Cooper, East use short me­mories to beat SV

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

AS­TON >> Dur­ing prac­tice ear­lier in the week, as they were pre­par­ing to face Sun Val­ley, the West Ch­ester East play­ers were asked to for­get about the last-sec­ond loss to Down­ing­town West last week.

“The coaches told us what it meant if we could win this game,” said ju­nior Jared Cooper, who gained 144 yards on 30 car­ries and scored a touch­down at Dr. Wally Field Fri­day night.

East did a lot to make sure it would be play­ing in Novem­ber by earn­ing a 28-0 de­ci­sion over the host Van­guards, who had a higher play­off rank­ing than the Vik­ings be­fore Fri­day’s kick­off.

“This was a real big game for us,” East head coach Dave Gueriera said. “Last week’s game was a real heart-breaker, and I think you saw some of the ef­fects of that in the first half tonight.”

Af­ter the first two quar­ters, West Ch­ester East (4-4) had ac­cu­mu­lated 41 yards of to­tal of­fense while Sun Val­ley’s half­time num­ber was 67 yards.

The Van­guards got to the East 14 in the sec­ond quar­ter be­fore a fum­ble, which re­sulted in a seven-yard loss, halted the drive. Three of East’s five pos­ses­sions be­gan in­side the Vik­ings’ 25, and an­other started at the East 27.

“We were look­ing for some­one to make a play,” Gueriera said. “They were do­ing a good job of pres­sur­ing our quar­ter­back. We were play­ing a team that was scor­ing 30 points a game, but our de­fense came up big.”

Sopho­more wide re­ceiver Michael Gray made the first big play in the sec­ond half for the Vik­ings af­ter Charles Ja­cobs fell on a Sun Val­ley fum­ble at the Van­guards’ 23. Gray got open on first down, and Johnathan Thomp­son found him for six points be­fore the sec­ond half was two min­utes old.

The next East pos­ses­sion lasted 15 plays and al­most six min­utes. It ended on Matt Er­fle’s 10-yard dash into the end zone.

Sun Val­ley (6-2) was un­able to sus­tain any of­fen­sive pres­sure in the last two quar­ters. Gray and Thomp­son teamed up again for a 35-yard score in the third minute of the fourth quar­ter.

Cooper, whose 39-yard run set up Er­fle’s TD, got the call on six con­sec­u­tive plays late in the fourth quar­ter and scored on a 10yard run.

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