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Nate's Notes

Posted Wednesday, November 03, 2010 by Nate Heckenberger, Daily Local
o If you didn't catch it in Saturday's paper, Unionville's Connor Gades hit for the football version of the cycle, throwing for a touchdown, while adding a rushing and receiving score as well. He's the only one in the area to have a TD in all three categories this season, let alone one game. Interestingly enough, Downingtown West's Dante Harrell has reached the end zone rushing and receiving, but did not throw a touchdown in his two starts at quarterback.

o Down the street from Unionville, Zach Dilcher caught his first two touchdowns of his short football career, just one week after finding pay dirt on the ground for the first time. As has been well-documented, Dilcher was a strong high school golfer who gave up the clubs and became Scott Green's b-back in the option scheme and has performed like a veteran, rushing for 361 yards on 82 carries. A sidenote to this Friday's Unionville-Kennett matchup: Green played for Indians' defensive coordinator Harry O'Neill at St. James in high school and then was an assistant under Unionville's head coach Pat Clark when the two were at Marple-Newtown. It will be Green's first shot at his former mentors as a head coach, but he is certainly no rookie to Indians' football, having met them numerous times in his stint as the offensive coordinator at Garnet Valley.

o If any running back has a shot at becoming the fourth 1,000-yard area rusher in the regular season, it may be Coatesville's Dae-hon Cheung. Without fellow backfield mate Dom Wilson in the lineup, Cheung has excelled, gaining 774 yards on the ground. While 226 may seem like a long shot to reach 1,000, Coatesville's opponent, Avon Grove, has allowed two 200-yard-plus rushers in the last three weeks.

o Playoff update: The way it sits now, Coatesville would be travelling to West Chester Rustin in the first round, though the two will likely move a spot or two or even swap home field due to power points from strength of schedule.
West Chester Henderson, who sits at No. 16, needs to beat No. 3 Downingtown East to make it, and the Cougars need to beat the Warriors to get at least two potential home playoffs games. Bishop Shanahan sits at No. 5 in Class AAA, but would likely earn a home playoff game with a win over Downingtown West and a Springfield (Delco) loss against Strath Haven.

-- NATE HECKENBERGER

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