Zapf pow­ers Whip­pets past Red Devils

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Peter DiGio­vanni pd­gio­ @pe­teDLN on twit­ter

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.”

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