOWNINGTOWN – With both teams needing a Ches-Mont League National Division football win badly, West Chester East miscues turned into Bishop Shanahan points and 27-0 victory in front of a happy homecoming crowd Saturday at Jack Mancini Field.

Coming into Saturday’s matchup, the two teams were a combined 1-7 in the league, but the Eagles (2-3, 3-4) scored twice in the first period to cruise to victory and keep the Vikings winless in the National (0-5, 1-7).

After a 24-yard kickooff return by Nick Manes, who had 100 yards returning on the day in what was East’s only area of positivity, the Vikings were forced to punt. The Eagles had a quick four-and-out series followed by four downs and another punt by the Vikings until some offense would finally get started.

The Eagles drove 61 yards to the shadow of the East goal. On first-and-goal, the ball was handed off to Braden Harper who made it to about the 2-yard line before fumbling the ball into the end zone and panicking the home side. Luck was on Shanahan’s side because lineman Jon Weyand pounced on the ball for the score and a 7-0 lead. They never looked back from there.

East, which was without starting freshman quarterback Jon Jon Roberts, relied on backup Pat Downey. His pitch to Jason Costa was fumbled and recovered by Shanahan’s Kris Otto on the 13-yard line. The Eagles wasted no time cashing in on the turnover. Vince Angeleini rumbled 13 yards into the end zone and a quick 14-0 advantage.

The Vikings started to get untracked in the second quarter. Manes returned a kick 42 yards to the East 48. They drove to the Shanahan three, but Costa fumbled again and Matt Evans recovered for Shanahan on its three.

Justin Cook was sacked by the Vikings’ Scott Malik back to the Shanahan one. After avoiding a safety, Cook connected with Jeff Zebrowski for 34 of his 120 yards receiving.

“Every game is a big game but today was definitely the best game of year,” said Zebrowski who also added a touchdown. “It wasn’t just me out there though, our defense came up big today.”

Zebrowski was definitely right.

After Cody Smith caught a 19-yard TD pass from Cook, the rest was left up to the Shanahan defense, who pitched a shutout the rest of the way.

“You know I was proud of our guys today and they seemed to be playing with a lot of emotion due to the homecoming festivities,” said head coach Paul Meyers.

Bishop Shanahan 27, WC East 0

W.C. East 0 0 0 0 — 0
Bishop Shanahan 14 6 0 7 — 27

Peck, Red Devils Top Vikings in Shootout for First Win

Posted: October 6, 2012; Published in Daily Local News

LONDON GROVE – After a strong first half, Avon Grove saw its lead, over West Chester East, falter but junior quarterback Tanner Peck and the offense quickly regained confidence and smothered the Vikings in the Ches-Mont League National Division contest Saturday, 41-31, to put the Red Devils in the win column for the first time this season.

Both squads have gotten off to struggling starts and saw this game as a way to turn their seasons around.

Avon Grove struck on the first play from scrimmage on a 63-yard bomb from Peck to Jared Braxton, the two-point conversion gave them a quick 8-0 lead.

After a quick turnover on downs, Peck and the offense drove to the West Chester East 12-yard line where he hooked up with Tripp Moran for the second score and a 14-0 advantage.

West Chester East got on the scoreboard on the first play of the second quarter. Freshman quarterback Jon Jon Roberts broke several tackles en route to a 66-yard scoring scamper to cut the deficit in half at 14-7.

The Red Devils regained a two touchdown adavntage as Peck hooked up with Beau Kush for a picturesque 37-yard score to delight the Homecoming crowd.

West Chester East drove back down the field behind the running of Roberts, who gained 126 yards on the ground to compliment his 192 passing yards. But this time Roberts handed the ball off to Jordan Jackson for one of his seven carries and he went 22 yards for the touchdown. East was right back in the game at 21-14.

Peck took the field and threw one ball on the drive which was intercepted by East’s Eric Frye. East had a chance to tie the game up with less than five minutes in the first half.

Unfortunately for them, Roberts fumbled on the third first down of the drive which was recovered by Avon Grove’s Ryan Amanto.

Amanto would definitely pay for the fumble recovery because on the ensuing play from their own 4-yard line, Amanto was tackled in the endzone on a pitch for a West Chester East safety and the Vikings trailed, 21-16 at half.

The momentum stayed on East’s side as they drove down for another score and its first lead of the game. Roberts put up a 35-yard pass which was caught by Alex Corialos to make the score 23-21 in favor of East.

Avon Grove extended its lead as Peck found John D’Aquanno for a 63-yard touchdown, his second 63 yard touchdown throw of the day. Peck had an outstanding day while completing 16 passes on 23 attempts and racking up 389 yards with five touchdowns and only single interception.

The two-point conversion attempt failed and left the score at 27-23 with Avon Grove back on top.

Avon Grove would continue an exciting third quarter with a five-yard touchdown pass to Moran, his second receiving score of the day making the score, 34-23 at the end of the third.

The first play of the fourth quarter was really the turning point in the game. East needed to get a touchdown to be within striking distance of Avon Grove, but they got something far less joyous. Amanto intercepted Roberts’ pass and brought the ball back to the West Chester East two.

On first-and-goal, Peck handed off to Tom Rudisill, whose 6”1’ frame barreled through the Vikings defensive line and put the Red Devils way ahead at 41-23.

East went on to struggle throughout the fourth quarter and the offense just looked flat. The Vikings would turn the ball over on downs more than twice and Roberts also threw his second pick of the day, effectively ending the Vikings’ hopes for getting back in this one.

On its final drive of the game, East converted on a fourth-and-10 on a 13-yard touchdown pass to Pat Downey. Avon Grove recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran out the clock.

The Red Devils improved to 1-2 in the division, while the Vikings fell to 0-3 and 1-5 overall.

Avon Grove 41, W.C. East 31

W.C. East 0 16 7 8 — 31
Avon Grove 14 7 13 7 — 41

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