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Written by: Alec Eskin on Saturday, November 13th, 2021
photo taken by Tbone Smith (@trsmith296)
Both teams came in to Moe DeFrank Stadium looking for a fight in the trenches. Sure enough it was. After CB West’s 76 yard touchdown pass from Ganz Cooper to Connor McFadden on the second play of the game, Garnet Valley was able to respond with a touchdown of their own, a 10 yard pass from Max Busenkell to Joey Halloran. However, both offenses could not generate much until the last five minutes of play. The only scoring was a 40 yard touchdown run by Eil Boehm. Garnet Valley was able to take the lead after a a five yard touchdown run by Shane Reynolds. Then, when Garnet Valley got the ball with about 49 seconds left, they were able to get another touchdown from Shane Reynolds, this time from 62 yards out. This gave Garnet Valley a 21-13 lead and the momentum at half time. After that, it was all Garnet Valley, outscoring CB West 20-0 in the second half. On defense, Garnet Valley was able to stop West’s powerful rushing attack and Garnet Valley was able to generate more holes and yards in the second half as well. Lets go into each teams’ night . . .
Central Bucks West gave Garnet Valley its toughest competition of the year. On offense, they were able to give Boehm room to run, which he was able to pick up a lot of yards after contact and had 85 total rushing yards in the game. This put pressure on Garnet Valley’s defense as they constantly had to give their full 100% in order to bring down any of West’s running backs or wide receivers after getting through that effective offensive line. They also had an element to their passing game which usually is not utilized as much. They did not make many mistakes on that side of the ball and the only one was a pick to Matt Collins. On defense, they were as tough as nails. They gave Garnet Valley a lot of trouble moving the ball for the majority of the first half. They never gave Garnet Valley an inch all night and this is what had kept them in the game for so long.
Garnet Valley was able to get another victory by a large margin, but the game was much closer than the scoreboard said. Offensively, they used a combination of the pass and the run. Shane Reynolds had a career night with 234 yards rushing and four touchdowns on a day Garnet Valley needed all of them. Then, Max Busenkell threw for over 100 yards again as well one touchdown pass to Halloran. On defense, Garnet Valley struggled at first to contain CB West’s offense and scored on two of their first three drives. Then, they were able to settle in as Luke Lassik got an interception and Matt Collins got one as well. In the second half, they were able to constantly get stops. Perhaps their best one of the night was when they made a goal line stand and stopped West at the one yard line. All of this started up from tonight as CB West had a run based offense and GV was able to stop that.
Central Bucks West is done for the year as they will look forward to having a stronger program next year. Garnet Valley will be playing Quakertown at home at 7:00 PM next Friday after they upset Downingtown East 42-21. This time of year shows who the best and most willed teams are, and it will be very interesting to see who is.
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