Hor­nets put it all to­gether in rout of Van­guards

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

EAST NOT­TING­HAM » Sun Val­ley came out of the gate strong Fri­day night, but Ox­ford turned what looked like might it be a close game early on into a blowout.

After spot­ting the Van­guards an early lead, the Hor­nets reeled off 49 unan­swered points on the way to a 55-13 vic­tory.

“It shows what we’re ca­pa­ble of and what we can do when we put in four good quar­ters on both sides the ball,” said Ox­ford coach Mike Means. “Re­ally it’s the first time we’ve done that all year. Even in our other wins, we didn’t ex­e­cute on both of­fense and de­fense for all four quar­ters. The kids were just re­ally di­aled in tonight after a great week of prac­tice.”

Sun Val­ley (3-3, 1-2) came into the con­test two points behind the Hor­nets (4-2, 1-2) in the District 1 power rank­ings, sit­ting at No. 11 while Ox­ford is 10th. And at the out­set, the Van­guards looked primed to push the Hor­nets for that spot.

After forc­ing a three-and­out on Ox­ford’s first posses­sion, Sun Val­ley marched off a 62-yard scor­ing drive, capped by a 38-yard pass from An­thony El­lis to Julz Kelly. Twice more in the first pe­riod, the Van­guards found them­selves deep in Hor­nets ter­ri­tory, only to come up short on fourth and short in the red zone.

“We moved the ball pretty well early on, scor­ing on the first drive,” said Sun Val­ley coach Greg Bern­hart. “We shot our­selves in the foot on a cou­ple of drives, get­ting hit with an off­sides on fourth and 2. But then Ox­ford came out in the sec­ond half things just snow­balled and ev­ery­thing that could go wrong went wrong. We just have to put this behind us and get back to work Mon­day and try to make the play­offs.”

Lost in the final out­come for Sun Val­ley was a nice day from run­ning back Caliph Jones, who fin­ished the day with 148 yards on 22 car­ries.

Rid­ing the mo­men­tum of the Hor­nets’ first big de­fen­sive stop, the of­fense fi­nally got going with a four­play, 72-yard scor­ing drive, high­lighted by a 44-yard run from Bran­don Holz, who led the Hor­net ground game with 136 yards and a pair of touch­downs on 20 car­ries.

“None of us was happy about what hap­pened last week against Unionville,” said Holz. “That was not Ox­ford football. We knew we were going to have to come out and play this week. Of­fense and de­fense, we played the kind of game we knew we can play.”

Ox­ford capped the drive with an 11-yard pass from Chan­dler Eng­land to Bran­don DeShields, who fin­ished ith four catches, 84 yards and a touch­down.

“They came out and scored on that first drive on us, and we just said ‘OK, that’s it,’” said Hor­net safety Brett Kochman­sky, who not only was all over the field mak­ing tack­les all night, but chipped in with a 30yard rush­ing touch­down on his only carry. “We de­cided that we weren’t going to give any­thing else up. We didn’t drop our heads and just got to work.”

The Hor­net de­fense came up big again late in the sec­ond, killing a drive at mid­field when Ju­lian Nada­chowski re­cov­ered a Van­guard fum­ble. A few short plays later, the Hor­nets bumped the lead to 21-7 headed into the break.

Eng­land was ef­fi­cient, if not pro­lific through the air, com­plet­ing 8 of 11 passes for 110 yards and a pair of touch­downs. He also ran four a pair of scores.

“We were wor­ried com­ing into this game,” said Means. “We watched them on tape, we saw how tough they’ve played, even in their losses. This was just one of those nights when ev­ery­thing just worked for us.”

BILL RU­DICK — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Ox­ford play­ers cel­e­brate Bret Kochman­sky’s touch­down against Sun Val­ley Fri­day night.

BILL RU­DICK — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Ox­ford’s Bran­don Holz Dives four a touch­down in front of Sun Val­ley’s Dom El­lis Fri­day night.

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