Pete’s Picks:

Week 8 is upon us and two teams have clear paths to di­v­sion ti­tles in the Ches-Mont League. If both Unionville and Coatesville win out, each will take home the di­vi­sion ti­tle. Unionville will visit Ken­nett, while Coatesville ventures to Avon Grove. And, D

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Unionville has a tough date with a re­vived Ken­nett team. In­di­ans head coach Pat Clark is very wary of the Blue Demons and knows his team is in for a strug­gle. “Ken­nett is a very le­git­i­mate team,” Clark said. “They are very solid up front. Of­fen­sively, they are solid and they move [Myles] Robin­son around. They put him in the slot and they do a good job with him. Their quar­ter­back (Jake Dilcher) ex­tends plays very well and is very ca­pa­ble of beat­ing you. “They run a 4-3 de­fense and they bring a whole lot of pres­sure on the quar­ter­back. We are go­ing to have to move the ball and we have had trou­ble scor­ing points, so we are go­ing to have to be very ef­f­i­cent with the foot­ball.” Unionville will be tough to deny with a league ti­tle in its sights, al­though Ken­nett is a vastly im­proved team from last year.

The Pick: Unionville 24, Ken­nett 14 DOWNINGTOWN EAST AT BISHOP SHANA­HAN East was em­bar­rassed by Coatesville last week, 40-7, and the Ea­gles held on for a 42-35 win over Ox­ford. The Cougars now have to worry about play­off po­si­tion, and hope that the Red Raiders stum­ble in one of their next two games. Shana­han head coach Paul Mey­ers talked about what it is go­ing to be like to play an an­gry bunch of Cougars. “We are get­ting D-East at a bad time,” Mey­ers said. “In the Ch­esMont when a team loses they come back play­ing harder the next week. I be­lieve they will come out to prove they are still as good a team as they have been. “They are big and fast up front and [Bryce] Lauletta is play­ing well at quar­ter­back. He does a great job with play ac­tion and de­fen­sively they re­ally don’t give up a lot. Downingtown East just seems to have too much de­fense for the Ea­gles, al­though they did not show that against Coatesville. Look for a re­bound by the Cougars if they can get pres­sure on Nick Skul­ski.

The Pick: Downingtown East 24, Bishop Shana­han 13 COATESVILLE AT AVON GROVE Last week the Red Raiders piled up 468 to­tal yards on the Downingtown East de­fense. Avon Grove has had trou­ble scor­ing points and the Coatesville de­fense is very un­der­rated. If Coatesville plays any­where near the way it did against Downingtown East last week, this will be over in a hurry. The Pick: Coatesville 42, Avon Grove 7 DOWNINGTOWN WEST AT W.C. HEN­DER­SON Downingtown West edged West Ch­ester East, 30-29, last week by get­ting two touch­downs from spe­cial teams and a touch­down pass from Kyle Geiser with less than one sec­ond to play. Hen­der­son is not that ex­plo­sive of­fen­sively, but the War­riors will try to con­trol the clock with their run­ning game and keep the ball out of Geiser’s hands.

The Pick: W.C. Hen­der­son 21, Downingtown West 20 WEST CH­ESTER EAST AT SUN VAL­LEY East played very well the last two weeks but have not been able to get a win. Sun Val­ley is av­er­ag­ing over 30 points per game, but the Vik­ings de­fense is go­ing to put up a chal­lenge to the Van­guards.

The Pick: W.C. East 21, Sun Val­ley 17 OCTORARA AT W.C. RUSTIN Octorara was drubbed, 51-6, by Sun Val­ley last week and the un­der­manned Braves are be­set by in­juries. Rustin es­caped a scare from Ken­nett, 30-29, but this should not be as close. Bran­don Frazier should have a big night rush­ing for the Golden Knights.

The Pick: W.C. Rustin 42, Octorara 13 RADNOR AT CON­ESTOGA Con­estoga showed some life in de­feat­ing Lower Me­rion 34-18 last week. Just like the Pi­o­neers, Radnor has strug­gled to score points this sea­son, so look for a low scor­ing af­fair.

The Pick: Con­estoga 14, Radnor 13 EPIS­CO­PAL ACAD­EMY AT MALVERN PREP Both teams be­gin In­ter-Aca­demic League play and both are com­ing off bye weeks. Epis­co­pal is get­ting good quar­ter­back play from C.J. McA­nally and the Church­men will be a tough foe for the host Fri­ars.

The Pick: Malvern Prep 28, Epis­co­pal Acad­emy 21


Great Val­ley has lost two in a row and in both games the Pa­tri­ots had drives stall in­side the op­po­nent’s 10-yard line with un­der one minute to play. Ox­ford has been giv­ing up more than 30 points per game and lost last week to Shana­han, 42-35. Tim Davis is a threat for the Hor­nets.

The Pick: Great Val­ley 42, Ox­ford 28

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