Great Val­ley romps past Octorara

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

Great Val­ley se­nior wide re­ceiver Ryan Hub­ley, who caught eight passes in the first half for 137 yards and two touch­downs, said, “We were ex­cited to get at it again after last week.”

Last week, Great Val­ley suf­fered a 42-26 loss at home to Glen Mills, and the Pa­tri­ots were ea­ger to re­deem them­selves in front of their home crowd Fri­day.

Great Val­ley head coach Dan El­lis said, “I’m proud of the way we re­sponded tonight after last week. We didn’t ex­e­cute against Glen Mills . ... The thing I was most pleased about tonight was our phys­i­cal play, up front, on of­fense and de­fense.”

El­lis was par­tic­u­larly pleased with the work of his of­fen­sive line­men, in­clud­ing se­nior left tackle Matt Gemmell, ju­nior left guard Xan­der Utecht, ju­nior cen­ter Grayson Jenk­ins, se­nior right guard Nick Ryan and ju­nior right tackle Cade Reat. The Pa­tri­ots’ of­fen­sive line was blow­ing open big holes for the Great Val­ley skill play­ers to run through.

On their first drive of the game, the Pa­tri­ots marched 70 yards in nine plays for a touch­down. Se­nior quar­ter­back Robert Geiss his three dif­fer­ent re­ceivers for a to­tal of 51 yards. Se­nior run­ning back Mark DeRober­tis scored stand­ing up on a one-yard run up the mid­dle.

On Octorara’s first drive, the Braves (0-1, 1-3) gam­bled, go­ing for the first down on fourth-an­done from their own 43 yard line, and came up short, giv­ing the ball back to the hosts. Geiss hit Hub­ley for a 34-yard pass, then threw a nine-yard touch­down pass in which the se­nior wide re­ceiver was all alone on the right side of the field.

“I snuck right out of the back­field,” said Hub­ley. “Our line­men did a great job block­ing tonight, par­tic­u­larly on screen passes.”

Two plays later, DeRober­tis in­ter­cepted an Octorara pass, re­turn­ing it to the Braves’ 35. Geiss hit Hub­ley for a seven-yard re­cep­tion, then the Great Val­ley QB took off on the next play for a 28yard touch­down run to give the hosts a 20-0 lead with 5:24 to play.

Octorara ran a three-and-out, punted to Great Va­ley, then the Pa­tri­ots scored again on a 42yard, five-play touch­down drive to make it 26-0 with 1:22 left in the first quar­ter.

Octorara head coach Jed King said, “Our kids didn’t quit and I’m proud of that. Our de­fense kept hus­tling, but we kept giv­ing Great Val­ley the ball in bad field po­si­tion [for us]. We turned the ball over, but I told the kids, ‘The big­gest fum­ble would be to give up on your­selves.’ Great Val­ley has some talented kids, and they’re well-coached, Dan El­lis does a nice job over there.

“We had a bunch of play­ers who were in­jured and couldn’t play tonight - [back] Scott Bur­ridge and [line­man] Don Black were two guys who were out. But Bran­don Jack­son and Damien Fahy made some nice runs tonight, and [se­nior] Nick Raabe played well for us on the de­fen­sive line.”

By half­time, Octorara trailed 34-0, Great Val­ley had a 16-5 ad­van­tage in first downs, and be­hind some good block­ing the 6-foot-1 Geiss had com­pleted 14 of 19 passes for 239 yards and ran for 83 yards on seven car­ries.

Four plays into the sec­ond half, DeRober­tis re­turned a Brave fum­ble 47 yards for a touch­down. With two min­utes left in the third quar­ter, Geiss hit se­nior wide re­ceiver An­thony Lib­er­ato for a 28yard touch­down to com­plete the night’s scor­ing.

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