Bishop Shana­han staves off Ox­ford

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FOOTBALL FRIDAY - Staff Re­ports

Bishop Shan­han jumped out to a big lead, then held off a sec­ond-half rally to thwart Ox­ford, 42-35, in a Ches-Mont League non­leagu cross­over foot­ball game Fri­day.

The Ea­gles (6-1) forged a 35-7 lead on a 62-yard TD pass from Nick Skul­ski to Bran­don Dear­ing with 4:22 in the sec­ond. The Hor­nets (1-6) struck back im­me­di­ately as Bran­don Holtz re­turned the kick­off 99 yards for the score to cut the deficit to 35-14.

Shana­han ex­tended its lead early in the sec­ond half. Skul­ski broke into the open on an op­tion on 3rd-and-1, and ram­bled 90 yards for a TD.

Ox­ford cap­tial­ized on a Shana­han fum­ble to make it 42-21 on a 4-yard run with 3:57 in the third.

It stood that way un­til Davis scored from one with 3:18 in the game. They cut it to 42-35 as Eric Im­per­ato took a slant pass from QB Ryan En­gle all the way from 52-yards out with 1:05 left.

How­ever, they caught the en­su­ing pooch kick. Two kneel­downs later, the Ea­gles es­caped with the win to spoil Ox­ford’s home­com­ing.

CHRIS BAR­BER — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Shana­han’s Ian Wy­ban­ski, 24, goes air­borne as he es­capes Ox­ford’s de­fense.

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