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Downingtown East in a great position

Posted Thursday, October 28, 2010 by Kevin Valentino
Downingtown East's victory over rival Downingtown West last weekend set the Cougars up for a lot of good things. If the Cougars can defeat West Chester East and West Chester Henderson in the next two weeks, they will win the National Division of the Ches-Mont League outright and set themselves up with probably a top four seed in the District 1 Class AAAA playoffs.

Everybody at East has to feel a big burden lifted from them as the Cougars had to be weary of hearing they had not beaten the Whippets since 2005. Trey Lauletta led the way and it looks like the senior signal-caller is peaking at the right time for a long postseason run.

Coatesville's defense may have thrown in the best performance of the weekend as the Red Raiders shut out Henderson, 10-0. Coatesville is not big, but they are fast and physical. And they stopped the Warriors when they had to in the first half to take control of the game. Hats off to Henderson's defense also and coordinator Steve Mitten, whose troops also played very well. T.J. White had another big game at linebacker for the Warriors.

I thought there would be a lot of points scored in the Conestoga-Springfield game, but 54-39 is something I did not see coming. Springfield's Matt Craig scored seven — yes, seven — touchdowns and rushed for 324 yards. The Pioneers defense cost them again and the playoffs look about out of reach as I do not think 6-4 will get you into the Class AAAA tourney this year.

Malvern Prep also threw in a big defensive performance against Episcopal. The Friars allowed just 21 yards of offense in the second half. Remember, Malvern is the only team to keep Downingtown East running back Drew Harris under 100 yards this season.

Around District 1, Council Rock South continues to be undefeated and the No. 1 seed in Class AAAA. North Penn got a scare at Souderton, being down 16-0 in the first half before the Knights got mad and outscored the Indians, 40-6, the rest of the way. And in the Central League, injuries have derailed Garnet Valley just when it looked like the Jags were real playoff contenders.

Bishop Shanahan needs a victory this week at Great Valley to give them six wins and almost assure themselves of its first-ever District 1 playoff berth. The Eagles finish the season at home against Downingtown West in two weeks.

West Chester Rustin allowed a good Oxford team to accumulate just 107 yards of total offense in its 35-0 victory over the Hornets. Octorara kept its Class AAA playoff hopes alive with a good 24-20 win over Kennett. As predicted in the Daily Local News preview, Braves quarterback Dan Soloman had a big day, throwing for three scores.

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