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Great Valley downs Phoenixville in opener

Written by: on Sunday, August 31st, 2014


In another season opening non league contest between the Great Valley Patriots of the Ches-Mont League American Division and Phoenixville Phantoms of the Pioneer Athletic Conference, the blowout theme continued; as the Patriots raced out to a 47-0 halftime advantage, and a 54-0 evisceration of the Phantoms. It was also the debut of two head coaches leading new charges- Dan Ellis who came to Great Valley from West Chester East, and Evan Breisblatt at Phoenixville (who came from District 3’s Pequea Valley).

It did not take long for the Patriots to get on the board, and prove that Penn State bound Ryan Buchholz is not the only star on the team- as they went 54 yards in 5 plays- the big play being a Nick Cionci pass to Nasir Adderley.  Adderley will be more than able to take defenders away from Buchholz, and dominate a game as well.  The Adderley name should also be familiar, as he is the grandson of former Green Bay Packer, Herb Adderley.

From there, the rout was on.  Carter Rubin scored from 8 yards out, to make it 14-0,  Adderley’s 38 yard interception return for a touchdown put the Patriots up 20-0, and a Cionci pass to River Johnson closed out the first quarter scoring at 26-0.

The deluge of points from the Patriots continued in the second quarter- as Nasir Adderley returned a punt 56 yards for a touchdown, then scored on a 5 yard run to expand the lead to 40-0, to make the mercy rule a possibility in the second half.  Doug Strang returned an interception 61 yards for a score before half to make to put the Patriots up 47-0, and made the second half mercy rule definite.

Phoenixville could not stop the Patriots from putting points up throughout the game, nor could the mercy rule could not prevent Great Valley from putting up another touchdown from Noah Brisbane to make the score 54-0.  There were only two things that stopped the Patriots from putting up over 60- was the kicker missing two field goals and two extra points.  The other being Great Valley’s head coach Dan Ellis, who called off the dogs at halftime.  Great Valley could have put over 70 points up on Phoenixville had they wanted to.

I give the Phoenixville community credit for supporting their team, despite the outcome of the game being as brutal as it was.  Not a soul from their side of the stands left, until the game ended.  That being said, I am not completely sure if the Phantoms have a feeder program for their youth, but the Phantoms have been respectable in recent years (4-6 last year, 6-4 in 2012), but they had barely 30 players on their sidelines last night.


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