Wil­liams’ re­turn ig­nites Red Raiders in shutout

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FOOTBALL FRIDAY - By Steven Moore smoore@ 21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @smoore1117 on Twit­ter

TREDYFFRIN >> Rad­nor se­nior Naair Wil­liams waited a long time for Fri­day night, hav­ing not played since the sea­son opener due to a knee in­jury.

The rest of the Red Raiders waited even longer, hav­ing not beaten Con­estoga since 2002.

On Fri­day night, Wil­liams was the work­horse and the Rad­nor de­fense stood tall as the Red Raiders got over that hump with a big 10-0 Cen­tral League win over Con­estoga at Teamer Field.

“I’ve been here 10 years and this is my first time beat­ing them,” said Rad­nor head coach Tom Ryan. “I’m re­ally proud of the way we played in all three phases.”

The big­gest in­jury re­turnee was Wil­liams, whose 55 yards on 16 car­ries won’t ex­actly jump off the page for any­one who didn’t see the game. But the pound­ing the 5-11, 210-pound Wil­liams put on the Con­estoga de­fen­sive line with each and ev­ery carry made a big dif­fer­ence, and loos­ened things up for other Rad­nor backs like Isa­iah Coates (32 yards) and Zach Wade (35 yards), who had the game’s only touch­down.

“I was fired up to get out there,” Wil­liams said. “In the first quar­ter I was feel­ing pretty good, and the knee feels fine. Pound­ing up front was part of the game­plan, and then we were able to switch it up at half­time a bit.”

Rad­nor jumped out to a 7-0 on the first drive of the game, march­ing down the field on a six-play, 66yard drive that ended with a 7-yard touch­down run from Wade.

The Red Raiders (2-4, 3-5) got some help from Con­estoga (2-5, 2-6), thanks to an un­sports­man­like con­duct penalty for some post­play push­ing and shov­ing that set up 1st and goal prior to the touch­down run.

Af­ter that, Con­estoga ac­tu­ally moved the ball on more than a few drives, but was never able to fin­ish things off when it mat­tered.

That had a lot to do with the Rad­nor de­fense, which pestered quar­ter­back Nick Braen­del all night, flush­ing him out of the pocket and blan­ket­ing his re­ceiv­ing op­tions.

“They were putting a lot of pres­sure on early and try­ing to get me to throw fast and not make good passes,” said Braen­del, who fin­ished 8-for-13 for 61 yards, and

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