Rustin, Rain Ruin Great Valley’s Homecoming 14-7
Both teams are the feelgood stories of 2008, but something had to give on a rain-swept Saturday afternoon at Morris DeFrank Field on the campus of Great Valley High School in Malvern. Especially with the Ches-Mont American Division title on the line.
Bayard Rustin, in only its third year of existence entering the game at 8-1, 4-0 in the division, while Great Valley, also at 8-1, 4-0 in the division.
Rustin used 2 short touchdown runs by Junior Rondell White and a stingy defense to upend the Patriots 14-7 on Homecoming Day.
“This is a BIG win for us,” said Golden Knight Head Coach Mike St.Clair. “Gary (Phillips) does a nice job over here. The school and the parents are very lucky to have him.”
White scored on runs of 6 and 1 yards, but may also have had the most important play of the day, a crucial 48 yard punt that pinned GV back when Rustin needed to most.
“It got a good bounce on the turf,” said White (24 carries 115 yards). “We needed it at that time,” he added.
GV tied the game at 7 with 1:47 left before halftime as Brian Pommerer (67 yards rushing, 21 yards recieving) scored on a 6 yard run and added the extra point.
But just when it seemed the Patriots seemed to get some momentem, Rustin’s defense stood up and made a play when they needed to.
“It’s a credit to these kids how hard they have worked,” said St. Clair. “It all started in January and had not let up.”
Not to be outdone by White, Sophomore Frankie O’Donnell ran for 100 yards on 13 carries as Rustin piled up 264 yards rushing.
“I’ve never had a game like this, it’s unbelievable,” said O’Donnell “The holes the line were giving me were incredible.”
Rustin can claim the title outright next week as they travel to winless Oxford on Friday, while Great Valley must regroup and face a suddenly improving Kennett Saturday afternoon down in Kennett Square.
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