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Big Ches-Mont League games on the docket

Posted Friday, September 24, 2010 by staff writer Peter DiGiovanni, Daily Local News

The Ches-Mont League football season is here.

In three very big leagues games this weekend, Avon Grove visits Bishop Shanahan, high-flying Downingtown East invades Coatesville, and West Chester Rustin takes on Unionville with the winner gaining the inside track in the race for the American Division title.

Let's start with Satuday's big game at Jack Mancini Field that pits surpising Shanahan (3-0) against Brandon Monk and the Red Devils. Monk, a shifty senior running back, has rushed for 501 yards in three games this season for a whopping 11 yards per carry. Avon Grove defeated the Eagles, 52-0, last season but this Shanahan team does not bear any resemblance to that young inexperienced group. The Eagles have scored 126 points in their three contests, but they will have their work cut out for them in trying to contain Monk.

"Brandon Monk is just a super

player — he and Drew Harris of Downingtown East are the two top backs in our league by far," Bishop Shanahan head coach Paul Meyers said. "This will be a big test for us but I think we are ready. You are not going to shut Monk down but you have to try to limit his big runs. We cannot let him break some long touchdown runs on us.

"But, they have shown they can throw the ball too this year which they did not do last year. Avon Grove is big up front on both sides of the ball nad they are physical. We are going to have to play very well to win the game. But Monk worries a lot of coaches."

Pick: Avon Grove 28, Bishop Shanahan 21.

Friday's games

Downingtown East at Coatesville

The Red Raiders have only allowed nine points per game and the regular defense has not allowed a point in eight quarters since the fourth quarter of the opener against Ridley. That streak will be tested against the Cougars, who are ringing up 30 points per game. Both teams are not that big up front, but both are good and physical. East running back Drew Harris has 321 rushing yards in two games and he will get the ball often. This will be a good one.

Pick: Coatesville 24, Downingtown East 20

West Chester Rustin at Unionville

These two teams have combined for the last five league titles and this year will be no different. Both teams are coming off big wins and both have been pointing to this game since the schedules came out. Rustin will have to get pressure on Indians quarterback Connor Gades, who was 10-of-13 passing in their win over Avon Grove last week.

Pick: West Chester Rustin 28, Unionville 27.

West Chester East at

West Chester Henderson

The Warriors have close wins over Chester and Plymouth Whitemarsh but they stand at 3-0 and that is all that counts. For East, Eddie Anderson has been a big surprise with 13 catches on the season. The Warriors' defense, led by the Muscari brothers and Myles Jackson, are only giving up 13 points per game.

Pick: W.C. Henderson 30, W.C. East 20.

Oxford at Sun Valley

Not much has gone right for Oxford in its first three games— all losses -- but a visit to Sun Valley in beautiful Aston means the Hornets have a chance to crack into the victory column.

Pick: Oxford 14, Sun Valley 13.

Quakertown at

Downingtown West

Offensively, Downingtown West has had trouble this season, and at 0-3 the Whippets are in desperate need of a win. Whippets head coach Mike Milano was not happy after last week's loss to Chester, where the Clippers went on a 99-yard drive to pick up the victory.

Pick: Downingtown West 14, Quakertown 7.

Conestoga at Harriton

What do the Pioneers need after a 30-14 beating at the hands of Garnet Valley after the Jags ran for over 400 yards on the 'Stoga defense? A trip to Harriton.

Pick: Conestoga 38, Harriton 14.

Saturday's other games

Academy Park at Kennett

The Blue Demons are 0-3 but the Kennett defense has not played badly. The Demons only allow 18 points per game, which is good for a young unit, but Kennett has had a lot of trouble scoring. Academy Park is huge up front and they should control the line of scrimmage.

Pick: Academy Park 27, Kennett 7.

Malvern Prep at Penn Wood

Malvern is reeling after giving up over 70 points in its last two games. But although Penn Wood is 3-0 they do not pose as big a threat as Roman and Bergen Catholic did. Look for a Friars win in a close one.

Pick: Malvern Prep 17, Penn Wood 14.

To contact staff writer Peter DiGiovanni, email pdigiovanni@dailylocal.com

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