Rustin earns win over Unionville

Golden Knights put one hand on Ches-Mont Amer­i­can ti­tle

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Peter DiGio­vanni pdi­gio­vanni07@gmail.com @PeteDLN on Twit­ter

WESTTOWN >> Since its in­cep­tion, the Amer­i­can Di­vi­sion of the Ches-Mont League has been the pri­vate prop­erty of the Unionville In­di­ans and the West Ch­ester Rustin Golden Knights.

For the past three sea­sons, Unionville has taken the cham­pi­onship, leav­ing Rustin in its wake.

Fri­day night, the Golden Knights took a huge step to­ward end­ing that run and claim­ing the 2018 cham­pi­onship as Rustin beat the In­di­ans, 14-0.

The West Ch­ester Rustin de­fense com­pletely shut down the Unionville of­fense, lim­it­ing the In­di­ans (3-1 Ches-Mont, 3-5 over­all) to just a pal­try 129 yards of to­tal of­fense with Rustin (3-0, 5-2) hold­ing the usual po­tent In­di­ans run­ning at­tack to just 56 yards.

On of­fense, the Golden Knights were led by run­ning back Michael Covert, who rushed for 110 yards on 15 car­ries, and quar­ter­back Will Pi­leggi, who broke off an 85-yard run in the third pe­riod to seal the In­di­ans’ fate. Covert also picked off a Unionville pass in Rustin ter­ri­tory.

“We sort of came in here with a big chip on our shoul­ders,” Covert said. “They took the ti­tle the last three years and we wanted it back. And tonight, our of­fen­sive line opened up some nice holes for me to run be­hind. And when Will broke off that big run we knew we would win the game. Me and Will have been friends since we were in the fourth grade and it is a dream to play on this team. Tonight, we showed we are the bet­ter team.”

With the first pe­riod be­ing score­less, the Golden Knights broke through early in the sec­ond quar­ter. The Golden Knights went on a seven-play drive that ended when Nick Madonna raced around the right side for the fi­nal eight yards and a 7-0 Rustin ad­van­tage. Unionville would miss a field goal in the sec­ond quar­ter, but that was the clos­est the In­di­ans came to scor­ing the en­tire game.

Unionville quar­ter­back Blake Charl­ton was sacked four times on the night, in­clud­ing twice by Matt Mont­gomery, who also forced a fum­ble on his sec­ond sack and re­cov­ered it him­self. The Golden Knights de­fense stopped Unionville twice on short fourth down at­tempts.

The Unionville de­fense tried to hold the In­di­ans in the game but the In­di­ans’ of­fense had no an­swers for the swarm­ing Golden Knights de­fense. Sean Hop­kins and Mont­gomery were the big stars on the night for Rustin, and with Golden Knights’ ground game churn­ing out 242 yards and chew­ing up the clock, it was a long night for the Unionville de­fense.

The In­di­ans de­fense fi­nally broke, when af­ter a punt pinned the Golden Knights back at their own 10-yard line late in the third quar­ter, Pi­leggi faked right and then bolted left and ram­bled 85 yards to the Unionville 1-yard line. One play later, Rustin was in the end zone with Pi­leggi sneak­ing it in, and the Golden Knights had a com­mand­ing 14-0 lead.

“If Nick Pi­leggi was not our quar­ter­back he would be one of the best run­ning backs in the league,” said West Ch­ester Rustin head coach Mike St. Clair. “And Michael Covert has very shifty feet that keep mov­ing and that al­lows him to run be­tween the tack­les for us. It seems like it al­ways comes down to us and Unionville for the league ti­tle and tonight we came out on top.”

Rustin still has two Ches-Mont Amer­i­can Di­vi­sion games left, as the Golden Knights take a trip to high-scor­ing Sun Val­ley next week while Unionville hosts Ches-Mont Na­tional Di­vi­sion power Down­ing­town East in a man­dated cross­over game.

MICHAEL REEVES — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Rustin’s Nick Madonna and Unionville’s Jef­frey Lang chase down a fum­ble in the sec­ond quar­ter Fri­day night.

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