Quick-strike Cougars roll past Red Devils

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Bryan Davis bdavis@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @bt­davis25 on Twit­ter

DOWN­ING­TOWN >> The Down­ing­town East of­fense is not prone to short scor­ing drives, but they used quick strikes to dev­ast­ing ef­fect on a sparkling clear, com­fort­able Fri­day night at Kottmeyer Sta­dium.

Three Bryce Lauletta to Ethan Har­ris scor­ing passes guided the way as the Cougars scored all their points in the first half en route to a 35-7 vic­tory over Avon Grove in the Ches-Mont League Na­tional Di­vi­sion opener for both teams.

East con­tin­ued its mas­tery over the Red Devils, mov­ing to 11-0 against them all time. The Cougars have a 73-7 mar­gin in their last two wins over Avon Grove. Down­ing­town East im­proves to 3-1 over­all, while Avon Grove lost its sec­ond straight game to fall to 2-2.

Avon Grove’s of­fen­sive strug­gles hap­pened al­most im­me­di­ately, its first se­ries re­sulted in losses of five and 16 yards, a de­lay of game penalty and an in­com­plete pass.

After a short 24-yard punt, the Cougars set up shop at the

35-yard line and Lauletta hit a wide-open Har­ris up the mid­dle for the open­ing score.

“The of­fen­sive line held up the D-line, we ex­e­cuted our plays and Bryce found me deep,” said Har­ris. “The way their de­fense works and the way prac­ticed it, I was kind of ex­pect­ing it (to be wide open). It worked out pretty well.”

“I think they were wor­ried about our run­ning, so we thought we could hit them with some play-ac­tion passes,” said East coach Mike Matta.

The Red Devils’ next pos­ses­sion ended in disas­ter again as quar­ter­back Joey Bor­cky fum­bled the ball and Con­nor Mun­nelly re­cov­ered at the East 49. Nine plays later, East was in the end zone again. This time, Spencer Um­bereger ran it in for a 14-0 lead. Lauletta had a key 10-yard scram­ble on a 3rd-and-9 to the Avon Grove 40 to keep the drive go­ing.

The Cougars made it three-for-three in al­most a car­bon copy of their first score. After Avon Grove went three-and-out, and East posted a short punt

re­turn, the Vik­ings had the ball on the Avon Grove 35 when light­ning struck again. Lauletta and Har­ris hooked up on an­other score, and with 4:32 still left in the first, East had a 21-0 ad­van­tage.

“We wanted to start fast,” said Har­ris. “With this be­ing the first league game, we wanted to show the Ches-Mont what we are all about.”

Down­ing­town East re­cov­ered an­other Avon Grove fum­ble to set up a short field again. The Cougars went six plays to score their fourth straight TD. Dan Li­au­daitis busted up the mid­dle for a six-yard run to build a 28-0 bulge.

It took just a to­tal of 4:07 for East to score its four touch­downs, and the Cougars started three of their first four drives in Avon Grove ter­ri­tory.

East was only slowed when Nate Rid­dell in­ter­cepted a pass in Avon Grove ter­ri­tory. But it was only a mo­men­tary set­back, as East made it 35-0 late in the first half, Har­ris rum­bled in from the 15 after catch­ing a Lauletta pass to put the game into the mercy rule once the sec­ond half started.

The East de­fense stood out as they held AG to just

27 yards of to­tal of­fense in the first half. Of the 28 plays Avon Grove ran in the first half, only 11 went for pos­i­tive yards.

“We feel we have a real good de­fen­sive line, and they kind of con­trolled the game,” said Matta.

With the starters out, the sec­ond half was mostly a per­func­tory ex­er­cise. The one bright mo­ment for the Red Devils came after Dy­lan Lam­pham re­turned a par­tially blocked punt 32 yards to the four. On a 3rdand-goal, Avon Grove got on the board on a 3-yard pass from Shane Wol­ford to Jor­dan Paone.

Lauletta fin­ished 6-of-11 for 119 yards, three scores and one in­ter­cep­tion. Paul Car­pen­ter re­ceived the bulk of the car­ries Fri­day, record­ing 16 at­tempts for 61 yards.

“Paul is a tough kid,” said Matta. “We ran Li­au­daitis a lot last week, so we wanted to give him a break.”

Har­ris caught four balls for 96 yards and the three TDs.

The Cougars head to Unionville next week for a non­league Ches-Mont crossover con­test. Avon Grove tries to get back on track by host­ing West Ch­ester East next Satur­day af­ter­noon.

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