FRI­DAY’S GAMES

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BISHOP SHANA­HAN AT COATESVILLE

Coatesville has been on a roll, win­ning its last six games and av­er­ag­ing 37.5 points per game in that stretch. The Coatesville de­fense has also played well as they have al­lowed just 22 points in the last two wins. Ed Clark, Alex Rai­mondo and Avery Young are the stal­warts of the Red Raider de­fense. Bishop Shana­han comes into the game off a tough 28-21 loss to Down­ing­town East in a game the Ea­gles led af­ter three pe­ri­ods be­fore get­ting worn down by the big East front. Bishop Shana­han head coach Paul Mey­ers talked about how tough the Red Raiders are and what his team has to do to stay in the con­test. “We re­ally have to limit the big plays,” Mey­ers said. “We have to force them to sus­tain drives and if they score early we have to be able to with­stand it by mov­ing the foot­ball. Of­fen­sively, we have to cause de­cep­tion for them and give them some dif­fer­ent looks. We will try to spread them out to cre­ate space and use the clock to try to keep their of­fense off the field.” Coatesville is re­ally purring right now, and with play­mak­ers like Aaron Young, who has rushed for over 1,1000 yards al­ready and quar­ter­back Ricky Or­tega, who com­pleted 14 of 19 passes for 232 yards in the 38-14 win over Avon Grove, the Ea­gles are just go­ing to have too many guys to stop.

The Pick: Coatesville 35, Bishop Shana­han 21

WEST CH­ESTER EAST AT DOWN­ING­TOWN EAST

East looked very im­pres­sive last week in a 28-14 road vic­tory over Sun Val­ley. The Vik­ings held Sun Val­ley quar­ter­back Gabe Boc­cella to just 29 yards pass­ing and just 110 to­tal yards of of­fense. Two weeks ago, the Vik­ings lost to Down­ing­town West in the last sec­ond in a game the Vik­ings should have won, and Down­ing­town East head coach Mike Matta talked about how scary a team West Ch­ester East can be. “West Ch­ester East is very well coached with a lot of good ath­letes,” Matta said. “They have played ev­ery­one tough this year and it will take a com­plete game from us to beat them. The quar­ter­back (JT Thomp­son) throws the ball real well and the half­back (Jared Cooper), is one of the bet­ter ones in the league. Down­ing­town East ran the wild­cat for­ma­tion with suc­cess in the 28-21win over Bishop Shana­han. The ob­ject of the new for­ma­tion is to get the ball into Jeremy Jen­nings hands more, and if the Vik­ings can stop that, maybe, just maybe, an up­set looms here.

The Pick: W.C. East 24, Down­ing­town East 21.

WEST CH­ESTER HEN­DER­SON AT GREAT VAL­LEY

This is a game that will im­pact the seeds both teams get in the up­com­ing District 1 5A play­offs. Hen­der­son should have an ad­van­tage up front, where Great Val­ley has been dec­i­mated by in­juries to its of­fen­sive line. War­rior run­ning back C.J. Pre­ston had a big game in Hen­der­son’s 14-7 win over Down­ing­town West last week. Pre­ston car­ried the ball 24 times for 266 yards and a touch­down and I don’t think the Pa­tri­ots can slow him down enough to get their po­tent of­fense back on the field. If Great Val­ley can slow down the War­riors run­ning game, they will pre­vail be­cause the Pa­tri­ots will score points.

The Pick: W.C. Hen­der­son 28, Great Val­ley 21

KEN­NETT AT OX­FORD

Ken­nett needs this game to qual­ify for the 5A play­off bracket, but will have to play with­out star Myles Robin­son, who will miss the rest of the sea­son with a bro­ken arm. Ox­ford played well in its 31-21 loss to Great Val­ley last week. The Hor­nets, who are 1-6, could eas­ily have two or three more wins and I will go with the home team here.

The Pick: Ox­ford 34, Ken­nett 31

SUN VAL­LEY AT WEST CH­ESTER RUSTIN

Rustin got run­ning back Ty Pringle back last week and the ju­nior rushed 14 times for 138 yards and four touch­downs. When you get Pringle and fel­low run­ning back Bran­don Fra­zier to­gether, the Golden Knights have a pretty po­tent ground game as their 247 yard night showed in last week’s 49-7 win over Oc­torara. Sun Val­ley’s de­fense is bet­ter than Oc­torara’s, but not enough to stop the Golden Knights.

The Pick: W.C. Rustin 42, Sun Val­ley 14

OC­TORARA AT UNIONVILLE

Unionville can take an­other step to­ward its sec­ond con­sec­u­tive Ches-Mont Amer­i­can Di­vi­sion ti­tle with a win over the Braves, who are re­ally strug­gling. Oc­torara, the small­est team in en­roll­ment in the Ches-Mont League, is re­ally up against it in foot­ball and the In­di­ans should cruise here.

The Pick: Unionville 35, Oc­torara 13

CON­ESTOGA AT RI­D­LEY

Con­estoga has not gen­er­ated much of­fen­sively all sea­son and the Pi­o­neers were shut out by Rad­nor, 10-0, last week. Ri­d­ley is ar­guably the best team in the Cen­tral League and this one should not be close.

The Pick: Ri­d­ley 40, Con­estoga 10

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