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Even in down years, Whippets will battle

Posted Tuesday, September 28, 2010 by By PETER DiGIOVANNI, Staff Writer

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One of the brightest happenings in Week Four of high school football was the play of Downingtown West. The Whippets destroyed Quakertown, 46-18, and even though it made them just 1-3, it says a lot about the dedication and desire of head coach Mike Milano and his staff and players.

When a usually successful program has an off year, sometimes guys pack it in and the season quickly goes down the drain. Not these Whippets. These kids are fighters who have too much pride in what they do to let the season become ugly.

West quarterback Ken Fuhrman had a big night, completing 7-of-12 passes for 130 yards and two scores. Fuhrman is also one of the better baseball players in the Ches-Mont. Dante Harrell and Trey Faust both rushed for over 100 yards and the Whippets now look like they are getting things together for the Ches-Mont race.

In other parts of the country, Oxford lost a heartbreaker in overtime to Sun Valley, but Hornets quarterback Connor Hollenbach threw for 181 yards in the loss. Penalties killed the winless Hornets, as Oxford racked up 116 yards in fouls. That is unexcusable if you want to win football games.

Bishop Shanahan's defense held Avon Grove star Brandon Monk to under 100 yards rushing and a 200 yard passing day from junior quarterback Ryan Egolf led the way for the Eagles to go 4-0 and set up a battle of unbeatens with West Chester Henderson Friday night at J. Oscar Dicks Stadium.

Shanahan will go into the tilt banged up as the Eagles lost three players in the Avon Grove game.

West Chester Rustin left no doubt that it is the team in the American Conference as the Golden Knights rolled over Unionville, 28-3. The Indians need a win over Coatesville this Saturday to keep their playoff hopes alive. Unionville has been hampered by the injury to running back Rich Sampson, putting the rushing burden solely on Mason Popham.

Downingtown East is off to a 3-1 start but it seems to me that the we haven't seen the best of the Cougars yet. Senior quarterback Trey Lauletta has not really had the type of break-out passing game we expect of him. Fullback Mike DeStefano does not get enough credit for opening up the holes for junior Drew Harris to run through. DeStefano is a very hard-nosed blocker and a tough kid. The Cougars also have a weapon in punter Tyler Kroft, who may be the best in the county.

Coatesville's defense played strong against Downingtown East last week but the Red Raider offense is still having trouble controlling the ball with a consistent running game. The Red Raiders will need that this week at Unionville. Coatesville will be looking for some revenge after getting blasted by the Indians the past two seasons.

People around District 1 were starting to feel North Penn was vulnerable this season. Well, the Knights blew out a good Central Bucks South squad 55-13 last Friday almost assuring the district championship should go through Lansdale again. Also Friday night, powerful Pennsbury was upset by Bensalem, and Neshaminy remained undefeated. Some area teams will likely see this group come Class AAAA playoff time.

With Great Valley getting its first win for head coach Mike Choi against Octorara, the county has just two winless teams left: Oxford and Kennett. The Blue Demons played very well in their 27-13 loss to Academy Park on Saturday.

Daily Local News

Football Top 10

1. Downingtown East: Cougars gut out a win at Coatesville.

2. Coatesville: The Red Raiders program continues to rise.

3. W.C. Henderson: The schedule now gets tougher for the Warriors.

4. Malvern Prep: Friars get a week off before taking on the Cougars.

5. Bishop Shanahan: Don't look now but the Eagles are 4-0.

6. W.C. Rustin: The Knights just keep winning.

7. Conestoga: Big test for Pioneers against Strath Haven.

8. Unionville: The Indians have to win out for their playoff hopes.

9. Avon Grove: Two very tough losses this year for the Red Devils.

10. Downingtown West: Whippets look ready to turn things around.

To contact staff writer Peter DiGiovanni, e-mail cpn11716@comcast.net.

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