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Written by: Paul on Sunday, September 21st, 2014
In what was a perfect fall afternoon in late September for a high school football game, the Bishop Shanahan Eagles and West Chester East Vikings engaged in a sloppily played and officiated game. In a game that featured 28 penalties for almost 200 yards, the Eagles downed the Vikings 31-21; in a game that was not as close as the score indicated.
The old adage that “an ugly win is still a win” can be applied to the Eagles, as they improved to 4-0 for the first time in school history.
Shanahan’s defense set an early tone- as they pushed the Vikings back on two negative runs by Creekmur totaling 7 yards in losses, then sacking Jon Jon Roberts for an 11 yard loss; to put the Eagles up 2-0. Kicking off from the 20 put the Eagles in business, but they went three and punt.
The discombobulation of Jon Jon Roberts continued, as he struggled all afternoon. The Vikings had a respectable drive destroyed by an interception. This time, Shanahan turned it into points, on a short run by Dan Murphy and a conversion run by Jeff Zebrowski.
From here- the words special teams and West Chester East in the same sentence, were nothing more than oxymoronic. A bad snap going over the punter’s head, resulted in a missed (field goal) opportunity for Shanahan, when the Eagles started inside the 10. Shanahan capitalized on a second bad snap, when Stine put the Eagles up on an 8 yard run, for a 17-0 Shanahan lead heading into half.
In the second half, West Chester East did adjust to the domination of Shanahan’s front line- especially Cody Smith and Doug Costin. The Vikings got to 17-14 on two Roberts scoring tosses (to Bond and Hirsch). The Eagles put the game away on a td pass from Murphy to Corcoran (74 yards), and another Murphy 1 yard run.
Borum got a 5 yard score to make the game closer than the score indicated. In the end, 20 penalties for 140 yards doomed the Vikings from being remotely competitive.
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