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Posted Tuesday, November 09, 2010 by Peter DiGiovanni @ Daily Local News

Henderson on another upset mission


The regular season is over and this past weekend area teams sent it off with a bang. There was no louder cry than the West Chester Henderson Warriors setting District 1 and the Ches-Mont League on its ear by defeating Downingtown East, 30-24.

Henderson got huge defensive games from T.J. White, Myles Jackson and Max Perisse. The entire group of Warriors hung tough in the fourth period and stopped the potent Cougar attack three times on fourth down to win the game and send the Warriors on another upset mission to Ridley in this weekend's Class AAAA District 1 playoffs. It was one of the best games in the area in a long time.

Perhaps the most impressive Class AAAA team entering the playoffs are the Coatesville Red Raiders who will host Central Bucks West in the first round. Coatesville head coach Matt Ortega has done a masterful job getting the Red Raider program on track in just two short years. Coatesville should be a tough out in the district tournament.

West Chester East got a much needed win over Oxford last weekend and this may not win me any friends, but maybe it is time for East to join the American Conference and get Unionville in the National with the other Class AAAA teams. East could prosper in the American and start to build its program back up again.

The defending District 1 Class AAAA champion, Ridley, barely got by Upper Darby, 14-7, last weekend and the Green Raiders seem to be a little more vulnerable this year than last.

Rustin will take on Boyertown in the first round and the Knights will be able to show fans that they are a really good team. The Rustin schedule should not diminish what head coach Mike St. Clair and his kids have done. The Knights are physical, tough and smart, and have taken on the demeanor of the man they call "Saint."

Not many players are more physical than Chase Hoyt and Will Ridgeway.

At the top of the Class AAAA bracket, Council Rock South, may be showing some cracks. The Golden Hawks have given up a ton of points the last two weeks and just got by C.R. North last week.

Downingtown East will have to face Owen J. Roberts running back Ryan Brumfield and his 2,000-plus yards. The Cougars will have to tackle better than they did against Henderson or East will face an early exit from the playoffs. At East last Friday night, Rutgers University head coach Greg Schiano was on hand to look at his future tight end, Tyler Kroft, and visit with the Cougars. Last year, he plucked lineman Taj Alexander from East.

"We like the program at East," Schiano said. "Taj has a real bright future with us and we are thrilled to have him. The thing about getting players from East is that we know they are coached well and they are coached hard by Mike (Matta), and his staff. I have a lot of respect for the East program."

Bishop Shanahan will host Dan Ellis and his Springfield Cougars in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs this weekend. The Eagles will have to stop the vaunted running game of Springfield led by Matt Craig. Both programs are new to playoff football.

Daily Local News

Football Top 10

1. Downingtown East: The Cougars stumble against Henderson.

2. Coatesville: The Red Raiders are ready to rock.

3. W.C. Rustin: Another American title for the Knights.

4. W.C. Henderson: Gutty win over East for the Warriors.

5. Malvern Prep: The Friars get back on winning track.

6. Bishop Shanahan: The Eagles soar into the playoffs.

7. Unionville: Another winning season for the Indians.

8. Conestoga: The Pioneers finish at 6-4.

9. Downingtown West: Whippets end season with loss to Shanahan.

10. Avon Grove: The Red Devils look to next season.

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

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