We are in week three of the high school football season and many area teams are off to a strong start in the 2022 season while other teams are still trying to find their way into the victory column. Here’s a look at all the action from week three.
Central Dauphin at Coatesville 7 pm: The Coatesville defense has only allowed six points in its first two games and that was a late Pennsbury touchdown against the second-team Red Raider defense.
Coatesville held Academy Park to fewer yards for the game in last week’s Red Raiders 35-0 win. Quarterback Harrison Susi should be able to make enough plays to get Coatesville the win.
Central Dauphin is 0-2, but the Rams played two very good teams in Central York and Wilson West Lawn. The Rams are a very physical team and should be a good test for the undefeated Red Raiders.
Choose: Coatesville 28, Central Dauphin 13.
Neshaminy at Downingtown West 7 p.m.: Downingtown West may not yet have junior quarterback Quinn Henicle, who missed last week’s game against Perkiomen Valley due to Covid-19.
Second-year quarterback Tommy Miller stepped in and completed 11 of 17 passes for the Whippets in a 30-29 loss. The Whippets also rushed for 218 yards in the narrow loss. Neshmainy is coming off a terrible 2021 season, but the Redskins are 2-0 so far and have allowed just 13 points in their first two wins.
Pick up: Downingtown West 31, Neshaminy 21
Kennett at WC Henderson 7pm: Kennett bounced back from an opening week loss to powerhouses Upper Dublin with a convincing 42-14 win over Oxford. Running back Julian Sparacino rushed for 158 yards on 27 carries and quarterback Brett Kaufmann was 10-for-17 with three touchdown passes.
The Warriors lost their opener 47-0 to WC Rustin and managed just 28 total yards of offense. WC Henderson also gave up 318 rushing yards to the Golden Knights.
Choice: Kennett 28, WC Henderson 10.
WC East at WC Rustin: WC Rustin looked very impressive in his 47-0 win over West Chester Henderson last week. The Golden Knights were led by Damion Jacobs, who had three touchdowns, including one on an 86-yard kickoff return. Rustin’s defense also had a big game as they dominated WC Henderson up front. It can be difficult for West Chester East to move the ball in the Golden Knights defense.
West Chester East have given up a combined 93 points in their first two losses. The Vikings will have to hope to control the clock by executing Mitch Ragni a lot. Ragni had 213 yards on just 14 carries last week in a 34-16 loss to Great Valley.
Selection: WC Rustin 35, WC East 20.
Oxford at Unionville 7 pm: Both teams are 1-1, but Unionville may have an advantage over the host Hornets. Longhorns running back Joe King rushed for 174 yards on 22 carries in Unionville’s 35-14 victory over Sun Valley. Quarterback Levi Brawley threw two touchdowns in the win.
Oxford lost a 42-14 decision to Kennett last week in a game the Hornets rushed for just 50 yards. Senior quarterback Dustin Long threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns for the Hornets.
Pickup: Unionville 28, Oxford 14.
Downingtown East at the Delaware Valley 7 pm: Downingtown East hits the road and the Cougars will continue to be without starting quarterback Jamy Jenkins, who is out with a wrist injury. In the Cougars’ 32-31 loss to State College, Bo Horvath rushed for 248 yards on 38 carries, and many of Horvath’s carries were out of the Wildcat formation.
Second-year quarterback Mason Ippolito will start again for the Cougars and Owen Lammy had a big game for the Cougars defense. Delaware Valley is one of the best 5A teams in Pennsylvania, but they couldn’t handle Harrisburg’s 6A power last week, losing a 32-3
Choose: Downingtown East 28, Delaware Valley 14.
Owen J Roberts at Avon Grove 7 pm: Avon Grove entered the win column with a 29-20 comeback at Penn Wood last week. Running back Harrison Watson had touchdown runs of 22 and 26 yards for the Red Devils. Avon Grove should have an advantage over the Wildcats and be able to move the ball on the ground.
Pick: Avon Grove 21, Owen J Roberts 14.
Center at Bishop Shanahan 7 pm: Not a good start for Bishop Shanahan as the Eagles flipped the ballot seven times in a 35-0 loss to Phoenixville last week. Central is coming off a 42-6 loss last week against Ben Franklin, but gave up 80 points in his first-week loss to Chester.
Choose: Bishop Shanahan 31, Central 13.
Conestoga at Strath-Haven 7 pm: Conestoga is 2-0 and the Pioneers had a tougher-than-expected 15-14 win over Lower Merion last week. Conestoga quarterback Peter Costigan has had a strong start to the season. Strath-Haven is designed for the runtime of soccer and the game will be won in the battle of the line of scrimmage.
Choose: Conestoga 21, Strath-Haven 17.
Sun Valley at Great Valley 7 pm: Great Valley is 2-0 and the Patriots got a three-touchdown passing performance from quarterback Braeden Melia in last week’s win over WC East.
Sun Valley is 1-1 and the Vanguards are improving under second-year head coach Ernie Ellis, but the Vanguards’ defense should give the Patriots plenty of yardage.
Choice: Great Valley 28, Sun Valley 14.
Malvern Prep at Archbishop Wood 7 pm: You can’t get much more impressive than Friars’ 35-0 thrashing of a very good LaSalle team last week. Malvern Prep quarterback Skyler Smith, a sophomore, threw three touchdowns and the Friars defense intercepted two Explorers passes.
Archbishop Wood had a rough summer as the Vikings saw eight starters leave school. Former Central Bucks West star Dave Armstrong didn’t get the head coaching job until midsummer and Wood canceled the first two games of the 2022 season to prepare for his first game against Malvern Prep.
Choose: Malvern Prep 31, Archbishop Wood 13.