Golden Knights pick up 1st vic­tory of sea­son

Ball con­trol of­fense helps Golden Knights cruise

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Bruce Adams badams@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @mline­s­ports on Twit­ter

WEST­TOWN >> West Ch­ester Rustin, look­ing for its first win of the sea­son Fri­day even­ing, got it with a dom­i­nat­ing per­for­mance.

The Golden Knights’ de­fense com­pletely shut down Ox­ford, not al­low­ing a first down un­til just be­fore half­time. Of­fen­sively, the hosts ran the ball early and of­ten, hold­ing the ball for long touch­down drives and rolling up a 17-0 lead by the start of the sec­ond quar­ter.

It added up to a con­vinc­ing 33-6 win for Rustin, now 1-4 on the sea­son. The vis­i­tors didn’t score un­til the fi­nal play of the game.

“We were hun­gry for a win,” said Rustin run­ning back and out­side line­backer Bran­don Fra­zier, who scored three touch­downs Fri­day night in front of the home crowd. “All week long at prac­tice we worked hard. Tonight, we played Rustin-type foot­ball.”

Rustin head coach Mike St. Clair noted, “Our de­fense has been play­ing well all sea­son, and it did well tonight against a good of­fen­sive team.”

St. Clair sin­gled out se­nior de­fen­sive ends Edem Asamoa and Steven Spak, ju­nior in­side lineback­ers JT Aloisio and Nick Jo­erger (“they did a great job con­trol­ling the mid­dle”) and se­nior free safety Pat Reg­is­ter (“his in­ter­cep­tion turned the game around”).

Reg­is­ter’s in­ter­cep­tion and sub­se­quent re­turn to the Ox­ford 25 yard line came mid­way through the first quar­ter and the hosts hold­ing a 7-0 lead. Two plays later, se­nior run­ning back Kevin Sweeney scored stand­ing up on a 13-yard touch­down run to make it 14-0.

Rustin started the game by forc­ing a three-and-out by the Ox­ford of­fense, then went on a 48-yard touch­down drive con­sit­ing of eight straight run­ning plays, capped by a 10-yard TD run to the left by Fra­zier.

“Our of­fen­sive line made it re­ally easy for us tonight,” said Fra­zier. “Once we saw the holes they were open­ing up for us - and there were some good-sized holes - we went right through them.”

St. Clair said, “We haven’t been able to put it to­gether of­fen­sively un­til tonight. Our line­men were open­ing holes tonight, and our run­ning backs (Fra­zier, Reg­is­ter, Sweeney and sopho­more Michael Covert) were do­ing a great job hit­ting the holes and block­ing for each other.”

The Golden Knights’ head coach sin­gled out ju­nior guard Ray McGuire, se­nior cen­ter Dan Brown, se­nior guard Mike An­drew and ju­nior tackle Dan Shoup as the lead­ing holeopen­ers for the Rustin run­ning backs.

Fra­zier scored his sec­ond touch­down of the night mid­way through the third quar­ter on a 2-yard plunge that capped an 82yard scor­ing drive that con­sisted of 12 run­ning plays and only two passes.

Fraizer’s fi­nal touch­down was a 29-yard romp that capped an 85-yard drive con­sist­ing of 11 run­ning plays and only one pass. On his touch­down run, he headed down the mid­dle, only to break sharply to the right at the 20-yard line and head into the right cor­ner of the end zone.

“I saw the whole right side open up,” said Fra­zier. “Pat Reg­is­ter made a great block that opened a big hole for me.”

Even the kick­ing game looked good for Rustin. Se­nior kicker Cole Gal­lagher was per­fect on all of his kicks, which in­cluded field goals of 42 and 27 yards.

For Ox­ford, the 33-6 loss was a jolt. Com­ing into the con­test, Ox­ford (1-4) had scored 83 points in its first four games, wl­low­ing only 63. Their three losses were by a to­tal of six points. But Fri­day’s loss was a dif­fer­ent mat­ter for the Hor­nets.

“We took a beat­ing tonight,” said Ox­ford head coach Michael Means. “We got out­coached, and out­played phys­i­cally. We did make a lot of strides tonight [to­ward get­ting bet­ter], but we’ve got to learn to stay on an even keel, and stay up [men­tally] for the en­tire con­test. I think we pan­icked when we fell be­hind tonight.”

The Hor­nets caused a brief flurry of ex­cite­ment in the Ox­ford bleach­ers when sopho­more backup quar­ter­back Brett Kochman­sky broke free for a 53-yard gain in the fi­nal minute, bring­ing the ball down to the Rustin 3-yard line. On the fi­nal play of the game, he scram­bled to to the right and eluded tack­lers to just make it into the end zone.

“Our younger guys, the sec­ond team, did a good job late in the game,” noted Means.

But most of the night be­longed to West Ch­ester Rustin.

“I saw the whole right side open up. Pat Reg­is­ter made a great block that opened a big hole for me.” — West Ch­ester Rustin’s Bran­don Fra­zier


West Ch­ester Rustin run­ning back Kevin Sweeney scores against Ox­ford in the first quar­ter Fri­day.


Bran­don Fra­zier scores one of his three touch­downs for Rustin in Fri­day’s 33-6 win over Ox­ford.

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