Rustin stands up Unionville en route to 35-7 victory
The Bayard Rustin versus Unionville match-up has grown to become a rivalry over the past couple of years. The two schools usually battle for an American Division Ches-Mont title every season in a lot of sports, including football. This year would be no different with the two schools opening up their respective league games against one another. The stands were packed at West Chester Henderson’s stadium on Friday night for the Ches-Mont clash.
The game started with Rustin receiving the ball first. Although the Rustin offense started their drive with a delay of game penalty, the wing-t offense still found success early. On the 2nd play from scrimmage, senior running back Rondell “Delly” White ran 45 yards down the field, followed by a 20 yard scamper to the end zone that put Rustin ahead of Unionville 7-0. Now it was Unionville’s turn to show if they could produce the numbers to keep up with Rustin’s prolific 487 yards per game. Leading Unionville’s spread offense this season are quarterback Connor Gades and running back Greg Carroll, who also played quarterback in the second half. Unfortunately, they could not produce enough offense this night. U-ville ended up punting back to Rustin where they would start to show more offensive power. They drove the ball down the field, ending with a quarterback sneak for another touchdown by Michael Carlin. The only negatives for Rustin so far was that tackle Chase Hoyt had gone down with an arm injury during that 2nd possession. He would sit out the rest of the game with a sling.
From early on it appeared that Unionville was outmatched by Rustin in every phase of the game including defense. Middle linebacker Luke McGreevy led the defense to what would have been a shut out if the JV weren’t put in during the final minutes. The Unionville Indians couldn’t manage to get a first down until the 2nd quarter. However, that success would be short lived with penalties and an eventual interception by Rahmier “Mookie” White. The turnover led to another Delly touchdown, making the score 21-0.
After Unionville got the ball back, they gave it back to Rustin like it was a hot potato all night long. Gades threw another pick but this time it was senior Lee Kurfis coming up with the grab. Although he made an even better grab the very next play on offense. Carlin rolled out of the pocket after a play-action, with Kurfis open downfield. After Carlin gave his receiver a chance to make a play by heaving the ball from 40 yards out, Kurfis jumped over a U-ville defender, tipped the ball, and came down with a ridiculous catch in the end zone for yet another touchdown for the Rustin Knights.
From this point on defense would dictate the pace of the game. Rustin’s defense forced Unionville to punt, but missed a field goal to end the half. The second half did show a big improvement in the Unionville defense though. Rustin did have to punt the ball in the second half after several 3 and outs. However, Unionville lost the turnover battle big time. Giving the ball away 5 times compared to 1 by Rustin isn’t going to win anyone a football game, whether it is at the high school or professional level.
If Unionville was going to come back, they would have to start early in the 2nd half of the game. It appeared as though they might be able to get the ball rolling. The Unionville Indians got the ball after Rustin failed to convert on 4th down. The Indians marched all the way into the red zone, gaining momentum as they go. This momentum was halted all of a sudden when linebacker Pat Collins sacked Gades, pushing Unionville out of the red zone, and out of the game entirely.
The game ended with a score of 35-7 with Rustin cruising to victory. Most were expecting a very close game between these two Ches-Mont top dogs. However, Rustin seemed to be the stronger team tonight. Next week Rustin will play at Chichester while Unionville takes on Coatesville.
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