Blue De­mons shut out Henderson

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - H.S. FOOTBALL - By Bryan Davis bdavis@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @bt­davis25 on Twit­ter

KEN­NETT SQUARE >> Far too many times in the last few years, the zero on the score­board resided un­der­neath Ken­nett High School’s name. For the first time in six years, that num­ber was hung on an op­po­nent,

Sam Forte ac­counted for four touch­downs as the Blue De­mons blanked West Ch­ester Henderson, 37-0, in a non­league con­test on a clear, crisp fall evening Fri­day, the first of three straight home games to end the sea­son.

Ken­nett im­proved to 3-5, and achieved its first shutout since a 20-0 white­wash­ing of Twin Val­ley in 2012. The Blue De­mons have two chances to earn their fourth win, which will be their high­est to­tal since that same year.

“That for me is one of the things you’re re­ally, re­ally ex­cited for the young men to be a part of,” head coach Lance Fra­zier said. “It’s so tough to start in an­other pro­gram with an­other regime and an­other group of head coaches when they had the turnover that they’ve had and to ac­com­plish some­thing like this. I couldn’t be more happy for them.”

Ken­nett moved the ball the first time they had it, mov­ing into Henderson ter­ri­tory, but the drive stalled and they turned the ball over on downs at the 32.

A three-and-out from Henderson and a short punt set the Blue De­mons up at the War­riors 44. Quar­ter­back Sam Forte hit Mitch Kosara for 30 yards down to the 14. Forte then scram­bled in on the next play to go up 8-0.

On their next se­ries, the Blue De­mons drove again, helped by a 15-yard per­sonal foul penalty on Henderson fol­low­ing a 17-yard pass to Rich Hugh­son. They fin­ished the eight-play march with Forte hit­ting a wide-open Der­rick Cox in the right flat. Cox waltzed in for the 8-yard score. A sec­ond straight two-point con­ver­sion made the score, 16-0, mid­way through the quar­ter.

“Henderson is a team that is very well coached on de­fense, that’s one of the things that jumped out when you watch them on film,” said Fra­zier. “What I’m proud of is of­fen­sively, we have been try­ing to find our iden­ity to be able to bounce back af­ter turn­ing the ball on downs, and that credit goes to our of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, Ray Bias.”

An­other punt from Henderson turned into a score as Kosara picked the bounc­ing pubnt on the run and weaved his way 55 yards into the end zone to bring the quar­ter to a rous­ing con­clu­sion with Ken­nett hav­ing a 24-0 ad­van­tage.

“We talked about that this week,” Fra­zier said of the spe­cial teams score. “Spe­cial teams is some­thing that was over­looked here in the past. We ded­i­cated a tremen­dous amount of time to the spe­cial teams and the kick­ing game, and it fi­nally paid off.”

The score re­mained 24-0 un­til mid­way in the fourth. Forte recorded his sec­ond rush­ing TD of the night, go­ing in from the six to make it 30-0. The War­riors fum­bled the en­su­ing kick­off, and Ken­nett closed out the scor­ing as Forte hit a div­ing Josh Ploenerin the back of the end zone for a 5-yard score.

Forte, who has opened the eyes of a lot of fans in the area, was im­pres­sive. He threw for 271 yards and two scores with no in­ter­cep­tions.

“We’re try­ing to make a play­off push, so it feels real good,” said the sopho­more. “We have to keep it up against Ox­ford next week. Our line gave me a lot of time and our re­ceivers got open, and it was easy to find them down the field. Credit to them.”

Henderson (0-8) was plagued by mis­cues, they lost two of five fum­bles and was flagged for four per­sonal foul penaltied.

The Blue De­mons still have as­pi­ra­tioons of reach­ing the Dis­trict 1 Class 5A play­offs

“I feel like we have a big one next week,” said Fra­zier. “Our goal is to win out. It will have some play­off im­pli­ca­tions and we will have to be bet­ter than we were tonight to beat a good team like Ox­ford.”

It was also a sec­ond conec­u­tive eye-open­ing per­for­mance by the Ken­nett de­fense, they limited the War­riors just two yards rush­ing in the sec­ond half and 192 to­tal yards.

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