Great Val­ley rolls to vic­tory over Ken­nett

Great Val­ley uses 10 ball-car­ri­ers in first half, rides depth to rout of Ken­nett

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Nate Heck­en­berger sports@dailylocal.com @nheck­en­berger on Twit­ter

In a bat­tle of banged up teams, Thursday night, Great Val­ley sim­ply had more op­tions.

And the Pa­tri­ots used just about all of them.

Us­ing 10 ball car­ri­ers in the first half, Great Val­ley torched Ken­nett on the edges and rode a com­mand­ing first half to a 37-8 Ches-Mont Amer­i­can Divi­sion win.

Ken­nett was with­out dual threat quar­ter­back Jake Dilcher, who was in­jured last week, and a wounded Great Val­ley team took ad­van­tage.

“I’m proud of the way the kids played,” Great Val­ley coach Dan El­lis said. “We played Satur­day night and then had to get ready for a Thursday game and had a lot of in­juries. We were putting kids in po­si­tions they didn’t tra­di­tion­ally play. They com­peted and did a re­ally good job and it’s hard not to be pleased given the cir­cum­stances.”

Owen Banav­itch opened and closed the scor­ing in the first half for Great Val­ley (2-2 divi­sion, 3-3 over­all), tak­ing one of the many jet sweeps em­ployed by Pa­triot wide­outs seven yards for the open­ing score. With five sec­onds left in the half, Banav­itch hauled in a 22-yard pass from Jake Prevost. In the sec­ond half he added an in­ter­cep­tion to his al­ready stel­lar night.

“I’m happy with the way Owen played,” El­lis said. “We had been try­ing to get him the ball more and just hadn’t been suc­cess­ful, so we tried to get him the ball,

run­ning the ball and he had a nice deep ball to him at the end of the half. It was a con­certed ef­fort to get him the ball more be­cause we’re try­ing to be a more dy­namic of­fense.”

In be­tween Banav­itch’s two scores, Damien Carter ran the first of two touch­downs in, on his way to a game-high 142 yards.

Late in the sec­ond quar­ter, one play af­ter the Pats stuffed Ken­nett on fourt­hand-inches, Prevost found Bren­dan O’Don­nell open down the seam for a 42yard touch­down.

Ken­nett (0-3, 2-4), mean­while, reached Great Val­ley ter­ri­tory three times in the first half but couldn’t fin­ish. Mitch Kosara took his first snaps at quar­ter­back since his fresh­man year in 2015, and led the Blue De­mons with 135 yards and a touch­down on the ground.

“When he plants his foot and takes off, he does a great job at get­ting up­field,” Ken­nett coach Josh Kauffman said of Kosara. “He’s a weapon with the ball in his hands. We just didn’t get enough con­sis­tency out of our of­fense and when it’s all about rhythm, it’s hard if you don’t have it.”

Ken­nett strug­gled in the pass­ing game with­out Dilcher, com­plet­ing just seven of 19 at­tempts for 37 yards, with three in­ter­cep­tions.

“It’s hard to rep game speed,” Kauffman said. “Mitch had a good week in prac­tice and for his first time play­ing quar­ter­back he did well. Just some of the lit­tle things he didn’t know how to han­dle and maybe I put a lit­tle too much on him, but over­all I thought he han­dled it well.”

Great Val­ley also got in­ter­cep­tions from Gra­ham Mus­cella and O’Don­nell, and even mixed in three kick­ers. The third, Jose Her­nan­dez, fin­ished the scor­ing with a 28-yard field goal in the third.

NATE HECK­EN­BERGER — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Great Val­ley’s Jake Prevost throws a pass in the first quar­ter against Ken­nett as the last beams of sun­light dis­ap­pear in East Whiteland. Prevost fin­ished with 194 pass­ing yards and two touch­downs.

NATE HECK­EN­BERGER — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Owen Banav­itch of Great Val­ley pulls in a 22-yard touch­down re­cep­tion from Jake Prevost at the end of the first half against Ken­nett.

NATE HECK­EN­BERGER — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Ken­nett’s Mitch Kosara finds room to run on his way to a 14-yard touch­down in the third quar­ter against Great Val­ley.

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