Ea­gles bounce back with easy road vic­tory

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Seren­ity Bishop sports@dai­ly­lo­cal.com @Seren­i­tyJBishop on Twit­ter

WEST CH­ESTER » The word “frus­trated” doesn’t even be­gin to de­scribe how West Ch­ester Henderson was feel­ing Fri­day night against Bishop Shana­han.

The War­riors are not the first team to feel that way this season against the Ea­gles.

Shana­han took out its anger from last week’s loss to Down­ing­town East with a 42-7 blowout Fri­day night at J. Os­car Dicks Sta­dium, bounc­ing back to the level that al­lowed them to open the season strong.

“Our mind­set was that we needed to bounce back,” said Shana­han’s Aaron Parker. “Big

win tonight. We took care of business. We knew we were the bet­ter team com­ing in tonight and we had to play up, not down to their level, and I think we ac­com­plished that to­day. We had a re­ally good time to­day. We got our swag­ger back on of­fense and de­fense. We came out on fire so it was a re­ally good time.”

“We kept our cool,” said Shana­han coach Paul Mey­ers. “We came out quick. We laid back a lit­tle and made a cou­ple mis­takes and dropped some balls, but we stayed fo­cused and took care of business at the end. We told the kids that in the Ches-Mont, you’re going to run into teams like Down­ing­town East, Coatesville and all of that and you have to re­bound. If you don’t and just feel sorry for your­self, it’s going to be a long season.”

From the mo­ment the game started, Shana­han took off. The of­fense that was un­able to score against Down­ing­town East was nowhere in sight.

On the first drive. Parker led his team down the field on a se­ries of designed quar­ter­back runs. Once Parker ran Shana­han into first-and-goal on the 10-yard line, it was Con­nor Whalen’s turn. Whalen punched it from ten yards out to give Shana­han the first points of the game.

The de­fense quickly got the ball back to the of­fense on a quick three­and-out. The Ea­gles would score quickly on their sec­ond drive as Steve Sweeney took an end around 49 yards for a score.

“It was sup­posed to be jet,” said Sweeney. “Our coach al­ways tells us to look for cut­back lane on the hashes and on the num­bers. My line did a great job at mak­ing the cut­back lane and when I saw it, I just took off.

De­fen­sive stands and run­ning the ball would be the method to the mad­ness for Shana­han. The Ea­gles rushed for 289 yards and six touch­downs as a team. Fol­low that up with two fum­ble re­cov­er­ies, two sacks, an in­ter­cep­tion and mul­ti­ple three-and-outs from the de­fense and the Ea­gles found their path to suc­cess.

“We’re for­tu­nate,” Mey­ers said. “Henderson’s num­bers were down. They have guys that go both ways and we knew that. We fig­ured if we could run the ball and sus­tain it long enough, by the end of the game they would be tired. My de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor came up with the game plan. We just got at them all week. Last week, Down­ing­town ran the ball right at us and chal­lenged us. This week, they stepped up.”

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