Zapf powers Whippets past Red Devils
There have been some rough patches this season for the Downingtown West football team, but Saturday night at Kottmeyer Stadium, the Whippets put it all together as they totaled 480 yards of total offense, and played a complete 48 minutes as they trounced Avon Grove, 487, in Ches-Mont League National Division action.
Downingtown West (3-2 ChesMont National, 4-5 overall) kept its slim playoff hopes alive going into its rivalry game with Downingtown East on Friday.
Against Avon Grove, Cole Zapf had a big night, racking up three touchdowns, while having nine solo tackles.
“We wanted to come out fast and get points after losing last week,” Zapf said. “We changed some of our checks this week on defense and we had a good game
“We are looking forward to the east game next week. It is the best game of the season, and if we beat them, it would make what has been a down year for us turn into a great season. Tonight, we just played hard on defense and looked to make them go three-and-out, and we did that.”
The Whippets struck on the second offensive play of the game as Zapf took a perfect 30-yard strike from quarterback Kyle Geiser into the end zone for a 7-0 lead.
After the Red Devils (05, 3-6) went three-and-out, Zapf struck again as he finished a 79-yard, six-play drive with a 14-yard TD run up the middle for a 14-0 lead.
Avon Grove came back to make it a 14-7 game in the first on a five-yard run by Nate Jones, but that would be all the scoring on the night for them.
“We change defenses every week because the game plan changes,” Downingtown
West head coach Mike Milano said. “And we knew Jones was a beast and he could hurt us, but we played well defensively tonight.
“We lost (running back) Mike Riddick last week to injury, but we had Ken Costello and Andrew Ciliberto step up and play good football for us tonight. Kenny is a good kid and we told him to cut some of his runs inside. And Andrew was very good tonight because we need guys to play varsity football now with Mike gone. T.J. Simmons also ran the ball well. This is the first week since he got a high ankle sprain in week four that Kyle Geiser played at full strength, and you need your quarterback to play at a high level to win.”
The Whippets got big rushing nights from Zapf (139 yards), and Costello, who totaled 81 yards and also caught two passes for 32 yards. Geiser completed eight of 11 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown. Wayne Anderson also chipped in with 38 yards rushing and a touchdown.
Downingtown West took complete control of the game in the third. Zapf outsprinted the AvonGrovedefensefora73-yard scoring jaunt to make it, 28-7.
Meanwhile, Avon Grove was struggling offensively, besides Jones, who rushed for 128 yards on 15 carries. The Red Devils dropped six passes from QB Shane Wohlford. The Whippets had a big edge in time of possession and they racked up 24 first downs in a very impressive performance.
The Whippets poured it on in the fourth period, scoring 20 points. Anderson scored on a one-yard dive, Ciliberto went in from nine-yards out and Dylan Moreno finished the scoring with a three- yard burst for the 48-7 final.
“We just executed very well tonight,” Anderson said. “We did a lot of film work this week also. Now we can save our season with a win over East. We know East is looking down on us because we are 4-5 and we are just going to prepare for them and give it a good 48 minutes next week. To beat them would make our season. I have not beaten them my sophomore or junior years, so I am due.”