Downingtown East throt­tles Hen­der­son

De­fense shut down War­riors as East goes to 4-0

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Peter DiGio­vanni pdigo­v­anni07@gmail.com @PeteDLN on Twit­ter

You can­not dom­i­nate a foot­ball game more fully than Downingtown East did Satur­day night in their Ches-Mont League Na­tional Di­vi­sion opener against West Ch­ester Hen­der­son.

The Cougars were flaw­less in ev­ery as­pect of the game as they raced out to a large half­time lead be­fore re­mov­ing all their starters en route to a con­vinc­ing 41-7 tri­umph to keep them un­de­feated.

Downingtown East (1-0, Ch­esMont Na­tional, 4-0 over­all) held Hen­der­son (0-1, 0-4) to two yards of to­tal of­fense with no first downs and forced seven punts in the first half. The de­fense was led by Joe Janik and his rav­en­ous mates as they held Hen­der­son to ab­so­lutely noth­ing the en­tire first half.

On of­fense, the Cougars rushed for 371 yards and threw for 149 more for 520 to­tal yards in the de­mo­li­tion.

“We played pretty well tonight, and I think we got enough work out of it,” Downingtown East head coach Mike Matta said. “We had a lit­tle meet­ing with the de­fense this week at prac­tice and I thought they re­ally re­spond. We were play­ing with­out two starters and had a sopho­more at free safety who did a real nice job for us tonight.”

The Cougars opened the scor­ing early in the first quar­ter, go­ing on a 10-play, 68-yard drive be­hind the run­ning of Tim Ai­vado and Gar­vey Jonas­saint. Ai­vado ran for 120 yards, while Jonas­saint gained 150 more.

Quar­ter­back Bryce Lauletta ended the drive by hit­ting Spencer Um­berger with a four-yard touch-

down pass, and the Cougars were off to the races. The drive fea­tured eight run­ning plays and two passes, in­clud­ing the touch­down to Um­berger.

With Hen­der­son un­able to move the foot­ball, the Cougars had plenty of chances to score against the un­der­sized Hen­der­son front line. Ai­vado fin­ished off an eight-play drive with a 13-yard touch­down run. Af­ter an­other Hen­der­son three-and-out, Jonas­saint took off on a elec­tri­fy­ing 73yard scor­ing jaunt to make it a 20-0 game. The ju­nior scored on the first play af­ter the fifth Hen­der­son punt of

the first half.

“Our of­fen­sive line did an­other great job tonight,” Jonas­saint said. “Our motto as a team this year is not to show any mercy, and we did that tonight. All I had to do was get to the line and the holes were big enough to park my car. We dom­i­nated the line of scrim­mage, which made my job eas­ier.”

Ai­vado added an­other touch­down -- this one from seven yards -- which fol­lowed a beau­ti­ful 65-yard TD pass from Lauletta to a streak­ing Stephen Long.

“Stephen Long played a real good game,” added Matta. “Our of­fen­sive line dom­i­nated, which I ex­pect them to do. But, I was most happy with the de­fense be­cause we have not played up to our abil­ity on that side of the ball this year.

“(hen­der­son head coach) Steve Mit­ten is a real good coach and ev­ery team goes through ups and downs, but they will be back. And an­other thing, I thought Bryce did a great job tonight spread­ing the ball around and get­ting ev­ery­one in­volved.”

Hen­der­son scored mid­way through the third pe­riod on the East re­serves to avert the shutout as Joe Saulino hit Kavond Jones with a 12-yard scor­ing strike.

“Downingtown East is a very good team and it is a first-class pro­gram and we are not a good team right now,” Mit­ten said. “Mike Matta runs a first-class pro­gram and that hap­pens be­cause of a lot of hard work. We have been on the other side of th­ese scores, but tonight, we got it handed to us.”

MICAHEL REEVES — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Downingtown East’s Tim Ai­vado scores against West Ch­ester Hen­der­son dur­ing Satur­day’s Ches-Mont League Na­tional Di­vi­sion con­test.

MICAHEL REEVES — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Quar­ter­back Joe Saulino throws a pass for West Ch­ester Hen­der­son against Downingtown East on Satur­day.

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