In­di­ans clinch Ches-Mont Amer­i­can

Unionville eases past Sun Val­ley

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Bruce Adams badams@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @mline­s­ports on Twit­ter

AS­TON >> With a sec­ond straight Ches-Mont Amer­i­can ti­tle in as the re­ward for beat­ing host Sun Val­ley, Unionville scored the first time it had the ball and rolled to a 42-17 vic­tory Fri­day evening.

It’s the fifth win in a row for the In­di­ans, and the 42 points are Unionville’s high­est point pro­duc­tion of the sea­son.

Unionville head coach Pat Clark praised his of­fen­sive line, par­tic­u­larly se­niors Matt Dauphin (cen­ter), Nick Pi­leggi (guard) and Rob­bie Maxwell (tackle).

“I think tonight was the best game we [the of­fen­sive line] have had,” said Dauphin, a third-year starter on the of­fen­sive line, “We’ve been ris­ing to the oc­ca­sion when it re­ally mat­ters, when be­ing the league cham­pion and get­ting a home [district] play­off game is at stake. Our [line­men] were all pick­ing up their as­sign­ments on ev­ery play, and it’s a great way to segue into the [district] play­offs. Our [team’s] tough­ness shone through.”

Unionville came out smok­ing on its first drive of the game, go­ing 45 yards for a touch­down on six con­sec­u­tive run­ning plays, with QB Joe Zu­bil­laga and run­ning backs Jack Adams and Chris D’Amico shar­ing the rush­ing load.

Sun Val­ley, play­ing at home on Se­nior Night, gave the In­di­ans some trou­ble early. Se­nior kicker Bren­dan Sk­wirut booted a 40yard field goal mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter (it was the Van­guards’ first FG at­tempt of the sea­son) to cut Unionville’s lead to 7-3.

Two plays later, Sun Val­ley re­cov­ered a Unionville fum­ble, and on the fol­low­ing play, Van­guard se­nior quar­ter­back Gabe Boc­cella hit a wide-open James Gines for a 47-yard touch­down pass that gave the hosts a 10-7 lead. Sun Val­ley went to the air a lit­tle more than Unionville did Fri­day night, and Boc­cella hit sev­eral of his re­ceivers for nice gains in the first half.

Unionville wasn’t trail­ing for long. The In­di­ans came right back to score in just four plays — a long kick­off re­turn by Adams to the Sun Val­ley 40 yard line, a 14-yard run by Zu­bil­laga, a 21-yard scam­per to the right by Adams, and a five­yard in­side run to pay­dirt by D’Amico. With 6:12 to go be­fore half­time, Unionville had a 14-10 lead — and the In­di­ans scored the next 28 points.

With 58 sec­onds to go be­fore half­time, Unionville wide re­ceiver JT Hower got wide open deep, caught a long pass from quar­ter­back Alex Gor­gone (who shared the QB spot with Zu­bil­laga Fri­day evening) and ran all the way to the end zone for a 60-yard touch­down that gave the In­di­ans a 21-10 half­time lead.

“I told our team af­ter the game that I was proud of their ef­fort — they played ex­tremely hard tonight,” said Sun Val­ley head coach Ray Gionta. “Of­fen­sively, we played well in spurts, but Unionville has a good of­fen­sive line and a good de­fense, and we did the best we could un­der the cir­cum­stances.”

Unionville took the sec­ond half kick­off and drove 63 yards on seven run­ning plays for an­other touch­down. Five of the car­ries, in­clud­ing a 36-yard gain, were by RB Dante Gra­ham, who had not car­ried the ball even once in the first half.

Clark re­flected on the In­di­ans’ shar­ing the wealth Fri­day night in the air and on the ground: “We’ve re­ally been a team on of­fense, it’s been a team ef­fort. We’ve got two backs, Dante [Gra­ham] and Jack [Adams], who have been shar­ing the load for us, and [Zu­bil­laga and Gor­gone] have been shar­ing time at quar­ter­back.”

De­fen­sively, the In­di­ans held Sun Val­ley score­less from the mid­dle of the sec­ond quar­ter un­til the fi­nal minute, when the Van­guards scored with 48 sec­onds to play.

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