San­ders out­du­els old friends as Ryan tops Ch­ester

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - SPORTS - By Christo­pher A. Vito

PHILADEL­PHIA » The post-game talk re­volved around team dis­ci­pline and in­di­vid­ual drive. Those were the men­tal bul­let points upon which Ch­ester coach Ladon­tay Bell kept fo­cus­ing.

Dis­ci­pline, or a lack thereof, elicited 12 penal­ties against Ch­ester. Drive, sim­i­larly ab­sent, kept the Clip­pers from nudg­ing any closer in the lat­ter min­utes of Satur­day’s 45-30 loss to Arch­bishop Ryan.

Ch­ester (1-3) spot­ted Arch­bishop Ryan (4-0) a three-touch­down lead in the first half be­fore it fi­nally revved up its of­fense. By then, the Clip­pers had com­mit­ted to play­ing a game of catch-up they had no chance at win­ning.

“I tell my guys to run their bills up,” Bell said. “You know, like an elec­tric bill? Don’t turn your lights off in the mid­dle of the game. Stay on fire. Stay on. We didn’t do that to­day. It’s con­cen­tra­tion, men­tal tough­ness, and dis­ci­pline to stay fo­cused when you’re tired. We didn’t do any of that, ei­ther.”

Arch­bishop Ryan quar­ter­back Jahlil San­ders or­ches­trated five drives in the first half that ended in the end zone, in­clud­ing three rush­ing touch­downs by Ju­lian Jones.

San­ders, a se­nior, earned per­sonal sat­is­fac­tion in lead­ing the Raiders past Ch­ester. In his younger days, San­ders grew up in the Toby Farms section of Ch­ester Town­ship. He lived in the same neigh­bor­hood as Ch­ester High ju­niors Ma­lik and Malachi Lan­g­ley.

“I used to live down there with my mom, so I’ve known Ma­lik and Malachi for a while,” said San­ders, who went 10-for-21 for 178 yards and two touch­downs. “We were talk­ing a lot through­out the game. They were ask­ing me when I’m com­ing back around (to visit).

“Ev­ery Thanks­giv­ing, I go down there and ball at the Ch­ester A fields. It’s good to play Ch­ester.”

San­ders’ boy­hood bud­dies, the Lan­g­ley twins, com­bined for three sec­ond-quar­ter scores to keep the game com­pet­i­tive. Ma­lik rushed for six- and 19-yard touch­downs, book­end­ing an im­pres­sive 43yard scor­ing con­nec­tion be­tween Malachi and Ch­ester quar­ter­back Tahree Fuller-Bryan.

The big play for the Clip­pers came on the heels of an Arch­bishop Ryan touch­down, a 25yard pass from San­ders to Justin Col­lier. It was “us punch­ing them back,” Ma­lik said of his brother’s score. “We just have to come out and hit teams in the mouth early, and right now, we’re not and that’s why we’re los­ing.”

“I was bank­ing on mak­ing a play to bring my team back,” Malachi Lan­g­ley said. “When Coach called my num­ber, our quar­ter­back threw me a great ball. It got it done.”

Ch­ester squan­dered pos­ses­sions right be­fore and right af­ter the in­ter­mis­sion, leav­ing Ryan’s 35-22 half­time lead in­tact. From there, the Raiders did what they could to nurse the clock and limit Ch­ester’s chances to draw closer.

The Clip­pers have one more non­league tune-up next week­end at The Haver­ford School be­fore launch­ing into Del Val League play against de­fend­ing cham­pion Penn Wood.

Will that af­ford them enough time to get on track?

“I think so,” Bell said. “It’s about dis­ci­pline, and we’re do­ing what we can with the kids.”

Added Malachi Lan­g­ley: “I ex­pect a win next week and ev­ery week. It’s time.”

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