Blue Demons use big first half in vic­tory

Jumps out to big lead to throt­tle Hor­nates

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Bill Ru­dick bru­dick55@gmail.com

The Ken­nett High School foot­ball team came out of the gate fir­ing on all cylin­ders, scor­ing five unan­swered touch­downs en route to a 40-13 Ch­esMont League Amer­i­can Di­vi­sion win.

ATGLEN >> The Ken­nett High School foot­ball team came out of the gate fir­ing on all cylin­ders, and kept the foot on the gas, scor­ing five unan­swered touch­downs en route to a 40-13 Ches-Mont League Amer­i­can Di­vi­sion win, and spoiled Octorara’s home­com­ing fes­tiv­i­ties.

“We got off to a great start, get­ting right at them on the first play,” said Ken­nett line­man Nate Pizzini. “We just never let up, and they seemed to get tired. We just wore them down.”

The Blue Demons (1-0, 3-2) scored on each of their first three drives, find­ing nearly equal suc­cess through the air and on the ground.

Myles Robin­son, who gained 66 yards rush­ing on five car­ries with three touch­downs, capped the first drive was a seven-yard scor­ing run.

“The O-line was ridiceven ulous tonight,” said Robeven in­son. “I barely needed to make a cut. It was great to come in here and get a big win like this. We just have to keep that mo­men­tum go­ing, and we could find our­selves 4-2 af­ter next week.”

Af­ter the Blue Demons stopped the Braves (0-2, 1-4) cold on their first pos­ses­sion, they were forced to punt. Ken­nett turned it into points as Mitchell Kosara brought it back 64 yards to make it 14-0.

Sec­onds into the sec­ond quar­ter, quar­ter­back Jake Dilcher ran it in 13 yards, on a first-and-goal to make it 21-0. Dilcher led all rush­ers with 105 yards on five car­ries, and com­pleted 8 of 15 passes for 108 yards and a TD.

“We made too many mis­takes, and let them get a big lead on us,” said Octorara coach Jed King. “As a team, you could see us start to hang our heads, just let our frus­tra­tions and our emo­tions get the best of us. We can’t just hang our heads and stop play­ing be­cause we’re down. There was plenty of foot­ball to come.”

A Jose Ro­driguez touch­down catch, and Robin­son’s sec­ond score of the night, sent Ken­nett into half­time with a com­fort­able 34-0 ada­van­tage.

The Blue Demons en­acted the run­ning clock with their lone score of the sec­ond half as Robin­son gal­loped in from 41-yards out -- his third TD.

“Jake Dicher and I have been play­ing to­gether since were in the 80-pound, an­dun­der league,” said Robin­son. “Whether he’s hand­ing off or find­ing me on a pass, it just feels re­ally nat­u­ral.”

The Braves did man­age to score a pair of sec­ond­half touch­downs, tak­ing ad­van­tage of a cou­ple Ken­nett turnovers. One of them be­ing a Nick Raabe in­ter­cep­tion.

The first score came when Trent Pawl­ing found John Eas­ter­day for a 20yard scor­ing strike. Later, Sye Hall turned a short Pawl­ing pass into a 61-yard scor­ing jaunt to high­light the Braves’ night.

“We just can’t let our­selves fall into that men­tal state when we’re be­hind,” said King. “We played bet­ter in the sec­ond half, scor­ing twice and get­ting some turnovers. But, we have to play a full sixty min­utes and not hang our heads if we fall be­hind. I love this group of kids and no one will work harder than they will to get past this one.”

BILL RU­DICK — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Jose Ro­driguez goes up to catch a 6-yard touch­down pass for Ken­nett against Octorara on Fri­day.

BILL RU­DICK — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Ken­nett’s Danny Mancini (25) and Xavier Feli­ciano stop Octorara’s Zac Heagy on Fri­day.

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