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Written by: PFN Staff on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021
Friday night the District 1 4A tournament will kick off with four of the top 4A teams in the state doing battle to hoist the District 1 Crown. Each of the teams has wins over playoff bound 5A and/or 6A teams. The top seed Bishop Shanahan Eagles, from the ChesMont big school division, take on the Chichester Eagles of the Del Val league, a rematch of last weeks 34-8 Eagle’s victory. Do not read to much into last weeks lopsided score, the game was played in a constant downpour, that produced 12 fumbles and 2 interceptions. Both teams combined for less than a total of 150 yards of offense.
Bishop Shanahan’s high powered offense revolves around fifth year Quarterback Jordan Cooper. Cooper has accounted for 2,255 yards of offense and 32 TDs. His main target is Colin McGory, a speedy slick receiver who doubles as the Eagles top defensive back. Colin, is one of the three McGory quads who play for the Eagles along with standout lineman Brendan and cornerback Sean. Their sister Megan runs cross country for the Eagles. Shanahan’s defense has been stingy, giving up only 10 points a game. Coach Paul Myers has taken the Eagles to the District finals, he hopes to break through and make a deep run into the State tournament.
Chichester posted it’s first winning season since 2005, Coach Ed Buck’s first year has been an eventful one. Capturing a share of the Del Val title, earning a berth in the playoffs, as well as an impressive shut out win over highly touted Chester High. When Chichester is on offense Quarterback Idrees Holloman will run the show, the Senior heavy team features dual threat Staring Reeves. Reeves has rushed for 373 and has 346 yards receiving. Zyair Bush, a stand out two way player has rushed for 405 yards, while being an anchor on the Eagles defense.
The Eagles of Shanahan have a talented team that can make a deep run in the PIAA 4A playoffs. To make a deep run Shanahan better not over look the Eagles of Chichester.
The other game Friday night features the Falcons of Pottgrove and the Upper Moreland Bears. Pottsgrove is coming off a stunning last second 14-13 victory over 6A playoff bound Spring Ford. The Bears come in losing two of their last three games and a record of 7-3, at Pottgrove’s Pennypacker Field.
Coach Bill Hawthorne will count on Falcons Quarterback Ryan Sisko to lead offense against a very stout Bears defense. Sisko, fresh off a last second game winning drive, main target is wide receiver Tyler Kauffman, who has 15 catches for 400 yards and 5 TDs. The Falcon’s running attack is led by Amir Brunson. Brunson come in with 623 rushing yards, averaging almost 7 yards a carry, he has 954 total yards of offense. Standout DB Gabe Rinda leads the team with 3 interceptions. The Upper Moreland Bears come into the game with a record of 7 up and 3 down, spending most of the season ranked in the PFN top 10. Senior signal caller Byron Hopkins leads a potent Bears attack, accounting for almost 1,500 yards through the air and on the ground. Hopkins has an impressive 21 touchdowns to his credit. Cameryn Jackson leads the Bears ground game with 974 yards and 15 touchdowns. Upper Moreland also has an impressive special teams unit, featuring the strong leg of kicker Ryan Olexa. The winner will advance to the District 1 4A title game next week.
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