Pa­tri­ots lock up play­off berth with easy vic­tory

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Bill Ru­dick bru­dick55@gmail.com @bru­dick55 on Twit­ter

KENNETT SQUARE >> Great Val­ley’s Rob Giess and Ryan Hub­ley have been play­ing to­gether for many years. In that time, the quar­ter­back and re­ceiver have de­vel­oped quite a con­nec­tion.

With a berth in the district play­offs on the line Fri­day night at Kennett, the Geiss-to-Hub­ley con­nec­tion was on dis­play as the two con­nected seven times for 178 yards and two TDs as the Pa­tri­ots knocked off host Kennett, 46-14, in the reg­u­lar sea­son fi­nale. The win not only en­sures that the Pa­tri­ots will qual­ify for the District 1 5A tour­na­ment, if things go right the rest of this week­end, the Pa­tri­ots could be host­ing a first round game.

“I think we match up well with just about any­one in the field,” said Great Val­ley coach Dan El­lis. “There isn’t that one pow­er­house team like in years past un­der the old align­ment. We’re all pretty evenly matched teams this year.”

Great Val­ley wasted no time in set­ting the tone. When no Kennett player cov­ered up a short open­ing kick­off, the Pa­tri­ots did, and took over at the Kennett 22. Four plays later, Hub­ley caught the first of his two touch­downs for a 7-0 lead.

When Kennett’s en­su­ing pos­ses­sion net­ted neg­a­tive yards, the Blue De­mons lined up to punt. But a bad snap left punter James Tu­ley with lit­tle re­course but to cover it up in the end zone for a Great Val­ley safety.

The Pa­tri­ots needed ex­actly one play to score fol­low­ing the free kick, a 55-yard scor­ing strike from Geiss to Hub­ley. Barely five min­utes in, it was 16-0.

“It was a great feel­ing to have the of­fense do what we did tonight,” said Geiss. “We’ve been strug­gling a lit­tle the last cou­ple weeks, and have some play­ers out with in­juries. But it just shows the kind of char­ac­ter we’ve got when we can have guys go down and new guys step right up in their place.”

Geiss had a mon­ster night, throw­ing for 235 yards and a pair of touch­downs on 12 of 15 pass­ing, and tack­ing on an­other cou­ple rush­ing touch­downs.

“You give Rob the kind of pro­tec­tion he had tonight, he’s go­ing to do some dam­age,” said El­lis. “What can you say about Hub­ley? Once Rob finds him, he’s not just fast, but he’s tough and can break some tack­les.”

The Pa­tri­ots weren’t some oned­i­men­sional aerial show, though, rolling up 177 yards on the ground, led by Mark DeRober­tis and his 121 yards and a touch­down on nine car­ries.

“DeRober­tis has been play­ing out of his mind lately,” said Geiss. “And the line has been amaz­ing. It makes pass­ing a lot eas­ier when you have a run­ning game like Mark and the o-line have been giv­ing us.”

Kennett’s two scores came in the sec­ond pe­riod on a 1-yard run from Jake Dilcher, and in the game’s fi­nal minute when Con­nor Hyzny bulled it in from three yards out.

BILL RU­DICK — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Great Val­ley’s Dy­lan Tashjian looks for space as Kennett’s Eugene Hall (54) pur­sues Fri­day night.

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