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Cougars win over Eagles in league opener

Written by: on Saturday, September 18th, 2021. Follow Paul Sarpen on Twitter.


Last night at Kottmeyer Stadium, the Ches-Mont league opener featured the Downingtown East Cougars and Bishop Shanahan Eagles.

Downingtown East defeated an injury-depleted Eagles squad by a score of 28-13, in a game that was far closer than the score indicated. Shanahan is down five starters to season-ending injuries, and another starter will miss a few weeks.

The Cougars jumped out on Shanahan early, building a 21-0 first-quarter lead on their first three drives. Jamy Jenkins hit Louis Rossetti on a five-yard pass to open the scoring. Following a minus four-yard punt, Jenkins scored from three yards out, again on a quarterback sneak.

Shanahan was able to cut into the 21-7 lead when Cooper Jordan did an audible draw play and scampered 65 yards untouched to pay dirt. The Eagles cut the lead to 21-13 when Jordan hit Lewis from 20 yards out.

Bo Horvath closed out the scoring on a one-yard run.

Despite giving up 230 yards to Horvath (36 carries), being penalized 10 times (90 yards), and turning the ball over three times, the Eagles remained competitive.

Despite the loss, Shanahan coach Paul Meyers was upbeat. “Yeh we turned the ball over a few times, and had penalties, but these kids realize they could play with them. Cooper Jordan is a gamer, a great athlete, and a superstar.”

Downingtown East running back Bo Horvath said he, “…enjoyed the workload. With Josh Asante out, I have to pick up the workload.” Mike Matta said, “I was frustrated with the fact that we were unable to put them away, and get a grip offensively.”

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