Play­off field fea­tures 8 lo­cal teams in 6 games

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - Peter DiGio­vanni Colum­nist

It’s the time of the year ev­ery hard­core fooot­ball fan has been wait­ing for. The Dis­trict 1 play­offs are here and the area is well rep­re­sented in both the 6A and 5A bracket. Here is what the two brack­ets look like and an early view of the games.

In 6A, Coatesville is the No. 4 Team in the 16-team bracket and will host the No. 13 Abing­ton. The Ghosts have some ath­letes, but they were just smashed by North Penn in the reg­u­lar sea­son fi­nale. A tough se­cond-round game against Ri­d­ley could await the Red Raiders if form holds.

The other 6A entrant is Down­ing­town East, and the sixth-seeded Cougars face No. 11 Soud­er­ton. Soud­er­ton is 6-4 on the year and the In­di­ans will likely not be able to stand up to the Cougars’ front wall. If Down­ing­town East wins, a likely se­cond-round trip awaits at high fly­ing Perkiomen Val­ley against su­perb quar­ter­back Steven Sturm, a very daunt­ing task.

The 5A bracket fea­tures some fa­mil­iar Ches-Mont League games, in­clud­ing the high­est lo­cal seed — Ches-Mont Amer­i­can Div­sion cham­pion Unionville, seeded sixth — hosts No.

11 West Ch­ester East. This game looks like a toss up be­cause the Vik­ings have played the tougher side of the Ches-Mont, and barely lost to Down­ing­town West and West Ch­ester Hen­der­son. The win­ner of this game will lik­ley face a tough test at No. 3 Marple New­town.

An­other all-Ches-Mont matchup comes when No. 10 West Ch­ester Rustin, which has won five of its last six games, vis­its No. 7 Bishop Shana­han. The Ea­gles fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son 7-3 and only lost to Coatesville, Down­ing­town East, and Down­ing­town

West. Both teams lost to Coatesville, but Bishop Shana­han was in the Coatesville game un­til the se­cond half, while Rustin was buried after the first quar­ter.

In an­other Ches-Mont clash, fifth-seeded West Ch­ester Hen­der­son hosts No. 12 Sun Val­ley. Hen­der­son has gone back to the power run­ning game, and ju­nior C.J. Pre­ston has thrived in the fea­ture back role. The War­riors should adavnce here to likely face Up­per Dublin on the Car­di­nals’ home field.

The last area team is No. 8 Great Val­ley, which will host No. 9 Glen Mills in a re­match of a Week 3 game that saw the Bulls roll to a 35-20 win. The win­ner here likely gets top-seeded Spring­field on the road, so whichever team wins Fri­day should en­joy the vic­tory, be­cause it might be their only one of the play­offs.

We have a few more days to di­s­ect the matchups, but we are at the time of the sea­son real foot­ball fans have been wait­ing for since early Au­gust.

En­joy.

Peter DiGio­vanni cov­ers high school foot­ball for Dig­i­tal First Me­dia and PaPrepLive.com. You can reach him at pd­gio­vanni07@gmail. com. Fol­low him on Twit­ter @PeteDLN.

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