Ah­mad puts on a show as Sun Val­ley rolls

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

AS­TON >> Sun Val­ley head coach Ray Gionta has seen a lot of foot­ball dur­ing his ten­ure at both Marple New­town and now with the Van­guards. He’s also seen his share of strong, in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances from var­i­ous play­ers but he may have fi­nally seen the best, cour­tesy of wide re­ceiver Ishy Ah­mad

Ah­mad caught six passes for 137 yards and two touch­downs along with a kick­off re­turn for a score as Sun Val­ley dis­man­tled Octorara, 516, Fri­day night in a Ch­estMont League matchup.

Ah­mad caught two passes from quar­ter­back Gabe Boc­cella on the Van­guards’ open­ing drive, in­clud­ing a 47-yard score. On the en­su­ing pos­ses­sion, he hauled in a 29-yarder for his sec­ond touch­down.

Octorara be­gan work­ing its way back into the game on a flea-flicker pass from wide­out Cade Dal­ton to Bran­don Garver for a 66yard touch­down to make to pull with 13-6 with 45 sec­onds to play in the first quar­ter. But Ah­mad took the en­su­ing kick­off 86 yards to halt the Braves’ mo­men­tum.

Gionta was in awe by his re­ceiver’s per­for­mance.

“First of all, Ah­mad, I’ve never seen a per­for­mance like that from some­one I’ve coached. That was just a phe­nom­e­nal game,” said Gionta, whose team tal­lied 454 yards of to­tal of­fense to the Braves’ 191.

The re­ceiver who starts op­po­site Ah­mad, Caliph Jones, also put up a dom­i­nant game rush­ing for touch­downs of 25 and 75 yards. The ju­nior feels when he and Ah­mad have in­di­vid­ual games like they did against the Braves, it makes things eas­ier on their team­mates.

“It gives us a boost and helps us get bet­ter as a whole,” Jones said. “It builds chem­istry with each other, and pumps up the crowd to give us more en­ergy.”

Af­ter Garver’s touch­down, Octorara (1-6 over­all, 0-3 league) ei­ther punted or turned the ball over on ev­ery drive there­after. The Braves were lim­ited to just 64 yards on the ground, but did see Garver gain 106 yards on four catches. Octorara head coach Jed King said Sun Val­ley (6-1, 3-1) was a good team to mea­sure his against but mount­ing losses have re­ally worn on them.

Ah­mad also made an im­pact on de­fense, record­ing a fum­ble re­cov­ery and a tackle for loss.

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