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Written by: Alec Eskin on Saturday, August 28th, 2021
Taken by Tbone Smith (@trsmith296)
Before the game started, most predictions by high school analysts were that it would be a close game in which Downingtown West would be the victor, but in reality, that did not come to fruition. Garnet Valley went up 14-0 in the blink of an eye thanks to a 61 yard touchdown run by Shane Reynolds and a pick six by Drew Van Horn on the first defensive play of the game. After that, the Jaguars were able to control the ball and convert on the majority of their possessions and they won by a final score of 41-7. This was a statement win for the Jaguars as they start their season off 1-0 and West drops to 0-1. Lets go into a deeper dive of how both teams’ nights went. . .
Garnet Valley played as good a game as you could have asked for going in. On offense, they were able to do a lot of damage with that strong ground attack with both Shane Reynolds and Jason Bernard getting the majority of the yards. Reynolds once again had a spectacular game with over 100 yards and two touchdowns. Then, Garnet Valley got a larger than usual amount of passing yards than that of the past few years. Max Busenkell had a game in which he threw for 152 yards with three touchdown passes, all of which were thrown to Sean Gallagher. On the defensive end of the field, the Jaguars created chaos all day. They were able to stop West’s ground game and allow very few big plays through the air. The highlight on defense was of course the pick six by Drew Van Horn. To go with that, they were able to get a lot of plays where West lost yards or gained none. This all contributed to West only getting seven points.
Downingtown West did not play the way that they wanted to tonight. On offense, they had the one drive where the got to the house in the 4th quarter, but they could not do much aside from that. Their offensive line had trouble holding up against GV’s fast defensive line. However, they were able to show some strength up front at times and that could bode well as the season goes on. On defense, they did not have much go their way either. But, one positive was that they were able to force and recover a fumble in GV territory in the first half. It was a night that Downingtown West can recover from and learn how to get better. I think that most people would expect to hear from them again come playoff time.
Next, Garnet Valley will play at Conestoga on Friday at 7:00 PM. Then, Downingtown West will play at home against Haverford School on Friday at 7:00 PM as well. Both of these teams are predicted to be a force in District One and this game could have major implications going down the stretch of the season.
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