Fri­ars look­ing to bounce back

Af­ter loss to Imhotep Char­ter — and a bye week to think about it — Malvern Prep itch­ing to break into In­ter-Ac slate

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

With plenty of time to to stew over a tough loss to Imhotep Char­ter dur­ing their bye week, the Malvern Prep Fri­ars are look­ing for­ward to bounc­ing back Fri­day night against Epis­co­pal Acad­emy.

Ear­lier this sea­son, the Fri­ars (3-2) bounced back af­ter a 47-30 open­ing-game loss to St. Au­gus­tine (N.J.) with an emo­tional 2112 win against La Salle at Franklin Field. Malvern is hop­ing for an­other bounce­back Fri­day evening, when they kick off their In­ter-Ac campaign against EA.

“Play­ing a good team like Imhotep Char­ter was good for us, it shows what we need to do bet­ter,” said Malvern se­nior left tackle Sean Grady. “We need to come back af­ter this loss the way we did af­ter the loss to St. Au­gus­tine.”

Malvern se­nior cor­ner­back Dan Sul­li­van, who leads the Fri­ars in in­ter­cep­tions, echoed those sen­ti­ments.

“The loss to Imhotep hum­bled us,” Sul­li­van said. “We came into the game con­fi­dent, but the [out­come] set us straight. We found out the im­prove­ments we needed to make for the rest of the sea­son.

“We’re at the halfway point of the sea­son, and the next five games [against In­ter-Ac op­po­nents] are what re­ally does it for us.”

Malvern se­nior line­backer/de­fen­sive end Jerry Curran said, “We need to rally af­ter our loss to Imhotep the same way we did against La Salle. That win was great, and run­ning down to the Franklin Field end zone by the score­board clock af­ter the game, cel­e­brat­ing with the Malvern Prep fans, was spe­cial.”

Malvern ju­nior de­fen­sive tackle Ryan Betz will also use fond mem­o­ries of that win over La Salle to mo­ti­vate him Fri­day night.

“Beat­ing La Salle at Franklin Field was spe­cial,” Betz said. “Our de­fense re­ally came to­gether, and our stu­dent sec­tion re­ally filled the sta­dium with noise.”

Malvern se­nior de­fen­sive tackle Justin Titch­enell said, “Win­ning at Franklin Field, ral­ly­ing af­ter our loss to St. Au­gus­tine, was the high­light of the first half of the sea­son, and I think we can have some­thing sim­i­lar af­ter our loss to Imhotep Char­ter.”

The 6-foot-, 250-pound Titch­enell and se­nior de­fen­sive end Seth Jan­ney (63, 230), a na­tion­ally-ranked wrestler dur­ing the win­ter, are two Fri­ars to con­tend with on the first line of de­fense.

“Justin has a big heart and is a very phys­i­cal player,” said Malvern Prep head coach Aaron Brady. “He’s the strong­est guy on the team. Seth is a force on de­fense — he’s very hard to block oneon-one.”

Jan­ney, who looks to wres­tle in col­lege, said, “I’m treat­ing the rest of this sea­son as though these are the fi­nal games of my ca­reer. I’m get­ting fired up [for the In­ter-Ac games].”

Right be­hind the de­fen­sive line, Malvern’s top lineback­ers in­clude se­nior OLB Kyle Quigley (63, 200), ju­nior Cole McCabe (5-11, 205), and se­nior LB/DE Jerry Curran (5-10, 230).

“Kyle’s tough, makes all the plays,” said Brady. “Cole is a leader, our lead­ing tack­ler, and our most con­sis­tent line­backer. Jerry is all hus­tle and en­ergy — he flies around the field.”

Curran said, “I like play­ing both line­backer and de­fen­sive end. They’re both nasty po­si­tions — you have to stick your nose in the pile [for each].”

On the of­fen­sive side of the ball, Malvern typ­i­cally has a strong run­ning at­tack, and this fall is no ex­cep­tion, with se­nior Zac Fer­nan­dez, who ran for 94 yards against La Salle; and ju­nior O’Shaan Al­li­son, who car­ried for 103 yards in the Fri­ars’ 21-0 win against Gil­man.

Open­ing many of the holes for the Malvern run­ners are se­nior cen­ter Jake Glavin (6-2, 290), who has com­mit­ted to James Madi­son Univer­sity for foot­ball, and se­nior left tackle Sean Grady (6-0, 225), who is also a catcher for the Malvern Prep base­ball team.

“Jake is our iron block, our ce­ment, our core,” said Brady. “Sean is con­sis­tent and com­pet­i­tive.”

Malvern Prep is con­sis­tently an In­ter-Ac con­tender each fall, so it pleases Brady that sev­eral sopho­mores have made con­tri­bu­tions so far this sea­son.

“[Line­backer] Keith Maguire, [line­backer/run­ning back] Nick Guere­ria, [wide re­ceiver/safety] TyGee Leach and [wide re­ceiver] Quincy Wat­son have been big sur­prises as sopho­mores step­ping us this fall,” said Brady.

“Keith makes plays all over the field, has a great up­side, and gets bet­ter ev­ery game. Nick is just a [true] foot­ball player, with great in­stincts and mo­tor. Quincy is an un­selfish play­maker who is not afraid to block for oth­ers and go out of his way. TyGee is a spe­cial player and per­son who was start­ing at safety for us, and had a 60-yard touch­down against Pope John, but is cur­rently on the IR. He has a chance to be dy­namic player at Malvern Prep.”

PETE BANNAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Above at left, Malvern Prep play­ers gather to­gether af­ter Thurs­day’s prac­tice. Back row, from left: Seth Jan­ney, Kyle Quigley, Cole McCabe, Jake Glavin. Front row, from left: Jerry Curran, Justin Titch­enell and Sean Grady. At right, from top to bot­tom: se­nior line­backer Kyle Quigley, se­nior de­fen­sive tackle Justin Titch­enell and ju­nior line­backer Cole McCabe.

PETE BANNAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE

Malvern Prep’s Keith Maguire (4) and Rich Heany (6) chase Imhotep quater­back Nasir Boykin in a Friar loss on Sept. 30. Malvern hopes to re­bound tonight against Epis­co­pal.

PETE BANNAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Malvern tackle Sean Grady.

PETE BANNAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Malvern Prep line­backer Jerry Curran.

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