Pi­o­neers blanked by Roy­als

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FOOTBALL FRIDAY - By Al Thomp­son For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

UP­PER DARBY >> The Up­per Darby and Conestoga football teams squared off Fri­day night in a bat­tle of two equally-matched teams try­ing to re­set their sea­sons.

The dif­fer­ence was the Roy­als (2-4 over­all, 2-3 Cen­tral League) were able to cap­i­tal­ize on op­por­tu­ni­ties, grind­ing out an 18-0 Cen­tral League win over Conestoga (1-5, 1-4) on a damp, chilly, evening at Memo­rial Field.

“We shot our­selves in the foot in the Red Zone,” Conestoga head coach Mar­quis Weeks said. “You can’t win football games like that. We had a fum­ble on the six go­ing in and that just changes the whole mo­men­tum... we had an­other fum­ble on a re­verse we were try­ing to run that was there (for a big gain). We had two fum­bles in the Red Zone and sta­tis­ti­cally when you have turnovers, it is harder and harder to win the game.”

Conestoga fum­bled three times and lost all three. Weeks was ac­cu­rate on when and where the fum­bles oc­curred.

The first turnover oc­curred at Up­per Darby’s six-yard line in the first quar­ter, and again at the six on the open­ing drive of the third quar­ter that had looked promis­ing.

The Pi­o­neers were led by sopho­more Milt Robin­son, who rushed 25 times for 111 yards.

Up­per Darby was led by ju­nior run­ning back Quaron Davis who rushed 23 times for 80 yards, in­clud­ing a one-yard touch­down on the game’s open­ing drive.

The other two touch­downs also came in the first half. Head coach Rich Gentile called for a dou­ble re­verse on fourth-and-goal from the seven.

The ball ended up in the hands of run­ning back Nasir Greer who calmly threw a touch­down pass to quar­ter­back Nate Rimel who made his way to the back cor­ner of the end zone un­cov­ered.

The other Roy­als touch­down came on a three-yard run by Greer with 1:39 left in the first half.

“Quaron is our work­horse back,” Gentile said. “He does a real nice job. The best part is he is only a ju­nior.”

Rimel was 8 for 18 for 207 yards pass­ing.

“Nate runs the of­fense for us very well,” Gentile said. “He’s a se­nior and has to­tal con­trol of what we do on of­fense.”

Of course when you can shut out your op­po­nent, it’s quite an ac­com­plish­ment for the de­fense. Up­per Darby was led by line­backer Richard Tougeekay and two-way line­men Derik Kor­boi and Dan Sny­der.

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