Skul­ski passes Ea­gles to Ches-Mont win

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Bryan Davis bdavis@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @bt­davis25 on Twit­ter

DOWN­ING­TOWN >> With an ex­cited Home­com­ing crowd look­ing on, the Bishop Shana­han foot­ball team was ea­ger to put an ex­cla­ma­tion point on its first reg­u­lar sea­son un­der the lights and get a home play­off game.

The Ea­gles did not di­asp­point as Nick Skul­ski threw two touch­down passes to John Koczin­ski, and Joe Gueriera ran for two scores to roll to a 41-7 vi­tory over Avon Grove in a Ches-Mont League Na­tional Di­vi­sion con­test at Jack Mancini Sta­dium on Fri­day.

Shana­han clinched a home game next week in the District 1 5A play­offs. The fact that it will most likely be their first at night has the play­ers ex­cited.

“It’s a great feel­ing, said Skul­ski. “It’s some­thing that we were striv­ing for. It was in our minds

all off­sea­son. It’s go­ing to be a great at­mos­phere.”

“It’s go­ing to be fun,” added head coach Paul Meyers. “But we have to stay fo­cused and take care of buis­ness.”

Avon Grove (0-6 Ches-Mont Na­tional, 3-7 over­all) tried to get the jump on the Ea­gles (3-3, 7-3) as quar­ter­back Shane Wol­ford hit Nate Jones out of the back­field for a 45-yard gain to the Shana­han 25. But the Ea­gles stiff­ened, thanks to a third-down sack by Alec Wal­ter. They took over af­ter an in­com­plete pass on fourth down.

Shana­han took over and em­barked on an 8-play, 71yard drive that they cashed in as Skul­ski found Koczin­ski open on a post route for a 31-yard score.

“We’ve been go­ing over that play all week,” Skul­ski said. “I knew that if I looked one way, John would be open, and I hit him in the end zone.”

The Red Devils fum­bled on their next pos­ses­sion, with the Ea­gles re­cov­er­ing on the AG 35. The drive stalled, and John Ge­orge booted home a 32-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead af­ter one quar­ter.

Avon Grove an­swered back with a 72-yard march that was capped off as Jones went off-tackle, shook off a de­fender, and scooted 20 yards for a score and cut the deficit to 10-7. Jones ended his fi­nal game with 39 yards on 15 car­ries.

“It’s been great, these four years,” said Jones. “I’ve played my whole life around Avon Grove. These guys are my broth­ers.”

Shana­han started to gain some dis­tance as Skul­ski from the one, and late in the half, hooked up witch Koczsin­ski for the sec­ond time, from 25-yards out, with eight sec­onds left be­fore half­time to go into the locker room with a 24-7.

The Ea­gles came out in the sec­ond half and turned into a ball con­trol team, Thrown­ing the ball just six times in the sec­ond half, while at­tempt­ing 20 passes in the first. Gueriera dove over from the three to make it 31-7.

“Give their kids credit, they are a lot bet­ter than their record,” said Meyers. “Our kids played well and beat a good team.”

Ge­orge added to his ster­ling kick­ing night with a 34yard field goal to up the ad­van­tage to 34-7. Ge­orge set a school record for the most points in a game by a kicker with 12.

“He’s been do­ing it all year,”said Meyers. “He’s been great on kick­offs too.”

Avon Grove was bot­tled up in the sec­ond half, be­ing held to 35 yards.

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